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  • UTMB develops new online tool for nurses

    Nursing / Midwifery News From Medical News Today
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Simplifies learning evidence-based practice skillsAs tremendous advances are made in medicine, practitioners have new tools, but they also have more information to absorb and incorporate to...
  • Multi-organization call to action identifies and addresses safety concerns in labor

    Nursing / Midwifery News From Medical News Today
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A healthcare, industry-first collaborative blueprint for labor and delivery safety, developed by four leading professional organizations in maternal health, calls for improving communication among...
  • Time Crunch: What to Do When Med Pass is Cancelled

    Correctional Nurse . Net
    Lorry Schoenly
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Consider this scenario: Just as you are preparing for morning med pass at a large city jail a man-down alarm is sounded. Your partner is assigned to emergencies today and she grabs the emergency bag and heads to the announced floor. You continue your preparations, making note that you may be handling both passes this […]
  • HHS, lawmakers pledge to improve meaningful use program

    AANP SmartBrief
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell will work with the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee -More- 
  • "Smart bandage" releases medicine and monitors wounds

    ANA SmartBrief
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    Researchers are developing flexible bioelectronics, or "smart bandages," that can monitor healing of diabetic and other wound -More- 
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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • Time Crunch: What to Do When Med Pass is Cancelled

    Lorry Schoenly
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Consider this scenario: Just as you are preparing for morning med pass at a large city jail a man-down alarm is sounded. Your partner is assigned to emergencies today and she grabs the emergency bag and heads to the announced floor. You continue your preparations, making note that you may be handling both passes this […]
  • The Social Order of the Underworld with Author David Skarbek (Podcast Episode 96)

    Lorry Schoenly
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    David Skarbek, Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College in London, England and author of the book The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System joins Lorry to talk about prison gangs. He became interested in this topic while a California native. As an economist, Skarbek […]
  • Are You Imprisoned by a Messy Med Room?

    Lorry Schoenly
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The medication room is one of the most complex areas of a jail or prison health unit. The set up and maintenance of a medication room can make or break the medication administration process and eat up hours of nursing time every shift. Medication administration can take up to 40% of a nurse’s time in […]
  • Disaster Planning for Infectious Disease Outbreaks (Podcast Episode #95)

    Lorry Schoenly
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sue Lane, RN, CCHP and Sue Smith, MSN, RN, CCHP-RN join Lorry to talk about “Disaster Planning for Infectious Disease Outbreaks”. They are presenting this topic at the 2015 NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care in New Orleans, April 11-14. Learn more about the conference HERE. Correctional facilities are prone to the rapid spread […]
  • Clinical Management of Polydipsia (Podcast Episode 94)

    Lorry Schoenly
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    Scott Eliason, MD, CCHP-MH, Regional Psychiatric Director for Idaho through Corizon Correctional Health Care talks about polydipsia, its various manifestations, and management in the correctional setting. He is presenting this topic along with Mark Fleming, PhD, CCHP-MH at the 2015 NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care in New Orleans, April 11-14. Learn more about […]
 
 
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    Nursing News

  • Hartford Foundation grant to support evaluation of long-term nursing home resident care model

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    Approximately 1.4 million older adults in America live in nursing homes. A new grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation will enable clinician-researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute and their partners, to prepare for the expansion of OPTIMISTIC, their long-term nursing home resident care model.
  • Cash for nursing students in need

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:49 am
    Brenda Peters-Watral, a graduate student who received an award from the Irene E. Nordwich Foundation, with trustee Elden Wittmier outside Misericordia Health Centre. The Irene E. Nordwich Foundation offers awards to help students entering their fourth year of studies at the University of Manitoba, and graduate students at the U of M and Western University.
  • Nurses group files objection to Huntington Memorial Hospital union vote

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:33 pm
    PASADENA>>Calling it “impossible” to hold a free and fair election, the California Nurses Association filed an objection Thursday with federal labor regulators against last week's union vote at Huntington Memorial Hospital in which the hospital said the nurses voted to reject having a union. The association claims the hospital harassed, coerced and intimidated the nurses ahead of the April 15-16 vote , while the hospital says the union is motivated by money and the objection is “standard operating procedure when they lose an election.”…
  • CMS Issues Proposed - Skilled Nursing Facility Rule

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
    On April 15, 2015, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule to address Skilled Nursing Facility Medicare rate increases for fiscal year 2016, as well as to propose a variety of measures that reflect a shift from volume-based to value-based payments. Under the proposed rule, SNFs would receive a 1.4 percent Medicare rate increase for FY 2016, which CMS anticipates will represent approximately $500 million.
  • FTC Urges State to Ease Up on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The Federal Trade Commission published comments in response to a Missouri state legislative proposal to modify rules and regulations on collaborative practice arrangements between physicians and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses . The FTC called on Missouri to consider further relaxation of physician supervision requirements in order to enhance competition.
 
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  • What's On Your Career Runway?

    Keith Carlson
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:58 pm
    A career can feel like a busy airport, a marathon, a bus terminal, a rickshaw, or a taxi careering the wrong way down a one-way street. If your nursing career is an airport, and you're readying your plane on the runway in order to take flight, what's on your runway in 2015?Who's in the Cockpit? In terms of the career airplane that's ready for take-off, who's in the pilot seat? Who's the co-pilot, and who are the flight attendants? Is your inner career co-pilot a critical mother or overbearing father? Are your career choices controlled by an automatic pilot that won't take no for an…
  • 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…
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    Scrubs - The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles » Scrubs – The lifestyle magazine for nurses

  • Nurse germ protection—at home!

    Kati Kleber BSN, RN
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Stockbyte | Comstock Images After a long shift of dealing with blood, vomit, urine, sweat, drainage of all sorts and occasionally tears, nurses have to make that dreadful transition from work to home. Everybody has their own post-work routine to ensure that what they were dealing with at work doesn’t make its way to their homes. Here are a few different ways that Kati Kleber aka Nurse Eyeroll deals with this… I always leave my shoes at work. I wear shoes into work that I don’t really care about and swap them out right before I step on the floor. I have an antimicrobial workbag…
  • Protect and defend

    Scrubs Editor
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Protect and defend in gear that’s fit for a hero—treat yourself to a stylish set of scrubs made with CERTAINTY®, the next-generation antimicrobial-treated fabric that helps defend against bacteria and odors. And, come fall, you can add CERTAINTY PLUS®, with Nanotex technology that resists fluids and stains, to the mix. In the Spring 2015 issue of Scrubs, we turn the lens toward two new CERTAINTY-made brands—Code Happy® and Infinity by Cherokee®. Check out the beautifully (and intelligently) designed workwear that made the cut for our fashion shoot below. Beginning…
  • What’s CERTAINTY? We’re so glad you asked…

    Scrubs Editor
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    We’re obviously pretty jazzed up about CERTAINTY, the latest antimicrobial technologies in Cherokee, Dickies and Code Happy medical apparel. And, really, the basic idea is enough to do it. A reduction in the growth of unwanted bacteria on our garments? YES, PLEASE. Clothes that last better wash after wash? Bring it. Comfort and style? Check and check. We’re so excited, in fact, that we want to know more. And you probably do, too. Things like: How does the technology work? How does the odor control work if you are a very sweaty person? Because a friend wants to know… WHERE…
  • What’s in the Spring 2015 issue of Scrubs magazine?

    Scrubs Editor
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Have you picked up the latest issue of Scrubs yet? Here are some highlights from the Spring 2015 issue! (Psst! You can get your copy at your local uniform retailer.) Vital Signs: News for nurses on life, style and work. Beauty 911: To the rescue: Tips and tricks in answer to your questions. Looking Good: Dealing with makeup meltdown? Unwanted blemishes? You’ve got issues, we’ve got answers. All About You: Monia Sayah, RN, travels to disease-plagued hot spots around the globe, and she’s a better nurse—and person—for doing it. By Mary Duffy Innovations: Stay tuned for…
  • The Boxes of Love Project

    Scrubs Editor
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    Photo by http://www.boxesofloveproject.org/  So you want to change the world. And so you do, with each and every shift. But here’s the thing—even nurses have their limits. Lyndsee Wunn, a pediatric nurse in Portland, Ore., realized her own limits when she and her husband fostered (and later adopted) a baby boy. Though the child was welcome in their hearts and home, navigating the foster care system was a grueling process—so much so that they decided a second foster child was not for them.  So they found another outlet. Enter: The Boxes of Love Project. In the Spring 2015 issue of…
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  • Thoughts, various.

    Jo
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I would really like to be in Seattle right now. From now until mid-October sounds about right; that means I would miss tornado season here. Tornados, strong thunderstorms, hail--it all sends me, shaking and swigging whatever alcohol is in the house, into my safe closet for hours, usually a couple times a week. I hate heavy weather. Call it a remnant of my days in Kansas, including living through the infamous Wichita/Haysville/Andover tornado of 1991.Failing that, I would like to be up in the Blue River or over in the Comal for the next few days, not going back to work.*** *** ***An email…
  • My Dog Is A Fugitive From Justice.

    Jo
    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.

    Jo
    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.

    Jo
    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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  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account

    Eric Binnion
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Because we want to make WordPress.com accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. WordPress.com has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your WordPress.com account with both a password and a time-sensitive code you get from your mobile device. To enable two-step authentication, tap your profile picture to jump into the “Me” section and hit the Security…
  • New Themes: Ecto and Coherent

    David A. Kennedy
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today, we’d like you to meet the two newest themes added to the WordPress.com collection: Ecto and Coherent. Ecto With a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images that draw readers straight to your content, Ecto is perfect for blogs of all kinds. Inspired by the Casper theme, Ecto lets you add a personal touch to posts and pages with large featured images in the header area. Ecto also includes these features: Social Links Menu Featured Images Site Logo Post Formats Custom Menus Widgets Custom Background and Custom Header Read more about Ecto on the Theme…
  • Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

    Krista
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking: How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly? What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly? 1. See if your site is mobile-friendly Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., http://dailypost.wordpress.com or http://automattic.com). Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not. Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.
  • Social Media Icons Widget

    Chris
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
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    The Nurse Practitioner's Place

  • Help My Sister Get Home To Florida

    NPs Save Lives
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Hello to all of my readers. My sister Denise is currently stuck in Seattle, Washington in a hospital post quadruple bypass surgery. She's hanging in there but needs a plane ticket home and money during her recovery period. I appreciate any help you may be able to provide. Please share this link!Dimes For DeeDee http://t.co/IyQqKtfghP via @gofundme This is my younger sister who is 42. Please help me get her home to Florida.This is one reason why it's so important to understand your genetic potentials for bad health issues.My mother also has had a quad bypass and my sister's father died of a…
  • Ramblings of A Nurse Practitioner

    NPs Save Lives
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Often people ask me what I missed the most while I was in NP school. I would have to say my family time and my hobbies. I used to read voraciously,  but now find myself playing on Facebook and reading other people's comments on posts there rather than picking up a book and plucking myself in a cozy chair next to my husband while he watched TV.I also didn't realize that it would continue into my career. It is what we do as providers. We sacrifice so that others can be healthier people and hopefully they listen to our advice. Unfortunately, some won't and we lose them along the way. Hard…
  • Am I Invisible Or What?

    NPs Save Lives
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Just a question... How many NPs have been excluded from company parties that Docs are invited to? I would certainly hope not many. Do you get included in company meetings? This still boggles my mind considering that NPs bring in quite a lot of revenue for practices and have very high patient satisfaction scores.Are you included in your company or do you feel like your input makes no difference?I've heard various responses from full involvement to none. Where do you land in the spectrum? Do you feel like it matters? How would you go about changing the perceptions?Go!
  • Nurse Practitioner Burnout

    NPs Save Lives
    26 May 2014 | 6:46 am
    Why do NPs burnout? Much the same reasons as Doctors. Constant pressure to produce and keep everyone happy including patients, their family members, our bosses, our co-workers, insurance companies, and our own families. At the same time, trying not to kill anyone. The good thing is that has resolved itself with a job change. I just spent a long weekend at the beach and never  opened my computer to work. For the first time in 6 years...That's not saying that I haven't taken time off, just that I've always had to open my computer and work at some point during the event. You need…
  • Once Again FL Is Behind The Times

    NPs Save Lives
    3 May 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Unless there is a special session, once again Florida Nurse Practitioners have been left in the Dark Ages of medicine. I have been watching the House and the Senate closely during this year's sessions. I was so hoping that this would be the year prescription authority at least would be granted. After all, we are the LAST State left! Really! Do you actually think that we will start running willy nilly writing narcotics for every patient who asks for them? Am I that stupid and untrained that I can't figure out who truly needs pain medications? You don't think that I can tell when patients…
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  • Here comes the rain again

    RehabNurse
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:46 pm
    April showers do bring May flowers, but after those showers get mixed in with tornado watches and warnings, I get a little edgy. It fits the mood, though. I'm still a little melancholy after this week.Thankfully, the latest tornado watch was called off so Bubba could go to his track meet, hang out and have fun while Dahey and I had a date night. We went to a neighborhood I grew up in (which has since become moderately gentrified) to a restaurant I've wanted to try. It was nostalgia: some things change and some things stay the same. Thankfully, the food was good, the beer was cold, and the…
  • Dodging bullets

    RehabNurse
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Dahey dodged one on Monday. He was not selected for layoff (or furlough) at his job. What's the reason? Working without a contract, the firm on his job site finally ran out of money. It closed one location. Federal contracting isn't all it's cracked up to be if the government can't decide.I didn't dodge a bullet, but I missed one thing. My chance to get out of the Hotel is dashed for now. I just need to look at a few things, then decide when to try again. I told someone if they talked about it too much, it might not come true. (From years of experience, I keep my mouth shut). It was only a…
  • TGIF fun

    RehabNurse
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    It was gorgeous! The pollen may be high and driving Bubba crazy, but it was beautiful. I took my friend K. to Washington to get some admin stuff out of the way and I checked in on a new patient in our acute wing. We stopped by and grabbed lunch on the way back to the Hotel, so I could sit outside at work on the patio and enjoy the glory of a bright, sunny day.K. had lots to do so she had to go back to her desk in the inventory department. It was sad we couldn't enjoy lunch together. I really miss her now that she's back in that group full-time. We don't see each other often, even though,…
  • Gone but not forgotten

    RehabNurse
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:39 pm
    She got ready and she took the train to glory.RIP my pharmacist friend (and nursing school seatmate).I will miss you (and your caring, gentle, hilarious soul) forever. May they find a cure soon.
  • Six kinds of crazy

    RehabNurse
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    1. You don't get enough sleep, then have to go to work. Ugh!2. Your procrastinating husband decides to empty a storage locker on the day before the rent on it is due. You're required to come along to haul back all the c#$p, er, stuff.3. You find your lunch in the office fridge after it had been there too long.4.  People who really need to read e-mails don't do it. Thankfully, that read receipt thing on your e-mail system allows you to prove to the manager, that, yes, indeed, the Slug may have heard you, but you have no idea if he/she comprehended, since there's no proof he/she can…
 
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  • Why Nurses are the Best

    Sarah Wengert
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    A video surfaced this week that in just one minute and 21 seconds shows exactly why nurses are the best. Sure, nurses can do it all. But what stands out time and again — and what truly makes nurses so extraordinary — is how much they care. That ability to care so deeply and be so invested in their patients is perfectly displayed in the video below. Check out this nurse’s reaction after the 17-year-old Texas girl, who was the nurse’s patient, surprises her by walking after being mysteriously paralyzed for 11 days. The girl in the video, Bailey Murrill, told the New York Daily News that…
  • Tafford 2015 Spring Medical Scholarship

    Natasha LaBruce
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Click here to learn more about the Tafford 2015 Spring Medical Scholarship. Tafford Uniforms is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Spring Medical Scholarship application period. This scholarship fund will assist students who are enrolled in medical school by offsetting the costs of books or tuition with a $500 cash award. The application process is simple — just answer the following question, in 300 words or less: “What impacted your decision to become a medical professional?” The winner will be chosen by an award committee. Essays should be thoughtful and well written to be…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: Are companies willing to negotiate Travel Nursing pay?

    David Morrison R.N.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: Are companies willing to negotiate Travel Nursing pay? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: When it comes to pay, are most offers for hospital jobs set in stone? Are companies willing to negotiate Travel Nursing pay? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: In Travel Nursing, many assignments simply pay what they pay. While you may have a little wiggle room on your hourly rate, that will likely not change more than a few dollars per hour. Most hospitals draft a “blanket agreement” (or contract) when dealing with travel companies. This means that every travel company essentially…
  • Radamenes the Amazing Nurse Cat

    Sarah Wengert
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Here’s a great story for animal lovers as well as compassionate types everywhere. Meet Radamenes the Amazing Nurse Cat. He was delivered to an animal shelter in Bydgoszcz, Poland suffering from a severe upper respiratory infection and in pretty rough condition. When he arrived the vets who first saw him didn’t have much hope for his recovery and considered putting him down to end his suffering. But, when Radamenes began to purr they recognized his will to survive and began treatment. Once Radamenes was up and around, feeling healthier and stronger, he began to make friends with other…
  • Women on 20s

    Sarah Wengert
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Fun fact: Four of the top 15 Women On 20s candidates were nurses! While it’s true that American women have “come a long way, baby” over the past century, there are still large and small ways that we as a society can proceed towards equality. For example, women comprised 91% of all nurses as of 2011, according to the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, yet male nurses continue to earn more than females in the profession. (Click here to learn more about the nursing gender pay gap.) Speaking of money, a group called Women On 20s is working on a change that’s part…
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  • Does misdemenor affect to get RN license in VA?

    admin
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Hello, I am wondering if anyone can reassure me that I will be able to get my RN license in VA. I am currently starting my Nursing school. I have a misdemeanor for selling marijuana possession conviction from 2 years ago. When I was selling I don’t know it was legal and as I purchase he told us that it was legal. So I was in big trouble. I was accepted into nursing school and was told everything would probably be ok. Of course my drug test was clean, and would be for any one who wanted to test me at any time. I can’t help but worry that the state of VA will deny my application for…
  • Help with Nursing School Readmission letter

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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.
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  • Holy Name CNO earns spot on 50 Best Women in Business list

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, executive vice president of patient care services and CNO at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J., has been named one of New Jersey?s 2015 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, a business news publication.
  • Special screenings of ?The American Nurse? to be held May 6

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    The award-winning documentary ?The American Nurse? (DigiNext Films) will be shown at special screening engagements May 6 in honor of National Nurses Week. The film highlights the work and lives of five American nurses from diverse specialties and explores topics such as aging, war, poverty and prisons.
  • RWJUH healthcare team cuts ribbon on renovated cardiac cath lab

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital celebrated the ribbon cutting of its newly renovated cardiac catheterization laboratory Feb. 18 at its Somerset, N.J., campus.
  • Oncology Nursing Society honors North Shore-LIJ NP for mentorship

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    A nurse practitioner at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, Lake Success, N.Y., was honored March 11 by the Long Island/Queens Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society for mentoring oncology nurses and educating patients.
  • IOM halftime report: Learning for life

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The year 2015 marks an important half-way point for the ambitious goals set forth in 2010 in the Institute of Medicine?s Future of Nursing Report, which included eight recommendations to transform the nursing profession. Recommendation 6 calls for the profession to ensure nurses engage in lifelong learning, and to accomplish this goal a diverse collective of groups should collaborate ? including accrediting bodies, schools of nursing, healthcare organizations and continuing competency educators.
 
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  • FDA approves Corlanor for treatment of heart failure

    Rachel Bargeron
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    On April 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Corlanor (ivabradine) to reduce hospitalization from worsening heart failure. Read more. The post FDA approves Corlanor for treatment of heart failure appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Twitter can help predict asthma-related ED visits

    Rachel Bargeron
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Researchers have created a model to predict approximately how many asthma sufferers would visit the ED at a large hospital in Dallas on a given day, based on an analysis of data from electronic medical records, air quality sensors, and Twitter, according to an article in IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Read more. The post Twitter can help predict asthma-related ED visits appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Depression, diabetes associated with increased dementia risk

    Rachel Bargeron
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus are each associated with an increased risk for dementia and the risk is even higher among individuals diagnosed with both conditions compared with people who had neither condition, according to an article in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more. The post Depression, diabetes associated with increased dementia risk appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • LifeThreads Launches Line of Antimicrobial Linens

    Rachel Bargeron
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    Click here to read the story. The post LifeThreads Launches Line of Antimicrobial Linens appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Letter to the Editor – What nurses owe one another

    Rachel Bargeron
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    Dear Editor, I am writing in response to Curtin’s article titled “What nurses owe one another”, published in Volume 10, Issue 3 of the March 2015 edition of American Nurse Today. Curtin noted although ethics are a forefront concern in today’s health world, little attention is paid to how professionals treat one another. Curtin describes how nursing professional ethics define the role and scope of practice and how the same ethics should also establish the duties and responsibilities nurses owe to the profession and to one another. Curtin stresses the importance of intra-professional…
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  • What is Rapid Response or Strike Travel Nursing?

    Howard Gerber
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    You may be considering working as a travel nurse for the first time, or maybe you are an experienced healthcare traveler. Either way, you may be familiar with traditional travel nursing assignments. Although it can vary, most traditional travel assignments involve working about 13 weeks. You will usually have six to eight weeks’ notice regarding an assignment. But there are also a couple of other classifications of travel nursing. Rapid Response Nursing Rapid response nurses are needed to work almost immediately. They may be given as little as two days’ notice to get to an assignment or…
  • Social Media and the Healthcare Traveler

    Howard Gerber
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Social media has become a part of most people’s lives. As a healthcare traveler, social media can have both advantages and disadvantages. While it can be a great way to stay in touch, using social media responsibly is critical. Social Media Has its Place for Healthcare Travelers As a healthcare traveler, using social media can be the perfect way to stay connected. In today’s busy world, you may not always have time to write a letter or talk on the phone. But most people have time to send a tweet, post a picture, or leave a quick comment on a friend’s Facebook page. Using social media…
  • Finding Per-Diem Work to Supplement Your Income

    Howard Gerber
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Working in healthcare – in positions such as a nurse, occupational therapist, and physician assistant – can have a lot of benefits. In addition to being rewarding, there is often flexibility in the types of jobs you can work. For example, not all jobs in healthcare are full or part-time. Many healthcare workers also work per diem. Working per diem can be a great way to supplement your full-time job. Before deciding if a per diem job is right for you, it is helpful to have a thorough understanding of what is involved. Per diem work involves working when the need arises as opposed…
  • Choosing Your Specialty as a Physician Assistant

    Howard Gerber
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Working as a physician assistant can be an exciting and fulfilling career choice. Although they work under the direction of a doctor, physician assistants have a lot of independence on the job.  In many cases, physician assistants perform many of the same tasks as a doctor. For example, physician assistants may perform physical exams, take medical histories, and order and interpret diagnostic tests. The role of a physician assistant is not limited to certain specialties. In fact, physician assistants work in most of the same specialties as doctors. When choosing which specialty to work in,…
  • 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…
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  • Heart of the Matter – Life at Soliant

    Elizabeth Mahaney
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Recently I had the opportunity to visit a client in the Lonestar State. Since everything is bigger in Texas, my trip exceeded any expectations I could have possibly conjured. While meeting with Special Education Directors and Coordinators was a great learning experience, the real insight I gained was from shadowing my bilingual SLP, Gabriela, in special education classrooms. […]Heart of the Matter – Life at Soliant is a post from: Soliant Health The post Heart of the Matter – Life at Soliant appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • $400 Referral Bonus for Med Surg RN

    Tera Tuten
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Do you know a Med Surg RN that would like to take a travel nursing assignment in Alabama? Send us a referral and you could win a $400 referral bonus! $400 Referral Bonus for Med Surg RN is a post from: Soliant Health$400 Referral Bonus for Med Surg RN is a post from: Soliant Health The post $400 Referral Bonus for Med Surg RN appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Submit your nomination for Soliant’s 2015 Most Beautiful Hospitals!

    Carmela Nazareno
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Healing is beautiful – and vice versa! For the seventh year in a row, Soliant Health is searching for the Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. Do you have a beautiful hospital in mind? Tell us what makes that hospital beautiful in your eyes. Is it the unparalleled architectural design? The unbeatable views from patient rooms? […]Submit your nomination for Soliant’s 2015 Most Beautiful Hospitals! is a post from: Soliant Health The post Submit your nomination for Soliant’s 2015 Most Beautiful Hospitals! appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • How has a doctor impacted your life?

    Carmela Nazareno
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    It’s National Doctor’s Day and we want to bring attention to the memorable doctors in our lives.  You know…  the ones who find time to catch up on life, the ones who “feel” your pain and make it better,  and the ones who care beyond compare. Such doctors leave a mark on us that we […]How has a doctor impacted your life? is a post from: Soliant Health The post How has a doctor impacted your life? appeared first on 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.
 
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  • Recent Court Ruling Expands Protection For Seniors

    Pearl Griffin
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Elder Abuse – A Norm in Care Facilities If you tuned into local news channels for daily news, you would know that stories of elder abuse in care facilities are not new. In 2010 alone, 36% of Nursing homes in America were accused of abusing the elderly. This problem surfaced a while ago and has been a hot topic of discussion in legal and medical circles. So much so that a number of lawsuits and court rulings have gone in favor of families and individuals fighting for compensation on behalf of a family member who has gone through such pain and suffering. However, not everyone in our…
  • Stage Four Pressure Sores: Indication Of Inattentive Care

    Pearl Griffin
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Despite the perception that pressure sores, also known as bedsores, shouldn’t be a common problem in urban areas, pressure sore lawsuit filings in large, modern cities– such as Chicago– are more common than you may think. Do not allow yourself to be misled if a facility or caregiver insists that the development of pressure sores is just an inevitable fact of life and growing old. The truth of the matter is that pressure sores develop very slowly over time and the presence of stage four pressure sores is usually the result of inattentive caregivers over a long-term period.
  • 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.
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  • May AJN: A-Fib and Epilepsy Updates, an Ethics Collection, Diversity, Resolving Conflict, More

    amiemc
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    AJN’s May issue is now available on our Web site. And in honor of the upcoming Nurses Week, we are offering free access to the entire issue for the month of May. In addition, because the American Nurses Association has designated this the “Year of Ethics” and the theme of this year’s Nurses Week is “Ethical Practice, Quality Care,” we have also made available a collection of some of our top ethics articles from 1925 to the present. Here’s a selection of what else not to miss in our May issue. Atrial fibrillation adversely affects the quality of life of millions of people,…
  • A Nurse Ethicist’s Analysis of a Recent Nursing Home Sexual Consent Case

    Jacob Molyneux
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    By Douglas P. Olsen, PhD, RN, associate professor, Michigan State University College of Nursing in East Lansing, associate editor of Nursing Ethics, and a contributing editor of AJN, where he regularly writes about ethical issues in nursing. scales of justice/by waferboard, via Flickr An 78-year-old retired state legislator and farmer in Iowa is currently on trial for having sex with his wife, who has severe Alzheimer’s disease, in her shared room in a nursing home. He has been charged with rape. The case highlights two ethical questions or conflicts: When is protection needed and when is…
  • AJN’s Spring Break with the Student Nurses in Phoenix: Sunnier Job Outlook for New Graduates?

    Jacob Molyneux
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, AJN editor-in-chief After a long winter in the Northeast, it was wonderful to visit Phoenix last week for the 63rd annual convention of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). Like other meetings, this one was packed from morning to late evening with educational sessions, exhibits, resume-writing consultation, and for some, deliberating over 60 resolutions at the House of Delegates. Keynotes addressed: health care reform (Gerri Lamb). progress on implementing recommendations from the Future of Nursing report (Susan Hassmiller). clinical ethics and…
  • Never Too Late: One Family Practice’s Shift to EHRs after 50 Years of Paper

    Jacob Molyneux
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Editor’s note: We hear a lot about the stress and lack of time for direct patient care that nurses (and physicians) have experienced with the movement to EMRs or EHRs. We’re in a transitional period, and in some instances the use and design of these systems has a long ways to go. But here’s a story with a positive slant, written by someone who might easily have responded very differently, given the circumstances. Change is inevitable; how we react to it throughout our lives, less so.  By Marilyn Kiesling Howard, ARNP Niklas Bildhauer/ Wikimedia Commons I am a nurse…
  • Recent End-of-Life Care Links of Note, by Nurses and Others

    Jacob Molyneux
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    nature’s own tightrope/marie and alistair knock/flickr creative commons By Amanda Anderson, a critical care nurse and graduate student in New York City currently doing a graduate placement at AJN End-of-life care and decision making have been getting a lot of attention lately. The Institute of Medicine released a new report earlier this year, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life (available for free download as a PDF). Nurses who write often write about end-of-life matters. A couple of recent examples: On the Nurse Manifest Web…
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  • Great Webinars, Free Ebooks and Tele Summits for Nurses

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's catch up Friday again... it has been a long week and I've gotten behind after being under the weather most of the week.... Nurses Week is rapidly approaching. This year's theme is Ethical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Alexandra Robbins is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. In her latest endeavor, The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital, she ventured in to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
 
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  • JParadisi RN Painting in AJN Art of Nursing

    jparadisirn
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    The April 2015 issue of the American Journal of Nursing is available. On page 43 of the print version is Yazzie, a painting I made The Art of Nursing Column. In the accompanying  text I discuss the challenge hanging original art in … Continue reading →
  • Doing Nursey Things

    jparadisirn
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    Except attending local meetings of organizations representing oncology nursing, and doing continuing education required to maintain my OCN certification, I don’t otherwise do a lot of nursey things on my time off. However, now that I’m an oncology nurse navigator, … Continue reading →
  • Nursing School is Just The Beginning of a Career of Learning

    jparadisirn
    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”

    jparadisirn
    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

    jparadisirn
    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 →
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  • FEMORAL ENDARTERECTOMY

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    A friend of mine is having a femoral endarterectomy at the end of this month. As we get older, it is fairly common to develop atherosclerosis. This is the build-up of fatty deposits (called atheroma) within the wall of the arteries within the body. When this build-up occurs in the arteries in the legs, it is called peripheral arterial disease. The narrowing or even blockage of the arteries in the legs can cause a variety of problems depending on how severe it is. Some patients have no symptoms while others suffer pain on exercise (called intermittent claudication). Arteries carry blood from…
  • PANCREATIC CANCER

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    It seems as though this terrible disease is hitting more and more people. In fact, I have had two friends die recently due to pancreatic cancer. So, what is it? How many are affected? Are there risk factors? What are the symptoms? What is the prognosis? Can it be treated? These are all good questions and I will start by telling you that more than 43,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in the US every year. Most often it hits people over 65 years of age. There are actually two types of pancreatic cancer – exocrine and endocrine pancreatic cancer. Exocrine is much more common…
  • NURSING TO IT? NOT AT THIS AGE!

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    For the past week I have been trying to figure out how to make my website better for my readers. I give up! I’m really from the old school and have no idea what I am doing in the IT department. Finally a friend of mine said to stop trying to re-invent the wheel and get some help. For those of you who know me, it drives me bonkers when I don’t understand something. If it is related to medicine, business or law – bring it on! But this new era of search engine optimization, Meta tags, affiliate marketing, AdSense, etc. is rather overwhelming to me. So, long story short, I have hired…
  • FROM GUT TO GOUT!

    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…
  • PANCREATITIS – A PAINFUL DISEASE

    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…
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  • They Put Cameras Inside A Retirement Home, But Never Expected To See THIS Happen!

    Erica Bettencourt
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    By Barbara Diamond www.littlethings.com  Now tell us: Is this a viral-worthy video or what?! Everyone loves it when seniors prove that you’re never too old to have fun. The video below is brand new on YouTube, but I have no doubt it will soon be seen by millions of people. I couldn’t stop smiling as I watched this clip, which features the residents of Belvedere of Westlake’s Assisted Living Facility fighting for their right to party. With a hilarious parody of The Beastie Boys’ classic song, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” —…
  • Girl Who Was Paralyzed Surprises Her Favorite Nurse By Walking

    Erica Bettencourt
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    http://myfox8.com  If you ever needed any evidence that nurses care vastly about every single patient they encounter, this is it. A video posted last week on Facebook shows a nurse reacting as one of her patients stands up for the first time in 11 days. The story as, posted by Texas mom Becky Miller: “Our daughter, Bailey, had complete paralysis from the waist down for 11 days with no explanation as to why. This video is one of her favorite nurses coming onto her shift and not knowing that Bailey had started walking this day.” The nurse immediately bursts into tears upon seeing…
  • New Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Hold Promise

    Erica Bettencourt
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    By ANDREW POLLACK www.nytimes.com  A Silicon Valley start-up with some big-name backers is threatening to upend genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer by offering a test on a sample of saliva that is so inexpensiv e that most women could get it. At the same time, the nation’s two largest clinical laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, normally bitter rivals, are joining with French researchers to pool their data to better interpret mutations in the two main breast cancer risk genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Other companies…
  • Escaped Prisoner Turns Himself In After 39 Years for the Health Care

    Erica Bettencourt
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    BY M. ALEX JOHNSON www.nbcnews.com Ronnie Dickinson of Frankfort, Kentucky, turned himself in to authorities with an incredible story, sheriff's officials said Tuesday: His name isn't Ronnie Dickinson, he's been a fugitive for nearly 39 years and he wants to go back to prison for the health care. Clarence David Moore, 66, called the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Monday and said he wanted to turn himself in, the sheriff's office said. When deputies arrived, they found Moore — who'd been living in Frankfort since 2009 and had ID'd himself as Ronnie Dickinson — partially paralyzed…
  • City of Hope Is Leading The Way To Create A Talent Pipeline For Hispanics In Healthcare

    Erica Bettencourt
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Glenn Llopis www.huffingtonpost.com Like many healthcare providers in the Los Angeles area, and well beyond to healthcare organizations throughout the United States, City of Hope has recognized the growing need for clinical professionals and staff that more closely mirror the patients it serves in its catchment area. And with a local population that is nearly half Hispanic, that means recruiting more Hispanics into the industry, as well as providing much needed career development opportunities. But whereas most in the industry are just beginning to acknowledge the need, City of Hope…
 
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  • Learn About the Job of a Home Health Aide

    Marcelina Hardy
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    The elderly population is growing quickly. Baby boomers are getting older and people are living longer thanks to modern medicine. As people grow old, they end up having many more health problems, which need to be cared for by trained health professionals. One of these trained health professionals is a home health aide or personal care assistant. While many of them work in hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities, some work in people’s homes providing home health care.  What is Home Health Care? The priority in home health care is to help people live independently for as long…
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs

    Marcelina Hardy
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    As a clinical nurse specialist, you will diagnose and treat illnesses. You’re the expert that the medical staff, patients, and loved ones turn to in times of need. To become a clinical nurse specialist, you’ll have study, work, and learn a lot, but it will all be worth it when you see how helpful you can be to everyone on a medical unit. What Is a Clinical Nurse Specialist? A clinical nurse specialist can work in three areas: Management Administration Patient and family care As part of this work, nurses will care for patients, and keep family members informed of that care. They may teach…
  • Revisiting the Issues and Changes in Gerontological Nursing

    Katherine
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Most of the advanced countries today, like the United States of America and Europe, have an increasing rate of aging population. By 2030, America will have 72 million older adults, with the oldest old (individuals 85 years old and older) comprising the fastest-growing cohort of the elderly population. With the changing times, like global diversity and recent research concerning the “aging process”, an initiative to address the different challenges in taking care of the elderly population was conducted. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) undertook a consensus study to characterize the…
  • Interview with a Geriatric Nurse/Instructor at NYU

    kelleyward
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
      Considering a career in geriatric nursing? With the increasing aging population and more people living longer with complex diseases, a career in geriatric nursing can offer you job security and countless opportunities to positively impact the lives older adults. For a closer look into geriatric nursing I asked Fidel Lim, an experienced nurse, to give us a special glimpse into nursing care of the aged adult. Fidel has been a nurse for 27 years and now teaches geriatric nursing to BSN students as a full-time instructor at NYU College of Nursing. In addition, he is a student himself in a…
  • The Role of Nurses in Organ Transplants

    Katherine
    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…
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  • Pulmonary Collapse: A Nightmare Series Podcast

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
      Pulmonary CollapseA Nightmare Series Podcast The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 55 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, a mysterious traveler from the deep south winds his way into town. Why is he there? Who is he? As he moves in and out of the shadows, the evidence of his malicious intent becomes apparent as his terrible hands clutch and tear the tender flesh of his victim until there is no use to struggle against him. Will our patient find salvation? Join your host, Eric Bauer, as he uncovers the mystery of the Pulmonary Collapse - A Nightmare Series Podcast. Podcast…
  • 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…
  • 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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  • Utilizing outside resources within an EHR system: A few ideas

    Nikki Yeager
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    We recently did a webinar on using outside resources within your EHR system. If you're a customer of EHR Tutor, feel free to check out the Resource Library to watch the recording, but if you're not, we're posting some very basic ideas below: 1. Audio - PracticalClinicalSkills.com has recordings of every heart and lung sound you could possibly want. Simply find the sound you'd like your students to hear and include it in the instructions for any activity within EHR Tutor (if you need help learning how to add instructions, you can always reach out to our support line!). If you do not have EHR…
  • Updates for our users

    Nikki Yeager
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    After we did some maintenance on our website Sunday morning, customers will notice a new look in some places of EHR Tutor, especially on the Courses page which lists activities for students. More importantly, the software has been upgraded to allow us to more easily add useful new features, like the ones listed on our most recent newsletter. If you're using EHR Tutor at your school and would like to review the changes, check out a copy of our newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/biqbST
  • 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:  http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB57DD87844630This 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…
 
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  • Nurses in Distress: Workplace Stress for RNs

    Travel Nurse Source
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The common stereotype in nursing, for both students and working RNs/LPNs, is that the profession although rewarding can be extremely stressful. However, there’s more to levels of stress for nurses that meets the eyes. Other factors are at work causing the stress phenomenon to vary depending on factors such as individual job satisfaction, coping mechanisms, […] The post Nurses in Distress: Workplace Stress for RNs appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • 10 Things that Drive Nurses NUTS

    Travel Nurse Source
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Throughout a long, tiring shift at the hospital, there’s just those days that everything little thing seems to make you want to climb up the walls. Under normal circumstances, these little things wouldn’t even make a person bat an eyelash—-but to a nurse running on fumes, it can be pretty darn intolerable. 10 Things that […] The post 10 Things that Drive Nurses NUTS appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • What ALL NURSES Need to Know About Multi-State Licenses

    Travel Nurse Source
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    If you’re an RN in the United States who likes to travel, you’ve probably either considered obtaining a multi-state license. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) grants nurses the eligibility to work in not only their home state, but also in the 24 states (and counting) that are part of the NLC membership. Travel nurses have […] The post What ALL NURSES Need to Know About Multi-State Licenses appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Safety Concerns for Nurses

    Travel Nurse Source
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
      Safety Concerns for Nurses A lot of nurse’s decisions of whether to remain in the nursing field are due to their many concerns with safety measures. These same nurses state how the safety concerns play a heavy influence on them because of high levels of stress rooting from long hours as well as overtime. […] The post Safety Concerns for Nurses appeared first on 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.
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  • Exceptional Care Planning - Before & After

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    <p>Gone are the days of generalized, 40-page care plans, consisting of 15-bullet intervention lists. Welcome to the resident-driven &ldquo;exceptional care planning&rdquo; process!</p> <p>Exceptional care planning (ECP) is a process by which facility staff develop standards of care that are based on current, accepted clinical guidelines, and regulatory requirements. Standards of care (SOCs) are a set of protocols that outline care practices for all residents in the facility. They are used to develop supplemental facility policies and procedures for implementation by…
  • 5 Helpful Apps for LTC Nurses

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    <p>One of the biggest benefits of today&rsquo;s ever-expanding mobile technology is having instant access to seemingly limitless tools, information, and resources right at your fingertips. This is true, too, for nurses working in long-term care facilities. While there are many nursing apps available, these five apps could be helpful particularly to those in nursing homes.</p> <ol> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/consultgerirn/id578360141?mt=8">ConsultGeriRN</a> &ndash; Developed by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing,…
  • Take 5: Overview of the RUG-IV

    7 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    <p>In this five-minute video, I&rsquo;ll provide an overview of Resource Utilization Groups (RUG-IV). Use this free video to help your staff understand the origins of the RUG payment system, review the eight key classification levels, and receive an introduction on how MDS data and ADLs influence final reimbursement.</p> <iframe width="470" height="281" src="http://www.aanac.org/www.youtube.com/embed/5-gwkGs9coI" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>Find more free training videos on the <a…
  • Grandpa Joe – Connecting to an Organization’s Mission

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    <p><em>At the heart of any organization is its mission, and according to </em><a href="http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/167633/why-company-mission-driven.aspx"><em>2013 research</em></a><em> conducted by Gallup, &ldquo;A clear mission inspires employee engagement.&rdquo; AANAC Education Coordinator, Emily Royalty-Bachelor, illustrates her connection to the AANAC mission.</em></p> <p>The first birthday I ever remember my grandpa having was his eightieth. It was a huge surprise party filled with friends and…
  • 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…
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  • Comment on Got nerves? Eat a banana!

    olayinka13
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    Thank God i passed my Nclex the 2nd time with 85 questions, i was so calm and i was ready with the help from ncsbn... i will recommend this program to anyone i know... am so proud of myself and am ready to make the money. (smiles)
  • Worried you won't pass the NCLEX?

    Mandy, NCSBN
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Are you worried you won't pass the NCLEX? Meet Megan Flinn, our guest blogger, and learn her strategy for NCLEX success ! 
  • Comment on Avoiding Brain Freeze

    Susan, NCSBN
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    @nell58: If you need help with meds, our lesson 6 provides a great overview. There's a quiz at the end of Lesson 6-C for you to assess your understanding of medication classifications. We also have a FREE mobile medication flashcards app - read more: learningext.com/.../flashcardapp.aspx . According to the NCLEX test plan, you should know these labs: ABGs (pH, PO2, SaO2, HCO3), BUN, cholesterol (total), glucose, hematocrit, hemoglobin, HgbA1C, platelets, potassium, sodium, WBC, creatinine, PT, PTT & APTT, and INR. Use the lab values you learned in school! Please post specific questions about…
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    nell58
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:46 am
    Sue I need help I took the 8 weeks review I am still confuse with meds and labs can I have hint on how to study them and I believe anxiety kept me unfocused I need to pass I cannot afford paying anymore. I am a broking single
  • Comment on Avoiding Brain Freeze

    Susan, NCSBN
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    @cjriveraiscool: Since you found this blog, I'm hoping that you have also read some of my other blog posts with tips for answering NCLEX-style questions, as well as how to come back from failure to pass the NCLEX (such as The Comeback Kids.) What's most important is that you reflect on what you did in the past and how you can change things to improve your chances for success on your next attempt. But there is no "proper" way to study because only you can determine your learning needs. Here's just a quick list of things you might consider: 1) Review your “Candidate Performance Reports”…
 
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