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Overcoming Social Anxiety as a Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on December 21, 2017

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nursing social anxietyTravel nurses routinely deal with patients, staff, and doctors. In fact, nursing is one of the most people-focused careers you can choose. With all that interaction, can someone with social anxiety be successful as a travel nurse?  The answer is yes. Learning more about social anxiety and what you can do to find ways to deal the condition can help you thrive as a travel nurse. [continue reading…]


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…]


Being an Effective Nurse Mentor

by Howard Gerber on May 4, 2017

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nurse mentoringNurses make a difference in the life of their patients every day. But as a nurse, you can also have a big impact on other nurses. Being a mentor is an opportunity to help guide and support a new nurse. Whether you work as a traveler or a have a permanent position, being a mentor can be a fulfilling part of your job. Mentoring a new grad allows you the opportunity to help a rookie nurse increase their skills and build their confidence.

Keep in mind; new nurses often acclimate to their role and the unit with guidance from other staff including their preceptor. But you’re more than a mentor. As a preceptor, you’re a useful resource to help your new teammate take on the challenges that wait.  [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…]


What is the NCLEX?

by Howard Gerber on August 10, 2010

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Anyone who wants to become a registered nurse will quickly become familiar with the NCLEX. NCLEX is short for the National Council Licensure Examination. There are actually two versions, the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN. The NCLEX-RN is the test that a candidate must past before becoming a registered nurse and the NCLEX-PN is for practical nurses. These tests are the culmination of years of study and are the final step a nursing student must take before being admitted into the world of nursing. As with any licensure test, they are extremely stressful. Before you can register for the test, you must first apply with your state nursing board for your nursing license. They will then determine if you are eligible for the examination.

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Surviving Your First Year as a Nurse

by Howard Gerber on July 13, 2010

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Making the transition from a nursing student to a full time nurse can by very trying. You no longer have someone constantly watching your work to tell you if you are doing a good job or if you have messed up. You are entirely responsible for the comfort and safety of your patients and the stress associated with that responsibility can be substantial. Use these five tips to make your first year of nursing more enjoyable. [continue reading…]


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.


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…]