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    5 Exciting Nursing Specialties

    5 Exciting Nursing Specialties
    It is no big secret that the upcoming retirement of the baby boomers will put enormous strain on the health care industry. While this may not be great times for hospital management, qualified nurses are in high demand and enjoy many job benefits including sign on bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and retention bonuses. There are hundreds of career avenues for nurses, but ...
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    Travel Nursing 101

    Travel Nursing 101
    A chance to explore the country is awaiting nurses who decide it's time to give travel nursing a try. Maybe you have always had a secret yearning to see the country, to take off in search of adventure, wherever it might lead you. Maybe you've always stifled that urge because you thought you were tied down by your job. Not anymore! ...
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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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    Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career

    Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career
    If you're an experienced nursing professional, there are a number of opportunities in advanced practice nursing you could pursue. [widget:301] Advanced practice nurses fall into four categories: nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSes). All require advanced education (typically leading to a master's degree) and clinical experience. After that, certification and state ...
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    Forensic Nursing

    Forensic Nursing
    Is CSI your favorite TV show? Then forensic nursing may be your calling. This broad field includes death investigations, sexual assault victim examinations, trauma centers, or child advocacy. The common denominator is being part of law enforcement. Sample job description: “Provide physical, forensic, and emotional evaluation of sexual assault patients without physician presence...available as needed for courtroom testimony.” More: What About ...
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    Nursing Informatics- Another Career Avenue

    Nursing Informatics- Another Career Avenue
    As we are all aware, electronic health records, on-line learning and countless other forms of technological assistance tools for the medical professional are here and here to stay. These valuable resources can offer the hospital or ambulatory care nurse the possibility of medical records readily at hand, reminders of allergies, and quick references for patient care essentials. However, all of these ...
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    10 Qualities of a Great Nurse Educator

    Looking for a career change? Health care is one of the fastest growing professions out there, but every day, prospective students are being turned away because of a lesser-known shortage: there aren't enough Nurse Educators to teach them all! As a nurse, you are already ahead of the curve if you're interested in becoming a Nurse Educator. After all, you ...
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    Tips for Finding a Travel Nursing Job

    Tips for Finding a Travel Nursing Job
    The exciting thing about the nursing career is that you can choose the specialty you want and the place where you want to work. Some of us like travel, but are not able to indulge in this desire because of the need to earn. As a nurse, you can indulge your desire for travel and see foreign places, while earning a ...
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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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    Cardiac Nursing

    Cardiac Nursing
    Do you enjoy delving deeply into a subject? Are you fascinated by the workings of the human heart? Consider a career as a cardiac nurse. While cardiac nurses focus their practice on one specific body system – the cardiovascular system – cardiac nursing is an extraordinarily diverse specialty. Cardiac nurses can be found on telemetry units, coronary care units (CCUs) and ...
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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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    Assisted Living and Long Term Care

    Assisted Living and Long Term Care
    Gone are the days when long term care was just for those in their final years. Today’s shorter in-patient hospital stays put many patients – young or old – into 30-day stays in long term care facilities. Nurses who enjoy spending more than just a few days with patients in a hospital setting may find that long term care offers higher ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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