NurseZone Newsletter - 6/17/2011
June 17, 2011 
Retention of Best Nurses
By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Offers of free televisions, concierge services and other incentives established to help persuade nurses to continue working during the boom times of the last decade have, for the most part, fallen out of favor. Instead, many of today’s health systems are returning to more meaningful enticements, such as career ladders, tuition reimbursement and a voice in their clinical practice.
Coping with the Challenges of Shift Work 
By Kim McCarten, contributor

Shift work can wreak havoc on your life: interrupting your sleep and making it harder to exercise, manage family obligations and keep some semblance of a social life. Studies have shown that these factors create some inherent health dangers for you and added risk for your patients. Luckily, there are some proactive things nurses can do to mitigate the dangers.

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Calming Techniques for Nurses
By Jennifer Larson, contributor

Halfway through a 12-hour shift you realize that your neck and shoulders ache with tension. Your mouth is dry, and you feel like you might snap at the next person who barks an order at you.  READ FULL STORY 

By Megan M. Krischke, contributor

Most Americans say that meaningful work is the most important factor that they are looking for in a job. And no doubt many nurses chose their profession because of their desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives. Yet a recent report found that nurses scored the lowest of all hospital workers when it came to their job satisfaction and sense of engagement in the workplace.

Devices & Technology
By Jennifer Larson, contributor

Not so long ago, a scrub top was just a scrub top. Not anymore. Now scrubs, surgical gowns and lab coats are made of high-tech fabrics that their manufacturers claim will do just about everything short of examining or operating on the patient for you.

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