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    Med-Surg Nursing

    Med-Surg Nursing
    Do you like challenges? Hate being bored? Consider a career as a med-surg nurse. Once considered a not-very-glamorous, catch-all nursing niche, medical-surgical nursing has evolved into a full-fledge specialty. According to the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, med-surg nursing is "one of the most demanding specialties of all the nursing specialties… [it] is no longer viewed as a stepping-stone but is the ...
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    9 Qualities of a Great Nurse

    9 Qualities of a Great Nurse
    It takes many great qualities to be a good nurse. Nursing as a specialty requires people to be as smart as doctors, as patient as a mother does, and as compassionate as a friend. A nursing career allows you to experience a level of personal gratification that does not come with any other job. What are the qualities that a great ...
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    A Peek at Cardiac Care Nursing

    A Peek at Cardiac Care Nursing
    “If you need anything for pain, please let me know. Make sure you keep lying flat, and don’t move your leg Sir. If there is anything you need, I’ll be right outside.” I said pleased with a successful, stress-free admission of a fresh Cardiac Patient with 2 stents. A young man with no health history, aside from being a frequent smoker, ...
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    106 Reasons Why Everyone Should Love Nurses

    106 Reasons Why Everyone Should Love Nurses
    Nurses are indeed the backbone of the medical field. They’re on the front lines every day, dealing with the heart of each patient’s issues, while ensuring that they feel comfortable and secure every step of the way. There are probably a million reasons that everyone should love nurses, but we’ve come up with of the top ones. 106 Reasons Why Everyone ...
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    Who's Who in the Nursing Hierarchy

    Who's Who in the Nursing Hierarchy
    Any health care environment, be it a traditional hospital setting, a home health facility or even hospice care, have a hierarchy of health care professionals. Nurses are ranked by their level of education and licensure, as well as years of experience. Advanced and experienced nurses hold leadership positions, while entry-level nurses starting out their career as an LPN or aide, work ...
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    What They DON'T Tell You in Nursing School

    What They DON'T Tell You in Nursing School
    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not one of these people who grew up being a nurse. It would be nice to say that I put bandages on my dolls, and had dreams of nursing since I was a child. But I just can’t say it. It’s not true. I came to the realization that wanted to be a ...
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    Growing Opportunities for Nurses in Home Health Care

    Growing Opportunities for Nurses in Home Health Care
    Home health care is one of the fastest growing areas in health care today. For nurses, providing care for patients in their own homes is the place to be in the next decade. This includes private duty shift work in homes, as well as intermittent home health and hospice care. Convenient for the Patient Medical care in your own home! Who ...
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    Correctional Nursing: Transgender Inmates

    Correctional Nursing: Transgender Inmates
    THE SITUATION: You're working medical screening for new detainees at a large urban jail. Your next case arrives for assessment with make-up and bright female clothing, although you also see male-pattern facial hair and muscle structure. What do you do? Transgender individuals are over-represented in the inmate population. If you work in corrections, you are likely to come face-to-face with your ...
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    The Difference Between LPNs and RNs

    The Difference Between LPNs and RNs
    LPNs vs. RNs: Which role is more important? Who does more? Who works harder? The argument is nothing new. The LPN is quick to tell you she does so much more than make beds, give back rubs, and take vital signs. And the RN counters that she has more education and medical training and is called upon for more advanced procedures. ...
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    Don’t Get Stuck! Sharp Safety in Corrections

    Don’t Get Stuck! Sharp Safety in Corrections
    I visit many jails and prisons across the country providing risk consultation for healthcare units. It is not rocket science to reduce injury risk but it is still very hard to do! Take sharp safety for example. We all know what we need to do but don’t always do it. Protecting ourselves from a needle stick injury takes second (or third ...
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    Why You're NOT Getting Into Nursing School

    [photo:180621]So you've decided to become a nurse, and it's the best decision you've ever made. Your life now has purpose, and you can't wait to have a job where you help people, handle new and challenging situations every day, and make a respectable living to boot. However, there's a problem. You can't get into nursing school. That's the biggest stumbling block ...
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    9 Myths About Travel Nursing Revealed

    "Ugh, I'd have to move every few months." "The staff nurses will hate me!" "I'm too old for this." Guess what? Wrong, wrong, and wrong. Let's clarify some misconceptions you may have had about travel nursing, and perhaps give you reason to evaluate whether travel nursing is a career for you. [widget:school_finder_widget__nursinglink] First of all, when it comes to nurses ...
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    Pioneering a Movement in Palliative Care Nursing

    Pioneering a Movement in Palliative Care Nursing
    When Carmen Carrillo, RN, CHPN, interviewed for a palliative care nurse position in a Southern California hospital system, she had little idea she was about to become part of a new trend in end-of-life care. “After I heard more about the position, I learned more about the palliative care movement and I wanted to be part of it,” says Carrillo, now ...
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    The World of Nursing: Then and Now

    The Mindset List, created by Beloit College in Wisconsin, helps faculty members prepare for incoming students by ensuring that their cultural references are up-to-date and reflect the worldview of current students. Its originators, Humanities Professor Tom McBride and former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, have published this clever list since 1998 to help faculty stay in touch with younger generations. The ...
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    Calculating I.V. Drip Rates with Confidence

    Issue Date: October 2006 Vol. 1 No. 1 Originally published on American Nurse Today - see original article here. Click here for PDF version. While you're working your shift on the progressive care unit, the physician phones in an order to start a patient's I.V. dopamine infusion at 5 mcg/kg/minute. As you hang up the phone, your mind starts to race: ...
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    The Great Med-Surg Debate

    The Great Med-Surg Debate
    Another clinical rotation has finally finished! ICU was a great experience, actually, it really surprised me. All those pre-conceived notions I had in the beginning were just nerves. Now that it’s over, I’m finally realizing that I only have 9 months left of this program…and then I will finally get to sign, “Ani Burr, RN, BSN!” It seems so surreal, and ...
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    The Soldier Nurse

    The Soldier Nurse
    Nursing can be one of those fascinating careers that always brings with it new experiences. There can be plenty of drama, surprises and emotional highs and lows. Talking with Bernardino Ramos, the head nurse at a Veterans Affairs clinic and a veteran himself, it’s apparent that for those working in the military, the extremes can be even greater. After earning his ...
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    Stuck in a Nursing School Rut?

    Stuck in a Nursing School Rut?
    I’m having flash backs. I’ve been here before. This rut of feeling like, “oh my gosh, how am I ever going to get all of this done!?!” The panic is setting in and despite having a ton of work sitting in front of me, I can’t quite figure out where to start. Everything I need to work on is top priority ...
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    The Standardized Standard

    The Standardized Standard
    I’m not sure if it’s a requirement for all nursing schools, but it seems that all of the schools I have heard of have some type of standardized testing system to test our knowledge. Our school uses ATI testing, others use HESI or other testing companies. Part of me understands the importance: we’re going to be responsible for all the information ...
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    Two Qualities for Every Nurse

    Two Qualities for Every Nurse
    Today I volunteered to help out at the senior class pinning ceremony. It’s hard to believe that the upperclassmen that lead our orientation two years ago are now heading out into the real world to become actual, shot-giving, trach-suctioning, care-giving, working nurses! And even harder to believe is that it will be my class going through the same traditional ceremony in ...
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