Throughout my informatics, nursing and pre-nursing career I have worked with a variety of people. In this time, I have found that that working with different groups of people has allowed me the opportunity to experience different ideas about the way things should be done. Sometimes people can work well together when they differ in a opinion and sometimes not so much.
Have you ever wanted to use your nursing degree to make a bigger difference in the world? Taking care of patients at the bedside is vital and it’s improving the world one life at a time, but what if you could improve the world in a different way? What if you could use your nursing background to improve nursing research through research nursing?
Nursing is a complex profession. It is a combination of knowledge and skill that come together to deliver patient care. Many nurses find that they can learn much of what they need in the classroom. However, there are many technical nursing skills that are best mastered with a “hands on” approach sometimes in the lab, but usually at the bedside.
If you own a smartphone, and who doesn’t these days, you probably have a lot of apps on there, including plenty of games. There is nothing wrong with that, but you can also use your iPhone or Android phone to help with your nursing career.
From apps that help you study for your nursing board exams, to apps that help you to identify pills, there are plenty of apps that can help you to become more skilled nursing professional.
As a registered nurse, you may have career aspirations that surpass what your RN or BSN degree has prepared you for. You may be aware that the demand for nursing professionals with advanced skills continues to increase nationwide. The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that demand for MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) degreed professionals in medically underserved areas is at an all-time high.
Many wonder if they have what it takes to be a good nurse. But what they should really ask themselves if if they have what it takes to become a great nurse. There are some very definite differences between an average nurse and a great nurse. If you’re smart enough and dedicated enough, nearly anyone can become an average nurse.
Passing your classes, meeting your clinical requirements, and ultimately passing the Nclex may be done by anyone with enough commitment and adequate ability to learn. However, being a fantastic nurse takes skills and characteristics that can’t be acquired in nursing school. The following will help to define some of the characteristics that help to make a fantastic nurse.
If you are are interested in advancing your nursing career, there single, most effective method, would be furthering your education. As nurses we have many assets that we utilize to provide patient care. These range from technical skills, knowledge, critical thinking skills, and leadership abilities. But we can always stand to have more tools in our nursing toolbox.
A recent survey of over 1,000 RNs suggests that there are several barriers preventing implementation of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes. One of the primary barriers mentioned was resistance from nursing leadership. Also ranking high on the list were politics and organizational cultures. The cultures that avoid change are certainly damaging to implementation of these standards of care.
Many nursing students struggle with making a decision about whether they should work or focus completely on their education while they are in nursing school.
If you are in nursing school or are exploring nursing as a potential career, you may find yourself asking:
Should I work while going to working school?
Will I be able to make the same grades?
What about my kids and family? Will I have any time for them?
Will I be able to pay my bills if I don’t work during nursing school?