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A Call for More Nurses on Hospital Boards of Directors

Have you ever considered serving on a hospital’s board of directors? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is encouraging nurse leaders to step up to the boardroom and serve. Standing behind its word, the foundation has an initiative to add 10,000 nurses to hospital and health care-related boards by 2020. Sue Hassmiller, a senior advisor for…

8 Time-Saving Tips for Online Nursing Students

When you’re working and going to school, you need to maximize your efficiency to the fullest extent possible. Every minute matters. So, to help you make the most of your precious time, we’ve compiled some tips to help you be a more productive student. Review how you use your time. Write down everything you do…

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Savvy Negotiating Might Help Nurses Bridge Gender Salary Gap

With American women’s salaries still barely 75 percent what men make in comparable jobs, even female nurses, who represent 93 percent of the profession, are still making more than $5,000 per year less than male nurses, according to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Theories and opinions about the…

Take Two: Nurse Educator as an Encore Career

When nurses reach middle age, they become more reflective and reevaluate their career choices. While they still love helping people, many nurses suffer from emotional burnout. Others are physically injured and can no longer be a bedside nurse. One of the encore careers they gravitate toward is nurse educator. Most nurse educators are over 45 years old. Sixty-three percent…

Networking Tips for Busy Nurses

In today’s job landscape, no career is immune to downsizing, not even nursing. Yet at the end of a 12-hour shift, the last thing any nurse wants to do is go out and network. Fortunately, there are more creative ways to connect with other nurses that don’t require too much effort. We spoke with Keith…

Diabetes Educator: A Rewarding Career

Diabetes educators can play a significant role in the lives of patients by helping them manage their diabetes, adopt a healthier lifestyle and stave off any further complications.

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Where the Jobs Are: Nursing Career Expert Donna Cardillo Looks at the Market

Ever considered working as a nurse on a cruise ship? That’s just one of the unusual career options for nurses. We spoke with Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, also known as the Inspiration Nurse, who says traditional nursing is in part going by the wayside, but there are many new opportunities opening up. “Nursing is the…

10 Highest-Paying Jobs for Nurses

We realize people don’t enter the field of nursing just for the paycheck. But while you’re working hard for a living, it’s helpful to know which nursing specialties actually earn the most money. We surveyed the gamut of nursing professions and ranked them according to the national average annual salary. Data is courtesy of Salary.com….

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Is Telenursing for You?

Careers in telehealth are expected to grow in the near future. Telenursing is a subset of telehealth and is defined as “the use of technology for delivering nursing care from a distance,” according to the American Telemedicine Association. Health analyst Skip Fleshman predicts telehealth will surge in 2015 because of a number of factors, including…

5 Tips for First-Time Nurse Managers

You’ve worked hard, and the hard work has paid off. You’ve been promoted to nurse manager. Congratulations! Now comes the challenging part. As you shift into your new role in nursing leadership, keep in mind a few tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Ask questions. Of course it’s important to communicate…

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How to Pay for Your Nursing Degree

Dreaming of going back to nursing school but aren’t sure how to pay for it? Don’t despair. Fortunately, there are a number of options available to nurses to pay for nursing education, including low-interest loans from the federal government, scholarships and loan repayment programs. If you’re a working nurse, your employer may offer tuition reimbursement to cover your…

3 Emerging Roles for Registered Nurses

The increased focus on prevention and cost containment in health care offers new roles and opportunities for registered nurses. Many of these new functions are away from the bedside and focus more on coordination between health care providers and patient education. Here’s an overview of three of these emerging job titles; nurse case manager, nurse…

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The No-Hassle Way to Stay Current with Your CEUs

You’re no doubt aware that in order to continue practicing as a registered nurse (RN) you will need to earn continuing education units (CEUs). Three out of four states in the U.S. require nurses to complete CEUs for license renewal. And if you’re an advance practice registered nurse (APRN), you’re required to take even more…

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Up Your Game: Join a Professional Nurse Association

You may be degreed, credentialed and certified … but do you belong to a professional nursing association? Joining an association offers nurses access to knowledge, peers and experts in the industry. Professional associations also provide opportunities for earning continuing education units (CEUs).  And if you’re in nursing school or changing careers, joining an organization is…

More Men Needed to Join the Ranks of Nursing

Male nurses are slowly becoming more commonplace, both in the workplace and in popular culture, but there are still hurdles to overcome. Ten percent of all registered nurses are male, according to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. While this percentage is not huge, it is triple the number of male nurses from…

Nursing and Social Work

Ambulatory Care Nursing is on the Rise

The fastest-growing sector of health care is ambulatory care, and as a result, many new and experienced nurses are pursuing careers in this area. Ambulatory care hiring increased by 24,300 jobs in November 2014, and average monthly job growth is up 26 percent for 2014, according to a report by Modern Healthcare. Ambulatory care settings,…

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How to Work Through a Nurse Staffing Agency

Have you considered working through a staffing agency? Temporary work appeals to many nurses who prefer more work/life balance, have children or are students and want to choose work that accommodates their schedules. Some nurses even use temporary assignments as opportunities to try out hospitals before taking a permanent position. Two-thirds of hospitals in the…