You Know You’re a Nurse When…

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Being a nurse is more than a job. It’s a lifestyle. Your work absorbs so much of your life that it seeps into your off-hours. Before you know it, being a nurse becomes a fundamental part of who you are, despite the stress that it brings. Sometimes, you’ve got to take a step back and appreciate the culture that nurses share…better yet, the inside jokes. We’ve collected some of the internet’s best for your enjoyment. You know you’re a nurse when… Continue reading “You Know You’re a Nurse When…”

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Must-have Apps for Nurses

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Must-have Apps for Nurses

The app market grows at an exponential rate each day, and there are plenty of offerings aimed at nurses, other medical professionals, and medical students. Which ones are essential for you?

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Drugs.com offers a number of apps designed with the medical professional in mind. Two that are essential for nurses are:

Pill Identifier is a great app that offers visual and input identification for more than 14,000 medications. You can search by imprint, drug name, color, shape, and score. Anybody who has ever dealt with a pill tray hitting the floor can appreciate the value of this app!

Drug Reference offers vital information about dosing, drug interactions, adverse reactions, warnings and precautions. Both of these apps install directly on your phone, so you can access the information even if you have no bars…or no internet. Each app runs $39.99.

IDdx: Infectious Disease Queries is a free app that allows you to input symptoms, epidemiological information, and geographical region to identify diseases, or input a disease to check the symptoms. Continue reading “Must-have Apps for Nurses”

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A Nursing Memo to You …From 1860

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Ever wonder – between the working conditions, technology, and knowledge of medical science – if there was ever anything good about the ‘good ol’ days’ of nursing?

Despite a lack of regulation, sanitary conditions, and other drawbacks, the early days (and I mean really early days) of nursing might be able to teach us a lesson or two when it comes to the present day.
For example: Continue reading “A Nursing Memo to You …From 1860”

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Top Nursing Apps for 2013 – In Four Key Categories

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There are so many nursing apps – many useful, many simply with their intentions in the right place – that it would almost be useful to have an app to recommend the latest nursing apps.

Believe it or not, there’s an app for that…Actually, it’s a web page – www.gostudentnursing.com – and its recommendations are pretty handy for nursing students, new nurses, and sometimes even seasoned veterans.

But with so many apps and apps of apps for nursing, we thought it would be a good idea to weigh-in ourselves on what we think are the most useful handheld nursing utilities.

Here’re our thoughts, in four key categories: Continue reading “Top Nursing Apps for 2013 – In Four Key Categories”

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How Much Do You Know about Nursing Ethics?

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How Much Do You Know about Nursing Ethics?

Though many people may not realize it, nursing ethics and medical ethics are not synonymous. As Dr. Sarah Breier-Mackie wrote in the April 2006 issue of Gastroenterology Nursing, medicine is focused on cure, while nursing is focused on health. Care and healing are complementary, but not synonymous, and the distinction between caring for the person and caring for the disease dates back to Florence Nightingale in the late 19th Century.

Doctors, of course, are charged with fixing the problems a patient presents with. Nurses are another line of defense in healthcare, caring for the whole patient through compassionate means to promote, preserve, and restore health.  So what does this mean when it comes to ethics? Continue reading “How Much Do You Know about Nursing Ethics?”

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Which States Will Need Nurses Most in 2013?

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This past March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job growth in the healthcare sector was outpacing growth from 2011, accounting for one out of every 5 new jobs created this year.

What’s especially interesting about these numbers is that about 75% of those healthcare jobs are – and will be – in nursing.

While not every nursing school graduate and current nurse looking for work found a job in 2012 (and many who did find jobs did so only after many months of searching and interviewing), population growth, an aging workforce, and an aging population will likely create an ongoing need for many more nurses in virtually every state…
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