Submitted by Julia Quinn-Szcesuil on Fri, 2013-08-02 07:46
Any nurse knows a well-run unit has excellent staffing and dedicated workers, but such a cohesive environment also has something not so easily defined. What can you do if you don't feel supported by your organization or if, as a supervisor, you would like to see your unit operating more effectively?
Submitted by Jebra Turner on Mon, 2013-07-29 11:25
Nurses know that water is essential to human life – a person can survive for about three weeks with no food, but will perish after only about a week with no water. An adult body, after all, is about 60% water. And yet, most Americans are mildly dehydrated, according to Harvard researchers.
Cassondra Francis BSN, RN, clinical nurse III in labor and delivery at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing from University of Delaware and has been a nurse for five years.
Submitted by Jebra Turner on Tue, 2013-07-23 20:27
It’s a fact: When temperatures rise, it’s even more important you get the doctor recommended 9 cups of daily fluids for women and 12 for men. Water is your best choice for hydration. After all, it’s non-caloric, sugar-free, and caffeine-free. It's also a better thirst quencher than sugar-laden drinks.
Harmon P. Mercer, RN, MS, CCRN, night education specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, is passionate about adult education. He has enjoyed a long career in both the military and private sectors. He started working at Mount Sinai in 1998 in the NICU unit after receiving a nursing degree and serving in the military as captain in the Army Nurses Corp. He is currently working toward his PhD from Adelphi University while maintaining his position at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Margarita C. Treviño, RN, MS, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Treviño is director of an online Spanish-language public health certificate program in Latin America that the UT Arlington College of Nursing began earlier this year.
Submitted by Robin Farmer on Sun, 2013-07-14 10:08
Most nurses feel anxiety during a job interview. If you are shy or introverted, you know that extreme nervousness can lead to a poor performance. But with preparation, even the shyest personalities can walk into an interview and impress instead of underwhelm, say hiring managers and recruiters.
Submitted by Jebra Turner on Thu, 2013-07-11 11:48
Nurses try to skinny by with an average of only 6.8 hours of sleep on their workdays, say sleep experts, though our bodies require an average of seven to nine hours of quality sleep. Can you say sleep deficiency? Sleep experts say nurses must practice good “sleep hygiene,” in order to fall and stay asleep, then wake up feeling refreshed. Here we focus on the top four steps to sleepy-time.
Submitted by Jebra Turner on Tue, 2013-07-02 13:33
It’s tough to remain fresh and alert during an 8-hour shift, a 12-hour shift is tougher still, but either shift at night is toughest of all. Our bodies require, on average, seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night.
Dr. Jonas Nguh, Academic Department Chair, BSN Program, Kaplan University, has been a nurse for 15 years, working his way up the nursing ranks from a certified nursing assistant to registered nurse and doctoral degree from Walden University in Public Health. He is passionate about his work and strives to bring more male minority nurses into the profession.
Submitted by Jebra Turner on Fri, 2013-06-28 12:00
Recent research from the folks at the Pew Charitable Trusts suggests there may be a tie between stress and eating. (Shocking, isn’t it?) People who are frequently stressed report that they often overeat, and worst yet -- they often eat junk food.
Submitted by Julia Quinn-Szcesuil on Thu, 2013-06-27 13:52
We all know that feeling – the awful twist in the pit of your stomach when a situation at work has just elevated from annoying to tense. Maybe a colleague took credit for your good work or your boss made an inappropriate comment about your personal life.
Nalo Hamilton, Ph.D., MSN, APRN-BC, is an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. She started out as a biochemist and later decided she could make a greater impact in the healthcare field as a nurse.