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?
Intellectual. Professor-ish. Anti-social. These words embodied what I always envisioned “nurse authors” to be like. Then I met Valerie, a down to earth, caring, compassionate, insightful nurse who happened to be an author of two books, several book chapters, and many journal articles. In my view, she was a normal human being, and suddenly it occurred to me that maybe I could be an author too. If you are intrigued by the publishing world, read on! I hope to infuse you with a few tips to help you … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for New Nurse Authors
When friends and family first learned I was writing a novel, the mainstream response was nothing short of shock. They’d say, “But you’re a nurse, not a writer.” Wrong! I’ve been writing longer than I’ve been a nurse. My very first published piece was as a nursing student at Arizona State. Our final project was to demonstrate our entire nursing school experience in any format – music, art, essay, whatever. I chose to write a narrative about coming full circle in my student-nursing program and … [Read more...] about Why I Won’t Give Up My Day Job: A Nurse’s Inspiration to Write
Knowing a few tips for new nurses are critical to surviving your first year as a nurse. Being a new nurse on the floor can present many terrifying, wonderful and insane experiences (usually all in the same day). Any nurse would be lying if they said that their first year in the workplace was a walk in the park. Sometimes there are ups and downs, often times there are patients that test you, and invariably, there are days full of learning. The unit might not be an episode of Bear Grylls or … [Read more...] about Tips for New Nurses – How to Survive Your 1st Year as a Nurse
How Many CC's are in an Ounce? We really need to start with another question: how much is 1 cc? CC and ml are equivalent. So... cc to ml is 1 to 1 or 1cc = 1ml. Now your question is: how many ml in an ounce? That is what you are really asking when you're looking to convert cc to ounces. So many hospitals don't even allow the use of CC in charting. There are approximately 30ml in an ounce. So there are 30 ccs in an ounce. 30 ml = 1 oz or 30 ccs = 1 oz To convert oz to ml (or … [Read more...] about How Many CCs in an Ounce and Other Common Nursing Questions
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?
by Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP The Inspiration Nurse. Richard N. Bolles, author of the iconic What Color is Your Parachute? wrote the foreword for one of my nursing career books a few years back. Having once worked as a hospital chaplain, he frequently interacted with nurses. He recalls a nurse who said to him: “Home. Hospital. Supermarket. Church. Week after week. This is all there is to my life.” It’s what I call the walking dead – someone who goes through the motions of life on auto-pilot … [Read more...] about Nurses Need Healing Too
I talk to nurses all the time who have dreams of running their own business as legal nurse consultants (LNCs). The want to move from being a nurse to being a LNC. They want financial independence; they want control over their hours, schedules and work environments. And they don't want to be a prisoner of the hospital and have to work weekends and holidays. “Lorie, how did you do it? How did you go from being a nurse to being a successful consultant and businesswoman?” The Key to Success: … [Read more...] about The Key to Success: Nurse to LNC
Diversity in Nursing is a popular topic in the world of Nursing. But, why is diversity an issue and what can we do to make improvements? I have noticed people and some nurses; really do not understand the issue of diversity in nursing. In addition, why is diversity in nursing the elephant in the room? There is a need to have diversity in the population of nurses because of the diverse population of patients. Diversity in Nursing Statistics Let’s review the statistics and ethnicities in … [Read more...] about Diversity in Nursing
If you've ever searched a hospital job board for an ICU nurse job description, you'll likely find something very different than what the job actually entails. Guest Blogger Courtney shares with us the dirt on what being an ICU nurse is a really like. We've discussed what ICU stands for, so now let's look at the ICU nurse job description. Have you ever thought about doing critical care nursing? Or wondered what it is actually like? There's a big difference between the television drama … [Read more...] about The Real ICU Nurse Job Description
Being the night shift nurse is a grueling job. Though, it is the shift many nurses start on in their career. I have worked as a labor and delivery nurse for the last 10 years, 8 of them on the night shift. I have come up with these 5 tips that helped me get through it with two kids, a husband, and a dog. Night Shift Nurse Survival Tips Schedule It Right Many nurses, like me, are mothers. As a mother, you have many responsibilities and sleep is never a priority, especially on the night shift. … [Read more...] about 5 Survival Tips for the Night Shift Nurse
The practice of nursing is guided by certain state education laws, rules, regulations, and the code of ethics. According to these, nurses are morally bound to care for and treat all patients regardless of disease entities, socio-economic status, cultural views, religion and sexual orientation, and so forth. Nurses are to care for all people. My nursing school motto was, “Amicus Humani Generis” which translated to be, “ Lover of the Human Race.” Wouldn’t it be ironic to go against the core of … [Read more...] about Can a Nurse Refuse Treatment of a Patient?
The history of nursing is a relatively complicated tale filled with twists, turns, and not to mention a few hurdles creating a drastically different landscape from even a decade ago. The lamps have been put away, and white caps are gathering dust under beds. We now wear scrubs made of awesome flexible and stain resistant fabric, obtain PhDs, and travel. Bullying, on the other hand, seems to be cemented into the foundation of nursing. Despite increasing awareness and numerous measures to combat … [Read more...] about Minimize the Powerpoint: Utilizing Education to Stop Nurse Horizontal Violence
Anybody who has worked in the medical field has encountered tricky situations when complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act guidelines. HIPAA policies are vast in complexity, and they keep changing thanks to the updated Omnibus Rule, which was issued in 2013. The maximum HIPAA fines have also increased to $50,000 per violation, capping at $1.5 million. This means abiding by the updated policies is more crucial than ever. To protect patients and hospitals alike, … [Read more...] about 8 Common HIPAA Violations You Must Avoid
You know that feeling. Something’s not right. You've done a thorough patient assessment, and checked and rechecked the vitals and the labs. Maybe you even have a “hunch.” But you need orders. You have to go through the steps of preparing yourself and ultimately paging a doctor. Sooner or later, your nursing judgment will tell you that your patient has a need beyond your scope of practice. That’s when you need to be a patient advocate and call the doctor - even if it’s the middle of the night! … [Read more...] about The New Nurse’s Guide to Paging a Doctor at Night