How to Prevent Medication Errors

September 30th, 2014 by

medication errorsNurses are taught in school to be prudent caregivers and how medicine and medical procedures can be applied to help people. [...] Read More

A Nurse’s Job Doesn’t Always End When the Shift is Over

September 25th, 2014 by

cprAs a nurse, you probably get a lot of phone calls from friends and family wanting medical advice. They want to know what they should do about their health concerns and need to be assured regularly that their symptoms are not a sign that they are dying from Ebola, Swine Flu, West Nile Virus or Cholera. [...] Read More

The Enterovirus D68

September 23rd, 2014 by

Enterovirus D68In combating and preventing viruses, it is important to have a basic understanding of these submicroscopic entities. [...] Read More

The Ebola Virus: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Patients

September 18th, 2014 by

signs symptoms of ebola virusThe CDC and WHO report that Ebola has an incredibly high mortality rate, with estimates ranging from 50% to 90%. The incubation period can range anywhere from 2-21 days. The Ebola virus has even been detected in semen up to 7 weeks after infection! [...] Read More

Ebola Virus Disease: How to Stay Protected During Travel

September 16th, 2014 by

“The 2014 Ebola outbreak is one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history and the first in West Africa. It is affecting five countries in West Africa. The outbreak does not pose a significant risk to the United States.” – update from the CDC. [...] Read More

Navigating the Murky Waters of the Nurse-Doctor Relationship

September 11th, 2014 by

nursing doctor relationshipThe first thing you have to learn about your relationship with a doctor is what stage of your relationship to doctors you are in. Every nurse goes through certain stages of reacting to physicians, and not necessarily in the same order. [...] Read More

Nursing Competency for New and Experienced Nurses

September 9th, 2014 by

new nurse in the fieldAs a registered nurse you are a licensed professional, but what makes you competent? You have a degree, a license declaring you are a nurse, and perhaps you had an exceptionally high grade point average in nursing school, but what else? Several elements are correlated to your skills and abilities; one element is experience. [...] Read More

Duquesne University Initiates Historical Joint Nursing Program

September 4th, 2014 by

nursing degreeThe biomedical engineering field is projected to have a twenty seven percent increase in job opportunities between 2012 and 2022, and nursing is projected to have a nineteen percent increase (Bureau of Labor Statistics.) [...] Read More

NCSBN Revises Definition of Entry-level Nurse

September 2nd, 2014 by

young entry level nurseEvery graduate nurse dreads taking the NCLEX – the state board exam required to obtain a license to practice in the United States. This test is used to measure the minimum skill and knowledge needed for safe and effective practice by an entry level nurse. Previously “entry level” was defined as a nurse having no more than six months of experience, but has been redefined. The entry level designation is now a nurse that has no more than 12 months of experience. [...] Read More