Imagine going to a foreign country and suddenly becoming ill and require emergency surgery. When you awaken from the procedure you find yourself with a nurse at the bedside. She can’t understand you and you can’t understand her. It’s an unpleasant reality that is lived by many Spanish-speaking patients in the United States every day. […]
According to the American Nurses Association, one thing I can do is advocate for safe staffing. I will post a link below where you can take action to contribute to the solution. If you are contributing to the problem by taking unsafe number of patients, I suggest you do your homework. Find out how to report unsafe staffing, tell your charge nurse, manager, etc., that you are not comfortable taking on more than you can handle safely. Remember, it’s your license to protect!
1. It takes women a full month to recover after birth.
Sometimes called the “tenth month of pregnancy,” the first month after birth is often both painful and exhausting for the new mother. Her organs are slowly shifting back into place as her body works overtime to produce milk.
Many other cultures provide support for new mothers during this key time — the French, for example, send at-home nurses to help new mothers care for babies, while Indian, Chinese, and Mexican customs all require mothers to rest for the first month after birth while others take care of basic home care.
If you are a nurse practitioner, it means that you’re going to have to hire some more office staff to help you process the Medicare and Medicaid claims to make sure you get reimbursed for the treatments you offer. Hopefully, the number of new patients you see will equal the amount of money you’re going to have to pay out of pocket in expanded staff!
An often neglected measure in the nursing profession is standard precautions. This is evident from the fact that during the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of HIV and HCV victims because of accidental pricking of needles that were contaminated with blood of infected patients. It’s also fairly common for a patient to acquire an infection while being hospitalized due to inadequate or infrequent hand washing.
Physical health and psychological well-being may seem unrelated. However, these two areas of health are linked in a number of ways. From mild mood disorders to cognitive illnesses, psychological health is greatly affected by physical well-being. The following explores the link between mental and physical health, and includes information on how to improve virtually all areas of well-being.
To the lay person, a nurse’s job may seem pretty simple: Nurses provide care for patients.
But the word “care” is a bit complicated. In a medical sense, it means to tend to needed procedures, carry out instructions from physicians, and do the clinical things that are required for an ill or injured person.
On top of all that scientific caring, there’s sociological caring as well. That means providing an equal level of commitment to the emotional situation, making sure that the patient and family members are coping with the complexities of their particular cases.
Earning a graduate degree in nursing, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an excellent decision for your career. Having a nursing graduate degree allows you to advance in the rapidly growing field of advanced practice nursing. How fast is nursing growing? According to a recent Georgetown University study, the unemployment rate in nursing overall is just 4.8%. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for nursing will be a huge 26% by 2020.
It’s fall, which means that high school seniors can no longer put off the decision about where to go to college and what to study in school. Savvy high school students are probably already aware that most four-year degree programs generate thousands of dollars of student loan debt per graduating student, and that many college graduates are having trouble finding work in their fields.