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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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    10 Things That College Taught Us About Life

    1. Dorms College is a time of extreme freedom but, let’s face it, not everything about college screams unfettered space. Students don’t usually have a lot of extra money and that means that their personal space is limited. In fact, the average college student has bunked down in a dorm room. According to the 2000 census, about 2 million students ...
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    Being the Nurse Outside Work

    Being the Nurse Outside Work
    Healthcare. A profession where we are all taught how to and expected to respond appropriately in emergency situations, help people in need, and save lives… right? A hefty expectation for any individual, but an honorable one I suppose. When handed the appropriate resources for following out such expectations (hospital setting, nearby code cart, ample hands with comparable "life-saving" experience) although the ...
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    8 Reasons Why Nursing is Not For You

    8 Reasons Why Nursing is Not For You
    Are you planning to opt for a career in nursing? Do you have all the requisite qualities to become a nurse? Being a nurse is not easy; one has to work with sick patients day in and out, and handle emergencies at any time of the day or the night. Read on to understand if you are meant to be a ...
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    Pediatric Nursing Profile

    Pediatric Nursing Profile
    If you're pursuing a career in nursing and enjoy working with children, a career in pediatric nursing or child health nursing could be worth looking into. Pediatric nurses take care of children of all ages, and the position requires unique skills. Find out what a pediatric nurse's duties are, the education and experience required to break into the field, and the ...
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    How to Choose a Nursing Specialty

    How to Choose a Nursing Specialty
    Your nursing program will include at least one semester on each nursing specialty. This gives you terrific exposure for you to make possible career choices, apart from giving you the much-required hands-on experience. Demand for Specialized Nurses Currently, the United States is going through a severe nursing shortage, which is projected to continue for a long time. This is actually good ...
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    6 Reasons to Get a BSN

    6 Reasons to Get a BSN
    Thinking of getting a nursing degree – or advancing your nursing education? Sign up for a BSN program! While the nursing profession has debated the minimum degree for entry into the profession for years (the American Nurses Association first recommended the baccalaureate degree as the "minimum preparation for the beginning professional nursing practice" in 1965), there are still multiple paths to ...
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    High-Octane Nursing: Try Emergency Nursing

    High-Octane Nursing: Try Emergency 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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    Transplant Nursing

    Transplant Nursing
    Want to work on the cutting edge of science? Enjoy patient teaching? Consider a career as a transplant nurse. Transplant nurses work with patients who receive kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, lung, small bowel and combination transplants. Transplant nurses also care for living donors, the family members, friends and occasional strangers who donate organs to patients in need. Demand for organ transplants ...
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    Military Nursing Profile

    Military Nursing Profile
    What do Florence Nightingale, Walt Whitman, and Mary Todd Lincoln have in common? They were all nurses during wartime, with Nightingale supporting the British during the Crimean War and the latter two serving during the Civil War. Today, military nurses work all over the world in every branch of our armed forces; gaining invaluable experience while serving their country. [gate] The ...
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    Faith-Based Nursing

    Faith-Based Nursing
    If faith is a sustaining and central part of your life, consider parish nursing. While once only chaplains provided spiritual counseling to the ill, now nurses can deliver both practical and spiritual care. Parish nurses visit and treat sick patients as well as pray with them, integrating treatment in healing and spirituality. Sample job description: "Christian, wellness centered, body-mind-spirit opportunity…function autonomously ...
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    Registered Nurses: Most Trusted Profession

    Registered Nurses: Most Trusted Profession
    In a recent poll, nurses were once again at the top of 21 professions for honesty and ethics. We’ve held that spot for seven years now. That’s according to a Gallup Poll, 84% percent of Americans rate nurses’ honesty and ethics as “very high” or “high.” Understandably, we beat bankers, congressmen, journalists and lawyers, but we also out-perform physicians, pharmacists, teachers ...
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    Virtual Nursing – Nursing Field of the Future?

    Virtual Nursing – Nursing Field of the Future?
    Technology is the driving force changing the way we do everything, and it's leading to a large movement toward virtual nursing, otherwise known as telecommute nursing or telephone triage. With a nationwide nursing shortage and an increasing desire by aging baby boomers for a way to get the medical advice and support they require remotely — either via phone, email, chat, ...
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    Ethical Dilemmas in Correctional Nursing

    Ethical Dilemmas in Correctional Nursing
    Basis of Ethical Care Two basic principles of ethical care are beneficence (acting only for the benefit of the patient) and nonmalfeasance (do no harm to the patient). In the course of working in a security environment, an ethical dilemma can arise when the goals of custody administration seem to conflict with these principles. A code of ethics specific to correctional ...
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    5 Reasons to Get a PhD/DNP

    5 Reasons to Get a PhD/DNP
    Less than one percent of all American nurses have a doctoral degree. But if the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has its way, that will soon change. Last year, the IOM, in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released The Future of Nursing, a summary of its two-year study of nursing and healthcare. The report says nurses need to take on ...
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    Failure to Rescue and Nursing Vigilance in Corrections

    Failure to Rescue and Nursing Vigilance in Corrections
    Failure to Rescue has emerged as an issue in the patient safety movement and is now being addressed as it applies to correctional nursing. I wrote about it last fall and have continued to consider how this concept impacts practice in our specialty. This morning I attended a session in the Updates in Correctional Healthcare presented by Sue Smith, MSN, RN, ...
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    Is My Patient Faking It?

    Is My Patient Faking It?
    Unfortunately, correctional nurses must be wary of a variety of motives behind inmate-patients seeking medical or mental health treatment. Malingering is defined as the intentional falsification or exaggeration of symptoms for external motives or secondary gain. There is a high incidence of malingering in jails and prisons. A reported 20% of mental illness in corrections is malingering. Reasons to Fake Illness ...
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    Legal History of Correctional Nursing

    Legal History of Correctional Nursing
    Part I Where were you in November, 1976? Maybe not even born yet…but probably not thinking about health care in prisons and jails. However, November, 1976 could be deemed the official start of the profession of correctional nursing. This is the date of the landmark Estelle v Gamble Supreme Court decision which established health care as a constitutional right for US ...
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    What to Remember While Selecting a Nursing School

    What to Remember While Selecting a Nursing School
    You will need to consider several factors when you choose a nursing school. What might be important to some other nursing student might not really be a concern to you. Therefore, you need to choose a nursing school that fits in with your career plan, budget, and other considerations. Arm yourself with a book and a pen and use this article ...
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