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
Every brand new nurse needs a new nurse survival kit. There are two kinds - a funny one that encourages nurses when they feel stressed out. Then there is also a more practical survival kit that I personally think all nurses need. How To Make A Funny Nurse Survival Kit As nurses, our jobs are pretty intense. The best way to make it through the long shifts is to find ways to laugh. This funny nurse survival kit makes a fun gift or just a printable reminder that life is better than the terrible … [Read more...] about Make Your Own New Nurse Survival Kit
Dreaming of a career as a nurse? There many factors that may lead someone into the nursing profession, but the cost of tuition and the length of study can be significant factors in your decision. The longer the course of study, the less time you have available to work, and the more student debt you will accrue! Luckily there are many options available to become a nurse. You can choose to go straight to your desired level or slowly work your way up with part-time studies. The choice is yours! So, … [Read more...] about How Long Does it Take to Become a Nurse?
The road to becoming a nurse is long and laborious. If you're not sure about the path you're going to take, the process can be twice as difficult. You can even end up spending more money and time than you’re supposed to. If you’re not sure where to start, the guide below can teach you exactly how to become a nurse. How to Become a Nurse Learn everything about being a nurse Being a nurse isn’t always a good thing. You’ll be exposed to all types of body fluids, bacteria, and viruses. You’ll … [Read more...] about How to Become a Nurse
When it comes to NCLEX, some things need to be memorized. And the laboratory values for nurses are certainly among them. Dreading memorizing lab values? Maybe you’re wondering why you should bother learning them in the first place. Either way, you’re not alone. Stop stressing over how to pass the NCLEX, and let's look at this piece by piece. Given NCLEX’s objective to test one’s analysis/application skill, it might be hard to figure out why the exam comprises of simple knowledge questions on … [Read more...] about Must Know Laboratory Values for Nurses
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
You’re so excited when starting nursing school and student loans are so easy to get that it seems like no big deal to get a few. You take out the loans and sign on the dotted line because you’ve dreamed of this career and you know it’s what you want to do with your life. Fast forward a few years and congrats, you indeed are a Registered Nurse, but now you are scratching your head at the end of each month trying to ﬁgure out where all your hard earned money went. Reﬁnancing Your Student … [Read more...] about 3 Things to Consider Before Refinancing Your Student Loans
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
When I entered nursing school I didn't know very many nurses. I questioned everyone that I thought might know anything about nursing on what I needed to know to do well in nursing school. Unfortunately, I was given very little practical advice. But I don’t think it was the fault of the people that I had asked. I honestly think that many in nursing school struggle to make it through and wipe many of those memories from their brain. Sort of like how mothers somehow forget that agonies of … [Read more...] about 15 Things Every Nursing Student Needs to Know
Being a new nurse can be really scary. You’ve learned only a slice of the nursing pie and you are expected to jump in and take care of patients. If you are lucky then you have a lengthy amount of time that you get to spend with your preceptor. This will help you practice your skills and increase your confidence. However, it will all end quickly and you’ll be on your own. I know that I personally didn’t feel like a nurse until a year after I became one. Everything seemed foreign and time … [Read more...] about Tips For New Nurse Grads
Guest Blogger: Robert Sanchez LinkedIn is a great way for professionals of all kinds to market themselves, network and to find new employment opportunities. If you are just entering the nursing field, you are in luck: There are dozens of really helpful LinkedIn groups that can help you to get a great start in your new career. The top nine LinkedIn groups for new nurses are as follows: 1 American Nurses Association: The ANA is the only full-service association that represents the … [Read more...] about 9 Awesome Linkedin Groups to Follow for New Nurses
Guest Blogger: Ronald Behr Nurse Managers retain, recruit and manage nurses. They are also responsible for creating a work environment that allows nurses to function optimally. Nurse managers have the most challenging and important role in hospitals, according to Patricia Folcarelli, RN, MA, a member of the board for the Institute of Nursing Healthcare Leadership (INHL). Folcarelli states, “They’re acting as the CEO for the [nursing] unit. They take care of all the needs that a typical business … [Read more...] about What Makes an Ideal Nurse Manager?
In a world where a simple Google search can reveal your entire life it is important to be aware of how you appear online. I’ve recently written a few articles about identity theft and keeping you and your children safe online. Doing this has made me more aware that since I am actively involved in social media and have a personal brand, I expose myself to a greater risk of identity theft and other personal attacks online. I’ve built a personal brand and reputation that are important to me. … [Read more...] about Protecting Your Reputation Online