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  • Book Review: Nursing in Criminal Justice Services

    Correctional Nurse . Net
    Lorry Schoenly
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    I am intrigued by correctional nursing practice in other countries. So, It was with great interest that I obtained a review copy of “Nursing in Criminal Justice Services” edited by UK correctional nurse experts Ann Norman and Elizabeth Walsh. I interviewed Ann on a prior Correctional Nursing Today Podcast and met both Ann and Elizabeth […]
  • Hong Kong study: Ongoing mentoring helps new nurses speak up

    AANP SmartBrief
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    A small study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that new nurses benefited from ongoing mentoring about speaking up in  -More- 
  • Expert: Better HIT design can improve patient engagement

    ANA SmartBrief
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Human-centered design of health IT tools such as patient portals and mobile health technology could encourage patients to bec -More- 
  • EXCHANGE: Nursing schools seek cure for educator shortage

    Nursing News
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AND THEREAFTER - In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Illinois Wesleyan University assistant professor of nursing Amanda Hopkins, a recipient of a Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, IBHE, teaches a nursing class at Illinois Wesleyan's State Farm Hall in Bloomington, Ill. Photo: Steve Smedley, AP ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AND THEREAFTER - In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Illinois Wesleyan University assistant professor of nursing Amanda Hopkins, a recipient of a Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher…
  • AMA recommends responsible and informed use of restraint in aged care, Australia

    Nursing / Midwifery News From Medical News Today
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The AMA has revised its Position Statement on Restraint in the Care of People in Residential Aged Care Facilities.
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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • Book Review: Nursing in Criminal Justice Services

    Lorry Schoenly
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    I am intrigued by correctional nursing practice in other countries. So, It was with great interest that I obtained a review copy of “Nursing in Criminal Justice Services” edited by UK correctional nurse experts Ann Norman and Elizabeth Walsh. I interviewed Ann on a prior Correctional Nursing Today Podcast and met both Ann and Elizabeth […]
  • Correctional Nurse Scope of Practice and Delegation (Podcast Episode 93)

    Lorry Schoenly
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mary Muse, MS, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A, is Nursing Director, Bureau of Health Services, Wisconsin Department of Corrections. This podcast is based on the Preconference Seminar “Nurses’ Scope of Practice and Delegation Authority” taking place at the 2015 NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care in New Orleans, April 11-14, 2015. Learn more about the conference […]
  • Avoiding Documentation Pitfalls in an Electronic World

    Lorry Schoenly
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Jackie Griffin-Rednour, RN, BAS, CCHP, is Clinical Nurse Educator for Correctional Health Services in Phoenix, AZ. This post is based on her session “Protecting Your Nursing License: Avoiding Documentation Pitfalls in an Electronic World” taking place at the Spring 2015 NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care in New Orleans, April 11-14, 2015. Learn more […]
  • Pain Management in Patients with Substance Use Disorders

    Lorry Schoenly
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Aleksander Shalshin, MD, CCHP is the former Deputy Medical Director Correctional Health Services for the City of New York Department of Health currently in private practice. This post is based on his session “Pain Management in Patients with Substance Use Disorders” taking place at the 2015 NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care in New […]
  • You Are A Courageous Nurse!

    Lorry Schoenly
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Did you know you were courageous in accepting the challenge to work with our incarcerated patient population and in our locked-in work environment? Many nurses are not that bold. They do not seek out experiences that involve security escorts, the clanging of automatic barred doors, or the need to have their personal belongings searched when […]
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    Nursing News

  • EXCHANGE: Nursing schools seek cure for educator shortage

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AND THEREAFTER - In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Illinois Wesleyan University assistant professor of nursing Amanda Hopkins, a recipient of a Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, IBHE, teaches a nursing class at Illinois Wesleyan's State Farm Hall in Bloomington, Ill. Photo: Steve Smedley, AP ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AND THEREAFTER - In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Illinois Wesleyan University assistant professor of nursing Amanda Hopkins, a recipient of a Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher…
  • Schumer urges outlawing gender-based wage discrimination

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    The New York Democrat says a recent study shows that unfairness even extends to nursing, where males are paid more than female counterparts. The Journal of the American Medical Association study examined salary trends by gender from 1988 to 2008 from a national sample survey of registered nurses.
  • Dedicated mental health practitioner set to shape policy

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:45 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. An advanced nurse consultant who works at Great Oaks in Ashby is set to help shape future national policy and legislation affecting people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities.
  • The rebels have not attacked any hospitals where at least 500 nurses from Kerala are employed.

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Warplanes streaking across the sky, the pounding of anti-aircraft guns and gun-waving Houthi rebels -- Indian expatriates in Yemen's capital Sanaa and its suburbs say they are in the middle of the worst nightmare of their lives. There are about 3,500 Indians, most of them nurses, living in Yemen, according to the External Affairs Ministry.
  • Couple raise hundreds of pounds to repay nurses for kidney transplant care

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    It was an excruciating time for the 54-year-old and his wife Sue - who was told at the last minute that she would not be able to donate her kidney, meaning they had to wait for a new donor. The pair, who have been married for seven years, last year received the perfect Christmas present - a new kidney for Tony.
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  • Don't Close the Tech Door on Your Nursing Career

    Keith Carlson
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    In my work as a career coach for nurses,  many people tell me that they simply don't have the savvy to use social media, apps, and other new and emerging technologies for the benefit of their career, and I respond by saying, "Don't close the tech door on your career!"You see, in the 21st-century employment ecosystem, using technology to your advantage is no longer an option for most professionals who want to move their career forward. With the online employment application being ubiquitous, and potential employers and colleagues looking you up on Linked In and Google, being tech-savvy…
  • The 10,000-Foot View of Your Nursing Career

    Keith Carlson
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a career coaching client, and we were discussing how scary it can be to make a big change. In talking about the minutiae as well as the big picture, I encouraged her to always come back to the 10,000-foot view. "However," I said, "while the 10,000-foot view is a great thing to keep in mind, it can also give you vertigo." Clouds, thousands of feet over Santa Fe, NMThe DetailsWhen contemplating your career, there's a lot of detail to consider: your resume, cover letters, thank you letters, Linked In profile, interview skills, the employers you're…
  • Wealth and Wellness for Nurses!

    Keith Carlson
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    From April 17th to 19th, 2015, I will be in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia for what promises to be an amazing event for nurses and nurse entrepreneurs, and I encourage you to join me there! Wealth and Wellness LIVE is being called "the" conference for nurses and nurse entrepreneurs. Centered on the mind, body, soul, and business, Wealth & Wellness LIVE will help you seize the tools you need to put focus on your self-care efforts, open your mind to nursing career opportunities you'd never thought possible, and make radical shifts for your life and your practice so that you can live life on…
  • Your Nursing Career Toolbox

    Keith Carlson
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Carpenters have toolboxes. So do plumbers and contractors. And while home health nurses need nursing bags that they bring into patients' homes in order to provide skilled care, isn't it also true that professional nurses need a career toolbox at their disposal? If you're a nurse in search of a job, or a nurse who may be looking for a job in the near or distant future, you need a career toolbox that will serve you well in the long- and short-term. That said, even if you're a nurse in mid-career, your toolbox should be maintained and improved constantly.Your career toolbox is, in effect, also…
  • Nursing Careers and Times of Change

    Keith Carlson
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Nursing and healthcare are dynamic engines of change, and the thoughtful 21st-century nurse must read the writing on the wall, keep his or her ear to the rails, and listen for the rumblings of change in the profession of nursing, and within the larger healthcare ecosystem. In Episode 8 of "The Nurse Keith Show", I discuss the ways in which keeping our finger on the pulse of the profession is crucial, and how the multitude of opportunities for nurses are currently expanding exponentially. In terms of elder care and the private case management of elders whose children live far away, nurses are…
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  • Did you read it? – Nurses run the show at this Minneapolis clinic

    Scrubs Editor
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nurses—some pretty big things are happening in your world. In response to the limited availability of primary care physicians, the medical community is turning to the knowledge and experience of skilled nurses to ease the strain. And we’re coming up on yet another milestone. On April 6, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will introduce a new nurse practitioner clinic, led by some of Minnesota’s most accredited nurses, to the Downtown East neighborhood. The goal? To increase access to primary care and reduce healthcare costs for lower-income residents in…
  • Nurses and social media: Keeping it professional

    Sean Dent
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Flickr | NEC Corporation of America Creative Commons Let’s face it. No matter who you are, what you do or where you live, we are smack dab in the middle of all things digital. Our identities are now streams of data lurking out there on the World Wide Web. We’ve taken on profiles, personas and avatars in an effort to extend communication beyond the prehistoric notion of face-to-face conversations. Social media is as much a part of our lives as is the money we earn. In fact, social media has firmly influenced our occupation, our employment and our livelihood far more than we’d ever…
  • Graduate school: 5 things you need to know before you go

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Stocksy | Guille Faingold Okay, it’s time to decide: Are you going to grad school or not? You’ve been circling around this decision for a while now and we’re here to help! We talked to nurses who’ve been there, done that, and we’re ready to report back to you. Here are the five points that you can no longer ignore when making this major life decision. 1. Decide why you want to go. “Advancing my education and career” sounds great on a résumé, but it really doesn’t answer the age-old question of WHY. Do you want a new job that requires an advanced…
  • 55 low calorie fast food options for busy nurses

    Scrubs Editor
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It isn’t easy staying healthy when you’re eating dinner at 6am and breakfast at 6pm, and you can’t remember the last time you set foot in an actual supermarket (often because your waking hours don’t coincide with the grocery store hours). We totally get it. When a nurse’s schedule is tight, time and energy don’t always permit a balanced, old-fashioned “utensils required” kind of meal. So, every now and then, fast food—while not necessarily ideal—is going to be the last remaining option before or after a long shift. That said, there are fast-food options…
  • Reuniting with a caring nurse after 40 years

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Joe Songer | An Alabama man used the Internet to get back in touch with the nurse who took care of him 40 years ago when he had open-heart surgery as a 10-year-old. After finding an old picture of himself with his nurse taken four decades ago, Gary Bentley went online to look for her. He had only the photo to go on and wasn’t even sure of her name. But after the photo was posted on social media and later picked up by, the mystery was quickly solved. The nurse in the photo was identified as Kathy Henricks. She is still a nurse today, working in the cardiac unit at East…
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  • My Dog Is A Fugitive From Justice.

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    My dog is on the lam.My dog is living under an assumed identity.My dog is being shielded by others at great cost to themselves.My dog is an asshole.*** *** *** *** *** ***While Boyfiend (formerly Brother In Beer) and I were spending a nice few days in the Pacific Northwest, watching Der Alter Jo get hitched, Mongo The Magnificent (aka ThugDog) was being dogsat by a very nice woman who keeps pups in her home and charges very reasonable rates.He had a lovely time. I have more than sixty photographs of him running through the woods, swimming in the lake, chasing ducks (aka Water Squirrels), and…
  • Things got a little busy.

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    There was an ice storm. And Friend Abilene Rob and his lovely bride-to-be Alice moved closer (hooray!). And The Boyfiend started physical therapy, and finished it, and now doesn't think he had a failed back surgery. Which I had been telling him, but when does any Boyfiend ever listen? Never.We're also ramping up for That Yearly Festival That Makes My Commute Hellish, aka South By Fuck You. And our supplies manager's son died of septicemia, which is something you really wouldn't imagine happens any more, but apparently it does, so we were out of supples for about six weeks. Like, no insulin…
  • Yeah. . . .no. I'm having some thoughts about BSNs.

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    I'm an ADN-prepared nurse. Those of you who've been here for a while know that I often refer to those two years (three, actually, counting prerequisites) as the Hardest Work I Ever Put In For An Extended Period of Time. It was like drinking from a firehose, like trying to cross a raging river while wearing combat boots, like riding a bull with no previous experience. And the instructors I had hammered one thing home over and over: that we, as front-line nurses, had the right and the responsibility to consider ourselves colleagues of our BSN or MD or PA coworkers, not as helpers or…
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  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
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  • The weekend is over

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    It's been busy. Dahey celebrated his birthday with a horrific cold. Bubba is suffering from allergies, so there is a constant chorus of sneezing and coughing here in our house. As usual, I made Dahey his favorite cake for this birthday. It's not a birthday if I don't make a scratch cake. We had plans for brunch, but those were cancelled while the patient stayed home and rested. Bubba decided we needed donuts, so we went to Local Donut House for a dozen beauties, which the child promptly decided to start eating as soon as we got them in the car. Fortunately, we live close and there were donuts…
  • TGIF odds and ends

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Oh, you know it's going to be an interesting day when your boss calls and asks "What the hell is going on?" Got that cleared up and it was better than I thought.  He/she isn't mad anymore, just worried that he/she will have staffing issues.I'm a big picture career person, so that's what I'm thinking. Pleasing the boss is important, but having peace of mind and career growth is important, too. One of these days, the HR reps in the Hotel will learn how to read and use telephones. All I can do now is wait. I found out today is the birthday of the inventor of the x-ray. Unfortunately, unlike…
  • Genetic material

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    It's becoming more and more important nowadays, to know if one is predisposed to something genetically. Genetics and genomics have always fascinated me, especially with the patterns that show up in families.There are some famous families for gene issues: Queen Victoria, the Walsh family for stomach cancer, etc.Today I read this article about genetics and Iceland. It was pretty darned good. Hope you enjoy. It will be something to see who is predisposed to certain disorders we see in rehab, like pressure ulcers.As they say, it really is all in the genes.Stay tuned!
  • Welcome spring

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    As I write this, it thundering very loudly. The daffodils that were up and showy yesterday, are cowed beneath the rains of today.I woke up this morning to a chorus of sneezes from Bubba. Dahey just snored away as usual.Every tree in our neighborhood has buds erupting. So we're keeping all the windows shut tight.In RehabLand, it's another day in early spring.More to come...
  • On call oldie but goodie

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    FYI I have never taken call. It's not a common thing in rehab (especially in our neck of the woods), but I was intrigued by this article because of the some the recent arguments amongst our medical staff.I discussed this with Dahey, since his dad was a physician a long time ago. He liked to go on rounds with him (in those halcyon days before HIPAA) and he always said Dahey should be the pediatrician.However, I often wonder what my father-in-law would think of today's environment for physicians. It's a completely different world out there.Stay tuned!
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  • Nursing Pay Gap Persists

    Sarah Wengert
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Even in a highly female-dominated nursing field, study reports male nurses still earn more. Some unsettling stats recently indicated that the nursing pay gap persists. Yes, even in such a female-dominated field as nursing — where approximately nine out of every ten nurses are female — women are not receiving equal pay for equal work. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, the fact that male nurses earn more than female nurses continues to trend, with male registered nurses earning an average of more than $5,000 higher pay each year than female…
  • March Madness Contest from Tafford Uniforms

    Natasha LaBruce
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s Super-nurse! Do you MARCH through the MADNESS of life as a nurse? We know it can get crazy! Just for fun during the NCAA basketball championships, we want to hear how you manage to get through it all — long days, not enough sleep, high volume of patients, and trying to take care of family, on top of it all.   Win this FitBit Tracker in celebration of March Madness and keep track of your mad nurse moves! Tafford Uniforms, a high quality nursing scrubs manufacturer is giving one lucky nurse the chance to win a FitBit Tracker, so…
  • Project 24 for World Water Day

    Sarah Wengert
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The mission of Project 24 is “to move the hands of time forward in 24 impoverished communities by installing and commissioning 24 clean water filtration systems in just 24 hours.” Travel Nurses encounter so many new places throughout their adventures; each area with its own unique characteristics and qualities. But there’s one thing in common at most every location in the United States, and it’s something many of us take for granted: Clean, safe water for drinking, washing, and cooking. Did you know that every 24 hours 4,000 children worldwide die from water-related illnesses? In…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: Any advice for someone scared to travel alone?

    David Morrison R.N.
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: Any advice for someone scared to travel alone? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am looking to take a Travel Nursing assignment in California this spring, and originally planned on doing it with my best friend but that fell through. I would really love to travel but I’m a little scared to do it on my own. I’m a 27-year-old woman, have never lived on my own, and this would be my first Travel Nurse assignment. Any advice for someone scared to travel alone? On the other hand, are there any blogs where I can find a traveling buddy? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: When I…
  • Find Hiking and Biking Trails Near Your Travel Nurse Assignment

    Sarah Wengert
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Find hiking and biking trails near your Travel Nurse assignment and make the most of spring! So you just landed in a wonderful new location and spring is about to be SPRUNG. Whether you’re a serious hiker or biker, or you’re just out for a casual stroll, you want to get outdoors and take advantage of the natural beauty surrounding your latest Travel Nursing location. But as someone who’s unfamiliar with the area, it can be challenging to know where to find the best locales and opportunities that fall in line with your specific preferences. With that in mind, here are a few resources…
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  • Help with Nursing School Readmission letter

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Hello beautiful people! I was 6 months to graduating from a BSN program when I failed a second class by less than 1% and was dismissed. However, they give opportunity for re-enrollment after one year. Six months later, I contacted the admission director and was told by the dean to tell them what I have done to improve my ability to succeed if given another chance to enroll. I just need help with what other details I need to include in the content of the letter. I got distracted with personal matters and had trouble answering some test questions. However I’ve been studying the NCLEX…
  • LPN salary

    14 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how much LPN/LVN (new graduate) makes in Panama City, clear water, or Tampa FL. Those are my three main places I would love to relocate too. I’m not really big into hospital settings, my passion is either working in a nursing home or long term care. Thanks so much for the advice. The post LPN salary appeared first on RealityRN.
  • daughter nursing

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:54 pm
    My daughter finished her nursing program two years ago.She did well at school but failed the test 3 times. She is discouraged. Any ideas as to how to get her back on track. she took kaplan and another prep class but no luck with the test. Any ideas would be great. The post daughter nursing appeared first on RealityRN.
  • First week of nursing school

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:44 pm
    So this was my first week of nursing school I go Monday thru Thursday I’m exhausted and its gunna take me sometime to get used to this new schedule but besides that we started doing a check list of evaluations ex. Assessments, gloves, QSEN, basic stuff and we are allowed 3 attempts to complete each different evaluation. When I practice with my classmates I seem to know what I’m doing but as soon as my instructor evaluated me I choked (as in forget how to do what I’m supposed to do because I am so nervous). I started sweating and hands are sweating and really just stiffen up.
  • Where do I go from here?

    7 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    In 2003 my LPN license was revoked for taking medications from the facility that I was employed. My addiction was so bad at the time, that I didn’t even have the courage or the strength to fight for myself at a hearing. Through the last 10 years, my disease had such a hold on me that I lost all sense of who I was, and what I meant to those around me. I struggled through arrests, incarcerations, and rehabs over a tumultuous 10 years, until I finally became honest with myself and got the help that I needed. I have been clean now for over two years, and continue with relapse prevention and…
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  • Healthcare is Changing – Advanced Practice Nursing

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING from Susan Swart on Vimeo.   The post Healthcare is Changing – Advanced Practice Nursing appeared first on Nurse Practitioners in Business.
  • 2015 International Women’s Day Inspiration

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
      How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heros and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou   Thank you Dr. Maya Angelou, (one of my she-roes) for all your wisdom and words of inspiration. Who are your heroes and she-roes? The post 2015 International Women’s Day Inspiration appeared first on Nurse Practitioners in Business.
  • Go Beyond Burnout

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Did you know (she said “tongue-in-cheek”) that healthcare providers get burned out? Yes we do. It does not matter if you are a nurse practitioner (NP), a physician assistant (PA), a physician (MD/DO), a registered nurse (RN) or any other type of healthcare provider…we sometimes just get burned out. Our work is rewarding but it’s hard. Cynthia Howard, RN, CNC, PhD has a story to share and some help for those who are feeling burned out in her various workshops. The next is coming up in Seattle later this month. Even if you can’t make it, take a look and see if she…
  • Graduate Education Scholarships

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    While this is not a topic about business, I am often asked about scholarship information for RNs who are returning to school. Well the Nursing Economic$ Foundation is offering scholarships for nurses who are pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree.  Here are the rules: The Candidate: must be matriculated or matriculating into an accredited, degree-granting, Masters or Doctoral nursing program with an emphasis on administration or management for the 2015-2016 school year at a School of Nursing in the United States. must plan to continue in the field of nursing with a career interest in nursing…
  • Art of Nursing 2.0 – Join me!

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
      I am very excited to be participating in the Art of Nursing 2.0 this coming Nurses Week! Yes, I know, it’s a bit into the future, however, you’ll want to sign up now and mark your calendars. It’s a four-day series bringing together 16 extraordinary nurse pioneers to share their thoughts on how we can bring back the art of nursing – that healing presence and patient-focused practice first envisioned by Florence Nightingale. I know how passionate you are about the nursing profession, so I wanted to personally invite you to join us and explain how you can register.
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  • Radial approach safer than femoral for coronary angiogram

    Rachel Bargeron
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Patients undergoing coronary angiography have a significantly lower risk of major bleeding and mortality if the procedure is performed by using the radial, instead of the femoral, approach, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session and published in The Lancet. Read more and read the study abstract. The post Radial approach safer than femoral for coronary angiogram appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA releases guidance on reprocessing reusable medical devices

    Rachel Bargeron
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    On March 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidance that includes recommendations medical device manufacturers should follow for the safe and effective use of reprocessed devices. The guidance lists six criteria that should be addressed in the instructions for use with every reusable device to ensure users understand and correctly follow the reprocessing instructions. Read more. The post FDA releases guidance on reprocessing reusable medical devices appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • RDA for vitamin D may be too low

    Rachel Bargeron
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    According to researchers, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D, from the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, is underestimated by a factor of 10. Read more. The post RDA for vitamin D may be too low appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Infection prevention poll

    Rachel Bargeron
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Please enable JavaScript The post Infection prevention poll appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • FDA approves CPR devices

    Rachel Bargeron
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    On March 9 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for first responders to use while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The devices may improve patient survival from cardiac arrest. Read more. The post FDA approves CPR devices appeared first on American Nurse Today.
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  • Considerations for Securing Your Own Housing on a Healthcare Travel Assignment

    Howard Gerber
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    In addition to salary, healthcare travel jobs usually include housing. Housing options may include a private or shared apartment. In some instances, an extended stay hotel room may be offered. Although you can take the housing, which is offered, you can also secure your own place to live. There can be some advantages to finding your own housing. For example, you have more control over the situation. You may find a place, which suits your needs better than what the employment agency would offer. What Are Your Alternatives? When you are considering housing for your travel assignment, take an…
  • The Best and Worst Things about Working as a Healthcare Traveler

    Howard Gerber
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Many people dream about starting over at a new job or in a new city. A fresh start can be appealing for a variety of reasons. But if you are considering becoming a healthcare traveler, you should take a little time to think it over. Although it can be a great experience, it may not be for everyone. So how do you decide if working as a healthcare traveler is right for you? Taking a look at the best and worst things about a career as a traveler is a good place to start. Healthcare Travel Jobs: What’s to Love? Before you jump into a career as a traveler, consider some of the perks and benefits…
  • Guide to Benefits for Nurse Travelers

    Howard Gerber
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    When you are considering taking a traveling assignment, you have to weigh a lot of factors. The location of the job, type of facility and department you will be working in all play a big part in whether the job is right for you. Of course, you also want to look at benefits and what is being offered for the position. Below are some of the many factors you need to consider when deciding on a nurse travel job. Salary Salary is one of the most important things to consider when deciding if a travel job is a good match. But it is also essential to keep in mind that it is not the only factor to…
  • Ten Questions You Should Consider Before Accepting a Travel Nursing Assignment

    Howard Gerber
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Starting a job as a travel nurse can be an exciting time. While you may look forward to seeing a new city and making friends, there are a lot of things to consider. Although two of the most important factors to consider are salary and benefits, there are other things to take into account. Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to ask some of the following questions. What shifts are available? Since nurses work around the clock, make sure you know what shift you will be working. Some nurses may be open to any shift while others may be averse to working overnights. In addition, you may…
  • Options in Nursing: Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse

    Howard Gerber
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Nursing can be a great profession. It is a career where an individual can know the work they do matters. Nurses have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of their patients. For those interested in the nursing profession, there are several options for the type of degree they can earn. One degree that usually can be earned in as little as a year is a practical nursing degree. One of big advantage of becoming a practical nurse is the relative quick entry into the field. For those who choose to become a registered nurse, it can mean two to four years of schooling. Practical nursing…
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    Soliant Health

  • Spring Hotspots for Healthcare Travelers

    Soliant Health
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    If you are starting to get spring fever, you may be considering where you would like to go on your next healthcare travel job. Spring is a great time to work as a traveler. The weather is warming up, and people are coming out of hibernation. Many cities and communities have various festivals to celebrate […]Spring Hotspots for Healthcare Travelers is a post from: Soliant Health The post Spring Hotspots for Healthcare Travelers appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • (Sham)Rockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Activities

    Carmela Nazareno
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We’re only a week away from St. Patrick’s Day! This holiday not only gives us an excuse to wear the green-colored clothing we have tucked away in our closets, it also allows us to celebrate the rich Irish culture in a fun and festive way. If you so happen to be a school-based professional in search of themed activities to […](Sham)Rockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Activities is a post from: Soliant Health The post (Sham)Rockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Activities appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • So You Want to Become an OT?

    Carmela Nazareno
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    If your passion is helping people achieve a better quality of life, then you’re on the right track considering a career in healthcare. Nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals share this same passion, but there are few occupations that truly make it possible for people to achieve independence and enjoy life to its fullest. One […]So You Want to Become an OT? is a post from: Soliant Health The post So You Want to Become an OT? appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Tips for Fitting in as a Healthcare Traveler

    Tera Tuten
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    It is the night before your first day at a new travel assignment. Even if you are an experienced healthcare professional, you may be nervous. It is never easy being the new person. Starting fresh can be both good and bad. It is exciting to get to know people and learn new things. But it […]Tips for Fitting in as a Healthcare Traveler is a post from: Soliant Health The post Tips for Fitting in as a Healthcare Traveler appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • School Psychology FAQs

    Carmela Nazareno
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Most of us have a general understanding of what a psychologist does: provide mental health care. But did you know that there are more than 56 different divisions of the American Psychological Association? In the U.S. alone, there were 160,200 reported psychologist jobs in 2012, a majority of which were clinical, counseling, and school positions. Speaking […]School Psychology FAQs is a post from: Soliant Health The post School Psychology FAQs appeared first on Soliant Health.
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  • Patients Who Wander Require Special Care From Facilities

    Pearl Griffin
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Elderly patients who have conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other mental disorders that cause confusion and memory loss have the tendency to wander aimlessly. The act of wandering has been known to contribute to some cases of elderly persons walking aimlessly outside of the facility and disappearing without a trace. Generally, wandering results in patients putting themselves unknowingly in harm’s way or injuring themselves due to fatigue. Nursing home staff are responsible for knowing when a patient shows the tendency to wander and giving special care and attention to…
  • Nursing Home Patients Remain Real Victims Of Budget Cuts

    Pearl Griffin
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Someone once told me that a society should be judged on how well it takes care of its poor, its veterans and its elderly. We are currently failing when it comes to the overall regard that we have for the elderly in our society. After making severe cuts to the Medicare/Medicaid system and other cuts that have specifically targeted nursing homes and the elderly, Republican lawmakers wish to enact even more cuts— while so many nursing homes remain understaffed. We’ve taken so much already from our elderly and need to ask how much more they should be forced to pay while others receive breaks…
  • 5 Steps To Reduce The Risk of Pressure Sores

    Pearl Griffin
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Pressure sores can occur when a person has been laying in one position for too long. They are common for the elderly who are bedridden or sit in a wheelchair most of the day. They usually form where the bone sits close to the skin, such as ankles, back, heels, and hips. Pressure sores can become infected, which can be life threatening for the elderly. Use these 5 steps to make sure your loved one does not develop a pressure sore. Keep Skin Clean And Dry One way to keep pressure sores from developing is to make sure your loved one is regularly bathed and put back into a clean and dry bed.
  • Nursing Home Employee’s Whistleblower Lawsuit Moves Forward

    Pearl Griffin
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    There were over 16,000 nursing homes in the U.S. by the year 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 1.7 million beds, of which 86 percent had been occupied. An elderly lives in a nursing home for an average of 2.5 years before eventually dying or leaving the home due to lack of funds given by the family. The employees abuse thousands of these nursing home residents or patients every year. Most of these incidents are rarely ever reported. Since 66 percent of all nursing homes in America are for profit, the owners avoid reporting any incident that might give…
  • Alzheimer’s Patients Frequently Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

    Pearl Griffin
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    Sending your loved ones to a nursing home might be a growing concern for you, especially if you are aware of the number of Alzheimer’s patients who have been victims of nursing home abuse each year.  Nursing homes cater for almost 75 percent of Alzheimer’s patients every year. These Alzheimer’s patients are 80 years of age or more. Dementia, whose leading cause is Alzheimer’s, eventually takes away the life of the affected patient. In 2012, almost two-thirds of the people affected by Alzheimer’s have died in nursing homes, according to a report published by the Alzheimer’s…
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  • AJN in April: Deep Breathing for Dialysis Patients, Isolation Care, Sleep Loss in Nurses, More

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    On our cover this month is Pablo Picasso’s Le Rêve (The Dream). We chose this portrait of a woman in a restful pose to highlight the importance of proper sleep to a person’s overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, not many Americans are able to get the proper amount of rest. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates […]
  • Interprofessional Collaboration and Education: Making an Ideal a Reality

    Jacob Molyneux
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    We hear a lot about interprofessional collaboration, the potentially dynamic and enlightening process of sharing knowledge across disciplines to improve patient care, but what’s being done to make this a reality? The promotion of interprofessional collaboration is one focus of an ongoing national initiative by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, as described in […]
  • Missed Empathy, Missed Care: Is It Time to ‘Reconceptualize Efficiency’?

    Jacob Molyneux
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    A physician’s lament is nursing’s, too. By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief Last week, the New York Times Well blog published “The Importance of Sitting With Patients” by Dhruv Khullar, a Harvard medical resident. Khullar expressed regret over not spending more time with a patient who was near death, and then discussed how little time […]
  • Workplace Conflict Engagement for Nurses: Consider the System

    Jacob Molyneux
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    By Amanda Anderson, a critical care nurse and graduate student in New York City currently doing a graduate placement at AJN. This month, Debra Gerardi writes about initial steps to managing workplace conflict as nurses. The quotes below are from her article in the March issue of AJN, “Conflict Engagement: A New Model for Nurses” […]
  • Early Localized Prostate Cancer: Nurses Can Help Men Weigh Diagnostic, Treatment Options

    Jacob Molyneux
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    By Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor A new diagnosis of prostate cancer can be daunting. Nurses play an increasingly important role in helping men and their partners find their way through the maze of available information and choices. One of the two March CE feature articles in AJN, “Early Localized Prostate Cancer,” gives a thorough […]
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  • Use Job Listings to Provide Insight Into the Emerging Roles for Nurses

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nursing is a noble profession. I'm sure you've heard that many times. But it really is. It's one of the few professions that combine a science of knowledge, skills, techniques, critical thinking and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • End-of-Life Decisions Empower Us

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    I recently lost a dear friend way too soon. She was young at heart and vibrant, but she had suffered from multiple illnesses and the complications of chronic illness. Of course, as a nurse, she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Guide to Nursing: The Importance of Training

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    You've finished your degree, gained your nursing qualification and secured full time employment as a nurse. You may be thinking, 'Great! I've finished studying for good!' but this is not the end of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Empowering Nurses

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    "Growth doesn't occur when everything is perfect," is but one of the empowering statements Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD shares with readers in her collaboration, From Frustrated to Fulfilled: The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Art of Nursing; Find Your Passion Again

    14 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    One of the things that makes a huge difference for me in my career and life is the ability to bring creativity to my job and to my personal life. When that creativity is stiffed by people who say... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    JParadisi RN's Blog

  • Nursing School is Just The Beginning of a Career of Learning

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    One aspect of changing nursing specialties, or being a new nurse for that matter, is the agreement to do homework to get up to speed. Being a certified oncology infusion nurse, while helpful, does not make me an expert in … Continue reading →
  • Shifting Closer to “Where Science, Humanity and Art Converge”

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    A goal is a dream with a deadline. -multiple Internet attributions.   I have a new job, one that I envisioned when I transitioned from pediatrics to oncology nursing in 2001. I am an oncology nurse navigator. If you don’t … Continue reading →
  • Hope is a Feathered Thing

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    Hope is the thing with feathers t
hat perches in the soul,
 and sings the tune without the words, 
and never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard;
 and sore must be the storm
 that could abash the … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Nursing From Within, a Fresh Approach to Putting Out Fires and Self Care Work Arounds

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    In her book, Nursing From Within, a Fresh Approach to Putting Out Fires and Self Care Work Arounds, Elizabeth Scala, MSN, MBA, RN takes on the chronic dissatisfaction most nurses experience at some juncture in their career. With change rapidly dominating … Continue reading →
  • Normal Is a Cycle on the Washing Machine

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    In my mind, as long as the weather is good, summer isn’t over. However, the beginning of the new school year, and the return of football indicates that ritual outweighs my imagination. Sigh. It’s good to let an imagination run … Continue reading →
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    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    I have a friend that has gout and is in a lot of pain. He read the post from last week and told me to write about gout next time. I listen to my readers and so this week’s post is about gout. Gout is characterized by sudden and severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints, most commonly in the base of the big toe. The condition is a form of inflammatory arthritis and is most common in men. Women become more susceptible to the disease after menopause. Gout is caused initially by an excess of uric acid in the blood, known as hyperuricemia. Food rich in purines, particularly those found…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    I remember years ago when I was a medical/surgical nurse, I had a patient with acute pancreatitis. The pain was just incredible for this individual and I hoped that I would never experience that pain. The pancreas is located in the abdomen – just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas produces chemicals called enzymes, which are needed to digest food. The main functions of this gland are to secrete chemicals that help break down food in the small intestine and to produce insulin and glucagon which regulate your glucose levels in the blood. If the pancreas stops producing insulin, this…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    My father just got out of the hospital with pneumonia. I just hate to see him age and luckily he was running a slight fever, which made me think he might have pneumonia. His symptoms were shortness of breath (particularly with walking), swelling in the ankles, feet and legs and just plain tired. I finally insisted that he go to the hospital, as he also has congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease. All of these problems are common with aging, but congestive heart failure can often bring about the same symptoms as pneumonia. In this blog I would like to cover some of the important…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
            I apologize for my delay in blogging for quite some time. Unfortunately, I have been doing some medical-legal work and was recently laid off due to the famous “lack of work” scenario. After a much needed vacation in Florida for the past ten days, I decided that there is not a lack of work right here at home sweet home, and I am going to commit to my site for the rest of my years. Like everyone, I will need to financially survive on this income alone and have only made a few hundred dollars in 4 ½ years from this site, so I am going to start blogging weekly again (sometimes…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:40 am
    Years ago I was a dialysis nurse and I could not believe what I learned about these little organs in your body and how they actually work.  First let’s note that these are bean-shaped and about the size of a fist.  The kidneys are located near the middle of the back, on each side of the spine.  Kidneys, if healthy, are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they are like a built-in water treatment plant!  Their main job is to filter the blood – to maintain a balance of water and chemicals.  Every day these amazing little organs filter out about 2 quarts of wastes and fluid in the…
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    DiversityNursing Blog

  • St. Baldrick's Breaks Record For A Good Cause

    Erica Bettencourt
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    By MATTHEW FAHR Barber chairs moved like turnstiles as people from all around the area came to the Romeo Lions Field House to show their support for those fighting cancer. Volunteer event organizer Michael Fiscus said the Romeo event broke its own record, and is currently ranked fifth nationally for funds raised during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation event. “It was more crowded than it has been since we began in Romeo,” said Fiscus. “We had wall-to-wall people from 1:30 to 4 p.m.” In a show of support for children who are enduring the struggle of dealing with cancer and its…
  • Men in Nursing: The Past, the Present, and the Future

    Erica Bettencourt
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Historically, both men and women have filled the challenging and rewarding role of a nurse. It wasn’t until the Civil War, when nearly 3 million men filled the ranks of two competing American armed forces, that women began to dominate the field. Today, over 43 million Americans are aged 65 or older – a number that is expected to double over the next 35 years. A larger elderly population means a greater need for long-term health services, and as a result, the healthcare field is one of the fastest-growing industries. Why does this matter?  1. The U.S. is already on the verge…
  • The Role of A Certified Nurse Midwife (Infographic)

    Erica Bettencourt
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Source: Publisher: (University of Cincinnati Online)
  • Ultrasounds Show Fetuses React To Mothers' Smoking

    Erica Bettencourt
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The impact of a mother's smoking can be seen on the face of her unborn baby, new research suggests. Scientists at Durham and Lancaster Universities in England performed high-definition 4-D ultrasound scans on fetuses between 24 weeks and 36 weeks gestation and spotted distinctive differences in those whose mothers smoked. They say their findings add to the evidence that smoking may harm a developing fetus. "Technology means we can now see what was previously hidden, revealing how smoking affects the development of the fetus in ways we did not realize," co-author Brian…
  • Male Nurses Are Paid More Than Female Nurses - A Pay Gap That Shows No Sign Of Decreasing

    Erica Bettencourt
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Written by David McNamee Male registered nurses are earning more than female registered nurses across settings, specialties and positions, and this pay gap has not narrowed over time, says a new analysis of salary trends published in JAMA Although the salary gap between men and women has narrowed in many occupations since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act 50 years ago, say the study authors, pay inequality persists in medicine and nursing. Previous studies have found that male registered nurses (RNs) have higher salaries than female registered RNs. In their new study,…
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  • The Role of Nurses in Organ Transplants

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    In light of the recent news pertaining a 10-year-old girl in Philadelphia with cystic fibrosis awaiting a lung transplant, I am going to write about the role of nurses in organ transplantation. Now, the whole story has brought much attention to the regulations of organ transplantation, but I decided not to write about it (as of now). We can discuss more about the laws governing and the ethical dilemmas related to transplantation in my future articles. For now, let us start from the basics. Nurses are always in the midst of these critical procedures. That’s why it is significant to…
  • Interview with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Dana Greer Part 2

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
      Q: What made you decide to go to school to become a nurse practitioner? A: I wanted to further my career because I love working in pediatric endocrinology and there is a nationwide shortage in our field.  I also wanted to have a higher salary range so that I could work part-time once I had children of my own. Q: What type of clinical experience did you have as a nurse prior to becoming a nurse practitioner? A: Even in kindergarten I knew I wanted to be a nurse.  When I was in 5th or 6th grade, I did the dressing changes on my Aunt that had suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound…
  • Interview with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Dana Greer Part 1

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
      Q: Can you describe your current role? A: I began working with Dr. David Jelley in pediatric endocrinology in January 1993 as his registered nurse.  Prior to that, I worked at Saint Francis Hospital in the float pool from 1988 to 1991 and then transferred to home health.  A fellow float pool RN became my best friend and got me involved in volunteering as a camp nurse at a resident camp for kids with diabetes. I became a Certified Diabetes Educator and went back to school to obtain my BSN (1998).  I had decided to further my education and was encouraged to become a nurse practitioner…
  • Nurse’s Guide to Stethoscopes

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Nurse’s best ally in the clinical area is the ever dependable stethoscope. This tool of the trade has proven its value whenever nurses perform physical assessment to patients. It’s like you can’t go to work without it. This indispensable equipment has become a major status symbol for doctors and nurses in checking and monitoring patient’s physical condition. Lately, we see nurses use assorted latex-free stethoscopes in various colors to match their favorite scrubs. But there’s more in making the stethoscope part of your  fashion ensemble to consider when…
  • Interprofessional Collaboration in Nursing

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    If you will be able to provide a caption for the cartoon below, what would it be? I know you are thinking of failure to collaborate between healthcare professionals that can lead to poor healthcare services. Poor communication has also been identified as the primary factor of both medical malpractice claims and major patient safety violations, including errors resulting in patient death. This article will focus on the nature and benefits of interprofessional collaboration and the competencies needed by every healthcare member to accomplish it. Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Every…
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  • 5 Benefits of a Nursing Career

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    There are a number of benefits of a nursing career. This offers you great job satisfaction and career opportunities. The job is also known for its security even during times of recession. Are you driven by the motivation to serve the society? If yes, a career in nursing would be fruitful and give you a chance to serve the community. With great opportunities of advancement, it is one of the most preferred career options for any individual. Let us take a look at five benefits of a nursing career. Job Satisfaction No other job gives you as much satisfaction as that of saving a life. As a nurse…
  • Dealing With The Hours As A CNA

    2 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    There are many struggles associated with being a Certified Nursing Assistant. But most of them are easy to get passed, as they are a normal part of the job. One issue that isn’t so simply ignored is the difficult set of hours that exist for those who take on the task of being a CNA. If you are very lucky, you will end up in some kind of office setting that has a specific and consistent hours of operation. You will work a regular 9 – 5, or even part-time, and go home at the same time every day. There will be no late nights, and no sudden shifts you have to cover. Unfortunately, even…
  • Finding a Job as a Nursing Assistant

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Nursing assistants are one of the most highly demanded workers in healthcare as of 2012. This will not change for many years to come, so get in on the booming employment numbers now to find a stable career. Finding a job is easier than in other industries because of the many different places that need qualified healthcare support workers to work at many hours throughout the day. Here are some of the best ways to find a job as a nursing assistant. Start Hunting Early CNAs are allowed to work for up to 4 months without having their official certification. This means that you can start hunting…
  • Common Tasks of a Nursing Home Job

    28 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant can be rewarding work that provides a valuable service for people in need. The main employers of CNAs are nursing homes and the range of job duties required of their nurse aides varies from facility to facility. But there are still some commonalities between all CNA work, so new nursing assistants can expect to perform a couple job duties no matter where they end up. Housekeeping Whether you work in a hospital, a nursing home, or a private household, you will be required to help your patients with their daily organization. This involves storing personal…
  • 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…
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    FlightBridgeED - Critical Care Education for Nurses and Paramedics - Latest blog entries

  • Passive Oxygenation: What Do The Studies Show?

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
        Passive Oxygenation:What Do The Studies Show? The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 54 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, we take an in-depth look at the concept of of passive oxygenation and camp out in the literature and studies regarding it. Join us for the podcast and discover together how to apply the concept of passive oxygenation to your practice!  Preoxygenation-and-Prevention-of-Desaturation-During-ETI.pdf Podcast Download (MP3) Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher Listener Survey    
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
        Ventilator Associated PneumoniaA Nightmare Series Podcast The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 53 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, below the tempest driven surface of the deep and plunging to the murky, gray depths, a struggling soul descends to join the silence of fate. Join us to discover the horrifying fate and as death wraps its icy hand around the lungs of our patient. What is this terror? Find out in this nightmare series podcast episode, Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.   Borgatta. How to approach and treat VAP in ICU patients. BMC Infectious Diseases…
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
        History Providers work hard to provide the very best care possible. However, often times, despite the excellent care we provide, our patients die due to other secondary events and disease processes.  Secondary issues such as inflammatory responses, ventilator lung injury (VLI), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) can lead to death.  Why provide excellent care and forget the other issues that often lead to death? Can we lower the incidence of these morbidity/mortality…
  • Do We Understand Oxygenation?

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
      The Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve can be confusing... However, it's an essential aspect to understanding oxygen physiology in critical care. Think of it as a "Manual for Dating". In a healthy relationship you have a good date, really like that person, but don't mind dropping them off after an evening out because you know you'll see them again. Hemoglobin picks up and drops off O2 when needed. (Normal Curve) In another scenario, you pick up your date, but don't really like them too much, so you can't wait to get the date over. You drop them off fast! In a Right shift, hemoglobin…
  • Hemodynamic Compromise in Trauma

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
        Dead space is something we need to always look at and calculate when dealing with our ventilator patients.  We can calculate dead space in 2 different ways. 1. 1 mL/pound of ideal body weight (neonates, pediatrics, small adults) 2. 150 mL/breath (normal sized adults) Understanding the difference between minute ventilation (VE) and alveolar minute ventilation is important.  All that’s great. But how does that affect our patients?  How does it affect our patients with hemodynamic instability?  Do we treat our trauma patients different than an ARDS patient?
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  • Join our free Webinar: Utilizing Outside Resources, Inside your EHR System

    Nikki Yeager
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    April 1, 2015 at 3:00pm ETRegister here: 20 minute webinar will discuss how you can utilize outside resources (videos, sound, etc.) from other websites or programs while working within your Electronic Health Records System to enhance the charting experience. Even when you're using a charting program, you can be pulling in the resources that you typically use without much additional work. Doing so creates a more dynamic experience both in the classroom and in the simulation lab. Because this webinar is open to any…
  • Meet our Team: Daniel Shporin

    Nikki Yeager
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    Daniel Shporin is the most recent addition to the EHR Tutor team and we think the best "Welcome Aboard!" is to introduce him to our most valuable contacts: you.Last time we introduced you to a team member, we posted about Michael Robellerd, our Lead Developer who works at our main office outside Cleveland, OH. Now we're taking you across the country to NYC where Daniel Shporin is now working to introduce our product to new schools nationwide.To give you a little insight into our company, hiring a Sales Person is a difficult task for us. We believe our product largely sells itself once we're…
  • Lecture Ideas with an EHR: Hygiene

    Nikki Yeager
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    We often talk about how an EHR system can be used in the classroom as well as in the Simulation Lab or after clinical rotations. However, we realized we rarely post ideas for how to do so on this blog. Sure, we've mentioned it in passing in relation to EMS/EMT programs, Vaccines, Nutrition and our recently added Polling Feature, but we've decided to do a few posts specifically with classroom and lecture ideas. For a topic that all CNA, LPN and prelicensure RN students will have to cover, we thought we'd discuss hygiene and daily care as our first post.Pull up a chart for a…
  • Virtual Patients and EHRs - Both great, but very different.

    Nikki Yeager
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    We recently attended the COADN conference in San Diego and met a lot of amazing schools and vendors. Like always, we thought we'd highlight a great vendor and point out a few differences between their product and ours for the sake of clarity.In the past, we've heard from some schools that have Shadow Health and no longer believe they need an EHR system. We'd like to clarify that Shadow Health and EHR Tutor have almost no overlap... but Shadow Health's virtual patients are really cool nonetheless. If you haven't seen them yet, you should definitely take a look at their website.As we understand…
  • Friday Funnies: Twitter Accounts for Slow Shifts

    Nikki Yeager
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you need a break from studying or you're working a night shift and need an unending supply of laughs, these accounts will help get the chuckles flowing.Overheard in the ERNurse HumorNursing Jocularity 
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    The Nursing Daily

  • Inspiration for Nurses and Students

    The Nursing Daily
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Good morning current and future nurses‬!! Just know that NO MATTER how hard Work/School is, you are making a difference in the world. You may feel under appreciated or mistreated but you are Critical to thehealthcare‬ mission! Somewhere, right now, your patient is telling their family "what a great nurse you were because THEY ARE STILL ALIVE! Its all because of you! You rock nurses!!! 
  • Want to Pass NCLEX Use these APPS!

    Daily Nurse
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Check out these latest Apps on Android and Amazon Market. Pass #Nclex at 75 questions!Download them here for Google play> 
  • Ebola...Exposed?

    Daily Nurse
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
         Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).      Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in Africa.Transmission is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids (blood, urine, feces, saliva, tears, seaman,…
  • What is Mesothelioma Cancer?

    Daily Nurse
    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

    Daily Nurse
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Every nurse can relate to this! :-)
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    Travel Nurse Source Blog

  • 6 Super Cool Nursing Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of

    Travel Nurse Source
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    When you were in school deciding which specialty of nursing would suit you best I bet you never thought that your workplace could be a rock concert, sports arena, or aboard a jet. However, these less common but way cool types of nursing jobs exist—whether you knew it or not.   1. Cruise Ship Nurse […] The post 6 Super Cool Nursing Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • The Facts About Taxes: Travel Nurse Tax Guide

    Travel Nurse Source
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
      As they say, there’s nothing certain in life except death and taxes—but, the whole concept of travel nurse taxes gets a bit tricky. While traveling you are probably wondering about how you will be taxed due to living in a new destination for a period of time. Typically there are stipends or reimbursements for […] The post The Facts About Taxes: Travel Nurse Tax Guide appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • The Weirdest Nursing Laws in the World

    Travel Nurse Source
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Healthcare is one of the most complicated fields when it comes to obeying laws because of the nature of the practice. But, I bet you didn’t know there’s a country that has a law against being too fat or that certain color scrubs are government mandated depending on your specialty. Here are a few silly […] The post The Weirdest Nursing Laws in the World appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • The Basic Guide to Travel Nurse Housing

    Travel Nurse Source
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Travel nursing usually has two different offerings for housing; you could be agency placed or receive a housing stipend. Depending on the assignment itself and the location housing can differ wherever you decide to travel to. The benefits of being agency placed is that you do not have to go off searching by yourself which […] The post The Basic Guide to Travel Nurse Housing appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Call-off Conduct: Do Travel Nurses Get Sick Days?

    Travel Nurse Source
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    In the travel nursing industry, an unspoken rule is that you just can’t miss any of your shifts. So what do you do if you’re sick as a dog and don’t want to end up in the doghouse at work? Unforeseen circumstances like illness are difficult (and impossible) to avoid, especially for healthcare professionals who […] The post Call-off Conduct: Do Travel Nurses Get Sick Days? appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
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    The Care Connection

  • The Journey to Nurse Leadership

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    <p><em>This post is the first in the ongoing Feature Story Nurse series.</em></p> <p>Lynn Milligan, MSN/ED, RN follows her heart. Originally from Pittsburgh, she took a two-week vacation to Hawaii in her twenties and never went back. She had found her new home. <em></em></p> <p>Her first job in Hawaii was a nurse aide. She had no experience, but in those days &ldquo;after three, eight-hour training sessions, you were on the floor... it was kind of disastrous,&rdquo; she recalls with a smile in her voice. Even so, she loved the work…
  • Value-Based Purchasing - A Game Changer

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    <p>Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) is a Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative to improve the quality and efficiency of care given to beneficiaries. What started in hospitals is now coming to the post-acute side with skilled nursing, home health, hospice and long-term care. The VBP is not just a new program; it is the way post-acute health care organizations will do business from now on.</p> <p>The VBP is pushing towards quality of care, rewarding better value, outcomes, and innovations instead of the volume of services provided. The government is now…
  • The Glamorous Life of an LTC Nurse

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    <p>We know long-term care isn&rsquo;t glamorous. Producers may not make a &ldquo;Grey&rsquo;s Anatomy&rdquo; about skilled nursing facilities, and you won&rsquo;t see Ryan Gosling gracing a physical therapy room (for at least a few more years), but we do know there are serious rewards for people with the compassion and determination to care for those who need it most. Unfortunately, without the Hollywood-influenced allure attached to other areas of nursing, few nursing students even consider a career in long-term care. </p> <p>According to a research…
  • ACOs Q & A: Part 2

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    <p>In <a href="">part one</a> of this two-part blog series, nursing expert, Betty Frandsen, RN, NHA, MHA, CDONA/LTC, C-NE/MT, explained what accountable care organizations ACOs are and how providers are paid within an ACO. In this post, Betty answers our LTC-specific questions about ACOs in our own communities.</p> <p>CC: <strong>How can my facility learn more about ACO opportunities within our community?</strong></p> <p>Betty: Most ACO models exist…
  • ACOs Q & A: Part 1

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    <p>In this two-part blog series, the Care Connection (CC) asks long-term care nursing expert, Betty Frandsen, RN, NHA, MHA, CDONA/LTC, C-NE/MT, to help us understand ACOs and what we need to be doing as LTC professionals.</p> <p>CC: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>What are ACOs and how did they come into existence?</strong></p> <p>Betty:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of providers and suppliers of services that work together to coordinate care for Medicare…
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