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The Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage is hitting hard and it’s hitting fast.  According to Reuters, hospitals are offering various incentives, including sign-on bonuses, to recruit new nurses.  They also are offering low cost housing and career mentoring. Next, hospitals are investing more in travel nurses.  A hospital in Charleston, West Virginia, doubled the amount they spend on travel nurses to $12,000,000 compared to 3 years ago, making a huge financial impact on their already struggling budget.  [Click … [Read more...]

Smile, You’re On Candid Camera

If you’re old enough, you might recall that TV series back in the ‘60s hosted by Allen Funt where people were filmed in contrived situations and didn’t even know it.  It was kind of precursor to similar shows today like “Cheaters” in which people don’t know they’re being recorded. Did you know that in certain states, permission is not needed for someone to record a conversation with you?  Only one person needs to know. However, in the recent past, I have had some nurses who were … [Read more...]

Looking for a Nursing Job?

  Frequently, nurses tell me that they are having trouble finding a job and think it is because either their previous job is talking negatively “black ball” about them or there is a Board matter in their past.  I stumbled across this article that I want to share it with you.  You can find it at: http://scrubsmag.com/confessions-from-hospital-hr-heres-why-we-didnt-hire-you/view-all/ and it is a conversation with a hospital human resource person and a nurse recruiter who make some excellent … [Read more...]

Are Employers Looking At Your Social Media?

Katie Duke, who was on the reality TV show “NY Med,” was fired after posting a picture of the mess in a trauma room without the patient present.  The problem was that by watching the program, people knew where she worked and who knows if this was one of the scenes from the show.  Her employer fired Katie after they saw her post. How can you protect yourself when using social media?  Here are a few things to keep in mind: Employers are looking at your social media posts to see what kind of … [Read more...]

The Morning Routine

A head-on accident with a drunk driver going 70 miles an hour left 20-year-old Hal Elrod considered dead for 6 minutes.  Though he was revived, he still suffered 11 broken bones and doctors told him he would never walk again. Mr. Elrod overcame all these obstacles by age 30 to become a husband, father, author, international speaker, a Hall of Fame business achiever and a 52-mile ultramarathoner.  In his book, “The Miracle Morning,” he shares with readers his tips for successes. I have … [Read more...]

How To Stay Clinically Up To Date In A Non-Clinical Position

These days there are so many areas in which we can practice nursing, many of which are not clinical. But how can a nurse in a non-clinical position stay current with the ever changing nursing practice? Well, I have a few suggestions. There is a myriad of things that nurses can do to stay active. We can take courses, attend conferences, participate in web-based activities or even informal sharing of practice. One of the best ways to stay current is with continuing education. It is helpful … [Read more...]

Nurses Should Not Have To Fear Abuse

Imagine an ordinary day, going to work and, in the middle of your shift, while trying to abide by the policies and procedures of your hospital, you find yourself being handcuffed and taken by force to a police car? That is what happened to Alex Wubbles, a nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah! Alex was on the burn unit and working with a patient who was badly burned in a fiery motor vehicle collision when a police officer showed up.  The police had been on a high-speed chase of a truck driver who … [Read more...]

Interview with a nurse from Indonesia

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