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November 26, 2014 9:41 AM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Late this summer, lots of people were talking about Robin Williams, discussing what he must have been going through, what would bring a person to the end thought of suicide. I was quite sad at this news, but it's a shame it takes a top celebrity's death to bring up the topic of depression and mental illness. In reality, you probably interact with someone who has the same disease/condition every day. Like me.

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November 24, 2014 10:06 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

A new nurse messaged me the other day with a request for support regarding nurse bullies. Concurrently, I was brainstorming strategies to increase membership activity in my local chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). 

This led to what I call a concept collision--a question that arises when two previously unrelated problems present themselves at the same time. This time the question that came ...


 

Choosing a learning management system (LMS) to monitor, measure and evaluate RNs' health IT knowledge, skill and competence calls for an evaluation of available LMS systems and identification of selection criteria. It also requires implementation of an LMS that fits the needs of the healthcare organization (HCO), nurse learners, trainers, instructors and coaches.

Growing numbers of HCOs, including colleges, ...


 
November 10, 2014 2:16 PM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

Early in 2014, I ran my first 10k.  I found it to be less of a challenge than I expected. Suddenly, a half marathon became a realistic goal. The spring included  many fun and fast 5k races. I got faster with each one, but turned to longer runs more often, because that is where I found true relaxation. As summer wore on, I realized I thought more about my half marathon goal. Thirteen miles translates into ...


 
November 10, 2014 10:11 AM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

There's a lot going on in the world today that's scary. Words like Ebola, ISIS, shootings, bullying, cancer, depression and death are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things that probably keep us awake at night. While these thoughts can become all-consuming given the technology-driven world we live in where our phones, tablets and TVs provide us with uncomfortable images 24/7, perhaps we ...


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November 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Sam Osei, RN

In my opinion, I do not think the body of nursing has done enough to acknowledge the presence of males in the nursing profession in this 21st century. Low interest in nursing for men contributes to the lack of gender diversity in the profession. As a result, stereotype ...


 
November 10, 2014 9:21 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

As I followed the news, I was dismayed to discover nurse Kaci Hickox will be leaving her home state of Maine. Kaci, as you may have learned, engaged in a very public fight over her refusal to be quarantined upon returning to the United States. The fight began when she landed, as one of her temperature recordings (which she attributed to being flushed and angry) led officials to believe she was febrile. In spite of ...


 
November 5, 2014 11:57 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Ebun Ebunlomo, PhD, faculty member of public health at American Public University

I don't know about you, but I can't imagine driving without my GPS in the glove box of my car. Even when I know my trip route, I still have an extra sense of security that if my phone dies, or I take the wrong turn accidentally, I can always turn on my GPS and get re-routed. I got my Garmin Nuvi 1490T as a birthday ...


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Not everything on the Internet should be considered "social media." You are probably not surprised that this blog is considered a social media website.  Would you be surprised to learn that the online shoe retailer Zappos' ...


 
October 27, 2014 10:38 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Terry Edwards is the CEO of PerfectServe.

Clinicians constantly receive texts, calls, voicemails, emails, tweets, etc., all flowing right to their fingertips. Everything can seem ...


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October 27, 2014 8:28 AM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

I knew I wanted to address Ebola in this editorial. How could I not? If you ask my colleagues, they'll tell you I have strong opinions about all of this. But when I think about writing a strong, clear message about the topic, it seems impossible. There is so much information, right and wrong, being manufactured on an hourly basis. On the day I wrote this editorial Oct. 18, these were some headlines I found: "Texas ...


 
October 24, 2014 1:52 PM by Barbara Smith of Infection Control & Patient Safety

With all the energy we're devoting to preparing for Ebola, it's appropriate to emphasize that this is International Infection Prevention Week IIPW. This disease truly shows that IP efforts are global.

IIPW occurs annually during the third week of October and has grown in scope and activities each year. This year's theme is antibiotic resistance and efforts to reduce drug resistant organisms. Initially, ...


 
October 15, 2014 9:27 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

It's impossible to turn on the television, radio or look at the internet without the virus EBOLA staring you in the face.  And now, two health care workers have been infected at the same hospital.

Blaming the nurse was the first reaction . It was assumed the nurse broke protocol. Now, workers are coming forward with reports that the hospital did not provide the ...


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October 14, 2014 10:24 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I was mortified to read that one of our peers had contracted Ebola from providing care to her critically ill patient. I was even more dismayed to read early press coverage of the event, for not-so-subtly written between the lines was a clear suggestion of blame. HAD the nurse somehow breached protocol? Or was the CDC hoping to squelch widespread panic by pointing fingers, rather than hinting that their procedures ...


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October 13, 2014 9:11 AM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Martie Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ, chief nursing officer, Medline Industries Inc.

Who would have thought that the tools you count on every day to do so much for you would become the center of incredible tension within the care delivery system? 

In many ways, these tools are a perfect example of Polarity. Polarity Management teaches us that it is not black and white, nor is it gray. It ...


 
October 10, 2014 11:23 AM by Barbara Smith of Infection Control & Patient Safety

I'd like to acknowledge the dedicated nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian who cared for the recently deceased Mr. Duncan. They, along with the nurses at Emory University in Atlanta and Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha who cared for patients with Ebola, deserve our admiration.

Nurses working in many different areas are appropriately concerned with exposure to Ebola. Of course, nurses in emergency departments ...


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October 3, 2014 9:56 AM by Chuck Holt of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and 33 other members of the House of Representatives recently sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking her "to adopt recommendations that would adequately reimburse Medicare providers for having voluntary discussions about end-of-life ...


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October 2, 2014 3:25 PM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

My friend and I were supposed to meet for a walk one night. But a text popped up on my phone that she had an extended doctor's appointment that included an emergency ultrasound after an annual mammogram. The word "emergency" always makes me feel uncomfortable, but I'd been through a series of breast cysts and knew that mammograms sometimes take longer when they find those types of things.

Later that ...


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October 1, 2014 8:00 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

As most of you know, I have spent my entire career in oncology nursing. I have cared for women diagnosed with breast cancer who have undergone mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation with a variety of outcomes. Some have overcome breast cancer yet later developed leukemia or heart failure as a result of the toxic chemotherapy the received years ago. Others women I have encountered return for surgery after their breast ...


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What are the first thoughts that come to mind when you read the term: "social media"? Do you think about your tween's Myspace page or your own LinkedIn account? Maybe when you hear the term, visions of unending kitten videos posted to Facebook come to mind? Perhaps you drew a blank when you read the term because you still refuse to even ...


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September 29, 2014 10:47 AM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

One in five. That's how many new nurses choose to change their job within their first year of nursing. One in three leave within two years. Given that new grads often struggle to find their first positions, one study shines a light on this interesting trend -- and why it might not be a bad thing.

These statistics were based on a study in the current issue of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, that ...


 
September 29, 2014 7:32 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

Nurse turnover is a complex phenomenon that directly affects patient outcomes and healthcare costs. When new graduate nurses accept new positions on or before one year of hire, the institution loses a significant amount of money that they invested in their training. This affects the bottom line (which equates to nurse-patient ratios), but I am concerned about the larger impact. I have seen new graduates ...

 
September 25, 2014 10:17 AM by Pat Veitenthal of Nursing: You Wanna Know What I Think?

In the same week, I heard of two different ways nurses were horribly mistreated. The first was a viral web story about an office nurse with cancer who was laid off by her physician employer in a handwritten letter, stating, "You will not be able to function in my office at the level required while battling for your life. Because of this, I am laying you off without pay as of August 11, 2014." The doctor stated it was ...

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Big data promises to have a big impact on nurse education and training, including the performance and success rates of nurse learners, whether they happen to be young Millennials or retirees who've just re-entered the workforce.  

But it will take time before big data and analytics transform the experiences of learners, educators and trainers and reshape how learners develop skills, knowledge and ...


 

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