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Tips for Effective Public Speaking

By VickyRN - public speaking involves addressing an audience to motivate, influence, persuade, inform, or simply entertain the listeners. it is a structured and deliberate process. it is composed of five basic elements: speaker, message, audience, occasion, and effects. these are otherwise known as who, what, to whom, what medium, and what results? called the “number one fear,” public speaking tops the phobia index for most people. few... Read More


You Got to Know When to Hold 'Em

By VivaLasViejas - .........and when to fold 'em too. One of the few physical advantages of the over-50 body is its ability to say No to excesses---of food and drink, of stress, of too many long, hard shifts in a row. It's only when respecting those limits conflicts with the reality of nursing, where self-sacrifice is often the order of the day, that guilt rears its ugly little noggin and gives rise to the sort of discomfort I'm feeling right now. ... Read More


Desired Characteristics of Effective Nurse Educators - “My Ideal Nursing Instructor”

By VickyRN - as nurse faculty, we constantly strive to be the most effective instructors that we can be. the effective nurse educator, whether operating in the clinical setting or classroom, must demonstrate astute interpersonal skills, clinical competency, professionalism, and an understanding of the principles of adult learning. consumer satisfaction is becoming increasingly important in institutes of higher learning. in order to be more... Read More


Ohhhh, My Aching (Blank)

By VivaLasViejas - I don't know who said it first, but when I was a kid I heard adults quote this line until I was heartily sick of it: "If I'd known I was going to get this old, I'd have taken better care of myself". Psssssst......hey, you! Could you loan me some Advil till payday? It never occurs to us when we're young that someday we'll be fifty years old, and that places on our bodies to which we have given little thought will begin to hurt.... Read More


The Clinical Post Conference – A Few Guidelines

By VickyRN - the clinical post conference has a unique focus in nursing education: the student’s own behavior and experience. ideally, it should provide a nurturing setting for debriefing, discussion, and development of critical thinking skills. it should reinforce and expand the learning that has occurred in the clinical environment. the clinical instructor should be careful to promote a learning atmosphere that respects human values, rights,... Read More


Nursing Education and the Recession - Tough Economic Times

By VickyRN - The recession has definitely left its mark on universities and community colleges. Funding is being slashed, educators' salaries are frozen, faculty workloads are increasing, supplies are in short demand, and fear and uncertainty abound. The State Constitution of North Carolina requires a balanced budget each year (unlike our federal government). There is an estimated $3 billion shortfall this fiscal year. State employees are... Read More


It's The Grim Reaper, Charlie Brown

By VivaLasViejas - Ever hear that expression, "lowering the boom"? It's pretty descriptive of the way I felt tonight when my dear, sweet DON told me, ever so gently, that I might want to be prepared for lean times ahead: Our census has been dropping for weeks, and the numbers aren't going up any time in the foreseeable future; ergo, nursing hours are about to be cut. Big time. Like instead of being scheduled for four shifts per week, I might be lucky to... Read More


Who is Responsible for Discussing End-of-Life Treatment Options?

By tnbutterfly - Who is responsible for discussing end-of-life treatment options with the patient…….the physician? The nurse? In most instances it is the physician’s responsibility to initiate discussion and determine a plan of treatment. But what if the patient is not given information on all the options? What if the nurse does not think the patient and family have been given adequate information or disagrees with the physician? According... Read More


"Mom-nesia", or, Of Pyramids and Panic

By VivaLasViejas - All of you nurse-moms out there will get this, and perhaps even a few of you dads. Mom-nesia, for the uninitiated, is a phenomenon that occurs whenever some medical crisis threatens your offspring, instantly rearranging your priorities and rendering you completely ineffective as a clinician. Like when your 17-year-old son falls off the top of a human pyramid, slams into an inch's worth of foam rubber, feels OK for the first few... Read More


The patient I loved

By ernursechic - I graduated Nursing school in May 2008. I went almost directly into home health. I had 1 visit that the administrator went with me and I was set loose to be a nurse. This was to be the patient that made me know why I became a nurse. J was a 50 years old and morbidly obese at 650lbs. He was such a hoot from the beginning. His mom came and lived with him while he was sick and assisted him with his bathroom needs. J had a history of sleep... Read More


How to Write to Your Legislator

By Teresag_CNS - If you've been a nurse (or nursing student) for a while, you've undoubtedly noticed -ahem- one or two :wink2: things in health care that are suboptimal. Odds are good that at some point you have thought to yourself, "Somebody should tell Congress about that!" Or, "That's really bad policy and somebody ought to change it!" Well, why not be the somebody who does? You can make change happen; it's as easy as writing a letter.... Read More


Nurse Educator Role - A Fifth Advanced Practice Nursing Speciality?

By VickyRN - Advanced practice nurses (APNs) are defined as registered nurses "possessing advanced specialized clinical knowledge and skills through master's or doctoral education that prepares them for specialization, expansion, and advancement of practice" (Mirr Jansen & Zwygart-Stauffacher, 2005, p. 5). Presently within the nursing profession, there are four separate advanced practice specialty areas: nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife,... Read More


Confessions of a 30-something RN grad

By LuvofNursing - I am in the seat, feeling comfortable, calm (even though I have went through enough security to enter Fort Knox). I read through the instructions as to not miss anything. “You have 6 hours….” Sounds good, all is well….. First question, okay, 50/50…..A or C….. hmmm…A…. “next”…..2nd question…..what? What are they asking? These are all right, and there are no indicators in the question showing priority. Can I ask them “is this... Read More


Verbal, Written warnings and Termination

By madwife2002 - i know a lot of health care employees are worried or concerned they may be on the ladder from verbal warning to written warnings and then fired. for many this is not an unrealistic fear it is something which is affecting their daily working life and erodes into their home life. for some employees it is something which occurs out of the blue and was totally unexpected, for some they are expecting it to happen because of an incident... Read More


The Psychomotor Domain

By VickyRN - psychomotor learning is one of the three domains, or broad categories, of educational behaviors. it is based on manual or physical skills, and includes fine and gross motor dexterity, coordination, and movement. the focus is on physical and kinesthetic forms of learning. this domain can also involve communication skills, such as public speaking or computer charting abilities. skill acquisition is an important part of nursing... Read More


Teaching and Learning in the Affective Domain (Part Two)

By VickyRN - adult learners need to be motivated in order to learn. they need to know, “how will learning this content benefit me? what do i stand to gain? how will knowing this information further my career goals?” motivation, then, is crucial to adult learning. volition is accessed through processes in the affective domain. the most powerful type of motivation for adult learners is internal, and the educator can enhance learning by tapping... Read More


Teaching and Learning in the Affective Domain

By VickyRN - the affective domain describes a person’s emotional attributes. as educators, why should we be concerned with the affective domain and how can these factors impact teaching and learning? bloom divided the process of learning into three broad hierarchical domains, or taxonomies. the three parts are not clear-cut, but overlap and interrelate. cognitive domain – intellectual ability, reasoning. affective domain – feelings,... Read More