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Latest Articles: Articles are written by nurses, students, educators, and healthcare professionals from all around the world. Articles include Reviews, Journals, and Stories. All our articles focus on patient safety, nurse professionalism, specialties, NCLEX, nursing schools, and so much more.


5 Types of Nursing You May Never Have Considered

By brian - Registered nurses are, without a doubt, in some of the highest demand nationwide. As the need for professionals to fill these open positions continues to grow, there are a LOT of specialties that warrant some consideration. All of them demand a particular aptitude or stamina...and some of them aren't what you'd expect. Here's a snapshot of a few you might not have thought about before. 1) EMERGENCY ROOMS The Emergency Nurses... Read More


Running the Spring Marathon

By fetch - I used to work at a theme park, and the 2 weeks around spring break were unofficially known as "marathon" because we went from weekends only to daily operation. But since most of the high schoolers only have one week off, and a lot of summer people haven't been hired yet, everyone winds up working 60+ hour weeks. Pay period weeks ran from Monday through Sunday, with only one mandated day off per pay week, so it was common to work more... Read More


Rehabilitation Nursing: Functional Independence Measure (FIM)

By TheCommuter - A patient's functional capacity refers to his/her ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs). Unfortunately, many acute illnesses, chronic disease processes and major surgical procedures profoundly impact the patient's ability to perform ADLs. Some of these afflictions might even result in temporary or permanent disability. Rehabilitative services are valuable for restoring independence, but how does the clinician capture... Read More


End of Life and Difficult Discussions Part I

By traumaRUs - As APNs, most of us have had to deliver bad news to families and sometimes patients. Whether it's the fact that 95 year old Grandma isn't going to recover from her latest bout of CHF or that your infant actually died three or fours hours ago and we are running this code for you now. Or, that intubation of the chronic COPD patient isn't going to help them survive. All these discussions and more take a certain finesse and knowledge. ... Read More


Spirituality and Caring: Dialogue and Inquiry with Literature Review

By ShannonRN1981 - Spirituality is a personal, abstract component in people’s lives that can have different meanings based on different life experiences. One’s own experiences help to shape what spirituality means to oneself. Spirituality can be a very personal subject, and I was very lucky that Leslie Lobel, a social worker at my place of work, shared her personal views on the subject with me. Although religion and spirituality are not the same,... Read More


FAQs For First Generation College Students

By TheCommuter - A first generation college student (FGCS) is first individual in the family of origin to attain a college education. Many non-first-generation students arrive on campus with valuable knowledge of the unspoken processes of college life, while first generation college students must frequently overcome an uphill learning curve to figure out how the system works. This piece lists various questions that are frequently asked by first... Read More


Nursing Degrees: The Practical Nursing Diploma (LPN)

By TheCommuter - A licensed practical nurse (LPN), also known as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the states of California and Texas, is a healthcare worker who has attained basic nursing education, obtained generalist training, and received occupational licensing to provide routine care to stable patient populations with foreseeable outcomes. The scope of practice for the LPN is completely reliant upon the state in which nursing practice takes... Read More


To Be (Monitored) or Not To Be (Monitored)

By dianah - Old-school RN here. Studied for Boards (before they were called NCLEX) while traveling West in a wagon train, fighting dinosaurs along the way. Cut my teeth in several ICUs, when Swan-Ganz catheters were becoming all the rage. Have seen trends and treatments come and go, the pendulum of nursing practice swing first one way then the other way. Background: I worked in IR (Interventional Radiology, which included staffing the Cardiac... Read More


allnurses Reaches 800,000 Member Milestone

By tnbutterfly - In a press release published today, it was announced that reached a major milestone this past weekend. We have now exceeded 800,000 registered members! I know all of you will join me in expressing congratulations and appreciation to Brian, who had the vision almost 20 years ago to create a site where nurses and nursing students can network, share, and learn from one another. While the site has undergone many changes... Read More


The Growing Number of Men in Nursing

By brian - Picture the following scenario. You're waiting in a clinic room., and you've just been told the nurse will be in to see you shortly. Who walks in to take your vitals and ask you questions? A man? Frankly, the chances are high that the answer is no. However, many of those in the field would like to see that change. A quick history lesson - Back in "the day," the role of the nurse didn't actually fall to the "fairer sex." In fact,... Read More


Networking in Nursing to Achieve Results

By TheCommuter - Did you know that almost 70 percent of all job openings are not openly advertised? Most positions are filled through word of mouth, and the individuals who know how to effectively network are often hired into these roles. Networking is the practice of cultivating and maintaining connections with a circle of people who can render assistance, boost your professional prospects, share their valuable knowledge and 'put in a good word' for... Read More


End of Life and Difficult Discussions Part II

By traumaRUs - This is Part II of the difficult discussions we must often have with our patients and/or families. This never gets easier and in reality, should it? These discussions should be difficult as they are often the catalyst to pursuing advanced care, resuscitation and/or placing a patient on life support. These are some how to's for discussing these topics. This is a continuation of my last article and these are tips that have worked for me.... Read More


Nursing Degrees: The Hospital-Based Nursing Diploma (RN)

By TheCommuter - A registered nurse (RN) is a multifaceted healthcare professional who has satisfactorily completed a nursing program and obtained occupational licensing to render care to patients across the life span. The RN has a myriad of responsibilities including collaboration, health promotion, patient advocacy, disease prevention, client and family education, and formulation of the plan of care. RNs who provide bedside care complete... Read More


Nursing Degrees: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing (AAS)

By TheCommuter - The licensed practical nurse (LPN), also referred to as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the American states of Texas and California, is a highly valuable healthcare member of staff who has acquired basic nursing education, received training as a generalist nurse, and obtained occupational licensure to render routine care to medically stable patient populations with predictable outcomes. LPNs have been part of the US healthcare... Read More


Western Governors University (WGU) Intake Interview

By TheCommuter - Western Governors University (WGU), an online school designed for adult learners who already have some experience with collegiate level coursework, has become exceptionally popular in recent years. The reasons for WGU's explosion in popularity can be traced back to several appealing attributes. Some of these alluring attributes include very affordable tuition, regional and national accreditation, nonprofit status, a myriad of... Read More


Mental Illness Can Be Terminal

By NurseDirtyBird - In light of the much publicized 20th anniversary of the suicide of rock star Kurt Cobain, increased media coverage of bullying-related suicides and my own recent personal struggles, I thought I'd present some common myths and facts about suicide. There is a huge social stigma related to mental illness, so much that many who need help the most never get it. The more education we get and provide, the more needless deaths we can... Read More


Warning Signs Associated With Degree Mills and Scam Schools

By TheCommuter - The number of diploma mills in the US is on the rise as prospective students seek to take action against their perceived economic insecurity. In fact, a scam school operated a fake nursing program for five years, separating pupils from their tuition dollars. In too many cases, the education received from these schools does not lead to increased earning potential for graduates. More commonly, graduates find themselves in intractable... Read More


Tips To Handle Nursing School While Employed Full-Time

By TheCommuter - As a traditional student or non-traditional adult learner, nursing school can prove to be one of the more demanding ventures that you will ever experience. Nursing school is daunting enough for a student who is not employed; however, the experience can be twice as imposing for people who contend with full-time jobs, family obligations, bills and other responsibilities. In this day and age, many students must maintain full-time... Read More