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  • Illinois nurses battle measles outbreak News
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nurses from several Chicago area hospitals have responded to a recent outbreak of the measles, with 15 cases of the illness reported in Illinois in January and February.
  • Nurse’s Guide to Stethoscopes

    Nursing Examiner
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Nurse’s best ally in the clinical area is the ever dependable stethoscope. This tool of the trade has proven its value whenever nurses perform physical assessment to patients. It’s like you can’t go to work without it. This indispensable equipment has become a major status symbol for doctors and nurses in checking and monitoring patient’s physical condition. Lately, we see nurses use assorted latex-free stethoscopes in various colors to match their favorite scrubs. But there’s more in making the stethoscope part of your  fashion ensemble to consider when…
  • You Are A Courageous Nurse!

    Correctional Nurse . Net
    Lorry Schoenly
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Did you know you were courageous in accepting the challenge to work with our incarcerated patient population and in our locked-in work environment? Many nurses are not that bold. They do not seek out experiences that involve security escorts, the clanging of automatic barred doors, or the need to have their personal belongings searched when […]
  • Your Nursing Career Toolbox

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    Keith Carlson
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Carpenters have toolboxes. So do plumbers and contractors. And while home health nurses need nursing bags that they bring into patients' homes in order to provide skilled care, isn't it also true that professional nurses need a career toolbox at their disposal? If you're a nurse in search of a job, or a nurse who may be looking for a job in the near or distant future, you need a career toolbox that will serve you well in the long- and short-term. That said, even if you're a nurse in mid-career, your toolbox should be maintained and improved constantly.Your career toolbox is, in effect, also…
  • U.S. sees increase in babies conceived through IVF

    AANP SmartBrief
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    More than 63,000 babies were born as a result of nearly 175,000 in vitro fertilization attempts in 2013, compared with just u -More- 
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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • You Are A Courageous Nurse!

    Lorry Schoenly
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Did you know you were courageous in accepting the challenge to work with our incarcerated patient population and in our locked-in work environment? Many nurses are not that bold. They do not seek out experiences that involve security escorts, the clanging of automatic barred doors, or the need to have their personal belongings searched when […]
  • February 2015 Correctional Health Care News Round Up (Podcast Episode 92)

    Lorry Schoenly
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Gayle Burrow and Denise Rahaman return to talk about this month’s correctional health care news items*. Medical Problems Of State And Federal Prisoners And Jail Inmates, 2011-12 Our first news item is the publication of a US Department of Justice special report on the Medical Problems of State and Federal Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2011-12. […]
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Behind Bars

    Lorry Schoenly
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The past life experiences of many incarcerated patients lead to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, PTSD develops after a terrifying event or when a person is regularly put in danger or in a deadly situation. Inmate patient histories frequently include physical or sexual abuse and many have […]
  • My Story: Making the Right Turn to Corrections in My Journey to Public Health

    Lorry Schoenly
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    This guest post by Mary Loos, BSN, MPH, shares her story of correctional nursing. Mary spent her correctional nursing career in the Multnomah County Health Department, providing care in the Multnomah County Jail System. Every person who discovers Corrections Health as a career has their own story to tell about how they got there.  Mine? It […]
  • Diabetic Self Care in Corrections (Podcast Episode 91)

    Lorry Schoenly
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    Kelly Ranson, MSN, PHN, CCHP, Chief Nurse Executive at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, CA joins Lorry to discuss implementing diabetic self-care at her facility. Kelly recently graduated from the California State University MSN program. This project was part of her graduate studies. Tips for Making Change Happen It is not easy to change […]
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    Nursing News

  • Weston General Hospital in fresh Norovirus outbreak

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    WESTON General Hospital is asking people to only come to the hospital if absolutely necessary as it is experiencing another Norovirus outbreak with three wards closed to new patient admissions. The three wards closed are Uphill, Kewstoke and the Stroke Unit.
  • Never too late to follow a dream, nursing student says

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    SIMON Lovatt, a 50-year-old Tura Beach resident, will finally realise his lifelong dream when at the end of the year he graduates with a Bachelor of Nursing. 50-year-old nursing student Simon Lovatt is hoping to study midwifery before becoming a flight medic.
  • Nine new nursing jobs up for grabs in Staffordshire

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:48 pm
    The new jobs have been created following a move by the University Hospitals of North Midlands to take referrals from the County Hospital, in Stafford. A spokesman for Healthcare at Home said: "We are seeking forward thinking innovative nurses who are able to work independently in the community as well as liaising with the whole multidisciplinary team to ensure that our patients receive a high level of care.
  • PUBLISHED Monmouth Medical Center Honors Nurses with Maysie Stroock Nursing Award

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Monmouth Medical Center recently presented two nurses with the Maysie Stroock Nursing Education Award, an honor that recognizes nurses who exemplify the finest in patient care and excellence.
  • Industry worries skilled nursing care plan could tighten labor market

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Labor availability could stymie Gov. Tom Wolf 's plan to increase the number of seniors who get care at home and in the community rather than at a nursing home. Home and community services cost much less than skilled nursing care and Wolf has proposed a package of legislative and budgetary measures to increase the number of seniors who can opt for the lower-cost care.
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    Digital Doorway

  • Your Nursing Career Toolbox

    Keith Carlson
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Carpenters have toolboxes. So do plumbers and contractors. And while home health nurses need nursing bags that they bring into patients' homes in order to provide skilled care, isn't it also true that professional nurses need a career toolbox at their disposal? If you're a nurse in search of a job, or a nurse who may be looking for a job in the near or distant future, you need a career toolbox that will serve you well in the long- and short-term. That said, even if you're a nurse in mid-career, your toolbox should be maintained and improved constantly.Your career toolbox is, in effect, also…
  • Nursing Careers and Times of Change

    Keith Carlson
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Nursing and healthcare are dynamic engines of change, and the thoughtful 21st-century nurse must read the writing on the wall, keep his or her ear to the rails, and listen for the rumblings of change in the profession of nursing, and within the larger healthcare ecosystem. In Episode 8 of "The Nurse Keith Show", I discuss the ways in which keeping our finger on the pulse of the profession is crucial, and how the multitude of opportunities for nurses are currently expanding exponentially. In terms of elder care and the private case management of elders whose children live far away, nurses are…
  • Common Sense Nursing Resumes

    Keith Carlson
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    Are you perplexed by resumes? Are you a nurse who wants to sharpen your resume and have it ready for when you need it most? This episode of The Nurse Keith Show will get you started! For better or worse, resumes are part and parcel of the professional world, and most of us need to have one.The purpose of a resume is to highlight your marketable experiences, skills, and personal qualities, as well as other salient aspects of your history, such as education, publications, and professional affiliations.In this episode, Keith covers resume layouts and design, formatting, and the main sections…
  • Is Your Nursing Job Killing You?

    Keith Carlson
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Does your job weigh on you like a rock around your neck, or a heavy shackle around your ankle? Has your work taken over your life to the point at which you no longer have energy for anything else? If this is the case, isn't it high time to move on? Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Nursing jobs come and nursing jobs go, but your life and well-being are paramount. If your job is causing you undue stress, and maybe even causing you damaging physical or emotional symptoms, isn't it time to let it go? If you've been asking yourself the question, "Should I stay or should I go?", you probably already…
  • Consciously Creating Your Nursing Career

    Keith Carlson
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    Would you like to create your nursing career with conscious intention and the greatest possible clarity? In Episode 4 of the Nurse Keith Show, I discuss various ways to go about consciously creating a career to be proud of.  Conscious intention means that you make your own choices regarding the direction of your career. By consciously creating your career, you can choose to listen to the advice of others, take it with a grain of salt, and decide for yourself what direction is best for you.In the nursing profession, we often find ourselves dictated to by others. We’re told what jobs are…
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    Scrubs - The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles » Scrubs – The lifestyle magazine for nurses

  • Our cover model’s top 5 winter beauty secrets for nurses!

    Scrubs Editor
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Lionel Cassini for Scrubs Magazine Print Edition Fall 2014 Your job is to help people feel better, and it’s one of the toughest around. If there’s one thing that can make your day-to-day even more difficult, it’s good ol’ winter. Sure, seasons are nice, but achieving that “healthy and glowing” look can feel like double-duty when you’re battling the bitter cold. The good news is that you can still look and feel your best on the job, even when battling that fickle “brrr” factor. To help you on your way, we asked for five winter beauty tips from Marina Dedivanovic—ER nurse,…
  • Nurse cartoons — lost in translation

    Benita Epstein
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Life as a nurse is sometimes funny. And sometimes it’s so UNfunny that you REALLY REALLY need something funny. So, do you need a laugh? We think the RX is nurse cartoons – the perfect way to poke fun at the lighter side of nursing (yes, there is one!)!
  • 18 beauty hacks for busy nurses

    Scrubs Editor
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A little trick can go a long way, and these beauty hacks for busy nurses are proof of just that. Take back the morning (or the seven minutes you call “lunch”) by putting a few of them to good use. Nails: 1. Spare time for a manicure? <— LOL! Give your nails some TLC without having to battle for a slot in the salon by mixing 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide solution with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and ½ cup of hot water. Let your nails soak for about one minute, repeating the process until you’re satisfied with their cleaner, healthier look. Don’t…
  • Nurse cartoons – never let me go

    Cartoon Resource
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Life as a nurse is sometimes funny. And sometimes it’s so UNfunny that you REALLY REALLY need something funny. So, do you need a laugh? We think the RX is nurse cartoons – the perfect way to poke fun at the lighter side of nursing (yes, there is one!)!
  • Nursing school: I have to remember ALL of this?

    Scrubs Editor
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    When you’re a student nurse studying for a tough exam, and you’re losing sleep you don’t even have to spare, it’s easy to start asking questions like, “Will I ever really need to know this?” Or, “Is this ever going to get easier?” Odds are, yes and yes. In this week’s episode of “The Sean Dent Show,” on ScrubsBeat, Sean reveals the need-to-know information that threw him for a loop when he was a student, and how things have changed since then. Still struggling to see the light at the end of your nursing school tunnel? Share…
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    Head Nurse

  • Things got a little busy.

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    There was an ice storm. And Friend Abilene Rob and his lovely bride-to-be Alice moved closer (hooray!). And The Boyfiend started physical therapy, and finished it, and now doesn't think he had a failed back surgery. Which I had been telling him, but when does any Boyfiend ever listen? Never.We're also ramping up for That Yearly Festival That Makes My Commute Hellish, aka South By Fuck You. And our supplies manager's son died of septicemia, which is something you really wouldn't imagine happens any more, but apparently it does, so we were out of supples for about six weeks. Like, no insulin…
  • Yeah. . . .no. I'm having some thoughts about BSNs.

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    I'm an ADN-prepared nurse. Those of you who've been here for a while know that I often refer to those two years (three, actually, counting prerequisites) as the Hardest Work I Ever Put In For An Extended Period of Time. It was like drinking from a firehose, like trying to cross a raging river while wearing combat boots, like riding a bull with no previous experience. And the instructors I had hammered one thing home over and over: that we, as front-line nurses, had the right and the responsibility to consider ourselves colleagues of our BSN or MD or PA coworkers, not as helpers or…
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    24 Dec 2014 | 5:08 pm
  • How I learned to stop worrying and stopped giving a shit--and became a better nurse.

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    It's the classic nursing moment: after you've spent uncounted minutes putting a gorgeously neat, clean dressing on a wound, a doctor walks in, takes the dressing down, and wanders off without a word.(Which makes me wonder about the nurses who reference this moment: are their doctors that unpredictable? I always catch mine in the morning and ask when they plan to round; it's easier to work in a dressing change after six neurosurgery residents have looked at it. Maybe they don't have easily-cowed residents.)That, at the very least, prompts an eye-roll and the exhalation of breath through…
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  • Four Themes for Photographers and Photobloggers

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Maybe you’re working on a 365 project, with a photo for each day of the year. With a couple months under your belt, you might be looking for a new theme to showcase your work. Let’s check out four themes where the typography and color palettes step aside so that your photos get your visitors’ full attention. Cubic Made with photographers and photobloggers in mind, Cubic is eye-catching and bold out of the box. Its pleasing homepage grid showcases your posts’ featured images. Consider this subtle, almost ethereal application of Cubic at WE THE BIRDS, a site…
  • March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101

    Michelle W.
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Registration for March’s Blogging U. courses is now closed, and both courses have started. Check back later in the month to learn more and register for April’s offerings! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community. Whether you’re just getting started or want to revive a dormant blog, we’ll help you build blogging habits and…
  • New Theme: Lyretail

    Caroline Moore
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominently below the site’s title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. Secondary information, like a Custom Menu or Widgets, are tucked behind a convenient slide-down menu, while bold featured images grace the header, putting your photographs front and center. Read more about Lyretail on the Theme Showcase,…
  • WordPress for iOS: New Visual Editor and More!

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, links, and lists naturally as you type. You can also insert images with a tap, seeing real-time uploading progress and images right in the post. Before New Editor App users have long wished for a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor on iOS. Until now, a rich mobile editing experience on the iOS app was reserved for those…
  • Five Themes for Poets (and Other Text-Loving Bloggers)

    Ben Huberman
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry, has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers’ poems. After working hard on polishing their elegies, haiku, and ballads, most writers want to make sure their readers can enjoy their work to the fullest. This is where choosing the right theme can play an important role (this is true for non-poets too, of course): you want your posts to be readable, clean, and inviting. Here…
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    The Nurse Practitioner's Place

  • Ramblings of A Nurse Practitioner

    NPs Save Lives
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Often people ask me what I missed the most while I was in NP school. I would have to say my family time and my hobbies. I used to read voraciously,  but now find myself playing on Facebook and reading other people's comments on posts there rather than picking up a book and plucking myself in a cozy chair next to my husband while he watched TV.I also didn't realize that it would continue into my career. It is what we do as providers. We sacrifice so that others can be healthier people and hopefully they listen to our advice. Unfortunately, some won't and we lose them along the way. Hard…
  • Am I Invisible Or What?

    NPs Save Lives
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Just a question... How many NPs have been excluded from company parties that Docs are invited to? I would certainly hope not many. Do you get included in company meetings? This still boggles my mind considering that NPs bring in quite a lot of revenue for practices and have very high patient satisfaction scores.Are you included in your company or do you feel like your input makes no difference?I've heard various responses from full involvement to none. Where do you land in the spectrum? Do you feel like it matters? How would you go about changing the perceptions?Go!
  • Nurse Practitioner Burnout

    NPs Save Lives
    26 May 2014 | 6:46 am
    Why do NPs burnout? Much the same reasons as Doctors. Constant pressure to produce and keep everyone happy including patients, their family members, our bosses, our co-workers, insurance companies, and our own families. At the same time, trying not to kill anyone. The good thing is that has resolved itself with a job change. I just spent a long weekend at the beach and never  opened my computer to work. For the first time in 6 years...That's not saying that I haven't taken time off, just that I've always had to open my computer and work at some point during the event. You need…
  • Once Again FL Is Behind The Times

    NPs Save Lives
    3 May 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Unless there is a special session, once again Florida Nurse Practitioners have been left in the Dark Ages of medicine. I have been watching the House and the Senate closely during this year's sessions. I was so hoping that this would be the year prescription authority at least would be granted. After all, we are the LAST State left! Really! Do you actually think that we will start running willy nilly writing narcotics for every patient who asks for them? Am I that stupid and untrained that I can't figure out who truly needs pain medications? You don't think that I can tell when patients…
  • Changes in Practice Locations

    NPs Save Lives
    21 Feb 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Apparently, after I left my previous employer to go to Shand's Primary Care West in Lake City, I have been "just booked up, sick, or out of the office." I understand that the previous practice does not want to tell my patients where I went in order to try and keep them from following me. But it's pretty sad when they lie to patients and not just tell them that I've moved on. Don't they realize that it makes people mad and make them want to leave? I have always thought no compete clauses were stupid anyway. Adults will follow a provider if they can because they have built a…
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  • The bracing chill

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Winter's hanging on here in RehabLand. I took a walk tonight in the brisk air after dinner. Glad I had on many layers and a good hat to cover my ears.Work is still work, but at least, I'm rousing the troops. Things I've been trying to accomplish are finally falling into place. Even without a lot of executive buy-in, we're getting things done. It's going to change the dynamics of what we do in many ways.I had a interview recently for a new job. It'll mean leaving the Hotel, but staying in the same hospital system. It really stressed me out (because I was a half hour early), but I was happy…
  • No planes, no trains, just automobiles

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It's snowy in RehabLand and now Dahey's decided to get a new car (used really). The old Swedish monster has too many problems to solve, so we may as well look for something else.  Most of the searching has been given to me. He just likes to veto what I find.We thought we found an old VW in good shape. On his test drive, one of the indicator sticks broke. The salesman was pressuring us to buy it. It was snowing like mad. My husband wanted more maintenance information from their repair staff. The salesmen wouldn't call them or look it up online.I finally told the salesman the only way we'd…
  • TGIF to all

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:08 pm
    After my week, I needed a Friday!So glad I'm not an NP at the Hotel, because there was all sort of debates this week about them and other midlevels. The doctors are restless, and they are starting to irritate our midlevel staff.Happily, I got all my work done and I escaped. Dahey, Bubba and I went to our local fish fry with friends. It was fun.Hope you enjoy your weekend wherever you are!
  • The light bulb moment

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:29 pm
    While I was reading some articles on being productive, I ran into this one and it summed up the Hotel to a T. We have had nothing but management changes for the last four years.I don't consider myself an older employee, but the Hotel has a wide variety (and more older) people in our area. This part was very familiar.When I noticed the age difference between my colleagues and me, I immediately thought, “There’s no way they’re going to respect a young girl who’s fresh out of college.” And what’s worse: I let these thoughts infiltrate my management style—I avoided confrontation…
  • The range of topics is endless

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:16 pm
    No, folks, but it surely seems that way.How my day went today:1. Took Bubba to school again today since it's still below freezing. Guess he's just spoiled, even if his walk to school is short.I don't want Children/Family Services getting my license for frostbite, if you know what I mean!2. Went to work and Dahey actually called in the AMIt is a miracle. He's forgotten his phone every day but today. Somehow, he never forgets his lunch.3.  Sat down at my desk to do "paperwork" (aka trees we kill in the name of a "paperless work environment".) Realized it was time to get up almost three…
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  • Trying to decide who is the best travel nursing company?

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    One of the most common questions we see about travel nursing is simply “Who is the best travel nursing company out there?” That question was posed last week on the Gypsy Nurse Facebook Group and the results have just come in. You can check them out here: The advice we typically give when asked this question is that there is no best company, just the one that is best for you. However lists like these can give you a place to start when you are just beginning to travel or looking for a new agency. You can also check out the travel nursing…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: How is a Travel Nurse housing stipend calculated?

    David Morrison R.N.
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    Ask a Travel Nurse: How is a Travel Nurse housing stipend calculated? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I understand that the housing allowance varies from region to region and even city to city, but how is a Travel Nurse housing stipend calculated? Is the allowable stipend it based on city/county housing? And how can I find an area’s values? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Unfortunately, the answer will never be the same from location to location and even company to company (one company may allocate more toward housing than another company, even on the very same assignment). Now companies can have a…
  • 23 Things People Get Wrong About Nurses

    Sarah Wengert
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Beyond Nurse Ratched: Check out 23 things people get wrong about nurses. In case you missed it, BuzzFeed recently posted an article (or listicle, as they call them) titled 23 Things People Always Get Completely Wrong About Nurses. These 23 things people get wrong about nurses were generated from a previous post at BuzzFeed Community asking: What’s The Most Infuriating Misconception About Nurses? In that post they acknowledge that nurses are the “unsung heroes of medical establishments everywhere” and that nursing is a very commonly and highly misunderstood profession. Here are a few of…
  • Happiest States in the U.S.

    Sarah Wengert
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    “Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!” In addition to being an excellent location to take a Travel Nursing assignment, folks in Alaska led the nation in well-being in 2014. That’s according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. (And we all know Gallup knows its stuff — having conducted an Honesty and Ethics poll, which named nursing the most honest, ethical profession for the 13th-year running in 2014!) The top 10 happiest states in the U.S., meaning the states with the highest Well-Being Index score in 2014 are: Alaska Hawaii South Dakota Wyoming…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s a fair hourly pay rate for Travel Nursing?

    David Morrison R.N.
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s a fair hourly pay rate for Travel Nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What’s a fair hourly pay rate for Travel Nursing? For example, I used to work for $38 per hour. Now I want to travel, and an agency quoted me $20 per hour for Miami. Am I getting ripped off with that pay rate? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: If you used to work for $38 per hour and are then going to get paid $20 per hour for the exact same job, then yes, you are getting ripped off. However, a Travel Nursing assignment is likely not the same as the position in which you were making $38 per hour.
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    Phil Baumann

  • No Intelligence Without Motion

    Phil Baumann
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    I like this reversal of the alien intelligence metaphor: rather than figuring out how consciousness from another solar system works, build our own “alien” intelligence. Furthermore, rather than building new kinds of intelligence as an imposing of logical/intellectual properties, start from motion and perception – because that’s the origin of whatever is called intelligence. Check it out:   [Link to Youtube]
  • They Don’t Make Dudes Like This Anymore

    Phil Baumann
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Robert Anton Wilson on BS (Belief Systems). (Sound partially NSFW). I like Wilson’s idea of the “Reality Tunnels” – we all live in our own reality tunnels. The trick is to be aware that you’re in them – so often, people live their whole lives living in one reality tunnel without ever wondering that maybe – just maybe – there are others they aught to at least be checking out. [Youtube link]
  • Marrying versus Dating Ideologies

    Phil Baumann
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    It’s okay to question the political impulses that Social Media can carry you. (Actually, it’s an obligation.) Read the TOS of ideologies. Think-through the consequences of a political ideology that sounds good to you. There’s a reason all successful political movements (from the left to the right) select catchy, short phrases. The Retweet is thousands of years old. You don’t disagree with yourself because, well, you’re you. You couldn’t be wrong, could you? – in spite of the fact that there are billions of other Yous out there, all of whom agree with…
  • 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…
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  • daughter nursing

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:54 pm
    My daughter finished her nursing program two years ago.She did well at school but failed the test 3 times. She is discouraged. Any ideas as to how to get her back on track. she took kaplan and another prep class but no luck with the test. Any ideas would be great. The post daughter nursing appeared first on RealityRN.
  • First week of nursing school

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:44 pm
    So this was my first week of nursing school I go Monday thru Thursday I’m exhausted and its gunna take me sometime to get used to this new schedule but besides that we started doing a check list of evaluations ex. Assessments, gloves, QSEN, basic stuff and we are allowed 3 attempts to complete each different evaluation. When I practice with my classmates I seem to know what I’m doing but as soon as my instructor evaluated me I choked (as in forget how to do what I’m supposed to do because I am so nervous). I started sweating and hands are sweating and really just stiffen up.
  • Where do I go from here?

    7 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    In 2003 my LPN license was revoked for taking medications from the facility that I was employed. My addiction was so bad at the time, that I didn’t even have the courage or the strength to fight for myself at a hearing. Through the last 10 years, my disease had such a hold on me that I lost all sense of who I was, and what I meant to those around me. I struggled through arrests, incarcerations, and rehabs over a tumultuous 10 years, until I finally became honest with myself and got the help that I needed. I have been clean now for over two years, and continue with relapse prevention and…

    2 Feb 2015 | 2:43 pm
  • NCLEX Application denied

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    My nursing application for testing was denied due to a misdemeanor domestic violence with a sibling. I’m going before the board of nursing in a few months. I have no idea what to expect or what the process is. What is the likelyhood of me getting to take my nclex? The post NCLEX Application denied appeared first on RealityRN.
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    Nurse Practitioners in Business | RSS Feed

  • Go Beyond Burnout

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Did you know (she said “tongue-in-cheek”) that healthcare providers get burned out? Yes we do. It does not matter if you are a nurse practitioner (NP), a physician assistant (PA), a physician (MD/DO), a registered nurse (RN) or any other type of healthcare provider…we sometimes just get burned out. Our work is rewarding but it’s hard. Cynthia Howard, RN, CNC, PhD has a story to share and some help for those who are feeling burned out in her various workshops. The next is coming up in Seattle later this month. Even if you can’t make it, take a look and see if she…
  • Graduate Education Scholarships

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    While this is not a topic about business, I am often asked about scholarship information for RNs who are returning to school. Well the Nursing Economic$ Foundation is offering scholarships for nurses who are pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree.  Here are the rules: The Candidate: must be matriculated or matriculating into an accredited, degree-granting, Masters or Doctoral nursing program with an emphasis on administration or management for the 2015-2016 school year at a School of Nursing in the United States. must plan to continue in the field of nursing with a career interest in nursing…
  • Art of Nursing 2.0 – Join me!

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
      I am very excited to be participating in the Art of Nursing 2.0 this coming Nurses Week! Yes, I know, it’s a bit into the future, however, you’ll want to sign up now and mark your calendars. It’s a four-day series bringing together 16 extraordinary nurse pioneers to share their thoughts on how we can bring back the art of nursing – that healing presence and patient-focused practice first envisioned by Florence Nightingale. I know how passionate you are about the nursing profession, so I wanted to personally invite you to join us and explain how you can register.
  • Nurse Practitioners in 2015

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    “Nurse practitioners are leading the charge and growing the nation’s access to patient-centered, accessible, high-quality health care. We want every American to understand the commitment, education and clinical training these outstanding professionals have. AANP will continue to encourage legislation that removes barriers to nurse practitioner-delivered health care services,” said AANP Chief Executive Officer Dave Heber The post Nurse Practitioners in 2015 appeared first on Nurse Practitioners in Business.
  • Let’s Talk About Billing: Webinar 01-11-2015

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    What healthcare provider does not need to know about coding and billing? You need this information if you are in business for yourself…AND you need this information if you work for someone else. On Jan 11, 2015, I will be joined by two experts to discuss this very topic. Join us for this free, community webinar on coding and billing at 5pm Pacific.  (Check your time zone at Watch the video for more information and then register at Registration: If this does not work, here is the long…
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    American Nurse Today

  • FDA launches drug shortages app

    Rachel Bargeron
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    On March 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a free mobile app that identifies current drug shortages, resolved shortages, and discontinuations of drug products. Read more. The post FDA launches drug shortages app appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Associate degree nurses shifting to long-term care

    Rachel Bargeron
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    According to a study in Nursing Economics, many nurses with associate degrees who would have otherwise been employed in hospitals seem to have shifted to long-term care settings. Read more. The post Associate degree nurses shifting to long-term care appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Bariatric surgery safe option for pediatric population

    Rachel Bargeron
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Bariatric surgery doesn’t stunt the growth of obese children and adolescents when applied within a clinical pathway and is a safe option for those unable to loss weight through counseling and lifestyle changes, according to a study in <i>Obesity Surgery</i>. Read more  and read the study abstract. The post Bariatric surgery safe option for pediatric population appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA approves system to permanently treat varicose veins

    Rachel Bargeron
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    On February 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved he VenaSeal closure system (VenaSeal system) to permanently treat varicose veins of the legs by sealing the affected superficial veins using an adhesive agent. Read more. The post FDA approves system to permanently treat varicose veins appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA approves Farydak for treatment of multiple myeloma

    Rachel Bargeron
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    On February 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Farydak (panobinostat) for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma. Read more. The post FDA approves Farydak for treatment of multiple myeloma appeared first on American Nurse Today.
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    Sunbelt Staffing

  • Ten Questions You Should Consider Before Accepting a Travel Nursing Assignment

    Howard Gerber
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Starting a job as a travel nurse can be an exciting time. While you may look forward to seeing a new city and making friends, there are a lot of things to consider. Although two of the most important factors to consider are salary and benefits, there are other things to take into account. Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to ask some of the following questions. What shifts are available? Since nurses work around the clock, make sure you know what shift you will be working. Some nurses may be open to any shift while others may be averse to working overnights. In addition, you may…
  • Options in Nursing: Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse

    Howard Gerber
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Nursing can be a great profession. It is a career where an individual can know the work they do matters. Nurses have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of their patients. For those interested in the nursing profession, there are several options for the type of degree they can earn. One degree that usually can be earned in as little as a year is a practical nursing degree. One of big advantage of becoming a practical nurse is the relative quick entry into the field. For those who choose to become a registered nurse, it can mean two to four years of schooling. Practical nursing…
  • Working as a Nurse Traveler as a New Grad

    Howard Gerber
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    If you are getting ready to graduate from nursing school or are a recent graduate, you may be considering working as a traveler. After all, working as a travel nurse can be a great experience. Not only do you have the opportunity to see different parts of the country, you get to meet new people and have new experiences. Travel nursing may seem like the perfect choice, but you may wonder if working as a nurse traveler is a good idea this early in your career.  Advantages for New Grads There can be a few advantages to working as a traveler if you are just starting your nursing career. For…
  • Is an Online BSN Program Right for You?

    Howard Gerber
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Congratulations if you have decided to take the next step in your nursing career and get an advanced degree! Earning a bachelor’s of nursing degree can open new doors in the medical field. Nurses who earn a BSN degree may have the opportunity to work in management, education, discharge planning, and more. If you are thinking about where to attend school, an online program may be a good fit. Online programs work especially well for nurses who are working either as a traveler or at a permanent position. But an online program may not be for everyone. Advantages and Disadvantages of an Online…
  • Sunbelt Musical Therapist Will Speak At Global Online Music Therapy Conference

    Howard Gerber
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
        Michelle Westfall, MS, MT-BC, the first ever musical therapist we hired at Sunbelt Staffing, will be speaking to a global audience of musical therapy professionals at the 2015 Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT)! Prior to joining Sunbelt in September of 2014, Michelle earned her undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and her graduate degree at Radford University in Radford, VA. Her volunteer work involving older patients with dementia served as inspiration for her 2015 OCMT speaker session on Music Therapy for Reducing Anxiety and Stress for…
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    Soliant Health

  • So You Want to Become an OT?

    Carmela Nazareno
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    If your passion is helping people achieve a better quality of life, then you’re on the right track considering a career in healthcare. Nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals share this same passion, but there are few occupations that truly make it possible for people to achieve independence and enjoy life to its fullest. One […]So You Want to Become an OT? is a post from: Soliant Health The post So You Want to Become an OT? appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Tips for Fitting in as a Healthcare Traveler

    Tera Tuten
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    It is the night before your first day at a new travel assignment. Even if you are an experienced healthcare professional, you may be nervous. It is never easy being the new person. Starting fresh can be both good and bad. It is exciting to get to know people and learn new things. But it […]Tips for Fitting in as a Healthcare Traveler is a post from: Soliant Health The post Tips for Fitting in as a Healthcare Traveler appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • School Psychology FAQs

    Carmela Nazareno
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Most of us have a general understanding of what a psychologist does: provide mental health care. But did you know that there are more than 56 different divisions of the American Psychological Association? In the U.S. alone, there were 160,200 reported psychologist jobs in 2012, a majority of which were clinical, counseling, and school positions. Speaking […]School Psychology FAQs is a post from: Soliant Health The post School Psychology FAQs appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Speech Therapy Activities So Lovely & Sweet

    Carmela Nazareno
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Love is in the air… but your Valentine’s Day-themed lesson plan shouldn’t be! On today’s post, we’re sharing our favorite Valentine’s Day speech therapy ideas that don’t require too much time or effort to prepare. Did we mention that they are available for FREE? Makes them that much sweeter, doesn’t it? Craving Cupcakes – You’d be […]Speech Therapy Activities So Lovely & Sweet is a post from: Soliant Health The post Speech Therapy Activities So Lovely & Sweet appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • 5 Things New Nurses Need to Know Before Their First Shift

    Carmela Nazareno
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    You did it. You’ve successfully completed nursing school. You’ve survived exams, clinicals, and more all-nighters than most people can handle.  Your vigorous job hunt has led you to your very first job as a nurse and you can’t wait to make your debut in the real nursing world. Keep in mind: nursing school may not have […]5 Things New Nurses Need to Know Before Their First Shift is a post from: Soliant Health The post 5 Things New Nurses Need to Know Before Their First Shift appeared first on Soliant Health.
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    Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

  • Nursing Home Employee’s Whistleblower Lawsuit Moves Forward

    Pearl Griffin
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    There were over 16,000 nursing homes in the U.S. by the year 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 1.7 million beds, of which 86 percent had been occupied. An elderly lives in a nursing home for an average of 2.5 years before eventually dying or leaving the home due to lack of funds given by the family. The employees abuse thousands of these nursing home residents or patients every year. Most of these incidents are rarely ever reported. Since 66 percent of all nursing homes in America are for profit, the owners avoid reporting any incident that might give…
  • Alzheimer’s Patients Frequently Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

    Pearl Griffin
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    Sending your loved ones to a nursing home might be a growing concern for you, especially if you are aware of the number of Alzheimer’s patients who have been victims of nursing home abuse each year.  Nursing homes cater for almost 75 percent of Alzheimer’s patients every year. These Alzheimer’s patients are 80 years of age or more. Dementia, whose leading cause is Alzheimer’s, eventually takes away the life of the affected patient. In 2012, almost two-thirds of the people affected by Alzheimer’s have died in nursing homes, according to a report published by the Alzheimer’s…
  • As Nursing Home Profits Increase, So Does The Risk of Injury

    Pearl Griffin
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    The entire purpose of any for-profit corporation is to make money and to continuously implement new strategies that will increase profit and reduce expenses. How far is too far though when a company puts its own needs above those of the people it serves? The ten largest for-profit nursing care companies were put to the test last year in a study that compared their care to that of government agencies and not-for-profit homes. Researchers were alarmed at just how stark the contrast was between nursing facilities that existed to make a profit and those that didn’t— and the results did not…
  • Feeding Tubes In Elderly – A Complex & Debatable Procedure

    Pearl Griffin
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the most controversial medical practices impacting patients of all ages is the use of feeding tubes. These medical devices are often used as a means to provide nutrition and hydration to residents who are unable to consume food on their own. Increasingly, however, nursing homes are resorting to the use of feeding tubes as a way to provide nutrition to residents. The issue is that families of nursing home residents are often not well-informed about the risks associated with the use of feeding tubes. The Harmful Effects of Feeding Tubes When a stomach tube is implanted in an individual,…
  • Elder Abuse: Scary Numbers Substantiate Major Problems

    Pearl Griffin
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Recent statistics indicate that nursing home abuse is a societal issue of great magnitude in the U.S. As the baby boomer generation continues to climb into its retirement years, discussions of nursing home care are likely to continue to intensify and become more popular. Elder abuse continues to be a major problem in the U.S. and must be resolved. Hospitals and nursing home facilities must treat elderly citizens with the respect and care that they deserve. In addition, elderly individuals are also provided with certain legal rights under federal laws. It is vital that people in the U.S. are…
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    Off the Charts

  • Recalling the Why of Health Care Reform

    Jacob Molyneux
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    By Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor In a brief analysis of the gradual rollout and effects so far of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the start of this year (“The ACA Continues to Run the Gauntlet”), I reviewed a few of the issues the law was intended to address when it was passed in 2010: * the highest per capita expenditures of any health care system in the world * consistently worse outcomes on measures such as infant mortality rate than most other developed nations * increasing numbers of uninsured Americans each year, to over 50 million in 2009, the year before passage of…
  • Addressing Alarm Fatigue in Nursing

    Jacob Molyneux
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    by flattop341/via flickr By Amanda Anderson, a critical care nurse and graduate student in New York City currently doing a graduate placement at AJN “Will you please silence that alarm?!” The nurse is on the phone, and can’t reach the screaming cardiac monitor. It’s a normal request, considering that we’re working together in an ICU and the alarm has been ringing for awhile. But her request for silencing the alarm isn’t issued to me; she’s talking to the unit clerk. Stuck in my patient’s room, I watch as this untrained staff member taps the flashing rectangle on…
  • AJN in March: Post-ICU Syndrome, Workplace Conflict Resolution, Prostate Cancer Options, More

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    AJN’s March issue is now available on our Web site. Here’s a selection of what not to miss. New program for postintensive care syndrome (PICS). With increased ICU survival rates, we are seeing more complex cognitive, physical, and psychological sequelae. The authors of “Critical Care Recovery Center: An Innovative Collaborative Care Model for ICU Survivors” share how they created and implemented an evidence-based collaborative care program for ICU survivors to reduce morbidities that can affect their quality of life. This CE feature offers 2.5 CE credits to those who take the…
  • Tips for Getting a Nursing Job Interview in the Age of Electronic Applications

    Jacob Molyneux
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    Julianna Paradisi, RN, OCN, is an oncology nurse navigator and writes a monthly post for this blog. The illustration is by the author. Twenty-plus years ago I was job hunting in Portland, without a local connection in health care. Prepared with an Oregon nursing license, I applied for the only two open pediatric ICU positions in the city, found in newspaper want ads. The positions were in the same unit. Having several years of PICU experience, I was hopeful that I’d get an interview. Two weeks went by without a phone call for an interview. Worse, I noticed that only one of the postings…
  • The Delicate Dance for Stability

    Jacob Molyneux
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    By Patricia O’Brien Loïe Fuller sketched by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec/via Wikimedia Commons In college I got a part-time job as a companion to an elderly widow named Fran, driving her around town and assisting with errands: post office, hairdresser, the market, her psychiatrist. The routine was set, and all was well for many months. But one day, something unusual happened. Fran opened her door with a grand flourish, eyes shining. The television, radio, and blender were blasting. “Shall we go,” I asked, hurrying to turn off the noisy electronics. “Fran,” I observed,…
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    The Nursing Site Blog

  • More Great Inventions from Nurses

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It's catch-up Friday again. Here are some great new products, apps, and links from our nurse colleagues. Check them out! Be inspired. Find great products and resources. Many Thanks to Horizon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Renewed Interest in Patient-Centered Care

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Patient-centered care is not a new idea. It was quite popular when I was in nursing school in the mid 1970's. It's what drove me out of hospital-based care and into home health care within three... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Home Health Aide Information

    16 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    From Source: window.amznpubstudioTag = "daretodreampr-20"; ©2009 - present by Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN -- All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nurses Week 2015 Theme: Ethical Practice Quality Care

    13 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    From May 6-12, 2015, we will celebrate National Nurses Week and honor the excellent quality care nurses deliver to patients every day. Nurses have once again been voted as the most honest and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • TRAYBL Makes the Nurse's Life Easier

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Another nurse entrepreneur, Joyce Harrell, hits the nail on the head with her invention of this versatile TRAYBL. This great patented design actually creates valuable extra space in the tight squeeze... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    JParadisi RN's Blog

  • Hope is a Feathered Thing

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    Hope is the thing with feathers t
hat perches in the soul,
 and sings the tune without the words, 
and never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard;
 and sore must be the storm
 that could abash the … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Nursing From Within, a Fresh Approach to Putting Out Fires and Self Care Work Arounds

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    In her book, Nursing From Within, a Fresh Approach to Putting Out Fires and Self Care Work Arounds, Elizabeth Scala, MSN, MBA, RN takes on the chronic dissatisfaction most nurses experience at some juncture in their career. With change rapidly dominating … Continue reading →
  • Normal Is a Cycle on the Washing Machine

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    In my mind, as long as the weather is good, summer isn’t over. However, the beginning of the new school year, and the return of football indicates that ritual outweighs my imagination. Sigh. It’s good to let an imagination run … Continue reading →
  • Where Science, Humanity and Art Converge

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    JParadisiRN blog began by discussing art and nursing. For the most part it remains so, through observations of the way science, humanity, and art converge, transferring these observations into blog posts. Nursing is a tactile profession, at least when practiced … Continue reading →
  • Latest Posts: AJN’s Off the Charts & New Nurse Niki

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:17 am
    Drawing From Life is my latest post for Off the Charts, the blog of the American Journal of Nursing. It posted yesterday. Often the lines between art and nursing easily blur, like soft charcoal lines smudged on paper. You might … Continue reading →
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    DiversityNursing Blog

  • Skydiver has Seizure 9,000 Feet Up [VIDEO]

    Erica Bettencourt
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Bailey Johnson  Some people like skydiving. Good for them. Some of us would prefer to stay on the ground where it's safe. But, you know, this video is sort of comforting in a way, because it shows that skydiving instructors are well-trained and know how to respond in a crisis. In another way, of course, this video is ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. The video description has it all: "Possibly the scariest moment of my life. On the 14th of November 2014 while doing stage five of my Accelerated Free Fall program I have a near death experience. At around 9000ft I have a seizure while attempting a…
  • Decline In Smoking Rates Could Increase Deaths From Lung Cancer

    Erica Bettencourt
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Sandee LaMotte More people may die from undiagnosed lung cancer because they don't qualify for low-dose CT scans, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The researchers blame current screening guidelines that have remained the same despite the decline in smoking rates in the U.S. "Our data raise questions about the current recommendations," said Mayo pulmonologist, Dr. David E. Midthun, one of the study authors. "We do not have the best tool to identify who is at risk for lung cancer." Current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines recommend annual…
  • Virginia Girl With Cancer Gets Epic Sweet 16 Surprise Party

    Erica Bettencourt
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    LIZ NEPORENT Throwing a surprise “Sweet 16” party in the age of cellphones and social media is no easy task. But an entire Virginia community pulled it off for a girl with cancer. The night of her birthday, Abby Snider thought she was going to give a speech to help raise money for the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation, a local charity that provides non-medical support for the families of kids with cancer. It was all part of an elaborate ruse to bring the teen to the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia, last Thursday evening, where 100 people (including a team…
  • When Screening Tests Turn Healthy People Into Patients

    Erica Bettencourt
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Markus MacGill As part of its campaign against "too much medicine" The BMJ has published reviews that question the value of screening for breast cancer in women and aneurysm in men - asking whether the harm of "over-diagnosis" outweighs the benefit of detecting and treating real cases of disease. In the case of breast cancer, the analysis of the history of screening for the disease, written by a public health expert, calls for "urgent agreement" in the debate and controversy that exists between scientists. For abdominal aortic aneurysm, the review about screening men who…
  • A Surgery Standard Under Fire

    Erica Bettencourt
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
      PAULA SPAN What she wanted, the patient told the geriatricians evaluating her, was to be able to return to her condominium in Boston. She had long lived there on her own, lifting weights to keep fit and doing her own grocery shopping, until a heart condition worsened and she could barely manage the stairs. So at 94, she consented to valve replacement surgery at a Boston medical center. “She never wanted to go to a nursing home,” said Dr. Perla Macip, one of the patient’s geriatricians. “That was her worst fear.” Dr. Macip presented the case on Saturday to a meeting…
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    Nursing Examiner

  • Nurse’s Guide to Stethoscopes

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Nurse’s best ally in the clinical area is the ever dependable stethoscope. This tool of the trade has proven its value whenever nurses perform physical assessment to patients. It’s like you can’t go to work without it. This indispensable equipment has become a major status symbol for doctors and nurses in checking and monitoring patient’s physical condition. Lately, we see nurses use assorted latex-free stethoscopes in various colors to match their favorite scrubs. But there’s more in making the stethoscope part of your  fashion ensemble to consider when…
  • Interprofessional Collaboration in Nursing

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    If you will be able to provide a caption for the cartoon below, what would it be? I know you are thinking of failure to collaborate between healthcare professionals that can lead to poor healthcare services. Poor communication has also been identified as the primary factor of both medical malpractice claims and major patient safety violations, including errors resulting in patient death. This article will focus on the nature and benefits of interprofessional collaboration and the competencies needed by every healthcare member to accomplish it. Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Every…
  • Maintaining Effective Communication With Patients

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    One of our best tools as nurses is communication. And in my experience, communication is both an art and a skill that must be mastered. Remember, that we have to deal not only our patients but also their families, the doctors, and other health care professional involved in his/her care. Just imagine if a nurse is not able to deliver the correct message to these persons? This article will review some of the very important points in performing the right and effective communication techniques. Communicating effectively with patients and families is a cornerstone of providing quality healthcare.
  • Delivering Breastfeeding Success as a Lactation Consultant

    Marcelina Hardy
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    Infants thrive best on their mother’s milk. It’s the natural way to feed an infant. The problem is that even though it is natural, it’s not easy to do. Breastfeeding can be a challenging job for a mother, which is why lactation consultants are available. What Is a Lactation Consultant? A lactation consultant works in a hospital, medical facility, or private office providing advice, care, and education to mothers and the medical community about breastfeeding. The mission of the lactation consultant is to help mothers successfully nurse their babies. Lactation Consultant Salary The salary…
  • Nurses on HIPAA and HITECH

    4 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    One of the tenets in working in the healthcare industry is to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of a patient’s health information. This is an ethical and legal obligation that every healthcare provider or personnel should uphold. With the advent of computers and other electronic technology, we are now able to maintain electronic files which allow us more flexibility in communicating information between offices, hospitals, and clinics, as well as cutting down on the space requirements for storage. In addition, we are better able to track and analyze data that helps us to be more…
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    FlightBridgeED - Critical Care Education for Nurses and Paramedics - Latest blog entries

  • Get Rid of Dopamine in EMS!, What about Levophed?

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
        In this podcast, we take a look at the ever changing world of EMS and how the critical care arena is playing into the decision to carry specific medications. Dopamine has always been the staple inopressor medication for all EMS ambulances.  We’ve always had access to this medication, but limited access to other excellent vasopressor and inopressor agents.  However, the decision to use the medication, and the paramedic’s understanding of its mechanism of action, weighed heavily on how and when it was utilized.  Obviously, it was used on different levels based…
  • Get Rid of Dopamine in EMS! What about Levophed?

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
        Get Rid of Dopamine in EMS The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 52 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, dopamine comes under fire in the pre-hospital setting. Is this old school medication finished? Join us as we investigate the issues surrounding why we should Get Rid of Dopamine in EMS.   Podcast Download (MP3) ENHANCED UNAVAILABLE Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher Listener Survey   Full Text:  Seymour. Prehospital intravenous access and fluid resuscitation in severe sepsis: an observational cohort study. Critical Care 2014;18:533 …
  • 3 Amazing Concepts

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
      3 Amazing Concepts The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 50 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, Eric draws the map to some interesting and controversial new research. What is REBOA? Do you really need that cervical collar? Does dopamine deserve to be ditched? Join us for this, and the next 3 episodes to hear the complete dialogue in this series of 3 Amazing Concepts!   Podcast Download (MP3) ENHANCED UNAVAILABLE Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher Listener Survey   Mean Brenner - REBOA Morrison.
  • Do We Understand Oxygenation?

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
      The Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve can be confusing... However, it's an essential aspect to understanding oxygen physiology in critical care. Think of it as a "Manual for Dating". In a healthy relationship you have a good date, really like that person, but don't mind dropping them off after an evening out because you know you'll see them again. Hemoglobin picks up and drops off O2 when needed. (Normal Curve) In another scenario, you pick up your date, but don't really like them too much, so you can't wait to get the date over. You drop them off fast! In a Right shift, hemoglobin…
  • Hemodynamic Compromise in Trauma

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
        Dead space is something we need to always look at and calculate when dealing with our ventilator patients.  We can calculate dead space in 2 different ways. 1. 1 mL/pound of ideal body weight (neonates, pediatrics, small adults) 2. 150 mL/breath (normal sized adults) Understanding the difference between minute ventilation (VE) and alveolar minute ventilation is important.  All that’s great. But how does that affect our patients?  How does it affect our patients with hemodynamic instability?  Do we treat our trauma patients different than an ARDS patient?
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    Noggin Blog

  • Friday Funnies: Twitter Accounts for Slow Shifts

    Nikki Yeager
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you need a break from studying or you're working a night shift and need an unending supply of laughs, these accounts will help get the chuckles flowing.Overheard in the ERNurse HumorNursing Jocularity 
  • Debriefing: A critical step in the simulation process

    Nikki Yeager
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    We recently did a webinar "How to get the most out of simulation hours while using an EHR - in reference to recent NCSBN report" and discussed how you can be sure to do effective simulations as we move to more and more simulation hours in lieu of clinical opportunities. One of the big takeaways we'd like to share is a simple step that can greatly increase the quality of your simulations or skills done in your lab: debriefing. If your school has access to an EHR system or is using EHR Tutor, students can chart their activities while in the lab and practice a truly realistic…
  • Join our webinar! How to get the most out of simulation hours while using an EHR - in reference to recent NCSBN report

    Nikki Yeager
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Join our Webinar: How to get the most out of simulation hours while using an EHR - in reference to recent NCSBN reportFebruary 17, 2015 at 3:00pm ETRegister here: Diane Yeager, Founder of EHR Tutor and, will be discussing a few ideas for how to get the most out of your simulation time in light of the new NCSBN study on simulation hours vs. clinical hours. We'll be sharing ideas specifically related to using an EHR system to enhance the simulation experience in this 20 minute webinar. To learn…
  • Friday Funnies: Things only Nurses will find laughable

    Nikki Yeager
    6 Feb 2015 | 3:06 pm
    The things we find funny...Important instructions. Here's to knowing your audience! When a regular enema isn't enough, you need an Atomic Enema!
  • Nursing Shortage Stats and Job Outlook for RNs

    Nikki Yeager
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Yesterday we found this nifty little infographic from Adventist University of Health Sciences in our inboxes. It looks like they've compiles all the current nursing shortage stats in one convenient pic. It looks like California has both the largest nursing shortage and highest salary -- something to keep in mind for RNs looking to relocate or just entering school. It may be worth picking a California RN program, solely for the job opportunities afterward.That being said, a few of us in the office have been eyeing the Alaska stats. Travel nurses? Adventure? Glaciers? Sounds like it could be a…
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    The Nursing Daily

  • Inspiration for Nurses and Students

    The Nursing Daily
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Good morning current and future nurses‬!! Just know that NO MATTER how hard Work/School is, you are making a difference in the world. You may feel under appreciated or mistreated but you are Critical to thehealthcare‬ mission! Somewhere, right now, your patient is telling their family "what a great nurse you were because THEY ARE STILL ALIVE! Its all because of you! You rock nurses!!! 
  • Want to Pass NCLEX Use these APPS!

    Daily Nurse
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Check out these latest Apps on Android and Amazon Market. Pass #Nclex at 75 questions!Download them here for Google play> 
  • Ebola...Exposed?

    Daily Nurse
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
         Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).      Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in Africa.Transmission is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids (blood, urine, feces, saliva, tears, seaman,…
  • What is Mesothelioma Cancer?

    Daily Nurse
    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

    Daily Nurse
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Every nurse can relate to this! :-)
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    Travel Nurse Source Blog

  • The Basic Guide to Travel Nurse Housing

    Travel Nurse Source
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Travel nursing usually has two different offerings for housing; you could be agency placed or receive a housing stipend. Depending on the assignment itself and the location housing can differ wherever you decide to travel to. The benefits of being agency placed is that you do not have to go off searching by yourself which […] The post The Basic Guide to Travel Nurse Housing appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Call-off Conduct: Do Travel Nurses Get Sick Days?

    Travel Nurse Source
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    In the travel nursing industry, an unspoken rule is that you just can’t miss any of your shifts. So what do you do if you’re sick as a dog and don’t want to end up in the doghouse at work? Unforeseen circumstances like illness are difficult (and impossible) to avoid, especially for healthcare professionals who […] The post Call-off Conduct: Do Travel Nurses Get Sick Days? appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Easy Meal Ideas for Travel Nurses

    Travel Nurse Source
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    Sometimes travel nurses don’t always have a lot of flexibility in their schedule, which means that sometimes being able to find time to eat healthy can be nearly impossible. Whether you are being called in earlier than expected or an emergency appears and you have to rush to the hospital, you will find yourself having […] The post Easy Meal Ideas for Travel Nurses appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • What are “Strike Nursing Jobs?”

    Travel Nurse Source
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    There’s been a whole lot of nurses going on strike lately in the news. From California Kaiser’s nurses announcing their strike last month, to nurses from University of Chicago announcing theirs just a couple days ago. It all basically comes down to nurses banning together sick and tired of certain problems over sick leave, benefits, […] The post What are “Strike Nursing Jobs?” appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • History’s Most Famous Nurses

    Travel Nurse Source
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Believe it or not, the nursing profession as we know it, is less than 150 years old! Before that, hospitals/medical practice were relatively unsafe and many people just treated their sickness at home. It wasn’t actually until the 19th century that nurses even began having any formal training at all–it was typically just nuns or […] The post History’s Most Famous Nurses appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
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    The Care Connection

  • ACOs Q & A: Part 2

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    <p>In <a href="">part one</a> of this two-part blog series, nursing expert, Betty Frandsen, RN, NHA, MHA, CDONA/LTC, C-NE/MT, explained what accountable care organizations ACOs are and how providers are paid within an ACO. In this post, Betty answers our LTC-specific questions about ACOs in our own communities.</p> <p>CC: <strong>How can my facility learn more about ACO opportunities within our community?</strong></p> <p>Betty: Most ACO models exist…
  • ACOs Q & A: Part 1

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    <p>In this two-part blog series, the Care Connection (CC) asks long-term care nursing expert, Betty Frandsen, RN, NHA, MHA, CDONA/LTC, C-NE/MT, to help us understand ACOs and what we need to be doing as LTC professionals.</p> <p>CC: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>What are ACOs and how did they come into existence?</strong></p> <p>Betty:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of providers and suppliers of services that work together to coordinate care for Medicare…
  • Take 5: Overview of the MDS and RAI Process

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    <p>From care planning to reimbursement, the MDS drives both the clinical and the financial sides of American nursing homes. In this five-minute video, AANAC's Vice President of Content and Curriculum Development, Judi Kulus, provides a brief introduction to MDS 3.0 and explains the importance of the RAI process in resident care and facility payment.&nbsp; Add this free video to your new staff orientation and training.<iframe width="470" height="281" src=""…
  • 10 Long-Term Care Tweeters to Follow

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    <p> </p> <p>With more than 500 million tweets sent every day, filtering through the vast amount of information and useless material posted to Twitter can be a challenge; however, if you&rsquo;re looking to stay engaged in online conversations about aging, healthcare, and long-term care, then Twitter can be a great resource. Here are ten LTC tweeters to follow. </p> <p><strong>American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination &nbsp;</strong><a…
  • Techniques to Conquer Procrastination

    3 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    <p>True story. About 10 years ago, I purchased a video titled <em>Overcoming Procrastination</em>. I&rsquo;ve never even opened it. </p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s putting off conducting staff performance appraisals, updating policy and procedure manuals, developing strategic departmental goals, or tackling our own issues with procrastination, we all avoid important tasks from time to time.</p> <p>People procrastinate for many different reasons. They may be:</p> <ul> <li>Unengaged by unpleasant or boring tasks</li>…
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    Sue's Blog

  • Comment on Disinviting frustration

    Susan, NCSBN
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    @lakeara36: If you read the student reviews and testimonials, you'll see that lots of people think our review course is really great and that our NCLEX-style questions really helped prepare them for the exam. You've obviously found my blogs - be sure to take a look at "To think or to overthink" and "Just do it!" for tips and hints about how to answer NCLEX-style questions. You may also find it helpful to listen to our Question Dissection podcasts - these are where I explain why the correct response is the best response for many of our review questions. And remember, you can always write to me…
  • Comment on Disinviting frustration

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Yes, it's very frustrating! I feel like its the hardest thing for me to overcome. I failed nclex pn 3 times. The school I went to wasn't the best! We didn't learn anything hands on in clinical. I have a background as a CNA and I feel like that was a slight problem for me because as an aide you don't need to critically think how you do as a nurse. I find myself having difficulty understanding what the question Is asking. I've done Saunders, ATI, and a friend taught me how to use the decision tree from Kaplan. At this point I'm confused. So that's why I purchase learning ext. I'm going to stick…
  • Comment on Disinviting frustration

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Yes, it's very frustrating! I feel like its the hardest thing for me to overcome. I failed nclex pn 3 times. The school I went to wasn't the best! We didn't learn anything hands on in clinical. I have a background as a CNA and I feel like that was a slight problem for me because as an aide you don't need to critically think how you do as a nurse. I find myself having difficulty understanding what the question Is asking. I've done Saunders, ATI, and a friend taught me how to use the decision tree from Kaplan. At this point I'm confused. So that's why I purchase learning ext. I'm going to stick…
  • Comment on To Think…Or To Over-think

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    Thank you for the good tips and advices :)
  • Frustration

    Mandy, NCSBN
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:13 am
    Is studying for the NCLEX frustrating? Read Sue’s blog for her thoughts about disinviting frustration.
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