Demand for nurses is predicted to increase 21% during the next 10 years, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The reasons for the increase in job openings for registered nurses include aging populations of patients as well as health care providers. Even with the increased number of students enrolled in nursing programs, HHS says many states will experience shortages in supply of qualified nurses.
As one of the most in-demand professions, nurses cater to the growing population of sick, elderly and addled patients in the United States. Not only is there a call for nurses, but a call for nurse leaders, nurse educators and nurse administrators to teach and guide the next generation of nurses in multiple settings. With this intricate field, growing population and ever-evolving technology, it is vital to stay at the forefront of efficient care, while keeping compassion intact.
Traveling nursing offers a variety of opportunities for skilled APRNs, RNs, and LPNs to see new places and build their professional skills in some of the best medical facilities in the country. Traveling nurses are not employees of the clinics, hospitals, or facilities where they work, but are employed by the staffing agency they represent and work under a contract that can last between eight and 26 weeks depending on the nurse’s preference. Most traveling nurses follow a 13-week schedule and there may even be assignments close to home.
Getting started on the path to an advanced nursing degree takes careful planning. Choosing the best program for your life, professional goals, and schedule requires that you ask the right questions and have them answered fully before you dive in to a Master of Science in Nursing program. Not sure where to begin? Consider the following top 10 questions to build your MSN know-how.
The best nurses in the world only look as good to future employers as their resumes or professional bios do. While it's true that nursing jobs are growing at an ever-increasing rate, not all jobs within the trade are created equal, regardless of whether you have a BSN or an RN-to-MSN degree.
Nursing students face high levels of stress, and a nursing program is demanding, whether it's for a master’s in nursing or a BSN. Stress will most likely follow as a result of those demands, so it’s helpful to know how to deal with elevated stress levels and its effects on academic performance, relationships, and health.
A study was conducted to assess the variation in breastfeeding knowledge and practices of registered nurses in hospital women and family-care units. It found that the majority of nurses were knowledgeable of evidence-based best practices related to breastfeeding initiation. However, in non-Baby Friendly/Baby Friendly Intent (non-BF/BFI) settings, nurses' knowledge was often not in accordance with current best practices, and hospital policies were not based upon evidence-based practices.
The nursing environment in which you work has an effect on you, your patients and your co-workers. You are there for multiple hours a day, several days a week, and maintaining a positive, collaborative and patient-centered work environment helps retain and motivate nurses to be productive and produce great patient care. There are many ways those in leadership and managerial positions can play a significant role in ensuring that your environment is on the right track.
A patient-centered and safe environment is essential in health care organizations. While expressing what safety culture means in words may not be difficult, knowing and understanding the characteristics that define a safety culture and its implications to health care organizations isn’t as easy.
In an emotionally charged work environment such as nursing, laughter, tears and other emotions are going to be at an all time high, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. These physical reactions of the body in consequence of emotional feelings lead to a renewed state of mind and provide release of tension and emotional healing. Check out the infographic below to see what happens biologically during these two reactions, the after-effects, and how to positively incorporate them within a health care setting.
At Sacred Heart University, a clinical practicum needs to be conducted prior to completing the MSN program. The article below describes challenges and opportunities associated with a preceptored clinical, including advice on how to choose a preceptor. As the clinicals are applying theories learned into action, the preceptor acts as a guide and supervisor while helping the student deal with real-world patient scenarios. Throughout the student’s clinicals, the preceptor assists the student in synthesizing and analyzing the experiences and regularly meets with the student for discussions.