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School Nursing Legal Questions and Answers

by Howard Gerber on January 11, 2018

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school nurse legal questionsWorking as a school nurse is a lot different than other settings, such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center. If you’re new to school nursing, you may have some questions about liability and other legal concerns. Below are some common questions and answers regarding school nursing. [continue reading…]

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Dealing with Combative Patients

by Howard Gerber on December 7, 2017

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combative patientAs a nurse, you probably deal with all types of patients. Unfortunately, not all patients are easy to work with. Occasionally, patients become out of control. Sometimes patients don’t want help or even become aggressive.

It’s best to de-escalate a situation before it becomes physical, but that’s not always possible. Despite your best intentions, some patients may become combative. Depending on where you work, dealing with combative patients may come with the territory. Understanding how to efficiently deal with an aggressive patient helps keep both you and the patient safe. [continue reading…]

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Why You Can’t Find Your Next Travel Nursing Assignment

by Howard Gerber on November 16, 2017

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next travel assignmentWhether you’re an experienced travel nurse or just starting out, finding the right assignment is important. You don’t want to be so picky it takes months to land a job, but you also want the right fit. If you have not found your next nursing assignment as fast as you like, there may be several reasons why. [continue reading…]

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The Future of US Nursing: A 690,000 Staff Shortage

by Howard Gerber on November 2, 2017

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nurse shortageWe live in a country with the third highest population in the world. Over 320 million people live here, and vital to the health and wellbeing of each one of us are the 3.9 million registered nurses who keep our hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices running.

But, what does the next five years hold for the profession, and how will the industry deal with an aging population and workforce? [continue reading…]

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How to Keep Your Emotions in Check as an ER Nurse

by Howard Gerber on October 19, 2017

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ER nurse emotionsWorking as a nurse in the emergency room is often gratifying. It’s also sometimes emotionally draining work. ER nurses see everything from traumas to cardiac arrests. Although the emergency room can be a life-saving place, it can also be a place with stress, fear, and heartbreak.

As an ER nurse, your job is to care for your patients, but you are only human. It’s normal to have moments when you get angry or sad. You also should avoid letting your emotions interfere with your job. Consider the following ways to handle your emotions as an ER nurse: [continue reading…]

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Technological Advances That Will Make You a Better Nurse

by Howard Gerber on October 5, 2017

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nursing technologySome aspects of nursing will always remain the same. Providing compassionate care and maintaining good communications with patients is always a must for nurses. The foundations of good nursing care will also be important, but technological advances also change the way nurses do their jobs. Nursing technology continues to evolve and transforms the way nurses do their job. [continue reading…]

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Balancing Objectivity and Compassion as a School Nurse

by Howard Gerber on September 28, 2017

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compassion objectivity school nurseIf you’re working as a school nurse, you should maintain a balance between compassion and objectivity. If you become too emotionally involved with the children you care for, it can cloud your judgment. But you also don’t want to lose your compassion. For school nurses, a caring and empathetic attitude must be balanced with clinical skills. [continue reading…]

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