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    Nurses Week? Nurses Year!

    Nursing is one of those professions that requires you to be compassionate, intelligent, ever evolving, while having sick and twisted sense of humor. I love being a nurse (most days) and I may be biased, but I do not think nurses get the recognition or appreciation we deserve. Although to add we do not go into this professions for the “Thank Yous” or praise. For the record there are days we get to take a “breather” and have a smooth sailing shift, but nursing is known as a very busy on your feet type career. Nursing has one of the highest percentages of burn out and I can 100% see…

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    The Easiest Nursing Scholarship Applications

    Scholarships can be very confusing and time consuming! Not only is finding a scholarship that applies to you difficult but finding one that you meet all of the requirements for is even harder. Nursing school is not cheap, surprise! Nursing school textbooks alone rank among the highest in any academic major. Do you want a little help with paying for some of the bills? Take a look and apply to these scholarships for a chance at helping out your wallet. 1. The iFlipd More Money for Life Scholarship: The iFlipd textbook scholarship application is the simplest application you’ll complete, plus it’s open to all students, races and genders! They know how…

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    Petition for Safe Nurse Staffing Ratios

    NYSNA and their supporters are urging legislators to pass Assembly Bill A1532 and Senate Bill S3330 (the “Safe Staffing For Quality Of Care Act”) which would require acute care facilities to maintain specified minimum levels of staffing, ensuring that the staff-to-patient ratio is sufficient to protect patient safety. Passage of the bill would effectively resolve the staffing issue in favor of the union – and the patients. Please sign the petition below in support of these bills and allow for a Safe Nurse Staffing Ratio. Please spread the word! Assembly Bill A1532 Summary Enacts the “safe staffing for quality care act” to require acute care facilities and nursing homes to…

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    3 Reasons We Need Mandatory Nurse Ratios

    All nurses have horror stories about when their ratio of nurse to patient got out of hand.  My personal nightmare occurred when I was told that, due to call offs, my assignment for the eight hours of night shift would be twelve patients. Wait, I said, did I hear that right? Yes, unfortunately, I had heard right.  That night is largely a blur in my memory except for an incident with my similarly frazzled CNA. She approached me and said, “Mr. So-and-So has a blood pressure or 180/90.”  I looked at her, my hands poised over the keys in a frantic push to chart.  I said, “Do I have a…

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    22 Things You Learn Working In The Medical Field

    The good. The bad. The ugly. You learn a lot working under the hospitals roof. From life lessons to hilarious stories (we can’t make this shit up) you are in for a wild ride. Here are the top twenty-two things I’ve learned so far from my short time in the hospital as a nurse that can be applied to everyday life. 1. Never.. I mean never stop moving. Keep busy, social, and active. If you don’t use it, you lose it. This is every 90+ year olds advice when I ask. That, and that life goes by incredibly fast. 2. Life is unexpected. Plan for the absolute worst and hope for…

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