According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.4% percent of RNs and 10 percent of LPNs and LVNs in the U.S. are union members.
What’s more, unionized nurses can earn an average of $200-$400 more per week than non-unionized nurses.
So why not join a union? It turns out, doing so is a more complex (and personal) issue than just signing up and cashing-in on the extra pay (if applicable) and other benefits – real or perceived.
Here’s a quick look at some of the upsides and pitfalls of having such representation:
Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Nursing Unions”
Night shifts can cause a myriad of challenges that wreak havoc on your body and mind.
Working in artificial light can shut down your melatonin production, which helps regulate digestion, hormones, and your ability to think clearly.
Disrupting your circadian rhythms can interfere with sleep patterns.
And there’s usually no where to go exercise in the middle of the night, even for a brisk walk to help you wake up (assuming you can get away for a break.)
If you plan it carefully, though, your night-time diet can be your secret weapon for to staying awake, being alert, and maintaining a healthy weight. Continue reading “Is This the Best Diet for RNs Working Night Shifts?”
Ever have a conversation with one of those people in a desirable locale, who say “I came for a week and stayed for a decade?”
Travel nursing affords you the opportunity to experience a large range of workplaces and the towns those workplaces exist in.
While it’s great to see the country (and the world), all that traveling might also lead you to a place you might like to stay in for a while.
Factoring in things like a city’s growth rate, cost of living, average RN salaries, commute time, employment/unemployment figures, and even selections from other “top cities for nurses” lists, we came up with the following faves: Continue reading “Top 8 Cities for Travel Nurses (That You May End Up Moving To)”
Over the last decade, the number of nurse practitioners working in the U.S. has exploded from an estimated 97,000 to more than 189,000.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, these NPs are working in all areas of specialization.
Thanks to the triple-headed healthcare challenge that includes sweeping reforms, the looming doctor shortage of 2020 (and-beyond), and the skyrocketing medical needs of baby boomers, nurse practitioners are more in demand than ever: That’s good news if you’re already in this field and better news if you’re considering going into it. Continue reading “A Look at the Nurse Practitioner Salary Explosion”
“I remember one nurse whose clothes were so tight, I felt like I was watching her slowly suffocate during the interview,” says one hospital HR recruiter.
“I had a gal come to an interview with an itty-bitty dog in her purse,” says another.
“Please don’t start off the interview with a litany of things you won’t do…such as work nights, touch poop or look at old people,” says one more.
A totally different senior RN tasked with hiring says “do we really have to say some of these things?”
According to anecdotal evidence, the answer to that question would seem to be “yes.”
Don’t be one of those anecdotes…
…And while you’re at it, take a look at some more common reasons that clinic or hospital may not have hired you as their next nurse: Continue reading ““Why we didn’t hire you”: What Not to Do in Nursing Job Interviews”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an American “Baby Boomer” turns 65 every 13 seconds…that’s 10,000 new seniors every day.
At that rate, it’s estimated that there will be 70 million senior citizens in America by 2030: twice the present-day number.
This, in addition to rising rates of age- and non-age-related ailments, is poised to see a veritable explosion in additional positions in the personal care industry.
One partner at a Dallas-based recruiting firm has said, “My guess is that there could be some 20 million new jobs when it’s all said and done because of seniors.” Continue reading “A Look at the Personal Care Job Explosion”