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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... Read More

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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).... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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Performance Based Development System (PBDS)

By VickyRN Few subjects have stirred up as much controversy within the nursing community as the performance based development system (pbds) nursing "competency" assessment. What exactly is this test and why is it so controversial? Performance-based development system (pbds) is the creation of dorothy del... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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"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.... Read More

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Dear incoming class of nurses...

By AOx1 When my accountant saw my W-2, he asked why I would be willing to be an educator for such a small amount of money. I explained that money is not everything, as I am already rich. When a former student calls me to say that they have just started their doctoral program, I am rich. When I see a... Read More

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A fascination become a dream

By damselham When I was grade 2 our teacher asked “What would you want to be when you grow up?” many said “teacher” others “doctor” in chorus, and she said “ok, one at a time, Daryl” referring to my seatmate, and he answered “I want to become a soldier like my dad…I want to fight against bad guys!” motioning as... Read More


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