Online lists stating the average pay for nurses nationwide can vary wildly and often suggest that huge rises or drop have occurred, but what’s the final word on how (and what) nurses actually get paid under various circumstances? We take a look at the most up-to-date numbers and what the statistics can – and can’t – tell us.
Per diem work provides a variety of pros and cons. Could your schedule use a change?
What is the Meaning of a Per Diem Job?
Have you ever considered working per diem? Not sure what per diem actually means? “Per diem” is latin for “per day” or “for each day.” In healthcare, it is a type of position in which the professional’s work hours vary from week to week, depending on how much the professional prefers to work and how much work the facility needs. Many medical professionals work per diem to pick up some extra money in addition to their full-time positions, but others choose to only work per diem shifts without having a full-time job. Continue reading “Is Per Diem Work Right for You?”
As a part of the many jobs of the school nurse, helping to educate and bring attention to health issues. Everything has an awareness day or month, it seems, but sorting through to find things that are appropriate for your school community may be a challenge. The best option is to promote issues that matter to those in your community specifically, but if you’re stumped, we have some ideas for the school year listed below. Continue reading “Monthly Health Theme Ideas for School Nurses”
Nurses all over the world work countless hours caring for the sick and wounded, and have done so for years. Though Monastic nuns and prostitutes had performed the duties we commonly associate with nursing since the Middle Ages, many people consider Florence Nightingale the founder of modern nursing. Her contributions to medicine and statistics tremendously changed the way the world looked at nursing, a career once thought to be a “man’s job.” Continue reading “When Did Nursing Begin?”
Perhaps more so than any other healthcare job, working in nursing affords you the opportunity to have emotional experiences that will stick with you – forever. Whether it’s making a special connection with a patient or sharing an inspiring moment with a mentor or colleague, just about every nurse has that one special moment that defines their careers.
So… what’s yours? That’s right! After an inexplicable year off (sorry about that), My Special Nursing Moment is back and better than ever in 2018. In honor of National Nurses Week, share your sure to be inspiring special nursing moment in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win $100 Visa gift card!
How do we know your stories will tug at our heart strings? Because if past years’ My Special Nursing Moment contests have taught us anything, you’ll need your tissues ready as you browse the comments. See below for a few tearjerkers from years past, and don’t forget to celebrate National Nurses Week the only way it should be celebrated: by being the awesome nurses you are.
“The time that sticks with me the most is when we got a homeless gentleman in with frostbite. He was a veteran and was having a hard time getting situated in life. He stated that the small bag of clothes with one pair of socks, jeans with holes, and a couple shirts was all he had. We all pitched in and the nurses on our floor ended up getting him a couple suitcases full of new clothes and some warm winter clothes as well. We got him shaved and showered. In his new clothes he looked like a new man. He was very grateful for everything we did for him. The look on his face when he woke up and found the clothes was priceless.” – Chasalee
“I am an OB nurse. A patient came into the office in preterm labor. We told her not to push. The hospital was right across the street. She pushed anyway. We delivered the little preterm baby in the hallway of our office, while her family went to pull the car around… It has been about six years now. I see the family from time to time. When I see the little boy, I thank God that I was able to be part of his exciting birth. I am even more thankful that he and mom did well and are both healthy at this point.” – Temisha W.
“I was starting my shift and one of my patients was a 15-year old girl who had new diagnosis of MS. She couldn’t see and was bored. After rounds were done, I went into her room and she was sitting in the dark… She had tears rolling down her face. She told me that she didn’t know what or why this had happened to her but that she would beat it, but she was scared. We talked for the longest time and she left a BIG impact on my heart! It changed the way I looked at my patients. I saw her a few months ago and she squealed and hugged me when she saw me she told me that she had planned to commit suicide until that night. Now she is in her second year of college and is in remission and doing well.” – Kelly O.
“I was the administrator of an HH office and received a referral from an MD for wound care to a gentleman. Pretty common type referral, right? Wrong. When I sent the nurse, she found an 80-year old man living in a smoke shed with no running water and 30 cats and 1 dog living there with him, he knew the number as my nurse could not count them all… The first visit he told me he had lost his wife many years ago and could not live in the house where they were together so many years and found this abandoned shed where he stayed. I cleaned his wounds and dressed them and when leaving he followed me outside. I hugged his neck and told him I would be back tomorrow and thanked him for allowing me to come. A tear began to run down his cheek. I knew he had not been hugged for many tears, since his precious wife had passed away. He told me he had a gift for me, and he went and got a box of candy out of the trunk of the old car and handed it to me. I took it knowing he wanted to give something back for the love and caring he felt.” – Judy T.
“I rushed to the patient’s home to fulfill my duties as a nurse: declare the time of death, contact the funeral home etc. After spending three hours with the family of this beautiful lady… it was time to say goodbye to them. As I said goodbye and offered my condolences to the family her daughter reached out to hug me. She wept as she thanked me. She thanked me for my words and for my silence… for treating her mother with dignity, even in death. She thanked me for being a bit of light during such a difficult time. I responded by telling her that it was my pleasure to be there for her and her family and for her mother. As I drove away a huge sense of gratitude came over me… this is what I do! I AM A SERVANT!” – Melissa G.
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Forensics is a field that has garnered a lot of interest over the past several years, due in part to the plethora of crime-related television dramas that focus on forensic science. One piece of this puzzle that often seems to be overlooked is the work from forensic nurses. This exciting specialty is a wonderful career choice for those who want to make a difference.
Those who are highly compassionate and who have a heart for seeing justice served are well-suited for a career in forensic nursing. Forensic nurses work directly with the victims of crime to collect evidence while giving them the compassionate care that they need and assist in the examination of the deceased to ensure that any suspicious conditions are thoroughly investigated. Forensic nursing is not a job that is suited for everyone, but for those who fit the mold, it is a very rewarding career. Continue reading “Forensic Nurses: Helping Give Victims a Voice”