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May 14, 2012  
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Recognizing Nurses' Contributions, Then and Now  
Recognizing Nurses' Contributions, Then and Now  
By Jennifer Larson, contributor

Although the 1970s may sound like ancient history to today's younger workforce, it is still fairly recent for the nursing profession itself, which has been in existence in the United States since the Civil War. But it was in the 1970s when something significant occurred to raise public awareness of the nursing profession. Now, nearly four decades later, we can see how far nursing has come, and how it continues to evolve and grow.


Nurses and the Media: A Call to Action at UCLA Symposium  
Nurses and the Media: A Call to Action at UCLA Symposium  
By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Tired of watching physicians start IVs on House? How about "naughty nurses" cheering a basketball team on national television? Now's the time for nurses to step forward and let the world know about the profession. That's the message coming from the UCLA School of Nursing's symposium "Nurses and the Media: A Call to Action."

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Spotlight on Nursing  
Why Nurses Need More Sleep
Why Nurses Need More Sleep  
By Jennifer Larson, contributor


It's mid-afternoon, and your energy is waning. You're sleepy and a little cranky, so you pour yourself another cup of coffee to propel you through the rest of your shift. How many cups have you already had? You're trying not to think about that.

Family Portraits Reflect a Mother's Love and Nursing's Legacy
Family Portraits Reflect a Mother's Love and Nursing's Legacy  
By E'Louise Ondash, RN, contributor


Mother's Day--celebrated on Sunday, May 13, this year--has a particularly special meaning to these mother-child duos who not only share a family bond, but a professional one as well. Here, these dedicated nurses talk about the "family business" and tell how they've inspired and admired each other.

Devices & Technology  
Nurse Inventors Turn Experience into Innovation  
Nurse Inventors Turn Experience into Innovation  
By Christina Orlovsky Page, contributor

Nurses' main desire is to help their patients. Sometimes, though, they're missing just the right tool to help them do that. Here, two nurses discuss how they turned inspiration into innovation to invent the missing piece to perfect their patient care, followed by advice on how other nurses can turn their ideas into reality.

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