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    Recommitting to Nursing School

    Recommitting to Nursing School
    I am in my second year of a three-year BSN program, and yesterday our Health Promotion instructor posed an interesting question to our class. We were discussing various change theories and ways we can go about helping our clients make decisions. She wanted us to experience what it’s like for a client to use a structured tool to make decisions, so ...
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    10 Dos and Don'ts of a Travel Nurse

    10 Dos and Don'ts of a Travel Nurse
    So you’ve thought about becoming a traveling nurse. You’ve imagined yourself basking under the desert skies of Arizona, frolicking on the sun-soaked beaches of Los Angeles — and not just for a vacation, but as your lifestyle. But wait. Forget the exotic travel for a minute — what is the job really? Being a nurse brings enough of its own challenges, ...
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    Why Every Nurse Should Be on Youtube

    Why Every Nurse Should Be on Youtube
    I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all love those teachers who challenge us to see a different side of nursing that we’re not familiar with. The ones that are passionate about what they do (and what we want to do), and help us find ways to utilize the tools and information at our fingertips to help us get ...
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    Live-Action Nursing Simulation

    Live-Action Nursing Simulation
    So you’re sitting in the classroom chatting with friends before class starts, when the door swings open. At first glance, you think it’s your professor, she has the same body shape, same height, same stature. You turn away and then something makes you look back. You realize this person has on a horrible black shaggy wig, and so many layers of ...
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    Does Nursing School Equal No Life?

    Does Nursing School Equal No Life?
    I recently helped out at school at the new-student orientation for the incoming nursing class. My friends and I were passing down advice to the “newbies,” all the while finding it hard to believe that we were in their shoes only a year and a half ago. So among the sage advice of “don’t wear colored underwear under your white scrubs,” ...
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    Breaking Through Assumptions About Nursing

    Breaking Through Assumptions About Nursing
    I had been awake and working for almost 32 hours. I’m an organ procurement coordinator and we frequently work 24-hour shifts, but this day had pushed me past my limits. I was beginning to think that I wasn’t cut out for the world of organ donation, that I was too old for what is clearly a young person’s game. At 35, ...
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    The Trouble With Getting Clinical Experience

    The Trouble With Getting Clinical Experience
    In my clinical experiences, I’ve found that it’s really hard to get the opportunity to perform a new skill. Picture it: New patient admitted to the floor, assigned to the nurse you are following, and needs an IV started. You (the student nurse): Can I start the IV? Nurse: Have you done it before? You: I’ve performed it several times in ...
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    Using Conferences as Continuing Education

    Using Conferences as Continuing Education
    This past weekend I attended the annual conference of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) in Indianapolis, Indiana. For those of you that have ever attended a conference before, you know what it is like. Several days of sitting in lectures, networking and collecting free pens from all the exhibitors. I have been to a few different ones in my ...
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    Become a Nurse Practitioner

    Become a Nurse Practitioner
    If nursing is your passion, why not go back to school? It seems every other nurse is doing just that, and it’s no surprise. An advanced education offers many benefits. For instance, here are five ways that going back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner can take your career to the next level. 1. Open doors to new opportunities: An advanced education ...
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    The Human Body as a Subway Map?

    The Human Body as a Subway Map?
    What if the systems of the human body were depicted as a subway map? It would look something like this amazing map by illustrator Sam Loman. See the entire map, body, system here. Are You Good to Your Body? Take the Quiz!
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    California Increases Loan Forgiveness for Nurses

    California Increases Loan Forgiveness for Nurses
    California State Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, recently introduced a bill that allows nurses to eliminate up to $40,000 of student debt — double the previous $20,000 limit.  The Assembly Higher Education Committee unanimously approved the bill. The Knight bill expands a previous loan forgiveness program that repaid up to $20,000 of a nurse’s student loans in exchange for four years of nursing ...
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    Happiest Nursing Moments

    Happiest Nursing Moments
    There are many of them, but two in particular stand out for me. They involve patients I have taken care of (of course). The first patient story I have blogged about previously. Here is an excerpt: During all of my 'normal' routines, this particular patient ever-so slightly placed her warm hand on my forearm, and with the stare of appreciation she ...
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    The Ultimate List of Professional Associations for Nurses

    The Ultimate List of Professional Associations for Nurses
    Whatever your nursing specialty, you can bet there’s an association out there to offer career information, continuing-education credit, networking opportunities and other resources to meet your professional needs. Here are some nursing organizations to check out, listed in alphabetical order: [widget:school_finder_widget__nursinglink] • Academy of Medical-Surgical-Nurses • Academy of Neonatal Nursing • Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association • American Academy of ...
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    5 Reasons to Become a Nurse Practitioner

    5 Reasons to Become a Nurse Practitioner
    If nursing is your passion, why not go back to school? It seems every other nurse is doing just that, and it’s no surprise. An advanced education offers many benefits. For instance, here are five ways that going back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner can take your career to the next level. 1. Open doors to new opportunities: An advanced education ...
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    An NP Goes to Washington

    An NP Goes to Washington
    Nurses nationwide are hoping for the best when it comes to healthcare reform: the best for their patients and the best for the future of their own profession. Fortunately, those who are drafting healthcare reform legislation are being careful to include as many voices as possible as they make their decisions—especially the voices of those who are interacting with patients every ...
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    Nursing is Not For Everyone

    Nursing is Not For Everyone
    Nursing is not for everyone. You must be prepared to work hard. Nursing is both physically and emotionally challenging and draining. With the exception of a few areas, nurses provide care around the clock 24/7. This is usually divided into shifts of 8 or 12 hours, but it includes nights, weekends, and yes, even holidays. You will miss family events, and ...
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    9 Reasons to Fall in Love With Nursing

    In a very basic sense, nursing is a profession of love. Love means giving of yourself, without asking anything in return, and this is what nurses do every day. You never know what you’re going to get at the beginning of a shift. You might get a patient that is an absolute joy to work with and save lives. You ...
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    Top 10 Reasons You KNOW You’re a Nurse

    Top 10 Reasons You KNOW You’re a Nurse
    1. You wash your hands before you use the bathroom. Isn’t microbiology a wonderful thing? My microbiology class scared the be-jeezus outta me. After that class I never looked at another public bathroom, restaurant, or salad bar the same. Things I notice about the ‘cleanliness’ of society leaves me speechless sometimes. If they only knew what they were really touching. 2. ...
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    Emerging Nurse Career: Patient Advocate

    Emerging Nurse Career: Patient Advocate
    I had never heard of a private patient advocate. But I always knew I had more to offer than just carrying out written doctor’s orders, filling out the paperwork and going home. I started brainstorming and searching around online for answers. What I found was exciting: Private patient advocacy is an emerging field that brings together nursing and medicine with social ...
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    Five Things Students Should Do to Pass the New NCLEX

    Five Things Students Should Do to Pass the New NCLEX
    A brand-new year means brand-new standards, at least for the NCLEX. With the December 15 announcement by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to raise the passing standard on the NCLEX-RN exam, aspiring nurses taking the test after April 2010 may find the exam more challenging than anticipated. Historically, new standards have been shown to affect passing rates. ...
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