Posts Categorized: Nursing

The Case for Interprofessional Healthcare

Interprofessional collaborative healthcare is at the forefront of the latest advancements in nursing and patient care. An interprofessional collaborative approach to healthcare is defined by the American Nurses Association as the “integrated enactment of knowledge, skills, and values and attitudes that define working together across the professions, with other health care workers, and with patients,… Read more »

Nursing EBP and Why It Matters

Evidence-based practice (EBP) changes and improves the way nurses care for their patients every day. According to Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, and others in the American Journal of Nursing, evidence-based practice “is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of health care that integrates the best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician… Read more »

RN Responders: Understanding Disaster Nursing

The United States and its territories suffered a trio of devastating hurricanes between August and October 2017, causing widespread damage, injuries and death. When tragedy strikes, often the first people mobilized to help in dangerous and deadly situations are nurses. In Texas alone, the state’s Board of Nursing issued more than 600 temporary licenses to… 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 15 percent by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nurses are ranked third 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

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