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September 23, 2016 2:45 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Sheri* had awakened late; she knew it was going to be one of those Monday mornings even before the phone alarm failed to wake her. Her hair needed more than the toss of dry shampoo she gave it as she started a quick shower, and she fumbled with liquid soap as she temporarily froze. What was that, she thought? For a moment, blind panic raced through her mind like lightning as her fingers touched ...

 
September 23, 2016 9:14 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

Oncology nurses provide care to cancer patients and their families across the continuum. They are there from the life-changing moment of diagnosis to the frightening, yet hopeful, treatment phase. Such treatments may make patients feel worse than they did before treatment, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, ...

 
September 22, 2016 8:53 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but why should it only be in October? We are supposed to support victims of cancer every single day. Highlight their struggles every single day.

I myself have seen firsthand what cancer does to someone, their family, and their lives. And I have the world's ...


 
September 19, 2016 10:08 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

In my previous post, I spoke about one of my learnings for helping the nursing profession grow more resilient and introduced the concept of forgiveness. I can tell you this is not an easy subject matter to discuss in the workplace or beyond. What I can also tell you ...

 
September 15, 2016 8:29 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Nurses have a strong sense of the interconnectedness of life. This appreciation enables us to use spiritual understandings of the everyday tasks of nursing to stay connected with the meaning of our work. Take eating, for example. Many of us have handed out trays, started and monitored TPN, or documented alterations in nutritional status. These tasks have a hidden vitality which we can overlook.

I picked up a book ...


 
September 14, 2016 2:28 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I've reached the age where a few of my peers have dropped off fulltime status in nursing. Their husbands are retiring, they have beautiful grandchildren popping up here and there, and holidays are looming. They're tired. They no longer wish to pull weekend and call rotation, so ...

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September 13, 2016 10:36 AM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

In reviewing the advantages of achieving a BSN, it would be remiss not to acknowledge the challenges. Clearly, with the number of nurses achieving their BSN annually, the challenges are not insurmountable.

If you have been following my other blogs posts, I have reviewed the financial ...


 
September 9, 2016 9:57 AM by Nicholas Nicholson of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

In nursing, I will venture a guess you have found yourself in a patient room hugging someone (patient or family member), because they needed that support.

If you are a male-I'm going to venture another guess that in that SAME situation mentioned above, BEFORE you extended your arms, you found yourself wondering, "Should I hug this person or not?" Perhaps you ended up doing a "high five" or something along ...


 
September 8, 2016 8:43 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Jennifer Gibson, RN, HCS-D, COS-C

Value: a fair return or equivalent in goods, services or money for something exchanged; relative worth

Medicare's Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model is new ...


 

Most nurses have heard stories or experienced how unpleasant some patients or their families can be. How about the doctors they work with? Almost everyone in the medical industry has a story to tell about how doctors harass the nurses, insulting them and having screaming matches in the operating room.

As ...


 
August 29, 2016 8:29 AM by Michael Madrid of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

Can anyone remember all the way back in nursing school how many males were in your class? I can remember, back in 1993; I was the only male in my CNA/ROP class. There were three males in my LVN program and five in my RN program. I think we can recall to the past generations that many gentlemen who entered into nursing ...

 

The nursing shortage is real and growing. More than one million vacancies for RNs will emerge between 2014 and 2022, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. By 2025, the shortage of nurses will reach unprecedented levels, says the Bureau of Health ...

 
August 24, 2016 8:22 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

If you're a nurse, you spend an enormous amount of time explaining the unusual and uncommon events of everyday life, especially when those events might be concerning the health or safety of our Olympics team. This year, we were so busy focusing on mosquitoes and Brazil's ability to handle the crush of possible terrorism/mass casualties that we were totally unprepared for the banality of the questions we received.

What ...


 
August 23, 2016 8:42 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

Racism has been increasingly present in the news lately. Whether you are behind the cause Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter, nurses provide compassionate care and save lives of people of all races, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, and genders. Cancer, heart disease, and diabetes do not discriminate and neither can we. Unfortunately, healthcare ...

 
August 19, 2016 8:10 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

Last month, I shared with you a very personal story that jump-started my quest to further understand why nurses are emotionally tired. I wanted to understand how today's environment spiritually impacts the practice of nursing. I dove into the research and literature like they were a cool pond ...

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August 18, 2016 9:05 AM by Jasper Tolarba of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

In response to controversial medical researches involving human subjects resulting in death or devastating effects among participants, several policies and guidelines were undertaken to ensure that human subjects who join in these kinds of research or experiments are protected. The scientific community and the modern society in general do not want to witness another research ...

 
August 17, 2016 8:42 AM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

A tremendous opportunity, I attended the 2016 Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) Summit for New York today facilitated by the APIN project team and The Future of Nursing, New York State Action Coalition (NYSAC).

It was a great opportunity for networking, and the updates were very educational. One area that was great to hear was that there is an academic progression group developing a toolkit for school counselors. ...


 
August 16, 2016 9:25 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

So as we all know August is International Women's Month.

And this got me thinking about what it truly means to be a woman. What power do I actually have as a woman?

I was blessed to be raised by a very strong and independent mother with a fierce strength and an unwavering love for her family and her children. She taught me to be strong, independent, smart, loyal and true to myself.

She taught ...


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August 12, 2016 8:31 AM by Nicholas Nicholson of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

There is an interesting perspective a nurse (or a nurse's loved one) who is a patient has. First off, it's not easy to be a patient-it's especially not easy to be one when you are a nurse. It's even more difficult when you teach nurses how to take care of others as there are certain expectations of care that should be provided. So, naturally, when my daughter was born in July, I noticed quite a few things about my experience. ...

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August 11, 2016 8:51 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman are two economists devoted to answering the question, "Why do people make the choices they do?" They delineated several cognitive biases, such as framing effect, which attempted to explain a person's non-rational behavior. Tversky and Kahneman's theory was a giant leap forward over older theories which saw people as machine-like.

For example, Tversky and Kahneman posited that ...


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August 10, 2016 8:23 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

We may have believed we had more time to prepare. Health officials and Congress had discussed allocating funds for research and planning, but Zika seemed so far away. The Presidential election, the Olympics, gun control, a sudden surge in violence, even the summer's hottest heat wave on record... all seemed of a greater urgency than a poorly understood virus that caused microcephaly. The disease could wait.

But, ...


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Every place I ever worked as a nurse/manager, there is always someone on staff that erodes morale, the employees who repeatedly slack off, talk back, or fail to complete tasks on time. Let's face it: we have all encountered this at some point in our career; the issue is how to handle this. When an employee starts to lose respect, your authority and control can be undermined. This effect can be toxic. Accountability ...

 

Simulation is both a nursing education strategy and a tool to evaluate nurses' knowledge and competence. Simulation delivers technology-based experiential learning, putting the focus on evidence and outcomes rather than process and instruction. At a time when faculty shortages plague nursing education, simulation prepares new and existing nurses for the changing healthcare workplace, while ensuring the safety and well-being ...

 
July 25, 2016 10:00 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

By virtue of a chronic illness, I have a dual perspective on healthcare. As an occasional patient, I am able to more closely understand both the provider and the utilization side of care. As a result of my experience, I have learned that bedside communication can be enlightening, perhaps representing a barometer of how a particular institution may be doing overall.

Does the staff seem stressed, stiff, or ...


 

Summer is here! Living in New England, our summers tend to be short, but so is staffing.  For most of us, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and beach days. Many employees already have summer and vacation on their minds; after all, it's been a long winter and the staff is ready to get away from it all and get some much needed R&R. Research has shown that taking time off is critically important to avoid long-term ...

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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.

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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.

As we all know, the majority of nurses are women. What special issues, challenges or problems do the men in the profession face? ADVANCE hopes to give a voice this valuable minority.