Wednesday, March 25, 2009

From the NLN a Call to Your Representatives RE: Title VIII Funding

I'm forwarding along an email I received from the National League for Nursing. This is a very important issue to all nurses as educating new nurses is vital to reducing the shortage of nurses....
"Dear Colleague" Letter on Title VIII Funding Circulating in House -- Signatures Needed by Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) are circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter seeking support of their fellow Representatives to fund Title VIII - Nursing Workforce Development Programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at a level of $215 million for FY 2010. They need to get as many of their House colleagues as possible to sign this letter by Tuesday, March 31, 2009. To see a copy of the letter, click here.

The Title VIII programs have been a proven solution to past nursing shortages when provided with adequate funding. These programs support the education of RNs, APRNs, nurse faculty, and nurse researchers. Over the last three years, relatively flat Title VIII funding, combined with rising educational and administrative costs, as well as inflation, has significantly decreased the programs' purchasing power. In FY 2006, the programs supported 91,189 nurses and nursing students. In FY 2007 and 2008, the number of grantees supported dropped by 21% and 28% respectively.

The continuing shortages of RNs and nurse educators pose real challenges to our current health care system and, in the longer term, to potential health care reform plans. Fortunately, the Title VIII programs are structured to address the educational, retention, and recruitment needs of the nursing workforce, but the programs cannot meet this need without additional funding.

Call, fax, or e-mail your Representative and urge him/her to sign onto the Capps-LoBiondo letter to support funding for Title VIII - Nursing Workforce Development Programs at a level of $215 Million for FY 2010.

Click here to go directly to the NLN Government Affairs Action Center where you can find the telephone or fax number for your Representative. Include your Representative's Health LA (Legislative Assistant) in any message that you send. That person is listed under the "Staff" tab that appears on your Representative's homepage. Let them know that they should contact Amy Fisher in Representative Capps' (202-225-3601) or Dana Richter in Representative LoBiondo's office (202-225-6572) to sign onto the "Dear Colleague" by the deadline of March 31, 2009.

Please do not delay!

Make that call or send that fax or e-mail now!

Kathleen A. Ream
Director, Government Affairs
National League for Nursing
Phone: 703-241-3947
Fax: 703-534-9036

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Largest Nursing Union Supports the National Nurse

More exciting news comes today from The National Nurse campaign. The largest organization (union) of working RNs, known collectively as RNs Working Together AFL_CIO, has issued a statement of full support for the Office of a National Nurse.

"As a nurse and a union leader, I believe that creating the Office of a National Nurse is a good way to enhance nursing recruitment and support policies that strengthen nursing education and practice," says JNESO Executive Director Virginia Treacy, RN.

This group of unions includes JNESO and the largest nursing union, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), along with 8 other affiliates to represent nearly 250,000 nurses in the U.S.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Nursing News...

Time got away from me last week so here's some news to catch up on...

Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE announced in the National Nurse Blog last Thursday that the Oregon State Legislature has passed a resolution in support of the Office of a National Nurse. The resolution calls on the U.S. Congress to pass legislation creating this office. Oregon now joins Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York in supporting this cause. Don't forget to sign the Office of a National Nurse Petition if you haven't already done so. Ask your friends and family who are registered voters to sign too.

Mother Jones at Nurse Ratched's Place wrote a terrific blog about nurses and unions. Two of the strongest nursing unions SEIU and CNA/NNOC have put aside their bitter dispute to form a powerful alliance working together to support universal health care.

Her blog carefully depicts the situation we are currently in and how we need to use these unions to continue to work for the rights and needs of nurses in order to provide quality patient care. Did you realize that if you factor in inflation, average wages are lower now than they were in the 1970's and the minimum wage is actually lower than in the 1950's???!! This is a MUST read....

For all the travel nurses, Epstein LaRue RN announced on her Highway Hypodermics blog that she has a new book out Highway Hypodermics On the Road Again. She's actually on the road home from Texas and can't ship them until at least April 5, but they are ready! This is a must have for anyone considering travel nursing!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wishing all of you a very Happy St. Patrick's Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you all. I hope each of you finds your own pot of gold at the end of your rainbow! Be safe and drink responsibly!

Photos: Leprechaun: Michael Zacharzewski SXC
Shamrock: Jdurham

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Faltering Economy Affects Nursing Jobs

As more "retired" and non-active nurses return to the workforce due to this faltering economy, the nursing shortage takes on a different face. However, it remains a huge problem and will continue to grow. It's something that we cannot lose sight of despite the changes.

With a relatively slow flu season and far fewer elective procedures being performed, hospital censuses have fallen. Consequently, the need for hospital nurses has diminished somewhat. This is a temporary situation, but it may last for awhile.

Travel nurses are feeling the brunt especially those who just want med/surg assignments in say, sunny (??) California. (It's overcast and gloomy right now, not at all sunny.)

Specialty nurses are more in demand, and those who have specialized skills and experience and are willing to work these units will continue to find jobs more readily. Read more at
© 2009 Kathy Quan RN BSN All Rights Reserved

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kaplan Issues Another Call for Stories from Nurses

From Kaplan Publishing....

Kaplan Publishing, the publisher of a broad range of educational and consumer books by and for healthcare providers, is now accepting stories for a new and exciting anthology, Beyond Borders: Nurses’ Stories about Working Abroad.

Kaplan wants nurses from all over the world to reveal what it's like to practice nursing outside their hometowns, in places like the United States, Jamaica, France, Indonesia and beyond.

Whether confronted with unfamiliar cultural norms, new medical language, or greater or fewer resources than you would experience at home, your story will open a window into the commonalties and cultural differences in how the art and science of nursing is practiced around the globe.


  • Tell your story. If you are a nurse’s aid, a nurse, or a nurse practitioner please share your unique experience of working somewhere other than your native country. If you have a story of working in a town that is culturally very different from your hometown, we hope you will share this story as well. Tell us how your experience has shaped the person that you are today.
  • Make us laugh, make us cry; allow your words to open a broader world for your readers.
  • All stories must be true and you must you retain the copyright if previously published.
  • Story Length:1,000 – 2,500 words
  • Submit stories in Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced.
  • Each submission should include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Tell a story that has a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Write from your heart about a life-changing or life-defining experience.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.
  • All manuscripts selected for publication will be subject to editing.
  • Before final acceptance, you will receive an agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of publication.
  • Submission Deadline: April 10, 2009
  • Payment:$100 if published, along with two complimentary copies of the book

By Email - Please put your story title in the subject line. You can type the story into the body of the email, or send as an attachment. Please note that stories should not be submitted to this e-mail address!

By Mail - Only a paper copy of the story – no disks or CDs please.

Kaplan Publishing – Beyond Borders

P.O. Box 51

Wever, IA 52658 USA

Due to the volume of submissions we cannot acknowledge receipt or provide status updates.


The Kaplan Voices: Nurses editorial team

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Stress Management Tips For Healthcare Workers

Here's a guest post for your enjoyment...

Stress Management Tips For Healthcare Workers
©2009 Sarah Scrafford All Rights Reserved

There’s no doubt about it, stress is a part of each of our lives from the moment we lose the innocence of childhood and cross over the threshold into adolescence. And there are some professions that are more stressful than others, where you’re going to find it hard to manage this negative emotion let alone avoid it altogether, and the healthcare sector is one of them. The responsibility for patients weighs you down, the anxiety of loved ones takes its toll on you, the long hours make you a zombie fueled by bitter coffee and stale junk food, the close association with suffering and death are harrowing, and the strain of avoiding making mistakes when people’s lives are in your hands is too much to bear.

Stress is a killer – it can singlehandedly bring on depression, headaches, insomnia, and even more dangerous and complicated diseases like strokes, cardiac arrests, and even diabetes. If you’re a doctor or nurse or connected to the healthcare industry in any way, you need to find ways to help you relax and manage stress before it takes its toll on you, and here’s how you can do exactly that:
  • Join a support group: Talking helps, especially when you’re not yourself. It’s therapeutic to tell people who have problems similar to yours and who empathize with you how you’re feeling. Very often, it helps you get to the root of the problem and discover why you’re feeling stressed, a fact that allows you to prevent the occurrence of such situations or at least learn to manage them better.
  • Disconnect from your patients: This may sound hard-hearted, but if you want to retain your sanity, you must distance yourself from your patients’ suffering and emotional distress. The more you empathize with them, the more stressed you’re likely to be.
  • Do something you love: The best way to beat stress is to do something you absolutely love – spend time with your sweetheart, go on a short trip, eat a bowl of your favorite ice cream, talk to a close friend – anything that makes you happy.
  • Take a break: Healthcare workers are often overworked – they work long hours without sufficient nourishment and sleep, and this increases their stress levels. Take a day off if this is the problem; after all, you owe it to your patients to offer them the best treatment you can, something that’s possible only when you’re fully in control of yourself.
  • Be sensible: It’s true that you do have to look after your patients’ health, but your health is important too. And to be healthy, you need to combine exercise, the right food and lots of water and package them into your daily routine.

Your job is important, but your life is more precious. So beat stress before it beats you!

This article is contributed by Sarah Scrafford, who regularly writes on the topic of top pharmacy technician programs. She invites your questions, comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Essentials for Nursing Students

I just posted a new article on The Nursing Site entitled Essentials for Nursing Students.

There are a lot of things to consider besides books, tuition, and fees. But before you buy anything, check with your school for specific information.

photo:©Kathy Quan
©2009 Kathy Quan RN BSN All Rights Reserved

Monday, March 2, 2009

Thanks for the Great Review!

Over at, Lisa DeLuca wrote a terrific review of my book, The Everything Guide to Caring for Aging Parents. (Thanks Lisa!)

Please give Lisa's articles a thorough view. She has some very helpful information about Caregiver Support issues that we can all learn from!!!

As a Feature Writer at, Lisa also offers valuable information about Personality/Anxiety/Mood Disorders.