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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.

Retirement Rate of Nurses in America

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.

Is a Career as a Travel Nurse Right for You?

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.

Top 10 Questions About a Master of Science in Nursing

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.

Breastfeeding Initiation Best Practices

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.

14 Steps to Improve Nursing Work Environments

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.

Laughter & Tears: Healing for the Soul

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.

Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Preceptored Community Health Experiences

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.