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Nursing as a second career: older nurses prove it’s never too late

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In 1955, blues and jazz legend Alberta Hunter decided to begin a second career as a nurse after reaching the pinnacle of a music and theater career spanning more than 4 decades.  Yet, she was turned down when she first applied to the School of Practical Nursing at the Young Women’s Christian Association branch in Harlem.   The director of the school told her that she was simply too old to become a nurse.  Undaunted, she applied again, this time…
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Nursing Job Outlook in 2014

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As 2013 began, some experts declared that not only was the nursing shortage over but that it was a “myth” (See our February 2013 article: “Is the nursing shortage a myth?“) and a number of news outlets began reporting on just how difficult it was becoming for new nursing school graduates to find a job. However, as we enter 2014, it is clear that there is still a shortage of experienced nurses in some regions, that the demand for nurses…
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Real Nurse Photo Contest!

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  NursingJobs.us recently announced its Real Nurse Photo Contest: Are you a nurse? We are offering $100 in our nurse photo contest! Real portrayals of the nursing profession are few and far between and instead of settling for buying fake-looking models posing in Halloween nurse costumes for our stock photographs we at NursingJobs.us figured that we might as well try asking the many nurses who use our nursing job board to send us their own, real, photos and let us use them…
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Living and Working as a Nurse in Houston

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Home of NASA’s Mission Control Center, Houston is also home to some of the best hospitals in the country. Some of the best nursing jobs in Houston can be found at the Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial-Hermann Texas Medical Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann, which are all well-rated by  US News and World Report, and all have high-ranking specialties. Many Houston nursing jobs are in hospitals located on Portsmouth Street,…
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Protecting nurses from workplace violence in Montana

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Reports and surveys by the American Nurses Association, the Emergency Nurses Association and the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that workplace violence is widespread in the healthcare sector.   In an attempt to address the problem, thirty-eight state legislatures have enacted laws that enhance criminal charges and penalties for those who assault nurses and other healthcare workers.   These are similar to the criminal statutes that exist in nearly every state that provide for enhanced penalties for those who assault…
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Is the nursing shortage a myth?

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A recent press release by a nursing education and career portal claims that a survey indicating that 62% of newly graduated nurses have difficulty finding a job is evidence that the nursing shortage is a myth. “The so called nursing shortage is really a myth”, said Cathy Miller, Director of Education for NursingDegree.org. “The idea that we as a country are experiencing a drastic shortage in nurses is not really correct. Most nursing jobs now specifically state they are not…
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Living and Working as a Nurse in Indianapolis

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One of the most recently revitalized cities in the United States, Indianapolis is home to some great Midwestern hospitals. Some of the best nursing jobs in Indianapolis can be found at the St. Vincent Hospital and Clarian Health Partners, which are all well-rated by  US News and World Report, and have high-ranking specialties. Many Indianapolis nursing jobs are in hospitals located on various numbered streets, including the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center and Wishard Health Services. Nurses working in the…
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Care Coordination: Opportunities for Nursing

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Coordination of care is not a new role for nurses, but it has never been fully appreciated. As nurses, we coordinate patient care and ease the transition from hospital to home, often preventing readmission to hospital and improving the quality of patients’ lives. Finally, this vital role is being seen as a valuable one, not just in terms of patient care, but in financial terms for nurses who perform this essential service. The Medicare fee schedule is set to change…
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The Affordable Care Act

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Posted in Nursing, Nursing News

The election is over and Barack Obama has won a second term. Although many people may have been hedging their bets, waiting on the outcome of the election, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. What does this mean for Medicare, healthcare institutions, healthcare workers and the general public? As nurses, we care for our patients regardless of insurance status, but we all know that insurance is a major issue for many of our patients. Keeping in mind that…
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Addicted to Helping People

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  A new book focusing on American nurses is nominally a book of portraits, intended for coffee tables. But a doctor writing in the New York Times, Abigal Zuker, found the the narrative to be the most affecting part, hitting her “in the solar plexus.” For example, she appreciated the observation of a hospice nurse named Jason Short in rural Kentucky who has had a number of jobs, including auto mechanic and commercial trucker. He turned to nursing when the…
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