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 […]

Ebola Facts and Checklist for Healthcare Providers (and Everyone Else)

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The Ebola situation has many in the United States at panic levels. We’ve already had several patients with Ebola on U.S. soil. We’ve already already had a death caused by Ebola.  The media is spreading panic and is doing a terrible job at informing the public of any real facts. Mistakes have been made in […]

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.

Healthcare IT Needs Network Scanning

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Healthcare IT relies on technology everyday. When analysts and other healthcare IT staff do not have access to tools to do their jobs their performances suffers. There are many technologies and tools that can improve the workflow of healthcare IT and informatics nurses. Network scanning is one that should not be missed.

8 Best White Nursing Shoes for Women

8 Best White Nursing Shoes for Women

Many nurses and nursing students have a single color choice when selecting nursing shoes: white. In most cases these nurses can wear any type and style they like as long as they are white. Many nurses who have to wear white shoes are discouraged by the limitation of their footwear, however, they shouldn’t despair. There are many stylish and fashionable white nursing shoes available to fit any budget. Whether you want a simple clog or a set of sleek leather Mary Janes, there is something for everyone. So without further delay, let’s get right to the best white nursing nursing shoes.

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.

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

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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!