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  • Miami nursing home celebrates 70 years and four generations

    Nursing News
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The Floridean Nursing and Rehabilitation Center turned 70 this year, still being run by the fourth generation of the founding family.
  • US nursing supplies boosted by RNs' delayed retirement

    Nursing / Midwifery News From Medical News Today
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Older registered nurses are working longer than in the past, one reason that the nation's supply of RNs has grown substantially in recent years, according to a new study.
  • 7 (more) habits of highly effective nurses

    Scrubs - The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles » Scrubs – The lifestyle magazine for nurses
    Scrubs Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Thinkstock | Michaeljung Nurses are always in demand, but even more in demand are nurses who cultivate good habits that lead to success. For a nurse to move forward in his (or her) career, he needs to take advantage of every edge he can get his hands on, and sound advice that leads to good practices is one of the most precious things a nurse can get. The first part of this article discussed seven habits of successful nurses, but the words of wisdom don’t stop there! Here are seven more habits of highly effective nurses: They Stay Human A demanding schedule, difficult patients and other…
  • Nursing Apps of the Day NCLEX Q100

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    Ospot
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
      This App is an Awesome tool for New grads preparing for NCLEX. It offers 100 questions likely to be seen on NCLEX w/Answers & Rationales. Download today on Google play market. 5 star App.NCLEX DRUG GUIDE   This is a great NCLEX Drug Guide for Nursing students and Nurses ! Included are hundreds of drugs, vitamin, minerals, definitions, frequently used drugs, Common drugs on exams, etc... ENJOY! This app comes with an online search database for any medication right at your finger tips.    
  • Katie Couric Celebrates Nurses

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    Sarah Wengert
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Tune in on July 16th as Katie Couric celebrates nurses on her show, “Katie.” Whatever time zone you’re currently in, you should definitely tune in to today’s “Katie” on ABC, as host Katie Couric celebrates nurses, with a show themed “Celebrating Nurses.” “Katie” is a topical daytime talk show hosted by award-winning journalist and television personality Katie Couric. According to the show’s website, on July 16th, “Katie salutes nurses across the country. Meet the heroes who heal us, inspire us, and save our lives.” The episode is expected to feature Carolyn…
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  • Correctional Nurses: Always on Guard

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Personal safety is a growing concern in all nursing specialties. Patient violence can take place in the emergency room, on inpatient psychiatric units, and dementia wards. Correctional nurses are no strangers to the need for personal safety. We have visible proof all around us that our patients may turn violent. Officers often escort nurses around […]
  • Personal Safety During Medication Administration

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Jennifer didn’t expect to be the patient in the clinic room this morning getting her ankle evaluated. Just a short time ago, she was administering medications from a cart on one of the housing pods at a county jail as she did most weekday mornings for the last 14 months. This pod was for protective […]
  • Correctional Officers are from Mars; Nurses are from Venus –Communication in Corrections (podcast)

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Do you feel like you are working in another world when you enter your correctional facility? Then this episode is for you. Art Beeler, former Warden of the Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC, shares his unique perspective on good communication between officers and nurses. Art has some great advice for working with officers. As […]
  • Summer Fun: Top 5 Reasons You Know You Are A Correctional Nurse

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Hope you are including some fun in your summer. Correctional nursing is stressful. Relaxation, humor, and entertainment go a long way to keeping us sane in our crazy world. Nurses have a wild sense of humor, probably generated from a need to break the intensity of our work helping those who are suffering. It can […]
  • Correctional Nurse Guide to the Code of Ethics: Relationship to Patients

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Jason has been working intake screening at a county jail for over a year now. He has seen some unusual conditions and participated in many an emergency situation, especially when he is on night shift. This Saturday night is uneventful and he finds himself, once again, performing an intake screening on a homeless man who […]
 
 
 
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  • Got Soul, Nurses?

    Keith Carlson
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Nurses, what does it mean to have soul? Does it mean that you've read "Chicken Soup For The Nurse's Soul"? Does it mean that you listen and dance to James Brown? Does it mean that you cook with spicy food? Well, it could mean those things, but it's a whole lot more.Having soul is allowing your soul to shine through you. It means that your soul---or spirit, if that feels better---isn't crushed by the imperatives, limitations, restrictions and burdens of nursing. Having soul means that you know who you are, what you want, where you're going, and you don't feel that your job is crushing you into…
  • Nurse, Whose Shoes Are You Wearing?

    Keith Carlson
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    As nurses, we're often in the mode of "doing". We hang IVs, check vital signs, give treatments, dole out medications, and tend to multiple tasks, whether in the hospital, nursing home, school, patients' homes, or other venues. And when we're doing those tasks, we're generally wearing our metaphoric---and literal---nursing shoes.In the midst of the tasks to which you need to tend, a patient may voice a complaint, concern, worry or anxiety. Depending on the general trajectory of your day, that patient's need can either draw you into empathic conversation, or, conversely, it can cause you…
  • Nurses: Come Out of the Woodwork

    Keith Carlson
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Although Nurses Week is long over, the public face of nursing still needs a regular shot in the arm so that the public knows what nurses actually do. As nurses, do we describe our work in a way that gets the point across? Does the public know that we're more than the media makes us out to be? Quite recently, I reviewed the new documentary, "The American Nurse" on this blog, and that post (and our interview with the filmmakers on RNFM Radio) affirms that this film contributes greatly to broadening the view of who nurses are and what they do. From birthing to home care, from hospice to nurses…
  • Nurse Keith on Local Networking

    Keith Carlson
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:47 am
    Those of you who are familiar with me know that I'm a big fan of nurses using social media, and I've published many blog posts and videos about online networking. But what about local networking? Isn't it just as important to have a robust professional network right in your home town?Social media is great, and I've made friends and found business partners on Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and Google+, but I also don't ignore my professional network right here in my little city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.The following video offers my take on local networking and why it's important for you, both…
  • "The American Nurse"

    Keith Carlson
    31 May 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you haven't heard already, the new documentary, "The American Nurse", has been taking the country by storm since it's release during Nurses Week. If you haven't yet seen the film, brace yourselves and make sure you do so as soon as possible. It is a testament to our profession. For those of you who are fans of RNFM Radio, you may already know that the director, producer and one of the nurses featured in the film appeared on our show on May 5th in honor of Nurses Week, and that interview dug deep into the dedication and inspiration that underscore this important documentary. Here's an easy…
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  • 5 tips for surviving July’s influx of new interns

    Scrubs Contributor
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Thinkstock | Monkey Business Images Ltd. It’s suddenly hot—really hot. Overnight, the breezy skies of June have transformed into the steamy dog days of July. Just like that, it’s finally fully summer. The temperatures at work are rising, too. The first of July marked the yearly influx of a new host of interning doctors within America’s teaching hospitals—29,671 of them, to be exact. Of the roughly 5,000 hospitals in our country, about 22 percent are filling up with new first-years this month. Remarks along the lines of, “Oh god, no…” and eye rolls are typical greetings to…
  • Scrubs Caption Contest!

    Scrubs
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Last Week’s Winner Hawkeye, they said “say cheese,” not “cut the cheese.” Submitted by woundnurse This Week’s Contest – July 28, 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!
  • 7 (more) habits of highly effective nurses

    Scrubs Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Thinkstock | Michaeljung Nurses are always in demand, but even more in demand are nurses who cultivate good habits that lead to success. For a nurse to move forward in his (or her) career, he needs to take advantage of every edge he can get his hands on, and sound advice that leads to good practices is one of the most precious things a nurse can get. The first part of this article discussed seven habits of successful nurses, but the words of wisdom don’t stop there! Here are seven more habits of highly effective nurses: They Stay Human A demanding schedule, difficult patients and other…
  • 7 tops to layer under your scrubs in the summer

    Scrubs Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    It’s summer and it’s hot outside and the last thing you’re thinking about is layering. But unlike at home, you can’t control the hospital AC, which often keeps the building at near-freezing temps. And so while it may seem nuts to some, you often see nurses bundling up under their scrubs, even in the middle of July. Keep warm at work and then roll up those sleeves on your way home! Check out our picks for layering during the summer, and be sure to tell us how you keep warm in a chilly hospital in the comments below! Long sleeve round neck tee in “Heart to Be…
  • 5 fabulous orange scrubs tops for summer

    Scrubs Editor
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    We’re halfway through summer and loving itover here at Scrubs, and we hope you are, too! To continue celebrating the season, we wanted to focus this week’s roundup on one of the brightest, sunniest hues of all…orange! Orange can be a fun and different color to wear at work, and it doesn’t have to be Halloween in order for you to do so. In fact, outside of the October holiday, summer is the perfect time to experiment with the bright (and often underrated) color. If you’re in the market for a flattering orange scrubs top, we’ve rounded up our five favorite styles. Let’s…
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  • I finally got the hog skull clean and got another Cancer Buddy.

    Jo
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Our network reaches around the world. It is above the law, beyond the government, and untouchable by the church. No power in the 'Verse can stop us.So I was talking (ie, emailing) to my newest Cancer Bud tonight, and I twigged hard on something she said to me: that her dread of chemo was "just me feeling sorry for myself." It kinda set me off.Back when I was recovering from having my mouth resected, I posted something in which I vented about feeling sick, and tired, and not knowing what was going to happen, and being in pain. And a very well-meaning commenter pointed out that I should suck it…
  • There's a hog skull in my kitchen, next to the stove.

    Jo
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:19 pm
    It's soaking in three-percent peroxide as we speak.I spent the early morning taking it out of its enzyme bath, scraping bristles and cartilage, miraculously rehydrated, off its surface. Then I soaked it all day in Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water, to see if it needed degreasing. It didn't. So now it's soaking, upside down and looking rather ghastly, in a sixteen-quart Sterilite container with lid, on special at Target for $2.59.It has two unerupted molars and inch-and-a-half long tusks that curve out and up, leading me to believe that this was a 14-month-old (or thereabouts) male…
  • Contrary to how I might sound here,

    Jo
    24 May 2014 | 6:19 am
    I am rarely in a mood to authentically injure somebody.Yesterday was different.We've had staffing changes and new responsibilities added and a whole bunch of other bidness I won't go into; suffice to say that things have been tense and difficult for the last couple of weeks.It was 1430. I'd spent three hours trying to keep an insufficiently-sedated patient from crawling out of an MRI tube, then gotten gut-punched. People on ventilators, even if they're sedated, can come up with a surprising amount of will and strength and coordination.I wanted a cup of coffee. Correction: I was dying for a…
  • Oh, hai.

    Jo
    21 May 2014 | 1:07 pm
    It's been. . .a month? Six weeks? Seven weeks?God, who knows. All I know these days is getting up in the dark, working under artificial lights, going home in the dark, and praying for the sweet, sweet release of death.Not really. But close.In the time since I last caught up with you guys, I have survived The Annual Music Festival That Makes My Commute Home Even More Unpleasant, three more checkups with various CANSUH doctors (all clear!), and a staffing reduction.Because when you win awards and have fantastic patient outcomes and get featured in advertising campaigns, with pictures and…
  • My trainer brought in a new piece of equipment today: the big yoga-whoozit ball:

    Jo
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Little did she know I'd already found my spirit animal.
 
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  • Unearthing myself

    RehabNurse
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Yes, I've been buried. Being an instructor at MegaCorp College really is a lot of work (even if it's only one class.)Besides my seven login accounts, I got surprised with advising duties recently. Yes, I know, most smart schools only allow the crack, full-time professors to advise students, but since MCC is a check the box kind of school, I got tasked with "advising" students.What, you ask, did I have to do?1. I decided to read my e-mail before class and I found out I had to complete this task by the end of the week. Since that was the last day of my week, it became a priority.2. When I…
  • Still alive and kicking

    RehabNurse
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Yes, folks, adjunct teaching is not for sissies (or anyone who values their free time). I feel as if I've been buried beneath a ton of paperwork, which not only includes coursework, but pre and post class work (aka homework) as well as online assignments (since this is what they call a hybrid class).I have seven log in IDs for various systems I have to interface with, including e-mail, one of three (including paper) attendance systems, two grade books and one learning management system for professors.I am expected to call each student if they don't show up. If that doesn't work, I have to…
  • It is Monday...

    RehabNurse
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Boom, thunder, and now hail.This day will certainly go out with a bang here in RehabLand, if a bunch of other storms won't get diverted.We can only hope...
  • It happens to nurses too

    RehabNurse
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    I saw this post on a site I venture to regularly and it just reminded me that restaurant folks aren't the only ones who get caught up in this dilemma.One ED nurse got fired for an Instagram post.Word to the wise: be careful out there, folks. Know and understand how to use social media approriately.
  • In the news

    RehabNurse
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Since I'm taking a break, I thought I'd have a look at the latest health news.Here are a few that caught my eye. Hope you enjoy.What not to say (from www.cnn.com)Um, yes, some things really ARE important enough to not be busy for, Mr. Professional Basketball Player. Cancer doesn't give a rat's (fill in your favorite anatomical part) who you are.A hypoglycemia dilemma (from www.nytimes.com)This interested me, because I often feel hypoglycemic. Think you can figure out this dilemma? Check it out.A different type of dilemma if you have back pain (from webmd.com)Steroid injections may help some…
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    TravelNursingBlogs.com

  • Travel Nurses and Patient Care

    Sarah Wengert
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Putting Patients First: Do you have enough time for patient care on the job as a Travel Nurse? Travel Nurses exist not just so you can build an awesome career and have great adventures throughout the country (although these sure are amazing perks!). Travel Nursing helps facilities provide better patient care and obtain better patient results, all the while taking some of the burden off of their perm nurses. But even with the benefits of Travelers to help sustain hospital staffing levels, are you and your colleagues — whether perm staff or Travel Nurses — getting enough time to devote to…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I switch specialties while Travel Nursing?

    David Morrison R.N.
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I switch specialties while Travel Nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I have been an ICU nurse at a small hospital for almost four years now and I’m very interested in Travel Nursing. If I were to travel, would I only be able to take ICU positions? Or could I possibly get OR, PACU, or Cath lab job with no previous experience in those areas? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: If you wish to work in any other areas while traveling I always encourage people to get that experience before they hit the road. This is due to the fact that there will be little to no…
  • Insta Travel Instagram Contest for Travel Nurses

    Sarah Wengert
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Snap it. Post it. Hashtag it. And you could win a year subscription to Amazon Prime! Trivia Question: Who are three great photographers? Answer: Ansel Adams, Annie Leibowitz, and … YOU! Many Travel Nurses are major shutterbugs. And who can blame them? With all that time spent in new, exciting locations you are bound to see all kinds of picture-worthy sights. A new contest hosted by pet friendly Travel Nurse agency, Medical Solutions, allows you the chance to share your epic snapshots, and you might even win a prize for your efforts. All you have to do to enter is snap a picture on Instagram…
  • Katie Couric Celebrates Nurses

    Sarah Wengert
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Tune in on July 16th as Katie Couric celebrates nurses on her show, “Katie.” Whatever time zone you’re currently in, you should definitely tune in to today’s “Katie” on ABC, as host Katie Couric celebrates nurses, with a show themed “Celebrating Nurses.” “Katie” is a topical daytime talk show hosted by award-winning journalist and television personality Katie Couric. According to the show’s website, on July 16th, “Katie salutes nurses across the country. Meet the heroes who heal us, inspire us, and save our lives.” The episode is expected to feature Carolyn…
  • The Future of Nursing

    Sarah Wengert
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Look into My Crystal Ball … Or, just check out this infographic to learn more about the future of nursing! The fine folks at The Nursing Bible recently shared an infographic with us that is titled, “Nowhere But Up: The Future of Nursing.” We thought that our Travel Nursing Blogs readers would be very interested in checking it out, so we are sharing it here. Travel Nursing is an industry intricately linked with the nursing shortage, and as you can see below, the infographic touches on projections for RN jobs, projecting a 36% rise in demand for RNs in hospitals by 2020. It also…
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  • The Ridicule Button

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

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

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

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

    Phil Baumann
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    On the iPhone app Secret. I didn’t download it. Why should I? I know where this stuff goes. Suffice to say, the makers claim that the app allows you to: “Be yourself” and “write beautifully”, with “no names or profiles” and where “great ideas spread”. Now having “great ideas spread” – if, in fact they are great ideas – isn’t a shoddy ambition but it’s unlikely that such an app is an incubator for inventive and innovative advances. Also: seekers of patentable expressions of unique ideas would pilfer those…
 
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    Nurse Practitioners in Business

  • 11 Tips for Attending Conferences

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Attending conferences is a fact of life for nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers.  The annual American Association of Nurse Practitioners conference was held Nashville last month (June). There were many highlights and wins from the opening keynote with e-patient Dave, to awards and Fellows induction, fantastic sessions and closing ceremonies. And of course…networking. There is nothing like being around 5,000+ of your closest colleagues and friends. Unfortunately, all was not perfect in paradise. Several attendees experienced problems such as reserved rooms disappearing,…
  • Bullies in Healthcare

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    “Nurse eat their young”. I don’t know about you, but I heard that back in the 1970′s. And it’s still around today. Bullying is not something that is unique to nurses. In fact, when I speak to other professionals, they tell me it’s there to:  other healthcare providers, lawyers, teachers and business people. And it’s with us…the advance practice nurse (nurse practitioners) and physician assistants. I had the opportunity to speak with Renee Thompson about this topic on episode #15 of the SAGEClinician podcast. Listen in as we talk about What is…
  • National Legislative Issues – Home Health and DME

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Home Health and Medicare DME – your support is needed. It’s quite easy…just go to the pages listed below and fill in your information. Letters will be sent to your elected officials on the topics below. Thanks for all of us! Urge Congress to Stop Restrictions on Medicare DME! Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 3833, which would authorize nurse practitioners to document the face-to-face encounters with their Medicare patients to order certain durable medical equipment (DME). http://www.capwiz.com/aanp/issues/alert/?alertid=62722811 Take action now on Home…
  • Business Needs Survey

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:09 pm
      I need your help. I’ve created a short survey that you can take anonymously and it’s open to all health care providers.  It’s just 8 questions, so should just take a few minutes. The topic:  business topics of course.  You’ll find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9JFMWZC Please feel free to share with your colleagues and leave any additional comments on the survey or below this post.  Thanks so much for participating! The post Business Needs Survey appeared first on Nurse Practitioners in Business.
  • 5 Social Media Challenges for Healthcare Providers

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    Not so long ago, health care professionals, along with a lot of other businesses and professions, though social media was a passing fad, much like the pet rock. Well, we all know how that turned out.  Social media is not going anywhere, indeed we can expect it to expand and evolve. It will become an even larger part of the world of healthcare. I personally love the ability to network with my colleagues, learn from them, help someone when I’m able, and share different things I’m writing and doing. However, with all the “social” of social media, we sometimes are not as careful as we…
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  • Get Motivated!

    Christy Trujillo
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Five tips for an easy transition from summer vacation to school-year obligations It’s been one heck of a summer! You’ve read some great books, taken a few classes and had the trip of a lifetime; well, those of you who’ve been following our advice have. Just like all good things, this too must come to an end. As summer winds down and the new school year gears up, you may find yourself less than motivated to get back into the swing of things. Here are five sure-fire ways to get back on track for the new year. Regain your Routine Start preparing for your school-day routine now. Adjust your…
  • Destination: Vacation!

    Christy Trujillo
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    What’s summer break without a vacation? Whether you’re heading out with the entire family or looking for some grown-up fun, we’ve got you covered with destinations that are sure to take you to new heights, literally! Five Kid-FRIENDLY Vacation Destinations The Grand Canyon My family drove cross country the summer before I started fifth grade. I’ll never forget our stop by the Grand Canyon. I was so mad when I found out that’s where we were heading! ‘We’re going to see a hole in the ground? Are you kidding me? What a joke!’ I grumbled on and on the entire drive, until I peeked…
  • Summer Learning!

    Christy Trujillo
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    In addition to some rest and relaxation this summer, you might want to brush up on your skills or tackle the CEUs you’ll need this year. Conferences are a great way to do this, since many of them fill those requirements and offer a bit of fun and camaraderie at the same time. We’ve listed some events going on this summer and some that you’ll need to register for ASAP, before all the spots are taken. We’ve also found a few webinars and online conferences for those who prefer to stay close to home. Occupational Therapy 2014 OTAC 38th Annual Conference, October 16-19 (California) While…
  • It’s Summer! Now what?

    Christy Trujillo
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Across the nation, students are putting away their books as the summer months settle in. If you’re a school-based healthcare professional, you might be celebrating too as you look forward to some much-needed R&R. Of course, if you’re anything like the driven and talented individuals we have here at Sunbelt Staffing, you’ll be on the hunt for ways to enrich your days and make the most of your time. Over the next few weeks, we’ll track down local seminars, uncover online learning and provide a few suggestions for taking it easy as we dive into our summer blog series dedicated to you…
  • Volunteer Opportunities for Nurses

    Howard Gerber
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:50 pm
    If you are between travel assignments and are looking for a way to fill the gap, volunteering may be an exciting and rewarding way to spend your time. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for nurses both in the United States and internationally. Volunteering in the United States  There are a variety of organizations in the United States that use volunteer nurses. One of the most well-known organizations is the American Red Cross. Volunteers with the Red Cross can work locally or travel to disaster sites both in the United States and abroad. Red Cross nurses provide triage and…
 
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  • Why WebMD is a Headache for Physicians

    Amber Figlow
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    In November, we explored how and why health concerns have become one of the most popular Internet topics today in our “Beware of Dr. Web” post. We’re revisiting the dreaded “Google Self-Diagnosis” concept, this time focusing on  one of the biggest health information hubs on the Web.  With the progression of modern technology and the […]Why WebMD is a Headache for Physicians is a post from: Soliant Health The post Why WebMD is a Headache for Physicians appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • 9 Effective Nursing-Friendly Charities

    Tera Tuten
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    If it’s all you can do to find the hours to volunteer your time to a good cause, but still want to help make a difference in a medical cause on a larger scale than day-to-day work, don’t worry… There are dozens of charities well-aligned to advance the ideals of nurses and their patients, on […]9 Effective Nursing-Friendly Charities is a post from: Soliant Health The post 9 Effective Nursing-Friendly Charities appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • 6 ways to fight ‘Tired All The Time’ (TATT) syndrome

    Tera Tuten
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    If you arrive for your next shift, only to find that your get-up-and-go is consistently gone (even after a full night’s sleep) you could be experiencing TATT, or ‘Tired All The Time syndrome.’ Often seen as the little brother of chronic fatigue syndrome, TATT manifests itself in poor concentration, a feeling of constant exhaustion, difficulty […]6 ways to fight ‘Tired All The Time’ (TATT) syndrome is a post from: Soliant Health The post 6 ways to fight ‘Tired All The Time’ (TATT) syndrome appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • A Look at the Nurse Practitioner Salary Explosion

    Tera Tuten
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Over the last decade, the number of nurse practitioners working in the U.S. has exploded from an estimated 97,000 to more than 189,000. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, these NPs are working in all areas of specialization. Thanks to the triple-headed healthcare challenge that includes sweeping reforms, the looming doctor shortage of […]A Look at the Nurse Practitioner Salary Explosion is a post from: Soliant Health The post A Look at the Nurse Practitioner Salary Explosion appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • “Why we didn’t hire you”: What Not to Do in Nursing Job Interviews

    Tera Tuten
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    “I remember one nurse whose clothes were so tight, I felt like I was watching her slowly suffocate during the interview,” says one hospital HR recruiter. “I had a gal come to an interview with an itty-bitty dog in her purse,” says another. “Please don’t start off the interview with a litany of things you […]“Why we didn’t hire you”: What Not to Do in Nursing Job Interviews is a post from: Soliant Health The post “Why we didn’t hire you”: What Not to Do in Nursing Job Interviews appeared first on Soliant Health.
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  • Revisiting Reality Shock – What’s Changed for New Nurses?

    Jacob M
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    julie kertesz/ via flickr creative common By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief Last month, we highlighted on Facebook a blog post I had written in 2010, “New Nurses Face Reality Shock in Hospital Settings – So What Else is New?” (It seemed timely in terms of all the June graduations.) I wrote that original post in response to a study that had just been published in Nursing Outlook (here’s the abstract) describing the experiences of new nurses. Generally, these newbies felt harried, unprepared, overworked, and unsupported—all similar concerns voiced by nurses in Marlene…
  • If She Yells ‘Help Me’ – Poster Therapy to Convey the Needs, Identity of an Ailing Parent

    Jacob M
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Joan Melton, MSN, lives in Indiana. Photo by Ann Gordon, via Flickr I am a geriatric nurse practitioner and have also been the daughter to an ill, aging parent. I felt well trained for my professional role but struggled with the latter. I joked that, despite my logical understanding of what was going on with my mother, it could be hard to accept her physical and functional changes, which sometimes seemed to fly in the face of logic. There were days Mom’s hospice nurses spent more time with me than with my mother. They’d sit and allow me to vent my frustration at watching my mother…
  • Tragic Plane Crash, Truvada Concerns, Changing Infection Rates: AIDS/HIV Issues in the News

    Jacob M
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Truvada / via Wikimedia Commons By Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor There have been a number of recent high-profile news stories as well as some notable new research related to HIV/AIDS and its treatment and prevention. First, AJN would like to add its voice to those expressing heartfelt regret at the deaths of a number of prominent and widely respected HIV advocates and researchers in the Malaysia Airlines jet that appears to have been shot down over Ukraine last week. The Truvada controversy. Those who who died on the plane had been heading to an international conference in Melbourne,…
  • The Ethics of a Nurse’s Refusal to Force-Feed Guantanamo Hunger-Strikers

    Jacob M
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Douglas Olsen is an associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Nursing in East Lansing and a contributing editor of AJN, where he regularly writes about ethical issues in nursing. Nasal tubes, gravity feeding bags, and the liquid nutrient Ensure used in Guantanamo force-feeding/ image via Wikimedia Commons The Miami Herald reported this week that a U.S. Navy nurse and officer refused to take part in force-feeding hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay. There’s much we still don’t know about this story, but the force-feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo has…
  • Getting Patients Involved in Care Redesign: What the Research Says

    sfoleyajn
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Sylvia Foley, AJN senior editor “I think the whole thing is we’re trying to im­prove care. It’s all about [patients] anyways. So if we’re gonna make changes that impact them I think we have to get them involved.” —study participant Although there is considerable support for increasing patient involvement in health care, it’s not clear how best to achieve this. And few researchers have specifically investigated the views of patients and providers on patient engagement. In this month’s CE–Original Research feature, “The Perceptions of Health Care Team Members About…
 
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  • Stability of Nursing Jobs in Australia

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Is nursing still a stable field to seek employment? Do nurses feel that they will be able to secure a job following university studies? Over the last 5 years we have certainly seen a swing in Australia where the nursing profession has gone from what was formerly a secure, stable job option with almost guaranteed job prospects, to one where new graduates have often struggled to secure work. Headlines in 2012 such as “Nursing Shortage Crisis Looming” predicted that “Australia faces the risk of an alarming shortage of qualified nurses by 2025.”There were calls for the…
  • Tax Deductions for Australian Nurses

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    The ATO has an information page on their website titled Nurses, midwives and direct carers – claiming work-related expenses, and it provides plenty of info specifically designed for nurses making claims for tax purposes. You cannot claim for a deduction when your employer reimburses you for a particular expense, however there are plenty of things you can claim a deduction for, such as: car and travel expenses, uniform and maintenance (laundry), registration and insurance costs, education expenses, things like your phone, equipment, stationary and overtime meals. For a full rundown on…
  • Nursing Wages in Queensland, Australia

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Many people would like to know how much nurses get paid in Australia. Here are some current figures as of July 2014 from EB8 (public nurses) to give you some indication of nursing wages. Wage Increases and Allowances The following increases apply to nurses and midwives: Increases to Wages and Allowances 13.1  The salaries for nurses and midwives covered by this agreement are contained in Schedule 1 which represents the following increases: 3% or $30 per week, whichever is the greater, payable from 1 April 2012; 3% or $30 per week, whichever is the greater, payable from 1 April 2013; 3% or…
  • Survey Reveals Nurses as the Most Highly Regarded Profession

    admin
    15 May 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Roy Morgan Professions Survey has again named Nursing as the most highly regarded, ethical and honest of all professions in Australia, topping the list at 90% of those surveyed. That’s great news for nurses – being part of a profession that is so highly regarded by the public. Doctors, Pharmacists and Engineers followed closely behind Nurses, with Real Estate Agents, Advertising People and Car Salesmen (at only 4%) rounding out the bottom of the list for ethics and honesty (a position Car Salesmen have held for 30 years!) I wonder if similar figures are reflected elsewhere in…
  • Medication Errors: Behind closed doors

    admin
    8 Jan 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Medication errors seems to be a hot topic that is revived from time to time. Often it comes up in a slightly sensationalised form in the media, with grim statistics accompanying a photo of a busy hospital, and comments made on the negative outcomes for recipients of such errors. Exactly how often do medication errors happen in hospitals? Statistics paint pictures that make remarkable claims, yet it’s very difficult to validate or construct exact data on the frequency and severity of errors. For instance, according to The Australian, mistakes happen more frequently in Queensland than any…
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    The Nursing Site Blog

  • More Recognition from NurseJournal.org

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    We are once again in Great Company with these 15 Awesome Nursing Blogs to follow from NurseJournal.org. 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! ]]
  • One of the Top 30 Nursing Blogs

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    We've been honored again. And we are in some pretty great company as a pick for the Top 30 Nursing Blogs by RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com. Thank you for your kind words and peer recognition. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Use Common Sense with Social Media

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Social media is wonderful and externally useful, but like anything, it comes with a need for etiquette and good old common sense!! Users have to accept responsibility for anything they post and set... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Recognition is Appreciated!!!

    3 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    We have been honored once again as one of the 16 Blogs You Need to Read from MedicalScrubsCollection.com. Thanks for the inclusion!!! (We are listed #1) Check out their site, their scrubs and their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Where Do You Take Your Career as an Older Nurse?

    12 Jun 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Ugh I guess I have to admit I'm an older nurse now. My current role as QI (for hospice) automatically makes me one of the people you love to hate, but I always hope I don't come off as old and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DiversityNursing Blog

  • Many Kids Don't Have A Realistic Take On Their Weight

    Erica Bettencourt
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    By Michelle Healy Nearly one-third of U.S. children and adolescents are obese or overweight, but many don't realize that they fall into that category. According to new government statistics, approximately 30% of children and adolescents ages 8-15 years (32% of boys and 28% of girls) — an estimated 9.1 million young people — don't have an accurate read on their own weight. About 33% of kids (ages 8–11) and 27% of teens (ages 12–15) misperceive their weight status, says the report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Based on data collected between 2005 and 2012 from…
  • Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

    Erica Bettencourt
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    By: Healthday Odds are small, but family, doctors should keep possibility in mind, researchers say. Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report. Doctors have previously suspected that babies born earlier than 37 weeks' gestation have a raised risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, two serious conditions caused by blood clotting in the veins, the researchers noted in background information. This new study confirms that link, and takes it even further. Premature…
  • Baby Who Can't Open Mouth Celebrates First Birthday

    Erica Bettencourt
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    By SYDNEY LUPKIN Wyatt Scott turned a year old earlier this summer, but he ate his birthday dinner through a tube in his tummy. It’s been more than four months since the Scott family launched WhatsWrongWithWyatt.com to find out why their baby boy can’t open his mouth, and though they’ve been flooded with emails, their little boy’s condition remains a mystery. Wyatt’s lockjaw has baffled doctors since he was born in June 2013 in Ottawa, Canada, and though the Scott family has taken him to every specialist imaginable, they can’t figure out the root of the…
  • Study: Fist Bumps Are Less Germy Than Handshakes

    Erica Bettencourt
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    By Kim Painter A nice firm handshake has long been a mark of good manners and elevated social skills. It is also a very germy way to greet your fellow humans, much worse than a couple of more casual alternatives, a new study shows. "A short, sweet fist bump will transmit the least bacteria," and even a high-five is better than a traditional shake, says David Whitworth, a senior lecturer in biochemistry at Aberystwyth University-Ceredigion in the United Kingdom. Whitworth and a colleague systematically tested the three greetings for a study published Monday in the American Journal of…
  • Doctors Bow In Reverence To Cancer Victim Who Donated Organs 'To Be A Great Kid'

    Erica Bettencourt
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
     By Carly Ledbetter An 11-year-old's wish to give the gift of life to others came true on the last day of his life. The photograph below shows doctors bowing to Liang Yaoyi, a gifted student from Shenzhen, China, who died from a brain tumor in June. His mother can be seen crying in the background.   Liang was diagnosed with the tumor at the age of 9, just after he moved to Shenzhen to join his brother and sister, and to attend primary school, Shanghai Daily reports. One day, Liang felt dizzy and the next day had trouble walking, so his sister took him to a hospital where he…
 
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    Noggin Blog

  • New Grants for Tech

    Nikki Yeager
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    We recently had a school ask us if we were aware of any scholarships that would help pay for technology like EHR Tutor. The last time we checked on grants was a year ago so we did a little searching around and found three options for schools who are looking for funding.1. FRED Grants - These technology grants are available to rural schools in denominations of 2,000-5,000 dollars. FRED grants renew every year so you can apply through the website when you're ready - http://www.fred.org/tech.html2. Touchstone Energy Classroom Technology Grants - These grants are available to schools in the…
  • New Feature: Patient Education Resource Link

    Nikki Yeager
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    A while back we added a new feature for our users and it just dawned on us that we never posted the updates to our blog. So for anyone that might have been wondering, we now have a Patient Education Resource Link for students to use. How would you use our new feature? Good question. Let us show you how!If you're doing a lesson on how to properly document patient education, have students split into pairs. This activity can be done twice: once with one person acting as the "patient" and the second time with students in reversed scenarios. Assign each "patient" a medication, diagnosis…
  • Why less is more in an Academic EHR/EMR: Part 1

    Nikki Yeager
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    We regularly get asked about a few different features in our site by prospective clients so we wanted to take this opportunity to explain our philosophy at Noggin Group and why we do things the way we do.We truly believe that our products are a way to increase critical thinking skills and enliven the classroom experience. We don't provide text books or 3-D simulations of patients, but we do provide the tools to give your students the experience they need to document and think like a clinician (not just act like one).What does that mean? Well, for an example, we don't automatically add up…
  • Academic EHRs - not just for hospital simulations! How to teach clinic and office based skills as well.

    Nikki Yeager
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    We recently had a school ask us if our program could be used to demonstrate clinic/office skills as well as hospital skills.So we've sat down and thought about it to come up with some ideas for Graduate Programs, Medical Assistant programs or any other school focusing on clinic related experiences instead of hospital experience.Patient Registration: Out patient registration form is used pretty heavily by Medial Assistant, HIM and HIT programs. We also realized this is something office-based nurses or Nurse Practitioners may want to use. While we don't focus on coding and billing, we do have…
  • Friday Funnies: Just plain ol' jokes

    Nikki Yeager
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:17 pm
    A new nurse listened while the doctor was yelling, "Typhoid! Tetanus! Measles!"The new nurse asked another nurse, "Why is he doing that?"The other nurse replied, "Oh, he just likes to call the shots around here."You know you're a nurse when discussing dismemberment over a gourmet meal seems perfectly normal.You know you live with a nurse when.. you forget to flush the toilet, you get a complete analysis with a plan on how to correct any noted problems.Funny miscommunication: The diabetic who was trained to administer insulin using an orange. When a nurse later…
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    Certified Nursing Assistant Guide

  • What is the Difference between a CNA Nurse vs LPN Nurse?

    Lanee' Blunt
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    By Lanee’ BluntThere is a difference between a CNA and a LPN. A certified nursing aide assists people that have physical disabilities, mental impairments, and other health care needs related to aging. A licensed practical nurse or LVN in some states provides basic medical care to their patients, and works under the direct supervision of registered nurses and doctors. A nurse assistant works under the supervision of licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and doctors.Job Duties of Practical Nurse Licensed vs Certified Nurse AideThe responsibilities of a CNA include basic bedside…
  • CNA Training Classes—6 Things You Should Know Before You Register

    Lanee' Blunt
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    By Lanee’ BluntA CNA is responsible for providing basic nursing care for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospice and home-care. Becoming a certified nurse assistant is an excellent way to enter the medical field even if you aspire to be a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. There is a demand for the job with the growing elderly population many certified nursing assistants will be needed to fill the demand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are six things that you should know before you enroll in a program.Requirement for AdmissionPrograms…
  • Google Glass for Nurses

    Lanee' Blunt
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    By Lanee’ BluntOctovis, Inc. a Nashville-based company is testing possible applications to make Google Glass more efficient for doctors and nurses. There have been other companies applying for opportunities in Google Glass healthcare, also. Some people had said that nurses and doctors wearing glass could be more of a distraction, and have complained that it looks cyborg-ish.This technology would make it easier for nurses to access patient information, and access the right dosage of every medication. With Glass writing notes in charts by hand or entering information on patients into a…
  • How to Find a Job That Will Train You to Be a Certified Nursing Assistant

    Lanee' Blunt
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    By Lanee’ BluntA CNA must be certified before they can work as a nursing assistant.  In order to work, your state will require that you take a training program. The hours of the program may vary upon state to state, and you must pass a written and clinical test.  As a nursing assistant you will find that you are aiding the medical staff by taking care of your patient’s daily needs. The care is very important not only to the patients but to the medical staff also.Certified Nursing Assistant DutiesA CNA has many responsibilities such as, they respond to calls. The job duties…
  • Benefits of Becoming a Nursing Assistant

    Lanee' Blunt
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    By Lanee’ BluntCNA’s are known as certified nursing assistants, certified nursing aides, orderlies, and home healthcare aids. Their duties are to take care of the elderly, and chronically ill, by assisting them with daily living tasks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the growing population there will be many nursing aids that will be needed in long-term treatment facilities. If you are laid-off and thinking of re-examining your career options or you may be thinking of becoming a RN and wondering if nursing is for you, there are many benefits for this position.The Job…
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    Nursing Daily

  • Nursing Apps of the Day NCLEX Q100

    Ospot
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
      This App is an Awesome tool for New grads preparing for NCLEX. It offers 100 questions likely to be seen on NCLEX w/Answers & Rationales. Download today on Google play market. 5 star App.NCLEX DRUG GUIDE   This is a great NCLEX Drug Guide for Nursing students and Nurses ! Included are hundreds of drugs, vitamin, minerals, definitions, frequently used drugs, Common drugs on exams, etc... ENJOY! This app comes with an online search database for any medication right at your finger tips.    
  • Humor Pic of the Day

    Ospot
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    When your patient growls at you! Have a great day! 
  • Humor Pic of the Day

    Ospot
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
          Great laugh for the day! Enjoy! 
  • Golden Standards for CRNA School

    Daily Nurse
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Below are the requirements according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist, in addition to some helpful tips of my own.    Apply and get accepted into an Accredited BSN program. (Or BS in Science with RN Licensure) Graduate with an competitive GPA (3.6+) and pass NCLEX licensure  Gain employment in a VERY Critical care unit (CSICU, CICU, ETC…) in a large Level 1 teaching hospital.   Work for at Least one year/make a good impression on managers/ Shadow multiple CRNATake GRE and SCORE HIGHObtain BLS,ACLS, PALS, CCRN (More certifications will help you…
  • Happy Father's Day

    Daily Nurse
    15 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    From the Nursing Daily team! Enjoy!!!
 
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