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.

15 Fun Nurse Christmas Ornaments

15 Fun Nurse Christmas Ornaments

What better way to adorn a Christmas tree than to cover it with nurse? Nurse Christmas ornaments are a great way to show professional pride in your nursing career during the holiday season. There are so many available and range from the cute and cartoony to the delicate and beautiful. Every nurse show own at least one ornament that celebrates his or her chosen profession.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.