Nursing career

2019 Career Watch

The work you do should be challenging, rewarding, and bring you joy. Is your current career trajectory fulfilling those requirements?…

A multifaceted gem

Through poetry, Susan Wilcox Stelton, MSN, APRN-BC, CWOCN, reflects on the many facets of nursing.

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Do you need a business card?

If you’ve been wondering whether you should have a business card, or if you’ve decided to get a business card…

Do you need a business card?

The author’s answers to five questions will tell you why you need a card and how to use it effectively.

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Do you remember when?

It’s time for new nursing graduates to join your work environment. Will you be a supportive colleague of their entry…
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Do you want to be a preceptor?

PRECEPTORS MAKE ALL the difference. Without the right preceptor, the transition from classroom to patient’s room can be difficult, but…
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I always loved taking care of patients. It was fun, exciting, intellectually stimulating, and rewarding. To this day, I remember…

Find the best route to your career destination

To move your career up a notch, should you go back to school or pursue nonacademic options? The authors’ advice can help you decide on the best professional development route.

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Flying high to save lives

Flight nursing offers rewards that few other nursing jobs can match. Across the globe, patients are transported from accident scenes…
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From our readers…Two Poems

Nursing’s Future & Hospital Corridor by Kristina Ibitayo is clinical assistant professor at University of Texas at Arlington College of…

Hospitals Explore Innovative Nurse Retention Strategies

Hospitals know that it’s less expensive to retain the nurses they have than to recruit, train and place new ones. This has led hospitals and other facilities to continue to look for new and creative ways to keep their nurses right where they are.

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How to leave a job gracefully

I was diligent. I completed my tasks on time. And I took on extra assignments and shifts. My boss was…

Jump-start your job search

Out of work? Don’t let a challenging economy and difficult job market get you down. The author’s tips can job search into high gear.

Layoffs: Is the sky really falling?

The last several months of economic upheaval bring back memories of the 1980s and 1990s when many organizations reduced their…
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Leadership insights

The chief nursing officer (CNO) of a hospital or other healthcare organization has extensive responsibilities, ranging from patient care at…
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Learning to love your job

The alarm clock goes off too early, and you jump-start the day with a cup of coffee and a short…

Make a difference as a rehabilitation nurse

From September 21 to 27, we celebrate National Rehabilitation Awareness Week by promoting the value of rehabilitation, highlighting the opportunities…
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Move up to the role of nurse manager

NURSE MANAGERS at all levels work together to address emerging trends, adopt innovative ideas, and work toward the shared goals…
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My First Day in the ED

Note: This article was written before Kenneth graduated from nursing school. My first experience in an emergency department (ED) setting…
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Networking for nurses

Sherry stands nervously in the doorway, watching several dozen people chat each other up. The sound of her heartbeat threatens…
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Our Readers Respond

The truth about high-energy drinks Re “High-energy drinks: What you don’t know could hurt you” (August article available here): I…
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Plan a career, not just a job

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where…

Plan a career, not just a job

Through focused soul-searching, you can create a more fulfilling and enriching career. The author tells how to brainstorm to find the nursing career that really floats your boat.

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Retaining nurse managers

The nurse manager role is pivotal in staff nurse satisfaction and retention, quality of patient care, and achieving organizational goals,…
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Take Note – May 2008

One in four U.S. teenage girls has an STD According to a recent federal study, one in four American teenage…

The disappearing inpatient

As hospital admissions shrink, nursing jobs are shiftingto other areas, such as outpatient offices, clinics, postacute facilities, and home care.

Tips for floaters

Although few nurses look forward to it, floating gives you a chance to experience another practice area, break out of your daily routine, and learn something new.

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