One nurse blogger who I am honored to know is Katie Kleber from Nurse Eye Roll. If the name sounds familiar, she is the author of the book Becoming Nursey, that takes new nurses from school to bedside with practical advice and some humor. Now Katie is back with her second book, Admit One. Admit […]
Nurses eat their young. If you’re a nurse and haven’t experienced, you likely know someone who does. When I speak about social media and talk about how my bullying experience lead me to find community and connections with nurses online, I always have nurses who approach me after my talk to confide in me their bullying experiences. This happens without fail. I am thankful to make connections with my audience, but it saddens me that this is often the area that sparks a deeper connection.
I talk to nurses all the time who have dreams of running their own business as legal nurse consultants (LNCs). The want to move from being a nurse to being a LNC. They want financial independence; they want control over their hours, schedules and work environments. And they don’t want to be a prisoner of […]
My friend Renee Thompson has solved a huge problem for nurses with her NCLEX cruise and CEU cruises for nurses.
When my friend Renee Thompson told me she and with Dr. Louise Jakubik would be organizing these nursing cruises, I was SO excited! These ladies are some of the most dynamic and impactful nursing thought leaders I know. Everything they create is awesome, provides incredible value, and nurses always leave feeling pumped!
If you’ve ever search a hospital job board for an ICU nurse job description, you’ll likely find something very different than what the job actually entails.
Critical care is a an area that is constantly challenging you as a nurse. There is such a wide variety of responsibilities changing from patient to patient. From code browns to code blues, there is always some patient in need of a nurse to help them. It is not always the most glamorous job when dealing with an alcoholic going through withdrawals, but it is well worth it. It dawned on me one day that every patient that comes to the ICU would die without whatever intervention we were performing. Who doesn’t want to be an instrumental part in saving someone’s life?
Being the night shift nurse is a grueling job. Though, it is the shift most nurses start on in their career. I have worked as a labor and delivery nurse for the last 10 years, 8 of them on the night shift. I have come up with these 5 tips that helped me get through it with two kids, a husband, and a dog.
2015 has been an awesome year for The Nerdy Nurse! Traffic has grown by over 200%, and we’ve had some amazing opportunities to highlight interesting and innovative products and tools in the world of nursing and technology.
Have you ever considered becoming a maker nurse? Nurse inventions are being used by healthcare professionals every day to improve patient care. It really makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. Nurses are natural problem solvers. They think on their toes and work on the fly to solve problems for their patients. If they’re short of supplies, they improvise. If an ostomy bag won’t stay intact, they find a way to secure it. Nurses are problem solvers. The leap to becoming a maker nurse and creating nurse inventions really isn’t that far.
The nursing profession requires a ton of heavy lifting – figuratively and literally. Unfortunately, this means those who practice it tend to be prone to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as back injuries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that, as of December 2014, nursing assistants have some of the highest incidence rates of MSDs, totaling about 393 across private, state and local government sectors.
Finding the best clipboards for nurses can be a bit of a challenge. Keeping vital information safe and in one easy to get to spot makes clipboards an important tool for nurses. Even with electronic medical records in place, there are still many times when nurses need to jot down notes, store small items, and have a stable writing surface while standing or walking. Clipboards make that possible for even the business nurses.