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Second-career nurses are known for their ability to interact with patients.

4 Things to Know if You’re Considering Nursing as a Second Career

Do you currently work in another field, but dream of becoming a nurse? Nursing is a career that offers fulfillment hard to find in many other jobs. And, it’s an in-demand profession, with the need for qualified nurses continuing to grow. Embarking on a new career after you’ve already spent time building one can sound…

Nurse jumps for joy to celebrate healing power of humor

5 Continuing Education Units That You May Not Know About

Are you currently short a couple of continuing education units? As you know, states require nurses to take a certain number of CEUs to renew their nursing licenses. Many CEU programs understandably revolve around serious medical topics, however, some programs take a different approach to developing more complete nurses. For example, nurses can currently enroll…

School nurse

So You Want to be a School Nurse?

This year, the Academy of American Pediatrics released a new recommendation that every K-12 school have at least one full-time nurse on staff. Why the change? Traditionally, school nurses have been shown to decrease absenteeism by helping to keep the student body healthy. That’s still true, but the need has grown, with more and more…

Summer camp activities

Nurses Head to Camp

Camp – it’s not just for kids. If the idea of a short (think a few weeks to a few months) gig appeals, consider rethinking how you spend the summer. Camps have nurses on staff so they have a health professional ready to handle any medical issue that arises. Camp nurses have unique and integral…

Nursing careers in the military

Helping Those Who Serve: Working as a Military Nurse or a Nurse in Veterans Affairs

Would you like to put your nursing skills to work helping U.S. soldiers and veterans? If so, it’s important to do your research. For starters, these nursing fields are different in two key ways: Military nurses are soldiers in a division of the U.S. Military (Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.). You’ll have to go through…

Nurse preceptor

How to Find a Nurse Preceptor Who is Right for You

So you’ve started your new role as a nursing graduate student. You’re excited, overwhelmed, and maybe a tad bit nauseated. This is a great moment for your nurse preceptor to walk into your life. Let’s start with the basics: What is a nurse preceptor? A preceptor is an experienced nurse who is paired with a…

Prepare for Nursing Conferences

Headed to Your First Conference? Here’s What to Expect

Conferences for nurses range from small to very big, and in focus. Some feature small, specialized seminars, while others are larger and include speakers on topics that affect the profession on a wide scale. And many emphasize specific areas of nursing, providing an opportunity to meet and learn from others doing the exact same kind…

Mentorship in Nursing

Nurses: What Can a Mentor Do for You?

Whether you’re a seasoned nurse or new to the field, finding a mentor is a great idea. Why? Mentors can provide career boosts and knowledge that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. They can help you through rough patches, too. Mentorship is more important in nursing today than ever before. It’s been shown that mentorships…

Alternative Careers for Nurses

5 Alternative Careers for Clinical Nurses

While bedside nursing has its benefits, after a while many nurses decide to leave the profession. Factors leading to this decision may include short-staffing, bullying or lack of upward mobility. But before leaving your nursing knowledge and expertise completely behind, consider some attractive alternative careers: Insurance nurse Nurse recruiter Informatics nurse Medical writer Patient educator…

More nurses are going back to graduate school.

Nurses: Thinking About Grad School? Read This First.

If you’ve ever considered heading back to school for a higher degree in nursing, there’s no better time than the present. It’s easier than ever to make advanced education fit into your life. And current trends show that an advanced nursing degree can boost your income level even more than you may think. More and…

Nurse Managers Embrace Soft Skills for Better Outcomes

Management and leadership skills have evolved from broad-shouldered to broader concepts. In the old days, only alpha-male types needed to apply to be managers. The more iron-handed the leader, the higher was his place in the hierarchy. But today the manager with the hardest heart is rapidly being eclipsed by the manager with the best…

Travel Nursing

The Lure of Travel Nursing

Chances are you’re hearing more and more about travel nursing. Mobile health providers aren’t a new phenomenon — there are plenty of examples, from field nurses and physicians in wartime to nongovernmental or nonprofit agencies that bring health care to underserved areas. Demand for travel nurses But travel nursing has really soared in recent years….

Nurse manager succession planning

For Nurse Managers, It’s Time to Embrace Succession Planning

It’s probable that one-third of today’s nurses will be leaving the profession in the next 10 years and probable that a much higher percentage of nurse managers will be vacating their jobs. With more than 500,000 additional nursing jobs in the forecast and 1.5 million or more vacancies expected to be filled, a staggering number…

Managing millennial nurses

The Future of Nursing Is in Their Hands: Managing Millennial Nurses

A lot has been said about the less-savory characteristics of millennial workers. They’re entitled. They need constant praise and promotion. They don’t have patience. But consider those same traits with a different lens. Those high-maintenance attributes they’re known for may have big silver linings and may actually be the reason they’re high performing.

Masters Degree in Nursing Informatics

Tech Savvy? Consider a Career in Informatics Nursing

If you think you have what it takes to be a nursing informatics specialist, you probably do. An experienced nurse who has been a computer superuser on the job is probably already eyed by management as a potential informaticist. Health care facilities have been heavily dependent on digital technology for some time now, increasingly as…

Nurse Educator

How to Get a Nurse Educator Job

Alleviating a shortage of nurse educators is one of the highest-priority human resources goals in the health care industry. The shortage of nurse educators is a leading cause of the shortage of nurses overall because schools short of teachers are turning away thousands of qualified applicants. So there’s good reason for a seasoned nurse to…

Tips for hiring the best nurses

How a Nurse Manager Can Recruit Elite Talent and Avoid Bad Hires

A bad hire is worse than no hire at all, most managers and workers agree. Human resources experts advocate “cutting your losses” if you make a bad hire, which means firing the newcomer as soon as possible. There is no upside. It’s a far more subtle challenge to make a truly good hire. The challenge…