Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nurse.org Names the Nursing Site Blog One of the 2018 Top 50 Blogs for Nurses

I am honored and humbled to be a part of this list. Nurse.org is one of my favorite blogs and they set the bar high. This list of 2018 Top 50 Blogs for Nurses is a fabulous compilation of talented nurses and writers. You must check out every single one of the blogs. I guarantee you will find new favorites to frequent and to inspire you to be the best nurse you can be.

For those of us who enjoy writing as well, this list is one of the best lists I've seen. I'm very proud to be honored. THANK YOU Nurse.org!!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

All Seasons Uniforms Scrubs Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to our Scrubs Contest winner Melissa Missy who posted her comment on The Nursing Site Group on Facebook.

One scrubs top and scrubs pants from  Fashion Seal Healthcare Superior Uniform Group have been donated by All Seasons Uniforms.

Thanks so much for your support! And many thanks to all who entered our contest on Facebook and Twitter!

All Seasons Uniforms has committed to donating another set of scrubs for our Nurses Week Give Aways during Nurses Week
May 6-12.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Unisex Scrubs Give Away from All Seasons Uniforms

As promised, we have a great Unisex Scrubs Give Away this week from All Seasons Uniforms. All you need to do to enter is comment on right here on this blog post why you'd like to win these scrubs. Keep it short and simple. **

If you prefer, you can write your comment on our FACEBOOK page; or on my Twitter post. You can enter more than 1 time, but a MAX of 3 times.  The winner will drawn randomly on Friday January 19.   

NOTE: Winners MUST reside in the 48 contiguous United States or have an APO/FPO military address.

** Here's the HARD PART: after you make your comment, you MUST email me your email address or cell number to text to so I can get in touch and put you in contact with the spokesperson to arrange your prize. 

PLEASE be sure to check the size chart carefully. Shipping is not covered for an exchange.

One set (pants and top) of Fashion Seal Healthcare Superior Uniform Group scrubs will be given away in a random drawing. These poplin scrubs are available is sizes XS-5X and come in 18 colors plus white. So you have lots of choices!!!

I will announce the winner on the blog the week of January 21. To win I MUST be able to contact you. So please be sure to email me your info after you comment. Many thanks to All Seasons Uniforms!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coming Next Week: Scrubs Give Away

I am thrilled to announce that All Seasons Uniforms has graciously offered us a set of Unisex Scrubs for a Give Away contest which we will run next week.

The scrubs are made by Fashion Seal Healthcare Superior Uniform Group and offer 18 beautiful colors plus white. They range in size from XS to 5X. The pants and top are ordered separately to accommodate the size range and mixing and matching of colors.

One set of these scrubs (a top and pants) will be given away next week and includes shipping. (Shipping is excluded if exchange is necessary.) Tune in again Monday, January 15 for contest rules details. It's an easy process and the winner will be drawn on Friday, January 19 by random drawing. Winners MUST reside in the 48 contiguous states or have an APO/FPO military address.

As soon as I am able to make contact with the winner, I will announce their name on the blog. It will also be shared on Twitter, Pinterest  and Facebook.

Many thanks to All Seasons Uniforms for their generous donation! They promise to participate in our upcoming annual Nurses Week Give Aways too.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

16 Years Running Nurses Most Honest, Ethical Professionals

For the 16th year in a row, nurses were rated the most ethical and honest professionals by the Gallup Poll.  Nurses outpaced 21 other professionals to top this list. Gallup began this poll in 1999 and every year except for 2001 when firefighters were honored, nurses have topped the list. Members of Congress and lobbyists received the most negative rating of all 22 occupations included in the list.

It's always nice to be recognized by the general public for what we do.

Have a very safe and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays!

December always seems to be on steroids and speed! It just flies by. I hope you're having a happy holiday season with your loved ones. Don't forget to stop and breathe! Take a moment to reflect. Holidays are always crazy times and being a nurse makes it even crazier!

Make memories and enjoy the craziness. Take care of YOU. There's a terrible flu season hovering so be cautious. Most of all enjoy the season. And may 2018 bring wonderful new adventures!

Stay safe!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NursingCE.com Launches with New CE Courses for Nurses

I want to bring to your attention a new nursing continuing education website from ATI Nursing Education, NursingCE.com.

They offer courses you can explore for free and then pay for only if you're interested in the ceus for that course.

The website launched Dec. 11. Check it out. There's also many great articles on the blog from some of your favorite nurse writers.

Friday, December 8, 2017

6 Sleep Tips for Night Shift Nurses

By Aaron Alstrom

Night shifts are a polarizing thing for nurses. Some nurses love them, some nurses hate them, and others are simply paying their dues on the night shift until they can switch to the day shift. It’s a rite of passage for nurses; there’s a lot to learn at night in the hospital. Unfortunately, one of the most difficult parts of working the night shift is managing to get quality sleep during the day. Our brains are not programmed to sleep during the day and be awake at night. The circadian rhythm is our sleep/wake cycle; it controls the production of melatonin which makes us sleepy at night. The melatonin recedes during the day, allowing for awake time. Below you will find 6 tips to maximize your melatonin and get high-quality, restful sleep during the day.

1. Go easy on the caffeine.

A good sleep starts well before your head hits the pillow. As hard as it is, stop your caffeine intake hours before the end of your shift. A study found that consuming caffeine six hours prior to bedtime can give you one less hour of sleep. Switch to water about halfway through your shift; chances are, you’re not getting enough water anyway.

2. Limit your exposure to blue light.

Blue light refers to the light that comes from the sun that causes circulating melatonin levels to decrease, which is why you’re awake during the day and feel sleepy at night. Smartphones, TVs, and computer screens all emit blue light leading to decreased melatonin levels and difficulty sleeping. It’s impossible to avoid blue light completely with all the charting nurses do on computers. However, try to cut down exposure to other sources. When you leave work, be sure to wear quality sunglasses. Don’t spend any more time outside than absolutely necessary. Use the blue light filter on your smart phone so checking Facebook doesn’t keep you awake.

3. Invest in blackout curtains.

Limiting sunlight is crucial to sleeping well for more than avoiding blue light. Psychologically, it’s easier to feel sleepy when it’s dark than when the sun is streaming through the windows. Blackout curtains will also block the sound of your neighbors mowing their grass in the middle of the day and keep it a little cooler as well.

4. White noise is good noise.

There are a myriad of ways to get white noise in your bedroom. Fans, white noise machines, and special earbuds can go a long way towards blocking out the dog barking. Additionally, there are endless apps for your smartphone that can transport to the ocean, a mountain stream, or to the middle of a storm.

5. Keep your cool.

Studies have shown that better sleep is attained when the ambient temperature is lower. Exposure to heat increases awake time. Crank down the thermostat, put up blackout curtains, and fire up your fan to optimize your sleeping environment.

6. Take a little help from the store.

Another great option to help you get a good day’s sleep is medicine. A multitude of supplements including melatonin, valerian root, chamomile, and others are available over the counter to make you sleepy. If you’ve tried the drugstore route but are still struggling to get the sleep you need, speak with your primary care provider to get something stronger. It’s vital you get a good night’s sleep - your health and the lives of your patients depend on it.
Aaron Alstrom is the Director of Operations for HealthCare Pros a Nurse staffing and management company with 25 years of industry-specific knowledge, experience, and care. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and producing positive results for our clients.


Thanks Aaron!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

URGENT ACTION NEEDED - Stop the Tax Bill from Taking Away Health Insurance!

Someone said recently the problem with politics is that we've all been taught to just not discuss it rather than learning how to agree to disagree (be adults) and perhaps even educate each other about why we have our differences.

There's no lack of political uproar these days no matter which side you're on. But when it comes to healthcare and the health and well being of all our fellow countrymen and women and CHILDREN, we need to stand together to protect our healthcare system!

The tax bill being pushed through Congress now is not a clean bill. That means there are MANY other issues tacked on to it to encourage one Senator or another to vote for it.

Another Attempt to Repeal Obamacare

One of those issues the Senate is trying to sneak through is a repeal without replace of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Repeal has failed already. But they're trying again behind our backs to push this through hidden in the Tax Bill.

If this bill passes, 13 million people will IMMEDIATELY lose their health care coverage beginning 2018 (no delays in this attempt) and millions more will see their premiums take an exorbitant hike (above what they were quoted with annual open enrollment).

The American people fought to put an end to the Repeal process already! But if they don't know this is being pushed through with the Tax Bill, they are being lied to and deceived. There are several other issues being hidden in this bill as well. You can read it for yourself. See the link under Resources below.

The bill will also include deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

ANA Urges Calls to Senators

The American Nurses Association urges all nurses to contact their Senator to VOTE NO on the Tax Bill.  Please join me in writing to your Senators (each state has 2) to VOTE NO on this bill. We cannot have our healthcare system destroyed. The richest country in the world has to take care of it's people!

You can also call your Senator through the  U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 OR look them up here and leave a message: "I am _____ [state your name]. I am your constituent in [zip code] and I want you to VOTE NO on the tax bill (because it contains a point to Repeal Obamacare which was already defeated!) Thank you."  At the very least ask them to eliminate the Repeal of Obamacare from the bill!

If you call after hours, you'll get the voice mail. If you call during business hours ET, you'll speak to someone. The calls all get logged whether you speak to a human being or a machine. It's simple and takes less than 2 minutes of your time. Do it TODAY!!! Time is running short. Encourage your family and friends to call as well.

A pdf of Senator phone numbers
The Text of the Bill H.R. 1
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Friday, November 3, 2017

The Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now

In case you haven’t noticed, health care is changing.

By 2019 will lead to 25 million more primary care visits across the country. That’s nothing compared to the 75 million baby boomers aging into advanced care, and the 50 million among them who will need to be treated for multiple chronic conditions.

Altogether, as a nation, we face a seemingly incalculable sum of provider sweat equity hours needed to care for our people, and how we accomplish that depends on how we evolve our health care system. One major shift has been the role of nurse practitioners in the quest for more affordable, high quality, patient-centered care at a time when the nation is searching for an antidote to today’s health care challenges.

Nurse practitioners have been around for more than 50 years, and in that time, their role has evolved tremendously to meet the demands of our fluctuating health care system. Now nurse practitioners are embracing their biggest health care challenge yet. Here’s a look at what’s changing.
  1.  The numbers. Yes, there’s a provider shortage, but nurse practitioners are bringing reinforcements. Last year, primary care nurse practitioner graduates outnumbered primary care medical school graduates by more than three times, and projected job growth for nurse practitioners exceeds 30 percent (almost three times the average of other professions). In the next seven years, we will add almost 55,000 providers to an otherwise shrinking health care workforce, and the next generation is more educated, ethnically diverse and younger than ever before.
  2. Specialization. Nurse practitioners must have a master’s degree or a doctorate degree, pass a national certification exam and be licensed in their state. In addition to primary care, nurse practitioners are going further in their education to specialize in areas like oncology, gerontology, psychiatry and neonatology.
  3. Our purpose. Nurse practitioners are trained to have a holistic, preventative approach to personalized care, which comes in handy when system fragmentation overwhelms patients and providers. One of the biggest challenges to primary care, is the ability to coordinate the care patients receive from specialists, ER teams and follow-up on home health to ensure patients do not fall through the cracks and to avoid duplicative appointments and unnecessary readmissions. From diagnosing critical conditions and prescribing life-saving medicines to teaching patients how to flush a tube or properly dress a wound, nurse practitioners have training that spans the entire care spectrum. Because of this unique skillset, nurse practitioner leadership to help coordinate a seamless continuum of care for better patient outcomes creates improved patient outcomes and cost savings.
  4. Autonomy. Nurse practitioners are working at the top of their license in 22 states plus the District of Columbia, practicing independently without the need for costly physician oversight or prescription sign-off. Increased practice rights have created new opportunities in retail clinics, onsite corporate health clinics and in-home health care companies, and they have paved the way for nurse practitioners to open their own independent practices, which is especially important in urban and rural areas where provider shortages are affecting access to care. More states are expected to pass similar legislation in the next few years, filling voids in service and providing an affordable alternative for patients looking for more personalized care
  5. Demand. Demand for nurse practitioners increased 320 percent in just three years, and today we are the fifth most sought after medical specialty (for reference, six years ago we didn’t even make the list). U.S. News ranked nurse practitioner second on its list of the 100 best jobs – naming formidable salaries, job security and increased practice rights as enticements for students weighing health care professions. The notoriety is paying off – more people are choosing the nurse practitioner career track and capitalizing on the tremendous job opportunities to jump-start their medical career.

Nurse practitioners today play a very different role than they did in 1965, and we are still in the process of defining our full potential. Trends in job growth and demand reflect what patients, providers and now legislators have been realizing for some time – that nurse practitioners are vital to our health care delivery system and that they must play an integral role in the future of care. As more states pass legislation granting nurse practitioners full practice authority, and as more opportunities emerge to capitalize on our skilled and rapidly growing workforce, look for nurse practitioners to dramatically change our care delivery system for the better in the next 50 years.

Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, APRN, CFNP, FAANP, is President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Many thanks Joyce for this great insight into the NP today!!!