We call them “angels of mercy.” We call them the “glue that holds the medical system together.” We call them “front lines” of American healthcare; “unsung heroes” of the medical profession.
Yet, our so-called angels of mercy are in a bad situation: they’re facing a dire nursing shortage that shows no sign of improving. If we have such glorified opinions of nurses, why are they dropping like flies? If nursing is one of the most secure and well-paid job markets in the country, why are we struggling to fill and keep nursing positions?
To start digging our way out of the shortage, we’ve got to first understand what’s currently causing the American nursing shortage—and what’s at stake.
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Everyone’s heard one of the most recognizable Apple catch phrases: there’s an app for that. With the dawning of the iPad, this is especially true now for the realm of medicine. Having portable, lightweight access to wifi connection allows the iPad to function as a fantastic reference tool for medical professionals. We’re going to list off the most interesting, useful ways doctors and nurses are using iPads in a hospital setting.
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You made it — you got through nursing school, and after celebrating your fantastic accomplishment, it’s time to start thinking about the future. As prepared as your education made you, nothing’s the same as actually working in the field. That’s why this article is full of advice from experienced nurses and even new nurses who learned what’s necessary to survive the realm of nursing. Here are three tips to keep in mind when starting your career.
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You may look like a fantastic job candidate on a piece of paper. Maybe your resume is full of fantastic qualifications, and maybe you performed extremely well at one of the best nursing schools. But the nursing industry is still competitive, and employers want to know more about their potential employees. Meeting the knowledge and experience requirements is just one part of the job screening process. They want to know who you are, what you love, and how hard you work. Continue reading “Questions Nurses Can Answer in Interviews to Ease Employers' Fears”
Making the decision to temporarily work as a nurse somewhere you’ve never been and with people you’ve never met takes a lot of courage, but an endeavor like this can have huge payoffs. Nurses on travel assignments encounter dozens of opportunities to grow their knowledge, experience, and connections, and all it takes is an effort to network. Continue reading “How Networking Can Help Nurses on Travel Assignments”
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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