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    Critical-Care Nurses Specialize in Saving Lives

    Critical-Care Nurses Specialize in Saving Lives
    With an ability to think quickly, act decisively and stay calm when lives are at stake, critical-care nurses are among the in-demand healthcare professionals who make life-or-death decisions about patient care every day. Critical-care nurses treat patients at high risk for actual or potential life-threatening health problems and also tend to the emotional well-being of those patients' families. That's no small ...
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    Ambulatory Care

    Ambulatory Care
    Only an ambulatory nurse could transition from working in a jail, to a childbirth center, a family practice clinic, telephone triage, and finally to ambulatory clinical education without breaking a sweat. [widget:determined_to_be_a_nurse] Meet Renee E. Maynes, BSN, RN, BC, AAACN member, and currently the Ambulatory Clinical Educator at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Renee admits that she has ...
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    Disaster Relief: Boost Your Skills — and Karma!

    Helping a little can go a long way. On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy (also internationally known as Typhoon Ketsana) dropped an entire month’s worth of rainfall on the Philippines in a matter of hours. Typhoon Ketsana has already claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed thousands of Philippine residents’ homes and crops vital to the area’s livelihood. It has claimed ...
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    Nurses Caring for Older Adults in Long-Term Care (LTC): The Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations

    Nurses Caring for Older Adults in Long-Term Care (LTC): The Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations
    Nurses often ask how they can find out what is happening in LTC and how can they get current and reputable information about nursing practice in LTC settings. We suggest that you use a “one-stop” shopping approach and look to the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO) for the information you may need. The CGNO encompasses 8 organizations representing over 28,700 ...
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    10 Most Exciting Jobs in Nursing

    10 Most Exciting Jobs in Nursing
    A cool job…what’s that? The best answer is that it’s a job that lets you do things you love – at work – and get paid well for it. You could also add great growth potential as a criteria, too. Today nursing’s outer limits are expanding hugely, with all kinds of creative, exciting possibilities. From mind-body medicine to leading the hospital ...
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    The Nurse Expert Witness: A Professional Legal Nurse Consultant Practice

    The Nurse Expert Witness:  A Professional Legal Nurse Consultant Practice
    Q: So who is an expert witness, and can I be an expert witness? A: There is a difference between a witness and an expert witness. As a general rule, a lay witness, as opposed to an expert witness, usually testifies as to facts and does not give his/her opinion. A jury, however, normally does not have extensive scientific knowledge as ...
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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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    Alternative Medicine and Hospice Care for LPN/RNs

    Alternative Medicine and Hospice Care for LPN/RNs
    After being reminded of the value of yoga principles and other alternative therapies recently I began some research in the possibilities of these in relation to expanding the career horizons of the LPN and RN. With the aging of the population, hospice care has become a valuable specialty in nursing care. Nurses are needed to provide basic nursing care, to oversee ...
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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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    Tips to Determine Which Area of Nursing to Specialize in

    Tips to Determine Which Area of Nursing to Specialize in
    If you are considering an advanced education in the nursing field, you probably have a lot of questions about where this occupation could take you. Not all nurses are the same, and choosing just one area for a specialty can be extremely difficult. From long-term care to emergency room nursing and everything in between, learning about different options available is crucial ...
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    Help the Nursing Shortage by Becoming a Nurse Educator

    Help the Nursing Shortage by Becoming a Nurse Educator
    Chances are if you are interested in entering the nursing field, you want your life to count, you want to know you are contributing something valuable to another and you want to help people. Imagine the possibility of helping not just one person at a time, but your career contributing to the excellent care of dozens or hundreds of patients at ...
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    The 411 on Neonatal Nursing

    The 411 on Neonatal Nursing
    With an increase in the number of premature babies requiring acute hospital care, new and experienced nurses are finding more career opportunities in neonatal nursing. Neonatal nurses work in general maternity wards and in neonatal intensive-care units (NICUs). Those caring for premature and critically ill babies spend their shifts diapering and feeding the infants, checking vital signs, administering medications and tests, ...
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    Ethical Dilemmas in Home Healthcare

    Ethical Dilemmas in Home Healthcare
    Whether you're a social worker, therapist, visiting nurse or another type of home healthcare practitioner, you will undoubtedly face an ethical dilemma at some point in your career. These quandaries can relate to a patient's safety, competency or confidentiality, reimbursement or a host of other issues that force home healthcare workers to act. Three home healthcare professionals shed light on issues ...
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    The Perks of Being a Military Nurse

    The Perks of Being a Military Nurse
    If you work in the health care field you may be eligible for a special pay bonus. The following is a summary of these bonuses and who qualifies for them: Military Nurse Accession Bonus A person who is a registered nurse and who agrees to accept a commission as an officer and remain on active duty for a period of not ...
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    10 Hottest Nursing Specialties

    10 Hottest Nursing Specialties
    Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.5 million jobs. Most registered nurses choose to follow a career path focused on a specific nursing specialty that fits their personality and intellectual interests. Some specialties involve being certified by a professional board or association which will often increase a nurse’s wages and long-term promotion potential. As 2008 comes to a ...
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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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    Holistic Nursing

    Holistic Nursing
    Does massage turn you on? Mind-body medicine? Stress reduction techniques? If your idea of self-care is another latte, and you’d like to trade in your high-stress work life for a soothing nurturing atmosphere, then consider holistic nursing, a specialty now for 4,000 nurses. Holistic nurses provide both conventional and complementary medicine, often training in alternative, high-touch modalities in addition to their ...
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    Nursing Informatics

    Nursing Informatics
    Do you like your computer? Does order make you happy? Geeks need nurses to help design new tech tools to help hospitals and medicine run more smoothly using digital gear and information systems. Nurses in this specialty can provide real value by knowing nursing processes and skills and helping IT designers create IT that works in real-world, healthcare settings. Sample job ...
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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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    Fitness Nursing

    Fitness Nursing
    Interested in combining personal training with nursing? Fitness nurses can work in cardiac rehab, surgical recovery or in health clubs and spas. Some run health fairs or screenings. Others work in hospitals’ own gyms and fitness centers, doing assessments and providing personal training. Sample job description: “Functions as an advisor and resource for Fitness Techs as a member of the patient ...
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