Fewer Doctors Are Creating More Opportunities for Nurses

With the Affordable Care Act and other considerations that are impacting health care providers today, doctors and physicians are experiencing their own "shortage." With less students entering into medicine, and more doctors looking at retirement, this shortage is paving the way for nurse practitioners to fulfill basic, primary care needs. Utica Observer-Dispatch reports that nurse practitioners in New York are combining medical expertise with the care and concern of a nurse, bridging the two together for patients in medical offices, clinics and hospitals. Read more here: Nurse practitioners one solution to doctor shortage

Nursing the Heart

Bad diets, a lack of exercise and genetics all play a role in the increased number of people who are facing issues that affect the heart. Heart attacks are life-changing events that can quickly cause a person with unhealthy habits to make better choices, especially with the guidance of a nurse care manager. TeleManagement reports that a recent study of those who had experienced a heart attack, indicates patients with a nurse care manager were more apt to follow medication guidelines that helped lower cholesterol than those who would only report progress to a physician. Read more here: Nurse intervention helps cholesterol management

Wisconsin May Seek More Nursing School Students

As more nurses are reaching the age of retirement, and as the U.S. economy improves, it is becoming clear that the "rumored" nursing shortage is still imminent, although slightly delayed, especially in states like Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the number of nurses that are able to retire is much larger than the number of student nurses ready to fill those roles. These numbers show that once the older nurses begin to retire, the state of Wisconsin may be looking at a shortage of about 20,000 nurses in the next 20 years. Read more here: Nursing shortage in Wisconsin expected soon

Nurses in Maryland Seek Autonomy

Many states across the country recognize the education and experience of nurse practitioners and allow these medical professional to treat patients without the supervision of a doctor. For other states, this practice can lead to higher medical costs and more, a practice that some in Maryland feel needs to be changed. The Baltimore Sun reports that not only do nurse practitioners need to be sponsored by a physician, the law does not specify the physician and nurse must work within the same specialties, creating a connection that does not always make sense and adding to the difficulties of a streamlined medical system in the state. Read more here: Let nurse practitioners do their jobs

Giving Back to Future Nurses

While many high school students are mostly concerned with cars, dates and keeping up a GPA, there are always those that use the their time to begin a career early, including a nursing career. However, when budget restrictions cut the program short, it can be devastating to those who have worked so hard to fully recover. The Virginia Gazette reports that a local LPN program for high school students faced just that problem, that halfway through the two-year program, more funding was required that many students could not afford. Local non-profits  in the area have stepped in, however, enabling the students to continue on their journey to nursing. Read more here: Nonprofits help students complete nursing program

A Midwife's View on Today's Nursing

Although the ability for certified nurse midwives is expanding through informed childbirth options, today's maternity wards are nothing like what a retired midwife remembers. The Daily Mail recently interviewed Jane Yeadon, a midwife from the 1960s who has published a memoir about her life as a bicycling, community-oriented nurse in Scotland. With decades of time as a Queen's Nurse, Yeadon recalls the differences she sees in maternal care over the decades, pointing to a much more different experience for mothers than when she began her career. Read more here: The real life Call The Midwife: 'Maternity wards are like factories now,' says nurse who worked in the Swinging Sixties

Finding Happiness While Healing Others

The decision to become a nurse is one that requires a certain amount of selfless attitude and dedication to helping others, and for those who fight for the education and experience needed to become a nurse practitioner, these qualities are most evident. Medical Economics reports that a recent survey of nurse practitioners shows that are these medical professionals happy with their chosen careers, happier even than physicians, but, are feeling the crunch of time and energy when it comes to caring for patients. Read more here: Nurse practitioners may have higher job satisfaction than physicians, survey says

Technology Keeping Healthcare Costs Down

Careers in information technology are common, and as more technology enters into the healthcare industry, Nurse informatics and information management careers are some of the brightest futures available. IBJ reports that with the technology available, medicine is seeing a way to not only cut costs, but, to provide better care to patients. The professionals and systems that many other industries have already adopted for a more streamlined flow of data are showing that the overhead of medicine can soon be a thing of the past. Read more here: Shift from information scarcity to abundance will transform health care

No Shortage in Canada

While the U.S. may be forecasting a nursing shortage that will impact health care for the next few decades, Canada is well on its way to staving off a crisis. MontrealGazette.com reports that staffing the hospitals may be the most difficult aspect to juggle, with a large population of established nurses retaining their positions and the many cohorts of new nurses ready to begin a career, schedules and other issues may be impacting the country's nurses more than any other issues. Read more here: Nursing profession swells with young recruits while older workers stay on the job: report

New Jersey School Nurse Shortage Presents Problems

School nurses may unfortunately only be thought of as first-responders for playground injuries and band-aid application, but, the depth of the profession is much more than that, these nurses save lives each day. Nj.com reports that for children with serious illnesses, like diabetes, school nurses provide vital services throughout the day in order to keep children healthy. These nurses, however, are quickly becoming harder to find and keep employed, for various reasons, and a local New Jersey mom is speaking out against the school nurse shortage. Read more here: Mom of diabetic Clark student calls school nurse shortage dangerous

More Education for Nurses in Iowa

The establishment and implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act promises to benefit people across the country, giving medical care to those who cannot otherwise afford the high premiums of the past. However, as a recent article on The Gazette, shows that Iowa medical experts are concerned that the combination of the ACA and the aging population that will not only require more medical caregivers, but, eliminate a large number of nurses from the workforce. In response, the Iowa Action Coalition is urging those entering into nursing school to seek at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, hoping to stave off the nursing shortage through the opportunities that higher degrees can provide. Read more here: Medical industry heads off looming nurse shortage

Was the Nurse Guilty of "TMI" on Facebook?

Social media websites like Facebook are a staple of life today, but, even as these sites promote freedom of speech, many employers are cracking down on the personal use of employees, including nurses. The Guardian reports that a nurse who had posted comments about a hospital in Wales could have been dismissed from his position over his words. These posts were the result of the frustration felt over working and other conditions at the hospital, with concerns over the nurse not utilizing the proper channels for his complaints. Read more here: Nurse who used Facebook to blow the whistle about poor care escapes being struck off

The Battle Over "Doctor" Nurses

With nurses seeking higher levels of education in order to contribute more to patient care the the medical world, some are still questioning the benefit of nurses with doctoral degrees. According to The New York Times, medical professionals such as nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists are quickly gaining the education required to receive these top-level degrees in order to compete and meet requirements of employers. Unfortunately, physicians and medical doctors have some concerns over the term "doctor" being confused within the entire industry. Read more here: When the Nurse Wants to Be Called ‘Doctor’

The Future is Still Hot in Health Care

Health care careers are always a smart choice when looking for stability and liveable wages, but, within the next decade, these jobs may be one of the smartest to pursue. Eurweb.com recently posted about some of the choices in health care careers, and the reasons why so many people are looking into these jobs: in order to stave off the problems they have seen due to the recent U.S. recession. With the projected growth in health care jobs at 28 percent, and a wide range of specialties like nursing, home health and occupational therapy, these careers are not only smart, but, help keep the rest of the country in top shape, as well. Read more here: Health Care Careers With High Demand

Nurse Extends Scholarship to Minority Nurses

Nursing is a community-oriented career, with each person lending her or his hands to provide quality medical care to patients. Helping other nurses, however, does not always have to occur in a hospital room or doctor's office. According to wibu.com, a nurse in Kansas has taken the inspirational story of a fellow nurse and turned it into an inspiration to help those trying to achieve a degree in nursing. The Stormont-Vail foundation is helping minority nursing students receive the funds needed to begin a career in nursing. Read more here: Nursing Scholarships Provide Opportunity At A Time When Needed Most

Nursing Can Be its Own Health Risk

Nurses provide some of best quality medical care to patients around the world, yet, not much thought may be given to their own health issues. From contracting colds and flus to the physical risks of being a nurse, more can be done to protect those who keep us all healthy. WTMA reports that nurses are facing risks from patients that can be life-long, and while the American Nurses Association has asked the Federal government for stronger standards to protect nurses, there have not been any changes. Read more here: Nurses Prone to Injuries with Heavier Patients

Affordable Care Act Calls on Public Health Nurses

A Public Health Nurse may be more accustomed to the roles of education, policy making and even activism, but, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, these nurses may have a much stronger presence. The Daily Progress speculates that because of the shift to more preventative care that the ACA promotes, these nurses will be on the forefront of ensuring that the public understands health issues, particularly in the communities that may have not been able to afford health care previously. Read more here: Public health nurses must rise to growing care need

Less Hospitalization for Dementia Patients

When a family member is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's the method of care can make a big difference in the overall well being of the patient, a new study shows. According to RedOrbit, recent research shows that by providing a managed-care environment to patients with "advanced" dementia, the proactive stance is helping to reduce hospitalizations for patients. These findings are beneficial for patients with the desire to remain at home through the course of the terminal illness, as well as family, friends and caregivers. Read more here: Managed Care Reduces Hospitalizations In Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Dementia

The Incredible Choice to Become a Nurse

The medical world has a wide range of opportunities for any eager man or woman, hoping to make a difference in the lives of others. Unfortunately, the "pecking order" of these opportunities can be an obstacle to health care for those in need. A Huffington Post blogger, and nurse, recently related her own story about choosing nursing as a career, her personal validation, and her experience of being chosen over a doctor for an urgent medical need. Read more here: No, We Are Not Just Nurses!