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  • Help! I’m Not a Mental Health Nurse! Part 1: A Deputy Calls with an Inmate “Going Nuts”

    Correctional Nurse . Net
    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    If you work in corrections, you need to understand the basics of mental health conditions and treatments. For one thing, so many of our patients have a mental disorder. Estimates are that nearly 25% of inmates have a serious mental illness while over half report at least one mental condition. Secondly, even if you are […]
  • High-dose flu vaccine may work better for frail seniors

    AANP SmartBrief
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    A high-dose flu shot appeared to be more effective than the standard vaccine in protecting frail seniors in nursing homes aga -More- 
  • CDC updates HIV prevention guidelines

    ANA SmartBrief
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    The CDC has published new recommendations for HIV prevention involving adults and adolescents with the virus.  -More- Online OB/GYN Continuing Education with PeriFACTS® Obstetrics, Fetal Monitoring, Antepartum/Postpartum and Gynecology providers earn Accredited Nursing Contact Hours and CME Credits online with the PeriFACTS® OB/GYN Academy's Continuing Education program! Annual subscriptions available for Individuals or Groups for less than $8 a month! Try us FREE for 30-days! Learn more.
  • Nursing home construction moratorium fight fuels lobbying, donations

    Nursing News
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The two sides duking it out over a construction ban on nursing homes spent more than $500,000 over six months to win lawmakers to their sides - a spike of 45 percent over previous years.
  • Mobility disabilities can contribute to complications during pregnancy

    Nursing / Midwifery News From Medical News Today
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new study indicates that women with mobility disabilities often experience problems during pregnancy related to their functional impairments.
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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • Help! I’m Not a Mental Health Nurse! Part 1: A Deputy Calls with an Inmate “Going Nuts”

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    If you work in corrections, you need to understand the basics of mental health conditions and treatments. For one thing, so many of our patients have a mental disorder. Estimates are that nearly 25% of inmates have a serious mental illness while over half report at least one mental condition. Secondly, even if you are […]
  • De-Escalating Critical Incidents (podcast)

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Melissa Caldwell, PhD, a clinical psychologist and Director of Mental Health Services for Advanced Correctional Healthcare in Peoria, IL, shares tips for dealing with escalating patient anger or frustration. Do you practice Mental Health Standard Precautions at work? Dr. Caldwell relates this concept in the podcast as being continually aware that any patient situation could […]
  • I Found Correctional Nursing and I Love it!

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    This guest post is written by Sarah Medved, a senior nursing student at Grand Canyon University. She shares her story of finding correctional nursing as a specialty. Nearing graduation, I get a lot of congratulations and questions about where I want to work. I usually get raised eyebrows when I proudly state that I want […]
  • Correctional Nurse Legal Briefs: Common Areas of Nursing Malpractice Claims

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A study of nursing liability claims by a major nursing malpractice insurance provider grouped common allegations by the amount of paid indemnity (money paid out by the insurance company for the case) as well as frequency of the claim. Although this data cuts across all nursing specialties, the top categories of malpractice claims have application […]
  • November 2014 News Round-Up (podcast)

    Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Correctional nurse experts C.J. Young and Sue Lane join Lorry to discuss the latest correctional health care news. Ohio Prison Inmate Being Treated for Leprosy The Ohio prison system recently had an inmate diagnosed with leprosy. He was first treated for a bacterial skin infection. When it worsened, he was tested for leprosy. We discuss […]
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    Nursing News

  • Nursing home construction moratorium fight fuels lobbying, donations

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The two sides duking it out over a construction ban on nursing homes spent more than $500,000 over six months to win lawmakers to their sides - a spike of 45 percent over previous years.
  • MU nursing graduates ready to serve Missouri

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Anne Rehor helps Carly Slack adjust her cap before the graduation ceremony for the Sinclair School of Nursing on Friday afternoon at the Missouri Theatre. Casey Eggert wipes a tear off her face at the end of the December commencement ceremony for the Sinclair School of Nursing on Friday at the Missouri Theatre.
  • 7 receive associate degree nursing pins

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The nursing field just got a little bit stronger. Northeastern Junior College added seven new nurses to the field at its annual Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Thursday.
  • Record number of students in Arkansas rural consortium

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    The consortium is a group of eight community colleges that collaborate to provide students an opportunity for an associate degree in Registered Nursing. This is the first year that the program has accepted 280 students.
  • East Bierley golfers raise for children's charity

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:31 am
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. Big-hearted members of East Bierley Golf Club gave 1,500 to a charity which supports youngsters affected by disability or illness.
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    Digital Doorway

  • Nurse Coaching: The Next Wave

    Keith Carlson
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Plenty of nurses have entered the world of coaching over the last few years, and there are plenty of signs that this new niche for nurses is indeed continuing to expand.The opportunities are just burgeoning, and many nurses are realizing that there's money to be made---and professional satisfaction to be gained---in the coaching field.Choose Carefully Health and wellness coaches have been around for a while, and there are several coaching certification programs offering coach training for nurses and other healthcare professionals who want to leverage their skills in this particular…
  • Nurses Rock Santa Fe!

    Keith Carlson
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    On Monday, December 8th, 2014, at the legendary Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico, six nurses told gripping stories of nursing, and personal/professional challenge and transformation.Sally Jean Fox and Mary Rives are Certified Therapeutic Monologue Facilitators, and they guided us six nurses through an intensive five-day workshop of introspective writing, storytelling, improv, and the crafting of ten-minute monologues that we shared on stage on the fifth night of the process. The workshop and performance is called "Nurses Speak", and we nurses who took part in the experience will…
  • Nurses Speaking Out

    Keith Carlson
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    The time has come for nurses to speak their minds to the public, sharing their stories and spilling their guts with forthright authenticity. Here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that moment has arrived, and this weekend will see six courageous nurses crafting stories and sharing them on stage with an appreciative and enthralled audience.In October, I wrote a blog post about Nurses Speak, a groundbreaking opportunity for nurses to delve deep into their experiences and identities as nurses, emerging from that exploration with a story told on stage to an audience eager for those stories. Well, that…
  • Diversity, Multiculturalism, and the Affordable Care Act

    Keith Carlson
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    On November 21st, 2014, a diverse and earnest group of nurses met in Santa Fe, New Mexico to focus on issues of diversity and multiculturalism, especially as it relates to the Affordable Care Act. These types of inspiring meetings broaden our view and deepen our understanding of salient contemporary issues in healthcare. The New Mexico Nurses Association Institute for Nursing Diversity sponsored the conference, which was entitled, "Our Shared Voice: A Vision of Nursing Advocacy in Multicultural Communities".Addressing Health Disparities Dr. Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC is the President of the…
  • Your Nursing Career: Stagnation or Flow?

    Keith Carlson
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As nurses, our careers are fed by movement, not by stagnation. Nursing can be a very dynamic career path, and how you approach the trajectory of your professional development can be greatly influenced by many aspects of your life. At this juncture, is your career stagnant or flowing?  Stagnant or Flowing? When you take a look at your nursing career, is it a flowing river of possibilityand growth, or is it a dry riverbed that's hungry for the moisture of your curiosity?The flow of your career is a perpetual movement if you will allow it to be, and we must consistently guard against…
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  • Nurse bling: 2 more DIY survival kits for nurses

    Scrubs Editor
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
    Need a last-minute gift for a coworker? We’ve got you covered! Last year during the holidays, we shared a DIY survival kit for nurses that we thought would make a fun and inexpensive gift, and you seemed to really love it! So we wanted to revisit the concept again this year and offer up two more takes. For each printable DIY, just order and download the image. Then, fill a bag with the easy-to-find goodies outlined on it and attach the printout. Easy, cute and inexpensive! Suzie Q Crafts, $1.50. You’ll receive a printable file of the above images. LLN Paper Goods,…
  • Dressing for your body type: 5 winter scrubs for slender nurses

    Scrubs Editor
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Got a slender figure? Shopping for winter? We’ve got you covered with five great scrubs! According to our helpful style tool (check it out for more suggestions!), ladies with a slender shape should consider wearing tops in high-quality fabrics, stark-contrast print tops and dark tops matched with sleek undershirts for flattering fits. The most flattering pants are typically cargo, straight-leg and bright, and match the top. Here are our top picks! V-neck knit panel top: For a slender shape, go for a soft, comfortable stretch fabric (ideally at least two-way stretch) to flatter your…
  • “The 12 Days of Christmas”—nurse-style

    Agatha Lellis
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    iStock | Alliance On the first day of Christmas, my supervisor gave to me…a fresh ileostomy. On the second day of Christmas, my supervisor gave to me…two Murphy drips and a fresh ileostomy. On the third day of Christmas, my supervisor gave to me…three Epic bugs, two Murphy drips and a fresh ileostomy. On the fourth day of Christmas, my supervisor gave to me…four call bells, three Epic bugs, two Murphy drips and a fresh ileostomy. On the fifth day of Christmas, my supervisor gave to me…five minutes to pee! Four call bells, three Epic bugs, two Murphy drips and a…
  • Pregnant nurse helps deliver baby in flight

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    iStock | BartekSzewczyk As a nurse, your work tends to follow you–on vacation, at the grocery store, at the playground. And occasionally, on a plane, which is what happened last week for one nurse who came to a fellow passenger’s rescue! An emergency room nurse from the University of North Carolina was on a normal Southwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to Phoenix when a fellow passenger went into labor just after takeoff. While the flight quickly became the opposite of normal, the nurse, who helped deliver the baby, said it wasn’t very different than what she sees every…
  • Nurse creates clear surgical mask to improve communication with patients

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am More than 30 years ago, registered nurse Jeanne Hahne came up with the idea for a clear surgical face mask she could use to better communicate with her patients. Today, she has made that idea a reality known as the FaceView Mask, and it may soon be coming to a hospital near you. Bringing a new spin to a tool many nurses use every day, the FaceView Mask features a clear window allowing patients to see more of the face of their caregiver. Hahne says this improves communication and care. “I was working in a burn unit and I was covered head to toe. I was trying to create a…
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  • How I learned to stop worrying and stopped giving a shit--and became a better nurse.

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    However, I have a roll recipe for your motherfuckers that you are gonna love.This is what I bring to every holiday gathering, and have brought since forever. It's a soft, white, not-too-sweet, not-too-salty, buttery bread that you can make into loaves, or into rolls, or into a braid. It is incredibly easy, even if you've never made bread before. It's also high in fat, totally devoid of nutritional value, and should therefore be eaten only once or twice a year.Check it out: you will need. . .one package of regular yeast, or quick-rise/bread-machine yeast, or a cake of yeast, if you roll that…
  • This was my week:

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    On Monday, my Sonicare toothbrush bit the dust. I'd been limping it along for months, and it finally coded and couldn't be revived.Today, I had a decision to make: I had money in the budget either for a new Sonicare or a bottle of Laphroiag.I chose Scotch. Oral care, I am not up in you right now.And this is why:On Tuesday, I was minding my own business when I saw a coworker hurpling cheerfully down the hall with what looked like a liter suction container full of bile. I shook my head and blinked twice, and damned if it wasn't a liter suction container full of bile.Now, normally when one is…
  • We need our own goddamned poster.

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Recently, the unit I work in won an award. It was one of those not-Press-Ganey awards; the kind of award that has to do with things that are nursing quality indicators. You know, the "you haven't had a central-line infection in two years; here's a cookie" kind, but bigger.Much bigger.And it was nurse-driven, nurse-implemented, and exacting. And national. So, kind of a big deal.During the hootenanny surrounding the award, we were shown a slide of everybody (so said the CEO of the hospital) who'd had a hand in making Such A Great Thing possible.There, front and center, was the CEO. Next to him…
  • So, finally, my patient died.

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Once in a very long while you get somebody under your hands who ought to have been let go months before.We had somebody like that the other month: multiple surgeries for a brain tumor that was not going to go away (grade IV glioblastoma), multiple rounds of chemo and radiation, and in the middle of all of that, a surgery for an abscess that led to wound-vac sponges all down one side of the poor sot's body.The spouse didn't want to let them go. The mother didn't want to let them go. The brother didn't particularly say one way or the other.Ever smell a person who is, quite literally, rotting…
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  • New Theme: Radcliffe

    Daniel W. Robert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
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  • Great blog post on nursing

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    I don't regularly follow NPR, but I came upon this blog post because of a therapist I work with at the Hotel. It speaks volumes.Don't miss it! BTW see the movie if you get the chance. Kids or no kids, it's a good one.Happy weekend wherever you are. You deserve it.
  • Just in time for the holidays...

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Ah, it is always an interesting time reading the RehabLand Board of Nursing newsletter. So here's today's edition of what not to do as a nurse.Don't say those licensing people forget the careful out there!Things not to do as a nurse: the holiday edition.1. Don't sleep on the job. Yes, that nicely made bed looks comfy, but if you forget to wake up, you have a problem. NOTE: some facilities do let you take power naps, but remember, you are PAID to come to WORK (notice the items in caps).There are some expectations that come with that.2. Forget to pay your income taxes.Here in…
  • Viruses, virii and a mouse in my kitchen

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Oh, it's been one heck of a week. I just finished my Z-pack and Dahey feels crappy. A mouse got into my cabinet and trashed a bag of barley and one box of Inca Red quinoa. The Christmas pageant starts soon. Bubba gets to do a solo instrumental song. We'll cross our fingers that he doesn't get stage fright. Looks like I'll have some fun tonight.At the Hotel, the patients are getting loaded up with all sorts of goodies: blankets, books, snacks, cookies, you name it. The Manglement are getting ready for our next inspection in January (what a Christmas present!).I'm praying it snows like…
  • Happiest of Fridays to you

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    I didn't run away. I've been busy cramming everything in, so I could have a day off. One project plan, three appointments, a consult, a specialty service visit, four phone calls, one patient portal enrollment, one transferred patient and a grand rounds presentation.So today, I escaped.The sun came out after what seemed like weeks of clouds and rain. I found my sunglasses and wore them.What a day it was!I visited friends I had not seen in a long time. I shopped and went out for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which meant no dishes for me to wash ALL DAY. It was like being on vacation at a hotel…
  • In an instant

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    A police officer puts a person resisting arrest in a choke hold. He ignores the pleas that the person can't breathe. The person dies.A guy driving through a protest march hits a pedestrian. He's arrested for assault.Another guy goes to work. Someone asks him to come out to the parking lot. It's his son. He proceeds to club his father to death with a baseball bat in the middle of the day in the parking lot.It doesn't take long for a life to disappear. Robbing someone of one breath, one moment, one defensive move can have consequences that last forever.Life happens in an instant. Be aware. Some…
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  • Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I get the best housing on my first Travel Nursing assignment?

    Sarah Wengert
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I get the best housing on my first Travel Nursing assignment? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am about to become a first-time Traveler. What should I look for in terms of accommodations and how do I get the best housing on my first Travel Nursing assignment? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: In speaking with travel companies, if you are concerned about your accommodations, one of the first questions I would ask my recruiter would be about the allocation the company places toward housing. A travel company is compensated a certain dollar amount for your services over your…
  • 33 Holiday Movies Travel Nurses Will Love

    Sarah Wengert
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Settle in and click through our list of 33 Holiday Movies Travel Nurses Will Love. Throughout much of the country, the cold of winter calls for bountiful blankets and copious covers, which tend to go great with movie marathons! And, during this festive time of year, what better fare to snuggle up with than a Holiday flick? Even if it’s still 70° and sunny in your location, here are 33 Holiday movies Travel Nurses will love (in no particular order): 1. A Christmas Story — Considered the ultimate modern classic by many, this 1983 comedy brought leg lamps, bunny suits, and the term…
  • How Baby Boomers Will Impact the Nursing Shortage

    Sarah Wengert
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    There’s a lot of great data out there about how Baby Boomers will impact the nursing shortage. Most folks know about the nursing shortage, which Travel Nursing helps to ease in part. The United States is in need of more nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators, in order to satisfy the healthcare needs of the population. While most people know that the Affordable Care Act has increased the demand on the healthcare industry, due to more patients seeking care, many don’t know about another key factor: How Baby Boomers will impact the nursing shortage. As the Baby Boomers age, they are…
  • Time’s Person of the Year are the Ebola Fighters

    Sarah Wengert
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Time magazine’s latest “Person of the Year” is healthcare related, with the publication naming the Ebola Fighters for 2014. While Time’s Person of the Year are the Ebola Fighters, the profile focuses mostly on those in West Africa, which has been the real hot zone for the deadly, destructive disease. However, there are stories spanning the globe. The issue has five different covers featuring a handful of the Ebola Fighters involved.  Time editor Nancy Gibbs wrote: “The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: Is my Travel Nursing contract OK?

    David Morrison R.N.
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: Is my Travel Nursing contract OK? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David! I’m getting ready to start my very first Travel Nursing assignment in a couple of weeks. I just got my contract today and I was wondering if you would mind taking a look at it and seeing if everything looks OK? I can email it to you if you like. Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I would be happy to look over any contract you would like to send to me at, but will only do so with the understanding that I am NOT a legal professional and would only be giving you my opinion from the…
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    Nurse Practitioners in Business

  • Advanced Practice Nursing Leadership

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
      Leadership is not something that all advanced practice nurses consider, and yet each and everyone of us is a leader in some capacity.  The thing is, with skills, vision, education and coaching you can increase that capacity and effect change in communities, organizations and in yourself. I have the privilege of being a new new advisory board member for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program for advanced practice nurses.  I am amazed at what the program offers, with the vision of the Fellows in the program I had the opportunity to meet, the caring and support of the…
  • Giving Thanks: 10 Things I’m Grateful for Year-Round

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
      Sharing our Gratitude It’s the time of year when you’ll hear and read social media and blog post of things we are grateful for. I have to ask myself why is it we only post these at Thanksgiving, why don’t we post year around? The truth is, all of us could benefit from expressing our gratitude more often – myself included. Thinking about a gratitude list, I there are WAY over 10 items to add to my list. There are items that can be listed in a variety of categories including personal, professional, business, creative and many others. Instead of publishing 100 things I’m…
  • SAGEClinician and Growing Pains

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Growth is wonderful and sometimes comes with challenges. We’ve seen that in our own practices when suddenly there are more patients that need to be seen than there is hours in the day and providers to see them. Things can sometimes get bogged down. That’s what happened earlier today with the SAGEClinician Podcast. Apparently  the traffic to the site and people listening to the podcast episode caused the site to crash and go down. Fortunately it was easy enough to fix and everything is up and running again. If you don’t know about SAGEClinician, it’s a podcast where we…
  • Legislative Issues – Action Required

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Being involved in legislative issues is a responsibility for all healthcare providers. It is critical that we protect and advance our practices while protecting and improving access to our patients and clients. Todays update comes from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Congress remains in D.C. to wrap up unfinished business before the end of the year. This work will include, but may not be limited to, a bill which will fund the government past December 11, 2014. While Congress is working on this must pass piece of legislation, it is important that Members of Congress hear from…
  • 8 Damaging Online Reputation Mistakes by Healthcare Providers [Infographic]

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
      The 8 Most Damaging Online Reputation Mistakes made by Healthcare Professionals Just about everyone, at one time or another has made mistakes being online.  Reputation is important and has far reaching implications. Some of these mistakes have resulted in loss of jobs, ruining a great reputation, inability to find another job, and more. Indeed, the things we do online, especially in social media can affect both our personal and professional lives – positively and negatively.  Let’s review these mistakes Sharing Too Much Information (TMI) Never reveal protected health…
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    American Nurse Today

  • Poisoning from bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and laundry detergent pods are ‘emerging health threats’

    Rachel Bargeron
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    National Poison Control Center data from 2012 show that poisonings from prescription drugs are the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., and that poisonings from bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and laundry detergent pods are emerging threats to public health. Read more and access the study. The post Poisoning from bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and laundry detergent pods are ‘emerging health threats’ appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Few patients use inhalers and epinephrine autoinjectors correctly

    Rachel Bargeron
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    According to a study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, most patients don’t use inhalers and epinephrine autoinjectors correctly. The study included 102 patients who used autoinjectors and 44 patients who used metered-dose inhalers with spacers. Only 7% correctly used the inhaler, and only 16% correctly used the autoinjector. Read more and access the study. The post Few patients use inhalers and epinephrine autoinjectors correctly appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • International Home Care Nurses Organization announces annual conference

    Rachel Bargeron
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The International Home Care Nurses Organization has announced that its third annual conference will be held July 8-10, 2015, in Chicago. Abstracts for presentations are due January 9. Read more. The post International Home Care Nurses Organization announces annual conference appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Smoking, drinking, prescription drug abuse by teens is down, survey says

    Rachel Bargeron
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Click here to read more. The post Smoking, drinking, prescription drug abuse by teens is down, survey says appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of cancers caused by additional types of HPV

    Rachel Bargeron
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    On Dec. 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) for the prevention of certain diseases caused by nine types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Covering nine HPV types, five more HPV types than Gardasil (previously approved by the FDA), Gardasil 9 has the potential to prevent approximately 90% of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers. Read more. The post FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of cancers caused by additional types of HPV appeared first on American Nurse Today.
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    Sunbelt Staffing

  • Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers as a Healthcare Traveler

    Howard Gerber
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you’re lucky, you will get along well with every co-worker you meet. But if you are like most people, you will occasionally have a co-worker who is a bit hard to deal with. Difficult co-workers present a challenge for anyone. But for travelers, who are not on staff, it can be a particularly tough situation. With a little patience and good communication, you can handle troublesome coworkers. Below are different types of difficult co-workers and suggestions on handling the situation. The Gossiper You know the type. They always have something to say about everything. The hospital gossip…
  • Choosing the Right Medical Facility for Your Travel Assignment

    Howard Gerber
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    When you think about taking a healthcare travel assignment, you may first consider the city you want to experience. After all, a big part of working as a healthcare traveler is the opportunity to travel. With all the excitement of a travel job, it can be easy to forget that work is part of the deal. In addition to your adventure, you will be spending part of your time at your job. You may have a certain part of the country you are interested in visiting. But in addition to geographic location, you should also consider what type of medical facility you are interested in. Selecting the right…
  • Mandatory Flu Vaccine — Fair or Not?

    Howard Gerber
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    As the weather gets colder and leafs starting changing colors, it means autumn is in the air.  But along with the beauty of the fall months comes the start of flu season. Although it can vary, flu seasons can start as early as October and often peaks between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting the flu vaccine may protect you from the influenza virus. Researchers predict, which viruses are the most likely to be circulating during the upcoming flu seasons. The CDC recommends most people over the age of six months get a flu shot every…
  • Nursing Certifications You Should Consider

    Howard Gerber
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you are planning on working as a nurse traveler, you want to make yourself as marketable as possible. Depending on where you want to travel, assignments can be competitive. Maybe you don’t have the time or desire to go back to school for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but you still want to enhance your skills. There are several certifications you can earn in as little as a weekend, which increase your knowledge and your chances of being offered a great travel assignment. Certification classes are often offered at hospitals, colleges, and private companies. NIHSS Certification The…
  • Discharge Planning as a Nursing Career

    Howard Gerber
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are several types of nursing careers that do not involve direct patient care. One option for nurses with at least a few years of experience is discharge planning. Discharge planners are registered nurses who help patients with the transition to their next level of care when leaving the hospital. In some situations, it may involve making arrangements for care in the patient’s home or placement in a nursing home or rehabilitation hospital. Responsibilities of a Discharge Planner In some situations, when a patient leaves the hospital, they return to their home without ongoing medical…
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  • Five things patients need to hear from a medical professional (whether or not they want to hear it)

    Tera Tuten
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    It’s tough enough being a nurse or doctor – Just seeing, diagnosing and treating patients seems like it takes up 120% of your available time. Even though it might save time and money down the road, it seems like the chance to take a few seconds to talk preventative measures with patients just doesn’t exist. […]Five things patients need to hear from a medical professional (whether or not they want to hear it) is a post from: Soliant Health The post Five things patients need to hear from a medical professional (whether or not they want to hear it) appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Pharmacy school vs pharmacy in the real world

    Tera Tuten
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    There seems to be a growing divide between the expectations of students in U.S. pharmacy schools and the realities of being a pharmacist. “Pharmacy school students live in a delusional world [that I’ll call] pharmacyland,” says the author of a blog called The Angry Pharmacist. This isn’t the opinion of a one-off contrarian, either, but […]Pharmacy school vs pharmacy in the real world is a post from: Soliant Health The post Pharmacy school vs pharmacy in the real world appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • 8 heartwarming stories that will remind you why you got into nursing

    Tera Tuten
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    It can seem like a thankless job at times. Then something comes along to remind you why you get up in the morning and do it in the first place. Here are 8 inspiring stories about being a nurse that might just have such an effect on you: First an engineer, then a stay-at-home mom […]8 heartwarming stories that will remind you why you got into nursing is a post from: Soliant Health The post 8 heartwarming stories that will remind you why you got into nursing appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Practical Matters When Starting Your Nursing Travel Assessment

    Tera Tuten
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    When you start your first travel assignment, you may be thinking of all the places you want to see in your new city. In addition, you are probably excited to work somewhere new and make new friends. But along with all the excitement of a travel assignment comes a few practical things to consider. Here […]Practical Matters When Starting Your Nursing Travel Assessment is a post from: Soliant Health The post Practical Matters When Starting Your Nursing Travel Assessment appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • 4 Reasons you should take a locum tenens job in Florida

    Tera Tuten
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Working as a locum tenens physician is a job that’s especially attractive if you want absolute control over where and when you work. Here are 4 reasons why my may want to consider combining this medical career lifestyle in the 27th state: 1. They’re not kidding about the sun… Florida has an amazing average sunshine […]4 Reasons you should take a locum tenens job in Florida is a post from: Soliant Health The post 4 Reasons you should take a locum tenens job in Florida appeared first on Soliant Health.
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  • Nursing Home Workers Must Be Prepared to Clear Blocked Feeding Tubes

    Pearl Griffin
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    Serious complications can arise when nursing home workers do not effectively clear clogged feeding tubes inserted into the stomach or small intestine of their patients. For many elderly individuals, feeding tubes offer significant benefits as a way to provide sustenance when traditional ways (chewing and swallowing) are not possible. However, carelessness, negligence and improper use could lead to serious feeding tube complications. It is essential that the nursing home staff follow proper hygiene procedures to control the potential of infection or injury when assisting residents who need…
  • New Law Allows Families To Make Complaints About Illinois Nursing Homes

    Pearl Griffin
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, numerous elderly members of society suffer from physical, emotional, mental and verbal abuse every year. The NCEA posts statistics on elder abuse that are readily available to the public. The NCEA has found that the majority of senior citizens are abused by family members, however, statistics indicating the occurrence of abuse in long-term care facilities are still staggering. Over 3.2 million individuals reside in long-term care facilities. A 2000 research study indicated that 44 percent of the 2,000 interviewed residents stated that they had…
  • Nutrition Overlooked When Caring For Bed Sore Patients

    Pearl Griffin
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Elder abuse is a widespread issue in American society. Unfortunately, nursing homes often sacrifice the care of senior citizens in their quest to become profitable entities. Even more unfortunate is the fact that abuse is often an intermingled problem. When a senior citizen suffers from one form of abuse, such as poor nutrition, it often triggers other health issues. A senior citizen may suffer from inflamed bed sores as a result of poor nutrition. Bed sores that may have otherwise healed under a proper diet regimen may become infected when one is receiving poor nutrition. The Increased Risk…
  • Bed Sore Lawsuit: Facility Failed To Identify & Treat Patient’s Wounds

    Pearl Griffin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Millions of our nation’s senior citizens suffer from painful bed sores every year. For many of these patients, receiving proper care is never an option. They reside within long-term care facilities that are understaffed or contain poorly trained workers. Nursing home employees may not understand how to care for senior citizens who have bed sores or know how to prevent this painful condition. These excuses do not allow nursing homes and their staff members to escape culpability for their acts. Federal and state laws afford elderly nursing home residents basic human rights. Elderly…
  • Nursing Home Manipulate Data For Higher Ratings

    Pearl Griffin
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Trying to choose the right nursing home for a loved one can be a very difficult endeavor. First and foremost, family members often want to make sure that the loved one will be safe and cared for in the facility. Family members want to make sure that the loved one receives the medical care that he or she needs. Other considerations may entail the quality of facility, amenities and social activities that are made available to the loved one. When choosing a nursing home for a loved one, family members may be swayed by the ratings that particular facility receives. It is important that family…
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  • A Lasting Gift for a Nurse’s Holiday Shifts and Lost Family Time

    Jacob Molyneux
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Illustration by Lisa Dietrich for AJN. As we know, gifts come in many forms, and often are as valuable to the giver as to the receiver. The best ones come at times when we least expect them. Readers will find that the start of AJN‘s December Reflections essay, “A Change of Heart,” describes a frustration that may be familiar to many nurses. In this case, it’s Christmas Day, and a nurse is kept by the urgent demands of her job from spending time with family. She writes: I’ve been a nurse for more than half of my life . . . I love my career and consider myself…
  • Nurses Reconsider Accepted Wisdom About Transfusion Catheter Size

    Jacob Molyneux
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    By Betsy Todd, MPH, RN, CIC, AJN clinical editor. Photo copyright Thinkstock. Most of us have had the unhappy experience of replacing a patient’s perfectly good IV with a 19- or 20-gauge catheter in preparation for transfusion. The Question of Practice column in our December issue, “Changing Blood Transfusion Policy and Practice,” explores the rationale behind the long-time practice of using only large-bore catheters for blood transfusions. After one patient’s particularly harrowing series of sticks to place a “large enough” catheter, a small team of oncology nurses asked…
  • ‘Suppose a Client Went Out of His Room’: Study Explores RNs’ Use of Surveillance Technology in Residential Facilities

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    By Sylvia Foley, AJN senior editor “If people are for instance walking around in the units, well, then they could do all sorts of things . . . ”—study participant Table 2. Surveillance Devices and Their Use in the Selected Care Facilities Surveillance technology in residential care facilities for people with dementia or intellectual disabilities has been touted both as a solution to understaffing and as a means to increasing clients’ autonomy. But it’s unclear whether surveillance technology delivers on its promises—and there are fears that its use could attenuate the care…
  • Nurses at Center Stage: AJN’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

    Jacob Molyneux
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    By Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor/blog editor Filamentous Ebola virus particles budding from an infected VERO E6 cell (35,000x magnification). Credit: NIAID It’s unsurprising that some of our top blog posts this past year were about Ebola virus disease. But it’s worth noting that our clinical editor Betsy Todd, who is also an epidemiologist, cut through the misinformation and noise about Ebola very early on—at a time when many thoughtful people still seemed ill informed about the illness and its likely spread in the U.S. Ebola is scary in itself, but fear was also spread by…
  • New CE for Nurses: Understanding the Origins of the Obesity Epidemic

    Jacob Molyneux
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    By Gaulsstin/via Wikimedia Commons One of our two December feature CE articles, “The Obesity Epidemic, Part 1: Understanding the Origins,” is about a pervasive and complex issue that nurses see the health consequences of in every practice setting: . . . more than 35% of adults and 16% of children ages two to 18 are obese. Obesity disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities as well as people at lower income and educational levels, though it is prevalent among men and women in every segment of society. Obese children and adults are at risk for type 2 diabetes,…
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  • Infographic: Dissecting Patient-Centered Care

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
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  • Great Products for Nurses

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
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  • More Peer Recognition for the Blog

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
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  • National Nurse Practitioners Week

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
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  • Career Paths for RNs

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
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  • Time to Say Goodbye

    Terri Schmitt
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Hi all, I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who read and supported this social experiment.  I learned a great deal about myself, about the importance of nursing, and about how technology and the internet are both great opportunities and great equalizers for patients and healthcare.  All of this still excites me, but my skills in writing and available time that needs to be devoted to spreading the good news about nursing are quite limited.  I have met and worked with some amazing people simply through putting out words to issues that I believe are important to nursing.  What…
  • #nursesfightebola Calling all nurses who use #SoMe 9/20 and 9/21!

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

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

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

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

  • Why more adults are getting "kids' diseases"

    Erica Bettencourt
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    By DENNIS THOMPSON Chickenpox befell Angelina Jolie this week, preventing the actress-turned-director from attending the premiere of her new film. Meanwhile, an outbreak of mumps has hit the National Hockey League, sidelining more than a dozen players and two referees. These are considered kids' diseases. Most adults have vivid, fretful childhood memories of standing in line to get vaccinations that they expected to provide lifetime protection. Why, then, are these prominent adults -- and scores of others -- coming down with these infections? Mainly, it…
  • Thumbs-up for mind-controlled robotic arm

    Erica Bettencourt
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    A paralysed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements. Thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Jan Scheuermann, who has longstanding quadriplegia and has been taking part in the study for over two years, has gone from giving "high fives" to the "thumbs-up" after increasing the manoeuvrability of the robotic arm from seven dimensions (7D) to 10 dimensions (10D). The extra dimensions come from four hand movements--finger abduction, a scoop,…
  • Delayed cord clamping results in better immediate newborn outcomes

    Erica Bettencourt
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    At birth, a newborn baby is still attached to its mother through the umbilical cord, which is either cut very early - within the first 60 seconds - or later, with some women opting to wait until after the cord has stopped pulsating. Though the right timing for cutting the cord - also referred to as clamping - is widely debated, a new study suggests delaying cord clamping by 2 minutes results in better development for the newborn during the first days of life. What do you think about it? Do you think the 2 minutes makes a difference? Perhaps you can share a personal and/or professional…
  • Boy Struck by Lightning Leaves Hospital in Time for Christmas

    Erica Bettencourt
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    By SYDNEY LUPKIN What does a 9-year-old want after being struck by lightning and forced to spend three months in the hospital? He wants to cuddle his dog and set up his family's Christmas tree. "He made me do it the first day I was home on Friday," the boy's father, Roger Hermann, told ABC News. "He can't move his legs, but he was directing some of the ornament placement." Alex Hermann was on a soccer field in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 26, when a bolt of lightning struck him and stopped his heart. He suffered burn wounds and hypoxia, which is when the brain can't get enough oxygen.
  • The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas

    Erica Bettencourt
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    By Meera Senthilingam Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago. The mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus has long been diagnosed in travelers returning from countries in Asia and Africa, where the disease is widespread. But in December 2013, the first people infected by mosquitoes local to the region were reported on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. This was the first outbreak of the debilitating disease…
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  • A Career in Education and Nursing as a School Nurse

    Marcelina Hardy
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    If you’re struggling to figure out if you should seek a career in education or nursing, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to choose one. You could combine them to become a school nurse. What Is a School Nurse? A school nurse works with children of all ages. He or she can work in an elementary, middle, or high school providing basic medical care to students and teachers. Whenever someone doesn’t feel well, becomes injured, or requires medication during school hours, the school nurse will tend to his or her needs. School Nurse Salary The salary of school nurse jobs vary across…
  • The Road to Becoming a Critical Care Registered Nurse

    Marcelina Hardy
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    A critical care registered nurse helps patients who are in extreme medical situations. They may be suffering from severe injuries or devastating diseases. The job of a critical care nurse is difficult emotional, mentally, and physically, but it can be a satisfying job when patients are able to recover. What Is a CCRN? In the critical care nursing field, there are many levels of nursing. A critical care registered nurse or CCRN is one of the highest levels. This level of nursing is one of the most stressful ones, and requires a great amount of education and experience. Most CCRNs work in…
  • Helping People with Mental Illness as a Psychiatric Nurse

    Marcelina Hardy
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    As a psychiatric nurse, your job is to care for the physical and mental needs of patients with severe mental illness. This may be in a hospital setting in the emergency room or psychiatric floor, or at a psychiatric hospital. The tasks that this type of nurse must do can be challenging, but it is greatly rewarding. Understanding what you could do as a psychiatric nurse, how much you’ll earn, and how to become one may be enough to spark your interest in the career. What Is a Psychiatric Nurse? A psychiatric performs the same duties that registered nurses do, but they must also understand the…
  • Care for Babies and Mommies as a Nursery Nurse

    Marcelina Hardy
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:19 pm
    If you like working with babies, you may love a career in nursery nursing. Just imagine being able to take care of newborns every day you are working. You’ll work with new mothers and fathers helping them care for their infant, and providing care to newborns that must stay in the hospital even after the parents go home. If this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, keep reading. What Is a Nursery Nurse? When a mother has a baby, a nursery nurse is there to provide care to the newborn and mother. Sometimes, this type of nurse is called a neonatal nurse. After delivery, the…
  • Staff Nurse: The Health Hero

    Marcelina Hardy
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Can you picture yourself working in a hospital or medical facility caring for patients and teaching community members about health topics? If so, you may be interested in a career in staff nursing. What Is a Staff Nurse? A staff nurse is a registered nurse. This type of nurse provides immediate direct patient care in hospitals and medical centers. Most of the time, the patients these nurses care for are dealing with serious illnesses and diseases. Besides monitoring health conditions, nurses will also assist doctors with surgeries and procedures. Preventing health problems is another part of…
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  • What It Means To Go 1:1

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Students working toward a career in teaching have likely heard a lot of talk about 1:1 classrooms. For those unfamiliar, a one-to-one classroom, often written as 1:1, refers to a pedagogical ideology in which devices are provided for every student at a one-to-one ratio. This idea is catching on in school districts across the country, and helps better prepare students with the tech skills that will make them competitive in the workforce.  It's imperative not only that educators have an understanding of this technology (whether it be tablets, laptops or otherwise), but also that they have a…
  • Top 5 Unusual Accounting Jobs

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Pursuing a career in accounting opens up more job opportunities than most students realize. Accountants are not only in a desirable profession, but can also work in a number of fields that many people likely don't consider. It's easy to believe the preconceived notions that accountants simply have to manage money, but in many situations their financial acumen has a wide range of applications. Here are five unique accounting jobs that those working toward their online degree should consider: 1. Forensic Accountant   Who would've thought that accountants can be crime fighters? According…
  • The best ideas of IdeaFestival 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    In the world of information technology, one idea has the potential to revolutionize the industry. Sometimes it takes a gathering of ideas and thought-provoking individuals to collaborate and produce a proposal or vision that will make an impact on everyone pursuing a career in information technology. Nowhere is this more evident than at IdeaFestival, a convention that's described as celebration for these who are intellectually curious. IdeaFestival is essentially where innovators of today and the ground​-breakers of tomorrow get together to discuss and analyze current trends in the…
  • Nursing Tips For Working With Child Patients

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    When studying to eventually earn your online nursing degree, it's important to keep in mind that handling all types of patients is an essential dynamic to the job. Having a career in nursing means that you'll be working with a wide variety of patients, and treating children is a common part of the profession. There are even plenty of specific nursing occupations that primarily deal with child care, ranging from a school nurse to a pediatric associate. Here is a general overview regarding how to properly work with child patients, as well as specific duties of various child-focused nursing…
  • Business Career Guide

    25 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
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  • Continuing Education as a Nursing Assistant

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Nursing assistants are one of many positions on the healthcare support team. They provide a valuable service to their supervising nurses and patients. Once you’ve become a nurse aide or nursing assistant, there is still much more to learn about healthcare. Some states require a few hours of continuing education for certification renewal, but investing in your education is a good idea even if you’re not required. There are many new doors to open once you’ve entered the field of nursing, so consider your education for the future. Licensed Practical Nurse Licensed Practical Nurses are…
  • Tips for Mastering the CNA Skills Checklist

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    The skills on the state exam checklist for Certified Nursing Assistants can seem long and tedious, but all of them are valuable for doing a good job. There is no telling which tasks you will be expected to perform during work, so the state exam is comprehensive in order to make sure that any task can be accomplished. Mastering the skills requires patience and practice, but there are also a few tips that can make mastery a lot easier to manage. Prioritize There are some very basic skills on the check list that can be mastered in short time. Fortunately, they are also some of the most…
  • What to Expect During CNA Clinical Training

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    Clinical training for new CNAs is critical to their career success. Spending time in a long-term care center or nursing facility before certification is necessary to learn the basic procedures for nursing care. Without this familiarity, new nursing assistants will not have the skills they need to protect their patients or themselves from injury. Clinical training is one of the most important aspects of the training process and being prepared for it will help you make the most out of your time as a trainee. Nursing Homes, Long-term Care Centers, and Hospices The main types of facilities that…
  • Signing up for the CNA Certification Exam

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    To be permanently employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant, you must pass the state certification exam. Most states require that all candidates first enroll in and complete a state-approved CNA training program. The only states that are exceptions to this rule are Florida and North Carolina, where candidates may challenge the CNA exam without training first. The process for signing up for the certification exam requires coordination with the administrators of your training program and your instructors. First, you must enroll in the training program of your choice. You can find state-approved…
  • The Average Costs of CNA Certification

    21 Jun 2014 | 11:01 am
    Planning a career switch to become a Certified Nursing Assistant? Before you enroll in a training program, you’ll need to get an accurate estimate of how much it will cost to complete the certification process. If you keep an accurate account of your expenses, it will be much easier to apply for reimbursement once you have found a job as a CNA. Here are some of costs for CNA certification that you can’t avoid. Training Expenses 95% of training programs require students to pay tuition. While there are some free CNA training courses, they are rare and fill up quickly by need-based…
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  • Neo-Sticks: Push Dose Pressors in RSI

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
      Neo-Sticks: Push Dose Pressors in RSI The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 46 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, we discuss how to use push dose pressors to offset the effects caused by sedation and paralysis on hemodynamically unstable patients requiring RSI. Podcast Download (MP3) (ENHANCED UNAVAILABLE FOR THIS EPISODE) Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher Listener Survey
  • 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!
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  • Using TV as a way to discuss nursing issues in class

    Nikki Yeager
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Great instructors always pull from the world around them when introducing new concepts or discussing tricky situations with students. Does anyone remember when ER was on? There were a ton of great scenarios to discuss with Nursing students in almost every episode.Now, with YouTube, it's easier to bring those useful clips into the classroom and add a little bit more variety to your lessons. Here are two episodes from two different shows that talk about relevant issues for today's health professionals:1. Nurse Jackie: Take the Blue Pill - Around 10 minutes in we see Nurse Jackie interact with a…
  • Thanksgiving activity for Nursing students - What's wrong with your patient?

    Nikki Yeager
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    We found some great examples of weird, unexpected and common problems that come into the E.R. around Thanksgiving. This activity is great for students to complete before holiday vacation when you're not ready to start a new lesson, but you still want students thinking. We like to give prizes (or snacks) to the student to solves all the cases first. For a printable/editable version of this sheet click here.Can you figure out what’s wrong with these patients? Bonus Question: What would your role as a Nurse be in their care?All cases are taken from real examples. Scenario 1: A soft spoken, 30…
  • Can Simulation hours replace Clinical hours? The NCSBN National Simulation Study gives us an answer

    Nikki Yeager
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    Anyone who has worked in Nursing education knows the problem: Clinical sites are hard to find, good clinical instructors are expensive and students' clinical experiences vary greatly. We've tried to supplement clinical hours with increased time in the Simulation Lab but for those schools who adhere strictly to evidence based learning, there was no definitive research proving Simulation hours are as valuable as Clinical ones. Now there is. Thank you, National Council of State Boards of Nursing for doing a "longitudinal, randomized, controlled study replacing clinical hours with…
  • CNA Care Plan for Daily Care

    Nikki Yeager
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Every state handles Nursing Assistant education a little differently, and likewise, every state has different guidelines for practicing Nursing Assistants. Because of that, we learn new things every time we meet with a school from another state or region. Recently, we had a slew of conversations with schools who always have a Care Plan outlined for daily care items for all patients. For example, when a student goes into a nursing home, they see a list of the items they have to do, separately recorded from the items Nurses have to complete. In the past, we shared an idea for how you can…
  • Our new favorite vendor: CreativeEd

    Nikki Yeager
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    If you've read this blog in the past, you know we love sharing information from other vendors we meet at conferences. Whether it's an amazing moisturizer that lasts handwash after handwash or a book full of sing-songy memorization tools, we love things that make our lives (and our future nurses' education) better.Which is why our new favorite vendor is Kim Smith from CreativeEd. We got to talk to her pretty extensively about her Learning Games series and we may have fallen in love with her products. Her games are created to help cement concepts in the classroom and give brains a critical…
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    Travel Nurse Source Blog

  • Holidays in the Hospital: Most Common Holiday Hazards

    Travel Nurse Source
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Every season, emergency rooms treat countless Americans for injuries sustained from the hazards of the holiday. People hurting themselves around Christmas time is about as traditional as singing carols. But, it only makes sense considering the basic ingredients for disaster are totally afoot from November until January. Folks are going overboard with the eggnog and […] The post Holidays in the Hospital: Most Common Holiday Hazards appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • How to Make Your Nursing Resume Relevant in 2015

    Travel Nurse Source
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    The new year is almost here! It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we were all worrying about Y2K and hoarding bottled water. As we all strive to think of our new year resolutions, there’s one you may not think to add to the list. All nurses should be resolving to revamp their […] The post How to Make Your Nursing Resume Relevant in 2015 appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • A Travel Nurse’s Holiday Wish List

    Travel Nurse Source
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The end-of-the-year holidays are quickly approaching and Santa better start saving money! Remember when you were little and the holidays were a glorious time of year when most of us got everything you wanted– Keyword being wanted because for quite some time now, I only ask for items I need (and they usually aren’t fun to play with, […] The post A Travel Nurse’s Holiday Wish List appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Thanksgiving Away From Home: Tips for Travel Nurses

    Travel Nurse Source
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Thanksgiving Away From Home: Tips for Travel Nurses The post Thanksgiving Away From Home: Tips for Travel Nurses appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • How Nurses Should Use LinkedIn

    Travel Nurse Source
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    LinkedIn is more than merely a social network. It’s a tool that can help you build a strong professional contact list, showcase your skills and experience, and find a job. But, this tool only benefits you if you know how to use it. Like all professionals, it’s crucial for nurses to keep their professional edge […] The post How Nurses Should Use LinkedIn appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
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    The Care Connection

  • Home for the Holidays: 5 Gifts Ideas for LTC Nurses and Residents

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    <div> <p>I have my grandmother to thank for my last name with no vowels, S-Y-W-Y-J. She is from a small village in the Carpathian Mountains that borders Ukraine and Poland. She survived WWII but was forced to leave shortly after, when her village was destroyed because of ethnic tensions. She left at 17, met her husband along the journey, and eventually immigrated to the US on a boat with her three children. She ended up in Pittsburgh, which is where I am from. Like many long-term care residents, my grandmother has led a life full of beauty, tragedy, and resilience. Her stories…
  • Celebrate the Season with AANAC

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The holiday season is in full swing, and if you were one of many people across the nation who decked their halls (and homes) with strings of lights recently, you know the difference one bulb can make. If one breaks, the whole string goes out!</span></p> <p>Be a part of AANAC's string of lights and <a href="">share your spirit with us</a>. Tell us what lights up your holidays and find out how others celebrate the season. You may even…
  • Transitional Care: 3 Strategies for Success (Part 3 of 3)

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    <p><em>In <a href="">part 1</a> of this 3-part series, Melissa Mattison, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate chief in the Section of Hospital Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, described the complications in transitions of care due to poor communication and coordination among caregivers. In <a…
  • At Thanksgiving Time

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    <p>What better time than Thanksgiving to reflect on and remember the family members, friends, or special residents who inspired each of us to become a long-term care nurse and dedicate our lives to caring for elders. In the very first Care Connection <a href="">blog post</a>, I shared my A-HA moment that led to my passion for long-term care nursing.&nbsp; In this short video, other LTC nurses share the names of who inspired them.<br /> <iframe width="500"…
  • Transitional Care: The Four Pillars (Part 2 of 3)

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    <p><em>In <a href="">part 1</a> of this 3-part series, Melissa Mattison, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate chief in the Section of Hospital Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, described the complications in transitions of care due to poor communication and coordination among caregivers. </em></p> <p>Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, defined the Four Pillars to improve…
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    Sue's Blog

  • Die at 75

    Mandy, NCSBN
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    Do you hope to die at 75? Read Sue’s blog for her thoughts about living to 75… and beyond.
  • Blog Post: How old is too old?

    Susan, NCSBN
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    Is life after 75 worth living? Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. ~ Jim Feibig I like the way Jim Feibig thinks. I bet everyone reading this quote can relate to what he wrote. I’m not sure, however, if I like the way that Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel thinks. In his article in The Atlantic , Dr. Emanuel writes that he doesn’t want to live past age 75. In fact, he seems to think that life isn’t really worth living past 75 since…“creativity, originality, and productivity are pretty much gone for the vast, vast majority of us…”…
  • Ebola

    Mandy, NCSBN
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Are you freaking out about Ebola? Read Sue’s blog about what she considers to be freak-worthy.
  • Blog Post: Ebola, Quarantined Nurses and Vaccinations

    Susan, NCSBN
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:44 am
    Now Freak! I said Freak! Now Freak! ~ Le Freak performed by Chic  Yep, it has come to this. Politicians are freaking out about Ebola. And is it any wonder with all the news coverage? As Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune recently asked, “does constant coverage not imply panic-level importance and thus confer danger?” Why yes, Chris, I think it does. Sure, we have seen pictures of President Obama hugging the nurses who were cured of Ebola (after contracting the disease from a patient they cared for in Texas.) By association, I think we are supposed to see that’s there’s really nothing…
  • Apology

    Mandy, NCSBN
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Should you apologize to a client? Read Sue’s blog and consider your options for making an apology - to clients, colleagues… or anyone.
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