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Often we say or write words without really focusing on their meaning. "Inspiration" is one of those words. There are various ways to define it, but perhaps because I'm a nurse I think of inspiration as being moved so strongly by something that it almost makes you draw your breath in. Nurse.com was inspired that way by the 2012 book, "The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones," and that...READ MORE »
Yours or theirs
The question of whether employees should use their own mobile devices or devices supplied by the employer is a matter of debate in many hospitals. Some facilities are instituting bring-your-own-device policies and some are providing employer-issued mobile devices for staff. On both sides of the debate, the pros and cons are being weighed and evaluated by employers and employees alike, and at the center of it all is...READ MORE »
Learning to work together
Whether we call it team-based, interdisciplinary or interprofessional education, the concept of different healthcare groups learning together isn't new. An Institute of Medicine report more than 40 years ago, and two more after that, recommended that students from various health professions come together to learn. Finally, in its 2010 report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," the IOM again...READ MORE »
Nurse.com coverage focuses on cardiac care issues
I hope you were "seeing red" last week because your nursing colleagues and the other women in your life were wearing red in recognition of National Wear Red Day. For more than 10 years, the day has been set aside by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about the fight against heart disease in women. Current statistics reveal heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S., and that...READ MORE »
'American Nurse' photos will grace Nurse.com covers in 2014
During the holidays a friend asked if I'm someone who makes New Year's resolutions. I answered "No" because I generally don't sit down on New Year's Eve and resolve to do things such as eating healthier or exercising more regularly. Later that day, however, I realized my response wasn't totally accurate. Even though I don't make official resolutions, I do plan what I'd like to accomplish in the coming year in my...READ MORE »
Training and planning can improve outcomes during a disaster
Many years ago, my husband and I were returning from a family wedding in Wisconsin when we suddenly came to a stop on the expressway just after we crossed the Illinois state line. Heavy traffic in and around the Chicago area isn't unusual, but there was something strange about this situation. It was after 11 p.m., and there usually isn't that type of traffic that late at night. "Maybe there's been an accident," I...READ MORE »
Opinion: Nurse, heal thyself
Our annual National Nurses Week issue is a very special one for us at Nurse.com, and we work hard to make it special for our nurse readers. We plan editorial content and design months ahead of time. We share beautiful messages of thanks and admiration from your employers throughout the magazine's pages. We visit healthcare facilities and speak with nurses about what the week means to them. And I always set aside...READ MORE »
Opinion: Nurses can help focus the gun debate on public health
On March 9, we asked our Nurse.com Facebook followers this question: "Do you think it is ethical to ask patients about whether they own guns, and to educate them on gun safety?" We had no idea our followers would have so much to say. If you want to see or add to the conversation, visit our Facebook page. There you'll see the strong but varied opinions nurses have on the subject. Some said yes, nurses should ask...READ MORE »
Opinion: Care coordinators need motivational interviewing in their toolboxes
Patient refused meds. Patient appears noncompliant. Patient did not follow up with care provider. If you're a nurse, you've likely written these words on a patient's chart. Often, there are logical explanations for patients' decisions. A medication is refused because of a past drug reaction. Lack of insurance prevents someone from getting prescriptions filled or going to physical therapy. Transportation wasn't...READ MORE »
Special group, special care: OR nurses can rise to the challenges of caring for older surgical patients
Nurse.com is proud to recognize nurses who practice in perioperative settings and salutes the unique skills they contribute to their teams and the special care they provide to their patients. As the U.S. population continues to age, RNs are caring for increasing numbers of older patients who undergo surgical procedures to improve their quality of life. However, surgery presents unique challenges for elderly...READ MORE »
Key to success: Nurses use skills to help low-income patients thrive
Job candidate wanted: Ideal applicant must be able to work independently, complete complex forms, assist clients in creating business plans, understand parent and child development and act as an education adviser. If you were looking for employment and saw this ad, what kind of position would you think the company placing it was trying to fill? Would you immediately guess it was for a nurse? As you'll read in our...READ MORE »
25 and counting: Nurse.com celebrates silver anniversary
You may be asking, "What happened to my issue of Nurse.com? It looks so different." Not to worry; the changes are cosmetic only. To celebrate the magazine's 25th anniversary, we reached back into our archives to create this special retrospective issue, which mimics the look of our first edition, published Jan. 18, 1988. The news is "now," as you've come to expect from Nurse.com; it's just presented in "old-school"...READ MORE »