December 19, 2013 - As nurses look forward to 2014, they can also reflect on a number of top nursing issues and practical tips covered in NurseZone.com’s articles over this past year.
Whether you’re looking for nursing career trends, insider tips, inspirational stories or self-care advice, you won’t want to miss these 13 top nursing news and feature articles.
Nursing career tips and trends:
Tactics for Getting Hired, from New Nurses to Seasoned RNs
Looking for an RN nursing job? Job prospects for registered nurses remain strong, but to snag a rewarding position, nurses of all experience levels must convince a potential employer they will bring value to the organization. New nursing jobs may even require a new approach.
How Social Media Usage is Changing RN Job Searches
Nurses are increasingly, and more strategically, using social media for professional purposes, according to the 2013 Survey of Social Media and Mobile Usage by Healthcare Professionals.
AONE Survey Looks at the Upper End of the Nursing Pay Scale
Nurse leaders report high job satisfaction, but are not as happy about their benefits and compensation, which averages between $100,000 and $130,000 annually. And some leaders earn two or three times the average, according to this AONE survey.
Inspirational nursing stories:
The Breast Cancer Journey: Nurse and Patient Perspectives
The American Cancer Society estimated that nearly 300,000 new cases of breast cancer would be reported in 2013. Each patient would encounter nurses there to help them through the breast cancer journey. Here are two stories with different perspectives of how the nurse–patient relationship can make a difference.
Nurse on the Run: A Border-to-Border Message of Wellness
“Nurses are perfectly positioned to change the world, and we should be doing just that. We need to improve the health of the nation. Somebody had to step up, and I thought, ‘I can do that!’” began Helene Neville, RN. So step up she did, completing a 1,520-mile run from one U.S. border to the other.
A focus on patient care:
Celebrating Nurse Innovators in Patient Care
“Nurses innovate every day,” said Laura Beth Brown, RN, MSN, vice president of Vanderbilt Health Services in Nashville. “Nurses are innovating because they have more evidence-based practice information, they have experience and they see what works when you apply it.”
Here are just a few things today’s innovative nurses have been able to accomplish in the area of patient care.
Tips to Improve Your Caregiving Skills
The opportunity to provide personal and attentive patient care is what draws many people to the nursing profession, yet the job itself can sometimes get in the way. Three nurse leaders offer suggestions for refocusing on patients and taking your caregiving skills to the next level.
Increasing Cultural Competence in Nursing
As America’s patient base becomes increasingly multicultural, nurses must become more adept at addressing patients’ cultural, informational and linguistic needs along with improving patients’ access to care and preventive services.
Thriving in the workplace:
Dealing with Disruptive Behavior in the Health Care Workplace
Disruptive behavior in a workplace can be overt, or it can be more subtle and insidious. It can be outright bullying, or it can be a constant negative attitude that drags everyone down. In any form, it can be devastating to a workplace and individuals in the health care team.
Why Nurses’ Job Satisfaction Matters to Patients
Any health care organization that wants to consistently achieve high-quality patient outcomes should take a good hard look at their nursing staff. If the nurses feel engaged, empowered and satisfied with their working environment, their patients are more likely to do well, too.
Self-care for nurses:
How to Stay Energized Throughout Your Nursing Shift
What can a nurse do to survive and thrive through a long and challenging shift? NurseZone.com spoke to some clinical health and wellness experts who offer several tips.
Are You Too Emotionally Involved with Your Patients?
The relationship between nurses and patients can be complex. In the midst of very personal and often emotionally intense situations, it can be difficult to gauge an appropriate level of emotional involvement and to keep clear, professional boundaries.
Top nursing news:
Inside Moore Hospital, Nurses Pulled Together to Save Lives
All the drills and disaster preparation paid off at Moore Medical Center in May, when it sustained a direct hit by a high-intensity tornado, with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour, and all of the patients and staff survived without injuries.
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