U.S. News & World Report released its 100 Best Jobs of 2014 rankings on February 19, and two nursing positions—nurse practitioner and registered nurse—landed near the top of the list. Nurse practitioners are in the fourth spot, while registered nurses are standing tall at number six. Additionally, among the high percentage of... Continue +
The fifth and final installment of my five-part blog series on unique nursing careers is about the career of a fitness nurse. Just as the careers highlighted in the first four posts of this blog series (i.e., NASCAR nurse, flight nurse, forensic nurse, and travel nurse), a career as a fitness nurse offers opportunities... Continue +
The third nursing career I will highlight as part of my "Unique Nursing Careers" blog series is that of a forensic nurse. (Note: You can read the first two posts in the series by visiting my Nurturing Your Nursing Career blog page.) If the growing popularity of network television shows like "CSI," "Law & Order: SVU," and "Bones"... Continue +
National Nurses Week serves as the perfect opportunity to look back on some of the individuals who have brought the nursing profession to where it stands today. Throughout history, there have been many nurses who have fought to make the nursing profession accessible to women, people of color, and the lower class. Many of these... Continue +
I have seen quite a few postings on Facebook lately about what people are thankful for at this time of year. Personally, I think it's a great practice to develop. So many times we don't think about being grateful for the little things we have in our life. It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hectic schedules that we... Continue +
A recent joint UK and South African study shows that nurses taking over duties for HIV patients resulted in no negative impacts and actually showed patient benefits, including improvement in tuberculosis detection rates, increased weight and white blood cell count, and better compliance with the treatment program. This... Continue +
The College Network has exciting news for Texas LVNs! We are now making it possible to complete an LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program entirely through distance learning. This program, available through Indiana State University, will enable you to sit for your NCLEX-RN exam in Texas. As you know, registered nurses... Continue +
Nurses and students from San Angelo State University recently took a trip to Kenya and held a five day medical clinic in an impoverished rural community. They were able to treat 600 people during the course of the clinic, which was located in the village of Kamuya, town of Kisumu on Lake Victoria, which is a little over 200... Continue +
Setting your sights on becoming a CRNA, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, is another great reason to become an RN. CNRAs typically earn $150,000 and up per year due to their specialized training. "The cost of educating and training a nurse anesthetist is a fraction of the cost of educating an anesthesiologist and... Continue +
A recent article from marketwatch.com stated, "With more than three million nurse professionals in the United States alone, nursing is the largest segment of the healthcare industry and touches every facet of care from the doctor's office to home care to hospitals." With all of the praise that doctors and physicians receive for... Continue +
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has released a series of guidelines instructing nurses in proper use of social media. The NCSBN initially released a paper on the topic, which can be viewed on their website. There are now accompanying materials available free of charge, including a video and a pamphlet.  ... Continue +
First responders---firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and police officers---are often discussed in conjunction with heroism, and rightly so.  Those who serve the public in more controlled situations such as hospitals display a unique brand of heroism as well, but this is especially apparent when they go above and beyond the call of... Continue +
My Name is Maykel Verdecia Alonso. I studied registered nursing in Cuba for 5 years (from 1996 to 2001). Before taking the national state licensing exam, I legally migrated to the United States as a refugee. The reason why I did not take the national licensing exam in Cuba was because I was afraid that I was not going to be able... Continue +
The question that comes to mind is who is a nurse? In the first place a nurse is a highly trained and skilled professional who cares for the sick and the infirm. A nurse helps to educate the patients in issues of healthy living “wellness” as well as any current or chronic disease process and treatment. A nurse... Continue +
As a child, I of course had many different aspirations as to what I wanted to be when I grew up. In the fourth grade, one of our assignments for the year was to read a book from the library each month. One book I chose was called, "Nurse from New York," and I was hooked. I told my mother, "I am going to be a nurse, just like the... Continue +
Respect for Nurses
As I get older, I realize just how precious life is.  One of the hardest things to witness is our parents getting older and more dependent on medicines, doctors and the latest mobility equipment on the market.  For me, probably just like a lot of other son's whose parents are "up there" in age; it can be difficult to watch.  My... Continue +
There was an article this morning on msnbc.com that talks about how a report done by the Institute of Medicine discusses how nurses should "take on a larger and more independent role in providing health care in America, something many doctors have repeatedly opposed, citing potential safety concerns. It calls for states and the... Continue +
Flight nursing or transport nursing is caring for patients in critical situations that need to be transported by air.  Usually this transport is by helicopter and it is often to a large trauma center in a nearby city or state.  Burn victims are transported to specialized burn units.  Seriously injured children are often... Continue +
Rehabilitation Nurses care for patients who have gone through treatment and are on the path to recovery. These patients may be temporarily, progressively or permanently disabled as a result of their illness or accident. Rehabilitation Nurses help them to cope with these disabilities and continue to live normal lives despite the... Continue +
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics is supposed to grow rapidly in the coming years.In order to be a EMT or a Paramedic, you need formal training and certification or licensure.  The requirements vary by state and some require ongoing Paramedic... Continue +
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