Imagine going to a foreign country and suddenly becoming ill and require emergency surgery. When you awaken from the procedure you find yourself with a nurse at the bedside. She can't understand you and you can't understand her. It's an unpleasant reality that is lived by many Spanish-speaking patients in the United States every day. However, something can be done to improve their experience and the patient care you deliver. Nurses can learn a few key phrases to help those patients feel more at … [Read more...] about 10 Phrases Every Nurse Should Know in Spanish
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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 … [Read more...] about Nursing Informatics Jobs – Have you considered a Career in Informatics Nursing?
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 this Ebola epidemic. For example, the hospital that released the Ebola patient stated the they did so because of a problem related to an EHR, but they later recanted. While I didn’t see it … [Read more...] about Ebola Facts and Checklist for Healthcare Providers (and Everyone Else)
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?
There is no single act or event that potential nurses fear more than taking the NCLEX. There’s just something absolutely terrifying about a test that is the final barrier to nursing licensure. I mean, it can make or break your career and life plans. It’s bad enough you’ve got to struggle through 2 years of nursing school with impossible to answer test questions, 50 lbs of books, and many long sleepless nights. But now, after you’ve triumphed over all of that, you’ve got to take a computerized … [Read more...] about Nursing App Review: NCLEX Mastery
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
As an informatics nurse, I am often presented with paper challenges that require digital solutions. I sometimes even find my own trouble and investigate inefficiencies in current process and workflow. More often than not, the most inefficient processes involve paper and a physical checklist. For some reason healthcare just has a hard time letting go of their paper. Paper dependence exists in many aspects of healthcare, but one place where an electronic solution is much needed, and sometimes … [Read more...] about Eliminate Paper and Improve Patient Care Across the Continuum with Tracked Clinical Competencies
The best NCLEX guide is subjective, but I firmly feel that you need to know the strategy of taking the NCLEX before you spend hours reviewing example questions. When I think back on all the test strategy guides and NCLEX questions that I reviewed for the nursing boards, I can think of no single piece of literature that helped me more than Saunders Strategies for Test Success: Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam. Quite frankly, my one mistake with buying this book is that I … [Read more...] about Best NCLEX Guide: Saunders Strategies for Test Success: Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam
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?
There are many blog posts and articles touting the benefits of social media. However, there are few blog posts outlining the career benefits of social media for nurses. This is the post you that answers the question "Can nurses use social media for career success?" Most nurses are using social media in their personal lives daily. They use social media to connect with friends and family. Nurses will click like on Facebook posts they see about “Being a nurse” and may even have a nurse pinterest … [Read more...] about 7 Ways Nurses Can Use Social Media for Career Success
It's not just adults who love technology. Kids are getting into all things nerdy at earlier and earlier ages! While some parents feel that this might impede their imagination or inhibit their social skills, I am personally a huge advocate of children using technology often and early. If you have a little boy or girl who's eyes twinkle at the mention of iPads and robots, then we've got a an excellent tech toy gift guide just for you! 1 LeapFrog LeapReader – We already mentioned … [Read more...] about 10 Terrific Tech Toys
I’m so excited to share with you that an amazing project I have been working on for quite some time now is nearly complete. You guessed it: My book! The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology provides the tools nurses need to improve their practices, further their careers, and solidify themselves as assets to their employers. Written with humor and easily digestible sections of information, this reference guide supplies nurses with the practical application tools they need to embrace technology … [Read more...] about The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology: The Book
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: Jenna It's fall, which means that high school seniors can no longer put off the decision about where to go to college and what to study in school. Savvy high school students are probably already aware that most four-year degree programs generate thousands of dollars of student loan debt per graduating student, and that many college graduates are having trouble finding work in their fields. However, the health care field is booming. The Center for Health Workforce Studies states … [Read more...] about Advice to High School Seniors Interested in Healthcare
Guest Blogger: Jenna As technological advancements continue to transform healthcare into an information-rich industry, CDS (Clinical Decision Support) systems are leveraging the digital process to provide a seamless infrastructure and flow of information. The systems are becoming the means of better collaboration between the healthcare provider and the patients. Facilities using CDS platforms in their approach are able to provide better prescription, diagnosis and treatment because of being … [Read more...] about Top 4 Clinical Decision Support Platforms Of 2013