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  • References Are Key To Your Career!

    Digital Doorway
    Keith Carlson
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    When you're applying for a job as a nurse or healthcare professional, having a pool of stellar references from which to draw is key. However, you also need to nurture and maintain that list of references so that it's up to date and ready to work for you!Always AskHave you ever received a call out of the blue asking you to provide a professional reference for a nurse you used to work with? What was it like to be surprised by that call? Were you taken off guard? If you haven't been on the receiving end of such a call, don't you think it would be better to know the call is coming before it…
  • Four Sources of Fast Correctional Nursing CE for Recertification or Relicensure

    Correctional Nurse . Net
    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Does this sound familiar? Notice arrives that your CCHP or CCHP-RN certification or your nursing license is due next month. Plenty of time to get the required continuing education (CE), right? The notice is set aside (if you are like me it gets printed and set on the pile on the right side of my […]
  • AAP: Dietary calcium, vitamin D promote bone health in youths

    AANP SmartBrief
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Dietary calcium is important for strengthening the bones of children and teens, but it cannot work effectively without vitami -More- 
  • Report examines safety, quality framework at medical practices

    ANA SmartBrief
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    An Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study found 86% of survey respondents said their medical practice has a strong  -More- 
  • US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia

    Nursing News
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    29, 2014. . Medecins Sans Frontieres employees wearing protective gear receives an ambulance carrying suspected victims of the Ebola virus at MSF's Ebola isolation and treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday Sept.
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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • Four Sources of Fast Correctional Nursing CE for Recertification or Relicensure

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Does this sound familiar? Notice arrives that your CCHP or CCHP-RN certification or your nursing license is due next month. Plenty of time to get the required continuing education (CE), right? The notice is set aside (if you are like me it gets printed and set on the pile on the right side of my […]
  • Wake Up and Smell the Contraband! (podcast)

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    Joe Bouchard, corrections author and educator, is a librarian for the Michigan Department of Corrections.  He joins Lorry to talk about contraband and what nursing staff, particularly new staff, need to know.  Joe is well known in the corrections community as an expert on this topic. His book Wake Up and Smell the Contraband! is […]
  • Struggling to Define Caring in Correctional Nursing

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Correctional nurses face a daily struggle to care for their patients while delivering much-needed healthcare in a restricted environment where they may also fear for their own personal safety. How can nurses truly care for and care about their inmate patient population? This is a question many of us in the specialty grapple with as […]
  • Patient Identification: Is the Right Patient Getting That Medication?

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently I reviewed the medication administration practices at a small city jail. The nurse had been there many years and was able to complete the delivery of medication on 3 floors of inmate cells very quickly. In the unit common area she called out the names of the inmates. Inmates would present themselves and a […]
  • August 2014 Correctional Health Care News Round-Up (podcast)

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Correctional nurse experts, Mari Knight and Kathy Wild, join Lorry to discuss the latest news in our specialty. Prison EHRs Improve Coordination of Care A study was published in the Health and Human Rights Journal about the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) across 12 jails in New York City between 2008 and 2011. This […]
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    Nursing News

  • US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    29, 2014. . Medecins Sans Frontieres employees wearing protective gear receives an ambulance carrying suspected victims of the Ebola virus at MSF's Ebola isolation and treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday Sept.
  • PM pledges 7-days-a-week GP access

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson walk through the ICC in Birmingham on their way to an event during the Conservative Party conference David Cameron has promised "many more" family doctors after the general election in order to deliver a pledge of extended-hours access to a GP seven days a week for every NHS patient in England. Doctors' leaders warned that there would need to be significant additional funds and staffing to implement the pledge, announced by the Prime Minister at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.
  • Residents blast proposal to privatize Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    The county is considering transferring ownership of the 360-bed facility to an appointed local development board. Hundreds of people attended a public hearing in Goshen Monday about whether the county should get rid of a health care facility in order to save taxpayers money.
  • Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs. In a letter released Thursday, the senators urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to follow through on plans to loosen restrictions on the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
  • UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the accelerating West African crisis. The spread of Ebola has spiraled into the worst ever outbreak, and the World Health Organization says it is has linked more than 3,000 deaths to the disease, although that is likely an underestimate of the true toll.
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    Digital Doorway

  • References Are Key To Your Career!

    Keith Carlson
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    When you're applying for a job as a nurse or healthcare professional, having a pool of stellar references from which to draw is key. However, you also need to nurture and maintain that list of references so that it's up to date and ready to work for you!Always AskHave you ever received a call out of the blue asking you to provide a professional reference for a nurse you used to work with? What was it like to be surprised by that call? Were you taken off guard? If you haven't been on the receiving end of such a call, don't you think it would be better to know the call is coming before it…
  • Where Has Nurse Keith Been?

    Keith Carlson
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Well, it seems that the last few weeks have run away from me, and here we are on the precipice of autumn. My, how time flies in the worlds of nursing, coaching, writing....and life! Over these last weeks, my wife Mary and I have moved house and office to a beautiful new space in our beloved cohousing community in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In fact, here's a photo.....And in case you've been wondering, I am still offering self-care and career development retreats here in "The City Different", and you are more than welcome to come see us in the high desert of the beautiful Southwest. In terms…
  • Hop Aboard the Linked In Train!

    Keith Carlson
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Since its inception, Linked In has been helping savvy professionals connect and build robust networks with like-minded colleagues the world over. Are you on board, with Linked In, or is your profile gathering digital dust? Do you feel confused by Linked In? Do you want a robust profile but don’t know where to begin? While you may see Linked In as simply another form of social media, it's actually a very powerful search engine cleverly disguised as social media. How do we professionals find each other in a crowded digital universe? Linked In is the go-to platform for recruiters and…
  • The Nurse Kneels

    Keith Carlson
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Kneeling in front of an elderly home care patient earlier this week, I rested my chin on the handle of her walker as she spoke to me of her troubles and tribulations. I looked into her eyes, and I had a crystallizing moment that instantly reminded me of the reasons I like home care so much. Nurses, have you also experienced such moments in the course of your days?Resting on that walker while kneeling on my patient's questionably clean carpet, I achieved a sense of deep momentary respite as I listened to her voice and empathized with her feelings, allowing the rest of the day to melt into the…
  • Infographic on The Future of Nursing

    Keith Carlson
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    This infographic just came my way, and I wanted to share it with the readers of Digital Doorway. Your reactions to these statistics and prognostications are welcome. Do you feel that the job prospects are as good as the infographic portends? Are the median salaries accurate in your region of the country? How do you feel about the potential changes in baseline nursing education requirements? Comments are encouraged! Source:
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    Scrubs - The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles » Scrubs – The lifestyle magazine for nurses

  • Study finds that 25% of U.S. hospital expenditures go to administrative costs

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    iStock | Jumpstock Hospitals in the United States spend more money on administrative costs than many other international hospitals, according to a new study from Health Affairs. In the U.S., 25.3 percent of all hospital expenditures are administrative costs. As a nurse who’s on the front lines of healthcare every single day, does this surprise you? The study looked at administrative spending in eight countries; the other countries in the study were Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Clearly, a variety of different types of healthcare systems were…
  • 3 tips for making the best of your first few days as a nurse

    Scrubs Editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    Every working nurse can tell you that it’s not easy being the new nurse on the floor. But there are certain steps you can take, right from your very first days on the job, to get the best out of your nursing career. In this week’s episode of “The Katie Duke Show” on ScrubsBeat, Katie Duke discusses what it takes for nursing newbies to stay sane and confident throughout the first few days (or months!) on the job. Get her tips here: Do you have any helpful advice for new nurses? Share your comments below!
  • 10 more heavenly shifts you’ll eventually have

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    iStock | Rufous52 What makes up an amazing nursing shift? Not long ago, we explored the five heavenly shifts you’ll eventually have. These great scenarios are particularly important to remember when you’re in the depths of one of those rough shifts that are inevitable from time to time! But we wanted to expand on those five and give you a chance to chime in on what would make up your most heavenly shift. On Facebook, many of you responded by filling in the blank: “A great shift to me is when _____________________.” Of course, we got many fantastic answers and wanted to…
  • New study says we live in (and travel with) our own unique germ clouds

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    iStock | Hongqi Zhang We’ve seen how fast germs can travel throughout hospitals. Now we may have a clearer picture of how those germs travel once they leave the building. New research published in Science finds that the bacteria, viruses and yeast that live on and around our bodies form something of a cloud that is unique to every one of us. While that cloud travels with us, what we leave behind can be used as an identifier—perhaps even a better way to track people than DNA or actual fingerprints. Researchers studied seven families for the study (18 people, three dogs and one cat) over…
  • Scrubs Caption Contest!

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Last Week’s Winner “Really Philomina, A Nurses meeting at shift change! Posted last week, oh heck no…I was off the weekend and it WASNT there friday…does it look like we dont have a life????” Submitted by R. Vincent L.p.n. This Week’s Contest – September 29, 2014 What’s your best caption? Leave it in our comments. Be sure to check back next week when we pick the winner! See our past winners here! Image Source: Flickr
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  • Engaged, Inspired, and Ready to Build a Better Web

    Michelle W.
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania. Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September. I flew across the country to spend time in a mountain lodge with a bunch of strangers I met on the…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Eighties

    Ben Huberman
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A theme named after the decade that gave us daring teen comedies and cutting-edge synth pop was bound to be a crowd-pleaser. And indeed, in the few weeks since Eighties was released, it’s garnered tens of thousands of fans who are using it on their sites. Eighties may have been created with personal bloggers in mind, but its balance of striking visuals and flexible design makes it a good choice for anyone looking for a memorable, easy-to-customize website. Here are some of the theme’s most noteworthy features, already expertly used by our favorite Eighties early adopters. A…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 5

    Mark Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    We’re back with another collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress! You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations. Publishers, writers, keep those stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making (Tim Maly, Quiet Babylon) After a successful “creators’ conference” in Portland, Maly asks some tough…
  • Around the World in Eight Photos

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Join us as we explore the world through the street photography tag on Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat. On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge. Photo by Andy Townend We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
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  • What's NOT right with the world

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    1.  I could not believe this when I read it. Charging a victim of rape for a rape kit? Really? Add insult to injury and a little financial burden, why don't you?2. Product branding in the age of social media savvy terrorism. No, I don't think I'd change the name of my product.3. I feel the same way about the weather. When will it really be fall...for two days in November?That is all. Monday will be over soon enough. Just felt the need to vent....ah!
  • 'Tis the retire

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Not me (I wish!) but certainly a lot of people around the Hotel are retiring. More than a few messages have appeared in my mailbox for parties for people leaving at the beginning or the end of the month.It's even happening at the Hotel. A couple of our folks are retiring. They are looking forward to lives where THEY dictate what the schedule looks like. I can't say that I blame them. Others, such as one of our NPs, can't wait to be a grandma (any minute really!).  What perfect timing...retire and spend as much time as you want with your grandchild. Another is working on his/her golf game…
  • Yes, it's non-formulary at the Hotel

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    And no, contrary to popular belief, we don't supply it, either, but this order was entertaining:MARIJUANA (MEDICAL) AS DIRECTED INHALATION AS  NEEDEDI always tell the flower children to go to the state next door (since they wrote this character's script.)Alas, they continue to patronize our local drug dealers, even if it means we'll kick them out and some of our surgeons will refuse to operate on them if they need it.Just a thought.More later...
  • Family reunion fun

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    All of the nurses myself included (a retired CRNA, retired COHN and a peds nurse) talk about disgusting stuff while eating BBQ. Pressure sores somehow seemed to be one of the big topics. Even the peds nurse (newly engaged) had a gross story. Her fiance went to talk to the cousin who was doing the cooking. Thank goodness our family has a (warped) sense of humor. Everyone has been through some horror (or two) and survived.Makes things very entertaining along with that snow cone machine my cousin brings every year.Never a dull moment.Stay tuned...
  • Old school communication

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Call me a dinosaur, but I still love my e-mails. Especially stuff from the listservs I'm on.Rehab nurses who rarely speak out about anything will have long, torrid discussions via listserv about the best way to put on a leg bag and how many times a night to turn patients.It may be old, but it is still highly entertaining.
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  • 13 Ways to Keep your Scrubs Looking Great

    Natasha LaBruce
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Stay so fresh and so clean with these 13 ways to keep your scrubs looking great. Hi there, it’s Natasha from Tafford. We are so excited that the guys at Travel Nursing Blogs asked us for some advice about keeping scrubs looking great! If you haven’t heard of Tafford, we’ve been selling scrubs since 1986 and are known for the first retailers for selling holiday print scrubs. So you might say we know a thing or two about caring for your scrubs. Scrubs are not just the essential nurse’s uniform, they are meant to be clean and sterile at the beginning of each shift for the safety of our…
  • Help Inspire Future Nurses!

    Sarah Wengert
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Give a Helping Hand: Create a quick video to help inspire future nurses! I recently got the awesome opportunity to see Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey speak — he was hilarious, inspiring, and informative. One of the coolest things he said had to do with helping people that come behind you in your profession. Spacey’s own mentor, the famous Jack Lemmon, told him: “If you have done well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.” What a great sentiment! As a nurse, you obviously care a lot about your profession. You care about patients and the delivery of healthcare,…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: What questions should I ask my Travel Nurse recruiter?

    David Morrison R.N.
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: What questions should I ask my Travel Nurse recruiter? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What questions should I ask my Travel Nurse recruiter that I probably wouldn’t know to ask? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: There is no “set” list of questions you should ask, other than those on which you feel you need more information. If you don’t understand what a “tax advantage program” entails, how the company handles your housing, if they match anything for their 401K plan, basically anything on which you lack knowledge, feel free to ask. Your recruiter…
  • 4 Ways Travel Nurses Can Keep Their Energy Up

    Sarah Wengert
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I’ll Take Two!: Coffee can be a Travel Nurse’s best friend when it come to re-energizing. To state the utterly obvious, nursing is exhausting work! And, as a Travel Nurse, you’re often just as on the go on your days off — out exploring the world and all the cool stuff to see and do around your current location. So how can a Travel Nurse keep his or energy up with everything they’ve got going on, both on and off the job? Here are 4 ways Travel Nurses can keep their energy up: Eat Right I know it’s hard when you’re so busy, but try to make time to eat right and you’ll…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: What can I expect for Travel Nurse housing?

    David Morrison R.N.
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Ask a Travel Nurse: What can I expect for Travel Nurse housing? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am planning to start Travel Nursing soon and I have no idea what to expect or ask about when it comes to housing. What can I expect for Travel Nurse housing? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Hopefully before you sign anything, you are told what to expect in the form of housing. While many companies will provide a one-bedroom apartment, free of charge, there are companies out there who utilize extended stay hotels to save money on housing. So, you will want to discuss this up-front with your recruiter and…
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  • 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.
  • Reported to The Board of Nursing by a Nursing Home

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    I need some help. My name is Elizabeth and I am an LPN. I just found out this morning I am being reported to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing from a nursing home I worked a shift at a couple weekends ago. I was a travel nurse and was the only nurse assigned to the entire hall of a facility I had never been to before because they had several nurses that didn’t show up and my medication aide for the hall didn’t show up either. Anyway after I had already passed all the meds for one hall, I got passed to another hall because they didn’t have a nurse. I started passing meds for all these…
  • Nursing After Addiction

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    I have been a nurse for 15 plus years and was busted halfway through my career for stealing narcotics that were never wasted as a pediatric ER nurse in some of the top ER hospitals in the nation and then later receiving a well deserved felony for writing fraudulent scripts and then doing two years in jail walking out with a destroyed career and nothing but wreckage to piece together the best way I could and there was no room for self pity if I was going to do it successfully. That was a horrible run on sentence but then again I am a science /nursing major not an English…
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    Nurse Practitioners in Business

  • 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…
  • 7 reasons NOT to Start a Healthcare Practice

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    While Nurse Practitioners can and do make great business owners, not everyone is cut out to start, own or operate their own healthcare practice. Here are 7 reasons why you may NOT want to start your own practice (at least not right away): 1. You are risk adverse. You need and want a guarantee that everything will work out perfectly. If the thought that cash flow might be a challenge at times causes you to have an anxiety attack before you even open your door, you should reconsider your decision to start a practice. While it will be your goal to reach a level in your business where this is a…
  • SAGEClinician Podcast App

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Listening to podcasts can sometimes be a challenge and SAGEClinician is no exception. It all depends on the podcast app (or podcatcher) you are using. We’ll we’ve just made it easier for you! I am thrilled to announce that the SAGEClinician podcast app is available in your favorite app store including: Apple iTunes Google Play Store Amazon App Store Windows Phone 8 Windows 8 The app will allow you to stay up to date with the podcast, share with networks on Twitter and Facebook, allow for continuous play, and download and star your favorite episodes.  Plus it gives you an easy way to…
  • 5 Low Overhead Practice Ideas

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
      Starting a practice does not have to be a high cost ticket item. Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice clinicians who want to start a practice often have questions about startup cost, loans, employees, size of clinics, and more.  For many of us, the models of care we see take place in small, medium, large and mega sized clinics. However, it’s wrong to assume that is the only way to deliver care to your patients. There are many ways to start a practice on a shoestring budget or smaller. You don’t necessarily need a lot of space, and for that matter, you may not need…
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    American Nurse Today

  • Osteoporosis: bone health in childhood ‘is an important factor’

    Rachel Bargeron
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Click here to read more. The post Osteoporosis: bone health in childhood ‘is an important factor’ appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA clears glucose monitoring system for use in critically ill patients.

    Rachel Bargeron
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    On September 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared a new indication for the Nova StatStrip Glucose Hospital Meter System, extending its use to critically ill patients who have been hospitalized. Read more. The post FDA clears glucose monitoring system for use in critically ill patients. appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Alzheimer’s patients feel emotion even after memories loss

    Rachel Bargeron
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Patients with Alzheimer’s disease can experience prolonged emotions related to an event even though they don’t remember the event that caused the emotions, according to a study in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. Read more. The post Alzheimer’s patients feel emotion even after memories loss appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Multitasking with media devices may change brain structure

    Rachel Bargeron
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    According to a study in PLOS One, people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to those who use just one device occasionally. Researchers caution that the study reveals a link rather than causality and that a long-term study needs to be completed. Read more  and read the study. The post Multitasking with media devices may change brain structure appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Diabetes rates in the US ‘leveling off’

    Rachel Bargeron
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Click here to read more. The post Diabetes rates in the US ‘leveling off’ appeared first on American Nurse Today.
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    Sunbelt Staffing

  • 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…
  • Safeguarding Your Health and Safety on the Road

    Carmela Nazareno
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Living away from home and working as a healthcare traveler may mean being away from your regular doctor, dentist and your normal routine. You also may not be familiar with the neighborhood or know you way around. All of the factors above can cause you to slack off when it comes to your well-being and safety. But there are plenty of things you can do in order to safeguard your health and safety on the road. Before You Leave Consider having a checkup before you leave. Have the appropriate medical tests for your age, and make sure your immunizations are up to date. But don’t forget to also see…
  • September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Howard Gerber
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Most people are familiar with pink ribbons, which symbolize support for breast cancer awareness. But you may not know what gold ribbons represent. Gold ribbons represent childhood cancer awareness, and September is childhood cancer awareness month. As a healthcare traveler, even if you have not cared for children with cancer, the disease may have touched your life. Unfortunately, it touches the lives of thousands of children and their families every year. Cancer is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 14, according to the National Cancer Institute. Children are…
  • Working a Healthcare Travel Job in New York City

    Howard Gerber
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    It is called the Big Apple and the city that never sleeps. Whatever nickname you use, New York City can be a great place to work as a healthcare traveler. NYC has a lot of large hospitals as well as smaller facilities, which may often be short staffed, which creates a demand for healthcare travelers. If you land a travel job in New York, you will have plenty to do and see. Working in the City New York City is divided into different regions or boroughs, and the cost of living differs in each. For example, Manhattan is very expensive, while the Bronx may be somewhat cheaper. Keep in mind, cheap…
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    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.
  • How to Find Career Prosperity in Home-Based Health

    Tera Tuten
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    With the upcoming increase in the aging population, the job growth in this field is expected to be excellent, with up to 50 percent more jobs by 2018, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. That translates into roughly half a million new jobs, which is faster growth for the occupation of home health […]How to Find Career Prosperity in Home-Based Health is a post from: Soliant Health The post How to Find Career Prosperity in Home-Based Health appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Is This the Best Diet for RNs Working Night Shifts?

    Tera Tuten
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Night shifts can cause a myriad of challenges that wreak havoc on your body and mind. Working in artificial light can shut down your melatonin production, which helps regulate digestion, hormones, and your ability to think clearly. Disrupting your circadian rhythms can interfere with sleep patterns. And there’s usually no where to go exercise in […]Is This the Best Diet for RNs Working Night Shifts? is a post from: Soliant Health The post Is This the Best Diet for RNs Working Night Shifts? appeared first on Soliant Health.
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    Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

  • 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,…
  • How Quickly Can Bedsores Develop on a Nursing Home Patient?

    Pearl Griffin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Decubitus ulcers, commonly referred to as bedsores or pressure ulcers, develop in individuals that are chair bound or bed bound for an extended period. Many ulcers begin forming in as little as a week when lying or sitting in the same place. On average, bed sore developing skin ulcers become serious in less than a month of being bound to a chair or bed. Bedsores on the skin are caused by continuous pressure and irritation at any specific location on the body. However, bedsores tend to be common on a prominent bony area including the buttocks, hips, elbows, back of the head, shoulders, lower…
  • Memory Care Facilities Emerging Specialty In Senior Care Industry

    Pearl Griffin
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:41 am
    As work continues on a 23,000-square-foot memory care center in Weston Wisconsin, it is important to remember that this is just one of the many facilities currently being built throughout the country. Because of the increased number of people who have memory-related illnesses, these types of ‘memory care facilities’ are only going to increase in number. In fact, the number of people in Wisconsin alone who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease are expected to be around 202,000 by the time 2035 comes around, almost double the number of the current 120,000 Wisconsin residents with Alzheimer’s…
  • Mealtimes Turn Dangerous In Senior Care Facilities

    Pearl Griffin
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    The Rookery home in Walcott found out that mealtimes could in fact be dangerous – and in this case even fatal. Paul Relton had a specific care plan that specified that he required one-to-one supervision when he was eating. His food also needed to be cut into minimal pieces in order to avoid choking. However, on October 14, 2012, Mr. Relton finished his own meal and then took a cheese roll that belonged to another resident. He placed it in his mouth. A support worker at the home says that he took Mr. Relton out of the dining room and brought him into the lounge, this was done to ensure that…
  • Reports From Nursing Home Inspections Frequently Lag Behind

    Pearl Griffin
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    When Mary Chiu discovered the bedsores that her 85-year old mother was struggling with, she was shocked to say the least. Her mother suffered bedsores on her big toe, heel, left leg, and the one on her backside was deep enough to where it exposed the bone. Hospital treatments for the sores and subsequent bacterial infections became standards, upwards of a half a dozen times her mother needed to go to the hospital. Her mother finally passed away because of respiratory failure months later. Slow justice indeed Because Mary Chiu wanted a thorough investigation of the nursing home, she wrote the…
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    Off the Charts

  • AJN in October: Getting Inpatients Walking, Calciphylaxis, Nurses and Hurricane Sandy, More

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    AJN’s October issue is now available on our Web site. Here’s a selection of what not to miss. Calciphylaxis is most often seen in patients with end-stage renal disease. “Calciphylaxis: An Unusual Case with an Unusual Outcome” describes the rare case of a patient diagnosed with calciphylaxis with normal renal function, and how the nursing staff helped develop and implement an intensive treatment plan that led to the patient’s full recovery. This CE feature offers 2.5 CE credits to those who take the test that follows the article. To further explore the topic, listen to a podcast…
  • If You Want to Write, Do It (and Skip the ‘Weaseling Qualifiers’)

    Jacob M
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Photo by mezone, via Flickr. Are you one of those people—nurse or otherwise—who daydreams about writing (a personal essay about a formative experience, an article about a quality improvement project you took part in, a blog post about some aspect of nursing) but can’t seem to find the proper way to get started? Since the weekend is coming and the October issue of AJN is now live on our Web site, it seems a good time to draw attention to “On Writing: Just Do It,” the editorial by Shawn Kennedy, AJN‘s editor-in-chief. Kennedy points out the one idea common to most…
  • What Our Readers Had to Say About RN Staffing in Nursing Homes

    Jacob M
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief Earlier this month, AJN’s managing editor Amy Collins wrote a post about nursing homes, basing her discussion on a New York Times article by Paula Span at the paper’s New Old Age blog that examined efforts to address the inadequate number of registered nurses (RNs) in nursing homes. While federal regulations for agencies that receive Medicare or Medicaid require 24-hour nursing services, they only require an RN to be on site for eight hours daily. According to Span, 11.4% of nursing homes did not meet this requirement. Collins found…
  • The Underlying Connection Is Nursing

    Jacob M
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    photo by author Marcy Phipps, BSN, RN, CCRN, ATCN, TNCC, an ICU nurse who recently took up flight nursing, is an occasional contributor to this blog. I recently experienced a series of events that seemed interconnected and orchestrated. It started with my usual morning run. I was jogging out of my neighborhood, already sweating in the summer heat and absorbed—coincidentally—in an audio podcast about trauma care, when I came upon a man sprawled in the middle of a usually very busy thoroughfare. His motorcycle, badly damaged, was lying on its side next to a car with a crumpled door panel.
  • Ebola: Infection Control Resources Make All the Difference

    Jacob M
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    This post is follow-up to our widely shared post (“Ebola: A Nurse Epidemiologist Puts the Outbreak in Perspective”) by AJN clinical editor Betsy Todd. The author, Amanda Anderson, is a critical care nurse and graduate student in New York City who is currently doing a graduate placement at AJN two days a week. Her last post for this blog is here. By CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. CDC image library. I don’t know a single nurse who likes…
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    Nursing Novellas Blog

  • Cowgirls vs. Creativity Assassins: It’s Time to Pick a Side

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    What do you want to be when you grow up?” I recently asked a five year-old girl. “A cowgirl,” she said without missing a beat. “So I can ride cows.” “I know the word ‘cowgirl’ must be confusing,” I explained with a laugh, “but cowgirls actually ride horses.” “I know,” she said. “Not me. I want to ride cows.” “Tell me more,” I said after a brief pause. “Why cows instead of horses?” “Because cows aren’t as rough as horses. They may be slow, but they won’t buck you off. And you can drink their milk when you’re done riding them. You…
  • I am Strong: The Power of Positive Thinking

    2 Dec 2013 | 10:57 am
    Here’s a little experiment for you to try with a partner. First, ask your partner to raise his arm to the length of his shoulder and extend it out to his side. (Make sure there aren’t any medical issues in this arm or shoulder).  Stand behind your partner and ask him to say this phrase aloud five times: “I am strong.” After he says the phrase five times, press your wrist down on his forearm. Tell him to resist you as much as he possibly can. Push downward, firmly but gently, like you’re trying to move his arm down to his side. Chances are he’ll be able to resist you and keep his…
  • Wax, Weirdness, and What Makes Us Wonderful

    27 Aug 2013 | 12:24 pm
    I confess – I’m a slob. Well, maybe slob is too strong a word.  Maybe the word I’m looking for is messy.  Mildly… no, moderately messy.  Maybe there’s even a politically correct term for it.  Organizationally challenged? All I know is that once I reached adulthood and no longer had parents to force me to clean my room, my surroundings have been a mess ever since.  Don’t get me wrong – I love the idea of organization.  I aspire to it.  I will carve out hours of my life to clean, declutter, file, lather, rinse, and repeat.  But within a matter of days, or sometimes…
  • Chickens, Loving Intention, and my Sparky Middle Finger

    21 Jun 2013 | 12:36 pm
    The middle finger of my left hand now has a nickname.   Sparky.   This nickname was acquired a few weekends ago when I took a two-day class in energy healing.  I’d heard of this energy healing stuff before, but hadn’t put a lot of thought into it. Upon an invitation from a friend who was serving as one of the instructors, I decided to give it a try.   Bright and early on a Saturday morning, I was joined by ten other students.  We first took a HIPAA-esque vow to maintain confidentiality about what would happen that weekend.  While the experiences of the others in the…
  • Lions and Tigers and cardboard boxes, oh my!

    2 May 2013 | 6:14 am
    Just for laughs…. Lions and Tigers and cardboard boxes, oh my! Enjoy! AGV
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    The Nursing Site Blog

  • 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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  • HCAHPS Score -- Focus From Day One

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you understand what HCAHPS scores are and why they are important to your job? Or do you only know that your supervisor brings the scores to staff meetings and yells at you to improve?! Your HCAHPS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • More Recognition from

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    We are once again in Great Company with these 15 Awesome Nursing Blogs to follow from Thanks again for the recognition. window.amznpubstudioTag = "daretodreampr-20"; ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Nurse Story

  • #nursesfightebola Calling all nurses who use #SoMe 9/20 and 9/21!

    Terri Schmitt
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    When I first read about the Ebola outbreak in Guinea sometime last winter, I did not pay much attention to it. Nine months later over 2000 people have died, the majority of them women who cared for family members, it has spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria. In watching this disease grow, what’s moved me the most are the written accounts and stories from the front lines. For me, one of the most moving pieces was this recent article in the New York Times. As the situation has developed into a full-scale epidemiological crisis, American nurse leaders have worked to call…
  • A letter to healthcare providers from a fellow provider turned patient: Advice for your practice

    Terri Schmitt
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:12 pm
    by Terri Schmitt, Editorial Board Dear Health Care Provider, Recently, I have had more interactions with the healthcare system in which you work, specifically with you as my provider and I as the patient or family. The past few months have served as an important reminder that the majority of the time I do not enjoy interacting with the healthcare system and neither do my patients. This role reversal has served as a good time to reflect on my own practice.  After a recent visit I jotted down the following list of advice, from the patient perspective: 1.)    Hire at least one good…
  • Nurses Week 2014! Post Recycling… what’s your story?

    Terri Schmitt
    4 May 2014 | 3:50 am
    This is for you… Because every nurse has a similar story somewhere in their years of service. Thank you for being nurses. Thank you for continuing to read this blog. Maybe the posts will begin to pick up in frequency… I’ll keep you posted. I know I am recycling a blog posting from a few years ago, but I am doing so for two reasons: 1. Each of you have a story or an ‘ah ha’ moment when you knew this profession was for you, for life.  You need to share those. Perhaps now is the time?  Maybe here? 2. This baby still haunts my memories.  He was more than an…
  • Student post #2: 39 Days

    Terri Schmitt
    2 Feb 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Today we launch our second choice in undergraduate nurse writing from Dr. Kezia Lilly’s RN-BSN informatics course at Southwest Baptist University. is honored to feature Kathryn Horine an acute care nurse in Springfield, Missouri. About Kathryn: Kathryn is a 24 year-old who has been an RN since 2013.  She works in Cardiac ICU for Mercy Hospital.  She recently became engaged to her fiancé Michael.  She enjoys being outdoors, reading, and being with family. She is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and has a goal of visiting every Major League Baseball stadium in the…
  • Encouraging Student Writing: Kindness Matters

    Terri Schmitt
    24 Jan 2014 | 8:21 am
    As moves to a model of sharing and encouraging up-coming nurses to write, we are looking for innovative nursing faculty to inspire their students to write.  Board member Dr. Kezia Lilly did just that months before the re-launch with her undergraduate RN-to-BSN nursing informatics course.  Students wrote a personal story or thoughts about nursing and then peer reviewed each other’s work and chose several top postings to submit for posting. was the lucky recipient of six of these anonymous postings and the board reviewed and voted in our…
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    JParadisi RN's Blog

  • Normal Is a Cycle on the Washing Machine

    Julianna Paradisi
    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

    Julianna Paradisi
    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

    Julianna Paradisi
    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 →
  • The Adventures of Nurse Niki Moves to Mondays!

    Julianna Paradisi
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    I’m having fun re-prioritizing a few things, one of which is my other blog, The Adventures of Nurse Niki: fiction so life like, it’s almost real. I’m enjoying writing fiction more than I’d expected. Niki and her friends have integrated into my … Continue reading →
  • The Sacred Space of Patient Care

    Julianna Paradisi
    19 May 2014 | 7:22 am
    One of my hands is soaking in a shallow bowl of soapy water, while a nail technician holds the other, turning it one way, then the next. She files my chipped and broken nurse’s fingernails into a more attractive shape. … Continue reading →
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    DiversityNursing Blog

  • Why America’s Nurses Are Burning Out

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    By Dr. Sanjay Gupta Annette Tersigni decided at the age of 48 that she wanted to make a difference. She attended nursing school and became a registered nurse three years later. “Having that precious pair of letters – RN – at the end of my name gave me everything I wanted,” she writes on her website. Before long, Tersigni discovered the rewards – as well as the physical and emotional challenges – that come with nursing. “I was always stressed when I worked, afraid to get sued for making a mistake or medical error,” says Tersigni, who was working in the heart…
  • 14 Items That New Nurses Should Have in Their Bag

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    By Rena Gapasin If you are a nursing student or new nurse, you are probably wondering what you will need in your work bag. Aside from your personal stuff, what are the things you bring that signifies you are a nurse? These nursing supplies listed below are a must if you want to do your job efficiently. The most common supplies nurses have in their bags are: Stethoscope This is one of the most important tools of the trade. Nurses use this tool to listen to things such as the heart, veins, and intestines to make sure proper function. According to Best Stethoscope Reviews, here…
  • How a coral farm in the desert could help 'grow bones'

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    By Ian Lee  Far from the sea, a man-made coral reef is taking shape -- and it could change medical operations forever. Step inside the OkCoral lab in Israel's Negev Desert and you'll find row after row of quietly bubbling fish tanks, each containing a precious substance. It is hoped the coral grown in this surreal "farm," could one day be used in bone operations -- encompassing everything from dental implants to spinal procedures. Unlike animal and human bones, coral can't be rejected by the body, say medical experts at the company CoreBone, which manufactures bone replacements from…
  • Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Truly Brave’ Video Will Make You Cry And Feel Inspired

    Erica Bettencourt
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
  • Share Your Experience for Transitional Care Research (NAHN)

    Erica Bettencourt
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    With the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and guided by a national advisory committee, a multidisciplinary team based at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to learn from clinicians or clinical leaders who are primarily responsible for transitional care services in health systems and communities throughout the United States.  Specifically, the team is conducting a research study designed to better understand how transitional care services are being delivered in diverse organizations.  Participation in this research survey is voluntary. If you are a clinician…
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  • Sharing the blog love

    Nikki Yeager
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    We were recently named one of the Top 100 Nursing Blogs and couldn't be happier! We try to update our blog as frequently as possible to share Nursing news, tips and tools for Nurse Educators and Nursing Students. So thank you for noticing us! The whole thing got us thinking, what other blogs do we like? We try to share resources for students and instructors, so we've posted a ton of links in the past. But as for general blogs? We've never ventured down that road before. So here  are some of our favorites: The Nerdy Nurse: For any tech-loving nurses out there, this blog is top…
  • How to use an EHR no matter what type of simulation experience your students have

    Nikki Yeager
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    When we talk to Simulation Lab Coordinators and Instructors, we've come across all sorts of setups. We've met High-Fidelity Sim Lab Coordinators, Nursing Instructors who use the old school, low-tech mannequins and instructors of new programs who are using a combination of virtual, paper and volunteer patients. Not only have we talked to each type of school, but we have all varieties of instructors and schools using EHR Tutor in effective, interesting ways. So just because your school does things a little bit different, doesn't mean your students can't benefit from the latest technology.
  • Smokers' Lungs vs. Regular Lungs: Most disturbing and simultaneously fascinating vine you'll see all day

    Nikki Yeager
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Look at this short video. Seriously, watch this video. It'll only take about 4 seconds: Watching lungs inflate outside of a human body is cool. But seeing how smoking REALLY impacts lung function is cooler.This is a great video to show students in an A&P class or to use in a project regarding the respiratory system. The original link can be found here:!
  • Great EMS Resources

    Nikki Yeager
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    We've posted a few teaching ideas for our new EMS module but it seems appropriate to also post some free resources for our EMS/EMT and Paramedic programs from around the web.4 Patient Assessment Scenarios - This blog post on EMS1 outlines four critical scenarios for every EMS student to understand. Like so many things, we often focus on rare, but potentially fatal, scenarios. However, so much of an EMT's time is spent with other more routine calls. This blog is great at making sure you prepare your students for those.Dealing with Emotions - One study ranked EMS workers as having a top-10 most…
  • Meaningful Use: A patient's role

    Nikki Yeager
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    As future nurses, medical professionals and healthcare instructors, we know you're all aware of Meaningful Use and how it's impacting providers' use of EHRs and EMRs. One thing we rarely focus on is the patients role in all this.For the Meaningful Use Stage 2 standards, one of the requirements is that 5 percent of patients access their records electronically. Which is tricky considering most healthcare professionals have a hard enough time getting their patients to coplete a full round of antibiotics or change a dressing on a wound after being discharged, let alone go to a computer and log in…
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    Certified Nursing Assistant Guide

  • 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…
  • How Much Money Does a CNA Make?

    Lanee' Blunt
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    By Lanee’ BluntStart a new career as a certified nursing assistant because it is an excellent way to enter the medical field. Many registered nurses began as a CNA and said it helped to further their career. They help patients with daily living care such as dressing patients, re-position and transferring them from their wheelchair to bed, they help them eat and other duties. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of nursing aides work in nursing homes and residential care facilities.Entry Level EducationThe training program is very fast paced. Some…
  • Certified Nursing Assistant

    Lanee' Blunt
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    By Lanee’ BluntCertified nursing assistants (CNA) help provide care to patients in nursing homes, and hospitals.  They provide care for the elderly, chronically sick, or rehabilitation of patients by assisting them with everyday living tasks. They work alongside of registered nurses and midwives in maternity services. You may choose to work in nursing homes, adult day care facilities, long-term care, as well as hospice care. There will always be a need for a skilled CNA. DutiesThe duties include providing basic nursing care for patients. Their job responsibilities are to clean and…
  • What are the Educational Requirements for a Certified Nurse Assistant?

    Lanee' Blunt
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    By Lanee’ BluntA certified nurse assistant is an important member of the healthcare team. They take care of residents in a long term care facility, a hospital, and a home-care environment. They provide basic care such as checking vital signs, cleaning and bathing patients, serving meals, helping residents eat and dress, and use the toilet. A CNA must complete a training program and successfully pass a knowledge test and a clinical skills test.EducationIn most states you must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. You must pass a State Police background check; have a valid…
  • How to Renew an Expired CNA Certificate

    Lanee' Blunt
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    By Lanee’ BluntA certified nursing assistant’s certificate is valid for only two years. You are required to work in nursing-related services and earn monetary compensation within the last 2 years in order to renew your certificate so that your name will stay on the registry. If a CNA has not met the requirements or has let their licenses expire they must reapply for a license. However, the requirements for renewal vary by state.Expiration DateIf you are renewing your license after the expiration date you may have to pay a delinquency fee. This will be an additional fee to your…
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    Nursing Daily

  • 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. 
  • Humor Pic of the Day

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Are you all getting ready for inspections???
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    Travel Nurse Source Blog

  • Nurse Job Forecast: Overcast Outlook or Sunny Skies?

    Travel Nurse Source
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Once upon a time there were bountiful jobs in the education field. Little boys and girls in America went to school to pursue jobs in education. But, as more and more bachelor-degree equipped grads flocked to jobs; they began requiring additional training such as particular training in a specialty of education to teach. Now, teaching […] The post Nurse Job Forecast: Overcast Outlook or Sunny Skies? appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Breaking Bad [Eating Habits]

    Travel Nurse Source
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Recent studies show that more than half of nurses are classified as overweight. Researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing found that 55 percent of the 2,103 female nurses they surveyed were obese. The causes seem to stem from job stress and the effect on sleep of long, irregular work hours (source: ABC […] The post Breaking Bad [Eating Habits] appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • September Sabaticals: Where to Travel this Fall

    Travel Nurse Source
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    A new season is upon us. The nights are getting brisk, the kids are going back to school and the leaves soon will change color and fall. For a natural-born adventurer like a travel nurse, its prime time to pick up your belongings  and head to a new place  to enjoy the autumn harvest.   […] The post September Sabaticals: Where to Travel this Fall appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Recipes to Woo Your Friends Labor Day Weekend

    Travel Nurse Source
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Savor the last weekend of summer! Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and you know what that means: BBQs, yard games, bonfires, and hopefully a three-day weekend! Labor Day weekend serves as the nation’s last Hoorah as the carefree season comes to a close. So whether you’re hosting a party personally or attending a friends’, it’s always […] The post Recipes to Woo Your Friends Labor Day Weekend appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • End of Summer Bucket List

    Travel Nurse Source
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
      Almost as quickly as it came, summer is sadly coming to an end. Each year, we all make summer bucket lists but in reality, do you ever really get through everything you wanted to do? Most people get too caught up in their work flow or just forget to take the extra time to […] The post End of Summer Bucket List appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
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