Top 15 Nursing Conferences for 2012

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Top 15 Nursing Conferences of 2012

There are more than a thousand nursing conferences in the U.S. (depending on what qualifies to you as a conference) in 2012.

And while you may get to pick one each year or be mandated to go to many, just choosing can be a nightmare.

In the interest of helping separate the wheat from the chaff, here are our picks – based on prominence, content, innovation, and timeliness – of the top 15 conferences for 2012:
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The 12 All-Time Greatest TV Nurses

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Just like the characters they portray and the real-life professionals they honor, we decided to go big (instead of go home) with this one and rank the most awesome nurses portrayed on TV over the years, starting with #12 and ending with our choice for the most amazing TV nurse of all.

Character: Samantha Taggart

Played by:Linda Cardellini

TV show: ER (appeared 2003-2009)

Ranking: 12

Why she’s here on our list: Sam is a tough, independent single mom trying to raise her son on her own, while trying to make it in the ER. Her character ultimately swims – not sinks – throughout a series of crises both within and beyond the walls of Chicago’s fictional County General Hospital.

Samantha Taggart played by Linda Cardellini

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The Final Word on America’s Top 10 Nursing Schools

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Nursing School Students and TeachersWondering which nursing schools are tops to apply to, work at, or just get an acceptance to?

More to the point, wondering which list of top nursing schools to trust?

Don’t fret: We’ve got you covered.

After analysing more than 30 such rankings, we averaged the lists together, applying editorial common sense and other subjective judgements where of use and benefit in painting a more comprehensive picture of the nursing programs that stand-out.

Who’s top of the top?
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The Final Word on America's Top 10 Nursing Schools

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Nursing School Students and TeachersWondering which nursing schools are tops to apply to, work at, or just get an acceptance to?

More to the point, wondering which list of top nursing schools to trust?

Don’t fret: We’ve got you covered.

After analysing more than 30 such rankings, we averaged the lists together, applying editorial common sense and other subjective judgements where of use and benefit in painting a more comprehensive picture of the nursing programs that stand-out.

Who’s top of the top?
Continue reading “The Final Word on America's Top 10 Nursing Schools”

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Supplemental Nurse Staffing Helps Everyone

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A recent study performed by the California Nurses Association found that having a reduced nurse to patient ratio decreased the mortality rates of patients and also helped to decrease the burnout rate of nurses. One of the ways California met the reduced patient ratio was by hiring nurses to supplement their regular staff from staffing agencies.

A recent study performed by the California Nurses Association found that having a reduced nurse to patient ratio decreased the mortality rates of patients and also helped to decrease the burnout rate of nurses.

One of the ways California met the reduced patient ratio was by hiring nurses to supplement their regular staff from staffing agencies. Continue reading “Supplemental Nurse Staffing Helps Everyone”

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The Nurse as a Role Model for Health

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Guest post by Tamara Walker, R.N.

As a graduate nurse, fresh out of school and just starting my nursing career, I believed nurses were not only health promoters and educators, but should also serve as examples of healthy living. Unfortunately, it did not take long to discover that many of the nurses I worked with were not living up to my expectations of that role. Several were smokers, some were very overweight, and some drank on a regular basis. Although I was striving to be healthy in those areas, I struggled with my own non-healthy habits of sleep deprivation and poor stress management skills.

I was bothered by the dichotomy between what was being taught and what was being done by the nursing staff. There seemed to be a distinct aura of “do as I say, not as I do,” and as a new nurse, I felt that we, as nurses, should hold ourselves to a higher standard and strive harder to live out the healthy lifestyle choices we were teaching to our patients. However, not all nurses agree with this belief, and some feel it is unrealistic to hold nurses to this high standard. Continue reading “The Nurse as a Role Model for Health”

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