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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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    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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    3 Male Nurse Myths

    3 Male Nurse Myths
    When I first decided to enter the nursing profession, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I hadn’t grown up wanting to be a nurse, nor did I give it much thought beforehand. But I was bored and miserable working for the U.S. Postal Service and had to find something that was a lot more mentally stimulating. My ...
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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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    How Nurses Can Help End Horizontal Hostility in Three Easy Steps

    How Nurses Can Help End Horizontal Hostility in Three Easy Steps
    Nurses are supposed to be compassionate caregivers. So why are so many scarred emotionally from the gossip, backstabbing, second-guessing and other abusive, demoralizing or hostile acts nurses inflict on one another? If you've had enough of the fighting, read on. Veteran nurses explain why such horizontal hostility occurs, revealing the true price it exacts, and share tips for creating a more ...
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    5 Ways Social Media Can Help Nurses

    1. Learn About Industry Trends and Breakthroughs Social media is largely about learning. While some of us are leveraging social media as marketing or micro-blogging tools, many nurses are banding together and sharing important information about trends happening in their industry today. Great ways to learn about what’s happening in healthcare now: • Follow and fan professional organizations like the ...
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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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    9 Shocking Nursing News Stories

    9 Shocking Nursing News Stories
    Nurses are known for being the kind face at the hospital, the patient's advocate, and the "Angel of Life." They've made a career out of caring for others selflessly. So when a nurse "goes bad" and does the unthinkable, it makes headlines, rattles the nursing industry and shocks the public. From smaller crimes like stealing money and breaching patient confidentiality, to ...
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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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    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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    Is Nursing Really Recession-Proof?

    Is Nursing Really Recession-Proof?
    Despite the downturn in the economy, nurses have been repeatedly told that their careers are recession-proof. Proponents of this outlook site statistics about the healthcare industry adding jobs each month and the increased demand for RNs, LPNs and medical assistants. But healthcare hasn't been immune to the recession. Healthcare professionals have been laid off - and you might be one of ...
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    Healthcare Violence

    Healthcare Violence
    There is so much violence in the world, and it can trickle down to anyone. I’m a nurse and I work in an emergency room, and I’ve been assaulted more than once by the very patient I’m taking care of. One of my most recent experiences with workplace violence was in July 2009. As I was taking report from the EMS, ...
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    Solutions for the Current Nursing Shortage

    Solutions for the Current Nursing Shortage
    The nursing shortage in the United States is estimated between 340,000 to over a million nurses. Many of the nurses that are leaving the field are management and faculty nurses needed by nursing schools for training the new crop of nursing graduates. Many of these upper level administrative nurses are nearing retirement age, just at the time that demand for nursing ...
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    Demanding Health Literacy

    Demanding Health Literacy
    Patient teaching and patient education are big topics in nursing. Good preventative health education helps keep people from becoming patients and good patient education helps patients from getting worse or helps them manage their condition or illness. It used to be that nurses had time to sit down and discuss various issues with their patients, answering questions and generally providing support. ...
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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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    Should Nurses Have the Power to Unionize?

    Should Nurses Have the Power to Unionize?
    Should nurses have the power to unionize? The question is almost as old as the labor movement itself. Some nurses consider unionization unprofessional; others consider unions an essential tool to help ensure safe practice environments. The question, though, may soon be moot. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker has proposed a Budget Repair Bill that will strip public employees – including nurses ...
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    Surviving Workforce Reorganization

    Surviving Workforce Reorganization
    Over the past several months there have been murmurs of budget problems at your facility. You are not overly concerned, having survived hard times in the past. The department director has requested a meeting with you for this afternoon. Upon entering the conference room, you are greeted by your director and the manager of human resources. There is a stack of ...
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    Top 5 Recession-Proof Industries

    Recession-Proof Industries The rate of job openings and new hires has steadily decreased since 2007, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And unemployment rates are holding fast at 10 percent, which also doesn't bode well. According to the December employment report, 6.1 million people face long-term unemployment. Even though experts are hollering about the impending end ...
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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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    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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