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    Best Practices for Charting

    Best Practices for Charting
    Providing excellent patient care is the most important aspect of nursing. Moreover, taking credit for the care given is also an important responsibility. Most nurses hate the paperwork more than any other aspect of their job, but it’s critical that it be done, and be done well. As with every aspect of quality patient care, charting should be exceptional; it should ...
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    Why Can't New Nurses Find Jobs?

    Why Can't New Nurses Find Jobs?
    What’s happening with the nursing shortage? Why can’t new grad nurses find jobs? The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics still lists nursing as one of the most in demand careers, and yet finding a job as a nurse remains elusive. [gate] The Good Ol’ Days Just a couple of years ago, nurses could demand huge sign-on bonuses and ...
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    Finding Nursing Jobs in the Recession

    Finding Nursing Jobs in the Recession
    The recession has temporarily stalled the nursing shortage as fewer people seek health care and established nurses have either put off retirement, or returned to work because of their own economic issues. For new nurses, the recession has made it almost impossible to find jobs. While college graduates in many fields have faced these difficulties for years, nurses traditionally have walked ...
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    How to Perform a Head-to-Toe Assessment

    How to Perform a Head-to-Toe Assessment
    This article describes the basics of a head-to-toe assessment which is a vital aspect of nursing. It should be done each time you encounter a patient for the first time each shift (or visit, for home care, clinic or office nurses). This assessment includes assessment of the physical, emotional and mental aspects of all body systems as well as the environmental ...
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    5 Rules to Follow When Working With Doctors

    Working with doctors is a major part of being a nurse. There really ought to be a whole course devoted just to the subject! It's usually expected that students will learn how to work with doctors as they progress through their clinical rotations even though they may rarely interact. Next: Rule #1 >> [photo:169836] Featured Author: Kathy Quan Kathy Quan, ...
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    How the Affordable Care Act Impacts the Nursing Profession

    How the Affordable Care Act Impacts the Nursing Profession
    When President Obama campaigned for the presidency, he was endorsed by the American Nurses Association because he took the time to listen and understand the role of nurses in health care today. He listened to the struggles and challenges of nursing, and promised that if elected, he would address and help resolve these issues. The result of this promise is the ...
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    How to Determine Needle Size

    How to Determine Needle Size
    There are several factors which need to be considered in choosing the size of a needle to use for an injection or “shot”. They include such issues as: • the type and viscosity of the medication • the size and age of the patient • the mobility status of the patient • the desired absorption rate for the medication In general ...
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    Demystifying Critical Thinking Skills

    Demystifying Critical Thinking Skills
    Critical thinking skills are an important aspect of nursing. The concept can be a nightmare for some nursing students who struggle to understand. It’s a popular topic for many a nursing thesis or publication which many times only serves to further confuse the students. It’s not really that complex of a concept if one takes the time to break it down ...
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    How to Deal With a Patient's Death

    How to Deal With a Patient's Death
    One of the first patients I lost was an elderly man who had sent his wife home to get some rest after they shared his meal tray together. His concern was for her health and well-being, but as he began to feel his own death approaching, he called me in to his room and asked if I could sit and hold ...
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    Death by Natural Causes Explained

    Death by Natural Causes Explained
    One fact in life is certain; we will all die from something. Simply put, death by natural causes is a death that is not unexpected. It is not from an accident, a natural disaster, a homicide or suicide. It is also one that is not preventable. A disease process that has progressed and caused organ failure is usually the root of ...
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    What Nursing Shortage?

    What Nursing Shortage?
    As "graduation season" approaches once again, another class of nurses will be looking for jobs and many will be disappointed that there seem to be no jobs available which is not what they expected when they became nursing students. For years we have experienced and heard about this terrible shortage of nurses and if you want to walk out of school ...
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    The Role of Men in Nursing Today

    The Role of Men in Nursing Today
    Many people are surprised to know that the first nurses throughout the world were actually men. The first nursing school was in India in about 250 BC and only men were felt to be pure enough to be nurses. During the Black Plague in the 1300's, a group of men formed one of the first hospitals to care for the victims. ...
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    Understanding Healthcare Literacy in Patient Education

    Understanding Healthcare Literacy in Patient Education
    One of the most important roles for all nurses is patient education. As we move forward with the healthcare reform, that role is going to continue to expand in action and importance. A big concern plaguing the new reform act is the high cost of medical care. Through education and information, nurses can help patients learn more about their health status ...
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    Considering Nursing as a Second Career?

    Considering Nursing as a Second Career?
    Are you considering a new career? Did you always want to be a nurse, but took another route? Or are you dissatisfied with your present career and its lack of personal touch? Nursing as a second career is becoming a very popular move. Second career students are popular with nursing schools and faculty as these students are more mature and frequently ...
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    Addressing the Needs of Staff Nurses

    Addressing the Needs of Staff Nurses
    Working conditions have always been a big issue for nurses. Floating to another unit can be one of the most irritating things nurses have to deal with on a fairly regular basis. Itʼs not just hospitals where nurses are most likely to float. Nurses in home health, clinics, and other ambulatory settings may also need to help cover other nurseʼs responsibilities ...
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    How to Document Your Patient Assessments

    How to Document Your Patient Assessments
    The Case Description: Mr. James is a 57 year old gentleman admitted to room 224A two days ago for dehydration secondary to nausea and vomiting for three days. His sclera is slightly yellowed and his abdomen is distended and tender to palpation especially in the upper right quadrant. After two days of IV lasix therapy, he has 2+ edema in his ...
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    How to Give an IM Injection

    How to Give an IM Injection
    When it is necessary to inject medication, the route is determined by the chemical make up and viscosity of the medication. Many times the route will be intramuscular (into the muscle) known as an IM injection or "shot' as opposed to subcutaneous or intradermal injection. The injection site will be determined by the volume of medication to be injected. Other considerations ...
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