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5 Ways to Handle the Holidays When Your Life's in Chaos

How can you make the holidays special without the time, money, effort, or stamina that's in short supply for you? It's not easy for nurses to say no when someone needs something. But you might find the relief you'll feel from reducing all your “have-tos” feels pretty good. Good enough that your holiday season becomes easier.

Ready for Winter Storms?

As a nurse, you're always ready to deal with the unexpected. Nurses think quick on their feet, no question about it. They also know how to plan and coordinate their actions with others.

Lung Cancer Awareness

Cancer remains one of the biggest killers in America. Of all types of cancer, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. Here's what you need to know about the #1 cancer killer in the country.

Movember: New Face of Men's Health

Are you or others in your workplace taking part in Movember (“Moustache” plus “November"), a global men’s health event? Males pledge to grow their ‘staches for the month, getting donations from friends, family and co-workers in the process.

4 Ways to Ace the Exit Interview

You thought the interview to get your job was stressful enough, but now they want another interview when you're leaving? What's up with that?

Quit Your Job and Keep Your Professionalism

Did you ever leave a job you loved because you knew it was a good career move? What about the opposite – you couldn't wait to walk out the door and never look back?

Thank a Nurse with RNspire

‘Tis the season of thanks and giving. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, take a moment to visit RNspire on Facebook and thank a nurse in your life.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun

For as long as he can remember, Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun, DNP, RNC-OB, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC, has been surrounded by strong women.

Inclusion Part 2: Changing the Culture

Working at self-reflection tasks and being open to learning new approaches are the very first steps to making your work environment more inclusive. But no one can single-handedly change a workplace to make it more inclusive.

Inclusion, Part 1: Your Role in an Inclusive Work Environment

Inclusion tops the list of many workplace must-haves. But what exactly does inclusion mean?

Does Daylight Savings Have You Feeling Down?

The holidays are soon approaching and the days are getting shorter, meaning less daylight during waking hours. Holidays bring a variety of emotions out of people ranging from their favorite time of the year to the most depressing time of the year. If you fall in the latter category, there may be more to it then just the routine hustle and bustle of the season getting you down.

Going Back to School for RN to BSN? Key Points to Consider

With the national push for more BSN prepared RN’s, many nurses are considering completing a RN to BSN program. For the experienced RN these programs can be pretty straight forward, completed online or on campus and in as little as 12-18 months.

Trick-or-Treat Hacks


Whoa there Nelly! It’s Halloween, the start of a three-month long season that’s almost guaranteed to add eight pounds of adipose tissue to everyone, especially those with weak willpower. Don’t you be one of the unthinking nurses who snacks right out of your skinny jeans.

Allaying Your Ebola Fears

As a health care professional, news about the progression of Ebola may cause you to feel stress, fear and a general anxiety about your personal health. That's to be expected -- who wouldn't be apprehensive when there's a medical emergency and your vocation puts right in the middle of it.

Breast Cancer in Minority Populations: Resources for African American Women

Whether due to biological or socioeconomic factors, statistics show that mortality rates among African American women are higher even though they account for fewer new cases of breast cancer. Fortunately, by understanding the nature of breast cancer across racial and ethnic divides, minority populations can decrease potential risks for late-stage, advanced breast cancer.

Ebola: Knowledge is Power

Nurses are, of course, worried about the spread of Ebola. Everyday folks, outside of healthcare, are also frightened. Today news headlines are hyper-focused on the latest developments in the continuing Ebola battle.

Nurses Must Protect Themselves from Ebola

Any nurse concerned about being ill-prepared to care for Ebola patients should be able to refuse the assignment. So says the leader of the American Nurses Association [ANA].

Ebola Prevention - Learning from Other Countries


One of the biggest issues in health care today is stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Nurses need to know as much as possible about the virus, and how to effectively treat patients. Here is what we can learn from other communities who have been affected by Ebola.

Is Your Hospital Ready for Ebola?

Is your hospital ready? A recent survey by National Nurses United indicated that more than half of the 400 nurses surveyed weren't confident that their hospitals could deal with an Ebola patient. The survey has certainly touched a nerve with nurses who will be on the front lines of caring for any patient with suspected or diagnosed Ebola.

Preventing Ebola Infection in Nurses - CDC Guidelines

News that a second nurse in Texas has been struck with the deadly Ebola virus is likely to send an unprecedented sense of alarm through the public and health care community.  It also renews focus on the CDC's recently updated Ebola infection prevention and control 



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