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Ambulatory Care Nursing

By tnbutterfly - The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses (AAACN) defines professional ambulatory care nursing as: ...a complex, multifaceted specialty that encompasses independent and collaborative practice. The comprehensive practice of ambulatory care nursing is built on a broad knowledge base of nursing and health sciences, and applies clinical expertise rooted in the nursing process. Nurses use evidence-based information across a variety of... Read More


Public Health Nursing

By DidiRN - Public health nurses are licensed Registered Nurses. Most have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Some may continue with graduate studies focusing on a masters of public health or other relevant graduate degrees. Education in public policy, epidemiology and health administration can be helpful if the nurse wishes to continue their education. Work Environment Public health nurses primarily work for government health... Read More


Nursing School Won't Teach You These Things (Part 2)

By TheCommuter - A student’s experiences in nursing school might produce a mixture of emotions such as joy after finding out you’ve been accepted to the program, dismay upon discovering you’ve failed a quiz, hostility toward the annoying classmate who won‘t shut up during lecture, and triumph as your graduation date approaches. Student nurses are inundated with different theories, introduced to hands-on skills during clinical rotations, and tested... Read More


Private Duty Nursing

By DidiRN - Many decades ago, private duty nursing was the primary employer of nurses. Patients and their families hired their own nurses to care for them during periods of illness in the home or in the hospital. In fact, early schools of nursing trained students for this as opposed to a more acute care focus. It wasn’t until the 20th century when employment avenues shifted to hospital and long term care facilities. Despite the large drop in... Read More


Certified Nurse Midwives - An APRN Specialty

By sirI - The Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who is a graduate of a nurse-midwifery program and is nationally certified. Many states recognize this specialty and some do not. There are 4 APRN specialty areas: The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) The Nurse Practitioner (NP) The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) The Certified Nurse Mid-Wife (CNM) Read More


Infusion Nursing

By DidiRN - Work Environment In the hospital setting, infusion nurses may be part of an IV team that places IVs for the floor staff or they may only assist with difficult access. They can also be a part of a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheters) and midline access team. Hospital infusion nurses can also train new graduate nurses in intravenous therapy. Outpatient clinics employ infusion nurses where patients may come in... Read More


Home Health Nursing

By DidiRN - Home health is an area of nursing that is primarily focused on caring for patients in their home. Nurses in this area make intermittent visits to the patient’s home and sometimes in assisted living facilities seeing individuals there. The focus is to keep the patient in their home safely for as long as possible. Most visits are short term only and others are long term. Nurses may encounter patients from all across the lifespan and for... Read More


Basic Information About the TEAS Test

By TheCommuter - The Test of Essential Academic Skills, more universally known as the TEAS test, is a proctored, standardized examination prepared by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to determine the overall academic preparedness of pupils who are attempting to enroll in a school’s nursing program or specific other health science program. This exam is designed to assess the test taker‘s basic skills in certain subjects. If the school you... Read More


Occupational Health Nursing

By tnbutterfly - We are all familiar with OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Since its creation in 1970, this governmental agency has been charged with the mission of “assuring safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” This is a major task that affects millions of workers and employers in the United States. ... Read More


Flight Nursing

By DidiRN - Flight nurses require a Registered Nurse license with several years of experience in critical care and/or emergency nursing. Some RNs may already be required to have or plan on obtaining paramedic certification/license. Certifications in BLS, ACLS, NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support) are usually required. Other certifications that may be mandatory... Read More


Black Friday, Code Blue

By decembergrad2011 - Friday was just a sad day overall. One of my patients, a woman who I have taken on and off since I was 20-something weeks pregnant, seized and coded and had to be intubated and taken down to the ICU. Since it was Black Friday, all of the staff there were the B team. I was the most experienced nurse on my side of the floor. The other two nurses on my side included a travel nurse who is supposed to be seasoned but really has a LOT to... Read More


School Nursing

By tnbutterfly - “The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate normal development and positive student response to interventions; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide... Read More


Travel Nursing

By tnbutterfly - The concept of travel nursing began as a solution to provide additional nurses to areas/hospitals experiencing a nursing shortage. Over the years this has become a very popular option for those wanting to change locations and assignments regularly and have the benefit of vacationing where they work. Travel nurses are RNs who travel to other parts of the country where there are not enough trained nurses to handle the workload. They... Read More


Correctional Nursing - A Multi-Tasked Specialty Area for Nurses

By sirI - The Correctional Nurse wears many faces. They are primary care nurses, security nurses and in some correctional facilities, the nurse dealing with those who are critically ill. It takes a special type of individual to take on these tasks without prejudice, remain impartial, and treat the inmate humanely. This type of nursing is not for everyone for the Nurse must keep their personal feelings at home. They must not cross borders... Read More


Self-Care for Nurses during the Holidays

By tnbutterfly - Nurses face challenges year round, but we all know the extra stresses that the holidays bring with all the special preparations and activities. With many nurses working stressful jobs having to deal with the health challenges of others as well as their own personal stresses and hectic schedules, the added demands of the holidays can lead to emotional and physical exhaustion. The workplace usually feels more festive this time of... Read More


Nurse Practitioners

By DidiRN - Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with graduate level degrees and are considered advanced practice nurses. They are able to provide health care services to patients in a variety of different settings. Some responsibilities include: assessing, diagnosing, and managing acute and chronic conditions. They are also responsible for prescribing medications as needed as well as health promotion and disease management. Educational... Read More

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High-Value and Low-Value Patients

By TheCommuter - A handful of readers might have had knee-jerk reactions after reading the title of this piece. Some of you were probably frowning as you muttered to yourselves, “High-value patients? Low-value patients? Who in the hell does the writer think she is?” Let me get one thing straight. I’m not the one who assigned values to different clusters of patients. In fact, my personal belief is that all people have the same inherent worth and... Read More

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Nursing School Won't Teach You These Things (Part 1)

By TheCommuter - Student nurses have the awesome opportunity to learn about the art and science of nursing during the time they spend enrolled in school. Nursing students are bombarded with different theories, introduced to procedural skills, drilled on critical thinking strategies, exposed to new information, and tested constantly to determine their ability to apply and analyze the mountain of material rather than recall facts through rote memory. In... Read More