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
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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
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
A recent survey of over 1,000 RNs suggests that there are several barriers preventing implementation of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes. One of the primary barriers mentioned was resistance from nursing leadership. Also ranking high on the list were politics and organizational cultures. The cultures that avoid change are certainly damaging to implementation of these standards of care. There is a disconnect among new graduate nurses and seasoned nurses in understanding the … [Read more...] about Evidence Based Practice: Nurses Barriers to Implementation?
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. While I cannot guarantee that every nurse would agree with these goals, I would hope that … [Read more...] about 7 Resolutions for the Nursing Profession
I had the opportunity to screen the film Puncture. Puncture puts the very real risk that healthcare workers face everyday, needle-sticks, in the forefront of the media. Every day nurses risk exposure to deadly and devastating diseases from HIV, AIDS, hepatitis B, C, and other deadly bloodborne pathogens. Nurses risk their own lives to save the lives of others. Based on a true story, the film follows the dramatic legal battle faced by two budding lawyers who take on the biomedical … [Read more...] about Puncture: Feature Film Showcases Risk of Needlestick Injuries for Nurses
A look at a patient communication tool called Starling, created by LanguageMate. The iPad has offered significant innovations in healthcare on multiple fronts. Personally I have used mine to further my own for continuing education, looking up medications/disease processes, and have even used in patient education from time to time. The possibilities of what it can and will do in healthcare are only beginning to be tapped. I was talking with a coworker of mine not too long ago about how … [Read more...] about Patient Communication: A Look at Starling by LangugateMate