Monday, March 22, 2010

Need a National Nurse Now More Than Ever!!

We need a National Nurse NOW to provide the leadership and guidance to help us provide the best quality health care possible in this decade and beyond. Here's another tidbit of the games ANA is playing.... read and comment (there) please.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

What Things Do You Think Nurses Know?

For those considering a career in nursing, here is a dynamic list of 25 Things You May Not Know About What Nurses Know.

Everyday nurses get asked what it is that they do and since nursing is such an all encompassing career, some of these may well define exactly what they do everyday.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Yes, Nurse Practitioners Can (and Should) Make More Money than Some Doctors

Nurses have battled the image of being doctor's helpers for so long and sometimes it seems as if we have broken through that barrier, and other times it feels as if we are being stuffed right back into that box.

Whether or not Congress ever gets the health care reform passed, there are many changes that must take place in order for the quality and affordability of health care to improve and meet the challenges of this new decade and beyond.

Nurse practitioners have grown to be one of the most well respected branches of the nursing profession and yet the public has yet to come to the same conclusion. Too many don't understand the vital role NPs play in health care today. Additionally legislation has held back the progress of autonomy for many of our colleagues and why should that be ?????

Recently, Sara Ellis at RNDegrees.Net posted a couple of excellent blogs dealing with issues facing nurse practitioners today. One is a response to a report on CNN about family practice doctors complaining that NP's make more money than they do. Here's a snippet of her comments...

"As I recently pointed out in Family Practice Docs Upset That Some Nurses Earn More, only 2% of fourth-year medical students plan to work in primary care after graduation (according to a survey published in JAMA in September 2008), so isn’t it high time the AMA stopped it’s lobbying efforts to hold Nurse Practitioners down and put the interests of patient’s first?."

Please check out these important blog entries! Sara encourages nurses to weigh in and comment, so please do so. This is an important issue for all nurses as we move forward and educate the public about nursing, health care and wellness.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Earth Song (Why Don't We Stand)

A nice song from Pete Dowan in honor of upcoming Earth Day. Enjoy......

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What Happens When Someone Files a BRN Complaint?

Nursing is regarded as one of the most ethical professions. But nurses are human and can make mistakes, although we all strive very hard to avoid them. And over the course of my 30 years in the profession, I have to say I've known a few individuals who needed to (and often were) stripped of their license or sanctioned in some manner by the BRN.

So what happens when a patient or family member, a physician, or co-worker files a complaint with the board of nursing? Angela Hermosillo, RN, JD, a nurse-attorney has written a nice article for Working Nurse about the process.

photo: Jason Morrison