Monday, April 28, 2014

Guest Post: Top 10 Skills Employers Seek in New Nurses

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Thanks to Katy for a great post!

One of the toughest challenges recent nursing school graduates often face is competing for jobs with the experienced labor market. The good news is that there are employers looking for not-so-seasoned nurses. In fact, we found 284,576* job postings over the past 12 months seeking registered nurses with two years or less experience.

One way you can be sure to set yourself apart from other green nurses is to come armed with inside information on what employers are looking for. If you know the keywords they are using in their job descriptions, you can get one step ahead of your competition by using those same words in your resume and job application.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Message for Graduating Nurses: Remember these words

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Several years ago I was asked to give the graduating commencement speech for a local school of nursing in Pittsburgh. I can remember talking with many, many new nurses and parents after who were very inspired by my speech. Knowing that this is the time of year again for new graduates, I wanted to share that speech with you to hopefully inspire you too as you begin your journey into the wonderful world of nursing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nursing Practice Tip: Documentation “Never” Events!!

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I think we’d all like our roles as nurses a whole lot better if we didn’t have to document. I hear nurses say all the time that they spend more time DOCUMENTING than taking care of patients. And sometimes, I agree.
But documentation is an important part of what we do. Why? Well, documentation helps providers identify problems and make appropriate treatment decisions; allows you to take credit for the work you do; ensures that you’re practicing according to standards of care; and helps your organization get the maximum reimbursement for your hard work!!
However, documentation can also be used against a nurse – especially when patients have bad outcomes.

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Nurse Tip: Your patient passes out. Now what?

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Before I became a nurse, I worked as a Medical Assistant at a local women’s clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. I worked in the lab and drew blood on about 50-60 people a day. It was inevitable that out of the 50-60 people, at least one of them would start to drop their pressure and pass out.
When I became a nurse, the same sort of thing happened but sometimes it wasn’t because I was drawing their blood – sometimes it was because they had a massive GI bleed, were septic, or severely dehydrated.
What would be your initial independent nursing intervention if your patient passed out? Pick one.