When I first became a nurse, I thought blogs were all about ranting and raving. In fact, that's what I did with my blog when I first got started in 2010. I got on a soapbox and complained or praised things. It wasn't until a year or so into blogging that I realized that a blog can be used for so many more positive efforts including personal branding, business, and thought leadership. Ever since then, I have been learning how to blog in the correct manner while promoting the nursing profession … [Read more...] about Nurses Need to Learn the Business of Blogging
I remember when I first became a nurse and we would have monthly staff meetings to discuss various topics and issues that hospital administration had pushed down to us. I often grew frustrated with these meetings because the same topic kept coming up: HCAHPS scores. At which point the majority of the nursing staff would grumble and groan and complain about a standard that was unattainable due to ever-increasing workloads and complexities in the care they provided. Hospital administrators were … [Read more...] about Should Nurses Care about HCAHPS Scores?
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
Many people may wonder if the healthcare field will be the right fit for them. Of course, talking to any family, friends, or acquaintances who work in healthcare can be more than helpful, but the only way to truly know for sure whether you will enjoy and prosper in a healthcare position is to obtain one yourself. Many people think they want to become nurses, but since nursing school is a sizable commitment it may make more sense to start as a certified nursing assistant. The advantage of … [Read more...] about How Getting a CNA Certification Can Get you Started in Healthcare
Guest Post: By Mary Flemister Nursing Education of Yester-year My mother, who was a nursing student in the 1970’s, told me her university’s nursing department was overjoyed when they got their first “resuscitation Annie,” a mannequin with the ability to receive CPR. She also carried index cards containing drug information for her to reference as needed while treating patients and worked with glass IV bottles. So much has changed since then! Nursing Education Has to Evolve Technology … [Read more...] about Advances in Technology Improve Nursing: SIMCARE Training
Nursing Interruptions are a frustrating part of patient care. They can impact safety and cause stress for both caregivers and patients alike. This post, PART I: Interruption Awareness is More Complicated than Meets the Eye, examines interruptions for nurses and shares additional information and strategies on how to address them. Guest Blogger: Beth Boynton, RN, MS Like many change efforts, the first motivation for doing something different involves a sense that something isn’t working. … [Read more...] about Nursing Interruptions and Interruption Awareness in Nursing Practice
It’s official. I’m a Star Trek Nurse with the professional title of Clinical Informatics Specialist. Or well, at least that’s what my husband calls nursing informatics: “Star Trek Nursing.” Apparently my husband has the fantastical images in his mind of me working in hyperspace and using my hands to manipulate robotics and hologram interfaces to clone people and repair vital organs instantly. I’m not positive on this, but I think I would first have to be an astronaut and have traveled through … [Read more...] about Clinical Informatics Specialist: New Job and Tips To Become a Nerdy Nurse