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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • 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 […]
  • Scope and Standards: Five Correctional Nurse Roles

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    This post is part of an ongoing series discussing key components of the Correctional Nursing Scope and Standard of Practice, 2nd Ed. Review prior posts in this series here. Purchase your own copy of this highly recommended book through Amazon.* I love helping nurses discover the invisible specialty that is correctional nursing. In fact, that was my original purpose in […]
  • Avoiding Patient Manipulation (podcast)

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Corrections expert and author, Gary Cornelius, joins Lorry to talk about the best ways to deal with manipulative patients. He shares highlights from his excellent book Art of the Con  which was instrumental in developing the chapter on staff safety in the Essentials of Correctional Nursing book. He provides a helpful 3-part description of manipulation […]
  • Patient Safety and Correctional Nursing Care

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    According to the Wall Street Journal, enough Americans are kills by medical errors each week to fill four jumbo jets. Patients are rarely told of errors made during their care and the same errors often happen over and over again. A third of hospitalized patients experience a medical error and 7% are permanently harmed or […]
  • Multi-Dose Vials: Risk and Reality in Corrections

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cheri was delighted to land her first nursing job in the county detention center close to home. She was an LPN and the only nurse on night shift for an average population of 300 mostly-male inmates. The night shift nurse gives the morning insulin for any diabetic inmates at 5am just prior to breakfast. This […]
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    ANA SmartBrief

  • Hypertension self-care lowers BP in at-risk patients

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Data on patients with diabetes, chronic kidney disease or other major cardiovascular risks revealed those who underwent a hyp -More- 
  • CBO lowers 10-year projection of spending for Medicare, Medicaid

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    From 2015 to 2024, spending for Medicare and Medicaid is expected to drop by $49 billion and $40 billion, respectively, the C -More- Nurse Navigator (Breast Cancer Program Navigator) Findly
  • Study: MERS virus unlikely to be passed within household

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Middle East respiratory syndrome virus, which has infected around 8 -More- 
  • Patients cite problems with accessing patient portals

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    A survey conducted by Software Advice found that patients still have problems using online portals despite having access to t -More- 10,000 Steps. 28 Days. One Challenge. Every step you take can help support a life without limits for individuals with disabilities and their families. How? United Cerebral Palsy is excited to announce the launch of Steptember, a four-week event that challenges participants to take 10,000 steps a day and fundraise along the way for individuals with disabilities. Do you want to boost your health and wellness and amplify your impact with every step you…
  • CPAP benefits seniors with sleep apnea, study finds

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    A study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine showed continuous positive airway pressure appeared to be effective in t -More- 
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    Digital Doorway

  • 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:
  • When Nurses Receive Their Due

    Keith Carlson
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Most nurses will readily admit that they didn't choose nursing because of the astronomically high paychecks. Sure, nursing can be a relatively remunerative career, but there are plenty of other professions that are significantly more financially rewarding (and free of some of the challenges that nurses face on a daily basis). So, what if nurses were paid a whole lot more in exchange for saving ---and otherwise improving---the lives of a grateful public? Multimillion Dollar PlayersWe all know that entertainers and athletes make a lot of money, whether it's deserved or not. NFL players sign…
  • 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…
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    Scrubs - The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles » Scrubs – The lifestyle magazine for nurses

  • Nurse bling: 5 awesome Pinterest finds for nurses

    Scrubs Editor
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    We all know Pinterest is a great place for getting inspiration for your home or wedding. But did you know you also can find awesome nursing-related stuff there, too? Check out five of our favorite nurse bling Pinterest finds below. Click through to see the original pin (and re-pin, if you like!), and then click through from there to land on the official site for each item!…
  • Fashion looks we love from the Fall 2014 issue of Scrubs

    Scrubs Editor
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Fall’s almost here, and you know what that means: fall fashion season. But fabulous fashion isn’t just for your off-duty clothes…time to check out the latest and greatest in scrubs style! What’s IN right now? Pewter, purple and turquoise are colors that are sure to have you glowing, no matter how long the shift. Also, form-fitting scrubs and playful prints will help you feel feminine and glamorous when you’re on the job. And sooo OUT? Weathered and outdated scrubs you can’t WAIT to ban from your closet. In need of some added inspiration? Don’t…
  • Boston Marathon bombing survivor weds nurse who cared for him

    Scrubs Editor
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    iStock | Dejan Ristovski Grab your tissues and get ready to “awww!” We’ve got one whopper of a love story for you. On April 15, 2013, James Costello attended the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running the race. As he waited on the sidelines for his friend to run by, two bombs exploded near the finish line. The shrapnel cut into his legs, and he suffered severe burns. He was able to limp away from the scene and make it to safety, but it would be a long road to total recovery. Costello’s injuries required multiple surgeries and skin grafts, and he…
  • Scrubs beauty – our favorite tips for busy nurses

    Scrubs Editor
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Svitlana Martyn | iStock | Thinkstock The demands on a nurse are as varied as they are plentiful, which means that there’s often little time and energy left over to address your own unique beauty needs. Still, it’s important to start each and every day (no matter how long that day may be!) looking and feeling confident, healthy and exuberant, because your glow can be infectious. So to help, we’ve gathered a round up of some of our most useful (and of coursefabulous) pieces of beauty advice by and for nurses. From product lists to handy tips, you’ll find it all here. And if you simply…
  • UV lights kill hospital germs cleaning staff leaves behind

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Thinkstock | Bananastock | Jupiterimages You have to be practically superhuman to get to every nook and cranny when cleaning a hospital room. And the abundance of soft surfaces makes it even tougher to feel confident that all the bacteria has been eliminated after the cleaning staff has moved on. But Clorox thinks it may have the solution. Clorox has teamed up with UltraViolet Devices, Inc. to create the Optimum-UV, a device that casts ultraviolet (UV) light into a room to kill bacteria. Consisting of four UV lights carried on a wheeled, six-foot aluminum mast, the device bathes a room in…
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    Head Nurse

  • Meh.

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

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

    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.

    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,

    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…
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  • Junior high excitement

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Bubba is learning the ropes and discovering things I never though he would.Like how to find your lost ID in the computer lab, how to buy pizza every day for lunch (one of the perks of junior high) and how to negotiate the neighborhood on foot.Since they get extra points for attending the local high school football games (by sitting with the band-music points), he's learning about those, too.Fun times in the land of the pre-teen....more later.
  • Smog + heat =

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Misery. Just misery. Red air quality...yuck!It is making my allergies go crazy. Either that or it is the 50 degrees in my office since some people need it freezing to work. I love getting sick!At least the Diet Coke will stay cool if someone like Grumpy happens by.  (the ice machine is a long walk...)Stay tuned...
  • It's HOT!

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Dear Summer:I know it's not Labor Day yet, and the kids are back in school, but this 100+ degree temperature thing needs to go.I finally got used to not freezing to death at the Hotel. Now my space is so cold I have to either 1) talk to patients in the hallway, if it's possible or 2) turn the air off and sweat while I talk to patients.All this stuff about designing rooms for patients is nice, but once in a while, couldn't we get a universal design that works for EVERYONE?I know I'll be waiting for the remodeling (that may never come) in my end of the Hotel. Here's hoping the HVAC folks can…
  • The joys of junior high

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Bubba is liking his morning setup. Get up, get ready, go to school. The only thing he's not really liking is the carrying of the heavy books, along with his trumpet. Today was nice because he got a ride home from me.And now, since a weather front is coming in, what better time for a migraine.I know the feeling all too well.Stay tuned...
  • The story of my life

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I shall not change my course because those who assume to be better than I desire it.~  Victoria Woodhull I really wonder why some people just can't mind their own business.That is all...more later.
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  • 10 Best TV Nurses

    Sarah Wengert
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Sweet and sassy Nurse Carla Espinoza is one of our 10 Best TV Nurses. All the Emmy Awards buzz earlier this week got me thinking about nurses on TV. Whether drama or comedy, it’s definitely hard to capture just exactly what makes nurses so special. But when shows get it right, it can be very cool to watch. Last year Travel Nursing Blogs covered the MTV reality show “Scrubbing In,” which followed Travel Nurses at work and at play. We even got the chance to speak with Nurse Tyrice, and whether you loved or hated the show, it was definitely something to see … That said, we decided to…
  • Travel Nurse Marries Boston Bombing Victim She Treated

    Sarah Wengert
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Travel Nurse Krista D’Agostino met Bostom bombing victim James Costello while on assignment. Last December, Travel Nursing Blogs shared the story of Travel Nurse Krista D’Agostino and Boston Marathon bombing victim James Costello. In a touching silver lining of the tragic Boston attack, D’Agostino and Costello met when he was in the hospital recovering from several surgeries and skin grafts needed due to severe burns and shrapnel wounds he suffered near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013 when the attack occurred. She was working as a Travel Nurse, in a six-week assignment…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: What do I need to make sure is in my contract?

    David Morrison R.N.
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: What do I need to make sure is in my contract? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What do I need to make sure is in my contract? I am going to be working with a Travel Nurse company for the first time and I want to make sure that I get everything that’s been promised to me. Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I think you may have answered your own question ANYTHING that is promised to you should be in your contract. You also need to decide that if certain things are promised, and not delivered, is it enough to cause you to “walk” on your contract. If you believe that…
  • Chris Pratt Visits Children’s Hospital in Guardians of the Galaxy Getup

    Sarah Wengert
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Chris Pratt lets a patient at Los Angeles’ Children’s Hospital try on his Star-Lord jacket from Guardians of the Galaxy. If you don’t already have Chris Pratt fever, you’re about to come down hard with it! He’s charmed audiences in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” blown up the big screen in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, proven he RULES at interviews (whether rapping like a pro or French braiding like one), and done one of the better ALS ice bucket challenges out there. Now he’s making a difference and melting hearts with his recent visit to Los Angeles’…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the qualifications for Travel Nursing?

    David Morrison R.N.
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the qualifications for Travel Nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I want to try Travel Nursing because I am young, want to explore the U.S., and make higher wages, so I am considering going to nursing school next year at a community college and getting my RN. I currently have a Bachelors of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and am a licensed Medical Technologist. I’m wondering: Can I become a Travel Nurse without a BSN? I am not totally clear on the qualifications for Travel Nursing. What are they? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: To become a travel nurse, you…
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  • 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…
  • I never went to college – How do I become a nurse?

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Hello everyone! I am new here. My name is Allez and well yea i never went to college! I live here in Manhattan NY where I work for a top hospital for about 7 years. I was also born where I work. I went to a nice catholic HS for about 2 years than things went south. I left after sophomore year and took my GED, got an alright job and never looked back. I was always the helping type though, any cut or injury even if a person fell on the street I would jump into action to call 911 and do whatever I had to do. A little bit later I got my hospital job. I don’t do anything medical but all my…
  • NWTW and Peace Corps

    28 Jun 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Could anyone tell me about their experiences with NWTW for nursing students, or the Peace corps for those who have finished an RN program? I am thinking about doing a months work for NWTW, but I have heard from others that you just do grunt work for them, and don’t learn anything technical, such as setting up IV drips, giving inoculations or doing suctioning. I would hate to go to all that travel expense and be a cleaner or dishwasher for a month. Is it safe? What about the peace corps? Are the situations and equipment modern enough that such work would look good on your resume? The…
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    Nursing Ideas

  • Supporting patients using online tools to collect health data

    Rob Fraser MN RN
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Sally Okun RN - Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety. In her work with PatientsLikeMe Sally has worked on the standardizing the language of patient information. This creates new insight and understanding of patients, where clinical terminology and language fall short. Her role has also evolved to broader system thinking about how PatientsLikeMe can be a tool to bring the patient voice to the forefront of research and clinical care delivery. In this video we discuss these and many other ideas, such as how nurses can continue to develop and grow while working in roles…
  • #RNchat on Patient Education

    Rob Fraser MN RN
    20 Feb 2013 | 12:55 pm
    This is a post to simulate conversation for #RNchat to take place Feb 21, 2013 at 2100h EST. Please feel free to write a response on your own blog or add your thoughts in the comments to help build ideas to discuss. Check out the invite on G+ to RSVP. Patient education is something we often talk about in nursing, and regularly do during the normal care of our day. The challenge is that time is often short, and patients do not always retain the information the first time. I know it took me to learn the signs, symptoms and complications of Chronic Heart Failure, and I’ve never had to live…
  • Nursing impact on 30-day re-admission

    Rob Fraser MN RN
    20 Feb 2013 | 11:56 am
    This post is part of “The Nursing Ideas Challenge” a call for nurses to commit setting aside time to learn and to share what they have learned. The Article: Hospital nursing and 30-day readmission among medicare patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia Big Idea: Generally a health work enivonrment, lower nure patient ratios and more educated nurses are expected to improve care. This paper looks at the evidence of how the hospital environment (workplace culture, patient-to-nurse-ratio, and proportion of nurses with a BSN) effect patient care.
  • Can daily bathing with chlorhexidine reduce hospital aquired infection?

    Rob Fraser MN RN
    19 Feb 2013 | 6:41 pm
    The Article: Effect of Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing on Hospital-Aquired Infection [] Big Idea: Can using chlorhexidine impregnated cloths to bed bath patients reduce rates of Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) acquisition and bloodstream infection rates in hospitals? Evidence: Observational studies (looking at populations uncontrolled by researchers) suggest that chlorhexidine bathing reduces multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) aquisition and blood stream infections. This study conducted a cluster-randomized trial (they split up organizations and…
  • How can nurses help hospitals save blood?

    Rob Fraser MN RN
    18 Oct 2012 | 3:03 am
    Marianne de Bretan-Berg – Perioperative Blood Conservation Coodinator This spring I had the opportunity to interview Marianne de Bretan-Berg, a Perioperative Blood Conservation Coordinator at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Nurses are most often the provider that administers blood product, and discusses the physiological need for with the prescriber. This makes having up to date knowledge about blood transfusions critical. In this interview Marianne talk about the paradigm change in healthcare about blood products and how her roll allows her to improve the quality of care to patients…
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    Nurse Practitioners in Business

  • 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…
  • 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). Take action now on Home…
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    American Nurse Today

  • Dosage of HIV drug may be ineffective for half of African Americans

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Many African Americans may not be getting effective doses of the HIV drug maraviroc because they have two copies of a gene that makes a protein responsible for removing the drug from the body, according to a study in Drug Metabolism and Disposition. Read more and read the study abstract. The post Dosage of HIV drug may be ineffective for half of African Americans appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Female African American adolescents in gangs suffer negative health effects

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Gang involvement by female African American adolescents is associated with lower sexually transmitted disease prevention knowledge, higher rates of substance abuse, higher incidences of condom misuse, and a lower likelihood of ever having been tested for HIV, according to a study in Children and Youth Services Review. Read more. The post Female African American adolescents in gangs suffer negative health effects appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Many oncology patients fail to receive treatment for depressio

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Three papers published in The Lancet Psychiatry, The Lancet, and The Lancet Oncology show that 73% of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for it. A new treatment program, called Depression Care for People with Cancer, was effective in reducing depression. Read more . The post Many oncology patients fail to receive treatment for depressio appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Exercise for the heart may also protect the mind

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Click here to read this story. The post Exercise for the heart may also protect the mind appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA approves new drug for Gaucher disease

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    On August 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cerdelga (eliglustat) for the long-term treatment of adult patients with the Type 1 form of Gaucher disease, which affects about 6,000 people in the United States. Read more. The post FDA approves new drug for Gaucher disease appeared first on American Nurse Today.
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    Sunbelt Staffing

  • 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…
  • Overcoming Feeling Lonely While On Your First Healthcare Travel Assignment

    Howard Gerber
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Working as a healthcare traveler can be an exciting time in your career. Whether you work as a nurse, speech or occupational therapist, working as a traveler can be educational, fun and lucrative. But the downside is, it can sometimes be lonely, especially at first. Leaving your regular place of employment, friends and family for a travel assignment can leave you feeling a little alone. But there are many ways you can beat loneliness on the road. As you start your first healthcare travel assignment, cut yourself a bit of slack. It is completely normal to feel a little lost or homesick. Accept…
  • Managing Your Money While on a Healthcare Traveler Job

    Howard Gerber
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    There are many benefits to working as a healthcare traveler, such as new opportunities, meeting people, and exploring a new city. A good salary and paid housing are also reasons some people choose to work as a traveler. Regardless of your reasons, managing your money on the road is a must. Consider some of the following suggestions: Start with a budget: Developing a budget and doing your best to stick with it is a great first step to manage your money. Set aside money each pay period for essentials, such as food, gas, and recurring monthly bills. Allow money for entertainment, clothing, and…
  • Avoiding Nursing Mistakes

    Howard Gerber
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Everyone makes them from time to time. But if you make a mistake as a nurse, it can have serious consequences. Depending on the severity of a mistake, it can land you a warning, a formal write-up, or even cost you your job. Although it is impossible to do everything perfectly all the time, there are several things you can do in order to reduce the chances of making a nursing mistake. Double Check Medication Dosages: Medication errors are one of the most common mistake nurses make. Medication errors may be minor and harmless or can be serious enough they can be life-threatening for the…
  • 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…
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  • 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.
  • Are Virtual Visits More Efficient?

    Tera Tuten
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    For several years now, virtual medicine has been starting to meet the primary care needs of remote, rural, and underserved communities. But now it may also be an efficient alternative to in person treatment of basic medical problems. Several companies are hosting online doctor visits where physicians and patients interact by phone or the Web. […]Are Virtual Visits More Efficient? is a post from: Soliant Health The post Are Virtual Visits More Efficient? appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Top 10 Cities for Travel Nurses to Spend (a Short) Time In

    Tera Tuten
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Travel nursing offers tremendous opportunities to see the world and even your own country. While not all cities are as liveable (or affordable) as others, there are some that deserve a look, if only to be able to say that you’ve experienced one of the most amazing cities on Earth. Here are our picks for […]Top 10 Cities for Travel Nurses to Spend (a Short) Time In is a post from: Soliant Health The post Top 10 Cities for Travel Nurses to Spend (a Short) Time In appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Top 8 Cities for Travel Nurses (That You May End Up Moving To)

    Tera Tuten
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Ever have a conversation with one of those people in a desirable locale, who say “I came for a week and stayed for a decade?” Travel nursing affords you the opportunity to experience a large range of workplaces and the towns those workplaces exist in. While it’s great to see the country (and the world), […]Top 8 Cities for Travel Nurses (That You May End Up Moving To) is a post from: Soliant Health The post Top 8 Cities for Travel Nurses (That You May End Up Moving To) appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • 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.
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    Off the Charts

  • AJN’s September Issue: Anaphylaxis at School, Central Line Care, EBP, More

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    AJN’s September issue is now available on our Web site. Here’s a selection of what not to miss. It’s back-to-school time, and on our cover this month is a photo of Head Start nursing supervisor Travia Williams weighing a student in the program’s classroom at Cocoa High School in Brevard County, Florida. The program provides enrolled children with screening, physicals, and other health care services. According to the National Association of School Nurses, a third of all school districts in the United States have reduced nursing staff and a quarter don’t have any nurses at all. Yet…
  • How Do You Define Nursing?

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    Virginia Henderson By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief Fifty years ago this month, in the August issue of AJN, Virginia A. Henderson, one of nursing’s giants, explained how she came to her definition of nursing: “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge.” (We’ve made the article, “The Nature of Nursing,” free until September 30. Click through to the…
  • Coincidental Violence Against a Nurse: More Prepared Than You Think?

    Jacob M
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Julianna Paradisi, RN, OCN, writes a monthly post for this blog and works as an infusion nurse in outpatient oncology. The Myth of Closure/ oil stick and charcoal on paper 2014/ Julianna Paradisi Recently I was attacked by a stranger while running in the bright, mid-morning sunlight of summer through a populated urban setting. My attacker did not know I am a nurse, so it’s only coincidental that it was violence against a nurse. However, I believe my nurse’s training contributed to choices I made in response. How It Began: As I was running towards home through a busy recreational…
  • Essentials for New Clinical Nursing Instructors, Especially Adjuncts

    Jacob M
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    There are many things it’s helpful to know when you start work as a clinical instructor—and you might not get a lot of orientation first. By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief “So you’ve accepted the contract for your first part-time clinical teaching assignment and you’re wondering where to start in preparing for this new role. Perhaps you’ve been working in an administrative role, away from direct caregiving. Maybe you’ve been active in bedside nursing but have no formal preparation in clinical teaching. If you take the time to prepare for your teaching assignment,…
  • Blogging: As Many Voices as There Are Nurses

    Jacob M
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    By Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor Blogging – What Jolly Fun/Mike Licht,, via Flickr Creative Commons A recent check reveals that a good percentage of the blogs on our nursing blogs list have been relatively active over the past few months. A few have been less so. I didn’t see any posts about the ice-bucket challenge, and that’s okay. Here are a few recent and semirecent posts by nurses that might interest readers of this blog: Hospice nursing. At Hospice Diary, a post from a few weeks back is called “Dying with Your Boots On.” An excerpt:…
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    The Nursing Site Blog

  • 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! ]]
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    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! ]]
  • 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 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
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  • Your First Nursing Job: Tips for Surviving the First Year

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

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

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

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

    11 Mar 2013 | 1:40 pm
    A CNA, or Certified Nurse’s Aide, is a person who assists patients in their activities of daily living. They may work in a variety of places including private practice offices, hospitals, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. This is a career with a promising future as it can be used as a stepping stone to future training as an LPN or even an RN. Many people have been able to get CNA training for free through the Workforce Investment Act. This is a program that helps both young people who need a hand up and adults who have been displaced due to various obstacles in…
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    DiversityNursing Blog

  • 6-year-old surfer girl won't let disease wipe out her serious skills

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    By Jeffrey Donovan Nicknamed “The Flying Squirrel," 6-year-old Quincy Symonds is making waves not only for her incredible surfing skills, but also for her courage while coping with a genetic condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia. With a growing social-media following both on Instagram and YouTube, the Australian phenom might just be the best 6-year-old surfer in the world. “I have never seen a surfer male or female this good at such an early age — and I’ve taught thousands of kids to surf,” her coach, Anthony Pope, told In March 2013, when…
  • College students developing nail polish to detect date rape drugs

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    By Eun Kyung Kim Four students at North Carolina State University hope to tackle a problem on many campuses by developing a nail polish that can detect so-called date rape drugs by changing colors when it comes into contact with them. Women who wear the polish can simply swirl their fingers in a drink to test it for any colorless, odorless compound that may have been slipped in. The four male entrepreneurs behind the product, which they call Undercover Colors, have received mainly positive responses. They won an $11,000 prize from a contest on campus, where they also have met with a…
  • Surgeons Get 'Dress Rehearsals' with 3D-Printed Body Parts

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    By SYDNEY LUPKIN At Boston Children’s Hospital, doctors perform practice surgeries with replicas of their patients’ body parts. Though the hospital has had a simulation program for about a decade, it started 3D-printing children’s body parts about a year ago, said Dr. Peter Weinstock, director of the hospital’s simulator program. “They perfect what they want to do before ever bringing the child into the operating room or putting them to sleep,” Weinstock said. The models are also used to help parents understand their children’s surgeries before the operation and to educate…
  • Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Marries His Nurse

    Erica Bettencourt
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it. Sixteen months after the attack killed three people and injured more than 260, including Costello, he married D'Agostino, the nurse who helped him recover. The couple exchanged vows Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Boston in front of about 160 guests. A photograph of Costello with his clothes ripped to shreds and parts of his body burned became one of the most recognized images of the 2013 attack. He met D'Agostino, a nurse at Spaulding…
  • Emergency department nurses aren't like the rest of us

    Erica Bettencourt
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Emergency department nurses aren't like the rest of us - they are more extroverted, agreeable and open - attributes that make them successful in the demanding, fast-paced and often stressful environment of an emergency department, according to a new study by University of Sydney. "Emergency nurses are a special breed," says Belinda Kennedy from Sydney Nursing School, a 15 year critical care veteran who led the study. "Despite numerous studies about personalities of nurses in general, there has been little research done on the personalities of nurses in clinical specialty…
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    FlightBridgeED - Critical Care Education for Nurses and Paramedics - Latest blog entries

  • The Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve: A Resuscitation Paradigm

    8 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    The Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve: A Resuscitation Paradigm The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 45 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, Eric helps us develop the concept of the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve, left and right shifts, and other important principles of oxygen delivery at the tissue level. Although this is a difficult subject, it’s incredibly relevant and enlightening with real application for our patients. Join us as we study the Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve - A Resuscitation Paradigm.   Podcast Download (MP3) Enhanced Podcast Download (M4A) Subscribe…
  • The Subarachnoid Bleed

    28 May 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Subarachnoid Bleed A Nightmare Series Podcast - Episdoe 44 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, creeping and crawling, silently weaving a web of destruction a small, venomous disease unleashes its deadly bite on an unsuspecting woman. Join Eric and the flight crew as they pull down the webs of confusion and unravel the secrets of The Subarachnoid Bleed.   Podcast Download (MP3) Enhanced Podcast Download (M4A) Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher Listener Survey
  • Takotsubo Apical Ballooning Syndrome

    8 May 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Takotsubo Apical Ballooning Syndrome A Nightmare Series Podcast - Episdoe 43 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, terror from the deep rises from the blackest abyss to wrap its tentacles around an innocent woman who has lost everything. The flight crew struggles to comprehend the twisted and strange horror, but presses on in search of escape. Join us to discover the ending and what happens to our suffering victim.   Podcast Download (MP3) Enhanced Podcast Download (M4A) Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher Listener Survey
  • The Nightmare Patient: Advanced Hemodynamics Case Study

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Nightmare Patient: ADVANCED HEMODYNAMICS Case Study In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, a patient comes precariously close to disaster as a microscopic fiend unleashes it's fury on an unsuspecting patient. Seeking out this horrible monster will take skill as the crew follows the clues found in strange, cryptic waveforms. Join the podcast as we seek answers, and unravel the mystery of advanced hemodynamics.   Download ENHANCED Podcast (M4A) Download Podcast (MP3) Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher!
  • The Nightmare Patient: Neonatal Respiratory Arrest

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Nightmare Patient: Neonatal Respiratory Arrest In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, a looming shadow is cast over an innocent crib as an unseen hand holds the fate of tiny child in its icy grasp. Will disease prevail? Join us... maybe you can be the hero!   MP3 Download Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher! Podcast Listener Survey*   *What is this listener survery thing, and why should I bother?The Podcast Listener Survey takes about 5 minutes, or so to complete and asks some general questions about our listeners so we can get to know who is listening, what you like…
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    Noggin Blog

  • 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…
  • EMS Teaching Idea: Creating a patient scenario

    Nikki Yeager
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    After launching our EMS/EMT module this year, we've been coming up with ideas for how instructors can use an EHR system like EHR Tutor with their students.One idea that was shared with us during a demo involved using your EHR system as a way to set up a scenario before practicing assessment and intervention skills.To do this, find a video of an accident on Youtube (where there are a surprising number of videos showing injuries, crashes and general accidents). Show the video in class and then create a patient chart that has all the basics of the accident completed to line up with the video.
  • Remembering Student Names

    Nikki Yeager
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Welcome to the new school year! We try to stick to Nursing/Medical Professions related tips, tools and resources on this blog but no matter what course an instructor teaches, one thing is guaranteed-- you have to remember your new students' names. So here are some handy tricks for doing so:1. Preparation: As soon as you get a student list, start memorizing. According to "science", it takes at least 7 times of repeating something to remember it. However, this particular trick is usually better when practiced 15+ times. For example, if you get a list of your students a month before class…
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    Certified Nursing Assistant Guide

  • 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…
  • 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…
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  • App of the Month! NCLEX Listen N Learn

    Daily Nurse
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Check out this awesome new app. According to the developers this app was created for students that want to learn on the go. Just plug in your headphones and listen to the questions being asked. You can quickly respond in the following break. "NCLEX Listen and Learn" will help busy students study anywhere. NO books necessary.  Click Here --->   OR use the QR Code:
  • Humor pic of the day 8/28/2014

    Daily Nurse
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
                                              The Joint Commission is here!
  • Humor pic of the day 08/4/2014

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    "Don't worry Nurse...I will wait till shift change to code."
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    3 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    "Sorry you died butwe need you at work"
  • Eating healthy: During 12hr shifts

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
           1.   Eat Breakfast! Eating breakfast provides needed energy to power you throughout the day.         Quick breakfast =2 Hard boiled eggs and a cup of orange juice. Tip: Boil 6 eggs and refrigerate them. In the morning just grab and go.2.   Stash away!           Keep a stash of nutrient dense snacks in your nursing bag on the floor. (String cheese, tuna and crackers, trail mix, nuts, fresh and dried fruit, yogurt).3. Vending machine woes! If you must go to vending…
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    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. New […] 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.
  • Early Autumn Travel Essentials

    Travel Nurse Source
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Summer’s been a blast. I’ve hit the beach, rode my share of gut-wrenching roller coasters, and peeled some hardcore sunburn; but as September draws near, I can’t help to be pretty stoked for the up coming season. Personally, fall is my favorite time of the year. Apple picking, the vibrant leaves falling, all the good […] The post Early Autumn Travel Essentials appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • You Know You’re a Nurse If…

    Travel Nurse Source
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Each profession comes along with it’s own outside of work thought processes and annoyances. You may find yourself pointing out technicalities on television shows, advertisements, articles, etc., that those outside your field of work would never be able to recognize and vice versa. Whether it’s avoiding inaccurate reenactments of medical scenarios or living by unbreakable […] The post You Know You’re a Nurse If… appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
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