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  • Halloween Costumes Travel Nurses Can Wear to Work
    Sarah Wengert
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    SuperNurse tops our list of Halloween costumes Travel Nurses can wear to work. We’re in the home stretch leading up to Halloween. With that comes the usual array of annoying, stereotypical nurse costumes, and other such eyesores — including this year’s ultimate abomination: the sexy Ebola nurse costume. Yuck! If you’re working on the big day, do you have your costume planned? If not, there’s still time to pull something together! You want to choose something comfortable, non-intrusive to your duties, work-appropriate, and fun. Here are some Halloween costumes Travel Nurses can wear…
  • Are nurses vampires or zombies?

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    Agatha Lellis
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Creatista | Veer + Scrubs Do you sparkle or do you groan and lurch? The two most popular memes these days are vampires and zombies, driven by movies like Twilight and TV shows like The Walking Dead. I saw vampire costumes everywhere this past Halloween and almost went as a zombie nurse myself – until a friend pointed out that it would be redundant. So which are we: blood-sucking undead sunlight-phobic sociopaths or brain-eating undead decaying sociopaths? I have reached no firm conclusion, but I do have the following evidence to support the notion that nurses might be the world’s first…
  • Five Reasons Correctional Nurses Need Clinical Judgment Skill

    Correctional Nurse . Net
    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    In corrections, nurses are usually the first health care professional to assess a health concern or complaint. Patients present with virtually every type of health problem, and many have co-occurring conditions that can complicate the diagnosis and plan of care. Therefore, correctional nursing practice requires knowledge and experience with a broad array of conditions and presenting problems to make clinical judgments […]
  • Study compares weekly dalbavancin with daily vancomycin

    AANP SmartBrief
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Patients with acute bacterial skin and skin-structure infections had similar outcomes when treated with weekly intravenous da -More- DIABETES VIRTUAL CME SUMMIT - OCTOBER 30 at NOON ET WATCH LIVE ONLINE: Top specialists present clinical challenges in the management of T2DM live via streaming video, participate in real-time Q&A and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Topics Include: Initiating and Intensifying Insulin Therapy with T2DM. Register Today—It's free for clinicians
  • ANA expresses support for Ebola monitoring guidelines

    ANA SmartBrief
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    ANA, along with the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, has backed the CDC's updated Ebola mo -More- 
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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • Five Reasons Correctional Nurses Need Clinical Judgment Skill

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    In corrections, nurses are usually the first health care professional to assess a health concern or complaint. Patients present with virtually every type of health problem, and many have co-occurring conditions that can complicate the diagnosis and plan of care. Therefore, correctional nursing practice requires knowledge and experience with a broad array of conditions and presenting problems to make clinical judgments […]
  • Clinical Judgment: A Vital Correctional Nurse Competency

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rhonda has been called to the booking area to medically screen a 44 year old man brought by the police on charges of driving a stolen vehicle and drinking while driving. On the way to jail he hit his head on the window of the squad car. Approaching the area she sees an obese white […]
  • Win a Copy of My New Book! Enter by November 1

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    I am excited to announce that my newest publication – The Correctional Health Care Patient Safety Handbook – is now available for purchase on Amazon (affiliate link). It is a steal at $29.50 for print and $9.99 for the Kindle version. But, even better is to get a free copy, right! So, I’m holding a […]
  • Correctional Nursing Peer Review (podcast)

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Peer Review for Nurses? Many correctional health care settings are gearing up for correctional nursing peer review as NCCHC implements new accreditation standards this month. In this episode correctional nurse experts Catherine Knox, Kathy Page, Becky Pinney, and Pat Voermans join Lorry to discuss correctional nursing peer review and changes in the NCCHC accreditation standards […]
  • Making Ends Meet: The Blunt End and Sharp End of Clinical Error

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    A 33 year old male inmate from a maximum security state prison was admitted to a community hospital with flank pain and hematuria. His INR was discovered to be 8.2 (therapeutic range 2-3). His medical history included deep vein thrombus resulting from Protein S deficiency. A medication error investigation revealed that the patient had been […]
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  • Governor, UMass Memorial urge voters to support paid sick time question

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern joined UMass Memorial Health Care Wednesday in urging voters to approve a Nov. 4 ballot question that would require employers to provide earned paid sick time to employees. "There is no evidence that it hurts jobs," Mr. Patrick told a crowd assembled in Knowles Hall at UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus.
  • Director of Nursing Services of the Year award presented to Hemingway

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    The Commons at Tall Pines, an independently owned multi-level senior care center in Belfast, was very proud to learn that one of their own was awarded Director of Nursing Services of the Year - Lori Hemingway, who manages nursing services for The Commons as well as The Residence, was chosen for the honor. Hemingway has been working at The Commons for more than 15 years.
  • Wisconsin studies music and memory program

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.
  • Travel Trailer Fire At Texas Marina Leaves One Dead

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    A man was found dead Wednesday after an explosion and fire in a travel trailer that was parked at the Holiday Marina on Lake Tawakoni near Wills Point, the Van Zandt County Fire Marshal's Office said. Fire Marshal Chuck Allen says an autopsy has been ordered on the 54-year-old man, whose name wasn't immediately released.
  • N.S. nurse practitioners to be able to prescribe monitored drugs

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The provincial government says nurse practitioners who wish to do so can register with the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program. The government says allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe the drugs brings them in line with their counterparts in other jurisdictions, including New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.
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  • Oregon Holistic Nurses Association: No Ordinary Nursing Conference

    Keith Carlson
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:53 pm
    I’ve just returned from northern Oregon, where I had the distinct pleasure of attending the annual conference of the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association (OHNA). I’m inspired, uplifted, and encouraged by what I experienced, and I’d like to share it with you. This post is slightly longer than my usual 600-700 words, but this conference and my experience merit the extra words in order to do it justice.  A Collective HomecomingThis memorable and unique nursing conference was held at the rustic Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center in the lush Cascade Mountains,…
  • Nursing Employment Transitions: Knowing What's Next

    Keith Carlson
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    At any time throughout your nursing career, you may find yourself in a period of transition. What do you do at those times of flux? When a position is cut, your facility downsizes, you decide it's time to move on, or any other reason for which your employment may shift, how do you choose to move things forward? How do you know what's next? For some of us, it's a matter of scanning our personal horizon for a glimpse of what our subsequent  move should be. Do we know someone in a position to hire you? Are we connected with anyone who may be of assistance in our search for a new position?
  • Nurses Speak in Santa Fe

    Keith Carlson
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Something powerful is happening for nurses here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I don't mean a strike, pay raise or decreased mandatory overtime. Rather, nurses are going to have an opportunity to speak their minds, creatively drawing on their personal and professional experiences for a public reading of introspective and illuminating monologues. Intrigued?Nurses Speak is the brainchild of my wife, Mary Rives, and her co-facilitator and colleague, Dr. Sally Fox, certified Storyhealers facilitators. Mary and Sally are ready to bring eight nurses together for a four-day workshop that will…
  • Book Review: "Celebrate Nursing" by Renee Thompson and Joanne Turka

    Keith Carlson
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN is a renowned nurse speaker, author, consultant and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Her work in the arena of understanding and preventing nurse bullying is profoundly informative and powerful. Renee has appeared on RNFMRadio numerous times, and she brings a level of emotional intelligence and intellectual prowess that is a true gift to nurses throughout the world. This is a review of her new book, co-written with Joanne Turka, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN. In her new book, "Celebrate Nursing: Human by Birth, Hero by Choice", co-written with Joanne Turka, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN,…
  • Book Review: "Nursing From Within" by Elizabeth Scala

    Keith Carlson
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Spiritual Practice Nurse Elizabeth Scala is a nurse, Reiki Master, healer, certified coach, facilitator, teacher, author and speaker. Her latest book, "Nursing From Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds", is her own prescription for reinvigorating your nursing practice with heart, self-love, balance and magic.  Each chapter of "Nursing From Within" begins with a personal reflection by Elizabeth, and her vulnerability sets the stage as she demonstrates her own journey and the ways in which she has integrated these teachings into her own personal and…
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  • “I Want to Be a Labor Nurse” – Did you read it?

    Scrubs Editor
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Thinkstock | Fuse Shelly Lopez, the RN behind the Adventures of a Labor Nurse blog, recently wrote a post for the Huffington Post in which she explains what it’s REALLY like to be a labor nurse for her fellow nurses interested in the field. Interested in becoming a labor nurse yourself? Read some excerpts from her article here: I frequently hear people say “I want to be a labor nurse.” Sometimes when I sit in on interviews, I hear fresh-faced new grads say this, and when I ask them what makes them want to be a labor nurse, I usually get an explanation of their own great…
  • Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride and more news on the virus

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    A group of nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient with Ebola in the U.S., sat down with Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes to discuss what it was like to treat an Ebola victim. Duncan was admitted to Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas with symptoms of Ebola and it was confirmed shortly thereafter that he did indeed have the virus, which he had acquired while in Liberia. All of the nurses in the video with Pelley work for the hospital and share their stories of caring for Duncan, who later died of the virus. The nurses also discuss the evolution of protocol for caring for an…
  • Are nurses vampires or zombies?

    Agatha Lellis
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Creatista | Veer + Scrubs Do you sparkle or do you groan and lurch? The two most popular memes these days are vampires and zombies, driven by movies like Twilight and TV shows like The Walking Dead. I saw vampire costumes everywhere this past Halloween and almost went as a zombie nurse myself – until a friend pointed out that it would be redundant. So which are we: blood-sucking undead sunlight-phobic sociopaths or brain-eating undead decaying sociopaths? I have reached no firm conclusion, but I do have the following evidence to support the notion that nurses might be the world’s first…
  • Nurses and Ebola: Which resources should we trust?

    Sean Dent
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    iStock | s-c-s I’ll admit it. I initially ignored everything circulating the World Wide Web concerning Ebola. It was overwhelming—and honestly, downright scary. Ebola touching down on U.S. soil?! Ebola? If everything I was reading and hearing was true…we as a country (and species!) were in trouble. As a nurse practitioner I began approaching the events surrounding the current Ebola crisis with caution. There was all sorts of information out there. A man traveling from West Africa? Treated late in the disease progression and eventually lost his battle with the virus and died. Then a…
  • “The best Halloween prank I’ve ever pulled on a fellow nurse”

    Scrubs Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    If you’re in search of a Halloween trick that will spook your fellow nurses this year, we’ve got you covered! In this week’s episode of “The Sean Dent Show” on ScrubsBeat, Sean Dent shares a Halloween prank he and his coworkers played on an unsuspecting new nurse. Do you have a Halloween trick that tops this one?
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  • An excellent op-ed from a Minion in lovely EnZedd. . .

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    This is what we all should be worried about.
  • Conclusions.**

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Thanks to the Virally-Knowledgable Minion who pointed out that I made an error by referring to Ebola as EBV. That is Epstein-Barr virus, not Ebola. As you can see from her/his comment below, Ebola is referred to as EVD or EHF. That error's now been fixed. Thanks very much for that correction, VKM! I knew there was something off about my abbreviation, but I couldn't think of what and (of course) didn't bother to check. Der.The whole EbolaPocalypse is wearing on everybody's nerves.I have friends who work in Dallas. A couple work at Presbyterian there. And holy shit, are things bad there. Last I…
  • In Which Jo Has Doubts About Her Floor.

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    WARNING: THIS IS A RENOVATION, NON-NURSING POST. IF YOU DON'T LIKE HEARING ABOUT CONSTRUCTION OR DEMO, GO ELSEWHERE.Some of you longer-term minions might remember when I bought Casa DogHair and renovated the bathroom. The shortest version, for those of you who haven't sobered up yet, is this:The people who owned CDH before me were both of some size. They were also not good with maintenance. This led to the bathroom being entirely rotted out in vital areas, which in turn led to Then Boyfriend and I redoing it.I should mention here that Then Boyfriend had a weird work schedule and I was working…
  • Meh.

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I've decided it's not the heat here in Central Texas that bothers me; it's how long it lasts. I could easily handle a worse summer than we've had here--only a couple of days over 100 degrees!--if it just ended sooner.Something about the constant bright sunlight and the lows in the 80's really wears me down.So does work. Work is wearing me the hell down, People.I almost had to call in the Ethics Peeps this week. Mama is dying of a nasty sort of metastatic cancer that's hit her brain, liver, spine, and various other bits of important equipment. She has a midline incision from her breastbone on…
  • What I thought/What I said

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    The interviewer asked, "What's making you want to leave your current job?"I'm tired of watching my coworkers coming in, looking defeated.I haven't had a sit-down lunch in six weeks. One of my coworkers weaned her baby early because she couldn't get anybody to relieve her so she could pump breastmilk.Our acuity increased at the same time our director cut our staff, so there are delays in care that I find unacceptable.We've been rebranded a "step-down" unit, so none of us will get critical-care raises or credit, but we're still taking CCU patients. We still float to the CCUs.The attitude of the…
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
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  • Amen, sister!

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
     From CNN: Quarantined woman to be discharged, Christie's office announces"It is not a sound public health decision and well-thought out," Hickox said. "Many of the experts in the field have come out to agree with me. So I think that we need to stress the fact that we don't need politicians to make these kinds of decisions. We need public health experts to make these decisions."Two things:One: How come Kaci Hickox, RN, a Real Nurse, isn't even noted as one? Sure might have been a different headline if she were an MD. Two: It's about freaking time: we need more public health people…
  • Weekend diversions

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What kinds of movies will a rehab nurse watch before hanging out with hundreds of other rehab nurses? Well, if you're into history and sportslike I am, you'll watch The Best of Men. My favorite part was watching it on Bubba's computer (which has a big screen). Somehow I got it on closed captioning by mistake.Maybe because I have a lot of parental controls turned on (maybe note), but I noticed that all the swear words were not included.Another interesting article I found today was this article about the big cheese at one hospital taking a pay cut. What a novel idea. Hope this one spreads. Now…
  • Big Brother? Maybe...

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Just minding my own business meandering around ye old Internet while I'm taking a break from chores, and look what I find.Sounds innocuous enough:harness energy from the body.Once you look at the photos, though, it doesn't look very comfortable or sanitary to me.More to come...
  • Sometimes

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    It does not pay to air out your home storage area.Especially when Dahey inadventenly lets in wildlife that dies there and stinks up the storage, and the whole house. It makes bowel programs at the Hotel smell good.I am so glad I'm leaving for a week soon.That is all. More to come...
  • Do it again? Well, maybe

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    I went to see my internist yesterday. I got my labs back pronto, so tonight I get a note that says "Take Vitamin D."Yes, that lab was low. I thought the research that said calcium supplementation was hogwash so I started eating more cheese and Greek yogurt.Too bad that's not fortified with Vitamin D. Yes, Dr. H., I'll be picking up the supplement tomorrow.Forfun, I decided to take an online course through work. Tonight I found out that the superduper steroid version on that subject that is limited to 35 people per session is still open. The best part: I may have to go visit my favorite…
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  • Halloween Costumes Travel Nurses Can Wear to Work

    Sarah Wengert
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    SuperNurse tops our list of Halloween costumes Travel Nurses can wear to work. We’re in the home stretch leading up to Halloween. With that comes the usual array of annoying, stereotypical nurse costumes, and other such eyesores — including this year’s ultimate abomination: the sexy Ebola nurse costume. Yuck! If you’re working on the big day, do you have your costume planned? If not, there’s still time to pull something together! You want to choose something comfortable, non-intrusive to your duties, work-appropriate, and fun. Here are some Halloween costumes Travel Nurses can wear…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: How can a new staffing agency get it right for Travel Nurses?

    David Morrison R.N.
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: How can a new staffing agency get it right for Travel Nurses? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I have opened a medical and allied healthcare specialist contract placement firm and want to make sure my travel section is offering the most attractive pay and service package for our candidates. How would you set up a new staffing agency for Travelers if you could, from scratch, and do it right? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: The bottom line is, that you are never going to cater to every single Traveler out there. Some Travelers want to make absolute top dollar when it comes to their…
  • Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Sarah Wengert
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Let’s Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month! With catchy slogans like “Save the Ta-Tas” and “Fight like a Girl,” the reason to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October is all about knowledge as power. While there are many ways that people can promote, fundraise for, and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it all comes down to one thing: Early detection. The best way to achieve that? Awareness! According to the National Cancer Institute, “When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%.” Here are some more facts…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I choose a Travel Nurse agency?

    David Morrison R.N.
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I choose a Travel Nurse agency? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’ve done a couple Travel Nursing assignments, and have loved the traveling and experiences! My question concerns getting the best pay and benefits from a Travel Nurse agency. My very first Travel Nurse assignment was about seven years ago in California, and I remember making so much more money than now. My question is, how do I choose a Travel Nurse agency to work with? What criteria do you look for in a Travel Nursing company to sign up with them? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I never know how to answer…
  • Jimmy Kimmel Sonogram Prank

    Sarah Wengert
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Baby on Board: A scene from the Jimmy Kimmel sonogram prank. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel scrubbed in last week to play a little prank on his famously curmudgeonly Aunt Chippy. L&D nurses especially may get a kick out of this — considering the super-odd fetal behavior, I doubt this is a baby any of you’d like to see delivered in your unit! Aunt Chippy has occasion to witness her first ever sonogram, when accompanying her pregnant daughter Micki to an appointment. With the help of Dr. Lang — who is in on the prank and not a doctor — Jimmy, Micki, and crew treat Aunt Chippy to a…
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  • Catastrophe Ebola: Protocols Versus Workflows

    Phil Baumann
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    In Healthcare, the combination of a deficit in critical thinking and a surplus of arrogance leads to catastrophe. As of October 16, 2014, two nurses are being treated for Ebola infections. On one hand, this is not a statistical catastrophe of millions of infected people. On the other, it is a catastrophe of breaches in critical-thinking on the part of government agencies such as the CDC and at least one proud hospital. Arrogance has for too long played a large role in Healthcare. Type I and Type II errors happen all the time. When they’re the result of arrogance, those errors are even…
  • The Ridicule Button

    Phil Baumann
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    It’s easy to goof on people on Facebook, Twitter…or any social medium – especially if the victims aren’t using these idiotic social media software. You can take pictures, post them, hope people make goofing comments joining you in the shared experience of ridiculing someone. Marvelous feeling, huh? I goof on people too from time to time – but I know the difference between having fun and violating someone’s dignity. (As a matter of fact, my writing skills can do a pretty sharp job of putting trolls into psychotherapy, but that’s a skill any…
  • What I Am Arguing For

    Phil Baumann
    3 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    I am not arguing against Technology. I am arguing for a state of mind. A state of mind that can feel its way through the dark. — Phil Baumann (@PhilBaumann) May 3, 2014   [Link]
  • Counting the wrong steps: Quantified Irrelevance

    Phil Baumann
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:09 am
    How many times did your heart beat today? How many laps did you swim today? How many steps did you walk today? How many ATP molecules did your mitochondria produce today? The answer to all of these questions are facts. They’re variable facts (depending on what you did today – eat, walk, swim, cry) but they are facts. Each fact depends on the other. So the facts aren’t irrelevant in their reality. A question is: How many of these facts do you need to track to help you determine the best courses of action in your life? It’s tempting to squeeze all of the digital…
  • The Focus Economy

    Phil Baumann
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Marketers (and that’s all of us one way or another now) are investing a lot of time, money, attention, and (sometimes) brain-power into figuring out today’s Marketing (and its sub-tools of advertising and PR). “How can we create content that engages, that gets shared, that grows our following, that raises brand awareness, that puts us on the map and keeps us there?…” Digital technologies (smart phones, smart watches, tablets) and digital media (Facebook, Twitter, electronic billboards) have introduced one weird little constant into the traditional equations of…
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  • Private Duty Nursing

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    To become a private duty nurse you have to become an RN or LPN first. After becoming qualified for home care nursing jobs, you’ll be able to provide individual care for patients who require nursing services in their home. Physicians prescribe private duty nursing for patients with injuries, physical or mental conditions warranting additional coverage, and certain other illnesses. RNs and LPNs can build an independent business around senior care jobs through their contacts and references. Private Duty Nurse Licensing There are times when you can give home care to the disabled or the…
  • Use of checklists in healthcare

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    I’m doing research into the use of checklists in various industries, especially healthcare. Would anyone here be willing to answer a few questions on this topic? The post Use of checklists in healthcare appeared first on RealityRN.
  • How Hard is Nursing School?

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    What is Nursing School Like? Nursing schools tend to be impacted programs these days. This means that most students need to complete a list of courses and take an exam before being admitted to the major. This leads to the question, How hard is nursing school? The preparation courses are not major level courses, so most nursing candidates if they have done well in school should be able to handle the subjects. Areas include biology, pharmacology, communication, social studies, human development, history of nursing, and mathematics. If you completed the courses in high school necessary for a…
  • RN with no degree

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Back in 1994 a friend of mine finished the NCLEX while he was in a BSN program, went to work, never finishing senior year in the California BSN program. Now he wants to leave Ca and work in another state as an RN, but cannot until he finishes a nursing school. What a mess! Any suggestions? The post RN with no degree appeared first on RealityRN.
  • Florida PRN Hourly Rate 9 years experience

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    I have been a nurse for 9 years in California and just moved to Florida. I have my bachelor’s degree. What is the hourly PRN rate for nurses in Florida looking to work in a hospital setting? The post Florida PRN Hourly Rate 9 years experience appeared first on RealityRN.
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    Nurse Practitioners in Business

  • 21 Questions before Creating a Financial Policy

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
      How to create a financial policy. A good financial policy is critical to all healthcare practices. It details expectations for your office staff as well as your patients. It provides guidelines for the practice and your patients, supports the financial goals of your practice and facilitates communication for all concerned. There are really two different types of policies you’ll want to create. Office policies and procedures. This gives your staff clear guidance on what to do and how to do it. Patient Policies: This establishes clear expectations, guidelines and communication of what…
  • Physician Assistant Week 2014

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    It’s PA Week and it’s time to celebrate and educate about my amazing colleagues. While there are some differences between Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, there are plenty more similarities. It’s not uncommon for both to be working in the same office.  Both PAs and NPs can help reduce the shortage of healthcare providers in this country and consumers should have no fear in choosing one or the other. Here are some facts about PAs from the American Academy of Physician Assistants: There are 100,000 PAs in America who are nationally certified and licensed at the state…
  • Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Do you know of an Advanced Practice Nurse who is new or aspiring to a leadership position? The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is designed specifically to offer Advanced Practice Nurses a life-changing opportunity to become leaders of new models of care.  This one year program, through onsite leadership retreats combined with distance-based learning sessions, offers innovative and integrated training in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development, business, community engagement and population health.  The program is structured to provide the working…
  • Is your password secure?

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    It’s no surprise to nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers when we learn of yet another large company who has been hacked.  These companies have ranged from the retail, financial, and medical sectors. Credit card numbers, social security numbers, identity and even medical records have been compromised. If these companies, with large IT/security departments cannot keep their data secure, what are we suppose to do in our small practices? For that matter, how to we secure data at home? Passwords Healthcare providers are no stranger to the more complex rules regarding passwords. We…
  • DEA Take Back Day September 27, 2014

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    As healthcare providers, we are no stranger to the problems of medications.  The DEA’s Take Back Days have been a hit. And the new rules will help a great deal.  We all need to share this information with our   offices, colleagues and patients. This Saturday, September 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and almost 4,000 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners will hold the ninth National Prescription Drug Take­Back Day. Americans can take their expired, unneeded, or unwanted prescription drugs to one of over 5,200 collection sites across the…
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    American Nurse Today

  • FDA approves vaccine for meningococcal disease

    Rachel Bargeron
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    On Oct. 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Trumenba, the first vaccine licensed in the United States to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age. Read more. The post FDA approves vaccine for meningococcal disease appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • New guidelines for stroke prevention

    Rachel Bargeron
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Read “Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals” From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association”. The post New guidelines for stroke prevention appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Ebola resources

    Rachel Bargeron
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Access ebola-related resources from Nebraska Medicine and the American Nurses Association. The post Ebola resources appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Placebos are ‘more effective than no treatment’ for children’s coughs

    Rachel Bargeron
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Click here to view the story. The post Placebos are ‘more effective than no treatment’ for children’s coughs appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA approves new labeling for Embeda ER capsules

    Rachel Bargeron
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    On Oct. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved new labeling for Embeda (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride) extended-release (ER) capsules, an opioid analgesic to treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Embeda is the third ER opioid analgesic to be approved with labeling describing the product’s abuse-deterrent properties consistent with the FDA’s 2013 draft guidance, “Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling”. Read more. The post FDA…
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    Sunbelt Staffing

  • Rediscover Your Passion for Nursing

    Howard Gerber
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Those who have been working as a nurse for a number of years know it can be a tough job. Taking care of sick and injured people is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. As if that were not enough, add in long hours and hospital politics, and it’s no wonder you may have lost some of your passion for the job. If you wake up one morning and wonder where your fresh-faced enthusiasm for the profession went, you are not alone. According to a 2013 study conducted by AMN Healthcare, almost a quarter of nurses age 55 or older responding to the study plan to leave the nursing field or…
  • Highest Paid Nursing Specialties

    Howard Gerber
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    You may have become a nurse for many reasons. For instance, you may have a strong interest in biology and a desire to help people. Money may not have been one of the main reasons you had for choosing a nursing profession. But depending on what type of nursing you are interested in, your education, and what part of the country you live in, salaries can be six figures a year. All of the nursing specialties below require a minimum of an associate degree in nursing and a registered nursing license. Most specialties also require additional education. Below are some of the highest paid nursing…
  • Common Blunders Healthcare Travelers Make

    Howard Gerber
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Deciding to pursue a healthcare travel job is a big decision. After all, you will be moving to a new city and starting a new job. Although it can be a great change of pace and exciting, a new travel assignment can also make you a little anxious. Avoiding common blunders or mistakes regarding working as a healthcare traveler can make the process go a lot smoother. Consider some of the blunders healthcare travels make and how avoid them. Thinking you are Too Old to Work as a Traveler If you think only young, single people work as healthcare travelers, you are mistaken. Working as a traveler…
  • Sunbelt Nurse Earns L.O.V.E. Award

    Howard Gerber
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    What a great week at Sunbelt! Jeri Smith, a Sunbelt ER nurse, was recently presented with the L.O.V.E. award by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. The L.O.V.E. award stands for “Living Our Values Everyday” and is presented to hospital associates who deliver outstanding service day after day. Our division director, Ken Kistner, attended the award ceremony to congratulate Jeri. Below is the letter written by a colleague that nominated Jeri for the L.O.V.E. award: “I was working with Jeri on Friday, June 13, 2014, in the ER. We were taking care of a 42-year-old woman who was complaining of…
  • Packing Guide for Nurse Travelers

    Howard Gerber
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Before you get to your new travel assignment, you will need to decide what to bring and what to leave behind. Packing is almost never something most people look forward to, but being organized can make it an easier experience. Getting Organized The first step, which will make packing for your nurse travel assignment easier, is determining what your staffing agency will be providing. For example, some contracts include a fully furnished apartment. But fully furnished can mean different things. Ask if housewares, such as dishes and silverware, will be included. Once you know what will be…
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    Soliant Health

  • 12 Mess-Free Last-Minute Halloween Crafts

    Tera Tuten
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    It’s Tuesday afternoon and you haven’t quite found the time to prepare fun Halloween-themed crafts for this fast-approaching holiday. Between planning, sessions, meetings, paperwork, and the like, how does one find the time? Next thing you know, it’s the night before Halloween and you’re scrambling to find last-minute supplies — and ideas for how to use them! […]12 Mess-Free Last-Minute Halloween Crafts is a post from: Soliant Health The post 12 Mess-Free Last-Minute Halloween Crafts appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Bureaucracy and IEP Compliance

    Tera Tuten
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    When an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written, parents expect that the services for their children will be carried out by professionals for their children. Teachers also expect supports to be there to assist their students during classroom time. Of course, sometimes the school year begins and services that were set up within the IEP […]Bureaucracy and IEP Compliance is a post from: Soliant Health The post Bureaucracy and IEP Compliance appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Have Experience, Will Travel!

    Christy Trujillo
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65.¹ As a nation that tends to place personal value on a job well done, retirement isn’t quite as appealing as it used to be. Some feel the need to work longer to afford the lifestyle they desire to lead during retirement and others fear the lack […]Have Experience, Will Travel! is a post from: Soliant Health The post Have Experience, Will Travel! appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • We are among the Best Places to Work in Atlanta!

    Tera Tuten
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    On Friday, September 12, Soliant Health was announced as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best Places to Work in Atlanta! This year marks our second time ranking in this prestigious list — one that is determined entirely by employee survey responses to a workplace culture assessment that asks about work environment, people practices, and other […]We are among the Best Places to Work in Atlanta! is a post from: Soliant Health The post We are among the Best Places to Work in Atlanta! appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Soliant goes to camp!

    Tera Tuten
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Let’s take it back to our elementary-school years…. For many of us, a summer would not have been complete without a week or more spent in camp. What was not to like about being away from home and being around kids who were just like you?  And from that most memorable summer camp experience, we […]Soliant goes to camp! is a post from: Soliant Health The post Soliant goes to camp! appeared first on Soliant Health.
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    Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

  • Ignored Alarm On Ventilator Patient Results In Criminal Charges

    Pearl Griffin
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    In June 2014, criminal charges against a nursing home were issued for nine workers, including the head administrator, involving the death of one of the residents. A New York State, Suffolk County grand jury issued a 46-count indictment alleging abuse and neglect. The Attorney General’s office in charge of the case brought the original criminal charges against the nursing home. The charges allege that neglect at the 320-bed nursing facility Medford Multicare Center for Living caused the death of a patient under their care. Additional charges include patient abuse, physical evidence…
  • Elderly with Hip Fractures in Nursing Homes Face Grim Prognosis

    Pearl Griffin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    When an elderly person is injured in a nursing home, his or her chances of survival can become slim. If the nursing facility is understaffed or lacks resources, an elderly person may be unable to ever properly heal from his or her injuries. Nursing home workers may not be attuned to the needs of the injured victim. They may fail to notice the development of an infection or other serious health issues. It is important that you pay attention to the recovery of your loved one in a nursing home. If your loved one has been involved in an accident or fall, you should make sure that the nursing home…
  • Hidden Cameras Allow Families To Track Care In Nursing Homes

    Pearl Griffin
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    When someone we care about is admitted into a nursing home, we expect him or her to be safe. Many of us see these facilities as a safe haven for elderly relatives and aging parents, a place where they have onsite doctors and nurses and healthcare management to provide the much-needed personal care and attention they need. We expect that the staff in these facilities treat our elderly citizens with respect, dignity, and kindness. What happens when this is not the case? A case that garnered media attention One of the most important cases to highlight the importance of hidden cameras in nursing…
  • Court Slashes Nursing Home Negligence Verdict

    Pearl Griffin
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    In June 2014, the justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court slashed the $90 million verdict awarded to Dorothy Douglas in her Charleston nursing home abuse case. Even though the justices called the conduct of the nursing home “reprehensible,” the estate of Ms. Douglas was awarded $32 million instead. When ruling on the nursing home negligence verdict, it was the justices’ claim that the nursing home placed corporate profits ahead of the needs of the Charleston residents. In an opinion by Chief Justice Robin Davis, claims were made that the nursing home owners denied authorization of…
  • World Elder Abuse Day: Why Bother?

    Pearl Griffin
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Everyone, especially the elderly, deserves to be treated with dignity in a safe environment. Unfortunately, too many older Americans are neglected, abused or exploited. Research indicates that 10 percent of elderly individuals 60 years and older will be the victim of some type of abuse every year. Sadly, less than one in 10 elder abuse cases are ever reported to an authority. However, World Elder Abuse Day participants are bringing awareness to the problem of serious prevalent harm to senior citizens. Defining Abuse Elderly abuse does not always occur physically, but can happen emotionally,…
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    Off the Charts

  • Ebola: A Role for Nurses in Sharing the Facts

    Jacob Molyneux
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    By Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief The current Ebola crisis has everyone concerned over transmission, and rightly so. The public has been in a quandary as to who and what to believe. I can’t say I blame them. We should have been better prepared and anticipated that, given the situation in West Africa, we would eventually see a patient with Ebola present to a U.S. hospital ED (or clinic or urgent care center). What’s surprising is that it didn’t happen sooner. I’d thought fears about widespread transmission of Ebola had abated after no more new cases arose from that of Thomas…
  • Fear of Infection, Getting Job Done: Not New to Nurses

    Jacob Molyneux
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Quarantine, isolation: medical terms heavy with accreted meanings (psychological, metaphorical). Terms we’ve been hearing a lot lately, as in the case of nurse Kaci Hickox, quarantined in a tent in New Jersey after her return from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, released today after days of public controversy. These words have vivid histories. Epidemics of polio, influenza, and other illnesses took many lives in the U.S. during the 20th century. And nurses were always there, taking risks, applying the latest knowledge to control or cure. In the April 1940 edition of the…
  • Choosing Wisely: American Academy of Nursing Highlights Unnecessary Nursing Practices

    Jacob Molyneux
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) recently announced that it has joined the ABIM Choosing Wisely campaign with a list that focuses specifically on nursing interventions or practices that are not supported by evidence. The list is called Five Things Nurses and Patients Should Question. Here it is in short form—full explanations of the rationale for each item are available at the above link. Don’t automatically initiate continuous electronic fetal heart rate monitoring during labor for women without risk factors; consider intermittent auscultation first. Don’t let older adults lay in…
  • At the Intersection of Hospice and Obstetrics, a True Test of Patient-Centered Care

    Jacob Molyneux
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    By Jacob Molyneux, senior editor Renee Noble with her newborn daughter, Violet. Photo by Heidi Ricks. We’d like to draw attention to a particularly frank and thought-provoking article in the October issue of AJN. “A Transformational Journey Through Life and Death,” written by a perinatal nurse specialist who is also a bioethicist, describes a hospital’s experience in meeting the needs of a patient with two very different, potentially conflicting, medical conditions. It was a sunny afternoon in mid-October when I first met Renee Noble. I had already heard about her from…
  • Nurse Informaticists Address Texas Ebola Case, EHR Design Questions

    Jacob Molyneux
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    By Susan McBride, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, professor and program director of the Masters in Nursing Informatics Program, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Mari Tietze, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS, associate professor and director, Interprofessional Health IT Program at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). The views expressed are those of the authors and don’t represent those of Texas Tech or TWU. EHRs: information ‘siloes’ or interprofessional collaboration? The recent Ebola case in Dallas—in which a patient was admitted to the hospital three days after he visited the…
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    The Nursing Site Blog

  • Nurses: 10 Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    By Kristeen Cherney Just as the seasonal changes mark changes in weather, flu season brings about changes in health and wellness. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that between 10... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Review: Nursing From Within by Elizabeth Scala

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I had the distinct pleasure to read an advance copy of Nursing From Within by Elizabeth Scala this summer and I have to say it came at the right moment. We all experience lows in our nursing careers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Catch Up Friday: New Apps, Workshops and Books for Nurses

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    It's catch up Friday again.... We have a host of new books, apps and workshops for nurses. Next week Sept 30 and Oct 1 (Tues & Wed) the IOM is holding a workshop on The Future of Home Health... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 100 Nursing Blogs

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Once again I am humbled by the peer recognition for this blog. Thanks so much for the honor and the kind words. Please check out the list. There are some really great blogs on it. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Never Forget

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
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    Nursing Career Tips

  • The Secrets of a High Performance Nursing Resume

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the number of job openings will increase by 26 percent by 2020. Some of the reasons for the high demand for nurses include the influx of new patients due to the expansion of health insurance coverage by the Affordable Care Act, the high number of nurses retiring, and the aging Baby Boomer’s increased needs for healthcare. If you only look at these statistics, you would think that landing a high paying nursing job would be relatively easy, but the hard reality is the competition for the best nursing jobs is fierce. Whether you’ve just completed…
  • Your First Nursing Job: Tips for Surviving the First Year

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Congratulations! You have successfully completed your nursing program, passed your boards, earned your license or certification, and landed your first nursing job. When you start to feel the inevitable first day jitters, take a deep breath and remember all that you have accomplished. Every nurse has felt the same apprehension as you are experiencing when he or she began his or her first job. Remember, you have trained and prepared for this day, so you have the tools you need for success. To help you along, here are some tips and advice from nurses who have successfully completed their first…
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing Explained

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Just like other healthcare professionals, nurses need to practice according to a complex web of federal and state statutes – while they make decisions in an ethically responsible manner. Due to rapid advances in medical practices and technologies, nurses and other healthcare professionals often face the challenge making decisions where lawmakers and the court have not established laws for new procedures and practices. As a result, nurses need to exercise caution in their decision-making to reduce their risk of legal liability. Additionally, nurses also need to consider the ethical…
  • Five Must Have Qualities to Be a Great Nurse

    22 Nov 2013 | 11:42 pm
    According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, by 2020, the United States will need to add 1.2 million nurses to the existing workforce. This number does not account for the millions of nurses that will be needed to replace those who will be retiring during the next five to six years. While many students and adults exploring the options for a career change see nursing as a profession with a favorable outlook, a person needs to have certain aptitude and traits to be successful as a nurse. If you are considering a profession in nursing, ask yourself if you have these five…
  • CNA Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

    5 Apr 2013 | 8:03 am
    You’ve accomplished your goal of becoming a CNA. Now, all that’s left between you and a job is the interview process. This can be a daunting task in itself, so it’s important to prepare yourself with these questions and you’ll increase your chances of being hired. The questions the interviewer will ask you are normally split into two general categories: standard questions, and industry specific questions. These are some of the more prevalent and important questions you might have to answer before being offered the job: Standard Interview Questions Tell me about…
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    DiversityNursing Blog

  • Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Sarah Buhr Detecting cancer could be as easy as popping a pill in the near future. Google’s head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, took to the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference to reveal that the tech giant’s secretive Google[x] lab has been working on a wearable device that couples with nanotechnology to detect disease within the body. “We’re passionate about switching from reactive to proactive and we’re trying to provide the tools that make that feasible,” explained Conrad. This is a third project in a series of health initiatives…
  • Diet Stops Seizures When Epilepsy Drugs Fail

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    By JESSICA FIRGER When Jackson Small began having seizures at 7, his parents hoped and assumed at least one of the many epilepsy drugs on the market would be enough to get things under control. But one seizure quickly spiraled to as many as 30 a day. "He would stop in his tracks and not be aware of what was going on for 20 or 30 seconds or so," his mother Shana Small told CBS News. Jackson was eventually diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, a type of epilepsy characterized by brief but often frequent muscle jerking or twitching. But a number of medications typically prescribed to…
  • Will Overpopulation Lead To Public Health Catastrophe?

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    By David McNamee A new report finds that by 2100, there will be more people alive on the planet than has ever previously been predicted. We investigate what the consequences these extra bodies may have for maintaining public health. The potentially catastrophic consequences of an exponentially growing global population is a favorite subject for writers of dystopian fiction. The most recent example, Utopia - a forthcoming David Fincher-directed series for HBO - won critical acclaim in its original incarnation on UK television for its depiction of a conspiracy-laden…
  • Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression

    Erica Bettencourt
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas October's shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert. People affected by seasonal affective disorder, also called SAD, may feel overly tired, lack motivation and even have trouble getting out of bed. In extreme cases, SAD can lead to suicide, said Dr. Angelos Halaris, a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University Chicago Stitch School of Medicine. "Seasonal affective disorder should not be taken lightly," Halaris said in a hospital news release.
  • Sweet! A Special Cocoa Drink May Reverse Memory Loss

    Erica Bettencourt
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    By Maggie Fox A special type of concentrated cocoa drink seems to turn back the clock on memory, changing the brain and helping middle-aged people ace memory tests, researchers reported on Sunday. Plant compounds called flavanols seem to be what does the trick, the team at Columbia University Medical Center report in the journal Nature Neuroscience. "If a participant had the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, after three months that person on average had the memory of a typical 30- or 40-year-old," said Dr. Scott Small, who led the study. It…
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    CNA Classes & Online Training Programs

  • Signing up for the CNA Certification Exam

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    To be permanently employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant, you must pass the state certification exam. Most states require that all candidates first enroll in and complete a state-approved CNA training program. The only states that are exceptions to this rule are Florida and North Carolina, where candidates may challenge the CNA exam without training first. The process for signing up for the certification exam requires coordination with the administrators of your training program and your instructors. First, you must enroll in the training program of your choice. You can find state-approved…
  • The Average Costs of CNA Certification

    21 Jun 2014 | 11:01 am
    Planning a career switch to become a Certified Nursing Assistant? Before you enroll in a training program, you’ll need to get an accurate estimate of how much it will cost to complete the certification process. If you keep an accurate account of your expenses, it will be much easier to apply for reimbursement once you have found a job as a CNA. Here are some of costs for CNA certification that you can’t avoid. Training Expenses 95% of training programs require students to pay tuition. While there are some free CNA training courses, they are rare and fill up quickly by need-based…
  • Important Resident Care Skills for a CNA

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:36 am
    CNA’s offer a variety of tasks. These would include wound care, therapy, medical equipment safety audit, disease management and patient education. They can also be assigned to look after the handicapped and the elderly. This makes them to be offering personalized care to those they are attending to which should be done 24 hours a day.  In addition to healthcare skills, those providing nursing care have to posses some unique qualities of personality and spirit. A resident nurse might have to visit several homes in a single day and provide them with full personalized care. A number of…
  • CNA Training – Emotions

    12 Mar 2014 | 2:41 am
    We have all been in a situation where we had to control our emotions in a work related environment. Do you think it is any easier to control your emotions in a high stress environment such as being a CNA? No, its not they are people to they just have ways that the pick up to learn how to control it in the day to day operations of their respective facilities. We all know that anger is an offense worthy of getting fired over. For a CNA with some much competition and so many sets of eyes it can make it a little harder. Think about it you have peers superiors and a ton of patients who you will…
  • What to Expect as a New CNA

    3 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    It is important to know what to expect if you are planning on becoming a certified nursing assistant so that you can prepare yourself for what is to come. Being a CNA is a lot of work hard work, both mentally and physically. Those who have successfully completed a program to become a certified nursing assistant can work in many different types of places, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospices, and hospitals. While it is true that CNAs are a step below registered nurses and therefore do not have the same duties and responsibilities, they are still a necessary part of the…
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    Noggin Blog

  • Our new favorite vendor: CreativeEd

    Nikki Yeager
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    If you've read this blog in the past, you know we love sharing information from other vendors we meet at conferences. Whether it's an amazing moisturizer that lasts handwash after handwash or a book full of sing-songy memorization tools, we love things that make our lives (and our future nurses' education) better. Which is why our new favorite vendor is Kim Smith from CreativeEd. We got to talk to her pretty extensively about her Learning Games series and we may have fallen in love with her products. Her games are created to help cement concepts in the classroom and give brains a…
  • FINALLY! A truly easy way to remember the Cranial Nerves!

    Nikki Yeager
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    At a conference a while back, one of the presenters shared a song to remember the cranial nerves. While we loved the presenter and the rest of her tools, that particular song just never did it for us. In fact, after scouring the internet for ways to remember the cranial nerves... nothing stuck with us.Until we ran into this magical instructor from the UK while perusing YouTube. This link-sharing post is our gift to Nursing and Allied Health students and instructors all over the world:You're welcome. ;) 
  • How to use an Academic EHR during clinical rotations - Actionable solutions

    Nikki Yeager
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    In our last post, we wrote about why using an Academic EHR during clinical rotations can be extremely useful for both students and instructors. If you've already decided that your school is going to get students charting on an Academic EHR while visiting clinical sites, we're here to give you a few concrete examples of how that can be done. First, we suggest making sure your system is web-based so students can actively chart during their visit on a tablet or computer that's available. Depending on your clinical site, they may allow students to chart on their own tablet or laptop as well. If…
  • Academic EHRs and Clinical Rotations - Why they fit together so well

    Nikki Yeager
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    One of the most common complaints we hear from Healtcare and Nursing Instructors is that students are not allowed to use the EHR/EMR systems at their clinical sites. On one hand this makes sense - having Nursing Students create a permanent record of patient information in an electronic charting system is scary. One charting mistake can open the clinical site up to all sorts of liability issues.However, that leaves Nursing students without the ability to chart during clinicals and deprives them of the practice they need to perfect their workflow. Because the majority of medical offices are now…
  • Ulcers simply explained through video

    Nikki Yeager
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    After posting a video we found on Vine of healthy lungs vs. smokers' lungs, we realized that videos are a great way to solidify concepts! So for any Nursing Students who need a concept or diagnosis broken down in an easy way, or people just looking for some info on common conditions, we found a great series of videos on Youtube from "DoctorsSecrets". Check out this one that describes ulcers, how they form, common causes and treatments. 
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    Certified Nursing Assistant Guide

  • How to Take Your CNA Training Online

    Lanee' Blunt
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    By Lanee’ BluntIf you are interested in taking your CNA training online you may be wondering how it works. It doesn’t take long to become a nurse’s aide and if you are already working a full-time job this can be a very convenient way to earn your certificate. There are no prerequisite classes to take before you earn a nursing certificate, so you can take an online class and it will prepare you for the state examination.By taking your certification online you can put yourself in demand for a successful career as a nursing assistant. Taking classes on the internet is an option to consider…
  • What is the Role of a Certified Nurse Assistant--Get Your Training and Start Working

    Lanee' Blunt
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    By Lanee’ BluntAs a certified nurse assistant you will have some flexibility when it comes to choosing what type of employment you want to go into. Once you have experience working you can go into areas of employment, such as nursing homes, hospitals, assistant living and home health aide agencies. The position is about providing quality care to the elderly, chronically ill, and disabled, in which you will implement specific nursing procedures and help them with their daily care. Physical Demands of a Certified Nurse AssistantThe work requires a lot of exercise because you will be on your…
  • Information on Home Health Aide Training

    Lanee' Blunt
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    By Lanee’ BluntThe first step in a new career as a home health aide is training. “The job prospects are excellent. As the baby-boom population ages and the elderly population grows the demand for home health aides to provide assistance and companionship will continue to increase,” explains the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The training program prepares you for employment in a home health environment, and hospice care. You must be a Certified Nursing Assistant to take the state approved training.  When you complete your training you can work as a home health care provider.Requirements…
  • How to Get Certified as a Home Health Aide

    Lanee' Blunt
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    By Lanee’ BluntHome health aide jobs are on the rise and are expected to grow by 48 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job outlook is good because the elderly population has grown and people will want to stay in their homes for a sense of independence. In addition, some HHA’s will retire soon, and some are going back to school to become licensed practical nurses or registered nurses.  This is a great job for you if you are compassionate and are detailed orientated. Job DutiesThey work under the supervision of the medical staff such as,…
  • What Does a Home Health Aide Do?

    Lanee' Blunt
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    By Lanee’ BluntA home health aide is responsible for helping people that are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They help older adults meet their daily basic needs which give them the independence of staying in their home without, but this service the individuals would require an institution. Employment for home health aides is on the rise by 50% from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Work EnvironmentThe work environment usually is in a client’s home, a group home, or a large care community. They may work for four or five different clients a day or…
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    Nursing Daily

  • What is Mesothelioma Cancer?

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    News about Mesothelioma is all over the television, but what exactly  is  this disease?Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomenThe disease often presents with symptoms that mimic other common ailments. This makes diagnosis extremely difficult. Although there is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy can help to improve the typical mesothelioma prognosis.Asbestos fibers that are inhaled through the mouth and nose may eventually become embedded in the…
  • Humor Pic of The Day 9/30/2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Every nurse can relate to this! :-)
  • Humor Pic of The Day 9/28/2014

    28 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
                                                            I am 100% guilty of this. 
  • Humor Pic of The Day 9/26/2014

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Time to say "Night Nite"! :-) Thank me later
  • Telemetry Tips

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
                                                                                                             "Simple Telemetry tips" This might sound super easy, but If it doesn't look right, it most likely isn't. Check labs and ask for help. Use your resources. 
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    Travel Nurse Source Blog

  • Pre-shift Tips for Nurses

    Travel Nurse Source
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
      If you’re finding that you suddenly would rather be doing your taxes then heading into work, you probably should do something about it. The secret to a wonderful shift at work just so happens to depend on a nurse’s habits that happen before they even clock in. Smart nurses already know that implementing certain […] The post Pre-shift Tips for Nurses appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Sexy Nurse Halloween Costumes?

    Travel Nurse Source
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Nurses have been sexualized in the media for decades. The “naughty nurse” stereotypes have been fed to our culture so much that when Halloween rolls around each year, we always expect to see some “sexy nurses” roaming the streets. The now traditional sexy nurse Halloween costumes has become a staple in our society every fall. […] The post Sexy Nurse Halloween Costumes? appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • First Nurse in U.S. Contracts Ebola

    Travel Nurse Source
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    The first healthcare professional to contract Ebola in the U.S. has been identified as Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse in Dallas, TX. Ebola has been causing a whirlwind of worries now that it has been spread inside our home country. It is shocking that now Pham and the nurse assistant in Madrid have so quickly gone from […] The post First Nurse in U.S. Contracts Ebola appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Let’s Celebrate: October 10th is Travel Nurse Day 2014

    Travel Nurse Source
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Travel nurses are always there to bridge the gap in light of staffing needs and shortages. October 10th 2014 is the day designated to the flexible and spontaneous men and women of nursing that are not afraid to spice things up in their career! Let’s take a moment to thank the awesome travel nurses all around the […] The post Let’s Celebrate: October 10th is Travel Nurse Day 2014 appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • In RNs we Trust: Nurses Bonding with Patients

    Travel Nurse Source
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Ask any nurse if they have any memorable patients and they’ll instantly recall at least a few people that truly impacted their lives. Healthcare professions have strict policies against crossing professional-boundaries, but also reward ones that are able to positively connect with those they are treating in order to aid in their recovery. However, as […] The post In RNs we Trust: Nurses Bonding with Patients appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
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    The Care Connection

  • Respecting the Human Element of HR

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    <p>In every healthcare setting from physician practice to long-term care, human resources can consume an administrator&rsquo;s time like no other issue. You can start the day with an uneventful or well-planned schedule only to lose it all to a no-show employee, a fight in the break room, or an employee who violates a policy and is immediately escorted from the premises.</p> <p>At the risk of jinxing myself, I believe I have encountered every possible scenario, from the obvious hiring-and-firing situations to drug screens, background checks, contract negotiations,…
  • A Nurse's Ode to the Waitress

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    <p><em>This week, the Care Connection is featuring the October 1 post from the <a href="">Living Sublime Wellness blog</a>.</em><br /> <br /> Last month, I posted about an exceptional bus driver who takes such pride in and enjoys his career in such a way that it makes me smile on a daily basis.</p> <p>Well, soon after I published that post my husband and I went out to dinner. We had this waitress, who at first, drove me batty. She was almost &lsquo;too&rsquo; kind. Calling us…
  • The Person Behind the Care Plan

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">In this five-minute video, AANAC&rsquo;s former board chair, Ruth Minnema, RN, C-NE, LNHA, RAC-CT, demonstrates the power of storytelling. Through a touching first-person story co-written with an LTC resident, Ruth reveals the importance of getting to know the person behind the care plan.</span></h4> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">Additional resources <a href="">Care…
  • Hire Right the First Time by Knowing What to Ask

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    <p>Hiring the best staff is paramount to the success of a nursing home and one of the most challenging duties of the DON. While developing an interviewing process takes a considerable investment of time, a good interview is the first step in hiring and retaining the most qualified employees for the important job of caring for others.<br /> <br /> Here&rsquo;s a quick primer to help you hire right the first time.<br /> <span style="line-height: 1.5;"><br /> 1. <strong>Types of interview questions</strong> &ndash; An interview…
  • Nursing Home Nurse: A Great Calling (Part 2)

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    <p><em>This is part two of a two-part series. Read </em><a href=""><em>part one</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>According to research study conducted in 2012, only three percent of BSN nursing students reported planning to work in long-term care settings after graduation. Nurse leadership expert, Betty Frandsen, RN, NHA, MHA, C-NE, with AANAC and Virginia P. Hopkins RN, BSN, CAC, Clinical Reimbursement…
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