Don't pay too much for your continuing education units. There are lots of places you can earn free CEU for nurses. What Are CEU Credits? In order to maintain your RN certification, you have to fulfill the continuing education requirements set by your state. For example, in Kansas RNs have to complete 30 contact hours every 2 years to maintain their license. Check your state's requirements so you can be prepared. One contact hour is equal to 50 or 60 minutes of instruction in a … [Read more...] about Where to Find Free CEU for Nurses
Diabetes is one of the most common conditions you will come across as a nurse and carries with it many complications and considerations. When considering nursing diagnosis for diabetes, you must understand and take these complications into account. Diabetes carries many risk factors, such as elevated blood sugars, difficulty with fluid balance, difficulty with nutritional plans, skin and healing problems, and problems with sensation. While not all these diagnoses may apply to your patient, … [Read more...] about What is the Nursing Diagnosis for Diabetes?
Starting IVs is one of the most exciting skills new nurses learn, and it can also be one of the most difficult nursing techniques to master. While threading a plastic catheter into a vein may seem straightforward when reading about it in a book, in practice, many things can go wrong or make the process more difficult. You may hear many nurses talk about “blowing a vein” when they were not successful in an IV start. What Does It Mean to Blow a Vein? Blowing a vein means merely that blood has … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to Blow a Vein?
Do you have any disability insurance? You may not be aware, but disability insurance for nurses is an important policy that protects you in case you are unable to work. In this article, we'll share information about disability protection for nurses and how you can have income protection. Disability Insurance for Nurses As you read on, you'll learn all about nursing disability insurance. As nurses, we work extremely hard. Our jobs are labor intensive and hard on our bodies. Taking time off work … [Read more...] about Disability Insurance For Nurses – What It Is & Why You Need It Today
For centuries nurses have been documenting the day to day activities and interventions of their patients. A well-crafted nurses note is a work of art, not only conveying the important information regarding their patient’s health status and response to treatment but also setting a tone and telling “the patient story.” Recent changes to the way nurses document has had a negative impact on the ability to tell a cohesive story. Nearly every hospital has now implemented an Electronic Health … [Read more...] about Are Nurse’s Notes Becoming a Lost Art?
Thank you to AORN for partnering with us for this post. https://thenerdynurse.com/5-reasons-why-every-perioperative-nurse-should-attend-the-aorn-conference/#giveaway A perioperative nurse impacts patients at some of their most vulnerable times. For many patients, a surgery is a significant life event in which every aspect of their medical care can have a life-long impact. The perioperative nursing specialty is continuously evolving requiring nurses to continually seek information and … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Why Every Perioperative Nurse Should Attend the AORN Conference
Working from home can really be a Godsend. Working in the convenient setting of your home, the ability to take breaks when you want to, no senior executive breathing down your neck to get the job done, the freedom to work the hours you want and all the while be there for your family when they really need you. Working from home is indeed an ideal situation. But is working from home possible in all professions, especially healthcare? To put it bluntly, are there ways a registered nurse can work … [Read more...] about 12 Work from Home Nursing Jobs
So often as nurses, we can be on cruise control just going through the motions of our day. Sometimes we forget or we don't really know what our common medical acronyms mean or why they mean what they do. It’s not until a patient asks us what something means that we start to feel a little silly when we’re stammering for an answering, as well as simultaneously kicking ourselves thinking “I should probably know that one.” Years ago, a patient asked me “You say that I can get morphine PRN, but what … [Read more...] about What does PRN Stand for and When Should it Be Used?
You have been thinking and thinking about what career path to choose. There are so many options in the health field! You have finally made up your mind: you are going to be a nurse! It just makes perfect sense. You are kind, compassionate, empathetic, have great interpersonal skills and attention to detail. Another tough decision awaits you: LPN or RN? I have rounded up 10 articles that explain the Differences Between a Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse and will help you make that … [Read more...] about Resources on the Differences Between a Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
There is no denying the need for medical books. They offer a wealth of information and teach us valuable skills. However, there are times when the last thing we want to do is read a text book. For enjoyment, many nurses turn to medical fiction for enjoyment. I recently had the opportunity to interview Nurse Jamie Davis and talk with him about his journey to becoming a medical fiction author. Becoming a Medical Fiction Author - Nurse Jamie Davis Shares His Story 1. What inspired you to start … [Read more...] about Becoming a Medical Fiction Author – Nurse Jamie Davis Shares His Story
Being admitted to the hospital can be a jarring experience. You start the day, living your normal routine, and before you know it you’re lying on a stretcher under intense fluorescent lights with people hovering over you, poking you with needles and talking in a language you’re not really familiar with. Sounds like a scene from a horror movie. Nursing Interventions for Anxiety But nope, this is what our patients go through. And now, as they lie there with all of this going on around them, … [Read more...] about Effective Nursing Interventions for Anxiety
In 2016, The Nerdy Nurse aimed at being consistent. We wanted to bring you our very best nursing blogs. We've narrowed our focus to almost exclusively on nursing content and really tried to hone in and write on topics that we knew you would be interested in. Historically we've jumped around to topics ranging from parenting, travel, family, and personal ramblings. As we've evolved, it's become much less about us and much more about you. At The Nerdy Nurse, our goal is to help you in your pursuit … [Read more...] about Our Best Nursing Blogs of 2016
Intellectual. Professor-ish. Anti-social. These words embodied what I always envisioned “nurse authors” to be like. Then I met Valerie, a down to earth, caring, compassionate, insightful nurse who happened to be an author of two books, several book chapters, and many journal articles. In my view, she was a normal human being, and suddenly it occurred to me that maybe I could be an author too. If you are intrigued by the publishing world, read on! I hope to infuse you with a few tips to help you … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for New Nurse Authors
Let's review the pros and cons of buying scrubs at a premium price and buying cheap scrubs. Are Cheap Scrubs as Good as Expensive Scrubs? If you’re in the market for nursing scrubs, there are a few things you should keep in mind. You could buy a bunch of cheap scrubs and save money, or invest in a couple pairs of finely-made scrubs that might look better and often last longer. Some of my best scrubs are not expensive- scrubs that aren’t necessarily top-quality but look decent, and with just … [Read more...] about Are Cheap Scrubs as Good as Expensive Scrubs?
One nurse blogger who I am honored to know is Katie Kleber from FreshRN. If the name sounds familiar, she is the author of the book Becoming Nursey, that takes new nurses from school to bedside with practical advice and some humor. Now Katie is back with her second book, Admit One. Admit One: What You Must Know When Going to the Hospital I recently had a chance to talk to Katie about her newest book Admit One and what it takes to become a nurse author. What is Admit One all … [Read more...] about Kati Kleber Shares Insight on Becoming a Nurse Author and Admit One