Understanding pathophysiology can really make a huge difference in your role as a nurse. Learn what it is and why it's such a vital part of your career. What is Pathophysiology? According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of pathophysiology is "the functional changes that accompany a particular syndrome or disease." In other words, it's the changes that happen after a disease or syndrome. Like someone with Bell's Palsy not being able to use a straw. If you are still in nursing … [Read more...] about What is Pathophysiology & Why is it Important?
There are some nurses who think that after they graduate from a nursing school that the time for education has passed. They devalue the continuing education for nurses (CE) credits that they are required to complete (by their facility or their state). But, perhaps if they looked at CEs a little differently, there would not be such a great resent for this valuable tool in nursing practice. You owe it to yourself and the patients you serve to continue to enhance your nursing practice through … [Read more...] about 7 Benefits of Continuing Education for Nurses
For many continuing education for nurses is a requirement to keep their license current. But the value and importance of continuing education isn't always clearly defined. In this article, we'll answer the question what is continuing education, provide different examples, and explain why it is important for nurses. Adults that work full time or part are all aware of the problems surrounding the topic of job security. Most professionals understand that they may work for several employers … [Read more...] about What is Continuing Education and Why is it Important for Nurses?
These eleven reasons are exactly why you should get a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing - or a BSN. Special thanks to Southeastern University Online for partnering with us on this post! If you are aspiring to a medical career, there are so many jobs and educational paths you can choose. Which is right for you? The BSN is a perfect choice for many reasons. Let's dissect them and see if this is the career for you. 11 Reasons to Get A BSN You know you want a career in nursing. As you browse all … [Read more...] about These Are the 11 Reasons to Get a BSN Nursing Degree Today
Congratulations on your pregnancy. For most it’s a time of celebration and joy, but also a challenge at any academic level in nursing school- often leaving a package gift of joy and stress. I also participated in the unconventional scenario of being pregnant in grad school, formulated so my due date would be timed after graduation. How to Manage Being Pregnant in Grad School Whether your pregnancy was planned or by surprise, these step by step strategies will help bring balance to your … [Read more...] about How to Manage Being Pregnant in Grad School
With over 3 million nurses in the United States it’s not surprising to hear about ways they practice nursing that are a little less traditional. Nurses are becoming authors at an increasing rate and bringing quality content to a growing library of books for nurses. It’s not surprising that the best nursing books are written by men and women who have actually practice nursing and can identify with other nurses. And these nurse author aren’t just writing text books or “how to” guides for nurses. … [Read more...] about 5 Excellent Books For Nurses By Nurses
So you’ve worked pretty hard to complete your basic nursing program successfully. Now the only thing standing between you and your all-important nursing license is the NCLEX-RN examination. Choosing the best NCLEX-RN study materials wisely is critical for maximizing your chances of passing the examination with a top score, and we want to help you wade through the many choices that are available in the market. Best NCLEX review books As you would know, the NCLEX-RN exam is designed to determine … [Read more...] about 5 Best NCLEX Review Books
Lateral Violence is all too common in the workplace. Thankfully more and more are insisting this issue no longer remain a secret, but instead are doing everything they can to bring this issue to light and make sure that all nurses know how to stop being a victim of nurse bullying. Today's guest post by Marie A. Castronovo MS, RN, FNP-BC proposes to hold hospitals financially and publicly accountable for resolving nurse bullying. Nursing's Dirty Little Secret: Nurse Bullying Nurse … [Read more...] about Nursing’s Dirty Little Secret: Nurse Bullying, Can Hospitals Resolve the Issue?
Nurses eat their young. If you're a nurse and haven't experienced bullying, you likely know someone who has. When I speak about social media and talk about how my bullying experience lead me to find community and connections with nurses online, I always have nurses who approach me after my talk to confide in me their bullying experiences. This happens without fail. I am thankful to make connections with my audience, but it saddens me that this is often the area that sparks a deeper … [Read more...] about Nurses Eat Their Young – How to Stop Being a Victim of Nurse Bullying
The NCLEX is the terrifying barrier between a trained nursing student becoming a registered and practicing nurse. It’s a difficult exam that is designed to elicit critical thinking skills and determine with a 95% confidence interval whether a candidate meets the requirements to pass. To add to the frustration, a nursing candidate has only about a 50% chance of answering the any given NCLEX question correctly. To say it is stressful is an understatement. However, the NCLEX doesn’t have to … [Read more...] about Make the NCLEX Feel like Deja Vu with UWORLD NCLEX QBANK
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?
Becoming a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a career goal for many nurses. In fact, when I was in nursing school nearly half of the class stated that becoming a CRNA was their future goal. It's nurse surprising since CRNAs are some of the highest paid nurses with earning potential much higher than the typical registered nurse salary. However, many nurses and nursing students are unclear of the process that must be followed to become a CRNA. In this blog post, we'll discuss some quick facts about … [Read more...] about CRNA: Nurse Anesthetist Career Guide
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?
In 2011, a certified nurse-midwife assisted 7.8% of all births in the United States. Women are choosing midwives over traditional birthing options because of the individualized care they receive, a greater incidence of full-term births, and lower rates of Caesarean sections. Birthing a child in the U.S. can feel sterile, and impersonal; midwives break that barrier by providing compassionate expertise in reproductive health for women. Nurse-midwife assisted births take place in hospitals, private … [Read more...] about Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Certified Nurse Midwife? [Infographic]
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