10 Phrases Every Nurse Should Know in Spanish

10 Phrases Every Nurse Should Know in Spanish

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. […]

The Ultimate List of Nurse Blogs and Social Media Accounts to Follow

The Ultimate List of Nurse Blogs and Social Media Accounts to Follow

The blogoshpere is booming with passionate and entertaining nurse bloggers. I’ve seen a few lists that compile the best nurse blogs or the top nurses to follow on twitter, pinterest, and even Google plus. However, I’ve never seen a single location where you can find a comprehensive list of nursing blogs and their social media accounts. It goes without saying that nurses who blog are also active on social media so why not get everything together in one location?

Nurses: Manage Your Schedule on Your Smartphone with NurseGrid

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It seems like everything in healthcare has been improved by technology. Unfortunately, a few key processes are still stuck in the past. Nurse schedules are still primarily managed on pen and paper. Hospitals require all patient information be documented in an electronic health record (EHR), but for some reason making sure that there are nurses scheduled to care for those patients is a matter that hasn’t, for the most part, been modernized. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. The problems of nurse scheduling can be a thing the past thanks to NurseGrid.

Announcing the NurseJournal.Org Global Health Scholarship

Nurse Journal Global Health Scholarship

NurseJournal.org wants to help current and future healthcare professionals solve the global health issues of today and tomorrow. In order to encourage more students to pursue degrees for their educations by providing an annual $3,000 merit-based scholarship for students pursuing degrees in nursing, medicine, or public health. Nursing school is expensive. This scholarship can be used […]

First Place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards

Award Winning Social Media and Technology Guide for Nurses

The American Journal of Nursing has awarded the honor of book of the year to The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology. The book received first place honors in the Information Technology/Social Media category.

I am sincerely honored and grateful that the AJN has selected my book as one noteworthy in the year 2014. To have my little technology and social media guidebook alongside textbooks and other prestigious nursing publications is mindblowing.

Best Nursing Specialty For a New Grad

Best Nursing Specialty For a New Grad

Finding the best nursing specialty as a new grad is a challenge. Most nursing students are told that they should work at least 2 years in med-surg before daring to dream of working on a specialty unit. However many nurses, myself included, think that this is outdated information that may not be relevant to you. You read that correctly. It is a myth that new nurses have to work in med-surg before pursuing a specialty.

Becoming Nursey: The Inspiration Behind the Book

Becoming Nursey

We’re all in this together; it should not be a fight for survival for new nurses. It’s a team working together towards the same goal – to give every patient remarkable and supportive care and support each other in doing that. Patients may forget your name, but they will never forget how you cared for them. And that starts with caring for each other.

CRNA: Nurse Anesthetist Career Guide

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Becoming a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a career goal for many nurses. In fact, when I was in nursing school nearly half of the class stated that becoming a CRNA was their future goal. However, many nurses and nursing students are unclear of the process that must be followed in order to become a CRNA. In this blog post we’ll discuss some quick facts about CRNAs, average salary, career outlook, educational requirements and resources (including guides for exactly how to become a CRNA). As a bonus we’ve also listed some cool gifts and items that show pride in the profession.

Let’s Talk About Clinical Integration

Clinical Integration

Clinical integration is pretty amazing. It’s not quite an ACO, yet allows a healthcare organizations within a community to loosely associate in order to provide better care for their patients. These hospitals and private practices agree to share data about the patients they care for with one another and agree to practice by defined health initiatives. It’s a way to provide better care across the continuum and also allows for providers to increase their reimbursement.

This means more money coming into hospitals and physician’s offices, which means they can hire more nurses!

HIPAA for Nurses – A Few Dos and Don’ts

HIPAA for Nurses - A Few Dos and Don'ts

With the focus on privacy and security, we have all heard a lot about security breaches, privacy violations, and what HIPAA requires. But, at the end of the day, how does it affect your job and how you do things. Here are a few dos and not to dos.