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    Washington Hospital Center Strike

    Washington Hospital Center Strike
    The nurses at Washington Hospital Center in northwest DC put their employer on notice and staged a walkout on March 4, 2011. National Nurses United, the union representing the hospital’s 1,650 registered nurses, said the one-day strike was a response to many key issues including patient safety issues, unsafe staffing conditions, and violations of federal labor laws resulting in the dismissal ...
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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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    Public Not-For-Profit Hospital Vs. a Private For-Profit Corporate Hospital

    Public Not-For-Profit Hospital Vs. a Private For-Profit Corporate Hospital
    I work for a private, corporate hospital as a floor nurse. I am precepting at a public, independent hospital in an administrative role. The differences in the way things are done and the possibilities for change and innovation are astounding. As much as I am a loyalists, and would really love to stay where I am, as a nurse who wants ...
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    How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?

    How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?
    My clinical experience has been very eye-opening. I feel like I have learned so much about how a hospital functions, and yet know I have so much more to learn. To be embraced and invited into the executive meetings and to see the processes that occur to make change withing the organization with patient care as the the bottom line has ...
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    Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

    Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate
    The role of "patient advocate" is new and evolving. As the importance of patients' rights gains momentum, a group of healthcare professionals has banded together to stand up for the best interests of their patients. Because patient advocates are a new career path, many healthcare professionals declare themselves "patient advocates" after extensive experience in the fields. However, degree programs focusing on ...
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    Hospitals Can Be Deadly?

    Hospitals Can Be Deadly?
    Many of us think of hospitals as a safe haven from diseases. It’s a place where people “get better.” But would it surprise you to know that some of the nastiest, most difficult bacteria to conquer are found in hospitals, almost exclusively!!! According to recent studies, almost 2,000,000 infections per year are transmitted to patients in US hospitals, 90,000 of patients ...
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    Medical Wonders: Invasion of the Pollenbots

    Medical Wonders: Invasion of the Pollenbots
    Resources • Nursing Scholarships • Nursing Degree Programs • Job Search • Groups • Discussions Hassled by hay fever? If you lived in Tokyo, you’d have a new ally on your side: pollenbots. Weathernews, a global weather forecasting company, is sending 200 ball-shaped robots into the air to monitor pollen. Each of the ball-shaped pollen robots weighs 2.2 pounds and ...
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    Meet Nurse Roberta Gately, Humanitarian

    Meet Nurse Roberta Gately, Humanitarian
    It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words; but to a nurse and humanitarian worker like Roberta Gately, a picture can change a life. Gately's life started changing back in 1986, after returning home from a busy day at work in the emergency room. It was hot outside, so she turned on the air conditioner and opened up ...
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    Nursing Then and Now

    Nursing Then and Now
    I thought I’d share an old blog post concerning new versus experienced nurses and where they ‘should’ work fresh out of nursing school. Of course I’m now a 5 year veteran, but the blog post still holds true for me. I think today’s economy has definitely impacted the amount of nursing jobs out there for new graduate nurses, but I still ...
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    Honoring Civil War Nurses

    The Civil War began 150 years ago this year. It was a bloody battle that forever altered the course of our nation. It also forever altered the profession of nursing. Prior to the Civil War, the prevailing ethos was that women belonged at home – and far from the battlefield. But nurses like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix worked on ...
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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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    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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    Time for a National Nursing License?

    Time for a National Nursing License?
    Missouri recently joined the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), an interstate coalition that makes it easier for nurses to practice in multiple states. The twenty-four states involved in the compact operate under a mutual recognition model; a nurse licensed in one NLC state is able to practice in another NLC state without obtaining another license. Previously, nurses needed to be licensed in ...
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    Bedside Nursing Care by the Numbers

    Bedside Nursing Care by the Numbers
    I think we all can appreciate the argument. Nurses feel overwhelmed when the nurse-to-patient ratio is extended beyond our means. Not only beyond our means, but also when it borders on compromising patient safety. That has always been the source of our angst and distress. Having one nurse care for additional patients in a single assignment becomes cumbersome and borders on ...
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    5 Shocking Stats About Doctors

    To most people, doctors are usually considered to be respectable, knowledgeable, impartial, and — above all — healthy. Patients go to doctors hoping to have their questions answered, their ailments fixed, and — most importantly — for peace of mind. When doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, they are promising to serve to the best of their ability but, at the ...
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    Lead a Professional Healthcare Association

    Lead a Professional Healthcare Association
    Do you have what it takes to help shape the future of healthcare? If you're a problem solver with strong leadership skills who is bold enough to stand up for your beliefs, and if you're willing to work hard and sacrifice your time, then you could be the next elected official of an influential healthcare organization. A Different Breed Most elected ...
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    12 Nurses Who Changed History

    [photo:189089] 'There’s no doubt that nurses play a significant role in our daily lives. Whether we pay a visit to the emergency room, see our general practitioner or send our child to school, a nurse is right there offering their perfect blend of nurturing presence and medical know-how. Among the many nurses that change lives every day are some who managed ...
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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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    The Euthanasia Argument

    The Euthanasia Argument
    All it took was an injection to cause relaxation of the muscles, followed by another to stop the heart, and his suffering was over. No more pain, no more suffering. The tearful couple in the room caressed his well-loved face before saying good-bye and leaving the room. He was no longer in pain. The "he" in this case was Rox, a ...
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    6 Annoying Things Doctors Tell Their Patients

    6 Annoying Things Doctors Tell Their Patients
    Visiting the doctor can be a stressful ordeal, and not just because it's often related to some sort of medical issue. Between all the forms to fill out and spending more time in the waiting room than you do actually interacting with your physician, the amount of time spent can seem like a major hassle. While in reality the vast majority ...
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