CNA Training for Single Moms in Florida

A nursing assistant program in Sarasota, Florida, is helping single mothers provide a different future for their families. The Alta Vista Elementary School there was the site of a program that allows women to learn what they need to know in order to become certified nurse assistants—for free. Learning CPR, how to take a person’s blood pressure, and how to properly wash patients will give the women opportunities they may have previously been denied. The Herald Tribune reports that of the 15 women originally in the program, 14 finished and once graduated, 8 found jobs within a month. Read more here: Mothers trained as nursing assistants in summer program

Nursing Job Search Competitive, Hiring Managers Say

New nurses are not finding employment easily, despite the nursing shortage in America. Healthline reports that hiring managers tend to want experienced nurses and nurses with bachelor’s degrees, rather than the recent nursing grads that are coming onto the scene. Many registered nurses are being overlooked due to having too little experience, as many hiring managers feel they would prefer to hire a nurse who can easily adapt to a stressful work environment. Hiring managers are also looking for nursing specialties, hoping to find nurses they feel are more qualified for the available positions. Being an RN simply isn’t enough. Read more here: What Do Employers Want in Nurses, and Why Can't They Find It?

Philly Nurses Granted More Educational Possibilities

Nurses in Philadelphia are benefiting from a grant aimed at helping them attain more education while working full-time. Philly.com reports that the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund received a four year grant worth $3 million in March of 2012. With the grant money, the Philadelphia region is helping the unemployed and underemployed. The region hopes to put 142 people through the program, helping them to be able to retain employment as a result of more education. The grant pays for up to 50% of each person’s wages and helps them with training at a cost of about $21,000 per job. Read more here: Program gets nurses in school and back to work


Social Media and Professional Guidelines in Nursing

The use of social media and other electronic communication in healthcare is expanding exponentially as the number of social media outlets, platforms and applications available continue to increase. For nurses, the individual use of social networking sites, video sites, online chat rooms, photo-sharing sites and forums enhance communication both personally and professionally.

Social media platforms can benefit nursing in a variety of other ways, including fostering professional connections, promoting timely communication with patients and family members, and educating and informing consumers and other nursing professionals. Social media also provides nurses with a platform to express their feelings, seek support from colleagues, and network with colleagues to find job opportunities. Blogging, electronic journals, and other reflective activities are recognized as beneficial tools in nursing practice. Without being cautious, however, these potential benefits may result in the nurse disclosing too much information and violating their patients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality.

School Nurses Vital for Children's Health

There are about 74,000 school nurses employed in the United States and they are charged with the responsibility of keeping students as healthy as possible during the school year. The Idaho State Journal reports that 9% of school students do not have health insurance, leaving the school nurse to be their sole source of medical attention. Although school nurses serve an important community function, not enough are in our schools. Currently, there is one school nurse for every 1150 students, a number that is out of alignment with the recommended 1:750 ratio and 20-30% of students have chronic health conditions. Read more here: 
Back to school: school nurses lead way to healthy year

California Nurse Practitioners Seek Autonomy

Nurse practitioners in California are fighting to be able to practice without physician oversight. Examiner.com reports that physicians are fighting back, stating that allowing nurse practitioners to practice without oversight would diminish care and noting that nurse practitioners receive far less training than doctors. In all 50 states, nurse practitioners can prescribe medication, examine and treat patients, diagnose disease, and manage acute and chronic illnesses. Their other responsibilities, however, vary by state. Currently, 17 states and the District of Columbia allow nurse practitioners autonomous practice and they are shown to be especially crucial in rural and underserved areas in the US.  Read more here: California nurse practitioners fighting to independently treat patients 

Teens Experience Nursing First-Hand

Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Union City, New Jersey, has a popular nursing camp that helps teens get a real-world view of what a nursing career would look like. The week-long camp offers high school students the chance to shadow hospital staff, as well as learning about the different departments in the hospital. The program was created in 2004 and an alumna already works as an emergency room registered nurse at the hospital. Many of the camp’s participants shared with NJToday.net that the program really opened their eyes to the real workings of a hospital and the realities of nursing. Read more here: Nursing Camp At Trinitas Defines Summer For 72 Teens

  

Specialized Nursing Positions Seek Applicants and Relief

Nursing vacancies are taking a toll on everyone involved. FierceHealthcare.com reports that most healthcare employers say that recruiting nurses is more difficult than other medical staff positions. Over 40% of companies with vacancies are looking for experienced or specialized nurses, since they have specialty vacancies to fill or the staff has been overworked for so long that nurses already experienced in high-stress situations are desired. In fact, of all the companies looking to hire nurses, 41% say they only want nurses with experience. Hospitals are being urged to team up with schools and nursing programs for new recruits, anyway. Read more here: Unfilled vacancies take toll on hospitals, workers

Non-Traditional Learning Helps Nursing Shortage Shrink

Hospitals in Colorado Springs, Colorado, are utilizing innovative methods to retain its nursing staff, but there is still a nationwide shortage of nurses that is likely to worsen. The Colorado Springs Business Journal points out that due to a shortage of nursing educators, nursing programs are turning away thousands of qualified applicants. Because there are not enough nurses with graduate degrees to teach students, rural areas are especially pinched. Memorial Hospital is one Colorado Springs hospital working to educate nurses in non-traditional ways in order to keep retention high. Some institutions are using distance learning to help nurses improve their education. Read more here: Finding a new way

High School Increases Nursing School Support

Our nursing shortage is attributed to many things, but a major cause is the lack of qualified nurse educators to teach the latest nursing school students and prepare them for careers in nursing. According to Star News Online, one high school in North Carolina is helping students achieve their nursing career dreams, even before entering into a nursing school program. This school is cutting back automotive related classes in favor of more nursing school options for high school students that will allow them to take a CNA test prior to applying to nursing school. Read more here: District cuts auto services in favor of nursing

Home Pediatric Health Care Nurse in Spotlight

Home health care nurses may be easily thought of as the men and women who help the elderly or infirm as they face end of life challenges. However, home health care nurses come in many different varieties, with pediatric home health care nurses fighting to soothe the challenges faced by our youngest populations. In a recent article on Syracuse.com, Syracuse nurse, Dea Kuiper, shows that home health care can go beyond medical treatments, but encompasses a full range of nursing care - for patients and for families. Read more here: Syracuse area pediatric home care nurse's compassion, creativity attract national attention

School Nurses Gather for Conference

As the front line medical professionals in our schools, school nurses are often seen as experts in soothing the normal cuts and scrapes children encounter on a daily basis. South Whitehall Patch reports, however, that a recent conference of school nurses shows a different side to these medical professionals. 165 Pennsylvania school nurses joined together to discuss the various roles they play, child-related health topics and the difficulties and challenges of having several different agencies that oversee their jobs. Read more here: School Nurses: 'More Than Band-Aids and Ice'

Nurse Practitioners Help Hold off Medical Shortage

With numerous physicians leaving the profession for various reasons, and an aging Baby Boomer population still requiring quality health care, it can seem that medical treatment is getting less and less available. According to WNCN, nurse practitioners in North Carolina are filling the roles of primary care physicians in clinics and hospitals throughout the state, yet there are still more applicants available than spots in ARNP programs in nursing schools. This shortage is common in nursing, with most of the problem attributed to a lack of faculty. Read more here: Nurse practitioners train to help fill primary care gap

Nursing Students Learn from Dummies

Mannequins are typically considered lifeless displays that show off new fashion and styles in stores across the country. However, many of our nursing school students are learning a wide range of skills by using technology-enabled mannequins. According to WVTF Public Radio, these technology-based learning tools are teaching future nurses the skills needed within many healthcare situations from inserting an IV to childbirth, and each offers the opportunity for observation by instructors, as well as repetition of the situation and expected response. These dummies are increasing the knowledge and skills of nursing school students. Read more here: High Tech Mannequins Train Nursing Students

Gluten-Free Pros and Cons

Is Gluten Free Right for You?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). It is most commonly found in regular breads, pizza, cereal, pasta, cake, cookies, soy sauce, gravies, canned soup, nutritional bars, barley malt, and meatless burgers. Less obvious sources of gluten include beer, croutons, marinades, salad dressing, ice cream and ketchup. It is also an additive to many foods. Some gluten-free foods, such as oats, are often contaminated by contact from gluten-containing grains during processing. Many processed foods and other products contain hidden gluten, including lipstick. Medications can also contain gluten.

A Different Kind of Nursing Shortage

Concerns over the projected nursing shortage have prompted many states to take on new programs and incentives that can help bring new nurses into the workforce. Grants, scholarships, and online nursing programs can each go a long way to helping fill the voids in our hospitals and clinics, but until then, many of today's nurses are overworked. Health 24 reports that the conditions in many hospitals, including overcrowding, are adding to the rate of errors experienced by patients due to the fatigue and stress our nurses experience on each shift. Read more here: Overworked nurses cause serious errors

Jobs in Maine Focus on Nursing, Education

Searching for the right job, or even embarking on a new career can be a challenging task for even the most prepared person. With projections of the nursing shortage still indicating a high level of vacancies, many recent graduates of nursing school programs are still having troubles finding a job in nursing. Maine Sun Journal reports that recent online job postings indicate that within Maine, there are plenty of nursing positions available. These findings are related to the number of keywords found in job postings that relate to the nursing field, as well as educational requirements that include nursing degree terminology. Read more here: Nurses top list of most in-demand Maine jobs

A Happy and Successful Nursing Career

Many people enter into nursing with dreams of helping and healing others, only to find the struggles in nursing school or obtaining a nursing position somewhat harder than imagined. In a recent interview by CBS Detroit, a local Registered Nurse and Geriatric Care Manager in Detroit shows that following a dream to become a nurse is a tough road, but has a lot of benefits, as well. With a focus on elder care, Angil Tarach-Ritchey is making a difference in the lives of senior citizens in Detroit, as well as nationally. Read more here: Registered Nurse In Detroit Shares The Secret To Her Career Success

Externs Gain Experience Before Nursing

When interviewing for a new nursing position, it is always best to have the most experience and education possible as applicable for the job. For entry-level nursing, this experience can come easily through an externship at a local hospital, clinic or medical facility. Nwi.com reports that Laurie Rutkowski of the Indiana University School of Nursing has recently begun her internship, with the knowledge and hands-on experience many student nurses don't receive, and will be able to begin her nursing career ahead of her fellow students. Read more here: Externships provide invaluable learning experiences for students

NICU Nurses Speak Out

Nursing careers are as varied and unique as each nurse who fills them. However, nurses who care for the youngest, and perhaps most delicate patients, are a strong force that any parent of a preemie knows well - NICU nurses. In a recent blog on chron.com, NICU nurses are interviewed about their jobs, showing that it takes a special person to work in a neonatal intensive care unit. With high competition and a great deal of motivation, these nurses are experiencing miracles each day. Read more here: No tiny effort: NICU nurses give their all to job