What Does it Take to Be a Nurse?

When considering a career in nursing, the skills and experience learned in a nursing school program are only part of the equation. Understanding the role of a nurse as more than a healthcare provider is just as important as obtaining a degree in nursing and passing the NCLEX examination, as NursingTimes.net explains. Nurses should also consider their own interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team and communicate with other professionals, as well as patients, caregivers and family. Read more here:
Skills required for a nursing career

Washington Nurses See Growth in Jobs

While the entire U.S. continues to rebound from the recession, there are plenty of positive signs that indicate nursing job opportunities will continue to grow.  KUOW.org reports that many recent nursing school graduates have had trouble finding a first-time nursing position in Washington State. This is perhaps due to more experienced nurses keeping jobs longer and working more hours to make up for future fears of economic and financial security. With the recovery underway, many of these nurses are now looking toward retirement, allowing new nurses to fill their positions. Read more here: Health Care Sector Jobs Slowly Rebounding From Recession


Nurse Gender Questioning Under Fire for TV Portrayals

As nursing has long been considered a primarily female occupation, the idea of a male nurse tends to unfairly elicit responses from patients, physicians and even other nurses. Unfortunately, the increasing number of male nurses throughout the health care industry are subjected to these stereotypes, but it is perhaps television that is making those jokes and questions "okay" to ask. UPI.com reports that a study of male nurses in popular television shows may exacerbate the opinions that a male nurse is an anomoly. Read more here: TV stereotypes can make life harder for nurses who are men

News for Veterans: Become a Nurse!

With the nursing shortage looming as the Affordable Health Care Act goes into effect, the government is looking at a new group of people to help fill nursing positions across the country. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has announced that it will award over two million dollars to nine schools that participate in a Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program which will take into account any prior experience or college credit toward a nursing degree. These grants will allow over a thousand veterans to obtain a BSN degree and put them directly into the workforce. Read more here: HHS awards $2.8 million to transition veterans’ skills into nursing careers

More Jobs Through Diversified Nursing

With the talk of nursing shortages around the globe, many new nursing school graduates are asking where the jobs are, and how they can best compete in what can appear to be a saturated marketplace. The Journal of South Mississippi Business reports that while entry-level nurses may experience difficulties securing their first nursing jobs, there are plenty of open positions available in specialized positions. These nursing jobs are best obtained through the right level of education and training  attributed to advance practice nurses, but, a well-rounded general nursing education can also speak volumes about the job candidate. Read more here:  Nursing becomes more specialized to meet market demand

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Award-Winning Nurses Named

Nurses don't always get the accolades they deserve, even after working long shifts or helping discover new methods of treatments. With the number of nurses currently making a difference in the lives of patients, young and old, recognizing these women and men for their contributions is always welcome. Advance healthcare network has recently announced four "Living Legends" nurse legends by the American Academy of Nursing. This designation points to the dedication and determination of these nurses to make a difference in the lives of all patients, from pediatrics to mental health and more. Read more here: American Academy of Nursing Names Living Legends for 2013

The Rise of Technology for Nursing Students

Whether there is more information available now regarding health and patient care, or more technology available to convey the information, nursing students are taking advantage of mobile devices in order to improve their nursing skills. According to Clemson University, the rise of hand-held technology is helping nursing school students not only remember key information about a patient, but, it is also allowing  students and nurses the ability to access the latest information in regards to health care. Read more here: Nursing students embracing mobile technology

A Stellar Tribute to NICU Nurses

For any parent who has had to wait the days, weeks or even months as a preemie receives care in the NICU, the fear and anxiety can be overwhelming. For many, the only comfort available is the knowledge that the team of NICU nurses caring for the baby (or babies) is a highly skilled professional with a love for their child that almost matches their own. The Huffington Post recently published a blog from one of these parents to the NICU nurses who cared for her son, showing not only the miracles that can happen in the NICU, but the gratitude to the nurses lasts a lifetime. Read more here: Dear NICU Nurse

Nurse Researcher Credited with Today's Hand Sanitizing Practices

Elaine Larson is the associate dean for research at Columbia School of Nursing and has had an interesting career studying hand-washing and germs. According to Columbia University’s online newspaper, Larson began researching in the 1980s by trying to answer the question to why infection rates of ICU patients did not decrease after being transferred to a private room. That question triggered decades of research into the best hand-washing practices and the most effective ways to kill germs. When she began researching alcohols as a way to kill germs, she was met with resistance, but today we use hand sanitizers everywhere. Read more here: A Nurse Finds a Simple Answer to a Vexing Question and a New Career

More Nursing Graduates Needed in Iowa

Iowa is another state feeling the brunt of the nursing shortage, and they feel it will get worse soon. The Affordable Care Act will soon go into play, meaning a lot more people will need the care of nurses. KIMT, a CBS affiliate station in Iowa, reports that while hospitals like Mercy Medical Center North Iowa have plenty of positions available for recent nursing graduates, and they need the number of graduates to remain high in order to keep filling their needs. Across the country, though, fewer nurses are taking instructor positions even though plenty are getting upper level degrees. Readmore here: U.S. nursing shortage hits north Iowa

Nurse IT Specialists are in Demand

Recent surveys show that healthcare organizations have reached a crisis situation that is not related to the nursing shortage. Healthcare Informatics reports that health IT professionals are practically non-existent and the problem is getting worse. Health IT used to be an in-house job, but since the enactment of the Meaningful Use under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, things have gone from bad to worse. These days, 76% of healthcare providers are outsourcing this position due to both staff shortages and few qualified IT applications. Training collaborations with schools may help reverse this trend. Read more here: Does Health IT Have a Staffing Crisis?

More Nurse Educators Mean More Nursing Jobs

Due to instructor shortages, nursing schools are turning away about 76,000 applicants each year. Fox 51 reports that although the University of Texas at Tyler receives 500 applicants every school year, the institution can only accept 400 students. If the instructor shortage continues, it will only serve to worsen our nation’s nurse shortage. Schools are now encouraging nursing students to enter the teaching path, rather than taking on a clinical position. One of the hurdles they face is that teachers get paid much less than nurses working in the field. That route also takes more schooling and a passion for teaching. Read more here: 
Shortage of nurses and nursing teachers

A Nurse's Perspective on Emergency Care

On July 19, 1989, a plane carrying 296 people crashed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Iowa, and nurse Kim Coy remembers the day well. In her interview with Sioux City Journal, the emergency room nurse recalls that the first patient she treated from the crash was a flight attendant who had been burned. She says that usually, it’s the family of patients that require the most energy, but that day was all about the patients since no families were expecting the flight to end in Sioux City. Coy says she enjoys being an emergency room nurse because it’s so fast-paced. Read more here: E.R. nurse recalls Flight 232 shift

The Nursing Shortage is Alive and Well

Nurses with advanced degrees are in high demand these days, making it difficult to keep them in teaching positions. Because there are so many teaching vacancies in nursing programs, schools are turning away many qualified potential nursing students. With no one to teach new nurses, the nursing shortage is sure to get worse before it gets better. NBC News reports that nurses with a baccalaureate or higher degree are practically guaranteed employment. Many industries need nurses with master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing, not just hospitals. Although the US has over 3 million nurses, there is still a nursing shortage. Read more here: 'Double whammy': Nursing shortage starts in the classroom

The Future of Nursing is Technology?

In the Philippines, newly graduated nurses are being urged to think outside the box for employment. The Department of Labor and Development is suggesting that nurses should also look into IT and business industries when seeking jobs, as those are emerging markets. Most of these jobs are part of the medical outsourcing trend and it is considered a fast-growing sector. GMA News reports that healthcare outsourcing jobs include medical transcriptionists, medical butlers, medical assistants, and medical representatives. These jobs are being pushed as part of a larger IT-BPAP Road Map, creating 1.3 to 3.2 million career opportunities by 2016. Read more here: DOLE urges nurses to try IT, health care jobs

Illinois Hospitals Obtain Magnet Status

Thirty-three Illinois hospitals have received Magnet status, a designation that lets people know that the hospital provides excellent nursing care. In order to qualify for the Magnet Recognition Program, nurse managers and leaders must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Across the country, hospitals are aiming for Magnet status and many schools and institutions are phasing out their 2-year registered nurse programs or at least making sure there can be a seamless transfer between associate and bachelor programs. The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that the Institute of Medicine is encouraging higher education trends within nursing. Read more here: Nursing education is on the rise with growing job opportunities