How to Become a Nurse: Infusion Nursing

July 27th, 2015

how to become a nurseIf you’ve finished CNA training and begun working as a health care assistant, you may discover quickly that your job in the health care field is exactly what you were looking for. You get to care for patients, provide them with what they need on a daily basis and give them the attention they deserve. However, being a health care assistant may not be the end of the road for you. You may want something more than being a CNA. Maybe you just want more responsibility, or perhaps a higher paycheck is what you’re craving. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in the nursing field.

There are many different kinds of nursing specialties available, though choosing the right one for you isn’t always easy. If you’re interested in interacting with patients in a structured environment, but want some independence when it comes to your day-to-day duties, becoming an infusion nurse may be the right option for you.

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Nursing Beyond the Hospital: Preventing Med Errors

July 7th, 2015

nursingWhether you’re a seasoned RN or a newbie LPN, the term “medication error” is sure to send a shiver right up your spine. It doesn’t matter if the fault was yours or another nurse working three floors about you. The idea of someone receiving the wrong dosage, the wrong medication or even the right medication in the wrong form is something none of us want to happen. Unfortunately, it does sometimes, but safeguards and checklists are put in place in the medical setting to help protect against it.

But what about at home? When your patients go pick up their prescriptions from your hospital pharmacy, or even the Walgreens down the road, do they know exactly what they should do with it? There are an estimated 180,000 deaths each year because of medical errors, and not all of them occur inside hospital walls. If you’ve ever worked in the ER, you know this to be true. Parents come in with children who receive the wrong dose of an over-the-counter medication. Elderly patients enter the emergency room, astonished they were given isn’t working because they are chewing it instead of swallowing it.

As a nurse, one of your jobs is to keep your patients informed. When it comes to home medication distribution, just how much sway do you actually have, though? Turns out, quite a bit. By taking these tips into consideration each time you see a patient, you might limit the number of errors they make when they’re doling out the meds.

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Pay Scale for Nurses: Anesthetist

June 29th, 2015

pay scale for nursesSurgery without pain. For quite a while, it wasn’t a reality you could look forward to when you needed your appendix taken out or a bullet removed from your leg (it was a very common affliction back then.) What made it possible was the invention of anesthesia. And, in the 1800s, during the Civil War, nurses were the first health care providers to deliver this miracle to soldiers on the battlefield prior to surgery. Today, these nurses are known as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs.

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Best Apps for Nurses

June 22nd, 2015

nurseBeing a nurse takes a lot of skills. You need compassion, patience, a good memory and great communication skills. While you may possess these skills, that doesn’t mean you’re always going to remember what medications react negatively with each other or be able to find the support you need when it’s been just one of those weeks you need a hug.
That’s where technology comes in handy. Whether you’re favorite device is a Windows phone, your iPad or your Nook, there are plenty of apps available to you that can help you both on the job and even before when you’re in nursing school. Here are some of our top choices.

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How to Become a Nurse: Three Degrees You Haven’t Heard About

June 8th, 2015

how to become a nurseYou’ve made the decision. You want to become a nurse. You’ve filled out the applications for school, bought your books, and you’ve already completed your prerequisites. It seems like you’re ready for everything. Everything, that is, but the inevitable question: what’s your niche going to be?

With so many different areas of nursing, it can be difficult sometimes to decide exactly what kind you want to be. While you may have already explored some of the most popular options, there are some lesser-known nursing degrees that might be appealing to you. Yes, finding out more about them may take a couple of Google searches and a few minutes of your time to finish this article, but what’s the worst that could happen? You decide they aren’t right for you. The best? You find out these nursing degrees are what you’ve been searching for.

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Why it’s so Hard to Get Hired as a Nurse After 50

June 1st, 2015

nurseDo you remember what it was like when you first met a seasoned, older registered nurse? As a student, you were probably in awe of everything they did and everything they had to say. You probably remember seeing R.N on the name tags they were wearing and experiencing a feeling that can only be described as admiration. These people were the real deal. They were everything you aspired to be. Some day you’d be as skilled, as knowledgeable, and as wise as they were.

Throughout your years working as a nurse, you’ve no doubt seen the same look in new student nurses and health care assistants, and it’s pushed you to better yourself each and every day.

As you’ve grown older, however, you may have found a few stumbling blocks along the way that prevented you from being everything you wanted to be. One of those stumbling blocks may be trying to get hired after 50.

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How to Become a Nurse in the Genetics Field

May 25th, 2015

how to become a nurseGenetics is responsible for many of the factors that make us who we are. Our genetic makeup helps to determine, to some degree, how our minds and bodies are formed, our personality, and even the color of our eyes. These days, the field of genetics has become extremely popular. More and more medical professionals are flocking to this area of expertise, and it continues to grow.

If you want to learn how to become a nurse in the field of genetics, you first need to understand exactly what this sort of nursing job entails.

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Breaking Down Pay Scale for Nurse Practitioners in Texas

May 18th, 2015

nurseBecoming a nurse in the great state of Texas was the best decision you ever made. It all started with CNA training, where you first discovered your passion for helping people as a health care assistant. But it didn’t stop there. You knew there was more you could do, and becoming a nurse would allow you to do it. So you continued your education, working as a health care assistant during that time to gain experience and understanding of the field. After passing your NCLEX-RN exam, you were finally a registered nurse.

But is that where you want your career path to end? As a go-getter, your role as a nurse helps you live out your passion for helping others, but does it fulfill you? If the answer to that question is no, you may want to consider furthering your education even more and becoming a nurse practitioner.

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Making the Most of Your Time as a Nurse

May 11th, 2015

nurseNursing is an exciting, but often difficult field in which to work. The act of becoming a nurse is hard enough. In fact, in 2012, only 79.51% of first -time and repeat candidates were able to pass the NCLEX-RN, and this test is only provided to those who can actually finish nursing school. Once you become a nurse, however, things become even more hairy. You thought school was hard? Wait until you have to juggle 25 different tasks at the same time and get everything done in one 12-hour shift.

As a nurse, you’ll have to be very organized in order to complete everything, and you’ll need to think WHILE you act.

Of course, there are always going to be barriers- those every-day problems that drain your time and make you feel like a disorganized mess. We’re going to address a few here and help you overcome them.

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Nursing Job Opportunities: Faith Community

May 4th, 2015

nursing job opportunitiesDo you believe that medicine shouldn’t just be about healing the body, but also taking the time to heal the mind and the spirit at the same time? This is the basis for faith community nursing, a type of professional nursing that involves caring for patients while staying grounded in your spiritual beliefs. These types of nurses practice in the same way that many holistic nurses do. They help patients achieve overall wellness by balancing the mind and body, but at the same time they care for and even prevent disease by believing in a higher power.

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