Friday, November 30, 2007

Finding an Accredited Nursing Program

  • How do you find an accredited nursing program?
  • What is an accredited program and
  • Why does it have to be accredited?
These are important questions to understand and consider in searching for a nursing program that fits with your own criteria. There are other factors to consider as well.

What does impacted mean? Along with the shortage of nurses, we have a shortage of nurse educators and this means that nursing programs are overcrowded and many have long waiting lists. Candidates who are at the top of their game are usually the first ones to get admitted. One way to hedge your bets is to apply to several programs.

Find the answers to these and other questions in learning how to find an accredited nursing program at

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Why Should I Become a Nurse?

Why should you become a nurse? Nurses are in demand and will be for many years to come due to a shortage of nurses as well as an increasing demand for more nurses.

As the population ages and grows, the demand for health care is growing. Health care careers will continue to top the list of fastest growing professions well into the next decade.

Registered nurses will be among the top of that list. This means job security, and nurses will be able to demand higher salaries and better benefits for many years to come.

Consider a career in nursing!


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Medical Memory Cards

I was recently apprised of a new product for nursing students to help them learn and remember common medical abbreviations and basic mathematical conversions nurses frequently need such as Fahrenheit to Celsius, pounds to kilograms, etc. Designed by a nurse educator, Medical Memory Cards follow the rules of memory matching card games. Each set has 26 pairs of cards to match up. There are 3 different sets and they can be purchased individually or in a set of all 3.

If you're looking for a holiday gift for a student nurse, check out Medical Memory Cards on Facebook

(Updated 8/20/13)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Some Nursing Humor

I received this in an email today from a dear friend and fellow nurse...enjoy! (author unknown)

Did you hear about the nurse who died and went straight to hell? It took her two weeks to realize she wasn't at work!

You know you're a nurse if...
  • You would like to meet the inventor of the call light some night in a dark alley.
  • Your sense of humor gets more warped each year. Almost everything can seem humorous...eventually.
  • You know the smell of different diarrhea to identify it.
  • You wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom.
  • You can tell the pharmacist more about the medication they are dispensing than they know.
  • You check the caller ID on your day off to see if anyone from the hospital is trying to call and ask you to work.
  • Discussing bodily fluids over a gourmet meal seems perfectly normal to you.
  • You think that caffeine should be available in IV form.
  • You get an almost irresistible urge to stand and wolf your food even in the nicest restaurants.
  • You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if you say, “It's unusually quiet around here today".
  • You have ever had a patient look you straight in the eye and say "I have no idea how that got stuck in there".
  • Every time someone asks you for a pen you can find at least 4 of them on you.
  • You live by the motto "To be right is only half the battle, to convince the doctor is more difficult."
  • You've told a confused patient that your name was that of your coworker and to holler if they need help.
  • Your bladder can expand to the size of a Winnebago's water tank.
  • You find yourself checking out other customer's veins in grocery waiting lines.
  • You avoid unhealthy looking shoppers in the mall for fear that they will drop near you and you'll have to do CPR on your day off.
  • Your finger has gone places you never thought possible.


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Monday, November 26, 2007

A Holiday Card Available on The Nursing Site

I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving holiday! How's your holiday shopping going? Hope it isn't stressing you out too much. Stop and enjoy the season!

If you're looking for a card for your staff, fellow nurses or students, I have one available on The Nursing Site. For $5 (through PayPal) you can download and print your own on card stock or even regular paper. Print several, or take the .pdf file to your printer. Take the stress out of wishing your colleagues a happy holiday season!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away now, the holiday season is upon us whether we're ready or not. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and the best of holidays yet to come!!

This is never an easy season for nurses. People don't get well and go home for the holidays. Health care facilities don't have the opportunity to shut down for a week between Christmas and New Years like my husband's engineering company always did.

In fact, this can be peak season for nurses. Flu season officially starts about mid November and continues well into the new year. Pneumonia seems to run rampant and hospitals fill up. Home health agencies open many new cases, and doctor's offices and clinics are full. About the only thing that may slow down is elective surgeries. People don't usually choose to be battered and bruised for the holidays.

For those of you in nursing school, or considering a career in nursing, be sure you understand that you aren't going to have a two week break for the holidays once you become a nurse. In fact, it may be nearly impossible to take your vacation at or near this time of year so plan ahead. you WILL be working many a Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years. The same goes for all other holidays throughout the year including your own special days such as birthdays and anniversaries. It comes with the territory so be prepared. Health care is a 24/7, 365 days-a-year profession.

Have a great holiday season and remember that Nurses Make a Difference in Someone's Life Everyday!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Adding Content to The Nursing Site

I have begun the tedious task of adding content to The Nursing Site from the old I started with "How to Become a Nurse" articles and have a few others up as well. I estimate this is going to take a few weeks to get it done right so please bear with me, and if you'd like to know when it's all done, please be sure to subscribe to the feed for this blog, and join the Forum. The links for these are in the sidebar.

Many thanks to all of you who have written to encourage me!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Update on The Nursing Site

I've been given permission to repost my content from and so I will begin to upload as much as I can over the next few days. This will be an ongoing process and I will add new content as well. Thanks for your loyalty.

If you have suggestions for content or would like to write a guest article, please Email me at:

As always, please understand that all content (including artwork and photos) here is copyrighted and if you want to use it in part or in full, you MUST Email me at for permission first.

That includes posting blocks of my text on your blog! It MUST have a link to this site and MUST be credited. Ask FIRST please!!!! Thank you!
photo © Kathy Quan

Toy Recalls Continue

It's overwhelming to think about the number of toys that have been recalled in the past few months mostly due to lead content and other safety concerns. Our local news station alerted us to this new Widget that updates with each new recall. (See the sidebar.)

I hope it's helpful to anyone with young children in the home or family. As the holiday buying season moves into high speed with "Black Friday" next week, it's going to be increasingly difficult to know what to buy for children. Poor Santa really has his hands full this year!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Nursing Site Forum is open

The Nursing Site website has been set up and I am adding content everyday. As soon as I have rights to my articles from, I will post them as well. This should be around the end of November.

Today I created a new discussion FORUM site for The Nursing Site. It is hosted on Google Groups. Please join and become a frequent visitor. Invite your colleagues.
The address is:

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Freedom Isn't Free -- Please Support Our Troops

Freedom isn't Free! Please help support our troops. Make their holiday away from home and family a little nicer. Here's what to send and how to send it.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Welcome to The Nursing Site. As you may know, is making changes and will disband the Nursing site. They are going to have a health care careers site and incorporate nursing into the site. I encourage you to continue to visit this new site and support They are a great site and a wonderful company to work for.

I will post my articles from that site as soon as I have all rights to them again. This should be in a couple of weeks. Until then you can still access them at

As I begin to set up a new website for my articles all about nursing, I will also begin to post news about nursing in this blog. I invite you to comment and participate actively. As part of my new website, I will also set up a forum for nurses to share experiences.