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?
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
Your ability to perform medical tests with equipment you have on hand may mean the difference between finding a potentially life threatening ailment before it becomes a real problem. It could help identify some symptoms if a doctor isn’t present, and give you an idea of someone’s state of health. Whenever possible, you should seek real medical attention from a certified professional, but in a pinch there are a few tests you should know about... Heart Rate What you need: A watch and your … [Read more...] about Heart Rate and 3 Other Medical Tests You Can Do At Home
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 Taking the time to look your absolute best for your job can create short term and long term benefits for your life. People who dress professionally and maintain their appearance project confidence, leadership, intelligence and a healthy degree of attractiveness in the eyes of any beholder. Not only are these theories supported by anecdotal evidence but by studies. Dr. Frank Bernieri, an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, recently … [Read more...] about Dressing to Impress and How That Can Have a Huge Impact on Your Professional Career
People increasingly turn to the internet for all their information needs, even medical ones. A number of respected medical sites provide information to users who seek answers about their physical symptoms or treatments for their illnesses daily. These sites are a great resource for those seeking medical information via the net, but there is a fine line between practicing cyber medicine and simply being an online resource. That cloudy distinction is why these sites need to establish medical … [Read more...] about Ethical Challenges Of A Health & Medical Advice Website
It’s no secret that the nursing profession is one of the most demanding fields in healthcare today. This infographic by University of San Francisco’s Online MSN takes a close look at how obtaining a Master’s in Nursing can help existing nurses further both their education and their careers. Roles as clinical nurse leaders, care coordinators, nurse managers and patient educators are highly sought-after positions and generally require additional years of schooling beyond a bachelor’s or … [Read more...] about Why Get Your Master’s In Nursing? [Infographic]
There is a lot of nursing gear that is can make caring for patients a little easier. It can be difficult to find items that are of quality and recommended by a trusted source. It’s a good thing that we’ve already taken some of the work out of it for you and rounded up some of the best nursing gear on the web. Nursing Gear If you’re looking for the best shoes for nurses, best stethoscope, best nursing tote bags with pockets, or best gifts for nurses we’ve got you covered. Heck, we’ll even tell … [Read more...] about Guide to the Top Nursing Gear
The nursing shortage and an issue that affects many areas of healthcare. It can cause problems with staffing units safely, paying nurses fairly, and generally caring for an aging patient population. Few people can understand why, when unemployment consistently hovers around nine percent, there is a nursing shortage. When it seems like there are jobs for the taking, why aren’t they being filled? While it seems that hospitals and health care centers should have an excess of nurses when other … [Read more...] about The Nursing Shortage: Behind the Numbers
Guest Blogger: Linda Lindsay, BS, MSN, NP-C, Clinical Editorial Director for PearlsReview. Do you know Certified Nurses Day is on March 19? Many still ask, “What are the differences between licensure and certification?” Some use the terms interchangeably, but they both are quite different. Licensure is mandatory and signifies that the licensee has met the minimum standards to practice nursing in a particular state. In contrast, certification is voluntary. By taking and passing a specialty … [Read more...] about Stand out! Get Certified!
Finding a good pair of nursing shoes for men is vital to having a productive and pain-free shift. I write a lot about nursing shoes for women, but thought it was time I focused on nursing shoes for men. More often than not, men are unjustly forgotten when it comes to nursing equipment and apparel, but not this time. Male nurses work the same long hours as their female counterparts and thus deserve their own list of comfortable nursing shoes to keep their aches and pains to a minimum. The best … [Read more...] about Top 9 Nursing Shoes for Men
If you’re interested in getting into the field of nursing informatics getting a master in nursing or health informatics can give you a competitive edge. It doesn’t guarantee you a position, but it certainly can help you edge out other hopefuls who are BSN (or less) prepared. While I myself am not MSN prepared, I certainly see the value. I also know that one of the primary reasons that many nurses avoid getting their MSN is due to high tuition costs. This is especially true in an unsteady … [Read more...] about 5 Full-Tuition Scholarships for its Master of Health Informatics Program
Guest Blogger: Renee Thompson Nurse bullying is a problem. But is it a new problem? The answer is no. Humans treating humans with disrespect has been documented since we walked on two feet instead of four. I’m sure there is a caveman drawing somewhere depicting bullying behavior. Although I’d like to believe we’ve evolved a bit since the caveman era, humans treating humans badly still exists. It’s no different in the nursing profession. However, bullying just seems more perverse in a … [Read more...] about Ending Nurse Bullying: “Freire Style”
Personal style is often sacrificed when you work in healthcare. Jewelry isn’t often safe or sanitary and many facilities require that you wear color coordinated scrubs specific to your unit or title. You may be able to get in a little self-expression by choosing your favorite color for your stethoscope, but even then there are probably 5 other nurses on your unit with the same one. But what if you could add a little pizzazz to your healthcare professional attire? What if you could add a … [Read more...] about Get CharMED- Stethoscope Bling: Review
I am honored to be included on a list for 25 Outstanding Medical Blogs By Nurses created by QuickMed. Many of the nurses on this list are my friends and I admire their work online. A few of them I've even had the pleasure to meet in real life! Here is a snippet of their descriptions of some of my favorites from the list: Code Blog Health care professionals are often depicted on television and films yet most of these stories focus on the doctors and patients. Nurses are often … [Read more...] about 25 Outstanding Medical Blogs By Nurses