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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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    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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    The Benefits of Being a Travel Nurse

    The Benefits of Being a Travel Nurse
    So you are debating whether to become a Travel Nurse and you are curious to know some of the benefits. Here is a brief list covering most of the benefits you can expect: [gate] Travel One of the better travel nurse benefits is the ability to pick assignments all over the country. After all it is called Travel Nursing. If you ...
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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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    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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    Nephrology Nursing

    Nephrology Nursing
    Nurses who work with patients with kidney disease so many times say they are a "hemodialysis nurse," a "peritoneal dialysis nurse," or a "transplant nurse." Nephrology nurses are ONE specialty nursing group no matter what area of the specialty they work in. Nephrology nurses work in a variety of settings, including kidney replacement therapy, acute care, education, pediatrics, research, chronic kidney ...
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    Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

    Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
    Gerontological Nurse Practitioners (GNPs) hold advanced degrees specializing in geriatrics. They are able to diagnose and manage their patients' often long-term and debilitating conditions and provide regular assessments to patients' family members. Similar to all geriatrics nurses, GNPs must approach nursing holistically and pay special attention to maintaining a comforting bedside manner for their elderly patients. h4. Average Annual Salary $75,000 ...
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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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    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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    Become a Nurse Entrepreneur

    Become a Nurse Entrepreneur
    A number of nurses today are taking a "leap of faith" from traditional patient care to a career as an entrepreneur. If you are one of them, whether changes in the healthcare setting or the desire to be your own boss are at the root of your desire, personal effectiveness is an essential part of success as a nurse entrepreneur. Transitioning ...
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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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    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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    Orthopedic Nurse

    Orthopedic Nurse
    Average Salary: $81,000 Orthopedic Nurses provide care for patients suffering for musculoskeletal ailments, such as arthritis, joint replacement, and diabetes. They are responsible for educating patients on these disorders and on available self care and support systems. For additional information on this field, please see the entire Orthopedic Nurse profile. Next: Nurse Practitioner Previous: Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse
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    Pros and Cons of a Travel Nursing Career

    Pros and Cons of a Travel Nursing Career
    In order to give a fair and accurate account of being a travel nurse, we thought it was only appropriate to present the high and low points of this career. The following is a comprehensive list of pros and cons associated with travel nursing: Pros 1. The ability to travel and live all over the country. 2. The flexibility to work ...
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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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    Travel Nursing: Tax Home vs. Permanent Residence

    Travel Nursing: Tax Home vs. Permanent Residence
    Travel nursing has many perks. In addition to beautiful locations, elegant housing, awesome hospitals, and more nursing jobs than you have probably ever imagined, there is also tax free money. Tax free money is considered by some to be the biggest perk in travel nursing. However, not all nurses qualify to receive tax free money...legally. So what makes one nurse qualify ...
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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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    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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    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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    Outcomes Management

    Outcomes Management
    Do you like to measure progress? Are you the one who keeps score in the Scrabble game? If so, outcomes management may be the nursing specialty for you. Measuring quality – length of stay, quality of care, and utilization – can get you a job working for a health insurance company or hospital system. Sample job description: “Develop ongoing quality measurements ...
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