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    Malpractice Insurance 101

    Malpractice Insurance 101
    You can never be too safe. In no industry is that more true than in healthcare. No matter your job title, you are impacting patients' lives every day. You may think that medical malpractice insurance only applies to physicians and nurses, but in actuality, almost every healthcare professional can obtain some form of malpractice coverage either through your employer, a professional ...
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    Legal Nursing Issues Explained

    Legal Nursing Issues Explained
    *Q: How can I be responsible for a bad patient outcome when I barely knew the patient? Am I responsible for a patient's bad outcome when several others also took care of the patient? Why am I being sued when the patient was well and discharged from my floor a week ago? I am only the HMO "Call A Nurse", how ...
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    High-Octane Nursing

    High-Octane Nursing
    If you're an adrenaline junkie seeking a lifetime of adventure, look no further than emergency nursing, where you could work to save lives in high-pressure situations. Here's a look at some of the aspects that set this niche apart. The Thrill According to Carol Howat, RN, BSN, a nurse in the emergency room of Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois, ...
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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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    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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    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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    Tips for Getting Published in a Nursing Journal

    Tips for Getting Published in a Nursing Journal
    Getting an article published in a nursing journal may seem daunting to novice writers, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges. RN editors and authors offer these pointers to help aspiring authors convert good ideas into published work. Recognize the Opportunity Most nursing journal articles are written by nurse educators required to conduct and publish research. However, staff nurses, nurse managers ...
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    Hospital Administration Cutbacks

    Hospital Administration Cutbacks
    The changes they are enacting around the hospital are continuing. This confirms the suspicions that many of my coworkers had about the new CEO coming to “clean house”. So far I’ve heard of 9 layoffs in various administrative and management positions. Of course I don’t know all the details, but from what I’ve heard they are consolidating many of these positions ...
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    It’s About the Patients, Stupid

    It’s About the Patients, Stupid
    My apologies to James Carville. I plagiarized his tagline because the insurance industry has forgotten about sick people during our national healthcare debate. I remember when nurses and insurance companies use to get along with each other. Back in the 1960s, these nurses even took time out of their busy schedules to pose for one of their ads. We took care ...
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    4 Ways to Revive Your Passion for Nursing

    [photo:179393] Being a nurse is a rewarding but tough job. The excitement that comes during the first year of your career can fade away as long hours and a bursting schedule take their toll. “Adultitis” can creep into the lives of even the best nurses, and it is NOT something you want to live with. Besides causing loads of stress, it ...
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    Live Your Dreams: Volunteering Abroad

    Live Your Dreams: Volunteering Abroad
    Ever had dreams of leaving it all behind to volunteer your skills in another country? More importantly, have you thought of all the lives you could improve with your nursing skills? Whether you’re clearing debris from a storm or volunteering in a medical clinic, the actions that you take while volunteering can make a big difference. So why not explore it? ...
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    Creative Benefits to Recruit and Retain Nurses

    Creative Benefits to Recruit and Retain Nurses
    Despite the nursing shortage, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington, has no problem attracting a steady steam of job candidates. “We’ve never offered nurses a sign-on bonus,” says Kathy Franz, the hospital’s director of human resources. “Sign-on bonuses typically keep nurses in their jobs for two years. Our goal is to attract candidates who want to work here for other ...
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    Shared Governance Lets Nurses Be Agents of Change

    Shared Governance Lets Nurses Be Agents of Change
    Nurses are discovering how to transform their frustrations into accomplishments by participating in a form of leadership known as shared governance. "Shared governance recognizes the professional status of the nurse," says Kevin Hannifan, vice president and chief operating officer at Hartford Hospital, where shared governance started to take form at the end of 1999. "Instead of having guys like me or ...
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    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?

    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?
    With the various corporate scandals of recent years, we've seen plenty of headlines about whistleblowers in the business world. Now, the nursing industry is bringing us its own front-page cases that could see more medical watchdogs come to the fore. Legal experts say the number of whistleblower cases in the healthcare field has been on the rise since 1999, when the ...
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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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    Helping the Uninsured – Can Nurses Make a Difference?

    Helping the Uninsured – Can Nurses Make a Difference?
    One in six Americans was living in poverty in 2008, and that number has risen in 2009. Many of these people have gone without—and continue to go without—health insurance. We asked Jane Dellert, a nurse of 41 years who has treated uninsured children at low-cost clinics since the 1990s, what she thinks about the current healthcare crisis and what nurses can ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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