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  • Correctional Nursing Peer Review (podcast)

    Correctional Nurse . Net
    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Peer Review for Nurses? Many correctional health care settings are gearing up for correctional nursing peer review as NCCHC implements new accreditation standards this month. In this episode correctional nurse experts Catherine Knox, Kathy Page, Becky Pinney, and Pat Voermans join Lorry to discuss correctional nursing peer review and changes in the NCCHC accreditation standards […]
  • WHO expresses concern over increasing consumption of energy drinks

    AANP SmartBrief
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    The increased consumption of energy drinks raises concerns for excess caffeine intake, particularly among children, which cou -More- 
  • Webinar examines decision support tools for Ebola screening

    ANA SmartBrief
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    A webinar on the use of clinical decision support tools for Ebola screening was conducted this week by the CDC and the Office -More- 
  • Rising demand from seniors for home-based nursing

    Nursing News
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    As more seniors choose to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital, a growing number of nurses are working out of homes instead of institutions. The number of those employed in home-based services in Singapore has increased slowly over the years to about 110, said the Health Ministry.
  • Mild traumatic brain injury can have lasting effects for families, reports the American Journal of Nursing

    Nursing / Midwifery News From Medical News Today
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Families of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may expect them to return to normal quickly - after all, it's "just a concussion.
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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • Correctional Nursing Peer Review (podcast)

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

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    A 33 year old male inmate from a maximum security state prison was admitted to a community hospital with flank pain and hematuria. His INR was discovered to be 8.2 (therapeutic range 2-3). His medical history included deep vein thrombus resulting from Protein S deficiency. A medication error investigation revealed that the patient had been […]
  • What is Your Correctional Nurse Work Style?

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    A major challenge for many in correctional nursing is adjusting to the work environment. A correctional facility is not run like a hospital and health care is not the primary mission. Correctional officers often have different goals and worldviews than healthcare staff. Nurses can have difficulty assimilating into the organizational culture while maintaining a professional […]
  • September 2014 News Round Up (podcast)

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Correctional nurses Margaret Collatt, Jeannie Chesney, and Susan Laffan, join Lorry to discuss the latest correctional health care news in this podcast. Briefing Paper: The Dangerous Use of Solitary Confinement in the US The ACLU recently published a briefing paper on the dangers of solitary confinement in US prisons. This has been a topic of […]
  • Correctional Nurse Guide to the Code of Ethics: The Nature of Health Problems

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    This post is part of a continuing series applying the Code of Ethics for Nurses to correctional nursing practice. Find other posts in the series here. Kim was not happy with her assignment in the large city jail infirmary where she worked. The patient load was manageable but she didn’t want to deal with the […]
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    Nursing News

  • Rising demand from seniors for home-based nursing

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    As more seniors choose to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital, a growing number of nurses are working out of homes instead of institutions. The number of those employed in home-based services in Singapore has increased slowly over the years to about 110, said the Health Ministry.
  • Spain: Nursing assistant clear of Ebola virus

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    An initial test shows that a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola in Spain is now clear of all traces of the virus nearly two weeks after she was hospitalized, authorities said Sunday. Teresa Romero, 44, is the first person known to have contracted the disease outside West Africa in the current outbreak when she tested positive for the virus Oct. 6. She has been in quarantine at Carlos III hospital in Madrid since then.
  • Hospital Offers Full-Page Apology Ad Over Ebola

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital hasn't exactly had a lot of good publicity lately: After the hospital first turned away Thomas Eric Duncan, he later died of Ebola; two of his nurses came down with the virus - one of whom took two flights just before she was diagnosed - as nurses decried hospital practices; and another worker who may have handled his samples hopped on a cruise ship. Today, the hospital took out a full-page ad in two Texas newspapers with an open letter from Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan.
  • Post Falls Nursing Home Gets Red-Flagged

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The nursing home portion of the Life Care Center in Post Falls received the most serious citation a skilled nursing facility can get-an "immediate jeopardy" citation. The state issued the citation after a compliance survey that did not favor the institution.
  • Castro: Cuba would cooperate with US against Ebola

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Havana a Cuba stands ready to cooperate with the United States in the battle against Ebola, former leader Fidel Castro said in an article published Saturday. Cuba is sending about 460 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight Ebola, an effort that was praised on Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
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    Digital Doorway

  • Nursing Employment Transitions: Knowing What's Next

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scrubs Caption Contest!

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Last Week’s Winner “No…we were not in the med room all alone., together… Ummm … why do you think that???” Submitted by VONPAY. This Week’s Contest – October 20, 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!
  • Dressing for your body type: 5 fall scrubs looks for hourglass-shaped nurses

    Scrubs Editor
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Got an hourglass-shaped figure? Shopping for fall? We’ve got you covered with five great scrubs! According to our helpful style tool (Psst! Check it out for more great suggestions!), ladies with an hourglass shape should check out high-quality fabric tops, empire-waist tops and mock wrap V-neck tops for super-flattering fits. The most flattering pants typically are dark; straight leg, flare or wide leg; and match the top. Here are our top picks!   V-Neck Top: The style tool suggests empire-waist tops for hourglass figures, stating, “Go for definition! Highlight the…
  • Nurse bling: 5 accessories in support of breast cancer awareness

    Scrubs Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Think pink! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve rounded up five accessories for nurses to sport in support of breast cancer awareness. Which is your favorite? Tumbler, 3 Sisters Embroidery, $11   Necklace, 3 Sisters Collections, $22   Lanyard, Cherokee     Hair ties, Libby Bow Teek, $4     Stethoscope charm, Cherokee Nurses, what is your favorite item? And how are you be showing your pink pride this month? Tell us in the comments below!
  • WATCH: Nina Pham, the first U.S. nurse diagnosed with Ebola, speaks from her hospital bed

    Scrubs Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    As a nursing community, we’ve all had Nina Pham, the U.S. nurse who contracted Ebola from patient Thomas Eric Duncan, in our thoughts and hearts. Now, as she continues to fight the virus, her hospital has released an emotional video of Pham that we knew you’d want to see. In the video, the 26-year-old patient and her treating physician, Dr. Gary Weinstein, exchange a few words before Pham’s transfer from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to an isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health’s clinical center. Watch the moving video below: Pham also…
  • WATCH: Cancer patient enrolled in nursing school to help fight pediatric cancer

    Scrubs Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    After graduating from high school, while on a missions trip in Kenya, Kayla Perry began having odd symptoms and was forced to return home early. Upon arriving back in the States, and after a series of scans and tests, Kayla found out she has stage IV neuroblastoma. She received chemo, radiation, a bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy, but the cancer continued to grow. Now, she’s focused on maintaing the disease instead of fighting it. She isn’t sure how long she’ll live, but she’s aiming to make the most of her life…by studying to become a nurse. Inspired…
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    Head Nurse

  • An excellent op-ed from a Minion in lovely EnZedd. . .

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

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

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

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

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

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View. Photo by P. Nathanael Gough The image below, by UK…
  • Add Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to Your Site

    Min Wei
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The content you publish on your site is the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes activity — and we’re not talking only about drafting posts and pages. Emails, meetings and events, documents and spreadsheets: as business owners and publishers you have a lot to juggle. We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to offer our users the incredible power of Google Apps for Work right in their dashboards. A powerful suite of tools With the Google Apps for Work integration you’ll be able to set up your own custom email address based on your…
  • Back to Blogging: Ten Themes to Inspire You Right Now

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Carving out your very own corner on the web is important to you. You may be a brand-new user on — if so, welcome! — or a veteran blogger returning to an old habit. Recently on the Verge, Lockhart Steele, the editorial director of Vox Media, talked about getting back to blogging. On a noisy internet with many platforms, some are bringing their blogs back from the dead and reclaiming their personal turf. But for me, the web ecosystem will always be bloggy at its core. I’m looking forward to being a part of it again myself. – Lockhart Steele No matter…
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  • We salute you

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    All of the front line health care personnel putting it on the line every day in today's environment.This quote from a recent article about hazardous waste generated by Ebola patients was telling:“It’s totally shocking,” Ms. Sharpe said. “It would take me anywhere from four to six weeks to train an employee to work in a high containment lab in a safe manner. It’s ludicrous to expect doctors and nurses to figure that out with a day’s worth of training.Thank you, Ms. Sharpe. Hopefully, someone will listen and take care of the folks on the front lines, including all the staff who help…
  • We are getting there

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Slowly, but surely our HAPU rate is going down. Why would we worry about it, anyway?Inrehab, HAPU is something that will derail the most eager patient. It can even kill you. As I tell the patients, your skin is a force field.If you damage it, your bones and everything else can suffer when dirt and microbes from the environment decide to invade and make you sick.Simple but effective...for most people. All we can do is repeat and maybe by the hundredth time, it will stick.So, we'll keep on going. TGIF to all wherever you are.
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    It really is a gas eating all these vegetables on my current diet (clean eating with lots of vegetables and lean protein).So far, so good. More later...
  • Hit the nail on the head

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    This could have easily been the theme of my week this week.1. Yes, slacker coworker, when you sit in our weekly meeting and chart, instead of participating, you look like an idiot. When a patient with a LOS of 25 days and you really know NOTHING about him or her and they are your assigned patient, I only have one question. Why in Hades didn't you read THE CHART?! I know, rocket science...2. The boss finally decides that the hallway consults are causing issues with continuity of care. Yes! That only took a year to convince him/her. We shall see what happens...3. Thank you jo at Head Nurse…
  • Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Since it's Thanksgiving, it's time to give thanks!First, I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers in Canada, who are enjoying their turkey and pumpkin pie today. I miss you so much Scrappy, Pierre, Monique, and Gord. Ah, another lifetime ago...(I am still going to visit EVERY provincial capital 'cause it's on the bucket list.)However, since search engines can be flaky, I am happy to say I'm so thankful for the folks out in the audience who help you find your way here.These are just some of them (and a couple of reviews). I am eternally thankful for you all, especially At Your…
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  • Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I choose a Travel Nurse agency?

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

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

    David Morrison R.N.
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse Question:  Ask a Travel Nurse: Should I take agency housing or find my own in Hawaii? I’ve been traveling for two years now and have always found my own housing, but coming up in January I’m planning to take the plunge and head to Hawaii, so I was thinking I’d like to eliminate some stress and just have my agency handle my housing for this assignment. Do you think this would be smart? Or will this unpack my pay too much and not be worth it? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I’m sorry, but this is simply not a question that I can answer for you. Let me explain.
  • Happy Travel Nurses Day 2014!

    Sarah Wengert
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Click here to celebrate! If you’re like me, you embrace any festive reason to celebrate. And this Friday, October 10th, there’s a really good occasion: Travel Nurses Day 2014! Medical Solutions, a pet-friendly Travel Nurse staffing company, introduced Travel Nurses Day in 2013, in order to set aside a day specifically to honor and celebrate Travel Nurses and the unique, important work they do in hospitals and facilities nationwide. Travel Nurses lessen the impact of the nursing shortage, also providing relief to their colleagues, preventing nurse burnout, and ensuring safer staffing…
  • Travel Nurse Safety

    Sarah Wengert
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Travel Nurse Safety: Use technology and other tactics to stay safe while on assignment Luckily, headlines earlier this week reporting Travel Nurse Andria C. Terrell missing were followed quickly with updates that she had been found safe and in no need of assistance whatsoever. Terrell is from Georgia and on assignment in Eugene, Oregon. She was traveling to check out Crater Lake when her family reported her missing because they hadn’t heard from her and weren’t able to reach her by cell phone. It’s always better safe than sorry, so good on her family for being proactive, but I was…
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    Phil Baumann

  • Catastrophe Ebola: Protocols Versus Workflows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Physician Assistant Week 2014

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

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

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

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    As healthcare providers, we are no stranger to the problems of medications.  The DEA’s Take Back Days have been a hit. And the new rules will help a great deal.  We all need to share this information with our   offices, colleagues and patients. This Saturday, September 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and almost 4,000 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners will hold the ninth National Prescription Drug Take­Back Day. Americans can take their expired, unneeded, or unwanted prescription drugs to one of over 5,200 collection sites across the…
  • 7 reasons NOT to Start a Healthcare Practice

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

  • Ebola is here: Knowledge, identification, and appropriate infection control are key

    Rachel Bargeron
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Ebola… the word conjures up the thoughts of dark, steamy jungles and grim healthcare providers working feverishly in primitive conditions to battle a deadly—yet geographically isolated—disease. Today, we see Ebola in a different light as patients return from abroad for treatment and we hear of the first case identified on U.S. soil and the subsequent death of the patient. This view includes specialized treatment in a secured isolation unit, manned by battalions of care providers and support personnel to manage patient contact, treatment, medications, contaminated protective gear, and…
  • CDC ramp up Ebola screening at five US airports

    Rachel Bargeron
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Click here to read. The post CDC ramp up Ebola screening at five US airports appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA issues recommendations for strengthening cybersecurity of devices

    Rachel Bargeron
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    On Oct. 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information. Read more. The post FDA issues recommendations for strengthening cybersecurity of devices appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Mortality risk for obesity similar for blacks, whites

    Rachel Bargeron
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    A study in PLOS One has found that the increased risk of premature death associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) is similar for African Americans and whites. The findings also support recommendations for maintaining a BMI between 20–25 kg/m2 for optimal health and longevity. Read more and access the study. The post Mortality risk for obesity similar for blacks, whites appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • CDC provides enterovirus D68 information

    Rachel Bargeron
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated a section of its website to the nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness. From mid-August to October 8, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 664 people in 45 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Read more. The post CDC provides enterovirus D68 information appeared first on American Nurse Today.
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    Sunbelt Staffing

  • Rediscover Your Passion for Nursing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bureaucracy and IEP Compliance

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hidden Cameras Allow Families To Track Care In Nursing Homes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nurse Informaticists Address Texas Ebola Case, EHR Design Questions

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

    Jacob Molyneux
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    By Betsy Todd, MPH, RN, CIC, AJN clinical editor. (See also her earlier post, “Ebola: A Nurse Epidemiologist Puts the Outbreak in Perspective.”) This is not a time to panic. It is a time to get things right.—John Nichols, blogging for the Nation, 10/12/2014 Scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles budding from an infected VERO E6 cell (35,000x magnification). Credit: NIAID For years, nurses have tolerated increasingly cheap, poorly made protective gear—one result of health care’s “race to the bottom” cost-cutting. Now the safety of personal…
  • Planning Postdischarge Care with Cognitively Impaired Adults

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    A patient performs the CLOX 1, a clock-drawing task used to assess patients for cognitive impairment. Photo by Ed Eckstein. By Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief The transition from hospital to home can be fraught with pitfalls, especially if the patient in question is an older adult with multiple conditions and a not-so-prepared caregiver. The transitional care model, in which NPs coordinate care and provide follow-up care after discharge, has been shown to be successful in reducing hospital readmissions in this group of patients. With Medicare levying penalties on hospitals with…
  • Resisting the Rising Tide of Parkinson’s

    Jacob Molyneux
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    By Barbara Hranilovich. All rights reserved. The Reflections essay in the October issue of AJN is called “After-Dinner Talks.” These are talks with a purpose, a form of physical therapy with high stakes. Writes the author, Minter Krotzer, of her husband’s long struggle with Parkinson’s disease: “Hal always says Parkinson’s is not his identity, and it isn’t, as long as he doesn’t let it claim him, or as long as it doesn’t claim us.” Here’s an excerpt from the beginning: ‘I’d like you two to have a conversation every…
  • Calciphylaxis: The Intriguing Case of Ms. W.

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Ms. W. post-recovery, with her husband By Sylvia Foley, AJN senior editor “I survived, although I had been told that I’d eventually die from infection in the wounds.” In one of this month’s two CE features, “Calciphylaxis: An Unusual Case with an Unusual Outcome,” Tina Wangen and colleagues report on the intriguing story of L.W., a 40-year-old patient who, aside from being female, had no other known risk factors for the disease. Here’s an overview of the article: Calciphylaxis is most common in patients with end-stage renal disease, and hyperparathyroidism is often present as…
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    Nursing Novellas Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Review: Nursing From Within by Elizabeth Scala

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

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

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    window.amznpubstudioTag = "daretodreampr-20"; ©2009 - present by Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN -- All Rights Reserved. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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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    Nursing Career Tips

  • The Secrets of a High Performance Nursing Resume

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interpreter Services | UCLA Health (Video)

    Erica Bettencourt
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The UCLA Health Interpreter/Translation and Deaf Services program provides services to all UCLA Health inpatients, outpatients, and their relatives at no cost. Every attempt is made to provide services in any language. The service will be provided by an in-person interpreter, video conference or by telephone. Source: Youtube
  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg And Wife Donate $25 Million To Fight Ebola

    Erica Bettencourt
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    By  JAMES MARTIN Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help fight the Ebola epidemic, which has taken the lives of more than 4,000 people and continues to rage out of control in West Africa. The donation will be used for the CDC Ebola response effort in the most severely affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and other areas of the world where the disease poses the greatest threat, the foundation said Tuesday. "The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point," Zuckerberg…
  • How A Cooling Cap Could Change Breast Cancer Treatment

    Erica Bettencourt
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    By JESSICA FIRGER When Donna Tookes learned she had breast cancer last winter, the 59-year-old thought she had no choice but to accept one of the most dreaded side-effects of chemotherapy: losing her mane of silver hair, a feature that strangers young and old frequently stopped to admire. "I had resigned myself," Tookes told CBS News. "I had purchased an array of scarves, about 10. And I actually practiced tying them." Tookes was diagnosed with breast cancer in January after her annual mammogram, when her doctors detected some mild calcifications in her right breast. These…
  • New Test To Bump Up Diagnoses Of Illness In Kids

    Erica Bettencourt
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    By MIKE STOBBE For more than two months, health officials have been struggling to understand the size of a national wave of severe respiratory illnesses caused by an unusual virus. This week, they expect the wave to start looking a whole lot bigger. But that's because a new test will be speeding through a backlog of cases. Starting Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using a new test to help the agency process four or five times more specimens per day that it has been. The test is a yes/no check for enterovirus 68, which since August has been fingered as the cause…
  • Olympic Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Moved To Tears By Young Fan Who Battled Leukemia

    Erica Bettencourt
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Eun Kyung Kim It takes nerves of steel to win World Cup, World Championship and Olympic titles like Mikaela Shiffrin. Yet, the alpine skier melted into a pool of tears after hearing from a young Swedish girl she has called her “little lucky charm.” Shiffrin met 11-year-old Emma Lundell two years ago in Are, Switzerland, after winning her first World Cup title, NBC Sports reported. Emma was battling leukemia at the time and had asked Shiffrin for a photograph. “That was the biggest wake up call," Shiffrin recalled for Swedish publication SPORT-Expressen,…
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    Noggin Blog

  • FINALLY! A truly easy way to remember the Cranial Nerves!

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

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

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

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

    Nikki Yeager
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Instructors, are you having a hard time figuring out where to start with your new EHR System? This 20 minute webinar will discuss ideas for how to introduce Allied Health and Nursing students to a new EHR system without a prolonged, passive training. Instead, we show how you can incorporate your new program into a regular lesson for the first time, combining basic healthcare skills with practice navigating and using a new electronic charting system. Use the link below to register:Introducing Students to a New EHR System October 8, 2014 at 3:00pm ETRegister…
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  • Information on Home Health Aide Training

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

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

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

  • What is Mesothelioma Cancer?

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

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

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

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

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

  • First Nurse in U.S. Contracts Ebola

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Person Behind the Care Plan

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    <p><em>This is part two of a two-part series. Read </em><a href=""><em>part one</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>According to research study conducted in 2012, only three percent of BSN nursing students reported planning to work in long-term care settings after graduation. Nurse leadership expert, Betty Frandsen, RN, NHA, MHA, C-NE, with AANAC and Virginia P. Hopkins RN, BSN, CAC, Clinical Reimbursement…
  • Nursing Home Nurse: A Great Calling (Part 1)

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    <p><em>This is part one of a two-part series. </em></p> <p><em>Nursing programs face the same negative opinions many nurses have regarding working in a long-term care.&nbsp;A research study conducted in 2012 found that only three percent of BSN nursing students reported planning to work in long-term care settings after graduation.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>Earlier this month, AANAC sponsored a contest asking nurses to tell us how they would explain all that LTC has to offer a graduating nurse. Here is the winning entry by…
  • Root Cause Analysis: Learn the Basics

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    <p>Root cause analysis is the process of tracing a problem backward to discover its true origin. We often hear in our work as clinicians that we should not just treat the symptoms but discover and treat the cause. If our resident complains of pain in her abdomen, we don&rsquo;t just give pain medication. We try to determine the cause of the pain. If a resident repeatedly falls, and we keep trying new interventions but the falls continue, we look for underlying issues that contribute to the falls. We don&rsquo;t just treat the symptoms by adding alarms or bedside mats.</p>…
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