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Nurse Residency Program: The Next Adventure

In three weeks I will begin the nurse residency program and take a step closer to my fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a nurse. Last month I received the coveted phone call from a facility I had applied to. After a long telephone interview and two panel interviews that spanned three months, I was offered a position in their nurse residency program. For those who do not know what a nurse residency program is, it is a bridge that takes the newly graduated nurse and aids in the transformation into a confident practitioner.

Pocket Survival Guide and Playbook for the Nursing Student

Nursing school can be difficult and at times overwhelming. As a new graduate, I have strong memories of fast approaching exam dates, hundreds of clinical hours, and jam-packed study sessions. Since nursing school differs from other disciplines, I was imparted with invaluable guidance and wisdom that certainly directed my path. Fortunately, I have an insider’s guide to navigate and thrive while enrolled in any nursing program. If you follow my prescription for success, you will flourish and rise to the top of your nursing program!

How to Stay Fit on 12 Hour Shifts

Nurses work long hours and have very demanding jobs, making it hard to manage a healthy exercise and eating plan. We preach healthy eating and exercise habits to our patients, but do we practice what we preach? What’s the best way to stay fit on 12 hour shifts?

Hidden Gem: NCLEX Review Course Spotlight- NCSBN Review Course

Preparing for the NCLEX can be cumbersome and finding the best review course may be a bit overwhelming. Are you looking for a course that is affordable, interactive, and self-paced? Well, the NCSBN review course, or the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, may be the right course for you! Notably Hurst, Kaplan, and Sylvia Rayfield are the most publicized and recommended review courses among nursing students and faculty. Certainly, these review courses are excellent resources, but they are marked with a hefty price.

Q&A on Diabetes and Hispanics with Dr. Angelica P. Herrera

Angelica P. Herrera, DrPH, MPH,an Assistant Professor in the Center for Aging Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, knows all too well the havoc that diabetes plays in the Hispanic community.

The Dark Side of Nursing: My Experience with Lateral Violence

Yet again, nurses have been chosen as America’s most trusted profession. Nurses are increasingly depicted as honest, trustworthy, and compassionate—and nurses are needed more than ever with the always changing health care atmosphere and the rise of the baby boomers. In spite of nursing’s increasing popularity, media outlets have failed to report a rising development in the nursing arena, which are increasing accounts of lateral violence and burnout among new graduates.

Nurses as "Champions of Coverage": Part 2

Today, October 1st, is the beginning of enrollment in online health insurance marketplaces nationwide. The exchanges are at the center of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the largest healthcare expansion this country has seen in nearly half a century.

The Affordable Care Act and How it Affects Nurses

The Affordable Care Act was introduced to provide all Americans with affordable health care coverage while lowering the burden of health care costs on individuals and the government. The act is designed to provide preventative care before the need for long-term care occurs. With the cost of doctor and nurse visits rising, it’s important to ensure access to health coverage is available to Americans. Additionally, our own health care employees need to be made aware of the effects the ACA has on their own health care.

Nurses as "Champions For Coverage": Part 1

The countdown to the institution of the historic Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) has started. October 1st is the first day for enrollment through each state’s Health Insurance Marketplace; coverage won’t actually kick in until January 1, 2014.

Strategies to Guard Against Burnout

The constant stress of dealing with physical and emotional demands as a nurse may leave you feeling exhausted, irritable and disconnected. Some days, it may be a struggle to head into work. You may find yourself increasingly needing a “mental health day” and calling in sick. 

Q&A with Arilma St. Clair, Hispanic Nurse & Leader

Leadership is a passion and a duty for Arilma St.Clair RN, MSN, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses District of Columbia (NAHNDC) Chapter President, and Occupational Health Nurse and Wellness Coordinator at Organizat

Using Nursing Skills to Resolve Conflict with Colleagues

Nurses are masters at adapting and working through tough situations. So how do you resolve a conflict with a colleague?

How Are You Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month?

Artist Frida Kahlo

Looking for special ways to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans – one of the most culturally-rich, varied, and powerful minorities in the nation?

Here's an idea: Delve into Hispanic history, art, and music, such as the paintings of Frida Kahlo, pictured here.

Hispanic Nurses Face Unique Challenges

Despite having the bilingual skills so desperately needed in the nursing industry today, many Hispanic nurses face steep challenges in their nursing careers.

Thriving as an Older Student

Whether to fulfill a lifelong dream or to secure a dream job, you have decided to return to nursing school as a middle-age student. Congratulations! Many other nurses in their 40s, 50s and even 60s are enrolled or planning to head back to classrooms, too.

Nominate a Minority Nurse for the REAL Awards!

The day after the Emmys, Save the Children launches the second annual REAL Awards to recognize health worker honorees in the United States and around the world

FAQ's About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic American Citizens

Welcome to this annual national celebration – currently in full-swing – commemorating the achievements, culture, and history of the largest minority group in the U.S. Latino Americans have contributed greatly, over the course of the past 500 years, to making this a truly diverse nation.

Do You Need an Elevator Pitch?

What do you say when someone turns to you and says, “What do you do?” Is your quick, standard answer, “I am a nurse”? If so, you might want to practice an elevator pitch – a quick, precise summary of what you do and why you do it so well.

Multicultural Scholarship Helps Close Diversity Shortage Gap in Medicine

Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship continues Macy’s ongoing support of the Go Red For Women movement. The fund — now in its third year — provides $2,500 scholarships for multicultural women pursuing college or graduate school degrees in health care fields.

Issues to Consider for Older Nursing Students

Are you a seasoned nurse interested in returning to school, but feeling unsure about your ability to handle the demands of work, life and studies? 

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