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Are You a Nurse Working the Holiday Shift? Here’s 5 Reasons to Embrace It
Nurses Cashing In On Nursing Shortage, Earning Higher Salary, Better Perks
Dear Introverts: You Don’t Have to Be Extroverted to Enjoy a Career in Nursing
Nurses: Bedside Manner Matters
How to Be a Successful Nurse While Managing Your ADHD
Q and A Series: Getting to Know Author, Blogger and Social Media Influencer “Nurse Eye Roll” Kati Kleber
Trying To Make Healthy Food Choices, Nurses? Don’t Fall For These Traps
How to Cope with Tricky Patients and Bad Attitudes
Nurses Uniting To Put an End to Short Staffing, Safety Issues
Dealing With Nursing School Debt
The Lowdown on the Nurse License Compact (Multi-State License)
8 Nurse Hacks that Will Make Your Job Easier
Nurses Behaving Badly: When You Witness Co-worker Drug Abuse (Impaired Nurse)
Combat the Health Dangers of Being a Nightshift Nurse
Body Mechanics Won't Cut It: Dealing with Nurse Back Injuries
Become a Nurse Expert in the Dr. Oz #NURSESEARCH
CEUFast Nurse Chronicles, Volume 4
Work at Home Options for Nurses
5 Reasons Why New Nurses Should Wait Before Going After Management Roles
Moving on UP: Transitioning from CNA to LPN, LPN to RN
Male Nurses Getting Paid More? What Female Nurses Can Do About It
What Nurses Love about Being Nurses
Dealing With Hard To Please, Difficult Patients
Get More Zzzzs: Why Less than 7 Hours of Sleep Can Hurt Your Nursing Career
The Top 10 Mistakes Made By New Nurses
The Effects of Working the Night Shift
Prioritizing While in Nursing School
Least Favorite Nursing Duties
How To Successfully Carry Code of Ethics for Nurses
Surviving Mandatory Overtime
The Scoop on the Registered Nurse Staffing Bill
Are Nurses Ready to Take On the Baby Boom Population?
Reducing Nurse Fatigue

Are You a Nurse Working the Holiday Shift? Here’s 5 Reasons to Embrace It

Written by Kristal Roberts 

While we embrace the notion that nurses are superheroes, we’re also like everybody else.

Most of us would like nothing more than to be home with family, eating delicious food, laughing at old stories and making new memories during the holidays.

 

 


Nurses Cashing In On Nursing Shortage, Earning Higher Salary, Better Perks

Written by Kristal Roberts 

With hospitals offering great compensation packages, huge signing bonuses and luxury services for employees, it’s a good time to be a nurse.

 


Dear Introverts: You Don’t Have to Be Extroverted to Enjoy a Career in Nursing

Written by Kristal Roberts 

If you aren’t much of a chatterbox and constant socializing sucks the energy out of you, you’re not alone.

 


Nurses: Bedside Manner Matters

Written by Kristal Roberts 

Difficult patients are nothing nice to deal with, but it isn’t easy for patients to deal with cold, indifferent health professionals either.

 


How to Be a Successful Nurse While Managing Your ADHD

ADHD Brain

Being a nurse is challenging enough, but if you’re a nurse with ADHD, it’s a real bear.

With ADHD, you have a list of tasks to knock out when your mind has a hard time staying focused on one thing.


Q and A Series: Getting to Know Author, Blogger and Social Media Influencer “Nurse Eye Roll” Kati Kleber

Kati Kleber is a neuro critical care RN in Charlotte, North Carolina who has practiced nursing for the last 6 years. Kleber, a married new mother of one also is a popular nurse blogger who parlayed her passion for educating younger nurses into a second career and business, with writing and speaking engagements across the country.


Trying To Make Healthy Food Choices, Nurses? Don’t Fall For These Traps

Twelve-hour shifts and “barely there” lunch breaks can make a healthy, fit lifestyle a bit of a challenge for any nurse, but at least you can make healthy choices with the foods you do eat, right?

Well that’s technically true, but the problem with that is, many foods marketed as a nutritious choice aren’t as healthy as they seem.


How to Cope with Tricky Patients and Bad Attitudes

Written by Kristal Roberts 

Maybe a car crashed, or perhaps someone was walking when they got hit by a bus. He might have accidentally swallowed a bone, or she may have come down with a mysterious illness.

Either way, the person is in your hospital, they’ve been assigned as your patient, and they need your help, so you come to the rescue.


Nurses Uniting To Put an End to Short Staffing, Safety Issues

Putting the Focus Back on Patient Care

Written by Kristal Roberts

**Due to the nature of this article, some of the interviewees will only be referred to by first name for their protection**

 

Nursing may be considered the most ethical and honest profession in America, but that honor and recognition doesn’t always translate into a happy, fulfilling career.

 


Dealing With Nursing School Debt

Written by Kristal Roberts
Courtesy of Bossi/Flickr.com

 

A nurse’s education is one of the most precious things he or she can have, but one thing’s for certain: it isn’t free.

While some people are fortunate enough to have paid for school through scholarships and savings, many nurses have had to take out loans to finance their education, and some are choking on debt.

While some people are fortunate enough to have paid for school through scholarships, savings, many nurses had to take out loans to finance their education, and some are choking on debt.


The Lowdown on the Nurse License Compact (Multi-State License)

Written by Kristal Roberts 

 

If you are an LPN, RN or APRN who is interested in travel nursing, or even if you’re a nursing student who wants to keep your options open, you should consider getting a multi-state license.

Getting a multi-state license can be the gateway to career changing , higher paying opportunities, and at the very least, a wonderful way to move around and explore a significant amount of the United State without having to worry about an additional barrier to entry.  


8 Nurse Hacks that Will Make Your Job Easier

Written by Kristal Roberts 
Courtesy of Tunstall at Flickr.com

 

Being a nurse is satisfying work, but it can also be hard. Thankfully, nurses are resilient, resourceful and creative when it comes to creating solutions that can make life easier.

Here are a eight great nursing hacks that you should add to your arsenal if you haven’t already.

 


Nurses Behaving Badly: When You Witness Co-worker Drug Abuse (Impaired Nurse)

Written by Julia Tortorice 
impaired rn impaired lpn

 

Have you ever witnessed a fellow nurse put patients in danger because they were drunk or under the influence of some sort of substance?

Without taking a formal poll from our readers, we’re pretty confident a percentage of you have, considering 1 in 10 nurses have at some point been in recovery for drug and/or alcohol addiction, according to American Nurses Today.


Combat the Health Dangers of Being a Nightshift Nurse

Written by Kristal Roberts
Photo Courtesy of COD Newsroom/Flickr.com

 

 

One of the most challenging schedules a nurse can do is the night shift.


U.S. Nurses are among the 15 million employees in the country who have this kind of schedule, referred to as shift work. It causes all kinds of challenges-- from logistics to health.


Body Mechanics Won't Cut It: Dealing with Nurse Back Injuries

Written by Kristal Roberts
nurse back pain
 
Nurses work hard to take care of their patients every day. Unfortunately, many of them pay for it with back pain.

Nursing is a physically demanding career, and with the lifting, transferring and repositioning of patients, it’s often considered an occupational hazard that comes with the territory.


Become a Nurse Expert in the Dr. Oz #NURSESEARCH

Written by Kristal Roberts
Nurse Search

Think you’ve got what it takes to be considered a nurse expert?

What about a nurse celebrity?

The 3 time emmy-winning show Dr. Oz, that’s who!


CEUFast Nurse Chronicles, Volume 4

Written by Kristal Roberts
Crazy

Welcome to the fourth installment of Nurse Chronicles. If you missed the first third, you can read it here:

https://www.ceufast.com/blog/julia-tortorice/ceufast-nurse-chronicles-volume-3-funny--touching-stories-from-the-lives-of-passionate-nurses/

Nurse Chronicles is about creating a space where nurses can talk about the good the bad and the ugly. You can tell us who you are or you can remain anonymous, it’s up to you.


Work at Home Options for Nurses

Written by Kristal Roberts
Work at Home

You may have heard of people working from home and thought, “that’d be a great opportunity to spend time with my family,” or “I could use the extra cash”, but then dismissed that option as a nurse.

After all, you’ve got to work in a hospital, office, clinic or at the very least, a patient’s home to practice nursing, right?

Wrong.

As nurses, you have knowledge that is very valuable and you can provide that knowledge outside of hospital walls.


5 Reasons Why New Nurses Should Wait Before Going After Management Roles

Written by Kristal Roberts
Contemplating Nurse

So, you’re barely out of nursing school and you’re interested getting a nurse management role.

While you may wish to dive right into nursing management or administration after receiving your asn, bsn or even an msn, it’s rarely a good idea.

These positions are highly competitive, and they’re hardly ever served up on a silver platter, so you have to work hard and work smart.


Moving on UP: Transitioning from CNA to LPN, LPN to RN

Written by Kristal Roberts
Moving On Up

If you are thinking about advancing your nursing career from a CNA to an LPN, or an LPN to an RN and beyond, kudos to you.

While going to school and studying for nurse exams is no easy feat, CNAs make an average of about $10 - $14 an hour, while LPNs on average start in the early $20 range and RNs fall in the early $30 range, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Male Nurses Getting Paid More? What Female Nurses Can Do About It

Written by Kristal Roberts
Male Nurse

There’s no question about it, nursing is a predominately female industry. Not only do women make up the majority of staff nursing positions, they’re also Chief Nursing Officers 90 percent of the time.


What Nurses Love about Being Nurses

Written by Kristal Roberts
Happy Nurses

IMAGE: Wikimedia

Nurses often experience more blood, stress and trauma in a week then most people can say they’ve experienced in a lifetime. They’re constantly on their feet, putting out fires, and dealing with difficult personalities, including everyone from the patients to the very doctors they work for on the job. 


Dealing With Hard To Please, Difficult Patients

Written by Kristal Roberts

If there’s one thing that every nurse will come across in his or her career, it’s a difficult patient. Sometimes, the sweet patients that make the long hours and tired feet worthwhile are outshined by that one ornery, demanding or hostile patient who is miserable, and finds a way to share that misery with anyone who comes within a few feet of him or her.

You and your fellow staff may find yourselves avoiding their calls, and delaying their checkups, but the fact is, even patients with the worst attitudes deserve the best treatment possible.


Get More Zzzzs: Why Less than 7 Hours of Sleep Can Hurt Your Nursing Career

Written by Kristal Roberts

You may be working in the healthcare profession, but that doesn’t mean you always take care of your health. But believe us, we aren’t judging, with long work hours and a laundry list of things to do, it’s easy to put your needs last on the list, especially sleep.

According to a 2011 Medscape publication, the average American nurse gets by on 6.8 hours of sleep, but there plenty of nurses who are working 12 hour shifts with even fewer hours of rest.


The Top 10 Mistakes Made By New Nurses

Written by Julia Tortorice
Nurse Mistakes

Photo by: Walt Stoneburner (Flickr)
Textbook knowledge is extremely valuable, but now you're going to learn from experience.

You've just graduated from nursing school. You've earned well-deserved congratulations, so congratulations, graduate! Nursing school taught you many, many things. At times, you most likely felt as if your brain simply would not store everything you were learning in nursing school. Nonetheless, you persisted, and you are now a nurse. It's time to enter into the rotation and do your job.


The Effects of Working the Night Shift

Written by Julia Tortorice
Night Shift Nurse

Photo by: Nick (Flickr)

Working the night shift affects everyone, not just nurses.

Working the Night Shift

Night shift nurses might be the envy of some of their colleagues if they receive increased pay, but I can assure you that being a night shift nurse comes with a high cost: your health. Since the beginning of industries requiring 24-hour work shifts, we have sensed that working night shift hours doesn't resonate well with our bodies. Past studies have shown that the effects of working night shifts cause all sorts of chaos to our system; recent studies tell us why.


Prioritizing While in Nursing School

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Texas A&M (Flickr)

Photo by: Texas A&M (Flickr)

Nursing school will be an extremely rewarding and busy time in your life!

Prioritizing While in Nursing School

Congratulations! You're considering or have already embarked upon the journey of becoming a nurse. I can think of few professions that carry more rewards than nursing. Being a nurse takes a special kind of person, one who is caring yet capable of working under extreme pressure. Multitasking is a nurse's best friend: You will need finely honed multitasking skills once you graduate and become a nurse. Prioritizing while in nursing school will help you develop those critical multitasking skills as well as get you to graduation relatively unscathed.


Least Favorite Nursing Duties

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Army Medicine (Flickr)

Photo by: Army Medicine (Flickr)

Working with our patients is definitely the best part of nursing.

17 Least Favorite Nursing Duties

For the most part, I think all of us nurses love what we do. We wouldn't have become nurses in the first place if we didn't. Our job is stressful in ways that many other jobs aren't, and it takes a very special person to become a nurse. Alongside that stress, however, comes job satisfaction and rewards that cannot be found in any other vocation either. There is nothing better than nursing patients back to health and receiving their love and appreciation in return. That's probably the best part of our job. So, what is the worst part? Here are a few of our least favorite things.


How To Successfully Carry Code of Ethics for Nurses

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Aubrey (Flickr)

Photo by: Aubrey (Flickr)

We are bound by our nursing code to work in tandem with other medical professionals effectively and ethically.

How to Successfully Carry Code of Ethics for Nurses

We nurses are all bound by a code of ethics. This code holds us to a specific set of standards by which we should disseminate our patient care. Our patients and their families rely upon us to provide the tender loving care necessary to facilitate proper healing. It can sometimes be hard, however, to maintain a positive attitude and loving nature when you've been duty for extended hours; nurses get tired too. Here are some ways you can maintain the nursing code of ethics even when you've had a bad shift.


Surviving Mandatory Overtime

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo By: COD Newsroom (Flickr)

Photo By: COD Newsroom (Flickr)

All nurses face mandatory overtime. It is often a necessary part of the job, especially if there is an unanticipated emergency in your hospital's jurisdiction. We have all worked shifts far longer than we should have, and perhaps some of us have made patient errors as a result. I hope you haven't, but the reality is you probably have; I know I have. This brings about a very important question that everyone in our vocation asks: How do I survive mandatory overtime?

Before I answer this question, however, let's go over some statistics I reported a few blog posts back that discuss exactly how many nurses work mandatory overtime when on duty. A shocking 43 percent of nurses, when polled, reported that the amount of overtime they work in their jobs has increased. In fact, 77 percent of nurses put in twelve-hour shifts. Because of extended shifts and heavy patient loads, nearly 100 percent of nurses complain that they are already fatigued before they begin their shift.


The Scoop on the Registered Nurse Staffing Bill

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: British Red Cross (Flickr)

Photo by: British Red Cross (Flickr)

In recent posts, I've talked briefly about the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013. This important Act has the potential to save lives, so I'd like to take a moment to discuss the legislation in more detail. Serious circumstances brought about this bill, and we can only hope that Congress will understand how critical it is to pass it. What is the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013? Allow me to give you the scoop on this industry-changing legislation.


Are Nurses Ready to Take On the Baby Boom Population?

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: NHSE (Flickr)

Photo by: NHSE (Flickr)

There are many concerns facing the healthcare industry today, but one of the greatest ones is whether there will be enough nurses to care for our aging baby boomers. Many in the healthcare industry have been discussing this important issue for quite some time. In the midst of America's healthcare reform, we not only need to be thinking about how we will care for our seniors, but who will care for them. The facts present a grim picture about the future of healthcare in the U.S. for its aging population. This does not mean, however, that this cannot be changed!


Reducing Nurse Fatigue

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Jaula DeArdilla

Photo by: Jaula DeArdilla

The phrase “health care” is very important to nurses. We got into the health care industry because we “care”; it’s definitely the operative word in the phrase for us. So, why is it that people seem to think we don’t actually care? Well, we’re fatigued and overworked and, consequently, our patients suffer as a result. If there is any industry that shouldn’t be big business, it’s the medical industry. Nurses stretched beyond their capacity just to save money is wrong, plain and simple. Nursing fatigue is a real and avoidable problem, and all health care facilities should make it a point to reduce nurse fatigue.


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