What’s the Right Way To List Your Nursing Credentials?
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by Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, FAAN
3w ago
Nursing credentials are a form of communication. We have all seen multiple streams of initials after nurses’ names. This can make someone seem intimidating, especially if the nursing credentials are paired with a long work title. Some frequently asked questions about credentials are: How should nurses list their credentials after their name? What do these initials mean? Which initials do you include? Why do nurses feel the need to even do this? Is there a difference in listing credentials if a nurse is in academia versus service? Well, let me answer these questions for you. First, we use i ..read more
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To Build the Workforce, We Need More Nurse Educators
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by Barry Bottino
1M ago
The current need for nurse faculty has left nursing students, instructors, and schools stretched thin. So, now more than ever, it’s crucial to create and implement strategies to grow this vital part of the nursing profession. When Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl, FAAN, explained the need for nurse educators, her description was succinct. “In a word — critical,” said Bindon, an associate professor and assistant dean for faculty development at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. But that’s not the only word Bindon used to describe the current state of the national nursing ed ..read more
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Mental Health Nursing Fast-Growing Field With Diverse Possibilities
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by Stacey Kusterbeck
3M ago
Unmet needs for mental health care is creating opportunities for nurses, both new and experienced, in multiple care settings. With the demand for mental health nurses, the possibilities are wide-open, well-paying — and impressively diverse. You can choose from a surprising array of care settings: inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency departments, schools, long-term care centers, or even correctional facilities. You can care for pediatric patients, students, adults, or geriatric patients. You might decide to specialize in a certain condition — addiction, trauma, di ..read more
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Health Literacy Tips: Speak Plainly, Teach Often
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by Sallie Jimenez
3M ago
When admitted to a hospital, a patient and their loved ones are given a generous amount of information. The patient’s condition, treatment plan, prognosis, discharge instructions, lab reports, and more are a lot to digest. Health literacy is key to helping everyone understand what is happening and make informed, shared decisions about health care. America’s health literacy challenge According to reports based on research by the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 130 million American adults read below a sixth-grade level, and only 12% of Americans have proficient health literacy skills. Healt ..read more
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How Important Is Continuing Education for Nurses?
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by Rachel West, MSN, MHA, RN
4M ago
Content courtesy of IntelyCare. Nurses are learners. We learn when we are assessing our patients, implementing (yet another) new procedure or policy, and when we have new treatments and medicines to administer. Providing safe care requires not only being up to date on the latest science, but seeking out and integrating that understanding into day-to-day practice. We’re inquisitive and driven to provide the best care for our patients. We’re a trusted resource to our families and friends. Being a trusted resource to family and friends and to strangers in their time of need and when they are in c ..read more
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The Importance of Nursing Internships
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by Zelda Meeker
4M ago
Nursing internships offer aspiring nurses hands-on clinical experience with patient care, while fostering professionalism, creating networking opportunities, and developing clinical knowledge. First, future nurses need the foundational education that comes from undergraduate nursing programs. Academic programs provide numerous courses and labs that cover topics such as HIPAA regulations and clinical and scientific techniques. Beyond the classroom, nursing internships can bring that learning to life and provide unique preparation. To qualify for a nursing internship program, you must first appl ..read more
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Geriatric Nursing: A Specialty in Need
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by Barry Bottino
4M ago
As the U.S. population ages, geriatric nurses and nurse practitioners (NPs) can make an impact. The need for geriatric nurses can be explained simply by looking at data highlighting an aging United States. From 2009 to 2019, the population of adults age 65 and older grew 36% to more than 54 million Americans, according to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) — a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. By contrast, the under-65 population grew just 3%. “Because of great healthcare and many other factors, people are living longer,” said Janice Whitaker, BSN, MEd, R ..read more
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6 Qualities That Embody a Good Nurse
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by Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN
5M ago
The list of qualities that great nurses exhibit is endless. This is why narrowing the list down to just a few traits can be quite a feat. Defined as characteristics, traits, abilities, talents, strengths, values, beliefs, or morals — qualities in a good nurse can be both personal or professional. These six qualities stand out. You’re a person who deserves a high level of respect. Kindness, fairness, caring, trustworthiness, emotional stability, empathy, and compassion are components that make you human on a personal level and serve you well as a nurse. You exhibit strong communication sk ..read more
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Why Nursing Certification Matters
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by Felicia Sadler, MJ, BSN, RN, CPHQ, LSSBB
5M ago
Nursing certification has helped advance the industry by encouraging, recognizing, and rewarding individuals who actively pursue professional growth opportunities. But nursing certifications do more than benefit the individual nurses who attain them — they can also improve quality outcomes. The more skills and specialties you have, the better equipped you are to provide your patients with higher quality care. With the rise in popularity of nursing certifications, many organizations have come to recognize the benefits of hiring certified nurses. According to a survey from the American Nurses Cr ..read more
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Should You Become a Nurse Practitioner?
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by Natalie Vaughn
5M ago
If you are a registered nurse or LPN/LVN looking to take the next step in your career, you should certainly consider an advanced practice degree and the steps to become a nurse practitioner. According to April Kapu, President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, an advanced practice degree is all about “continuing to build upon the education you have to create more opportunities…It’s about creating opportunities and reaching people in different ways throughout your career.” For Kapu, a holistic approach to patient care is basic to nursing practice at all levels, “taking into con ..read more
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