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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nursing Job Opportunities: Become a Camp Nurse

April 27th, 2015

nursing job opportunitiesAre you eager to get some experience in the nursing field during your nursing program or after? Are you a school nurse who needs to make extra money during summer break? Are you simply a nurse who loves being outdoors?

You may love being a camp nurse. A camp nurse is an individual who provides medical care to adults and children who attends camps or retreats. A wide array of responsibilities are required of these nurses, and plenty of knowledge is needed to succeed in this field.

With summer just around the corner, though, this may be the perfect way to experience nursing in a new and exciting way.

Read the rest of this entry »

Failed Your Nursing Program? Next Steps to Take

April 20th, 2015

nursingNursing school is hard. If you’ve just failed the program, or even just failed a semester, there’s no doubt you’re repeating that mantra over and over again. You’ve probably even inserted “too” between is and hard.

It can be devastating to find out all your hard work, all your time, all your effort was completely wiped out in a moment. While some of you may be able to go back and continue your training right away, others may have to begin their training all over again.

How do you come back from this? What steps do you take next?

Read the rest of this entry »