With the new year we make many resolutions to improve our lives. As nurses, we have the unique ability to improve the lives of others on a daily basis. However, there are many nursing issues that we as face on a daily basis. We should be focusing attention on these areas to make the nursing profession and more desirable one to be a part of. We need to band together to ensure the best patient care possible.
Nursing School & NCLEX
Nursing School is tough. Passing the NCLEX is pivotable and the last hoop nursing students must jump through before becoming a nurse. The Nursing School & NCLEX category focuses on topics the provide nursing students with resources to perform better in school and pass that NCLEX to secure that coveted nursing license.
Nursing is a fantastic career for a multitude of reasons. One of my favorites is the possibilities and flexibility available in the profession. There are thousands of things you can do with a nursing degree and nearly as many ways to get you there, in terms of education, certifications, and specializations. What is right in nursing for you may not be right for everyone.
Tablets have become an exciting game changer in technology and healthcare. Nurses can benefit from owning tablets and the Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPad 2, and Nook Tablet are all worth taking a look at. It is no secret that this nerdy nurse is a fan of tablet computers. I still swoon over my iPad and have the HP Touchpad as well. I’ve been eyeing Android tablets ( and also thinking about putting Android on my HP touchpad) but I haven’t found one that’s made me …
Do folks realize that I need to concentrate on important details when I am administering medications?
Do they understand that interruptions are a source of medical errors? Sometimes catastrophic ones?
Does anyone care that an environment of endless interruptions can cause horrible stress on caregivers?
Options for nurses have grown dramatically as breakthroughs in treatment and science have exploded in recent years. And demand? With nearly 55% of all nurses expected to retire during the next decade, opportunities for those with the skills and passion to serve in this profession are vast. Exploring this prestigious calling is a first step for all future, licensed nurses. Of those taking the examination all licensed nurses must take and pass, 59% held an Associate Degree in Nursing. Many who pass this exam will continue on to receive their R.N. and advanced degrees in nursing.
You expect a nurse to have integrity and use good clinical judgement, but not every one does. It’s even possible that not everyone can. Judgement is subjective, and even though the it is the goal for any prudent nurse to give the same level of care as another, it just doesn’t always happen that way.
There are many differences between working as a nurse on the floor and working as a nurse in an administrative role. However, a nurse should never forget “where we came from” and should utilize the caring and thought process applied in hands on patient care in whatever role they have chosen.
Last May, I took a trip abroad to Nairobi, Kenya, with fellow classmates for one of Chamberlain College of Nursing’s international nursing service projects. The two-week trip is designed to immerse nursing students in an impoverished community outside of the U.S. to provide healthcare to people in need. As a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student at Chamberlain’s St. Louis campus, the project also fulfills my multiculturalism and community health course requirements.
Clinical Informatics (working behind the scenes with documentation and software) is such a fantastic combination of my learned skills, natural attributes, and passions. Heck, I even called myself a Nerdy Nurse for a full year before I even was one… well I was nerdy, and a nurse, but the two paths didn’t merge as often as I would have liked… but I digress.
the doc was up front and honest when he said he was just not a good nurse. “I was a nurse for a few year and I was so bad at it. I was just not very nurturing. Being a nurse is harder for men. It’s difficult to overcome some parts of our nature. So I decided I had to do something else.”