Posts Categorized: Nursing

What Is a DNP?

Uncertainty and complications face the healthcare system in the United States. A look at ethical issues in healthcare — such as balancing the quality of care with efficiency, improving the access of care and building a strong workforce — reveal areas where change is needed. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree was developed to… Read more »

A Guide to NP Independent Practice

Licensure and regulatory requirements for nurse practitioners (NPs) vary by state. The topic of NP independent practice has become a central issue for the profession and the healthcare industry, as NPs can help with the shortage of primary care providers. Expanding NP independent practice also improves access to healthcare, boosts the quality of healthcare and… Read more »

Tips for Recruiting Nurses

Hospitals have had difficulty recruiting nurses due to the current shortage. The employment of registered nurses is expected to increase 16 percent by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nurses are ranked second for occupations with the most job growth. In addition to the nursing shortage, the recession is in the past… Read more »

Ethical Issues in Healthcare in 2017

High ethical standards are essential in healthcare. Four fundamental principles lay the foundation for healthcare ethics. 1. Autonomy honors patients’ right to make their own decisions. 2. Beneficence helps patients advance their own good. 3. Nonmaleficence does no harm to patients. 4. Justice ensures that patients are treated equally, fairly and impartially. Current ethical issues… Read more »

Nurse Retention Strategies

The average cost of turnover for a bedside registered nurse (RN) ranges from $37,700 to $58,400, according to a 2016 survey from nurse recruitment and retention firm NSI Nursing Solutions that examined hospital figures from 2011 to 2015. The average hospital loses $5.2 million to $8.1 million due to RN turnover, and each percent change… Read more »

The Hierarchy of Nursing

Hospitals and other traditional healthcare settings use a nursing hierarchy to define order and organizational structure. Nurses are ranked by their level of education and licensure, as well as years of experience. The following section outlines a typical hierarchy of nursing. Understanding the Hierarchy of Nursing Chief Nursing Officer (CNO): The CNO, sometimes referred to… Read more »

What Is Nursing Informatics?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 supported a new model of care that helped providers move from paper charts to electronic health records, resulting in increased quality, safety and efficiency, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Now, technologies such as electronic health records and electronic prescribing are… Read more »

The Best Nursing Apps

Nursing apps can be a powerful tool for students and professionals. Some of the most helpful and powerful apps for nurses reference valuable information on the go, such as dosage calculations and anatomy and physiology questions. Smartphone usage should not encompass private patient information, however. Nurses using apps in this way could be violating federal… Read more »

Alphabet Soup: A Guide to Nursing Credentials and Degrees

The confusing nature of nursing credentials has led to widespread use of the term “alphabet soup.” The letters that follow a nurse’s name can be perplexing to professionals in the medical field, and especially to patients and families. To solve this problem, nursing credentials need to be displayed properly. “Having a standard way ensures that… Read more »

A Guide to Community Health Nursing

All nurses work to improve health outcomes and help monitor and manage disease. But community health nurses work in traditional public health settings and focus on the overall health of an entire community or multiple communities. Community health nursing is also known as public health nursing. Roles and Responsibilities “Nurses in community health work with… Read more »