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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 ...

 
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 ...


 
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. ...

 
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 ...


 
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, ...


 

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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July 19, 2016 8:34 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

Suddenly there it was-a lack of compassion. Or was it?

She was only 29-years-old when the phone rang with news no one wants to hear. She didn't believe it at first, and neither ...


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July 18, 2016 10:33 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Nurses across the country have watched in shock and consternation as the amount of violence and brutality escalates in cities and communities. Hardly a day has gone by without an additional, heartbreaking tragedy being broadcast over every category of media.

We've passed beyond shock. Our heads are bent and bowed with worry. Some of us have lived through times similar to these before-the devastation of 9-11, the ...


 
July 14, 2016 8:37 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

"Is the glass half full or half empty?" is an often asked question. What is not often asked is how do you feel about your glass? Do you mourn the loss of half of your water, or are you happy to have as much water as you do? What are you willing to do to gain back the other half of your glass?

These are not meaningless questions. Rather, this is very important. Pretend the glass is actually a measure of health ...


 
July 13, 2016 5:09 PM by Nicholas Nicholson of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

As a college professor and registered nurse, I have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to walking into a patient's room (or a classroom). However, nothing could have prepared me for the fact that one day, someone would decide to put up a billboard on I-84 East in Waterbury, CT, near exit 25, portraying a shirtless man with a stethoscope around his neck. "Who's caring for your mom?" asked the question printed ...


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July 13, 2016 4:16 PM by Jasper Tolarba of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

I chose nursing as my profession because I truly believe it is one of the few callings that transcend gender, race, socio-economic status and religion. It is ignited by one's motivation to care for other people-a desire that is consummated every time a patient's health and well-being is restored. Sure, there are times a patient's outcome may not be what everyone hoped for; but part of the sanctity of this vocation ...


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July 13, 2016 3:53 PM by Michael Madrid of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

Unbelievable! As far as the healthcare industry has come, as far as the nursing profession has come, and as far as we as human beings have come-and still, here I was, in shock and disbelief as I drove by   Cheshire Regional Rehabilitation Center's latest billboard, which is located near Exit 25 on I-84 East in Waterbury, CT.  It poses the question, "Who's Caring for Your Mom?"

This organization's ...


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July 12, 2016 9:30 AM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

How do you decide which program is the best fit for you?

If you are asking every program the same questions, every program will be the best.  If you are reaching out to a variety of BSN programs and asking questions, document the responses. Next, take this information and develop a tool to share with your colleagues.   It will be one less step for the next person getting started, and you can use the ...


 

How many of us have returned from maternity leave with aspirations of pumping every 3-4 hours to keep up our milk supply to meet that goal of nursing our babies for the first 12 months of life?  How quickly did we come to the realization that it is difficult to leave the floor 3 times in a 12 hour shift to pump?  How soon did the guilt begin about asking our peers to watch our patients so we could pump (yes, ...

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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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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.

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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.