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Robin Farmer is an award-winning journalist with a focus on health, education and business. She writes to engage, educate and empower readers. A board member of the James River Writers, she is working on her debut novel.

Critical care nurses improve skills through online education

By | 2015-07-28T20:38:48+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Nursing news|

Stephanie L. Taylor is grateful that online education enabled her to improve the care she provides to acutely ill patients. Taylor recently earned her certification in progressive care nursing after taking the PCCN certification review course through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. A nurse for 18 months, Taylor said the online course allowed her

Value of mentoring immediate, experts say

By | 2015-06-26T19:55:17+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Categories: Nursing news|

Exceptional mentors enrich nursing careers. Just ask Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC. Like every Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, Giscombe has three mentors to guide her research, teaching and leadership growth. The value of mentoring is immediate and long-lasting, said Giscombe, an assistant professor in the school of nursing at the University of North

Maryland passes new law giving NPs practice autonomy from physicians

By | 2015-06-26T15:11:52+00:00 June 25th, 2015|Categories: DC/MD/VA|

Maryland nursing leaders believe patients will benefit from new state legislation that allows nurse practitioners to work independently of physicians. The law also gives independent NPs the ability to open their own practices. Gov. Larry Hogan signed the Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority Act into law in May, making Maryland the 21st state to have

Student well-being focus of new RN-led programs

By | 2015-07-12T18:06:31+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Categories: Nursing news|

Initiatives to promote the fitness and well-being of students work best with family involvement, according to school nurses. "Every year I have a health fair with a focus on safety, exercise and nutrition for families,” said Pam Meerdink, MSN, RN, a school nurse at the Lodi Unified School District in California. “My motto is: Healthy

Smartphone integration combines technology with nursing excellence in ED

By | 2015-07-14T21:29:39+00:00 March 14th, 2015|Categories: Nursing news|

The integration of smartphones in the Nash Health Care emergency department has elevated collaboration, improved patient turnaround time and led to an award for a positive nurse practice environment, according to nurses involved with the project. CareAware Connect, which aligns specially designed smartphones with bedside care at the facility in Rocky Mount, N.C., has earned rave

The path toward a career in nursing informatics

By | 2015-07-14T15:33:04+00:00 March 14th, 2015|Categories: Nursing news|

The career pathway to nursing informatics, which leverages technology by combining nursing skills with science and data management, might be closer than you think. Bedside nurses can get started by getting involved with their organization’s initiatives in IT that include the clinical arena, said nurses who already work in informatics. Volunteering as a super-user for