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May 28, 2015 2:45 PM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

This time of year always throws me into a reminiscent mood. Flowers are blooming. Temperatures are rising. And all over the country nurses are graduating from school. I often hear new nurses asked where they expect to be in five years. Personally, I don't ask that because I had no clue back then.  All I knew was that I finished school and wanted to start a career.  And every year around this time I pause ...


Virtual learning environments (VLEs), typically defined as online systems that allow nurse educators and trainers to share information with nursing students and learners via the Web, are growing in popularity. The reasons are understandable. Following are just some of the benefits:

Communication: VLEs increase the number of available channels for nurses to learn through forums, discussion threads, polls and ...

May 20, 2015 1:13 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

Okay let me start by saying; "I have new found respect for Registered Sisters."

I have started my first official block period at college, and okay I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park to do this Bridging Course, but I did not think it would be this overwhelming, either. I don't know if it is the fear of the unknown; or the fact that I am actually on my way to one day-not so far away- being a Registered ...

May 18, 2015 1:58 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Editor's Note: This guest post is written by Stephanie Noblit, MLS(ASCP)CM, who blogs for our sister publication ADVANCE for Laboratory.

Earlier this May, at ASCLS-Pennsylvania's state meeting, I attended an educational session entitled, "When Professionals Meet: Bridging the Gap between the Laboratory and Nursing." Like most medical laboratory ...

May 14, 2015 8:57 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Jamil King, National Sales Manager, Panasonic

As the role of nurses has evolved throughout the years, so too have the mobile computing tools they depend on in the fast-paced healthcare environment. Being on the front lines of patient care, nurses have often been the early adopters of different technology to aid in delivery of patient care - from beepers to "computers on wheels" to PDAs. As faster ...

May 7, 2015 5:57 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Recently, a young woman by the name of Brynn Duncan made the news for two reasons. Brynn is only 21 years old, but she suffers from a horrible condition called mast cell disease, which means she is essentially allergic to just about everything in life. She requires frequent use of an Epi pen, as well as multiple visits to the Emergency room for lifesaving care. The second reason she made the news was financial; she ...

April 30, 2015 6:55 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

As an experienced nurse with a pain management certification, I believed I knew a thing or two (or three) about complicated pain assessment techniques. These techniques were particularly helpful with geriatric patients, or those who were non-verbal or physically/mentally challenged. As useful as my skills had become with human patients, however, they were pathetic when one of my chihuahuas became acutely ill.

Nurses ...


Nursing informatics has come into own, according to the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey. Announced at HIMSS15 and supported by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, the survey documents the impact of informatics nurses on health information technology (HIT), ...

April 21, 2015 3:36 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

Well to start off let me say this, nursing is not at all as it is portrayed in Grey's Anatomy. If you think you will look as fresh as a daisy at the end of a 12-hour shift and meet Mr. McDreamy, I have really bad news. That rarely, if ever happens at all, ladies and gents. Nursing has so many challenges that we have to face on a daily basis.

Being a student has its benefits and struggles. You are and will ...

April 8, 2015 8:36 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Guest blogger Rebecca Bone, MSN, RN is assistant professor, Tennessee State University

Indeed, a nursing faculty shortage exists within nursing programs across the nation. Many institutions of higher learning are choosing to fill nurse educator positions with advanced practice nurses, in particular, nurse practitioners. As this may appear to be a quick fix for a serious problem, filling ...

April 2, 2015 2:37 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

As we begin preparing for Nurses Week 2015, I have to reflect on the current lives of nurses, and what it really means to carry a nurse card. At times, this can be painfully apparent, as it was recently during family movie night.

I was the only one of the group that was not acutely sniffling that night, as everyone seemed to be coming down with a terrible cold. Although I would have stayed home in jammies ...

April 1, 2015 9:12 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, FAAN

Research reported in March 24/31, 2015, issue of JAMA has opened a nationwide discussion about the pay inequality in nursing. The study findings indicate that male nurses make on average $5,100 more than their female colleagues. The data was drawn from National Nursing Samples conducted between 1988 and 2008 and American Community Surveys ...

April 1, 2015 7:58 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Violet Edwards, Nursing Student BSN, Medgar Evers College

I wish to convey my concern for the safety of nurses. We are faced with challenges ...

March 30, 2015 10:04 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

I have a bad habit of doubting myself. I second guess many of my thoughts, ideas and decisions. I often rely on others to influence many apsects of my life.

This disclosure is painful to admit, yet it's important for me to do so.


Because I am not alone in this.

Also, it hinders my ability to succeed and feel fulfilled.

Everyone needs to find their own way out of this pattern ...

March 21, 2015 12:38 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

A few years ago, I had my systems all figured out. Picking up extra shifts (nights and weekends) was necessary in order to complete graduate school and clinical hours without accruing additional debt. I knew exactly how much espresso, five-hour energy drinks, and/or Red Bull was required to keep me upright without causing too many side effects. I was lucky. I had caring peers, friends, and family members who encouraged ...

March 18, 2015 9:49 AM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Walking to an early morning breakfast event at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) conference, held March 7-11, I kept thinking of my friend, Lisa. Still recovering from a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery during her fight with breast cancer, she would often attend shows with me in the past to cover events for our magazines. On March ...

March 13, 2015 10:37 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

In nursing school, I was taught patient advocacy is a fundamental piece of nursing. But over the years, I found it to be more of a challenge than I could handle.  It seems that too often, there was no one available to listen to and/or address my concerns. It was frustrating, disappointing and, I believe, the number one reason I fell into burn out.  I withdrew into ...


Competency-based education (CBE) is in the news and on the agendas of nurse executives and educators throughout the country. This relatively new brand of education begins with the end in mind-specifically, the outcomes of learning and the demonstration of specific competencies by learners.  The competency based approach may be used in a total program of study or related to competencies in a discrete area, such ...

February 28, 2015 9:54 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

In case you haven't noticed, you can't pass a grocery counter or drugstore checkout without seeing a magazine blaring the frightening news. One of our Olympic athletes, divorced from a famous reality TV family, is transitioning into a woman (gasp!). In garish photo-shopped color, we see the potential results. Parents are horrified, and children are encouraged to look away. This can't be true! If you carry a nurse ...

February 27, 2015 10:48 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

DISCLAIMER:  This particular post is for entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any ailment. May the following words serve to brighten your current winter blues.

The world needs to brace itself for the next big thing. I have seen it before, but I fear this year may be worse than ever.

Last year, we experienced the Polar Vortex.Spring ...

February 17, 2015 1:44 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN

Mark Twain famously said: "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." There is a good amount of truth to his words but - try though we might - we cannot think away the aging process. As we get older, there will come a time when we will find ourselves in the care of healthcare professionals. ...

February 16, 2015 10:18 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

February is American Heart Month. It's a time when everyone should think about ways to change their lives to be more heart healthy--diet, exercise and stress reductions are great ways to decrease your risk of a heart attack.

But what is the greatest life saver of all? High quality CPR ranks highest on my list with fast activation of Emergency Medical Services a close second.

I've been ...

February 12, 2015 2:39 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

As a nurse in 2015, I have been following the recent Measles outbreak with dismay, especially as cases have been confirmed in Palatine, Illinois. Unfortunately, I was even more dismayed to read the outspoken and (let's face it) completely ignorant remarks that have been verbalized and then repeated via social media by a few of our nation's politicians. Since I haven't been telling politicians how to run a ventilator ...

January 25, 2015 9:41 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Nurses are constantly under scrutiny, examined as both professional and personal role models, perhaps never more so than when we ourselves become patients. We're under the gun more than ever this winter, when hospitals are bulging with admissions, and nurses themselves have fallen victim to the flu. Influenza has hit us hard this year, with a prevalent H3N2 strain proving to be a weak match to the vaccine we diligently ...

January 8, 2015 2:44 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Dear colleagues, I have a story to share regarding a beloved geriatric patient, very typical of that generation. While you're reading this (or possibly, completing discharge instructions for elderly patients leaving the hospital), we love to believe patients absorb a reasonable margin of what we have taught them. We need to believe that in order to perform our jobs, in spite of recognizing alarming statistics ...



Technophobes and uberusers will learn from a group of bloggers who are immersed in healthcare informatics, technological development and implementation.

From our work environment to our homes and schools, our society is riddled with the catastrophic impact the lack of infection prevention has had in our communities, particularly in the facilities where we as nurses work. Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN, and Barbara A. Smith, MPA, BSN, RN, CIC, will share their expertise and experience in infection control, and hope this space will give you an opportunity to share your opinions and comments as professionals who deal with this important topic each and every day.

Read along as a group in various stages of their nursing career share their 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.

Nurses face unique challenges every day. This blog is one experienced nurse's way of integrating work, personal life and passion for writing, all while training for her first half-marathon.

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.