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Growing numbers of nurses are coming out of retirement to re-enter the healthcare workforce. Nursing informatics officers and nurse trainers must join forces to help veteran nurses understand and use the latest health information technologies and participate in technology-enabled learning.  

Nurse executives and managers may need to develop formal or informal centers for nursing informatics. These ...

December 16, 2014 3:03 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Do you know nurses who wake up wanting to put in a half-assed effort? I don't. Particularly during this time of year, friends are typically killing themselves, trying to pull long days at work or filling in with "round 2" activities (Mom care/after school events), baking, decorating, gifting, volunteering, etc. until the human body just can't give any more. Are we superhuman beings? Absolutely not. We carry nurse ...

December 15, 2014 9:41 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

I had a conversation with a person who recently experienced significant loss in her family. She said, in retrospect, she was most taken aback by the realization that bad things can happen at anytime. She also repeated the importance of appreciating those we love everyday, "because you never know what can happen."

I feel that my job in nursing reminds me of those concepts everyday. As nurses ...

December 4, 2014 3:20 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

2014 has been a banner year for the nursing profession. We have been in the media as never before, portrayed as harbingers of both good will and bad. The glare of public opinion has fallen upon us, and perhaps, found us wanting. But more importantly, as the economy continues to stutter, employers and institutions are making their lists and checking twice. Documented as a high priority on their lists for Christmas ...

December 1, 2014 2:39 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Maureen Girard, RN, BSN, MBA, vice president, Marketing Management, Medical Products

Healthcare in the U.S. has experienced a dramatic shift throughout the past decade. From an increase in chronic illness and a growing aging population to the changing models in coordinated care, employees in the healthcare field, most notably nurses, are facing increasing demands. To help celebrate and bring renewed appreciation ...

December 1, 2014 8:54 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Susan Salka, President and CEO, AMN Healthcare

Most public companies dedicate some resources to good corporate citizenship. They choose to spend these resources - time, money or both -- on endeavors aligned with the company's mission and goals in win-win ...

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.

From ...

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 ...

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...



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.

Pat Vee fearlessly says what you've been thinking!

The Politics of Health Care covers the latest developments in health care policy and legislation.

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.