A really rewarding career for you could be an LPN: Licensed Practical Nurse. But what is this job, and how is it different from a registered nurse? All About the LPN & Whether It is The Right Job For You Lots of people interested in a career in healthcare choose to become an LPN. What does LPN stand for? It stands for Licensed Practical Nurse. Let's look closely at this job, and help you decided if it is a career you would love. What does an LPN Do? The roles of this job are similar … [Read more...] about What is an LPN: Licensed Practical Nurse
You have been thinking and thinking about what career path to choose. There are so many options in the health field! You have finally made up your mind: you are going to be a nurse! It just makes perfect sense. You are kind, compassionate, empathetic, have great interpersonal skills and attention to detail. Another tough decision awaits you: LPN or RN? I have rounded up 10 articles that explain the Differences Between a Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse and will help you make that … [Read more...] about Resources on the Differences Between a Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
This post includes many cute and original gifts for nurses and a bonus nurse gift buying guide. We've rounded up some of the best thank you gifts for nurses you'll find, so search no more. Whether you are shopping for your best friend, manager, or classmate, finding the best gifts for nurses doesn't have to be hard. Sure you could go with something generic, but most nurses appreciate gifts that honor their chosen profession. Look for items that are cute, original, and classy that are sure … [Read more...] about 20+ Cute and Original Gifts for Nurses
There is no single act or event that potential nurses fear more than taking the NCLEX. There’s just something absolutely terrifying about a test that is the final barrier to nursing licensure. I mean, it can make or break your career and life plans. It’s bad enough you’ve got to struggle through 2 years of nursing school with impossible to answer test questions, 50 lbs of books, and many long sleepless nights. But now, after you’ve triumphed over all of that, you’ve got to take a computerized … [Read more...] about Nursing App Review: NCLEX Mastery
Guest Post By: Carolyn of BrainTrack.com Maybe you were the kid who asked if they could take home another frog from science class to dissect again in your free time? Or perhaps you could sanitize and bandage all your friends’ scrapes and cuts on the playground lickety split. Now, you’re a grown up and you think nursing might be the right profession for you. The good news is that this is a great time to be a nurse in the job market. The questions you may have now probably start with: now … [Read more...] about Interested In Nursing? Now What?
One question is at the forefront of the mind of nearly every nursing student "How to pass the NCLEX?" Some even lust about the possibility of finishing the exam at the 75 question mark so they can be done with the agony of the dreaded "nursing boards" as quickly as possible. No one wants to pay the $300 (and up) fee to take the test again. So passing the NCLEX on the first attempt is a huge priority Nursing school is a challenging experience. Nursing student constantly question "why is … [Read more...] about How to Pass the NCLEX with 75 Questions in One Attempt
It’s clear that being and advocate automatically makes you a target, but does it make you un-hirable? Nurse K at Crass Pollination gives an interesting and valid perspective about the Amanda Trujillo case and advocacy. In her opinion, and likely many others, what Amanda has done by advocating for her patient, herself, and all nurses is tantamount to career suicide. She also discusses what happens when nurses within an organization speak up and the measures administration often go … [Read more...] about Nursing Management Hates a Squeaky Wheel
There is a grave need for nurses in nursing homes. According to the New York Times, 90 percent of U.S. nursing homes do not have adequate staff. A 2002 Health and Human Services (HHS) report found that 86 percent of 43 states reported inadequate staff numbers. In 2004, there were 917,400 nurse related staff members in the U.S. nursing homes. These nursing staff members provided care to 1.5 million residents in all of the United States. Here are the numbers and the ratios in relation to nursing … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Nursing Homes: A Plea to Nurses
The phenomena that is often laughed off in the nursing profession when nurses refer to it as how “Nurses Eat Their Young” is known by many other terms. These include: Bullying, Horizontal Violence, Lateral Violence, Hostile Work Environment, Harassment, Nurse to Nurse Violence, Horizontal Hostility, and likely many more that I have not directly stated. When you are victim experiencing lateral violence it is very easy to attempt to write the treatment you are receiving off a … [Read more...] about Nurses Eat Their Young : Resources for Lateral Violence
Everyday presents me with new challenges and the opportunity to overcome them. My growth and development in my profession are limited only by my desire and will. I have the opportunity to be intimately involved in peoples lives and promote health and positive change. I am allowed ample opportunity to be creative and make things work. Every patient interaction is an opportunity for learning for both the patient and I. I get to talk about health, the patients, and often myself, if I like. … [Read more...] about Why I am thankful I am a Nurse
5 Points of Consideration when taking the next step in nursing: Motivation, Education, Positive Attitude, Networking, and Integrity.Whether you are a fresh new graduate, or a nurse with years of experience, the future of nursing and your personal nursing career is in your hands. The ball, is in fact, in your court, do you shoot, pass, or let the timer run out? Do you stay current on the fundamentals of nursing? MotivationThe first step to accomplishing any goal is having motivation. What … [Read more...] about Life after NCLEX: How to Advance Nursing and Your Nursing Career
That Einstein, a real genius. Ok, so I added the last part, but call it poetic license if you will. For all the grief my 6th grade English teacher Mrs.Barnett gave me, she gave me one sweet reward: Poetic license, but I digress. Back to the statement at hand: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Probably of the most profound an truthful statements I have ever heard. So what does this mean to me? What does this mean to nursing? I was a mouthy child. Never … [Read more...] about Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (See Also Nursing)
One of my favorite things about nursing is the autonomy we have in our care. It can be scary and overwhelming, especially as a new grad, but it is also extremely rewarding when a decision you make facilitates the betterment of a patient. Nursing is the first job I have ever had where a “boss” was not constantly breathing down my neck. I get to plan my day and do things as I see fit. I have the ability to use clinical judgment skills to decide to give and hold medications. I have the right, … [Read more...] about Autonomy in Nursing: How to Have it Stolen From You
This sounds absurd, doesn’t it? I wish I could tell you that the myths that nurses eat their young are just myths. But sadly, I cannot tell you that. I wish I could tell you that your coworkers will be supportive of you and your patients and helpful and considerate. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you that either. I wish I could tell you that my first years as a nurse were wonderful, happy times, and I learned a lot. Two out of those three are wrong as well. However, I did and do continue to … [Read more...] about Lateral Violence in Nursing : Nurses Being Bullies
I'm gonna save the build up for you. I'm the stupid nurse referenced in the title of this article. Also, before I get your hopes up, let me just say, the title is pure sarcasm. Women hold a grudge. This is no real secret. Most of us ladies know we tend to remain resentful, pessimistic, and guarded around certain people and situations. However, most of us can at least pretend and be professional enough to function appropriately in the workplace if said grudge happens to involve the … [Read more...] about The Incompetent, List-Worthy, Stupid Nurse – Strikes Again!