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Hospitals Firing Seasoned Nurses: Nurses FIGHT Back!

This article was written by a member on allnurses. Due to the controversial and emotionally charged nature of the article, the member wanted the topic out in the open so nurses could discuss it. Because she is afraid of retribution if any of her hospital administrative staff should read this article and link it back to her, we offered to publish it for her anonymously. Please add your comments regarding this issue negatively impacting nurses and the healthcare system. An Open Letter to... Read More →

5 Types of Nursing You May Never Have Considered

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 Association says ER departments are in a great deal of need;... Read More →

The Growing Number of Men in Nursing

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, according to the American Assembly of Men in Nursing, nursing... Read More →

Great Apps for Great Nurses

Whether you are tech savvy or not, there is no denying that there are many great nursing apps you can download with just the tap of a screen. In fact, nursing apps are revolutionizing the nursing profession as we know it, and below we have listed a few of our favorites: For Drug Information - Micromedex Drug information This app is a free resource for nurses to search for specific drug information. Micromedex is perfect for a nurse that is on the go and doesn't have the time to search... Read More →

Nurses and 12-Hour Shifts - How to Make the Best of Them

Whether you love them or hate them, 12-hour shifts are here to stay. For many new nurses, the thought of working a 12-hour shift can be overwhelming, intimidating and nerve-racking. But don't panic. Here are a few things you can do to make the most out of your 12-hour shift. Get Enough Sleep Sleep is one thing most nurses don't get enough of, and yet it is one of the most important things a nurse should do. Getting adequate sleep will make you more alert, recharged, and feel better all... Read More →

Nursing School Survival Kit

Now that you have been accepted into nursing school, you need to set yourself up for success by arming yourself with the following tools. While they do not guarantee straight A's, they will help you to meet the challenges in a more organized manner, and see you through to graduation. Planner Time management is the key to surviving nursing school. Make sure you are equipped with a top of the line planner! Carry your planner with you at all times and make sure you update it. It might... Read More →

Make a Child's Day While They are In the Hospital

Draw on the Exam Table One of the first things a child will see at a doctor's visit is the examination table, which can be intimidating to small children. To relieve their anxiety, draw a fun cartoon or colorful scene! Don't forget to personalize it with their name! Provide First Aid for Their Stuffed Animal Many children are so nervous when going to the hospital that often times they will bring with their favorite stuffed animal. Most of these stuffed animals will have rips and... Read More →

How Nurses Are Like Olympians

Nurses Train Like An Olympian Before an athlete can enter into the Olympic ring, they must do years of extensive training. The same is true for nurses. They take rigorous prerequisites, nursing courses and clinicals, before they can enter the nursing field. Nurses train to go into many environments. Just like not Olympians take their talents to the slopes, nurses train to take their skills and knowledge into many different arenas. For both there are tears, laughter, joy and few hours of... Read More →

Cranky Old Man - What do you see nurses?

This poem has been passed around for decades, some nurses say they saw it back in the 70's. However, it's a great reminder especially with the new year near approaching. as the story goes...When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were... Read More →

Nurses in trouble get second chances - Minnesota

Minnesota State regulators say they protect the public with a closer watch on caregivers accused of misconduct. Those who lost loved ones want them to do more. Elda Bothun lay unconscious on her bed inside a Bloomington nursing home. She had stopped breathing, but the two nurses assigned to care for her had left the room. A police officer, summoned by a delayed emergency call, tried resuscitating the elderly woman, with no help from the nurses. Then paramedics took over. It was too late.... Read More →

Male Nurses on the rise and they make more money

Male Nurses Becoming More Commonplace, Census Bureau Reports The nursing profession remains overwhelmingly female, but the representation of men has increased as the demand for nurses has grown over the last several decades, according to a U.S. Census Bureau study released today. The new study shows the proportion of male registered nurses has more than tripled since 1970, from 2.7 percent to 9.6 percent, and the proportion of male licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses has... Read More →

Nurses are #1 in Honesty/Ethics again - Gallop

Congratulations nurses, you did it again! Nurses Rock! 13 years in a row nurses are at the top of the charts! Nurses continue to outrank other professions in Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics survey. This year, 85% of responses ranked nurses Very High/High on Ethics. You can find the entire Gallop results here: Honesty/Ethics in Professions Since 1999 Nurses have been consistently ranked high. 2012 is the highest results yet at 85%! Read More →

New Grads, A Few Words of Encouragement

After reading so many threads here on about the hard times many new grads are having at getting jobs, I just wanted to share a few words of encouragement. My feelings go out to all of you who are having a hard time finding jobs. I feel your pain and know what you are going through. I graduated in '95, we all had the similar issues with new grads having a hard time finding a job. The market was saturated, hospitals only wanted 1-2 years experience. I found it very... Read More →

How to clear your browsers cache

Google Chrome Go to the wrench icon upper right and click: Tools Clear browsing data Leave only the box checked for, "empty the cache" Click, "clear browsing data" Internet Explorer Read More →

Previous Article Contest Winners

Congratulations to all winners! Thanks to everyone who has submitted articles. Latest feedback we are getting: We've had many wonderful articles, why not share your wonderful nursing knowledge? Why Submit An Article? Read More →