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The remote patient monitoring (RPM) revolution is here. RPM uses technology to collect data from an individual in one location-a patient at home, for example-and then transmits that information to a healthcare professional at another location. 

The RPM market will surge in the coming years due, in part, to the aging of the population, chronic lifestyle-related conditions and pressures ...


 

Being a nursing manager these days, people automatically assume means being dressed in a suit with a lab coat, rarely venturing out to patient care areas and a having a nice big office. The biggest complaint that I hear is that managers forget about being nurses and are not clinically involved and lack clinical credibility.

Reality check. I manage an extremely busy pre-operative day surgery facility. We do ...


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June 20, 2016 11:06 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

As the morning sun comes up over Table Mountain and I climb the final steps up Lion's Heads hiking trail, I get a sense of just how small I actually am, looking around at all the majesty of God's artwork. How blessed am I not to be able to experience this, see and feel it, touch and taste it. How often do we forget to be thankful? Even for the little things we receive on a daily basis?

I had the opportunity ...


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June 16, 2016 3:44 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

During the previous week, the country has seen about as much tragedy as anyone could bear, especially within the city of Orlando.

Through the rapid-fire response of media, many have been quick to respond, with global outpourings of sympathy and expressions of support. Unfortunately, the opposite has also been true, as politicians and citizens have posted critical, irresponsible messages on social media, with ...


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My last blog was October 1, 2014.  Why the long hiatus?  I suppose it was the complexity of life. Jumping in head first into my first real nursing leadership role, I became involved in every quality project that I could find.  I spent my time drafting research and grant proposals, applying for graduate school, and leading teams.  I rushed from work to pick up the kids, take them to ball games, cook ...

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June 15, 2016 10:57 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Read this quote below first as a caregiver and then as a scientist and we will see the debate about spirituality in the scientific literature

"This is the first resting-state fMRI study demonstrating altered functional connectivity in the DMN among meditation practitioners.  In the current study, meditators showed heightened activation of the DMN in the MPFC. This finding is consistent with previous studies ...


 
June 14, 2016 10:29 AM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

Research ranks money, as one of the biggest barriers as why ADN and diploma nurses are saying they are not completing their BSN.  It is possible to complete your degree and do it with no money out of pocket.

Does your facility offer a tuition reimbursement program?  If you are unsure, call your human resource department or speak to your department manager.  Review the policy, qualifications, and frequency ...


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June 10, 2016 12:18 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

As new nurses, we manage our careers carefully, knowing we might get attached to patients and families easily. Policy and procedure manuals warn us about boundaries. We know not to spend time with patients or families other than in our professional status. We follow those rules to the letter. We don't want to form relationships with patients where boundaries get murky.

But somehow, in a nursing career, those ...


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May 29, 2016 9:20 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I'm sure as all nurses starting out, I had a dream. I was young, vulnerable, and naive', but I had plans. I wanted to be the best nurse I could become, AND I wanted to be a mother.

As anyone could tell you, once plans have been made, things can go awry. Many years, miscarriages later, with heartbreaking pain, I had to scrap the idea of becoming a biological mother. Plans for adoption weren't as easy at that ...


 
May 22, 2016 9:31 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

We live in one of the more volatile times for nursing, whether it is through aggressive political discussions, or the rising violence in cities across the country. Each day brings additional concerns, whether it is the latest statistics on the spread of Zika through pregnant Moms in the U.S., or the latest city/shooting/potential spread of terrorism.

So it is easy to understand the astonished looks I receive ...


 

Population health management (PHM) and the emergence of accountable health communities will revitalize nurses' career options. Healthcare organizations (HCOs) will seek nurses with the knowledge, skill and experience to tackle PHM and engineer behavior change. Among the positions nurses will seek within provider, payer, community and government ...


 
May 17, 2016 2:30 PM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

It was fall of 2010; the Institute of Medicine released their recommendations for the future of nursing. One recommendation they made was to increase the ratio of BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020 to help meet the increased demands in nursing to care for the increasingly complex patients.

By 2011, like many other facilities across the nation one large rural hospital in upstate New York started to make changes. ...


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Two of the guiding principles in modern American culture today can have a devastating impact the success of nursing teams and their ability to provide safe, effective care if we overlook them. The two philosophies are individualism and minimalism which lead to the attitudes "What's in it for me?" and "What is the least I have to do to get by?" Realistically, these thoughts are human nature, but we must acknowledge they ...

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May 3, 2016 8:04 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

 A stethoscope and a pair of scrubs stimulated a national discussion on nursing several months ago during the Miss America pageant. You may recall Miss Colorado wearing these items while presenting a monologue about what it means to be a nurse. 

Daytime talk show "The View" made commentary about her stethoscope and scrubs.  It ignited dialogue and raised a swell of voices around one common ...


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April 30, 2016 10:39 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I came out of the uterus knowing exactly what I was placed on earth to do. I was lucky. So few people are that fortunate. To solidify the deal, my Mom named me after a nurse, so by the time I hit the nursery, I was on the job.

Other babies were busy looking cute and cuddly and drooling, not me. I might have looked like a full term infant, but I was busy assessing Apgar scores. That blonde baby in the corner, ...


 
April 28, 2016 12:30 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

 

May has nurse's week...so I decided to speak to some nurses about what nursing means to them. I spoke to nurses who are close to retirement and too young, hopeful bright eyed and bushy tailed nurses, fresh out of University. And boy there was a huge difference in opinions. Strange how the circumstances of your work, where you work, how you're treated and have been treated and things you have experienced changes ...


 
April 26, 2016 3:55 PM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

It is an old axiom in psychology that beliefs are important to health.  Beliefs are the assumptions upon which we build our lives.  Beliefs shape how we make decisions.  Decisions determine our actions.  Our actions bring us results.  Results create the life we lead. 

Beliefs---Decisions----Actions---Results

If we are dissatisfied with the results of our life-if we are not happy-then ...


 
April 22, 2016 11:23 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Nursing can be tough, and at times disheartening. You feel a pull and tug on heartstrings that ache at the end of a long day. At times, it's hard to find time to put the "zing" and inspiration back in your step. That's where a cohort of nursing friends come in handy.

Nurses often find similar hobbies through social media or other nurses at work. We find our "quirks" are not so strange when viewed through the ...


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April 19, 2016 10:54 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

Imagine having this conversation with someone you are caring for, "Let me talk with you about keeping your skin healthy. It is just as important as your brain, lungs and your heart."  Unfortunately, it's not common nursing practice I've witnessed very often across the nation.  Skin in many ways is the forgotten organ of the body.  Utilitarian in its function, until it declares weakness or breakdown and ...

 

Telemedicine will emerge as a $34 billion market by 2020, according to research from  Mordor Intelligence, helping care providers improve care outcomes, enhance access and manage costs.  

Telemedicine's growth will also change how nurses serve patients and consumers in an environment shaped by value-based, accountable care and ongoing pressures to generate revenue, cut costs, and enhance patient satisfaction ...


 
April 4, 2016 10:55 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Mary Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN,  is the Marian S. Ware professor in Gerontology, director of New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health

Patients, family caregivers, clinicians and health care systems each play a significant role in achieving high value health care. The path to this goal is most challenging for vulnerable patient populations with complex health and social needs. Prominent among these ...


 
April 2, 2016 12:00 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Lately, there are movies  like The Hunger Games that take place in an alternative universe with unlikely heroes who strive against impossible odds. Nursing history is the ultimate alternative universe filled with heroes who strive against impossible odds.  Yet our history actually happened.

Susie King Taylor was such a hero. She was born into slavery in Georgia and escaped to freedom ...


 
March 29, 2016 2:23 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I am functionally disabled, but unless you examined me closely, you might not know. At first glance, I look completely "normal", whatever that word means.

My friends, family members, and close colleagues know, and perhaps those who shop with me. People ask me what it's like, because it's important that we teach patients with a disability or handicap to be prepared. According to the ADA, that's approximately ...


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Drones are far more than toys. Drones will transform diverse areas of life, including business, defense, education, entertainment, and, of course, health and medicine. Drones will also transform the role and function of nurses and other healthcare professionals. Just consider the possibilities: 

Education: Educators from diverse disciplines have incorporated drones in curricula and research projects. ...


 
March 8, 2016 3:42 PM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

After recently giving a presentation on Florence Nightingale, I mused on the changes nursing has seen through the ages. For example? In 1887, one rule for nurses stated that any nurse who smoked, used liquor in any form, got her hair done at a beauty shop or frequented a dance hall would "give the director of nurses good reason to suspect her worth, intentions, and integrity." I would have been kicked out of nursing ...


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Read along as a nurse at the start of her career shares her stories.


The ADVANCE for Nurses editorial staff will discuss issues in the nursing profession, current events in healthcare and offer their two cents for your enjoyment.

We use our specialized knowledge and skills to provide quality care, educate, and save lives. We use our hearts to encourage, comfort, and support. When cure is not possible, we gently walk alongside patients and their families at the end of their journey. Oncology nursing is an honor. Cancer patients trust us with their lives, invite us into their fight, and depend on us to preserve their hope. That is making a difference....

Do you ever feel the need to pull rank as a professional? Nurses may shy away from disclosure until absolutely necessary. They may sit with a family member in the hospital, and "pretend" to be a layperson, until the family member is in pain, the IV is infiltrated, and the bedsheets are growing stale. Using "The Nurse Card" may prove appropriate or embarrassingly inappropriate for the nurse involved.

Mark Darby is author of several books about nursing and writes about spirituality and wellness.

A resource for nursing leaders

There are initiatives individuals and organizations can take to motivate others on achieving BSN. Start today, commit to motivating one colleague.

Samantha Therrien works in a fast-paced ambulatory surgical center, where she manages preoperative area, staff, patients and scheduling.