It’s true. Even nurses make mistakes sometimes. Studies have shown that errors, accidents, injuries, and infections are to blame for at least 180,000 patients killed every year in American hospitals.¹ No matter the profession, it is critically important to follow rules and guidelines that are aimed at decreasing the number of preventable fatalities. We all make mistakes, but what errors do nurses make the most and how can they be avoided?
Continue reading “Top 7 Nursing Errors — and How to Avoid Them”
If you think you can’t take a travel nursing job because you are married or have kids, you may be surprised. Lots of nurses take their families with them on one or more assignments. Managing a travel assignment and a family may take some planning, flexibility and compromise, but it can be done successfully. There are several things to take into consideration, such as the following: Continue reading “Travel Nursing With Family – Can You Make it Work?”
I’ve got a magic trick for you…Ready?
Today, I’m going to increase my productivity just by willing myself to do so…The secret?
It’s quite possible that, rather than making your rounds more efficient, multitasking is most likely keeping you from operating at optimal efficiency.
A recent Stanford University study reported in 2009 that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of information don’t pay attention (stop reading that site in another tab, keep reading here!), remember or switch from one task to another as well as staff who complete one task at a time.
So why does this happen? Why is our dream of doing more by doing it all at once a fallacy? Continue reading “The Magic of Doing 1 Thing at a Time”
Basic Tenets of Nursing Ethics
The American Nurses Association created a Code of Ethics that can be summed up in a few points:
- Compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every patient.
- Primary commitment is to the patient.
- Advocacy to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.
- Responsibility and accountability for individual nursing practice to provide optimum patient care.
- Maintenance of personal integrity, safety, competence, and professional growth.
- Establishment, maintenance, and improvement of healthcare environments and conditions of employment in order to provide quality care.
- Advancement of the profession through various contributions.
- Collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
- Responsibility for articulating nursing values and maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice Continue reading “Basic Tenets of Nursing Ethics”
Top 10 Traits Every Speech Language Pathologist Should Have
Speech language pathology is a rewarding career for the right type of person. Often working in varying conditions with a variety of clients, a speech language pathology career is not for the faint of heart. If you’re currently in the field, or considering this career path, here are 10 traits that every speech language pathologist (SLP) should possess or work on building. Continue reading “Top 10 Traits Every Speech Language Pathologist Should Have”
Nursing school can lead to hundreds of different types jobs and dozens of careers, including the challenging and higher-paying ($60,000 for entry-level head-nurse jobs to more than $150,000 for executive manager positions) avenue of nursing administration.
Most new nurse administrators begin as department managers or staff supervisors and can seek to work-up to becoming department heads or assistant administrators.
Eventually, such professionals may even become administrators or chief executive officer of a facility.
Sure he or she needs to be a confident and decisive communicator, organizer, and consensus-builder with a vast knowledge of nursing science and professional nursing in-practice.
But there’s more.
Whether you’re looking to go through college at the graduate level in hopes of becoming a nurse administrator or looking to do so through retraining, here below are a few traits to aspire to. Continue reading “10 Traits of Highly Effective Nurse Administrators”