We are excited to partner with Concordia University Wisconsin to bring you this post. I write frequently about the importance of continuing education for nurses. Although there are many courses focused on various aspects of nursing care, there are few focused on enhancing the writing skills of healthcare providers. As nurses we are often responsible […]
More and more hospitals are making the transition to standard uniforms. This means every nurse on the floor will be wearing the same color and have little ability to show personality in their uniform. While sometime nurses show their nursing flair in their nursing shoes, there is a lot more opportunity to express your personal style with a Designer Badge Reel like the ones made by BadgeBlooms.
Capella University has organized an incredible LIVE Google Hangout where social media’s top nurse contributors, as well as Mayo Clinic’s Center of Social Media director will come together to talk about social media. The hangout, which will take place on April 30th, 2015 at 2pm ET, will give nurses practical advice for living in a world saturated with social media. I am very excited about being a part of this event because I know that first hand that nurses benefit from social media and how it can improve their personal and professional lives when they use it properly.
Nursing is a career with many opportunities to learn as well as pass knowledge on to others. Throughout your years in nursing you’ve no doubt received countless words of wisdom, but do you remember the best piece of nursing advice you ever received? Now’s your chance to dig deep and find those pieces of nursing advice that have truly made a difference in your career. Use those nursing nuggets of wisdom to cash in on some free travel!
Nursing informatics jobs are a popular option for nurses who wish to bridge the gap between technology and nurses. Nurses make up the largest group of health care workers and therefore the greatest number of health-care technology end-users. In 1992, the American Nurses Association recognized nursing informatics (NI) as a specialty. Since that time, there has been a steady increase in demand for nurses to enter into the specialty of nursing informatics. Currently, nursing educational programs offer informatics nursing as a specialization at the masters and doctorate level. This education prepares the nurse to practice as an informatics nurse specialist (INS) as well as equips the nurse to successfully pass the informatics nurse certification exam.
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.
The patient experience is an area of healthcare that can no longer be overlooked. Patients are routinely questioned about the care they receive through HCHAPS surveys. The results of these surveys can have an impact of the level of Medicare reimbursement a hospital receives. According HCAHPS to December 2014 summaries, 21% of patients did not feel like nurses always communicated well, 36% did not feel they were always provided information about their medications, and 32% did not feel the hospital staff were always responsive.
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.
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.