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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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    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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    10 Reasons to Love Nursing

    10 Reasons to Love Nursing
    Lately I have been in a rut of sorts regarding nursing. This happens with most careers probably and had given me a challenge: to come up with things I love about being a nurse, from the serious to the silly. So, let me count the ways: (10) The pay. Yes, nursing is a job, and yes, I do appreciate the income ...
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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 Greatest Gift of All?

    The Greatest Gift of All?
    If you could imagine the greatest gift to receive, what would it be? Some would say a winning lottery ticket. Others would argue that the car of their dream or house they’ve always wanted would suffice. And some would stray from the material world and deem that marrying your soul mate or seeing your kids grow up into successful adults would ...
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    Florence Nightingale: Lady With the Lamp

    Florence Nightingale: Lady With the Lamp
    I really didn’t know a lot about nursing and its amazing history when I started school, but I remember one hospital I went to really showed me how great our past is. This hospital has a whole hallway dedicated to its nursing program that was founded in the early 1900s. It was amazing to see these life size pictures of early ...
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    "Perfect Fit" Nursing

    "Perfect Fit" Nursing
    Picking a nursing specialty is easy for some–harder for others! New nurses need to ultimately decide what area of nursing fits them intellectually and emotionally, and sometimes that takes real work as well as changing jobs. It is miserable to find oneself in an area of nursing that doesn’t fit–for me that would have been med/surg or ortho. Yet I know ...
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    School Nurses - An Endangered Species

    School Nurses - An Endangered Species
    With continuous cut-backs in education budgets, many school nurse positions are being eliminated, putting our nation’s children at serious risk. Part of the problem is the considerable misunderstanding of what school nurses do and the value they bring to the community, the educational system, and the healthcare system. There is considerable evidence to support the fact that fewer school nurses has ...
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    How Can I Find Out if Nursing is For Me?

    How Can I Find Out if Nursing is For Me?
    There are many choices in the health care professions now. It used to be primarily doctors, nurses and dentists. Nursing is in competition with so many other health care professions. How can we help people choose nursing? One way you can see for yourself first hand is to become a patient, but that is not the recommended route. Many young people ...
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    20 Reasons Why You Should Be a Nurse

    20 Reasons Why You Should Be a Nurse
    Have you considered a career in nursing? It’s a very rewarding career, both monetarily and emotionally. Making a difference in people’s lives and bringing them hope and cheer is not something that you can achieve in just about any career. Read on to know why the nursing career is so rewarding. 1. There is great demand for nurses at present and ...
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    HIPAA Privacy Rule & Patient Confidentiality

    HIPAA Privacy Rule & Patient Confidentiality
    Unless you work for the CIA or Secret Service, it's hard to imagine a job where you aren't able to talk about your work day. Except nursing. Sure, most of us have talked about an interesting patient case, or shared that funny cafeteria story with friends and family. However, talking about your day and giving out specific information are two different ...
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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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    Fastest Growing Careers: IT Careers and Health Care Jobs

    Fastest Growing Careers: IT Careers and Health Care Jobs
    The information technology and health care industries are clamoring for more skilled workers. How can you become one of them? Everyone dreams of a career with a handsome salary, one promising boundless growth and loads of opportunities. But these careers belong to a privileged few, and they demand years of nonstop study and training. Right? Not necessarily. The fastest growing careers, ...
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    So You Want to Be A Male Nurse

    So You Want to Be A Male Nurse
    Yes. It can and does happen. Contrary to popular belief and myth, there really are male nurses out there! And yes, we do encounter discrimination every so often – some greater than others, and some more severe. I can remember when I first made the decision to be a nurse… “You want to be a Murse?” “I guess you didn’t want ...
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    Maria Gatto, MA, APRN, CHPN, BC-PCM, NP, AHN-BC, HNP

    Maria Gatto, MA, APRN, CHPN, BC-PCM, NP, AHN-BC, HNP
    Ms. Gatto's entire career has focused on palliative nursing with a holistic focus. A graduate and president of the class of 1987 at William Paterson University, she has worked in various palliative care settings, including oncology and hospice. Her return to nursing school at New York University led to master's and post-master's degrees and board-certified palliative care management nurse practitioner (BC-PCM, ...
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    Eunice (Kitty) Ernst, RN, CNM, MPH, DSc (hon) - Mary Breckinridge Chair of Midwifery

    Kitty Ernst is the only endowed Chair of Midwifery in the United States. She is a certified nurse-midwife graduate of Kentucky's Frontier School of Midwifery with a master's degree in public health. A renowned visionary in the field of midwifery, Kitty has pioneered pregnancy and birth care advances for more than 40 years. Highlights of her career include: * Early president ...
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    Dr. Ruby Martinez, RN, PhD, CS

    Dr. Ruby Martinez, RN, PhD, CS
    Dr. Ruby Martinez is an Assistant Professor-CT and Director of the Student Services and Diversity Office at the CU School of Nursing where she teaches psychiatric nursing, conducts research on and practices with vulnerable populations. Dr. Martinez earned her PhD from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver in 1995. Other graduate degrees from the University of Colorado include ...
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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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    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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    5 Fun Facts About Nurses

    5 Fun Facts About Nurses
    Have you ever wondered how many nurses make up the entire country’s population? Or which country provides the U.S. with the most nurses? We’ve rounded up the answers below. 1. Nurses could take over a country…hypothetically. Nurses who actively work in nursing in the United States make up 0.76 percent of the U.S. population. That’s about the entire population of the ...
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