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Nursing

Nursing in a Correctional Facility

by Angela Stevens on April 7, 2010

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When most people think about becoming a nurse, they think of working in a hospital or doctor’s office. Once they begin their training, they realize there are numerous other locations where they can practice nursing, such as schools, clinics, and nursing homes. There are also specialties within the field of nursing a nurse may wish to focus on such as geriatrics, pediatrics, obstetrics, or surgery.

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I have not yet met a nurse who began his or her nursing education with the idea of becoming a nurse in a correctional facility. [continue reading…]

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The Difficult Decisions of an ER Nurse

by Angela Stevens on January 18, 2010

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I’ve known a few ER nurses over the years, and all of them have told me that, no matter how much training they have had, how their teachers and textbooks tried to prepare them, and even how much experience in other fields of nursing…nothing prepared them for the reality of working in an emergency room. When choosing any nursing specialty, it is important to test drive the environment before making a final decision. This can easily be accomplished by taking a position as a traveling nurse and visiting different areas of the country as well as different nursing environments. In fact, one of the girls I went to high school with did this, and she found her great love was in pediatrics. Janey, the friend who became a pediatric nurse, actually did a stint in an emergency room for several months and told me some of the hardest things she had ever had to do occurred during that time. Don’t get me wrong, she said that the heartbreak in pediatrics could be excruciating, but that – more often than not – it was a happier place to be.

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One of the difficulties she faced in the emergency room was not being able to make a personal connection with the patients. [continue reading…]

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What is a Nurse Anesthetist?

by Angela Stevens on December 28, 2009

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Nurse AnesthetistI had never heard of nurse anesthetists until a few years ago. After doing a bit of research on the topic, I realized that few people probably had. It seems to be a profession known well in the medical community, but not as well amongst the general population.

A few years ago, a colleague of mine was discussing his wedding plans. He indicated that he was going to become a stay at home dad to his son and the baby he and his future wife were expecting. I found this to be uncommon, so I asked him about his situation. He explained that his fiancé was an Army nurse anesthetist, and she made almost triple his salary. When she retired from the military, she expected to make even more in the private sector. Because her job was obviously able to support the family, they decided he would stay home and be the homemaker. All of this had me wondering exactly what a nurse anesthetist was. [continue reading…]

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The Highs and Lows of Being a Nursing Home Nurse

by Angela Stevens on November 9, 2009

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I learned a lot about nursing homes during my grandmother’s stay at our local nursing home. She actually was a resident on several occasions for different reasons. This was the first glimpse I had at the extreme versatility of a nursing home nurse.

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Neonatal Nursing – Highs and Lows

by Angela Stevens on October 26, 2009

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Working in the mental health field with children, I have come to realize that any work with children who are ill is quite stressful on the caregivers. Doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, and mental health staff all have stressful jobs to begin with, but when that profession focuses exclusively on children, it seems the stress factor increases exponentially.

sunbelt-neonatal-nursing-highs-lowsWhile working with children, I have made numerous friends in the medical field who specialize in pediatrics. One lady in particular stands out – Debbie. For many years, she was a neonatal nurse before she began working with me to help older children. Over lunch or coffee, she would often tell me about some of the highs and lows of being a neonatal nurse.

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A career in nursing is full of possibilities, and jobs are always in demand, no matter the economic conditions. Getting through nursing school is both trying and rewarding, but it doesn’t stop there. Choosing a nursing specialty will help give you an edge in the job market for a number of reasons.

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Mentoring Programs for Nurses

by Angela Stevens on August 5, 2009

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The nursing shortage has been both a boon and a disaster for new nurses entering the job market. On one hand, you’re guaranteed a job. The demand and opportunity in almost every area of the country is tremendous. On the other, the additional responsibilities of fewer nurses on shift can make the lives of all nurses more difficult.

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