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“My research article was accepted for publication!”

Beth, a former hospital nursing director-turned-faculty member, learns she has to present her research at a national conference and write it up for publication...

Moving up millennials to leadership roles

Christina, a 29-year-old RN, BSN, recently obtained her MSN in clinical management. She has worked 3 years as a staff nurse and wants to...

Tools to improve your collaborative skills

No matter what your practice environment, you need to collaborate effectively with other nurses and other disciplines to excel in your career. Nurses are expected to participate in...

Original research at a small rural hospital—you can do it!

Nurses want to provide evidence-based care that reflects best practices. But they also have uniquely local clinical questions that can’t be readily answered through...

Evidence-based interview strategy for new nurses

For many nurses, job interviews induce fear. The competitive job market has made interview preparation more important than ever, especially for new graduate nurses. Competition for new...

Retirement countdown: Are Baby Boomer Nurses prepared for what lies ahead?

Baby Boomers (born from 1946 – 1964), eager to step away from the pressures and responsibilities of the workplace and embark on the next...

Boost your career with community outreach involvement

Does patient teaching energize you? Could you see yourself leading a hula hoop contest to motivate children to exercise? Do you enjoy working with patients and professionals who...

Mentoring 101: What you need to know about nurturing new nurses

“I will be your mentor.” I was fortunate to hear these five words early in my career. As nursing becomes more complex, patients more...

Is utilization review the career for you?

Rising medical costs  and healthcare reform have increased the need for careful review and management of medical resources. The unique and vital role of the utilization review...

Frequently asked legal questions

Editor’s note: The following questions are excerpts from the book Frequently Asked Legal Questions Keeping Nurses Awake at Night, by the author, copyright 2015....

Professional competencies can ease your transition to a new specialty

THE NURSING PROFESSION offers many specialty roles, including both direct patient-care roles (such as emergency, neonatal, and school nurse) and indirect roles (such as nurse manager, case...

Coaching patients to better health

“How do I know when I’m supposed to get screening tests?” “What do these labs mean and why did my nurse practitioner change my...
References

Selecting and preparing professional references

When applying for a nursing job at a hospital, Gina Lawson, RN, provides the name of a former nursing school professor—we’ll call her Lynn...