Friday, September 25, 2009

Cost & Convenience Drive Students to Online Learning

With the recession playing havoc with the job market, President Obama has encouraged people to get more education. For many, the prospect of attending a brick and mortar college is out of the question.

Although you cannot become a nurse with online courses, online learning opportunities are available for nurses looking to expand their education. Those striving to become nurses can find some of their general education and prerequisite courses online.

From one of our sponsors,, comes another great article about online learning opportunities.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Products from

If you noticed that my posts here were few and far between over the summer, I can now show you why. I was very busy updating 3 e-booklets and developing a new e-Toolkit for SupportForNurses.

All of these products can be very helpful to new nurses in particular, and to experienced nurses who need some support and encouragement to deal with new challenges we face everyday. They can be useful tools for preceptors and mentors as guidelines to help new nurses come up to speed. They are also useful tools for nurse educators in nursing programs to assist students to grow into fine new nurses.

Nurse educators in facilities can use these products to develop their orientation and continuing education programs simply by adding a unique post test or evaluation form. The e-Toolkit comes with a Power Point presentation and a manual for the nurse educator which can also be used by the individual as a self-guided study.

The 3 updated e-booklets are:
  • 102 Tips for a Successful Transition: New Grad to Competent Nurse
  • 72 (PLUS) Tips for Accurate and Ethical Documentation in the 21st Century
  • Tips and Strategies for Effective Time Management

The e-Toolkit is:
  • Nurses: Facing Challenges in the 21st Century A Training Manual for Health Educators

The toolkit is specifically designed to help nurses understand and hone their critical thinking skills by including a number of exercises to develop and mold ideas and plans to implement mandated care issues to their own facilities and circumstances.

I hope you will find these items helpful! Check out some of the other products available on their website too and sign up for the newsletter.

Monday, September 21, 2009

AJN Editor Supports a National Nurse

I was thrilled to see today that Diana Mason, editor-in-chief emeritus of The American Journal of Nursing has come out in support of an Office of the National Nurse after spending some time discussing the issue with nurses from the UK where they have this kind of national leadership for nurses. Read her comments in the AJN blog, Off the Charts as she poses the question, "Why doesn't the U.S. have an Office of the National Nurse?"

Friday, September 11, 2009

09-11-01 Never Forget

Our hearts and prayers are with all who lost loved ones on that horrible day in NYC, PA, and Washington DC. Take a moment of silence to remember, and never forget!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New York Mandates Flu Shots for Nurses

Despite objection in July from the New York State Nurses Association, New York has imposed a mandate for all health care workers to be vaccinated against the flu virus this year. New York was very hard hit last spring by the H1N1 Swine flu and is experiencing another rush of the illness so far this fall.

According to a survey by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) less than 50% of health care workers take the annual flu shots. There are a variety of reasons cited, but many state that they "got the flu anyway" the last time they took the shot.

The moral issues weigh in as well: what if you are sick and infect someone else? And what if they die from the flu after being infected by you? And what if too many nurses and doctors get sick all at once and there is not enough to care for the sick?

Join the Nursing Site Network and give your thoughts in the forum discussion on this subject....

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Is Your Drug Book or Application Up to Date?

Do you have the latest version of your drug book, smart phone application or software? The advantage of smart phone or PDA applications as well as any medical software is that it can be updated frequently where as a hard copy book cannot. But whatever your personal or professional choice, you need to update them at least once a year.

Each year thousands of new drugs become available or have significant changes in applications, side effects, etc. Nurses have the responsibility to teach patients, caregivers and family members about medications and unless they have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips, this basic process can be severely hampered.

Remember to check with your tax advisor about the cost of these tools if you purchase them for yourself. In most instances, they will be tax deductible, so be sure to keep the receipts and keep good documentation about how much time you use your smart phone, PDA or computer for work related business.

As a new school year begins, it is a good reminder to update drug books and applications. It's also a good time to review any other such applications or tools that you use in your job.

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