Knowledge is the Foundation of a Rewarding Nursing Career - page 7

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Do New Graduate Nurses Need a Formal Residency Program?

By JPCummings The following article closely examines the current curriculum of the generic four year baccalaureate degree and questions the inherent limitations of clinical nurse training in the academic setting as well as the orientation process for new graduate registered nurses (RNs) in the hospital... Read More


To Those Educators That Care

By DeepBreath A thank you to those professors, clinical instructors, registered nurses, and preceptors who take the time to instruct nursing students. Who actually teach and strive to be better. To those who ensure we get hands on clinical experience and test our knowledge. For those who believe in us more than... Read More


What I Would Love To Send to My Hospital's Inpatient DON

By Lev <3 This is what needs to be instituted to keep your nurses and patients happy: Mandated nurse to patient ratios The suggested ratios are: 1:5 Acute care, 1:4-5 Observation 1:4-5 Surgical acute, 1:4 Heart Care Unit, 1:3 Intermediate Care, 1:6 SubAcute, 1:2 ICU, 1:4 ED. These ratios should not be... Read More


The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen

By Ruby Vee There are so many . . . . how to choose? There was the woman who'd had an aortic dissection repair, and things didn't go well. She had a perioperitive MI, a CVA and sepsis. All told, she was a patient in our ICU for six months. I didn't hear much about the patientís life from HER; she was... Read More


You could instantly tell something was wrong

By RschIVF40 A nurse's intuition / insight are essential aspects that can allow one the ability to make a difference in someone else's life ... You could instantly tell something was wrong. Perhaps it was because her husband answered all the questions, the way he treated her, or the faint purplish bruise still... Read More


NCLEX question? READ THIS!

By RNsRWe Hi, Newbies, and Welcome to AN! Since the forum is clogging up with a bazillion threads all asking the same questions, maybe we can streamline this. If your question is here....Yay! If away Don't freak out. The PVT is reasonably reliable, but NOT 100% accurate. Feel free to... Read More


Ten Tips for New Grad Nurses

By JayPeacock Nurses, in spite all of the wonderful employment opportunities available for us, still face trouble when it comes to the hiring process - especially new grads. Below are ten awesome tips to get you started out as a nurse that will definitely improve your chances in landing that perfect job! 1.... Read More


Emergency Response for Dummies

By big al lpn As camp nurses we are asked to fulfill the role of emergency response for our organizations. This article is meant to help nurses get a handle on what can often be a difficult topic to approach. It is written based on my experiences, as a LPN and EMT. However, as I have said in previous posts, I do... Read More

15 an imperfect world.

By ~*Stargazer*~ I recently took a new job where I was just amazed by the teamwork displayed by the entire staff. I was just in awe. But now, the honeymoon is over. I'm starting to see the chinks in the armor. Like Neo in "The Matrix", catching glimpses of the true reality, I am beginning to "wake up". Don't... Read More


Inspiration is the Fancy Half of Breathing

By jadelpn Gives new meaning to the phrase "take a breath". Ethics classes in nursing should start looking at balancing what a nurse needs to do for a patient, and what the patient wants the nurse to do for them. For what management wants - it has little to do with good patient care. Frustrations rise, and... Read More


Critique of nursing school

By NormaSaline Having seen so many pitiable messages thrown up on this board from desperate students barely surviving nursing school, I wanted to give my two cents worth from a less immediate and frazzled perspective. Let me say that I understand that Iím generalizing. I donít believe for one second that all... Read More


Expecting the Unexpected

By SmoothKeys Lifeís circumstances have a funny way of forcing an individual to reevaluate goals and weigh outcomes. Most of us have been there before and swore we knew what we wanted to be when we grew up. Even as we grabbed the bulls by the horn to pursue said goals, the experiences are never quite in vain.... Read More


Biting Your Tongue

By Ruby Vee Things I'd like to say to patients (or their families) and get away with: "I'm so sorry no one told you that drinking a liter of hard liquor a day could cause heart problems. This must be a complete shock to you, having alcohol-induced cardiomyopathy. But did you honestly think drinking that... Read More


How I Passed NCLEX-RN the second time.

By Tesfanurse I wanted to share my story for anyone who is struggling with fear about the NCLEX...Fear held me back for so long, but with patience and perseverance, I was able to finally pass. If I can do it, anybody who has finished a nursing program can do it. Yes the road is difficult and at times tiring, but... Read More


One Strategy To Land a Nursing Job: The End Around

By KeepItRealRN If you're looking for a nursing job the competition is fierce, especially for new grads with no experience and a shallow employment history. You say you've filled out application after application and have gotten no results. Simply filling out an application and leaving it at that, is akin to... Read More


A Time to reflect

By homenow09 I have been a nurse since 1973. Nursing wasn't something I had in mind for myself when I graduated from high school. In fact, I was totally undecided what I wanted to do with my life until a close childhood friend of mine suggested I enroll into a Practical Nurse Program she was interested in. ... Read More


No! It is NOT OK.

By Episteme As a student you learn that the nurse-patient relationship is critical for effective, humane, holistic patient care. You also learn that the communication necessary for a nurse-patient relationship is a two-way street. There is what we sayÖ and there is what the patient hears. Both of these must be... Read More


Don't choose a school until you ask these questions!

By ixchel As you consider beginning the journey into nursing, it is very important that you pave the way to success early. There are a lot of choices to be made, and it doesn't matter if you are a fresh new high school graduate or a 45-year old parent considering a second career Ė you need to consider some... Read More

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