For many nurses, continuing education 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?
Being a nurse is not without facing challenges and stress every day at work- whether it’s facing off against a senior doctor, helping a seriously ill patient overcome pain, or preparing for a test. For times when you’re feeling low and down, it might help to seek inspiration from great people. When the chips are down, one of these powerful, Florence Nightingale Quotes, could inspire you to take action and move forward. Believe me, not only can it motivate you to confront your problems but it can … [Read more...] about 10 Powerful Florence Nightingale Quotes
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
Lately, I've been hearing a lot of complaints about retail workers working on Thanksgiving day. While I agree that it's unfortunate, I can't help but think of all the nurses who routinely work on holidays with very little recognition for this sacrifice. It takes a lot for someone to forgo a holiday gathering with family and friends in exchange for catheters and bed pans. Even so, year after year, nurses work Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and many other occasions that they'd rather be at home … [Read more...] about I am Thankful There Are Nurses
In October of last year I bought my dream car: a Baby Blue, Turbo, VW Beetle Convertible Bug. I’ve wanted this car since I was 13 year old. As much as some may consider a new vehicle to be a foolish purchase and not the best financial decision, I think there are some decisions that you make for you in the now and not the you in the future. I bought my convertible because I wanted one since I was a little girl and knew it would make it happy. I can tell you now, that after exactly 6 months of … [Read more...] about 9 Reasons Every Nurse Should Drive a Convertible
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
Christmas just seems to come earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it? And if you’re like most nurses, there’s a big chance that you're going to have to work at least one holiday this season. It just comes with the career, unfortunately. But turn that frown upside down and reward yourself for your ability to devote yourself to a profession where you know there will be sacrifices. Buy yourself sometime extra special for Christmas this year for the Code Happy Holiday Pop-Up Shop for … [Read more...] about Merry Nursemas Everyone! Holiday Pop Up Shot For Nurses
Degreestory.com is currently hosting a fantastic contest just for nurses! They are asking nurses to submit a story that answers the following question: What is it really like to be a nurse? There are so many people who get into nursing without having any idea what it is really like. And while we all know that you have to live it to even being to know if you will love it, wouldn’t it be nice to share your knowledge with a new generation of nurses? Oh, and as a huge bonus, you could win a ton … [Read more...] about What is it Really Like to be a Nurse?
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?
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
The health and prosperity or your family is without a doubt one of your primary concerns. You want to make sure their needs are met and they have financial stability. This is the reason we work, pay our bills, and maintain our investments. We aren’t just looking out for ourselves, we have our family in the forefront of our thoughts. Here are a few tips to keep your family’s health and financial stability on target. Health Insurance Having individual health insurance can really help to protect … [Read more...] about Protecting The Health and Financial Stability of Your Family
Accepting a mandatory flu vaccine has always bothered me. Personally, it frustrates me because of the many ethical and health-related questions. It's interesting that nurses are actually pretty divided on this issue. A large and vocal majority The flu is a terrible sickness to have. The risk of pandemic flu is a terrifying thought for most. If our global populations were to experience anything like the 1918 flu pandemic, it would certainly have drastic and deadly consequences. For some … [Read more...] about Should a Mandatory Flu Vaccine Acceptable Practice for Healthcare?
Personal style is often sacrificed when you work in healthcare. Jewelry isn’t often safe or sanitary and many facilities require that you wear color coordinated scrubs specific to your unit or title. You may be able to get in a little self-expression by choosing your favorite color for your stethoscope, but even then there are probably 5 other nurses on your unit with the same one. But what if you could add a little pizzazz to your healthcare professional attire? What if you could add a … [Read more...] about Get CharMED- Stethoscope Bling: Review
What does it take to be a fantastic nurse? Many wonder if they have what it takes to excel in the nursing profession. There are some key differences between an average nurse and a fantastic nurse. If you’re smart enough and dedicated enough, nearly anyone can become an average nurse. But it takes a certain something to elevate yourself to the fantastic level. Passing your classes, meeting your clinical requirements, and ultimately passing the Nclex may be done by anyone with enough … [Read more...] about 6 Characteristics of Fantastic Nurses
Guest Blogger: HEALTHeCAREERS. Many new grads and well seasoned nurses have often asked: “How do I Strengthen my Resume?” "What can I do to set my resume apart from other nurses?" "What are hiring managers looking for when they are looking at a nurse resume?" For most job applications, you will attach a resume to an email or paste it into an online form where it may be an employer’s first impression of you. Here’s how to make that impression as powerful as possible. 1. Make it Easy for … [Read more...] about How Nurses Can Make a Powerful Impression With Their Resume