I am Thankful There Are Nurses

I am thankful there are nurses

I am so thankful that nurses exist and do what they do. I am honored to be a part of a profession that works on holidays, often with little recognition. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just two of the many holidays that nurses sacrifice family time to care for the sick.

Join me for a #HealthcareChat Tweetchat on EHR Clinical Readiness Oct 27 at 9pm ET

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I’d like to invite you to join me and Melinda Outlaw, an expert on clinical readiness, to discuss how EHR clinical readiness can improve your interactions and results with your hospital’s EHR.

Nursing From Within and the Jedi Nurse

Nursing From Within

Elizabeth Scala is a talented nurse that I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the nurse blog community. She is also a Jedi Nurse (more on that later) and has written a book to help nurses.  She is always willing to lend a helping hand in collaboration efforts, and routinely participates in the nurse […]

Should Nurses Care about HCAHPS Scores?

Should Nurses Care About HCAHPS Scores

Hospitals need to step up to the plate and take on the responsibility of educating nursing staff on the what exactly HCAHPS surveys measure and what they can do to improve scores. This process shouldn’t be a monthly blame-session in which the entire department feels defeated, but instead a continuous process that begins at orientation and is evaluated routinely.

The Next Big Thing in Healthcare is Next Wave Connect

The Next Big Thing in Healthcare is Next Wave Connect

If you’re looking for a place to connect with other healthcare professionals to collaborate to solve healthcare challenges that you and your healthcare organization are struggling with, then Next Wave Connect is the answer.

As the title states, I wholeheartedly believe that Next Wave Connect will be the next big thing in healthcare. It’s time to stop working in silos and get together to solve these problems. It saves time, it saves money, and ultimately, it saves lives.

Katie Duke Shows Nurses How to Not Use Social Media

Katie Duke Shows Nurses How to NOT Use Social Media

Social media can do many wonderful things for nurses. Even Katie has used social media to catapult herself as a personal brand and grow a huge following online. But it can also have big, sometimes unforeseen consequences, even for bold nurses who are on reality shows.

Best Stethoscope for Nurses: 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope

3M Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope,

The 3M™ Littmann® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope is sensitive and comes equipped with a dual-sided, turntable diaphragm and bell. This technology is highly sensitive and allows the capture any sound whether it’s high or low frequency. The tubing is durable and can easily be folded and put in a lab jacket pocket. It’s also latex free and a nonchill chestpiece, which is a must in direct patient care.

Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Certified Nurse Midwife? [Infographic]

Do you Have What it Takes to Become a Nurse Midwife

Once the education requirements and the examination has been passed, you are a certified nurse-midwife, enjoying an average annual salary of $114,152. More importantly, you can start making an immediate impact on the lives of women, and their unborn babies. Every day in the life of a midwife is different; each patient and each birth are unique. If you long for a career that encourages close interaction with your patients, midwifery is for you.

Safe Staffing: Are You Part of the Problem or the Solution?

Safe Staffing for Nurses

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!

Nurses Can Thrive When They Are Given Ongoing Feedback

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The practice of nursing is ever-changing. There are always new guidelines and regulations that nurses are asked to adhere to, often with little information to accompany it. Nurses sometimes feel like they are just surviving because they are being asked to take on new challenges and aren’t completely sure of themselves. This is because many organizations will give out new job requirements without following up with the nursing staff and providing ongoing feedback.