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    Chief Nursing Officers

    Chief Nursing Officers
    Chief nursing officers (CNOs), who lost some clout in hospital reorganizations during the '90s, are again immersing themselves in the leadership of healthcare organizations throughout the country. "Because of issues in the industry with recruitment and retention and some practice issues, organizations feel there needs to be nursing leadership at the executive table to move nursing forward," says Susan Hallick, CNO ...
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    Liking a Patient... Or Not!

    Liking a Patient... Or Not!
    How does "liking" my patients affect my nursing care? Well, frankly, it doesn't. I'll admit that in my new job, because I am working with such a different demographic of people, I have been struggling to "like" my patients. For some reason, liking my patients and feeling needed has provided a lot of job satisfaction for me. Because I am an ...
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    Clowning Around on Halloween

    Clowning Around on Halloween
    For a change of pace and with Halloween happening tomorrow, I thought I would write about one of my favorite nursing/ER stories from Halloween a few years ago. I was recently off orientation at a new Level I ER. It was Halloween night, AND the night of the Insane Clown Posse concert. Most of the crowd at these concerts is teenage ...
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    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
    Earlier this month, the Institute of Medicine released a report about the role nursing will play in health care in the near future. Because nurses comprise the largest portion of the health care industry in the U.S., they are key players in implementing the directives of the Affordable Care Act. But before they can act effectively, nurses need to take certain ...
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    The Intern Survival Guide

    The Intern Survival Guide
    I wrote this post a long time ago when I first started blogging. I’m recycling the post because this information bears repeating. I’ve been seeing some behavior lately that is inappropriate, and I’m telling you this stuff for your own good. Please, never roll your eyes at a nurse who is old enough to be your mother. She may be going ...
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    Healthcare Jobs: Education and Nurses' Salaries

    Healthcare Jobs: Education and Nurses' Salaries
    If you want to be a nurse, you're in luck; the sweeping demand is expected to intensify. But what about starting salaries for nurses? How much do RNs make compared to nurse practitioners? And what kind of education do nurses need? You've heard it before. These days there aren't enough nurses to go around, and demand is expected to soar as ...
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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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    Best Fonts for Your Resume

    Best Fonts for Your Resume
    Are you in the middle of creating your resume but are stumped by which fonts to use? Of course, there are hundreds of fonts out there from which to choose, but not all are appropriate for use in a resume. Let’s take a look at the ones that are considered to be the best—and which ones are good to avoid. Serif ...
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    10 Nurse Depictions We Wish Would Go Away

    10 Nurse Depictions We Wish Would Go Away
    What would a Halloween party be without a naughty nurse? What porn movie isn’t complete without the rather large-chested and always available nurse? And then, of course, there are the soap operas (and seemingly legit evening medical dramas) with the pouty-lipped nurses who are out to nab Dr. Right. Is it any wonder why nurses are fed up with how we’re ...
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    On Euthanasia

    On Euthanasia
    This week I had to put my dog of 16 years to sleep. He was my best friend and constant companion for all those years. I had him before I married my wife and was there for me for all the good and bad parts of my life. After I left the vet’s office, it got me thinking about the debate ...
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    Michelle Obama Talks to Nurses About the Affordable Care Act

    First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to nurses in a conference call on Tuesday, September 28, about the new Affordable Care Act. She was joined by Dr. Mary Wakefield, the Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as six nurses from different backgrounds. The First Lady talked about childhood obesity, cutting health care costs, and emphasized the key role ...
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    How to Deal With a Diabetic Patient

    How to Deal With a Diabetic Patient
    A diabetic patient can be difficult to handle, especially if the patient has been recently diagnosed. Treating diabetes requires careful monitoring of blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Newly diagnosed diabetic patients may also have to abruptly change their diet, get more exercise and take insulin. As a caregiver, you’ll probably not only treat the patient but also serve as ...
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    4 Preceptor Personality Types

    More thoughts on orientation because, as I’ve stated before, I am about to be an orientee again, and am trying to psyche myself up so I can survive! I walked away from my last stint as an orientee with this thought: there is not a formula for the perfect preceptor—perfect preceptors do NOT exist! Through experience I adopted a healthy ...
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    6 True (and Funny!) Stories From Real Nurses

    6 True (and Funny!) Stories From Real Nurses
    Have you ever seen anything so big? James is 87, the sweetest of patients, one of nature’s gentlemen. Just the other day when I was giving James a sponge bath I stood him up next to the bed so I could wash his privates when he looked down and said, “Have you ever seen anything so big?” I didn’t know what ...
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    Making the End-of-Life Decision

    Making the End-of-Life Decision
    Life is fleeting. We all know this. We only get one chance at it. I think it's safe to say that most individuals are very familiar with father time. As we get older, father time ‘visits' our life and all those around it quite often. No beating around the bush on this one – sooner or later we all die. Sorry ...
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    Nursing Reality Shock: The New Nurse Survival Guide

    Nursing Reality Shock: The New Nurse Survival Guide
    For second-career nurses, the transition from nursing school to working with real patients can range from somewhat uncomfortable to highly shocking. These rookies often have given up secure, well-established careers, only to discover on-the-job demands never mentioned in the textbooks. The right attitude can help you weather your first few months on the nursing unit. For those who overcome the challenges ...
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    Applying Nursing Skills Outside of Work

    Applying Nursing Skills Outside of Work
    Last Valentine’s Day I decided to wake up early and make my beau a homemade chocolate chip cookie cake, all decorated with a cartoon picture of us. It was going to be perfect, but I had to get up super early to get started on it. The problem with that is: I am not a morning person. Nevertheless, I am mixing ...
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    Nursing Resume Do's and Don’ts Part I

    Nursing Resume Do's and Don’ts Part I
    Although a good resume can’t get you a job, a poor resume will keep you from getting one. A resume is a professional marketing tool, a written record of your accomplishments and professional credentials. Because it usually represents the first impression a prospective employer will have of you, your resume must be top-notch in format, content, and appearance. Follow these simple ...
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    Tips to Ace Your Healthcare Interview

    Tips to Ace Your Healthcare Interview
    Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these _10 strategies_ and caveats to enhance your interview IQ. Listen From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either ...
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    6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You

    6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You
    "Everybody lies" is the mantra of Dr. Gregory House, and it's not just true on a fictional drama like House. Are your patients lying to you? As a nurse, you've come across your fair share of fibbing cases, and you know some patients will go to great lengths to cover up something they don't want you to know. Fortunately, nurses are ...
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