The practice of nursing is ever-changing. There are always new guidelines and regulations that nurses are asked to adhere to, often with little information to accompany it. Nurses sometimes feel like they are just surviving because they are being asked to take on new challenges and aren’t completely sure of themselves. This is because many organizations will give out new job requirements without following up with the nursing staff and providing ongoing feedback. These actions can be detrimental … [Read more...] about Nurses Can Thrive When They Are Given Ongoing Feedback
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
Nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the healthcare industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that that there are 2.7 million nurse practitioners in the healthcare industry and the number is expected to grow by 57% in 2020. Nursing jobs have also been projected to grow quicker than average growth expected among other occupations in the U.S. White the stats look positive, some of those looking to opt for travel nursing as a career continue to face challenges in … [Read more...] about How To Pick The Right Travel Nursing Recruiter
Guest Blogger: Joe Whyte Healthcare professions are growing at a rapid pace and nursing is projected to be one of the quickest growing careers over the next five years. Certified nursing professionals are in high demand, so if you are considering a career in nursing, you have made a great choice. You can attend courses in a traditional classroom setting or through any of the accredited online colleges. Why Choose Nursing? Because the number of our nation's aging population is constantly … [Read more...] about Things to Consider When Choosing to Become a Nurse
With an aging population, there are nursing opportunities everywhere, but why not follow the snowbirds down south and enjoy a little sun and surf as well as growing employment. Fort Walton, Florida has a little of both and is a wonderful place to start a nursing career. Unlike some northern states, Florida’s population is growing and with it the need for health care workers in general and nurses specifically. If the heat and humidity is not your idea of a good time, then Boston might be more to … [Read more...] about Nursing Careers 2013: What Cities Have the Most Opportunities?
Have you ever wanted to use your nursing degree to make a bigger difference in the world? Taking care of patients at the bedside is vital and it’s improving the world one life at a time, but what if you could improve the world in a different way? There are so many nursing specialties where you can really hone your nursing practice and specialize in a area that you feel passionate about. Have you ever thought about working in nursing research? What if you could use your nursing background to … [Read more...] about What is Research Nursing and How Can You Make it Your Career?
Many nurses are apprehensive about having to titrate a Cardizem drip. Patients who require Cardizem are usually facing life-threatening conditions like A-fib and this can be very stressful to a nurse who doesn’t typically deal with this sort of condition. Depending on your floor there may actually be policies that state that you should transfer patients to critical care or intensive care units if they require titration on a Cardizem gtt. You should make sure that you are familiar with your … [Read more...] about How to Titrate a Cardizem Drip
A recent survey of 100,400 from CareerBliss.com ranked nursing as one of the "Unhappiest Jobs in America." Individuals surveyed were asked to rank based upon the following 10 factors that affect workplace happiness: relationship with the boss relationship with co-workers work environment job resources compensation growth opportunities company culture company reputation daily tasks control over the work one does on a daily basis. The Top Unhappiest Jobs in America 5.Programmer … [Read more...] about Nursing: One of the Top Unhappiest Jobs
When a nurse is the patient things are different. Roles reverse and the whole situation becomes uncomfortable often for all parties involved. The nurse that is the patient feels helpless while the nurse on duty may feel nervous. It is often said that nurses make the worst patients. At least I'm in good company because being a patient is a difficult task for me. I’m comfortable with the leadership role. I'm good at being the provider, the organizer, the nurse, but never the patient. But when … [Read more...] about 7 Powerful Lessons Learned When a Nurse is the Patient
I received an Exergen Temporal Scanner to facilitate this review. Opinions stated are my own. One thing that always annoyed me in working in bedside care was attempting to get the temperature of a patient. An oral thermometer just seemed to take forever and was just incredibly annoying to a patient at that 4 am check. Recently, many facilities have begun to invest in Temporal Artery Scanning technology to improve the patient experience. Thank goodness it also improves nursing care … [Read more...] about Exergen TemporalScanner Thermometer Review and Giveaway
When I was in the hospital one thing I noticed nearly all the nurses doing was scrambling to ensure they delivered all medications "on time." They also seemed terrified to even dream of pulling a PRN medication even a minute early from the accudose. This was one of the many examples I noticed of the nurses robotic behavior and the inability to thing for themselves and make decisions unique to my care. The scripts just don't allow for that, apparently. This really confuses me. In my years of … [Read more...] about Is Medication Timing More Important Than Good Patient Care?
Recently I was hospitalized for a week in a large university hospital. In those 7 days only one of my nurses spoke English as a first language. The rest of the nurses had thick accents. I couldn't pinpoint where exactly, but Haitian if I had to guess. Their accents made it difficult for me to understand them. I also noticed they often seemed to have difficulty understanding me. It was no uncommon for me to have to rephrase my questions or requests in order to get a response from them that was … [Read more...] about Foreign Nurses: A Language Barrier to Care