Monday, December 28, 2015

Great Books and Products for Nurses

I want to thank Nursing Experts.com  for recognizing TheNursingSiteBlog.com as one of their Top 25 Nursing Blogs in 2015. You have to scroll down past the list of nursing schools, but well worth the effort. There are some really terrific blogs in the list and I'm humbled to be listed here.

And many THANKS to Keith Carlson from Digital Doorway also nominated TheNursingSiteBlodg for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks Keith!


Next---Catching up on a few things I've tried to work in for several weeks now..... Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN has written a fantastic educational and teaching tool for nurses: Just the Right Dose Your Smart Guide to Prescription Drugs & How to Take Them Safely. The book is thorough and easy to understand. It's a MUST for the nurse's toolbox and a great resource for patient education. Very down to earth and easy to follow information.


Next, A Nurse s Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role written by Cynthia M. Thomas, Constance E. McIntosh, and Jennifer S. Mensik who are all RNs with many years experience and extensive education and advanced degrees.  The book is full of great information and tips for nursing students and new nurses.

Written with the flavor of a textbook, it is also a great resource for anyone needing to research the professional nurse's role.




Designing and Integrating a Disaster Preparedness Curriculum: Readying Nurses for the Worst 
by Sharon A.R. Stanley and Thola A Bennecoff Wolanski two nurses with years of experience and multiple advanced degress, who are dedicated to helping nurses develop curriculum to educate them in how to handle disaster. "We live in a world where disaster incidents are on the rise. From natural disasters to war and conflict to infectious diseases, being prepared for such events takes tremendous preparation and practice. Nurses are on the frontlines of disaster relief and care, but too few are trained in disaster prep, response, and recovery." This book cites examples of some of the worst disasters and what went right and what went wrong in the response process and how to better prepare nurses for the future.

Some nurse inventions and nurse made products to check out:

 Safety Medicine Cup
IrisJane at Etsy
Nurse Born Products

Until next time.... Happy Holidays, have a safe and Happy New Year!!





 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Year in Review for The Nursing Site Blog

Here's my list of top viewed posting on The Nursing site Blog for 2015. Although some of them are from previous years, they still rank among the top-viewed postings for 2015.  It has been an eventful year, and looking back there are a few surprises to this list, but welcome ones indeed.

The one post that remains constantly in the Top 10 blog posts for the year is How to Perform a Head to Toe Assessment. I have also given you some documentation tips for how to describe your findings.
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Jennifer Johnson at Nurse Practitioner Schools shared a post 101 Blog Posts Every New Nurse Should Raed that garners a lot of traffic for The Nursing Site Blog. 

The next post that seems to hover at the top of the list is the Forum for Home Health Nurses. Although the original links for that post are no longer active, I find that I get a lot of FaceBook likes for my HomeHealth101.com page. I hope to work on this more in 2015 as intermittent, skilled Home Health care is one of the fastest growing fields for nurses. So it also didn't surprise me that my post for my latest book, Exploring the Home Health Care Experience was among the top postings for 2015 as well.

Becoming a Nurse- What Does it Entail? is a guest post that has had some significant traffic this year. My posts on About.com years ago were always the most popular there and many of those articles can be found on my website TheNursingSite.com today.

Documentation is always something nurses struggle with and my post for Sample Documentation seems to continue to ride high on the list of blog posts here. I'm going to be doing some workshops in 2016 on the topic especially for home health care, and plan to put together a You Tube video and other tools.

The Top 5 Interesting Facts About Medical Equipment is another guest post that has scored some big traffic. There are some interesting and not well-known facts to discover.

Health Insurance for ER Nurses was another guest post with a different twist. It gets lots of page views and offers some good thoughts about this more dangerous niche for nurses and other healthcare workers.

Not Your Doctors Stethoscope is a guest post from the designer of  a very nice piece of jewelry for nurses. The phrase gained popularity in response to the disparaging remarks about nurses on The View after the Miss America Pageant. Nurses continue to show great ingenuity with a variety of products.

And finally, surprisingly, my rant about SPAM in Comments has seen a lot of traffic too. I merely spelled out the rules and told spammers they would be reported to Google. Comments should be reserved for open discussion of the blog post topics among nurses and those interested in a nursing career and not those who want to spread SPAM about miracle cures for herpes and the likes!

Thanks for taking this look back with me. Hope to have you stop in often in 2016 and see what's happening in the world of TheNursingSiteBlog.

Don't forget to follow us on FaceBook, ask to join our FaceBook Group and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest as well. Don't forget the Check out all the articles on TheNursingSite.com

Happy New Year!!!




This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival. More posts on this topic can be found at NurseCode.com. If you are interested in participating find out more details and sign up.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Not Your Doctor’s Stethoscope


 By Kathleen Suta, RN BScN

There has always been controversy surrounding the ever-evolving role and public image of nurses. The confusion is understandable, since nursing has such a vast number of facets it shines in a multitude of clinical settings including high paced emergency rooms, demanding neonatal intensive care units, high acuity research centers, the expansive public health sector and countless more. The important thing to remember is that we all have the same basic goal, to assist in the betterment of mankind.


The idea behind Heart a Nurse is to empower nurses, unify all areas of the profession and express the key aspects of any nursing role: knowledge and compassion. The heart and the stethoscope featured on our flagship necklace symbolize these core attributes.

Our Heart and Stethoscope necklace will not only support nurses at home, but a fixed portion of each retail sale will be given to NGO healthcare endeavors in developing countries.

Find out more at heartanurse.com . Necklaces are currently available at pre-sale price on Kickstarter.

What a great idea for the gift-giving season. 



 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Exploring Home Health Care

Home health care is the fastest growing field in health care. With mandates to reduce costs and a need to educate patients and family members in how to prevent and manage complications from chronic diseases such as diabetes, lupus, MS, COPD and other respiratory diseases, CHF and other chronic heart conditions, kidney disease and more.... home health care fits right in to this niche.

As a home health and hospice nurse for 35+ years I have had the opportunity to mentor and help many nurses, therapists (PT, OT, SLP) and social workers become fabulous home health care professionals. It's not an easy transition and many are scared away from the mounds of paperwork! But if you understand the system and why it's necessary to have all this documentation, you too can find a rewarding career path in home health care.

My latest book, Exploring the Home Health Experience: A Guide to Transitioning Your Career Path is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

If you'd like an autographed copy, please email me your shipping address and who you'd like the book signed to. I will invoice you through PayPal for $19.99 and send it via Media Mail. You can pay using PayPal or use your credit card.



Monday, November 23, 2015

A Word About COMMENTS

Comments are welcome if they are RELEVANT to the content and the nursing profession. 

This blog been hit with a lot of SPAM comments lately. BEWARE the comments and commenters will be Reported to Google as Spam and Abuse.

Thank you for your cooperation!

photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/519906069 
It is licensed for use under Creative Commons

Friday, November 13, 2015

Top 5 Interesting Facts about Medical Equipment You Might Not Know

By John Pritchard

There are some interesting things regarding medical equipment that many practitioners, patients, and consumers simply may not know. While the face of medical supplies and devices is ever-changing and new technology is always on the horizon, there are some simple facts that everyone should be cognizant of.

Five interesting things that you might not know about medical equipment include:

1. Used medical equipment can be as safe and effective as new devices
Buying used medical equipment may seem like a shaky option, but typically this is a pragmatic solution that saves every one a bit of money and hassle. When insurance companies balk at the cost of a medical device, they may be more open to the prospect of a reprocessed or used option. When a piece of equipment is reprocessed, it goes through an arduous cleaning and sterilizing process before a series of trials to deem it ready for dissemination and use. Don’t dismiss the benefits of used medical devices until you have spoken with providers, distributors, and patients to evaluate if the situation warrants such cost-effective measures.

2. ‘Single Use’ stickers don’t mean squat
Many may be familiar with the stickers often found on medical equipment and devices that identify the items as being intended for “single use.” You should know that these stickers are put on by the individual or business distributing the item and that putting these stickers on a piece of medical equipment is at the manufacturer’s discretion and may be for financial gain rather than patient safety reasons. As long as particular items are reprocessed professionally, cleaned and sterilized to meet FDA guidelines, multiple utility of most devices is perfectly fine and safe. Talk with your practitioner or distributor to determine if this is a viable option.

3. Anything you can buy, you can lease
If you think about it, leasing makes sense for doctors, medical practices, and patients. Medical equipment can be expensive, and depending on the need and the device, insurance may not cover the associated costs. Did you know that you can lease pretty much anything that is available for sale? This could mean good news for those individuals seeking short-term use of things such as oxygen concentrators or hospital beds. Be sure that the items you endorse or use are cleaned, sterilized, and reprocessed by the manufacturer and distributor before using, and that you are leasing from a reputable medical supply business.

4. Batteries can make all the difference in performance
There seems to be exciting new battery technology emerging for medical equipment and devices. In fact, the chemistry of these new-and-improved batteries, as lauded by battery manufacturer Duracell, attest to extending the lifespan and utility of modern medical devices. This could mean more efficacy, increased convenience, and easier use for providers, patients, and consumers. The new advancements seem to come from a compatibility and dual-purpose within the battery itself, whereas the ion and cathode work together harmoniously and efficiently to create a boost of power and extended lifespan which could be life-changing for those depending on battery life to operate their medical equipment and necessities.

5. Reprocessed medical equipment is a win-win
Refurbishing and reusing medical equipment is not just a viable alternative for consumers, but it is also good for the environment. It is estimated that tons of medical equipment is deposited into community landfills every year; this carbon footprint looks even worse over time for those concerned with the environment and stewardship. Talk to practitioners about ways that you can curb the waste and toll that these devices present when they are no longer useful.

Put your new knowledge to good use! 
These are just a few of the fascinating facts surrounding medical equipment that are pertinent for both practitioners and patients. Having a sense of what is available, what technology is forthcoming, and the impact that these devices have after they are no longer needed could be key in making such equipment accessible, affordable, and environmentally conscientious for others.


John Pritchard is CEO and Sales Leader of Venture Medical, a leader in the nation’s medical equipment industry. He is passionate about educating those in the medical industry on the importance of high quality medical equipment and supplies. His transparent business techniques and strategies for low-pressure sales and marketing are core values in building relationships.

Thanks John!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Please Support Legislation for NP's to Order and Oversee Care Plan in Home Healh Care

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015, a measure aiming to permit nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives to sign off on home health care plans and authorize Medicare patients for home health benefits has been gaining momentum in the U.S. Houses of Congress.

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The Senate Bill is S578 and the House Bill is HR 1342. The bills are identical and support has been growing in recent weeks due to a new wave of bipartisan support.

Many people rely on NPs and PAs as their primary care providers making this crucial legislation to reduce costs and improve outcomes for patients with a more rapid response for home health care needs.

The National Association for Home Care (NAHC) recently said "the bill could reduce Medicare spending through a shift in physician billings to nurse practitioner billings, which are reimbursed at 85% of the physician payment rates for certification and care plan oversight."

Please contact your legislators and ask them to co-sign and support S578 or HR 1342. Take action by finding your Representative and Senators. Many have Twitter accounts. Search for them on Twitter. Call, Tweet, or email them TODAY


Thank you!


This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival. More posts on this topic can be found at http://yourahi.org/NProle. If you are interested in participating find out more details and sign up.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Very Inspiring Blogger Award-- WOW!!!

I am thrilled and humbled to announce that The Nursing Site Blog was recently nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

This is an award given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire them and who are motivated to make the blogosphere a beautiful place.

The award asks us to honor and learn more about the person behind the blog. The Nursing Site Blog  was nominated by a fellow Blogger and nurse colleague Anne Llewellyn who's fabulous blog is Nurse Advocate. You have to check it out!!!!

The rules that accompany this award:

The first rule is that I am to share 7 facts about myself. Here they are:
  1.  I am married to my best friend Tim who is my rock, my north and my soulmate! We met in high school but didn't date until midway through college.
  2.  I have 3 wonderful adult children who have all found their soulmates. And I have 2 beautiful granddaughters.
  3.  I have been a nurse since 1975 and after 2 years of hospital med/surg, I have spent my entire career in home health and hospice.
  4.  I love musicals and all forms of dance. I dreamed of being a Rockette but I wasn't tall enough. I was originally a dance major in college until an injury ended that and I decided to opt for a career in nursing. I'm glad I did.
  5.  Baseball is my passion. I was heartbroken at 11 when the boy down the street informed me I could NEVER be a professional baseball player because I was a girl! It didn't spoil my love for the game. Minor league baseball was my first love in Denver and since 1967 I have bled Dodger Blue. (I love football too--- GO BRONCOS!!)
  6.  I just published my 7th book, Exploring the Home Health Care Experience, a guide to transitioning to this career path for nurses, therapists, social workers and nursing aides.
  7.  I was the last Guide to Nursing at About.com which really launched my writing career.


Next, Nominate 15 blogs:
 I would like to nominate 15 of my fellow Bloggers for this award.  Please take the time to visit their Blogs and follow or sign up for updates. Follow them on social media.

Highway Hypodermics by Epstein LaRue
The National Nurse for Public Health by Teri Mills
Digital Doorway by Nurse Keith Carlson
BlogTalkRadio Kate Loving Shenk
EricaMacDonald by Erica MacDonald
Big Red Carpet Nursing by Greg Mercer
Hopeful Healer by Carol Gino
Nurse Born Products by Sarah Brennan Mott
The Inspiration Nurse by Donna Wilk Cardillo
Nurse Eye Roll by Kati Kleber
Nursetopia by Joni Watson
Marijke: Nurse Turned Writer by Marike Vroomen Durning
hospicediary by Amy Getter
Nursing Stories by Marianna Crane
JParadisi RN's Blog by Julianna Paradisi


Thank you again Anne Llewellyn (Nurse Advocate by Anne Llewellyn) for nominating me and giving me me this opportunity to share information and to be part of the exciting community of Nurse Bloggers. Please be sure to check out all of the blogs and the other websites, inspirations, art and writings these nurses bring to the world.


Last Chance to Enter the Scrubs & Beyond 2015 Model Search


Calling all medical professionals! Scrubs & Beyond is nearing the end of its first ever Model Search, a social contest where fans will compete for a chance to participate in an upcoming photo shoot.

In addition to the photo shoot, the winner will also receive round-trip airfare to St. Louis, a two night stay in an area hotel and a $300 Scrubs & Beyond gift card. Second and third place will receive a $200 and a $100 gift card, respectively.

Hurry!!! This is the last chance to win! Submissions close on October 31, 2015! All contestants will receive an exclusive promotion after submissions close.

Entrants will be required to submit one photo of themselves in scrubs (selfies are a-ok!) and then they have the option to submit up to four more photos. Voting starts November 1, 2015, with the winner and runners-up announced in early 2016.

 Once voting begins, contestants will be able to share their entries across social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

For more information on the contest, visit http://contest.scrubsandbeyond.com/.


Medical Scrubs Mall Celebrates New Website Design with Giveaway

Medical Scrubs Mall has a great Giveaway on their Facebook page in honor of their new web design. Enter before midnight on Nov. 6, 2015,  and you have a chance to win 2 sets of Cherokee Scrubs and a custom hoodie.

Check out the new Medical Scrubs Mall website and new blog


Thursday, October 22, 2015

NursePraiseLove Giveaway: Tell Your Nursing Story

When Kelley Johnson stood on the Miss America stage in September and told her story, 7.1 million viewers watched and listened. If the overwhelming Facebook response by nurses to the despicable press from The View is any indication, nurses have united to tell their stories and share why they love being nurses. Let's keep that momentum going. Here's another opportunity to share your story.

Fastaff Travel Nursing is sponsoring a giveaway NursePraiseLove which provides nurses with the opportunity to share their stories and a chance to win a $500 gift card from Southwest Airlines.

Deadline to enter is November 6, 2015.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Today's Nursing Visionaries: Is a Career In Optometry In Your Future?


By Felicity Dryer

There are many exciting opportunities in the nursing field, one of the many thousands of these careers is to literally become a visionary in their field by exploring opportunities in optometry. Vision is a vital part of everyone’s life and saving someone’s valuable eyesight through early diagnosis, prevention and treatment can be very rewarding.

According to WHO (World Health Organization), vision problems, eye diseases and other problems afflict both young and old, specifically:

  • About 65% of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, and this age group comprises about 20% of the world's population.
  • An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired. Of those, 12 million of them have refractive errors, a condition that could be easily diagnosed and corrected.

PROTECTING YOUNGSTER’S VALUABLE VISION

One way to make an impact on the sight of young people is by becoming a school nurse. Many of
today’s up-and-coming healthcare professionals may not realize that a major part of a school nurse’s curriculum is comprised of routine eye examinations and annual vision checks. These important practices will help to ensure that children will excel in school if their valuable vision is kept in check and detecting early problems can actually lead to saving their eyesight.

If young vision problems are left undetected, WHO tells us that 1.4 million children become irreversibly blind for the rest of their lives and then they will need visual rehabilitation interventions for full psychological and personal development programs. All of this could have been prevented if problems were detected early and these children were given the proper medical treatment.

EARLY DETECTION IS THE CURE

Critics of school eye exams often scold nurses for not performing a complete comprehensive examination, but they are not in their shoes and those critical optometrists are often seeking patients for their own practices. School nurses perform a wide variety of exams that include recognizing problems like:

  • Refractive errors: Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, that are easily corrected with eyeglasses, contacts or refractive surgery.
  • Amblyopia: When one eye has much different vision compared to the other. The brain will "shut off" the image from the turned or blurry eye.
  • Strabismus: Crossed or turned eyes. The school nurse checks a child’s eye’s alignment to be sure that they are working together.
  • Eye teaming: Even if a child’s eyes appear to be properly aligned, it's possible they don’t work together efficiently as a team. Such binocular vision problems can cause headaches, eye strain and other problems that can affect reading and other vision problems.
  • Focusing problems: These issues relate to developing focusing skills in children that can lead to presbyopia as they grow into adults.

School nurses work in conjunction with teachers and other administrators to recognize cognitive behavior that children will exhibit in school if they are struggling with vision problems. An inability to see the chalkboard, difficulty concentrating, headaches, and other problems that can be recognized by staff, including their valuable nurses.

SAVING OLDER VISION FROM DEGENERATION

As we continue to grow older, our eyes become more susceptible to age-related conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. While checking the vision of older patients may seem to be confined to convalescent and nursing home environments, the scope of older eye care doesn’t end there. There are many environments in the medical field that encompass the care of elderly patients, so visionary nurses shouldn’t confine themselves inside of this tight circle.

Nurses compliment doctors in many ways and this includes the field of optometrics. During preliminary examinations for example, nurses often have the opportunity of being the first line of defense (actually offense), for diagnosing conditions that come with aging.

Nurses will recognize symptoms such as cloudy lenses, a precursor for cataracts, preliminary discussions of symptoms that come with macular degeneration like blind spots, blurry vision, a decrease in the recognition of colors, faces and an increasing difficulty in adapting to low light levels, sometimes called night vision. These are all diagnosed by nurses before the patients are even seen by their doctor or primary physicians.

Young or old, these patients can benefit from a qualified nurse that can diagnose their symptoms before they lose their valuable vision or even see their doctor. Is optometrics a possible career choice for you?

Originally born in Flagstaff, Arizona, Felicity Dryer was raised by her parents (more or less modern-day hippies) to always make her health a top priority. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a freelance health writer, and continues to help those seeking encouragement to keep moving forward to achieve their goals.

Thanks Felicity!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nurses Fire Back at Ignorant TV Hosts

When ANY of the general public has the mistaken impression that nurses don costumes and borrow the doctor's stethoscope for some unknown reason, it tells us that we have a huge problem in health care in this country. People tend to believe everything they see and hear on television and the ladies of ABC's The View have tried to set back nursing 100 years as they showed they know nothing about the nursing profession!

The good news is that nurses have UNITED and all over Facebook and Twitter and other social media they are stopping the collateral damage the way nurses do everyday.

Kelley Johnson Google Images
When Kelley Johnson, Miss Colorado stepped on the Miss America stage in her scrubs and (her own) stethoscope she set the Miss America pageantry on its heels and brought it in to the 21st century!  She showed that a beautiful woman inside and out could make a difference by demonstrating the talent she is most proud of is making a difference in her patient's lives. She was true to herself. Johnson said Wednesday on The Ellen Show, "I am a nurse and that's my talent – taking care of people, caring about other people, and so I wanted to give the nurses that don't have that voice that voice and that recognition of just somebody going up there and being a little bit different and unique." It suddenly was about REAL WOMEN competing for scholarship money to pay off student loans and/or continue their educations to make a real difference in the world. Kelley came away as second runner-up with a great scholarship to continue her education and she put the nursing profession on the map!

The ensuing controversy over the inflammatory remarks on The View has elevated the nursing profession as we join together to blast The View and it's obviously IGNORANT hosts for their belittling statements. We also band together to educate the public about the nursing profession. I've learned more about what other nurses do and where they practice in the past couple of days than I have in all my 35+ years in nursing. It's exciting and educational and uplifting! Let us keep this up.

One of the downsides to nursing is caregiver fatigue that way too often leads to valuable nurses leaving the profession. Perhaps if they found another way to share their passion and skills they could turn this issue around and continue to make a difference in someone's life everyday. The silver lining here is that nurses have so very many opportunities to practice, but who knew about some of these?!  We need to share our experiences with each other so that we can learn more and perhaps find a niche that renews that passion some have lost along the way.

Let's continue to be strong and make our voices heard. Nurses are the backbone of the health care system. We need to educate the public about who we are and what we do so that we can help our health care system WORK. When people don't understand health care and how to access it and how to get answers and help, it fails for all of us. We've seen the costs of health care escalate out of control and we fear litigation in everything we do. When people don't understand they listen to the ignorant voices and that's why we see lawsuits over issues hang nails!

Let's turn such an ugly controversy into a positive thing.

#nursesshareyourstethoscope, #nursesunite, #thisisnotacostume, #showmeyourstethoscope

Friday, September 11, 2015

7 Resume Writing Tips For Nurses

Dan at bestresumeguru.com recently honored The Nursing Site Blog as one of The 14 Nursing Blogs Every Nursing Professional Needs to Read.
I invited him to give us some tips about resume writing for nurses....
http://www.bestresumeguru.com/14-nursing-blogs-every-nursing-professional-needs-to-read/
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According to the US Department of Labor, there is a demand for job growth for nurses. What does this mean? As much as employers seek to employ and keep their experienced nursing staff, nurses will benefit from better salaries and working conditions. You may be thinking that employers will be desperately seeking to hire you so you don’t have to worry about crafting a resume. You may be wrong if that’s your school of thought.

A good resume will get you hired for the best position and it can be a venue of negotiating for higher salaries. It’s always great to create the best resume that will attract the most desirable job offers in the market. The healthcare job market is constantly changing and nurses too should adapt a universal style that can be used in different work settings. Here are some resume writing tips for nurses to help you accomplish a universal style resume.

Choose the right type of resume for your position

Are you applying for a job within the nursing field? If yes, then you should write a chronological resume showing your previous employment and achievements. However, if you are applying for a vacancy in a different field, it would be ideal to come up with a skill based resume that features your most relevant experience, hobbies and employment.

Do not clog your resume with industry-specific initials

A lot of people will read your resume. Some may not be nurses while others may be nurses but working in a different specialty. For instance, MICU is not known to most people who are not in the nursing field. If you must use an acronym, spell it out. For instance, you may want to say Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). If you need to mention it later in your resume, then you can say MICU. If the person reading your resume does not understand it, they may not think of calling you for an interview.

Ensure your resume compliments the job description

Focus on specific accomplishments in your resume that match the specific job description and extract out the ones that are not applicable. Organize your list in such a way that the most relevant ones come at the top. This is what is likely going to catch the recruiter’s eye.

Highlight your accomplishments and unusual nursing experiences

Recruiters want to understand your level of experience so that they can know if you really are a good match for the job opening. However your experience shouldn’t read like a job description. Thus avoid listing all routine duties a staff nurse does. Rather focus on those experiences that were outstanding or extra-ordinary. Also when describing your nursing experience, give information on the type of facility you worked for. If you are an entry nurse, give details of your internship.

Your resume should be keyword friendly

Since agencies get so many resumes, they mainly rely on software that helps in searching for keywords of qualified candidates. By placing the right keyword, your resume can easily jump to the top of the others. Which keywords should you include? You need to first look at the job description to determine the phrases and terms that appear often. Use abbreviated and spelled version of each one of them. For example, if you are applying to a certified nursing assistant, you want to use both CNA and Certified Nursing assistant in your resume. If an employer searches for either of the words, you will have taken care of both.

Keep your LinkedIn profile updated

Take the accomplishments you have listed on your resume and add them to your LinkedIn account. If you feel like expanding them, you can go right ahead as you are not in any way limited. An employer is likely to look there to know more about your career and your qualification. Ensure you connect with professionals in your area of expertise.

If you have any non-nursing experience, ensure you include it in your resume

Unlike before when nurses where advised not to include any other experiences not related to nursing, a lot has changed nowadays, other work experiences show your diversity in experience; something essential in today’s work environment.

Now, Let's take a look at a sample Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Resume


Eve Clark
22 Oak Court | Sometown, CT 05505 | (222) 222-2222 | eveclark@gmail.com

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT

Personal summary

Service focused and highly professional nurse with exceptional patient care skills acquired through seven years of experience. Highly skilled in taking care of patients in different healthcare settings.

Professional experience

Heritage Rehabilitation Centre, Birmingham

Certified Nursing Assistant 2009 To Present
  • Offered nursing assistance to residents in long term care facility
  • Helped residents with daily living activities such as assisting with meals, bathing, dressing and personal hygiene
Garden Nursing Rehabilitation
  • Trainee nurse 2005-2007
Samaritan hospital
  • Medical receptionist 2003-2005
Education
  • Everest University- Nursing Degree 2004-2006
  • Central Town University- Nurses Aide Program 2003
  • Convenant School; O Levels English (A) Maths (B) Physics (B) Geography (A)


Dan is the creator of bestresumeguru.com, a website dedicated to provide easy to follow resume examples and writing tips to help you stand out in the crowd. You can also find general career information such as job duty, descriptions, and salary over at Dan's blog.



Thanks Dan!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Staying Safe While Nursing

Nursing is a great profession, but it has changed a lot since I first qualified. In some ways, it has got better. For example, there are more opportunities open to nurses, and it is easier to get further training and specialize than it used to be. However, not everything has changed for the better. A problem that has become a lot worse over the past few years is attacks on staff. In many countries, the number of physical attacks on healthcare workers has increased significantly. For example, in America, nursing is now one of the most dangerous professions. In 2014, one in three hospitals there reported a significant increase in attacks on staff.  The issue had become so serious that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines to help to reduce the number of incidents. 

Do not ignore the issue
It is not nice to feel that you are at risk of being attacked in your workplace, but it is not wise to ignore the issue either. Being aware of the danger is the first step to staying safe and dealing successfully with incidents if they occur. If you are alert to the possibility of an attack and know what to do in that situation, you are much more likely to be able to diffuse the situation quickly and stop things from escalating.

Take advantage of conflict training
Increasingly hospitals and clinics are offering their staff training to help them to deal with potentially dangerous situations. This training comes in different forms, and you should take advantage of all of these training opportunities. Understanding how to quickly calm down a combative patient can stop a situation escalating into violence. Simple self-defense techniques can help you to subdue someone who is much bigger and stronger than you are without causing serious injury to them.

Follow the prescribed safety protocols
Most hospitals now have safety protocols in place. Protocols that you should follow if a patient or visitor becomes agitated or violent. These protocols have been carefully thought out, so are often highly effective.
If you are provided with safety equipment like attack alarms or RF tags carry them at all times. Always wear your ID and NHS lanyard. Doing so will make sure that you can easily be identified by security staff when they arrive to sort out a confrontation. Your lanyard is also something most attackers will grab to pull you in for the attack. NHS lanyards breakaway when that happens, which gives you a few seconds to get away. If the attacker grabs your arm, the chances of getting away and not getting hurt are low.

Always report incidents
If you do experience an incident, it is very important to report it even if you are not injured. Doing so ensures that the managers of the facility you work in understand just how big an issue personal attacks are, enabling them to allocate the necessary funds and resources to deal with the issue.
If you are concerned about a situation, make sure that you talk to your manager about it. Bear in mind that it is hard for those who do not work on the wards to see the danger. You have to make them aware of the situation before they can take the necessary steps to protect you.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: Beyond Scrubs Compression Socks


Scrubs and Beyond graciously donated a $50 gift card to our Nurses Week Giveaways in May. They asked me recently if I would review their compression socks and I requested the black argyle pair.

I have to say I do love them. My nursing job entails a lot of sitting at a computer for long hours. And so my legs get tired and uncomfortable. In the hot summer, and especially with the humidity we Californians are NOT used to, my feet swell by the end of the day.

On the days when I have worn these compression socks, I notice a big difference. If I had to stand all day or be in and out of the car and patients homes as my nursing career path took me, I would definitely see an even bigger difference! They are affordably priced and come in a multitude of styles and colors. Try some for yourself.

Scrubs and Beyond is graciously extending an 20% offer  through 6/30/16 to readers of TheNursingSiteBlog. Use the coupon code when ordering.
Coupon code: TNSB20
This coupon code is good through 6/30/2016

Exclusions:
20% off your entire purchase. Offer valid through 06/30/16 on the regular price items. Excludes Dansko, Littmann, Workwear, Birkenstock, Code Happy, Barco, Grey's Anatomy, Cherokee, Dickies, Koi, Alegria, HeartSoul, NrG by Barco, ICU by Barco, previous purchases, gift cards, shipping, and tax. Not to be combined with other offers or discounts.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Recognition Continues for TheNursingSiteBlog

Recently I've learned that The Nursing Site Blog has been honored by more sources. I'm very humbled and honored to be in such great company with these accolades. THANK YOU so much!

It's always an honor to be recognized. And when you find yourself in great company of other blogs/bloggers you admire it makes it even more special. Thanks so much! Please check out these sites and see who else is on the lists.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

4 Ways to Ensure You Are Drinking Enough Water

By Jeff Bellinghausen, a health and fitness fanatic and founder of cnanursing.net, a resource for aspiring nurses. 

You're running from patient to patient, it's a typical busy day on the ward. Suddenly, that little niggly headache pain comes across you. You take a quick glance at the clock and it's still two hours until your shift is complete. It's going to be a loooong two hours.

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Sound familiar? It's highly likely that the little niggle you feel is a direct result of not having taken enough water on board.

The absolute fact is that nursing staff, many of whom juggle shift work (and busy shifts at that!), family and other life commitments. Because of the constant rush, maintaining adequate water consumption throughout the day can be a struggle.

To help you get through your next stretch of shifts, minus the niggle in the head, here are 5 ways to ensure you are adequately hydrated throughout the day!

This is not a drink more water lecture.

Yes, you've heard it before and of course you know that water is essential for maintaining normal bodily function. You're a nurse so you don't need a lecture on the way the human body works!

Let's look at a simple tactics for getting enough water on board during the day.

How to Ensure you Drink Enough Water

  1. Get ahead early: Make drinking a full glass of water immediately in the morning a priority. Do you make a coffee early on? While the pot is boiling or the coffee machine is making that all-important morning coffee, drink a cup of water. This puts you on the right track early.
  2. Make meal time drink time: Apply the same principal to the beginning of meals. Let's say you have a morning snack and then lunch, by simply consuming a glass of water before you start to eat, or at the very least, whilst you eat will give you another two cups on board before lunch.
  3. Give yourself a visual: In addition to your pre-coffee and pre-meal water consumption, giving yourself a visual reminder to drink is a great way to keep it top of mind so carry a drink container with you throughout the day. Having it with you in your vehicle will give you a constant reminder to sip away and taking it into work with you provides the same reminder. If you give yourself a goal to consume the contents of the water container prior to dinner, you are well on your way to enough water consumption!
  4. Finish up early: Of course, you don't want to be getting up throughout the night so the last thing you want to happen is having to constantly head to the bathroom! Setting yourself a goal to have your last major water consumption taking place during dinner will ensure that you get enough water during the day, along with enough sleep at night!
Wrapping Up:

Reading is one thing, doing is another. Make yourself a diary note to try one or more of the tips above and enjoy the benefits of feeling fresher throughout the day!

Thanks Jeff for this info!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Time to Kick Start Your Nursing Career?

Are you truly HAPPY with your nursing job? If not, do you blame others for it? I know I have. That awful manager who never listens, or the CEO who pockets all the money and leaves us working so short-handed and with our licenses at risk never mind the patients. Grrrr I hated my job!

I have spent years working in jobs I hated and blamed it on everyone else. The worst part of the jobs were that the most mundane parts felt like a trained monkey could do them. They were wasting my skills talents and abilities. And to top it off,  they wanted me do even MORE of the mundane part! Oh joy! There were good parts and perks to those jobs, but it never felt like they outweighed the boring, mundane, parts that seemed to stretch on and on.

I wish I had had a book like Your Next Shift, How to Kick Your Nursing Career into High Gear by Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN back then. Scala speaks from her heart and leads the reader through exercises which require honesty and hard looks at the whole picture.  And then she provides tips and ways to turn all of the fears, doubts, and negativity into positive outlooks and the means to make the changes necessary to have FUN being yourself while learning to LOVE your nursing career again.

"What we say is simple, doesn't always turn out to be easy to do in practice," strikes a chord with me. It's never easy to take a long hard look in the mirror and be completely honest with yourself. But to find your true desires, needs and goals, it's a necessity. Setting goals and making plans can be the easy part. Carrying it out, can be nearly impossible if you don't have the motivation. This can be especially true when "I didn't even know what I didn't even know." Time to take a breath and work on this process.

Scala hits the nail on the head in this book as she did with Nursing From Within. Her writing style is conversational which makes it easy to read and follow. And in the fall of 2015, she will bring it all together with a fantastic Live Workshop on October 26-27. 

This wonderful book is another MUST READ and must have for your nursing and personal care library. The missing component in nursing school is the self-care module. It's vital to the survival for any nurse. And if you're a nurse entrepreneur, your success can also be greatly enhanced by the tips Scala shares.

Buy your copy today! You'll get a discount for the live workshop when you purchase from the website. You can also find a few sneak peeks there too.

This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour. Follow along and see what others are saying about this terrific book.

Watch a trailer about the book and coming webinar series on You Tube. 


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Resources and Books for Nurses

It's time to catch up again....

First please turn your attention to a great posting from NursingDegreeGuide.com. They asked me and several nurse writers/bloggers to weigh in on How to Deal With On-the-Job Stress. As we all know or will discover, stress affects everyone. And it affects us in very different ways. Self-care as nurses is vital to maintaining our own health status as well as being able to continue to give to your patients.

Next up, a few overdue book reviews

 RN Goldrush by Benjamin Storie,  RN who shares many interesting stories from his own life and career. After having to retire for health reasons, Storie took some time to reflect back on his career as a nurse and to write about the issue that so many nurses face when they begin to burn out because their career path is no longer what the want or need.

Too often nurses feel stuck and end up making the choice to abandon their career instead of investigating options and making choices to transfer their skills to a new niche. With a tremendous shortage of nurses looming when Baby Boomers retire, we can ill afford for nurses to leave the profession.  Storie offers a multitude of options and adventures for nurses needing a new choice. It's available from Amazon Kindle.

My Journey on Becoming a Nurse is from Verlia M. Brown, MA, RN, BC. Brown is a past president of the New York State Nurses Association and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The book chronicles her quest to become a nurse in the 1970's. Verilia is Jamacan born and emigrated to the U.S.  in 1967. She attended Kings County Hospital Center School of Nursing and received her diploma in nursing.

The book chronicles her life from birth on through to realizing her greatest desire to become a nurse. Brown has had an interesting career during some very difficult times in the social history of America. She overcame many obstacles thrown into her path and the book serves to inspire anyone who wants to become a nurse to take the leap. The book is available on Amazon.com in Kindle, hardcover and paperback.

For those of you who are or know someone who is, writing a dissertation or capstone, Karen Roush PhD, APN, has written an excellent guide to help you not only begin but finish your work. A Nurse's Step by Step Guide to Writing Your Dissertation or Capstone is a MUST HAVE for every nursing student's library.

Even if you're not writing papers for advanced degree nursing, this book can help guide you through writing any type of paper. It will also inspire you to achieve that higher degree you've been avoiding because of the fear of having to write a dissertation.  The book is an easy read and as it's title suggests, it's a step-by-step guide. It's also available from Amazon.com and is available in Kindle or paperback. I suggest the paperback. It's worth every penny!


Four Seasons of Grieving: A Nurse's Journey to Healing With Nature by A. Lynne Wagner, EdD, MSN, RN, FACCE is a short, small book filled with insight and personal experience of the loss of her mother and her journey as a nurse to work through the grieving process. Lynne guides the reader through the journey of lass not only as the daughter, but as a nurse helping patients and other nurses and health care professionals to see grief from both sides.

Through the winter of surrender, the spring of forgiveness, the summer of gratitude, and finally the fall of compassion, Wagner shows us how to move through and grow from the experience of loss beginning with the chaos brought on by the charges loss brings us to the realization that this journey of healing helps us to be able to celebrate life and find compassion and love despite the loss we suffered.  Loss is universal and for nurses, it's part of what we do everyday. Healing journeys help us to continue to give back. Available from Amazon.com it would make a great gift.

And here's a link to a terrific eBook from Simmons College of Nursing that I had the pleasure to contribute to: Nurse Stories, My Defining Moment.  The book is filled with great experiences from nurses in many different aspects of care.

Happy reading and blessed healing to all!


Friday, May 29, 2015

Chosen as One of the Top 15 Health Career Bloggers

I was thrilled to receive the email announcing the latest honor for TheNursingSiteBlog.com. CNANursing.net has listed us as one of the Top 15 Health Career Bloggers to Follow.  It's always nice to see your work validated and appreciated. Thank you.

Check out their site too they have some terrific information about health care careers and what's required and expected. Nursing isn't always for everyone, but perhaps another career path in health care can become your dream profession.


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