Pay Scale for Nurses: How Much Does an Orthopedic Nurse Make?

August 17th, 2015

pay scale for nursesCNA training can help you establish a solid foundation in the health care industry. Being a health care assistant gives you a chance to understand how to care for your patients and how to address problems efficiently and correctly. But it may not offer everything you want for your career. If this is the case, you may decide to become a nurse.

Becoming a nurse involves a bit of education, time and commitment. However, it also involves a bit of planning. There are many different nursing specialties you can choose from when you become an RN, and understanding the job duties of each specialty and the expected pay can help you make a wise decision.

Consider orthopedic nurses, for instance. Nurses in this specialty are responsible for caring for individuals who have certain diseases and disorders that affect their musculoskeletal systems. This can include genetic malformations, joint replacements, osteoporosis, fractures, arthritis and broken bones.

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How to Become a Nurse With a Specialty in Flight and Transport

August 10th, 2015

how to become a nurseWhat’s more exciting than a career as a nurse? A career as a nurse in the flight and transport specialty. These types of nurses are always on the move, helping victims of natural disasters and car accidents. They travel frequently, as they are depended upon to make life and death decisions in the field.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Learn how to become a nurse with a specialty in flight and transport now.

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#NurseProblems you Experience on Your Days Off

August 3rd, 2015

nurseWhen you finish CNA training or nursing school, you may feel like you’re up for anything. And you just might be on those days you spend taking care of your patients. But what about the days you don’t? What about those magical and infrequent days when you get to stay home, go out with friends and do whatever you feel like doing?

It may feel like you’re finally getting a chance to relax, but even when you have a day off, there are just some things you may never see coming. They are nurse problems, and you’ve probably experienced them a few times.

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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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Pay Scale for Nurses in the Military

July 20th, 2015

pay scale for nursesWhen you’ve invested your time and skills in the medical field through CNA training or nursing school, the idea of making the most of your career is something you have probably thought about a time or two. After all, this isn’t a career you get into for the money. It’s one that demands passion and care above all else.

Of course, a nice paycheck doesn’t hurt. You’ve got to pay the bills, right?

If you’re looking for something that offers both, the list isn’t as long as you might think. The first specialty that comes to mind is the military. Serving in the Nurse Corps can not only provide you with a way to serve your patients and serve your country with pride, but the financial benefits are nothing to sneeze at either.

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Becoming an RN: How to Pay for Your Nursing Degree

July 13th, 2015

nursingWhen you’ve finished CNA training and worked as a health care assistant for a while, it may only seem natural to want to further your career by attending nursing school. The unfortunate truth is, however, the average student earning their bachelor’s of science in nursing is likely to spend tens of thousands of dollars over the course of four years. And when they are done, a majority of their check will likely go to paying off that expense.

Many would-be nurses actually hold themselves back from attempting to go through nursing school, simply because of the enormous cost of doing so. This area of the medical field isn’t something only the rich can be a part of, however. With a little research and a good plan in place, you won’t have to shoulder this burden alone. If you want to become a registered nurse, there are plenty of helpful solutions for taking on the financial aspect of your education.

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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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