Before discussing why nurses need to stand strong, we must first examine what it means for a nurse to stand strong. While there are many definitions, I think the one that most accurately captures the message of standing strong is to “do the right thing.” Nurses have the unique ability to advocate for people who are at their most vulnerable. They have the ability to advocate for their profession and colleagues to ensure the nursing profession is well represented. They have the ability to ensure … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons Nurses Need to Stand Strong
Guest Blogger: Jerome Stone Isn’t Nursing Stressful Enough? You’re a nurse, and your job is to take care of people, right? So, why does it seem that sometimes you have to spend as much time taking care of your “technological solutions” and EMRs as you do taking care of your patients? As if you don’t have enough stress in your work, do you also need stress over the high-tech of high-touch? Nursing is stressful, that’s agree-upon. In fact, worldwide the main challenge that nurses face is … [Read more...] about Stress and Technology for Nurses: How to Take Your Computer Less Seriously
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 blog carnival. As an author of a book on technology for nurses myself, I know how important it is to utilize your network and collaborate to help as many nurses as possible. So when she asked me … [Read more...] about Nursing From Within and the Jedi Nurse
I remember when I first became a nurse and we would have monthly staff meetings to discuss various topics and issues that hospital administration had pushed down to us. I often grew frustrated with these meetings because the same topic kept coming up: HCAHPS scores. At which point the majority of the nursing staff would grumble and groan and complain about a standard that was unattainable due to ever-increasing workloads and complexities in the care they provided. Hospital administrators were … [Read more...] about Should Nurses Care about HCAHPS Scores?
Guest Blogger: Lisa Marie Walsh, RN, BSN, MSN(c) Safe staffing, or the lack thereof, is a challenge that almost every nurse has had to deal with. I recently encountered a nurse on my floor who respectfully told the charge nurse that she was not comfortable taking on a 7th patient. She had been floated to our floor and this was not her regular patient population. The house supervisor came to the floor to speak to her and she continued to maintain her position. She did not receive a 7th … [Read more...] about Safe Staffing: Are You Part of the Problem or the Solution?
Healthcare Facilities and nursing administrators are constantly struggling to meet the needs of patients and conform to ever-changing regulatory demands. Often times issues with patient care are dealt with on a case-by-case basis rather than addressing the underlying problem: the need for continued training in evidenced-base nursing care. In order to ensure that evidenced-based nursing care is consistently practiced, the training and focus on these standards must start on day one of the hiring … [Read more...] about Focusing on Quality Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice during Hiring, Onboarding, and Throughout Employment
Despite the job market taking a dip on a global scale, the nursing industry continues to develop alongside the rising need for qualified nurses. However, according to the American Society of Registered Nurses, 43 percent of registered nurses haven’t been able to find employment after 18 months between 1st January 2009 and 31st March 2010. Why aren’t these graduates landing jobs when the vacancy rate has increased in recent years? According to the Texas Woman’s University associate dean Dr. … [Read more...] about Can Accelerated Nursing Programs Increase Your Likelihood of Getting a Job?
Nurses spend so much time caring for others that the often don’t have the time or energy to really take care of themselves properly. A new year is a great time to start some new good habits and maybe even quit a few old bad ones. If you want to live a happy life with a fulfilling nursing career then these resolutions might be just right for you. Nurses Should Resolve to Become More Empowered I’ve met so many nurses who feel beat down and bitter. They are angry with the way they are overworked … [Read more...] about 3 Resolutions Every Nurse Should Make
Most people know that blogging is an excellent way to tell stories and share information. It places power with individuals and allows anyone anywhere the ability to have a voice. But even thought it’s a great medium for storytelling, can nurses who blog use their online presence to improve the nursing profession? Can they use their voice to connect with others nurses and make a positive difference? I often see blogs that are mindless ramblings and recounts of the day that are seem to be posted … [Read more...] about Can Nurses Use Blogging and Storytelling to Improve the Nursing Profession?
In my encounters with nurses over the years it seems that everyone of them is either loving or hating their career choice. They’re either driven to succeed and feel confident that they’ve made the correct career choice, or they are going through the motions hopeful that no one will notice how much the loathe taking care of patients. I’ve met a few who are somewhere in between these two states but with time these nurses usually choose “a side” and consequently choose to love or hate nursing. I … [Read more...] about Nurses: Are You Thriving or Just Surviving?
Nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the healthcare industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that that there are 2.7 million nurse practitioners in the healthcare industry and the number is expected to grow by 57% in 2020. Nursing jobs have also been projected to grow quicker than average growth expected among other occupations in the U.S. White the stats look positive, some of those looking to opt for travel nursing as a career continue to face challenges in … [Read more...] about How To Pick The Right Travel Nursing Recruiter
Guest Blogger: Jenna An often neglected measure in the nursing profession is standard precautions. This is evident from the fact that during the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of HIV and HCV victims because of accidental pricking of needles that were contaminated with blood of infected patients. It’s also fairly common for a patient to acquire an infection while being hospitalized due to inadequate or infrequent hand washing. While the current trends indicate an … [Read more...] about Nurses Risk Acne Infections Daily: Find Out How to Prevent It
The future of healthcare is changing. To so this is a scary time because there is so much uncertainty in the future of healthcare and nursing This is especially the case in the United States were the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act are causing drastic change in the way healthcare facilities and providers are reimbursed for the care they provide and the requirements linked to documenting patient care. Nurses have the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of the patients they … [Read more...] about Why Nurse Empowerment is Import for the Future of Healthcare
Guest Blogger: Melissa Steele Earning a graduate degree in nursing, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an excellent decision for your career. Having a nursing graduate degree allows you to advance in the rapidly growing field of advanced practice nursing. How fast is nursing growing? According to a recent Georgetown University study, the unemployment rate in nursing overall is just 4.8%. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for nursing will be a huge 26% … [Read more...] about 5 Super New Scholarships for Graduate Level Nurses
Guest Blogger: Ann W. Smith LMFT Those of us in the helping professions often feel that we are expected to be perfect but realistically we know from experience that it is not possible. If we have an inborn tendency to be perfectionists on top of that, we may struggle with trying to be the best at everything we do. After all, there is a great deal at stake when others are counting on us to help them. Perfectionism is a trait that gives us a preference for order, organization, timeliness, people … [Read more...] about Perfectionism and the Helping Professional: Are You Too Good for your Own Good?