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How to Become a Nurse Practitioner

January 9th, 2013  |  The Blog

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020." That growth is faster than the average for all occupations. That job growth is projected for a number of reasons, from technological advancements and greater emphasis on preventative care to the increased demand for healthcare services from an aging baby-boomer population. Not only is the job outlook excellent but the pay is good too. In May 2010 the BLS ... More »

Are Advanced Degrees for RNs a Good Thing?

June 30th, 2011  |  The Blog

There's been a major push for RNs to get advanced degrees recently, including some organizations which are making getting these degrees within a timeframe part of the job conditions. The highly respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has also recently come up with recommendations along these lines. The logic behind the demand for higher degrees is based on some stats cited in Healthleadersmedia.com which deserve a mention: Today, only about half of RNs have a baccalaureate degree. In 2008, the proportion with ... More »

The Pros and Cons of a Nursing Career

August 21st, 2008  |  The Blog

There is such a demand for nurses these days given the tremendous shortage that it's becoming a very popular move for people to switch careers and go down the nursing path. Conservative estimates figure that there will be a shortage of almost 10,000 nurses within the next ten years which makes the switch a very attractive one for many people looking to change careers. However, there are always drawbacks to any thing that seems too good to be true. We've ... More »

Do Hospitals Do Too Much?

November 9th, 2007  |  The Blog

Do hospitals take on too much responsibility for patients? Is it really up to a healthcare establishment to fix everything wrong with a patient's life? If a patient comes in with a broken foot but is also homeless, is it up to the hospital to find a place for that person to go in addition to treating the broken foot? That's how Geena begins the latest poll over on Nursing Voices, and she continues: When a patient is discharged and has ... More »

Who Wants a Free iPhone?

September 17th, 2007  |  The Blog

We're helping Nursing Voices with the official launch of their new nursing forum by giving away two brand new iPhones! Check out their official announcement for full details.

Are You Required to Wear a Standard Uniform?

September 13th, 2007  |  The Blog

Geena from Code Blog writes over on Nursing Voices: When I started out in nursing, the hospital I worked at required CNA's to wear cranberry, RT's to wear teal, and RN's to wear royal blue. We could wear certain scrub tops that were approved and that matched the royal blue pants. The hospital did not pay for them. When I moved and got a new job, there were no standard uniforms. We could wear whatever we wanted. Some people took ... More »

Do You Call Docs by Their First Name?

August 29th, 2007  |  The Blog

Geena from Code Blog writes over on Nursing Voices: Do you call the docs you work with by their first names? Docs get to call us by our first names, but why is it not reciprocable? (Yes, I made that word up) I've been at my current hospital for 7 years, but there are only a handful that I call by their first names. One or two have told me that I can; with the other few their first names just ... More »

Presenting Marisa with Her Scholarship

May 4th, 2007  |  Scholarship Contest

Scholarship winner Marisa just happens to attend Georgia State's Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing right down the road from us, so we were able to present her with her award in person today. That's Marisa in the middle with the check and Dr. Krista M. Meinersmann, the Associate Director of the undergraduate program, on the right. We had a fantastic time meeting Marisa, and Dr. ... More »

Congratulations, Marisa!

March 31st, 2007  |  Scholarship Contest

Marisa, a nursing student at Georgia State, is the winner of our first nursing scholarship contest. We wanted to send out a big congratulations from NJO and also reprint her entry again in full for all of you who missed it. We'd also like to congratulate Sarah and Student X, our second- and third-place winners! Why I Chose Nursing, by Marisa I chose to go into nursing for my daughter. When she was born, I was just a ... More »

What Nurses Can’t Live Without

March 22nd, 2007  |  The Blog

Each month, Inc. Magazine has a great feature called "Things I Can't Live Without"" where they profile a successful entrepreneur and have them list 4 things they can't live without and 1 thing they covet. Well we'd like to know what it is that nurses can't live without, and since there probably aren't many of us who will actually make it into Inc., we figured blogs were the next best thing :) So, we're tagging two nurse bloggers: apgaRN from ... More »

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