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Capture Your Heartís Desire: Finding the Job You Want

By Brenda F. Johnson Are you looking to relocate and are not sure how to start your job search? Having recently moved, I learned a lot and would like to share some tips. First, create your resume, then research the hospitals in the area you want to move, next make a connection with the nurse recruiter or nurse... Read More

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Still Raw: Six months after graduation, five months after employment

By ixchel A few months ago, I wrote an article that basically expressed my shock at the first weeks on my first nursing job. (It's called "Raw: two months after graduation, one month after employment", if you are curious.) I wanted to share how life has been since then. I've been on the job for about 5... Read More

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The Fine Line

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN As part of our job, nurses can develop relationships with patient's and their families through the daily contact we have caring for them. Sometimes, the professional relationship line can get a little blurry, and it is hard to keep boundaries in place - friendships can be made. I have sometimes... Read More

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Using Your GI Bill Benefits in 75 Easy Steps!

By Pixie.RN No, it didnít really take me 75 steps to tap into my GI Bill benefits, although Iím not quite there yet and who knows? The number of steps may rise. But there are important factors to consider in which GI Bill to use, and some interesting tidbits that make all the difference in the world as far as... Read More

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Dying with dignity? Canít everyone die with dignity?

By JaneGilletteRogers Recent news has focused on the news that a terminally ill patient ended her own life rather than let an aggressive brain tumor end it for her. Many praise this as a death with dignity but as nurses, let's make sure everyone dies with dignity by providing end of life care. Hospice and palliative... Read More

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Survey Results: To Quarantine or not to Quarantine

By tnbutterfly We surveyed our nursing community to see what you thought about the issues over the Kaci Hickox situation as well as its impact on nurses and healthcare workers. We also asked about your thoughts on quarantining all healthcare workers who have cared for Ebola patients. These issues have certainly... Read More

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What Ebola has Done for Nursing

By jacqueline.damm With all the trials and tribulations facing modern day nursing, it becomes difficult to look on the positive side. What good can come from such pain and suffering? With budget cuts, staffing shortages and direct patient care being more about money than the individual, the light is hard to see.... Read More

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Competition in Healthcare: Just a Nurse

By Cynthiahowardrnphd Do you know why you are a nurse? When was the last time you acknowledged the choice you made to make a difference in the world? Being a nurse is usually by choice and not by chance. Take the time to connect with your reasons you chose nursing and make this a part of your mission statement to make... Read More

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Dealing With Death in the PICU

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN It has been a particularly harsh summer for me and the nurses I work with. I have had seven of my patients pass away, either on my shift when I was their nurse, or on a different shift. I have advocated for my patient to grieving parents who were left with the decision to withdraw care or to... Read More

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A Tribute to Military Nurses

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN Veteranís Day is a day to recognize all of our soldiers, from those fighting on the front lines to those who save the lives of the ones who are injured in combat, and care for those who have served in previous wars. A time to recognize the men and women who may not wear scrubs to work when they... Read More

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7 Things to know BEFORE Sims Lab!

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN Every nursing student dreads Sims Lab day. What are the instructors expecting? Will I ďkillĒ my patient? Will I fail this lab? Relax -- here are some tips from nursing students who have been there - done that, and some pointers from instructors - that will get you through your lab with flying... Read More

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Caring for the Greatest Generation: Making Time for Your Patient's Unique History

By Lynda Lampert, RN Your patient's history is a part of assessment, but sometimes their personal history is just as important as their medication list. As Veteran's Day approaches on November 11th, it is the perfect time to ask your patients about their service. Here are some of the ins and outs of finding the time... Read More

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I'm Just Doing My Job...

By Bridgid Joseph There are some times in your career that you are really put under the microscope; why you do what you do every day. Sometimes the reasons that we look more closely at our practice is because of questions from unlikely sources, that aren't in the field. That happened to me recently and it really has... Read More

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Nurses eating their young... a different perspective

By Kyrshamarks Nurses eat their young. It happens and people complain about it like it is a bad thing. It may be in your eyes if you are the one being eaten, but in my eyes I am going to eat you alive and spit out your bones into something that resembles a nurse. You are entering the cauldron of fire, so... Read More

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Nurses Who Harm Patients

By madwife2002 Nurses are often revered by society. The general pubic think of nurses as caring, helpful and healing. Certainly not as serial killers or as individuals who are out to harm loved ones. Nurses as serial killers can often be hushed up in society, allowing these nurses to not be identified quickly... Read More

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RN...to me, means real nurse

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN The road to becoming a real nurse is filled with bumps, trips, joy, and tears. Students learn from nurses who teach them invaluable real life lessons in nursing. Nothing is more effective than the experience gained in nursing school clinicals. Preceptors are a crucial key in teaching nursing... Read More

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Ebola: What About The Children?

By ElizabethStoneRN Iím a pediatric emergency nurse, and with the help of my peers, I feel prepared to handle just about any pediatric emergency. We have the luxury of access to evidence-based recommendations that guide us and our physician colleagues in the management of most major pediatric conditions, and we do a... Read More

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The Contagion of Fear in the Ebola Crisis

By Cynthiahowardrnphd The Ebola crisis as with other crisisí brings up fear; fear of the unknown, uncertainty and of the risks involved in handling the crisis. Fear is an emotion that keeps the focus on the past and or the future and what may happen. Fear is instructive like all emotions and it is not helpful to get... Read More


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