By Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN Nurse.com is pleased to announce the six national winners of our 2015 Nursing Excellence GEM Awards. “It is an honor and a privilege for us to name these nurses as this year’s national winners,” said Nurse.com Senior Vice President and CNE Eileen P. Williamson, MSN, RN, who personally called
By Heather Stringer An already energetic nursing job market is showing signs of amping up even further, according to nurse recruiters and national data. Still, new nursing school graduates will continue to experience extreme competition, nurse officials say. One survey of 141 facilities nationwide found that nearly 25% of the hospitals reported a vacancy rate
By Heather Stringer Sandy Lovering, a nurse at a hospital in Saudi Arabia, knew the Magnet Recognition Program is generally considered a gold standard of nursing, but she never imagined it would be something her hospital would ever consider. But in 2005, Lovering’s CEO, Tariq Linjawi, MD, asked her a question that surprised her. “What
By Marcia Frellick Ten years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, nurses who were called to duty or volunteered from distant states remember the chaos and the devastation, but also the unwavering resiliency of patients and fellow providers. The catastrophic storm caused levee breaches, flooding and billions of dollars in damage in several
By Cathryn Domrose For the first 12 years of her career at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, Betsy D. Driggers, BSN, RN, CCRN, never thought of herself as a leader. Then her new nurse manager asked her why not. “She said, ‘What are you doing? You’re good at this and you’re such
By Cathryn Domrose When Christina M. DiNapoli, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, enrolled in the DNP program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, she was a little skeptical, even though she knew the online nursing graduate program, ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2015, had a good
Increased public support of patients’ rights is driving new state laws. Legal decisions about health issues and national legislation on healthcare funding could change the way care in the U.S. is accessed and funded. To help keep readers informed, Nurse.com highlights some important healthcare policy issues for nurses to watch. Here, we explore end-of-life laws
By a vote of 6-3 on June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld federal subsidies across the country, ruling the subsidies can be offered in both state and federal healthcare exchanges, or marketplaces. The Affordable Care Act gave states the option to build their own healthcare marketplaces or use one operated by the federal government.