Posts Tagged ‘nurse’

Confronting Incivility in Nursing

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs

Nurses encounter difficult patients all the time; occasionally, family members chime in and offer their hostility as well. But as part of a team of nurses caring for patients in an already stressful situation, nurses don’t expect to encounter incivility in their colleagues. Aren’t they supposed to have your back? Unfortunately incivility is no longer limited to patients and family members. When viewed on a colleague to colleague basis, incivility is on the increase.

Dr. Cynthia Clark and Sara Ahten, both registered nurses, recently studied this growing trend and found that serious issues such as physical violence can result from incivility as minor as eye-rolling. (more…)

“Too Black”: Georgia Company Allegedly Prevented Black Nurses From Caring For White Patients

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Specialties

ABC reports that a nursing-service company is being sued by four women who allege that civil right violations occurred.

“Accord employs a policy of illegal discrimination in the hiring and placement of its home healthcare employees for the express purpose of accommodating the illegal preferences of its clients,” the lawsuit alleges.

Accord has denied the allegations.

The lawsuit alleges that Accord “routinely declined to place nurses and nurse aides they described as ‘too black’ or ‘too foreign’ or ‘too old.’”

Tracee Goodman, one of the plaintiffs, worked in human resources at Accord for more than two years.  Administrators routinely asked her about the race and age of applicants, giving preference to white applicants, she told ABC News.


Insomnia At Work

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs

Insomnia costs the average American employee 11.3 days a year, or $2,280, in lost productivity. A recent report from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that insomnia is affecting 23 percent of U.S. workers and creates a national cost of $63.2 billion for the sleeping disorder. “We were shocked by the enormous impact insomnia has on the average person’s life,” said study author Ronald Kessler, a psychiatric epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School. He also adds that main impact is not that U.S. workers are staying home due to sleeplessness; they still go to work, but are far less productive. The study results were from a national sampling of 7,428 employees. Insomnia was more prevalent among working women than males and also significantly lower among workers aged 65 and older.

Americans are accomplishing less at work because they are tired and, in an information-based economy, it is difficult to imagine a condition that has a more profound effect on productivity. How does insomnia affect nurses in particular? (more…)

How to Interview for a Nurse Job

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs, Uncategorized

The nursing interview is the most critical part of the hiring process for a nurse job since it generally determines whether or not you are offered the position. Interview preparation involves both “technical” preparation (rehearsing interview questions, researching facilities, etc.) as well as mental preparation (envisioning success, learning to handle rejection, etc.). Most job seekers focus solely on the technical side of interviewing but are at a disadvantage by doing so since mental preparedness is equally important in terms of a successful outcome.

The In-Person Interview for a Nurse Job

There are four main components to keep in mind during an interview for a nurse job:

  1. Build Rapport: Both you and the interviewer will be looking for ways to establish areas of commonality and build rapport. For this reason, most interviews start off with simple conversation that also serves to settle nerves on each end.
  2. (more…)

Nurse Practitioner Jobs

Posted in Nursing Jobs, Nursing Specialties

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a nurse who has completed an advanced level of training in diagnosis and disease management. Nurse practitioners work closely with a patient’s regular physician, and can even serve as a patient’s primary health care provider. Nurse practitioners can write prescriptions and are also often solely responsible for first line diagnoses. Nurse practitioners can order diagnostic tests, arrange treatment plans and provide counseling. Additionally, nurse practitioners focus on individualized patient care. Rather than merely treating the illness, nurse practitioners can also provide education and analysis of a patient’s home life in order to prevent further health issues. Nurse practitioners can practice almost anywhere, in all fifty states, in places varying from hospitals to private clinics to school nursing staffs. Many nursing homes have a nurse practitioner on staff, and nurse practitioners can even practice independently. Most nurse practitioners also have a specialty that they focus on in their training, for example, neonatal, pediatrics, or occupational health.

How can you become a Nurse Practitioner?

In order to become a nurse practitioner, you must first have a BS in nursing, and preferably be a registered nurse, although there are some training programs which take those who have the BS but are not registered. Most nurses work for about two years before beginning their training as nurse practitioners. After working as a registered nurse for several years, you can apply for a Masters of Science in Nursing, which also generally lasts about two academic years. While studying, most nurse practitioner candidates also choose an area of specialization, although some choose to remain general nurse practitioners. In addition to the Master’s degree, nurse practitioners must also be licensed in the state in which they want to practice. Each state has different requirements, so you should check your local nursing organizations for more information about practicing in your state.

Nurse Practitioner Jobs

While being a nurse practitioner is extremely rewarding, because of the nursing shortage, some are finding it difficult to get the training they need for certification. There is a shortage of nursing teachers, which limits the number of candidates accepted into training programs. However, once accepted, there are many different job opportunities for nurse practitioners. Because of the varied nature of the job and the degree, nurse practitioners have a lot of options when it comes to choosing how and where to practice. There are numerous web sites advertising nurse practitioner jobs, and it is always worth a try to look at your state board of nursing and local nurse practitioner association. When looking for a nurse practitioner job, be sure to check out the required credentials, as they do vary from state to state. It is also good to search for a nurse practitioner job by your specialty, as this will really narrow down your search, and help you find a job more quickly. Be sure to remember to check local nursing forums as well for the inside information on the job you’re considering.

Career Paths Abound in Portland-area Health Care

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs

Health care is called the recession-proof industry with jobs still available at local hospitals, but they aren’t as plentiful as a year ago, human resource directors say. (From left) nurses Stacey Guffey, Marilyn Wheeler and Kent Senffner work in the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital.
Read more in the Oregonian.

Texas Urges Nursing Schools to Increase Enrollment

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs, Nursing News

Texas lawmakers want to give nursing schools incentives to hire more instructors and graduate more nurses in order to combat a growing nursing shortage, The Associated Press reports. The state is estimated to be short of 22,000 nurses already, and the shortage is expected to reach 70,000 by 2020.

Read more in the New York Times.

UA Nursing School Offers Students Hands-on Experience

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Specialties

At the UA College of Education and Health Professions, the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing offers its students a progressive curriculum to better prepare them for the nursing profession.

After students graduate from an approved nursing program, they often receive on-the-job training, but those who graduate from the UA School of Nursing already have a strong background in hands-on experience.

Many of the courses offered by the UA nursing school incorporate experiential activities to give students a better idea of current issues in the nursing field.

The students in the UA program begin some clinical work experience as early as their sophomore year in the nursing school.

“All of our courses provide services to the individual client or community, as that is what nursing centers (are about), whether it is in the hospital, school system, community center, nursing home or other community agencies in which nursing is present,” said Nancy Smith-Blair, associate professor and interim director of the UA School of Nursing.

Read more in the Arkansas Traveler.

Nursing home controller admits taking $600,000

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Home, Nursing News, Uncategorized

A Canonsburg woman who served as the financial controller for two nursing homes admitted today to embezzling more than $600,000 from them.

Gayle Phillips-Smith, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from a health care benefit program and to one count of tax evasion.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Ms. Phillips-Smith served as the financial controller at Baldock Health Care Center in North Huntingdon, and Humbert Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation in Washington, from 2001 to 2005.

Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.