Professional Boundaries Between Nurses and Patients

January 28th, 2015 by

Female Nurse-Male Patient Nursing is a unique profession in that we must assist patients with rather intimate things at very private and vulnerable times in their lives. What are the professional boundaries nurses should establish? [...] Read More

Retention for Graduate Nurses: How Long Will They Last?

January 21st, 2015 by

Young Female NurseI was a May graduate with big dreams. By the time I took the NCLEX in July, my list of job requirements had shrunk considerably. When I finally was hired in October, there was only one thing I wanted out of an employer – that they hire me. I didn’t care what the job was, as long as it needed an RN, and I could get work experience. [...] Read More

Men in Nursing: Recruitment and Inclusion

January 14th, 2015 by

Male NurseThe ratio of males to females in nursing is one to ten. Though this is a ratio that has grown significantly, the balance is still far from even. Today’s recruitment methods and the current image of men in the nursing profession still perpetuate the stereotypical image of a nurse. [...] Read More

Learn How You Can Use Your Nursing Skills to Benefit Your Community

January 7th, 2015 by

nurse community volunteerIn 2013, one in four adults volunteered through an organization. Volunteering is an important element that is present in a strong community. As nurses, we have the opportunity to provide valuable services and information that will make our own communities stronger and better. [...] Read More

New Years Resolutions for Nurses

December 31st, 2014 by

new years resolutions for nursesIt’s that wonderful time after the “most wonderful time of the year.” New Year’s. It’s a time for personal reflection and celebration. As the date rolls over to a new number, we are challenged to do better and be better for the next year. [...] Read More

How to Create Holiday Cheer for Your Patients

December 24th, 2014 by

holiday nurseThe holidays can be a lonely time for anyone experiencing them away from home. We all have our family traditions that we look forward to: Christmas Eve at Grandmas, pumpkin pie, caroling. Imagine how your patients must feel throughout the holiday season, isolated from loved ones, sick and trying to cope with the interruption of their daily life and routines. [...] Read More

How to Deal With Medication Errors

December 17th, 2014 by

nurse giving medication“We’re all human. We all make mistakes. I’m glad you came to tell me.” [...] Read More

How to Beat the Holiday Shift Blues

December 10th, 2014 by

working the holiday shiftIt’s that time of year again. The hustle and bustle of holiday parties, shopping ’til you drop and of course, eating ’til you’re stuffed. But most of all, the holidays represent a time for bonding with family; shared moments to celebrate traditions and make new memories. [...] Read More

Home Sweet Healthcare

December 3rd, 2014 by

Home Health AidesOne of the major changes in healthcare in the last decade is duration of hospital stay. Post-op, in-hospital care is shortened not by hours, but by days. [...] Read More

Travel Nursing: Plug into your (Current) Local Scene

November 26th, 2014 by

travel nurses get locally involvedMost of us know the pros (Money! Traveling to exotic locales! Meeting new and interesting people!) and the cons (Loneliness. Separation from loved ones. Less than desirable working conditions) of travel nursing. These are the obvious ones, but talking to travel nurses, something else came up a lot in our discussions: the lack of professional local support. [...] Read More