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Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

By TheCommuter - The certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a healthcare member of staff who works under the direct supervision of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and / or physicians. Be mindful that CNAs are known by other titles including patient care assistants, patient care technicians, nurses aides, care partners, orderlies, and direct care staff members. Some states utilize different titles to refer to nursing ... Read More



By ndoerr - My night started as every other night at work did. Clock in, look up patients, and give out meds for my patient team of seven. I would also read telemetry strips, chart vital signs and do my assessments. But this night was anything but normal. Around midnight I went to check on my patients. One of them was awake just staring at the TV which was turned off. ďMaíam would you like me to turn on your TV for some distraction, or turn... Read More


My Mother Was Right

By jlindsey - My mother saw something in me that it took years for me to realize. As a child we aspire to be what we want to become and not always what our parent say they see for us. However there was an event that happend in my early childhood that shook me enough that I wanted to help people. I thought that teaching was my calling but soon there after became a foster parent. It was through taking care of these children and having to learn to... Read More


The Elephant in the Room

By ~*Stargazer*~ - That our emotions and our health are intertwined, rather than separate parts within the whole is becoming more generally accepted in the mainstream. As health care providers, we talk about providing care for the mind, body, and spirit, but are we really walking our talk? In the Emergency Department, we are experts in diagnosing physical ailments, but we face significant obstacles when it comes to addressing the mind-body connection in... Read More


I Cry Watching Rudolph....

By jadelpn - And other holiday specials were people are mean to the underdog. Been this way since I was a child. What that did for me was help me to decide to help people less fortunate. To stand up for those who can't or won't for themselves. And a nurse was born. But not without a price. To seperate one's own self from one's nursing self is a difficult thing. Old habits are hard to break, and so for nurses who are sensitive as people,... Read More


Hospice Nursing - Compassionate Care at the End of Life

By tnbutterfly - One of the realities of health care is that not all patients can be cured. The time comes for all of us when we face death. For some it comes quickly and unexpectedly. For others, a terminal illness or condition is diagnosed, giving more time to consider end-of-life care. In this case, as the patientís health declines, the care of a hospice nurse can be very effective in making the end days more tolerable. The goal of hospice... Read More


Methadone Clinic Nurses / Methadone Maintenance Treatment Nursing

By TheCommuter - According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people who are presently addicted to heroin and other types of opiates is in the ballpark range of around 1 million. Since so many people in this country grapple with opiate addiction, the nurses who work in methadone clinics (also known as methadone maintenance treatment facilities) have a special role in helping these individuals get through... Read More


Seasonal Flu Shot Nurses / Immunization Nurses

By TheCommuter - According to the website, seasonal influenza (flu) activity in the United States ordinarily peaks during the winter months of January or February, but can start as early as October and be seen as late as May. Therefore, it should not be surprising that different types of entities will require the skills and services of seasonal flu shot nurses to impart their trained effort in getting through this busy time of year as smoothly... Read More


Direct Care Staff / Aides for the Developmentally Disabled

By TheCommuter - Developmental disabilities nursing is an often-overlooked specialty in need of tolerant employees who can provide sensitive care and patiently keep up with the various challenges that are unique to clients with mental retardation. Four degrees of mental retardation exist: mild, moderate, severe and profound. Direct care staff, also known as aides for the intellectually disabled, might be the most significant type of workers in the... Read More


The Reason I Became a Nurse

By hrivera - Nursing is and has always been a calling for me. As a young child, I remember the very first time I stepped foot in a hospital. I was 5 years old; my parents were missionary preachers and often visited ill people and their families in the hospital for spiritual services. I was often left to wait in the lobby as a child, and at the time, was not allowed in acute care areas. But that didnít keep me from watching all the men and women... Read More


Nursing Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

By TheCommuter - The nursing profession is filled with an array of recognized advantages. For starters, nurses have prospects for professional growth through furthering their education, switching specialties and attaining certifications. Nurses also have opportunities for personal growth through cultivating their internal views on matters such as death and dying, individual responsibility, autonomy, and various social issues. Furthermore, nurses... Read More


Nursing Schedulers / Staffing Coordinators

By TheCommuter - The nursing scheduler, also known as a staffing coordinator or nursing coordinator, is an extremely important person in most healthcare facilities that offer inpatient care. The nursing scheduler coordinates and provides nursing staff coverage to ensure that all shifts are staffed adequately. Some nursing schedulers are responsible for keeping several units of midsized to large hospitals fully staffed, whereas other schedulers... Read More


Night Shift Nursing Education and Effects on Job Satisfaction

By liebling5 - A Capstone Prospectus Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Nursing of Western Governors University In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Nursing Education Specialty November 2013 Capstone Facilitator: Tori Canillas-Dufau, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE Abstract Continuing nursing education, professional development, and employer-required annual competencies is expected and often... Read More


Many Baby Nurses Aren't Nurses At All

By TheCommuter - In the burgeoning industry of private home-based baby care, 'baby nurse' is a title that refers to a trained individual who specializes in the care of infants from one day old up to one year old. A number of experienced registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) work as baby nurses. In fact, the vast world wide web is host to multiple websites that advertise the services of licensed nurses with seemingly... Read More


Nursing Special Children

By cool_nurse - How is it like to have patients who are autistic or with down syndrome? Do you have the patience and magic touch as a nurse? Can you tickle their mind and hearts in order for them to agree with your interventions? Children who are mentally-challenged or diagnosed with incapabilities will always have a soft spot in my heart. These type of patients such as those diagnosed with autism or cerebral palsy needs special attention from... Read More


Another Year of Blessings

By tnbutterfly - No....this is not an early New Yearís story filled with resolutions. Today is my birthday and I have been thinking back over events of this past year. Birthdays are good times to celebrate....not just with cake and presents, but celebrate life itself. Life is a blessing that we sometimes take for granted. We just assume that life will continue....that tomorrow will come and the sun will shine. But as we get older, we see things... Read More


YouTube Nurses and Nursing Students. My Top 10 List.

By Sea_of_Roses - I have benefited from Youtube both as a Nursing student and as a RN. It has helped me to better understand ABG's (Arterial Blood Gasses), prepare for interviews, and deal with professional challenges such as time management. User discretion is advised however, whether one is posting videos or watching them it is important to respect HIPAA laws. Youtube may also be a great studying tool but itís vital to make sure the information... Read More


Top ten reasons for being fired - Falsification of Documentation

By madwife2002 - If you didn't document it, you didn't do it! This is a statement most nurses live by! Unfortunately there are nurses who document things they didn't do, which may result in harm or neglect to a patient. Subsequently this may lead to felony charges of falsifying medical records. Fines of up $25000 and 5 years in prison can occur if proven by documentation specialists. So not only could you lose your job, your license, you could lose... Read More