Nurse managers are the glue that keeps the nursing unit operating smoothly, effectively, and as professionally as possible.
They must have strong communication skills, and know-how to assemble a well-balanced and positive team of staff. Managing a team of nurses can be a challenge, and having strong leadership skills is a must.
Some of the tasks that nurse managers have on a day to day basis include:
hiring new nurses, handling nurse retention, managing a unit budget, making sure the unit complies with optimum nursing standards and practices, stepping up to help nurses with difficult situations, and even talking to families of patients when needed.
These positions are, of course, highly sought after, and with good reason. It’s an industry that’s expected to bloom in the coming years; the position is generally compensated well. This is one reason why nurse managers can look for work all over the country.
If you would like to know more about the skills that are required for effective nurse managers, then take a look at the infographic below.
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Nurses are in demand more than ever. So if you’re looking to change careers, here’s why you should consider a career in nursing.
Right now, there are over 4 million nurses in the US. However, due to the current healthcare environment and the fact that people are living longer lifespans, more nurses are still needed. The number of nurse jobs are expected to explode in the next decade, with some statistics showing that over 400,000 new nurses will be needed by 2024!
The dynamic growth of the nursing profession
One of the reasons for the nursing care demand is that both the general population and the nurse population are aging. Therefore, we need a lot of newer nurses to care for patients. Nurse Educators and Nurse Administrators are two of the most in-demand careers at this time.
More information about nursing education and salaries
At the moment (as you can see in the below infographic), the cost of getting a master’s degree in nursing can range from $20,000 to over $60,000 depending on the school and the field chosen. However, many nurses are making a great living with the salaries they earn after graduation.
According to the US Bureau Of Labor Statistics, these are average nurse salaries in the US.
- RNs $69,110
- Nurse Educators $73,150
- Nurse Administrators $94,500
For more information on the dynamic growth of the nursing profession, take a look at the infographic below.
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A nurse technician is another name for a certified nurse’s assistant (CNA) or a nurse’s aide. Nurse technicians are healthcare professionals who provide hands-on healthcare to patients in medical settings under the supervision of a registered nurse. Some of the activities that nurse technicians help patients with include bathing, dressing, and any other necessary activities of daily living.
According to the Serous Of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for nurse technicians was $28,540, or $13.72 an hour in May 2018.
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Educational requirements to become a nurse tech include training programs, passing examinations, and receiving criminal background clearance. Individuals can get certified as young as age 16.
When becoming a nurse technician, individuals are required to have obtained a high school diploma or GED, plus nursing assistant training. You can find nurse technician programs these programs at community colleges, trade schools, and some medical facilities. (Some university hospitals will even allow nursing students to work as nurse technicians as long as they have completed a specific portion of their nursing program).
Upon successful completion of nurse technician training, individuals will subsequently be required to pass a Certified Nursing Assistant certification examination. There is a written exam, which usually consists of multiple-choice questions as well as a clinical review, which requires the student to complete clinical skills to demonstrate their competencies.
Job duties of a nurse technician:
Roles and responsibilities can include the following:
- Bathing patients
- Turning or repositioning patients
- Preparing rooms for admissions
- Cleaning rooms and changing bed sheets
- Taking patients’ vital signs
- Following up when a patient uses the call button
- Stocking supplies
- Feeding patients, measuring and charting food and liquid intake
- Combing hair, shaving, caring for nails and brushing teeth
How being a nurse technician as a nursing student can help kickstart a nursing career:
Becoming a nurse technician or CNA can be very beneficial to nursing students who want to gain knowledge from other experienced nurses in the hospital setting. You’ll get the chance to work alongside nurses in a variety of healthcare settings and learn invaluable experiences along the way.
I became a nurse technician while I was in nursing school, and it gave me an edge in many ways, such as:
- I was able to earn a little extra money while I was going to school. BSN programs are becoming more expensive every year, and working as a nurse technician offered me a way to help pay down my student loans before graduation.
- Working with experienced RN’s gave me hands-on experience that helped me earn higher grades, especially in my skills training.
- I confirmed my passion for nursing and the healthcare profession. Helping people with primary care and completing everyday activities of daily living gave me a sense of pride that what I was doing was important work.
- Most importantly, being a nurse technician helped me get my first post-nursing-school job as a neuroscience and stroke RN at a major teaching institution in Los Angeles. The experience served as an on-the-job interview for me, and I was able to secure an RN position at the same hospital that I worked as a nurse tech.
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Florence Nightingale is considered a saint by many for raising the standards of nursing, educating caregivers, and changing the perspective of how nurses were viewed in the healthcare profession.
As the most famous nurse in history, Nightingale is remembered most by her work during the Crimean War (1853-56), where she described hospital conditions as being “horrid.” During her time as a wartime nurse, she educated new nurses on higher standards of nursing care and eventually organized a nurse training school in London.
Nightingale helped pioneer the nursing profession as we know it today. One way to help us understand how and why she made many of the decisions that she made as a nurse is by reading through one of her many famous nursing quotes. Read on to hear about the thoughts and feelings that Nightingale had regarding healthcare and the nursing profession from 165 years ago.
The 35 Most Famous Nursing Quotes By Florence Nightingale:
- “If you knew how unreasonably sick people suffer from reasonable causes of distress, you would take more pains about all these things.”
2. Never speak to an invalid from behind, nor from the door, nor from any distance from him, not when he is doing anything. The official politeness of servants in these things is so grateful to invalids, that many prefer, without knowing why having none by servants about them.”
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3. “There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain.”
4. “The craving for ‘the return of the day”, which the sick so constantly evince, is generally nothing but the desire for light.”
5. The amount of relief and comfort experienced by the sick after the skin has been carefully washed and dried is one the the commonest observations made at a sickbed.”
6. Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day. If her face, too, so much the better.”
7. Women should have the true nurse calling, the good of the sick first, the second only the considerations fo what is their “place” to do – and that women who want for a housemaid to do this or the charwomen to do that, when patient is suffering, have not the making of a nurse in them…”
8. If a patient is cold, if a patient is feverish, if a patient is faint, if he is sick after taking food, if he has a bed-sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but of the nursing.”
9. Everything is sketchy, the world does nothing by sketch.”
10. Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion. Remember hs is face to face with his enemy all the time.
11. “That Religion is not devotion, but work and suffering for the love of God; this is the true doctrine of Mystics.”
12. The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.”
13. “I have learned to know God. I have recast my social belief… All my admirers are married; most of my friends are dead; and I stand with all the world before me, where to choose a path to make in it.”
14. “Do not meet or overtake a patient who is moving about in order to speak to him or to give him any message or letter. You might just as well give him a box on the ear. I have seen a patient fall flat on the ground who was standing when his nurse came into the room.”
15. “She said the object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel.”
16. “The world is put back by the death of everyone who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality.”
17. Everything you do in a patient’s room, after is is ‘put up’ for the night, increases tenfold the risk of his having a bad night. But, if you rouse him up after he has fallen asleep, you do not risk – you secure him a bad night.”
18. Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothi8ng small in it. Far the greatest things grow by God’s law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it.”
19. “The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe – how to observe – what symptoms indicate improvement – what the reverse – which as of importance – which are of none – which are the evidence of neglect – and of what kind of neglect.”
20. It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that is should do the sick no harm.”
21. A hundred struggle and drown in the breakers. One discovers the new would. But rather, ten times rather, die in the surf, heralding the way to that new world, than stand idly on the shore…
22. “I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”
23. “So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”
24. “Badly constructed houses do for the healthy what badly constructed hospitals do for the sich. Once insure that the air in a house is stagnant, and sickness is certain to follow.”
25. “If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of a very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing.”
26. “Wise and humane management of the patient is the best safeguard against infection.”
27. “The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”
28. “God spoke to me and called me to His Service. What form this service was to take the voice did not say.”
29. Sick children, if not too shy to speak, will always express this wish. They invariably prefer a story to be told them, rather than read to them.”
30. “A dark house is always an unhealthy house, always all ill-aired house, Always a dirty house. Want of light stops growth and promotes scrofula, rickets, ect,. amoung the children. People lose their health in a dark house, and if they get ill, they cannot get well again in it.
31. And what nursing has to do in either case, is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.”
32. “Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.”
33. “Why do people sit up so late, or more rarely get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves.”
34. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
35. “How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.”
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A sports shoe designed with the needs of nurses in mind?
There are thousands of different types of shoes on the market designed for various athletes.
But until now, sports shoes didn’t exist for nurses. (Even though the physicality required to be a nurse can be just as strenuous as any other athletic performance – but without the recognition).
The Nike Air Zoom Pulse is coming out this month and will be the first athletic performance shoe for medical professionals.
Nike Air Zoom Pulse: Nike Shoes For Nurses & Other Medical Professionals
Nursing is a sport of its own
It requires the same hustle, grit, and tenacity that many athletes are portrayed as having every single day in the media. But its more than just sweat and tears – nurses are also saving lives and helping humankind in the process.
There are 3 million nurses in the United States – many struggle with chronic foot pain, back pain, and generalized pain as a result of the intensity of our careers. Primarily because, as nurses, we are on our feet for so many hours a day.
In fact, as an Emergency Room nurse, I am always standing and moving for 12 hours a shift. And after only seven years in the profession, I am already struggling with chronic back and knee pain.
The Nike Air Zoom Pulse shoes: occupational hazard prevention for nurses?
Nike says this shoe is for the everyday hero: nurses, doctors, home health providers and other medical professionals who are working round-the-clock to provide patient care.
At first glance, the shoe appears to be a hybrid of a cross trainer and a clog – making it easy to slip on and off, but still sturdy like a tennis shoe.
They are lace-less, which most nurses can appreciate. Working in the hospital setting means coming in contact with fluids and nasty germs – and shoelaces are impossible to get clean.
Also, Nike states on its website that the upper section of the shoes have a protective coating, which makes them easy to clean.
Working in the hospital setting can get slippery
It is no surprise that not wearing a slip-resistant nursing shoe is an occupational hazard for nurses. We are frequently walking around on hard and sometimes wet surfaces. The floors are regularly being cleaned in between patients, and there are occasional spills that can sometimes result in unintended falls.
It happens so frequently that some facilities even pay for nurses to receive a new pair of nursing shoes every six months! In turn, this helps protect nurses from injuries that could have otherwise resulted in an injury and disability from work.
The #1 feature of these shoes that caught my attention was how NIKE is promoting them to be especially slip-resistant on hard surfaces, such as hospital floors. (I once slipped in a patients room and sprained my ankle when I was wearing running shoes that I had been wearing for only a month).
The NIKE Air Zoom Pulse shoe: designed with medical professionals in mind and engineers even worked one-on-one with nurses in the hospital setting during development.
Product testing with nurses in a hospital
What I appreciate most about what I have read about this shoe is that it has been tested on actual medical professionals during working hours at a hospital. All of their product testing was done at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital located in Portland, Oregon. The NIKE Air Zoom Pulse designers worked with nurses in the healthcare environment to create a shoe that works for long stretches of standing and quick movement when emergencies strike.
Can a shoe be both comfortable for long stretches of standing and versatile enough to support the fast movements required in emergencies? The NIKE website states that the Air Zoom Pulse shoes have the following features
- Easy to get on and off
- Super simple to clean
- Have the right cushioning and traction to secure the foot in all hospital conditions
- Slip-resistant “water dispersive traction”
Nike Air Zoom Pulse: game-changer for the nurse athletes?
Time will tell how well these perform on nurses, but I am very interested in finding out. The release date for the Nike Air Zoom Pulse is on December 6, 2019. It is perfectly timed for right before the holidays.
If you are a medical professional who has wear shoes in the workplace, please share your thoughts!
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There are a whole lot of NEW nurse bloggers and influencers showing up in 2020.
Many nurses are doing more then just working at the bedside these days. In fact, there are a few taking the interweb by storm as nurse bloggers and healthcare writers.
But many of the best nurse bloggers I follow these days aren’t always necessarily writing about nursing, or even healthcare for that matter. They have there own unique brands and personalities – and many intertwine both their personal and professional lives within their online businesses.
To make this list the nurse influencer needed to also have their own self-hosted website in addition to their other social media handles. Its wonderful to be an Instagram sensation, but its also important to have a home base (er, blog!) to call your home. (After all, that is the only platform out there that you can actually own).
Here were a few other things taken into consideration:
- Interesting topic selection
- Original content ideas (there is a lot of regurgitation out there!)
- Has at least one self-hosted website to match their brand
- Consistent publication
- On multiple social media handles
Check out these amazing nurse bloggers you may not have heard of yet!
The best new nurse bloggers in 2020.
Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, is the founder and innovator at NewThingNurse.com. Her passion is to help nurses of all ages, specialties and experience levels harness that power to accomplish their academic, professional and personal goals through supportive coaching and advisement.
As part of her book of business, Sarah also offers social media consulting and 1:1 content writing coach.
In addition, Sarah is a nationwide educational and motivational speaker on many subjects, including finding a your first job as a new grad, keeping your nursing career fresh, workplace violence, mock code creation, RN’s and social media use, and bridging generational gaps within the nursing profession.
Sarah, is an emergency room nurse who, you guessed it, loves a farmer. She frequently writes about her life raising 3 little boys on their family farm while managing her career as a nurse.
Sarah’s niche topics include farming, home-cooked recipes, family life, all things motherhood and photography. She is very active and has large followings on instagram and Facebook.
In addition, she has contributed to the Huffington Post, Yummy Mummy Club, Parent-Tested Parent-Approved (PTPA) websites, as well as The Western Producer. She also previously wrote for Rocky Mountain Equipment’s internal newsletter, and is a regular contributor to Grainews Magazine.
Nikki, ICU nurse and yoga instructor is the creator of Nurse Tribe, a website dedicated to helping nurses overcome burnout through yoga and meditation.
On her website she teaches nurses how to stress less, stay fit and cultivate holistic wellness from within. She offers helpful guides for self-care goal setting and actionable videos to help improve the physical and mental health of nurses, both in and out of scrubs.
The best new nurse bloggers in 2020.
Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN, is the CEO of The Nurse Speak, a boutique nursing education and consulting company. He specializes in creating individualized consulting, mentoring and tutoring services for nursing students, new graduate nurses, other healthcare program students, and healthcare related companies.
Jenkins was also a speaker at the 2019 National Nurses in Business Association. His spoke about “building your brand identity from idea to reality.” So not only is he an interesting nurse influencer to follow, but he’s teaching other nurse creators to do the same.
Carol Bush, RN, BSN, is a self-described “crazy Memah” and women of many talents: oncology RN, podcast host, writing coach, connector, healthcare writer and entreprenuer.
As co-host of The Savvy Scribe Podcast, she provides business-building strategies, systems and success stories for high performing health writers to her students in The Savvy Scribe Tribe.
One thing that makes Carol especially unique is how she is encouraging many retiring nurses to taking on “high-performing healthcare writing” as an encore career.
Janine Kelbach, a labor and delivery nurse of 13 years, is the creator of Write RN, a business platform for coaching nurses how to become successful healthcare writers. She is also a co-host of the Savvy Scribe Podcast where she provides business-building strategies, systems and success stories for high performing health writers to her students in The Savvy Scribe Tribe.
Kelbach started writing for different healthcare blogs and websites in 2012. Currently, Janine is currently writing articles and social media content for publishing companies and various clients including Motherly, parenting websites, and online nursing magazines.
(You can find more of Janine’s work and janinekelbach.contenly.com).
Emma is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who works rotating shifts as an emergency room nurse, as well as primary nurse blogger for their website, The Other Shift. Her husband Dan is the backbone of all-things “techy” in the business.
Together, Emma and Dan created The Other Shift a blog dedicated towards helping shift workers manage sleep fatigue, find time for exercise, stay healthy and find the right balance between ‘you time’ and managing relationships.
On their website you can find helpful courses, survival guides, meal plans, and advice for nurses who want to find control in having an irregular schedule.
Sarah, BSN, RN is an emergency room nurse, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, healthcare writer and blogger at MotherNurseLove.com. She also has a prior bachelors degree in Journalism.
After becoming a parent and finding that there was a lack of support for RN moms, Sarah created Mother Nurse Love, a resource that helps inspire the Nurse Mom to recognize their own self-care needs, provide useful nurse & mom lifestyle information, and thrive in both family and career.
Her writing has also been featured on other popular nurse sites including Allnurses.com, The Daily Nurse and The Huffington Post.
The best new nurse bloggers in 2020.
Cat Golden, RN BSN is a pediatric RN with a prior business degree and creator of Nine Lives Health. Her website provides nurses with a centralized community of support and a variety of tools that provide structure to the nurse mindset.
She founded the LEAP LAND LIVE Method, a personalized mentorship program, to help nurses find routine and stability in what is normally the chaos of nursing.
In addition, Cat founded the #nursesinspirenurses movement to help nurses take control of their current work situations and inspire positive changes in the nursing profession by supporting one another.
Kate is an ICU nurse, mom, and enthusiastic foodie turned blogger at RealFoodRN,com. In her years of nursing she found herself disappointed with a healthcare system that often pushes pills instead of focusing on disease prevention. This lead her to go back to school for holistic nutrition and learn to counsel people on how to live a better live through nutrition.
Not only does she blog regularly about delicious, healthy recipes, but she also started the Real Food RN Wellness Podcast where she talks about all things healthy eating.
Kate has been featured in publications such as Nurse.org, Healthy Holistic Living and Health Starts In The Kitchen.
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Michael Ward is an acute care nurse practitioner student, critical care nurse, keynote speaker, fitness enthusiast, dad to 5 boys, and creator of the blog HaveMursey.com.
As a self proclaimed advocate for men in nursing, Mike states that his mission is to change the stigma associated with men in the profession. In addition to his bog where he writes about varies nurse education and lifestyle topics, he has a very strong influencer following on Twitter.
K Chandler, a pediatric RN, goes by the name “The Traveling Nurse” and strives to motivate her readers to work hard and travel harder. On her website and blog, TheTravelingNurse.com, she strives to give back to others through donated medical supplies and sharing valuable nursing lifestyle information.
In addition to her globe trotting as a travel nurse and on medical missions (most recently in Kenya!), she really shines as an Instagram influencer. Her gorgeous feed documents her amazing nursing care and highlights her travels around the world.
The best new nurse bloggers in 2020.
Anna M. Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN, is an experienced nurse all over the hosptial setting: medical/surgical, telemetry, cardiovascular ICU, nurse manager, and even travel nursing. She created her website TheBurnoutBook.com to highlight issues within the nursing profession such as burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral distress.
As a nurse influencer, Anna is a blogger, conference speaker, and AACN ambassador. In addition, she is an Instagram favorite among many nurses where she provides honest personal candor, and inspiration for many nurses struggling within the nursing profession.
Amanda is an Ivy-league educated nurse practitioner, twin mom, freelance writer and content creator at TheResumeRX.com. She states on her website that superb grammar is her love language and has a passion for helping nurses create clean, modern resumes and cover letters that make a memorable first impression.
But she not only creates incredible nursing resume templates and provides courses to help nurses find their dream job – she also manages to blog frequently on her website. Her content is original, inspiring and actionable.
Her instagram account is as clean and beautiful as her templates, and she has a large (and growing) following among nurses.
Lindsey is a nurse practitioner and yoga instructor with a passion for teaching nurses preventative holistic healthcare from the yoga mat. Her mission: to help nurses transform and live their best nurse lives.
She offers online programs, live programs and even does private coaching, all of which can be accessed from her website YogaHealthNurse.com. If you become a part of her email list she has fantastic bi-weekly doses of yoga inspiration and offers a way to connect with a group of other like-minded nurse yogis (including many first timers!)
I hope you enjoyed reading about the these up-and-coming nurse influencers! If you haven’t already take a moment to check out some of their websites. You may find a new nurse influencer that resonates with you and can help inspire you within your own personal and professional life!
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