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When a nurse is the patient

American Nurse

Use your voice for those who can’t speak up. I’ve been a nurse for 46 years, serving in positions from critical care staff nurse to chief nurse executive. Last year, I faced a new role: cancer patient. After experiencing post-meno­pausal spotting, I consulted my gynecologist who performed a cervical biopsy. A few days later, I learned that I had endometrial cancer.

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Nurses + Engineers = Innovative Healthcare

Health Leaders | Nursing

UConn's new Nursing and Engineering Innovation Center to blend nurses' problem-solving abilities with technology experts. The University of Connecticut (UConn) is combining nurses’ problem-solving, innovative nature with engineers’ technology expertise to create the Nursing and Engineering Innovation Center , one of the first of its kind in the nation.

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Develop Your Frontline Leaders in 2024

Emerging RN Leader

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN As you do your strategic planning for 2024, please don’t forget that developing your leaders working in frontline positions should be a high priority. The seismic demographic shifts in the nursing workforce and changes in how nurses view their work post-pandemic have significantly impacted the role of […] The post Develop Your Frontline Leaders in 2024 appeared first on Emerging Nurse Leader.

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The Role of Nurses in Countering Environmental Racism

Minority Nurse

Nurses are integral to every community, and not just from the perspective of simply providing critical medical services. Your field experiences have likely made it clear to you that you impact patients’ lives through your empathy, social sensitivity, and hard-earned knowledge. One of the often overlooked areas in which nurses are influential is helping to address injustice, even environmental racism.

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Fertility Benefits for Every Age: A HR Roadmap from Gen Z to Baby Boomers

Speaker: Lauri Armstrong, SHRM-SCP - Sr. Director, People Operations at Carrot Fertility

Today’s workforce includes multiple generations of employees all looking for something different from their benefits package. While meeting these disparate needs can be challenging, a comprehensive fertility benefit can support everyone from junior staffers learning about their fertility health to senior leadership managing menopause and low testosterone symptoms.

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Grow and Operate your Practice

Nurse Practitioners in Business

Once a practice is up and running, there is still quite a bit to keep your eyes open to and manage. Some of the most common issues NPs report have to do with mone: billing, managing funds, and getting enough patients into the practice. Much like the previous last blog post, here are our 2023 top recommended posts and podcast episodes to help you become more successful managing and growing your practice.

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Nurses Mourn the End of California’s Mask Mandate in Hospital Settings

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California’s mask mandate for all healthcare settings came to end on Monday. Patients and staff are no longer required to wear face masks in hospitals and long-term care facilities, but it is still highly recommended. Nurses say the move puts their health at risk at a time when some 139,991 Americans are getting infected with COVID-19 every week. Members of the California Nurses Association recently voiced their opposition to the move, which they say puts their health at risk. “We know tha

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5 Key Healthcare Trends Affecting Nurse Practitioners in 2023

Health Leaders | Nursing

NP demand is quickly growing because nearly 100M Americans lack access to primary care, AANP president says. Growing demand for nurse practitioners (NPs) is among the profession’s key trends for 2023, its national organization says. “The future of our profession is bright, and we stand ready to deliver the care patients need,” says April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN , president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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Disturbing Saga of Icilda's Dream & the Battle Against Racial Bias & discrimination in Social Care

Equality 4 Black Nurses

Unmasking Injustice ,*TRIGGER WARNING* In July 2022, Icilda, a resilient 70-year-old nurse, fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning a care home, only to find herself trapped in a nightmarish ordeal just a year later. But this is not just any story; it's a disheartening narrative woven with the threads of racial injustice, where the insidious actions of disgruntled white staff shattered the dreams of a highly esteemed Black Nurse.

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Nurses Spread the Word About Gun Safety

Nurse.com

Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN, a school nurse in Camden, New Jersey, and an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University School of Nursing in Newark, knows firsthand the impact that gun violence can have on families. In 1949, her father, who was 12 at the time, survived a mass shooting in New Jersey that took the lives of thirteen people including his mother, father, and grandmother.

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Why Menopause Should Matter to Today’s Employers

Speaker: Julie B. Chavez - VP, Strategy & Alliances at Carrot

An estimated 1.1 billion women worldwide will have experienced menopause by 2025. Symptoms like hot flashes, fatigue, and anxiety can be incredibly disruptive — and last for years. But despite its massive impact, little is being done to support those going through menopause in the workplace. In a recent survey, 70% of respondents said they have considered changing their employment to better manage symptoms — perhaps because only 8% received significant support from their employer related to meno

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The Relentless School Nurse: A Grieving Father’s Plea About Suicide in Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse

A grieving father shared a letter he found when he searched through his daughter’s belongings after her death by suicide. She was a nurse. The letter is entitled – A Letter to My Abuser and it is written to the healthcare machine that betrayed her trust and belief that she would be cared for as much as she cared for others. In the world of healthcare, nurses tirelessly care for patients day in and day out.

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‘Essential’: hospital staffing key concern for NSW’s new health minister

Nursing Review

The NSW Health Minister is prioritising fairer staffing ratios in hospitals and better working conditions for the state's frontline workers. Health Minister Ryan Park told Nursing Review he planned to address staffing shortages, high work pressure, and recruitment challenges. "We need to ensure our healthcare workers are at the heart of our healthcare system," Mr Park said.

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Where 'automation has not been kind to nursing'

Becker's Hospital Review

While automation holds the lucrative promise for many fields of removing mundane tasks from workloads, some nurse leaders are hopeful — but questioning — if emerging technology will do the same in their field.

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Kidney Donation Bonds Two Veterans Forever

Penn Medicine News

While scrolling through social media, Air Force veteran Morgan Slaughter saw a post about another veteran in need. What followed was a selfless act that saved the life of a stranger.

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Maximizing Your Benefits Strategy: Reframing the Way We View Fertility

Speaker: Lizzie Wright - Director of Customer Success at Carrot Fertility

Employee expectations around benefits and workplace support have evolved in step with the growing need for fertility and family-forming care. As HR professionals, it is our job to ensure employees have a comprehensive understanding of the benefits our organizations offer and how they can utilize them. Before educating employees, we first need to understand the rising healthcare costs and the financial burden of fertility care.

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All Together Now!

Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine

In the pool or in any health care setting, leadership you can count on Coral Alonso Garcia was born out of sync. There’s a last time for everything. Advised by a physician that exercise would be good for her premature baby’s development, Garcia’s mom found a nearby swimming pool, and it wasn’t long before the… The post All Together Now! appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine.

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Starting a Practice Playlist

Nurse Practitioners in Business

It should come as no surprise to anyone reading NP Business, that the most common question we receive is “ How do I start a practice? ” As we get ready to close out 2023, I wanted to post a playlist of our most popular podcasts and blog posts about starting a practice. I’ll follow this up with a post about growing and operating a practice.

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Wound care: Five evidence-based practices

American Nurse

The best practices for the best outcomes Takeaways: Managing co-morbidities is key to wound care management. Clinical evidence does not support sterile over clean technique in wound care. Nursing judgement supersedes pressure injury assessment tools. Nurses, physical therapists, physicians, and surgeons perform wound care in almost every care setting; however, evidence-based practices continue to elude many healthcare providers.

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Should Doctors Use Chat-GPT to Practice Medicine?

Scrubs

Professionals in virtually every industry have been buzzing about Chat-GPT ever since it debuted in November of last year. The AI-powered chatbot can generate all kinds of text from stories and poems to computer code. It uses language models to produce text that mimics the style of human beings. And now doctors are using it to answer routine clinical questions.

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Leveling the Playing Field: How HR Can Equitably Improve Health Outcomes Through Fertility Benefits

Speaker: Julie B. Chavez - VP, Strategy & Alliances at Carrot

As HR and total rewards professionals, we are often seeking opportunities to foster a better sense of community and belonging amongst employees - ensuring that all employees have an equitable opportunity to receive fertility treatments is one of the many ways this can be achieved. Fertility benefits make it possible for employees to access treatments like IVF.

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Why Nurse Practitioners are a Solution to Rural Healthcare Challenges

Health Leaders | Nursing

Despite the advantages of NPs in rural areas, barriers to practice remain. Editor’s note: This article appeared in the July-September 2023 edition of HealthLeaders magazine. With more than 100 million Americans lacking access to primary care, employing more nurse practitioners (NPs) and allowing them to practice at the top of their license is critical to making healthcare more accessible in rural areas, NP leaders say.

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Justice for Ebenezer * Battling Racial Discrimination in Healthcare

Equality 4 Black Nurses

Dear Friends, Supporters, and Concerned Citizens, I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. Today, we come to you with a story of resilience and a call for solidarity in the face of injustice. We are rallying together to support Ebenezer (Name changed), who, after being the target of a racially motivated attack at work, has now been wrongfully accused of assault.

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Celebrating the Value of Specialty Nursing Certification on Certified Nurses Day 

Daily Nurse

AACN joins hospitals and healthcare organizations in recognizing certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in the care of patients and families as part of Certified Nurses Day , Sunday, March 19. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex and challenging, nursing certification has become an essential mark of excellence.

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The Relentless School Nurse: Celebrating the Legacy of Shannon Watts & the Legions of Moms, 10 Million Strong

The Relentless School Nurse

Click to view slideshow. What an honor to be invited to participate in this celebration of Shannon Watts. I was one of the speakers sharing the impact of gun violence in schools and spoke about the power of collaborating with school nurses to bring #BeSMART and ERPO training to our school communities. I recommended that school nurses may be the best way for these life saving programs to be introduced to school communities.

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Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures Continue in Operating Room Settings

NIOSH Science Blog

Despite legislation and improved technology, data from Massachusetts hospitals show that sharps injuries have increased in the operating room (OR) [1]. These injuries place healthcare workers at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens (BBPs). There is an urgent need to renew efforts to protect healthcare workers inside the operating room. The Massachusetts data highlight a gap and the need to establish a national surveillance program that would help hospitals develop further measures to prevent

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'You can't be what you don't see': How DNPs of Color is amplifying diverse voices in nursing leadership

Becker's Hospital Review

When Danielle McCamey, DNP, CRNP, founded DNPs of Color in 2020, she wanted to create an organization that could move the needle in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare — not just offer more lip service to reiterate the challenges affecting patients in marginalized communities.

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AI-Generated R.E.N.A.L.+ Score Surpasses Traditional Methods for Prediction of Oncologic Outcomes

Consult QD

An artificial intelligence (AI)-generated R.E.N.A.L.+ score — developed by a team of researchers at the Cleveland Clinic — proves superior to the traditional scoring system for the prediction of renal oncologic outcomes. These findings were recently presented during the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, held April 28 to May 1 in Chicago.

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Most People Want to Breastfeed, But Need More Support To Do So

Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine

Dr. Cecília Tomori, Associate Professor and internationally recognized breastfeeding expert, responds to recent New York Times articles on breastfeeding and the overuse of tongue-tie release procedures. The investigation misses the bigger picture: that the U.S. does not provide an enabling environment for breastfeeding. Cecelia Tomori, Phd In the U.S., 83 percent of new parents start… The post Most People Want to Breastfeed, But Need More Support To Do So appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nu

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Innovative Nurse Practitioners Can Turn the Tide

Minority Nurse

Nurse practitioners have been valuable members of the healthcare ecosystem for decades. As providers with increasing practice autonomy, NPs fill significant healthcare delivery gaps. With a growing shortage of primary care physicians , the need for NPs could not be more dire. When NPs approach patient care innovatively, everyone benefits from their creativity.

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A Nurse’s View on Loneliness

American Nurse

As a new substitute school nurse, I’m constantly caught off-guard by the number of students who come into the nurse’s office with emotional and mental health issues. These students all say the same words, “I have a tummy ache”—but 75% of them don’t. In the elementary school playground and hallway, there are rainbow colored Buddy Benches. If someone is sitting on one of these benches that means that they are feeling lonely and need a friend, and students are encouraged to invite and include.

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WWII Nurse Laid to Rest After Two Women Find Her Remains in a Dumpster

Scrubs

A nurse has finally been laid to rest after her remains were found in the trash in Huber Heights, Ohio. Shianne Richardson and her wife were dumpster diving in the neighborhood when they happened upon an urn filled with the nurse’s cremated remains. Both women knew they had to give this woman the final sendoff she deserved. “We sometimes stop at dumpsters because a lot of places throw away food,” Richardson explained.

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Utah Grants Full Practice Authority to Nurse Practitioners

Health Leaders | Nursing

Beehive State becomes the 27th state to adopt Full Practice Authority. Utah lawmakers' adoption of Full Practice Authority (FPA) eliminates hurdles for the Beehive State’s nurse practitioners (NPs) to set up their own practices. When Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed Senate Bill 36 into law Thursday, capping a strong bipartisan effort to modernize outdated licensure laws for multiple professions, including NPs, Utah became the 27 th state in the nation, along with the District of Columbia and two U.S

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Help Keep Icilda's Dream Alive

Equality 4 Black Nurses

[link] Your support will not only help rebuild but also contribute to creating a model nursing home that prioritises the well-being of its residents and stands as a beacon of hope for our community. Donate here Together, we can turn this crisis into an opportunity for positive change! Following our recent' blog post on the 23rd November 2023, titled: "Disturbing Saga of Icilda's Dream & the Battle Against Racial Bias & Discrimination in Social Care," many concerned individuals have reach

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