Sunday, February 26, 2012

Need a Break from Finals???

Found this on Facebook. Wish we had had some stress relief like this when I was in nursing school.... How do you relieve the stress of nursing school???? Or from nursing?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Health Insurance Needs for ER Nurses

By Harriet Bascombe, freelance health issue writer

What Does an Emergency Room Nurse Do?
Although all nurses have important jobs, an emergency room nurse has a much higher level of responsibility than many other nurses do. Since many patients who come to the emergency room are suffering from life-threatening illnesses or injuries, it is important that an emergency room nurse can work quickly and accurately. Emergency room nurses work directly under physicians and are in charge of making important decisions, such as which patients should be treated first and which injuries are the first priority. They are also in charge of cleaning and sterilizing equipment, documenting important patient information and caring for patients.

The Dangers Emergency Room Nurses Face

Emergency room nurses have very fulfilling jobs and save many lives, but the job does not come without danger. Working in a high stress environment and working with patients can be risky, and working with certain medical equipment can cause injury. Here are a few potential risks that emergency room nurses face every day:

  • Since emergency room nurses deal with those who are critically ill or injured, they also work with people who are very afraid and worried. Patients in a scary situation or grief-stricken family members may act irrationally, which could lead to violence and harm towards emergency room nurses and other emergency room staff. In many cases, the emergency room is the first contact that medical staff has had with sick or injured patients and they may not be fully aware of any mental health problems that a patient suffers from. This could lead to dangerous situations if a nurse is not prepared to deal with these mental health issues.
  • Emergency room nurses run the risk of being exposed to bodily fluids that could transmit infections or diseases.

  • Since emergency room nurses have to work quickly, if they are not careful they could easily poke or otherwise harm themselves with needles and other sharp objects.

  • Responsible for the cleaning and sanitizing of medical equipment, emergency room nurses run the risk of developing respiratory problems after repeated exposure to chemicals and cleaning solutions.

  • Working long shifts and running around on hard hospital floors can cause back problems and other problems for emergency room nurses. Back injury and strain can also be caused by lifting and assisting heavy patients.

    What kind of health insurance plans do emergency room nurses have? Do hospitals give their emergency room nurses discounts on health services?
    Benefits packages and health insurance plans vary based on the hospital where an emergency nurse is employed. Most emergency room nurses are offered competitive and reliable health insurance plans. Some hospitals offer free health insurance for their emergency room nurses and other hospital staff, while others offer it at an affordable rate.
    If you are considering becoming an emergency room nurse and are curious about the health insurance plans and other benefits offered by a particular hospital, the human resources department should be able to answer some of your questions.


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    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Need Stories from New Grads

    Colleen Harris from Find Healthcare Careers, asked me to post a request for a new blog she works for...

     "Part of launching our new website is our own blog,, and one of the first series I am working on is looking for success stories about new grads right now – we're trying to find out exactly what new grads are doing right now - there's a ton of talk about new grads difficulty getting hired on, but nothing focus on the positive programs, or talking about what is working and what isn’t. 

    We also want to talk about what new grads are doing to keep their skills current if they don’t get hired on right away. If anyone would be open to sharing their experiences, stories, tell us about a program/hospital/clinic that is hiring and what they do to support New Grads we would LOVE to hear it. 

    The email address to send stories/ideas/leads/comments would be"

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Is the CRNA Path Right for You?

    This guest article was contributed by Catherine Santos who frequently writes about Nursing education like CRNA Schools.

    When choosing the right nursing career path to follow, one must consider several things. The individual must first be passionate about the job duties of the selected occupation. The candidate must also be willing to put forth the time and effort to obtain the proper training for the position. In addition, the salary must match the individual's personal desires. CRNA is one of many nursing jobs a person seeking a career in nursing can pursue. Making a decision to enter this field requires a close look at all aspects of the position.

    What is a CRNA?

    A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. This person has specialized training in administering anesthesia to patients. He or she works closely with the anesthesiologists and fills in when there are not enough of these specialists on duty. By providing his or her advanced services, the CRNA allows the surgeons to perform a greater number of operations.

    A majority of CRNAs work in hospitals preparing people for surgery. They may also continue to provide services after surgery. They will answer questions for patients and may also assist in making them comfortable during the process. These individuals will also provide assistance to the obstetrician and the patient during child delivery.

    CRNA Training

    In order for an individual to become a CRNA, he or she will have to obtain a Bachelor's degree in the nursing field. The individual must then become a registered nurse by passing the nursing exam. To advance to the position of CRNA, the newly licensed nurse will need to gain at least one year of experience working with patients. After gaining such experience, the nurse can apply for a graduate nurse anesthetist program.

    The acceptance rate for the CRNA programs is between 2.7% and 25%. Most schools have acceptance rates that fall into the 10%-15% range. The length of training in this specialized program is approximately two to three years. After completing that program, he or she must pass another exam for legal CRNA recognition. The training is very extensive for this position. CRNAs can usually begin practicing legally after approximately eight years of training.

    CRNA Salary

    A CRNA can earn a very appealing salary. The average salary for this type of position is $160,000 per year. This salary is more than many doctors earn per year. Therefore, it is an excellent career for those seeking a high-end income.

    Administering anesthesia is a huge responsibility. Stress levels for this position have the potential to reach medium to high heights. The stress can come from a patient's fear, an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, a heavy workload or the inability to contact the anesthesiologist when a problem arises. CRNAs are responsible for people's lives and well-being. The responsibility can be quite stressful. Additionally, the job can dictate a person's life if the hiring facility has a short staff. However, the salary appears to be well worth the extensive training and the extra hours.