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school nurseAlthough the majority of nurses work in hospitals, rehab centers and home health, nurses also work in alternative settings including schools. Whether you are an experienced RN looking for a new challenge or are a recent grad considering becoming a school nurse, it’s helpful to have a good understanding of what a school nurse does and how to get started. [continue reading…]

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States Expected to Have an Increased Need for Nurses

by Howard Gerber on April 21, 2016

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The need for nurses is expected to grow much faster than average for other jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are several factors, which may contribute to the increased need for nurses.

One reason nurses are expected to be in demand is the fact that millions of baby boomers are hitting retirement age. In addition, there is an increase in people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, which means more people need care. Add in the Affordable Care Act, which allowed millions of previously uninsured people to seek medical care, and you may not have enough nurses to meet the demand.

In some parts of the country, the need for nurses in hospitals may not be as great as the need in other settings, such as home health and nursing home. The demand for nurses also varies geographically. Some states tend to have a higher need than others.

Whether you’re considering a permanent job or a travel assignment there are some states which are expected to have a higher need for nurses than average in the coming years including the following: [continue reading…]

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The Moments That Make You Proud to Be a Nurse 

by Howard Gerber on March 14, 2016

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We believe good nursing is the backbone of healthcare. When we think of nurses, we think of dedicated and inspirational people who work incredibly hard to make people better. The passion and empathy shown by nurses on a daily basis is unbelievably special, and we still haven’t met one nurse who hasn’t been there for a patient through the hardest times. Because we’re so proud of nurses, we decided to speak to those that have dedicated their lives to caring, to see what moments they are most proud of – and what keeps them doing what they love.

Nursing Stories

Melissa, Arizona

As a younger nurse, I had a patient transferred to me from another hospital. Prior to his accident he had been a judge, however, he was now quadriplegic and ventilator-dependent. I settled him in and explained to the family that I was there for the next twelve hours and I would be taking care of him.

He and I had an instant bond and we were able to talk via a communication board. He told me about his accident and how sad he was with his condition, knowing he wouldn’t be getting any better. I asked him if he’d had that talk with his family. He explained he hadn’t and that he didn’t know how to broach the subject. He asked me if I could do it for him.

I called his family that morning and asked them to come in.  I explained to his family his feelings, including his Do Not Resuscitate wishes. It was incredibly emotional. In the end, we all agreed to a withdrawal of care, which meant he could die naturally as he wished.

Since I was responsible for his care, it was my job to remove the patient from his ventilator and administer the morphine drip. I stayed with him and his family until the end.

This was 18 years ago and I still get a Christmas card from his family thanking me for the care and compassion I showed him in our short relationship.

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Mikki, Florida

I once took care of a young woman that developed necrotizing fasciitis after she delivered her baby. To stop it from spreading, she had to undergo several surgeries. One time, when she returned from surgery, she felt like the bed was floating in the air. I stayed with her and reassured her until she was able to sleep.

When she got well, she returned every Valentine’s Day for several years, just to say thank you. We laugh about it now, but I know she is one of many people for whom I have made a difference. Sometimes the little things you do for people impact them the most.

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Renee, Pennsylvania

I’ve had many great days as a nurse. The one that sticks out the most is the day I visited a patient in her home when I was a home care nurse. She was elderly and frail so I spent time with her, organizing her medications, making her a cup of tea, and teaching her how to use her inhalers properly as she had COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

She asked me to sit next to her and then said: “I’ve been praying to God that he send me a kind, smart, compassionate nurse. And he just answered my prayer.”. This brought me to tears and reminded me how important our role is to those who are vulnerable and in need.

Melissa, Arizona

My proudest moment as a nurse was when I graduated from my NP program. I was a single mother working nights and did not believe I would ever be able to accomplish what I did.

I truly believe that it takes a certain person to be a nurse. I started college as an art major but left when I had my son. After that, I was working at a hospital-based health and wellness program when I came into contact with several RNs. What impressed me most about them was their level of knowledge and caring. Becoming a nurse is the greatest thing that happened to me.

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Michael, California

I was working as a Pain Management Nurse Practitioner and I had a patient who had been sent to our hospital from the VA. He was having a hard time getting authorization for a CT scan that was needed before he could proceed with surgery. He had served in Vietnam and was suffering from a metastatic cancer to the spine.  I made a call to the VA to make sure the process was handled and things didn’t get delayed. In the end, he was able to receive the treatment he needed.Amazing Nurse

As nurses, we are advocates for our patients and who better to be an advocate for than a man who has given all for our Country? I was proud to have met and had the opportunity to care for this patient. It was my honor.

Stacey, Virginia

I had the pleasure of caring for a hospice patient for a couple of months. When he passed away, the family thanked me for providing their loved one with outstanding care. I was incredibly touched that they appreciated all that I had done.

 

Do you have a moment that makes you proud to be a nurse? Let us know by tweeting us and hashtagging #ProudToBeANurse

 

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The Most Influential Modern Nurses [Infographic]

by Howard Gerber on January 20, 2016

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When thinking of great nurses, it’s easy to remember Florence Nightingale and then draw a blank. But you don’t have to look back 100 years to find influential nurses, there are many among us today. In our latest infographic, we shine the light on outstanding examples who show what it takes to be an influential nurse today to encourage the young nurses of tomorrow.
The Most Influential Modern Nurses

Sources: http://blog.sunbeltstaffing.com/influential-modern-nurses-sources/

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9 Habits of Highly Effective Nurses [Infographic]

by Howard Gerber on December 9, 2015

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Whether you’re beginning your nursing studies or starting your first nursing job, there are certain habits that ensure success. If you’re a people person, then you’re already half way there, but what are the habits that keep highly effective nurses at the top of their game? Find out in our new infographic:9 Habits of Highly Effective Nurses

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Ethical Issues in Nursing

by Howard Gerber on November 19, 2015

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ethical issues in nursingWhether you are working as a nurse traveler or in a permanent position, you are likely to encounter ethical dilemmas in your nursing career. One of the reasons you may have chosen the nursing profession was to help people. Although your goal is always to provide the best care possible and help your patients, sometimes it can become complicated. [continue reading…]

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advanced-nursing-degree-career-pathsWhether you are a new nurse just starting your career or have been working for a while, it is never too early or too late to think about your career goals. There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay in your current position, but if you are interested in working your way up the career ladder, it is helpful to understand your options and know what steps to take to advance your nursing career. Below are a few different areas to consider. [continue reading…]

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