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School Nursing: More Than Band-Aids

After braving the storm of nursing school and conquering the NCLEX, nursing students are conditioned to work in hospitals first and foremost. For many, the thought of community nursing makes them shudder, but the public is often misinformed about what exactly a school nurse does. It's about a lot more than just band-aids, runny noses, and stomach aches.

4 Ways to Share Your Nursing Knowledge

Nurses relay information all day long. They talk to patients, to families, to physicians, to management, and to each other constantly to learn new things and to share what they know.

Now Casting: Production Company Seeks Male Nurses

Pilgrim Studios is seeking outgoing male nurses for a new unscripted TV series that will feature men who break the stereotypes of what lives are like for working male nurses. If interested, contact the producers today!

Five Creative Crafts that Are Good For Your Brain

Here are five creative crafts to get your mind into shape and start flexing your mental muscles. Try these out when you have time, and you won't be afraid of getting a bit crafty. These crafts may even help improve brain functions such as spacial memory, analogy creation, and overall ingenuity.

"Sleep Well, Be Well" for Sleep-Deprived Nurses

Does any nurse out there get more than enough sound sleep on a regular basis? Probably not. Nurses are notoriously sleep-deprived.

Three Resources to Help Anyone Quit Smoking

Almost every nurse has met that one stubborn patient, family member, or friend who would have great health, except that they’re among the 1.1 billion people in the world who smoke cigarettes.

3 tips to Unclutter Your Inbox and Stay Sane in the Process

If you’re anything like the typical email user, you have tons of emails in your inbox and spam folders. And if you’re anything like me, it drives you absolutely crazy to see hundreds of emails in your box! Who seriously needs 452 messages in their inbox?

5 Reasons Why You Should Save for Retirement Every Single Week

You might be years or even decades away from retirement, so you might think you don't have to worry about it right now.

Let’s Talk About Teeth: 5 Tips for Maximizing Dental Health

We all seem to have at least one magical person in our lives who manages to floss every day. Or at least, they say that they floss every day.

Journal to Show Yourself the Love

Looking for a way to show yourself some tender loving care? As a nurse, you already treat your patients with kindness and consideration, but do you always treat yourself as well? Probably not.

Nurse: Are *You* The Bully?

Many nurses are sensitive to bullying behavior from others in the workplace – fellow nurses, doctors, administrators, and even patients – but not to that of their own. Bully or bullied, it’s no fun to experience a hostile healthcare workplace.

"Nerdy Nurse" Offers Lateral Violence Resources

Ever heard the expression “Nurses Eat Their Young”? Somehow it’s meant to be humorous, though those who’ve experienced that abuse know it’s anything but. Perhaps you, right now, are a victim of a of bullying from other health care “professionals.” Where can you turn? First, take a look at what Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, the blogger behind thenerdynurse.com, has compiled on the topic.

4 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation

The weather is finally warming up and you may be dreaming about your vacation this summer. Travel doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re looking for ways to save on your vacation, consider these four tips.

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"The Nerdy Nurse" Blogs on Bullying

Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, also known as “The Nerdy Nurse,” blogs at thenerdynurse.com and authored The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology. But a love of technology wasn't the genesis of her blogging journey.

De-stressing in a Stressful Profession

Being a nurse is hard. And stressful.

5 Ways to Learn More in Less Time

Keeping current with nursing industry news, health trends, or cutting-edge technology and equipment is a great way to boost your career. But, as many nurses know, finding the time to actually get that information in a class or seminar is daunting. With work schedules and family responsibilities, finding hours every week to just grocery shop sometimes seems impossible.

How to Express Your Condolences for a Loved One

It can be difficult to know what to say when someone passes away. Death is often an uncomfortable topic, making it hard to express your feelings of condolence and sympathy to the survivor. Here are some effective ways you can express your condolences based on what is appropriate and what you feel the most comfortable with.

Minority Nurse Scholarship Announcement

Each year, Minority Nurse awards scholarships to three outstanding nursing students. We receive more applications each year so selecting our recipients can be quite the challenge. This year, we teamed up with the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations to help us decide. Find out who they selected.

In the Spotlight: Katrina Sanders, RN, ONC

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Katrina Sanders, RN, ONC, is a clinical coordinator at Novant Health.

What to Say When You're Being Bullied

Nurse-on-nurse bullying. Lateral violence. Hostile work environment. These are common terms for what's sadly a common situation in many health care environments. If you're being bullied, it can help to have a "script" that helps you face your harrasser. Peggy Klaus, a Berkeley, California, a leadership and communication coach, offers some recommendations.

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