March 30, 2015

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Safety Concerns for Nurses

A lot of nurse’s decisions of whether to remain in the nursing field are due to their many concerns with safety measures. These same nurses state how the safety concerns play a heavy influence on them because of high levels of stress rooting from long hours as well as overtime. The percentage of nurses that decide to remove themselves from the field has been building and building in current years.

Mainly a lot of the safety and health concerns derive from nurses that fall between the ages of 41-50 and have had more then 10 years of experience. As for the high-pressure work environment and overtime these same nurses complain about back problems and the fear of contracting some kind of illness or obtain another injury. Some practices fear that nurses will up and leave or will not find nursing to be a career that they find attractive.

 Although a lot of nurses confirm that they do feel safe in their current work place, there is always the threat of others who do not feel the same. A percentage of nurses say they were threatened with verbal abuse and a smaller percentage saying that they have been physically assaulted while on the job. We need to figure out a solution so that nurses do not feel anxious when they have to go into work. We can make necessary precautions so that the nursing field does not suffer from poor safety installments.

 How do we make a change?

 First, the employer must tackle health and safety concerns right from the start. This will eliminate the concerns nurses having going into a job. The working conditions for nurses needs to improve as well as compensation offered. As for the long scheduled hours, we could change the hours of work as well as shortening or eliminating overtime hours.

We do not want to see nurses losing interest in their field due to issues that can be easily solved with a few adjustments to the system. Nursing is an extremely rewarding field and we do not want to see a shortening in the field. By changing the way employers handle safety concerns for nurses we can begin to attract and retain nurses on a continuous basis.

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March 23, 2015
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6 Super Cool Nursing Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of

When you were in school deciding which specialty of nursing would suit you best I bet you never thought that your workplace could be a rock concert, sports arena, or aboard a jet. However, these less common but way cool types of nursing jobs exist—whether you knew it or not.

 

1. Cruise Ship Nurse

Ever wish you could combine the excitement of a nautical Caribbean vacation with your day-to-day nursing career? Not possible, right? Well you may want to grab your swim trunks and your flippyfloppies and think again. Cruise ships need nurses, too. When you’re out on the open seas anything from minor scrapes to major heart attacks can strike people on board and need care until they are able to be taken off board. That’s why they need to keep nurses on staff!

2. Rock Concert Nurse

At large concert venues or musical festivals accidents are bound to happen. Large amounts of people and a lot of movement mixed with alcohol, dancing, and whatever else may happen means that there’s got to be professionals on hand to take care of people who rock-out a little too hard.

3. Flight Nurse

Want your nursing career to take flight, literally? Flight nursing is a real job for healthcare professionals who truly believe the sky is the limit. Theses nurses can work on either airplanes or helicopters where they are trained to be there in event of an emergency during the flight. Typically, these are emergency nurses or chronic care nurses because of the nature of this job. Nurses can either get these jobs through hospitals or through the military.

4. Forensic Nurse

Ever watch those shows like CSI or Bones and wish you could help solve crimes like them? Well, you actually can if you’re in the field of forensic nursing. Not only do these professionals help treat patients, but they also “solve the case” about how crimes have been committed. But, you’ve got to have a strong stomach in this particular job because sometimes you have the task of identifying dead bodies, eek!

5. Medical Esthetics Nurse

For nurses that grew up in the 1980′s, AKA era of the best makeover montages in film history, medical esthetic nursing could be your calling in life. Medical esthetics nurses are responsible or helping patients that are undergoing procedures in the name of beauty such as chemical peels, laser hair removal, and collagen injections.

6. Sports Nurse

In addition to onsite doctors and therapists for sports teams, they now are employing nurses as well. Nurses are now working in football, baseball, hockey, and even NASCAR. A perfect career for the medically-trained jock.

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March 18, 2015
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Travel Nurse Tax Guide

 

As they say, there’s nothing certain in life except death and taxes—but, the whole concept of travel nurse taxes gets a bit tricky. While traveling you are probably wondering about how you will be taxed due to living in a new destination for a period of time. Typically there are stipends or reimbursements for travel nurses. The stipends and reimbursements are for meals and incidentals, including parking, bus/taxi fares and housing. You can also be part of the “tax advantage plan” in which some expenses are tax deductible and some are non-taxable. This is how a lot of travel nursing jobs are handled with regards to taxing.

To Do’s Before Your Travel

For starters you must have a permanent tax home and your travel nursing job must not be in commuting distance of your permanent tax home. This is how you will be able to qualify for nontaxable travel benefits such as transportation and housing costs. Failing to have both of these things can result in taxable income from the start of your trip.

A Tax Home Representation form also needs to be filled out before the start of your assignment and whenever there is a change to your location. It is recommended to have a tax adviser assist you and with everything else you would need help on, your recruiter will help every step of the way.

Travel Nurse Taxing Facts

If your travel nursing assignment is located in commuting distance from your personal residence, travel benefits will not be paid due to not having any travel costs. If you are traveling away from your permanent residence it is recommended to keep a mileage log that tracks your mileage to and from your new travel nursing destination. In regards to injury while on the job you will receive 2/3 of your hourly taxable pay rate.

Along with information on the IRS, many travel nurses are curious as to what a “tax home” means to them. A “tax home” is not where your permanent residence is; it is where the majority of your income is earned. You need to maintain all conditions to maintain a tax home or you will be claimed as an “itinerant worker.”

One last thing, have your travel assignments stay within those 13-26 week periods due to you not wanting the IRS to think that you have abandoned your permanent residence.

Hopefully these tips and facts are helpful with the questions that you might have dealing with taxing while you are on assignment in a new location. Your recruiter and employer will help you with all of your further questions as well; it is recommended to keep in close contact with them.

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March 9, 2015
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The Weirdest Nursing Laws in the World

Healthcare is one of the most complicated fields when it comes to obeying laws because of the nature of the practice. But, I bet you didn’t know there’s a country that has a law against being too fat or that certain color scrubs are government mandated depending on your specialty. Here are a few silly nursing laws and rules you probably didn’t even know existed.

 

It’s illegal to throw away mercury thermometers in the US.

Sure, you probably won’t see mercury thermometers in hospitals anymore. But, if you’re in a poorer area or doing home-care visits you might come across this old-school tool. But, these easily breakable glass thermometers can be hazardous because of its loose mercury. If you come across one, you have to bring it to a hazardous disposal unit.

Getting off work for Christmas doesn’t exist in Saudi Arabia.

A lot of nurses still have to work holidays in America, but usually opting to take shifts during Thanksgiving or Christmas mean some sort of perks or bonuses. However, if you’re a nurse in Saudi Arabia, don’t think you’ll get off for Christmas just because their a mostly Muslim country. In fact, they don’t even consider December 25th a holiday…

It’s against the law to get pregnant if you’re single in the United Arab Emirates.

There’s two options for unwed women who get knocked up in the UAE—-either marry the father of the unborn child or leave the country. Repercussions include deportation or jail. If you’re an unmarried nurse planning on working in the United Arab Emirates, practice caution…

American hospitals have language policies.

There’s some hospitals that enforce strict “English only” rules in certain spots in their building. Usually, these are put into place when guests complain about not being able to understand nurses who speak other languages around them. It is really an etiquette thing. Hospital visitors feel uncomfortable when healthcare staff speak amongst themselves in their presence worrying that it is about them. However, safety is another reason for implementing this sort of regulation in certain facilities.

If you’re a bilingual nurse in the United States, you may want to check the hospital you’re working in for their particular language policy.

Australian nurses need to pass English tests before getting licensed.

It makes sense that a country would require a language test for their nurses to ensure they are able to take care of the patients, right? But, it’s still funny that their aspiring nurses have to pass the English test even if they come from say, England–where they would speak…English.

You aren’t allowed to be obese in Japan.

To avoid health complications to citizens from being too big, Japan passed a law in 2008 that made the maximum waistline size 85 cm for men and 90 cm for women (over 40.) People who fail to fit the country’s waist-requirement have to be given special education to prevent health issues like cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.

The government provides uniforms for nurses in Wales.

Next time you complain about wearing scrubs, be thankful you can still have the freedom to choose the color/pattern of yours. That is, unless you’re a nurse in the U.K. that has to wear standardized colors. The color of uniform nurses must wear depend on which type of nurse they are in Wales. For example, staff nurses wear “hospital blue”, midwives wear “postman blue”. and nursery nurses wear “aqua green.”

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February 23, 2015
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The Basic Guide to Travel Nurse Housing

Travel nursing usually has two different offerings for housing; you could be agency placed or receive a housing stipend. Depending on the assignment itself and the location housing can differ wherever you decide to travel to. The benefits of being agency placed is that you do not have to go off searching by yourself which can be hard to do especially in smaller cities. Another benefit is the simplicity factor, all you have to do is show up at your destination and the housing is already there. You also do not have to pay out of pocket for deposits/leases, which removes the issue if your assignment were to be all of a sudden cancelled.

Utilities and Furnishings

Most agencies will pay for utilities such as, gas, electric, and water. As for cable and Internet this depends, some will pay some will not. Furnished housing usually consists of a queen-sized bed, dresser, nightstand (the usual bedroom necessitates) and kitchen table, couch, chair, lamp, coffee table and television. Items like a microwave, washer/dryer are not always considered usual items but can be discussed with the agency. Make this temporary housing your home and re-decorate a bit. This can give your home for a few weeks a temporary touch of personality.

Family, Friends, and Pets

If you choose to stay with a family or friend in the area that you are traveling to, you will be able to receive a housing stipend depending on the location of travel and the contract signed with the agency. As for roommates, you will usually not have a roommate while on assignment. In some cases however, if it is a very short assignment you could possibly have a roommate. This again, is up to the agency that you are on assignment for.

Bring your family bring your pet! While on assignment you can most definitely bring your loved ones. What better way to have this adventure than with your family, they too will be able to have this experience and be able to share it with you. Be sure to discuss this with your recruiter so that the proper accommodations can be made. When bringing your pet, keep in mind that there most likely will be an added deposit that you will have to pay to bring your furry pal. You can travel with another travel nurse as well. This could be beneficial to both of you for housing and stipend options.

Getting Settled

Usually you are allowed two days before the start date of your travel nurse assignment to move into your temporary home. This way you can be settled in your new space and ready to tackle the new city you are working in. Travel nursing is an extremely rewarding career, and being comfortable in where you will reside for those weeks is crucial. Finding the right city and the right housing is essential to having a great experience at your next destination. Depending on your preferences for housing, your nursing agency will help you every step of the way to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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February 18, 2015
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Call-off Conduct: Do Travel Nurses Get Sick Days?

In the travel nursing industry, an unspoken rule is that you just can’t miss any of your shifts. So what do you do if you’re sick as a dog and don’t want to end up in the doghouse at work?

Unforeseen circumstances like illness are difficult (and impossible) to avoid, especially for healthcare professionals who are exposed to contagious patients every day. However, in travel nursing it’s far different to take a sick day than for permanent staff. Permanent nurses can easily find a colleague to work in their place, but travel nurses don’t really have that same luxury. After all, considering a travel nurse’s role is to sometimes fill in for another person who had to go on medical leave for a period of time, sick days can get a little complicated.

Ask about sick days BEFORE it happens.

Before you sign your contract for your travel nursing assignment, among the plethora of other questions you definitely have to ask, you must ask about the protocol for missed shifts in the event of an illness or emergency. You need to know who to contact if you do have to miss a day of work while on your travel nurse job.

  • Find out if you need to contact the hospital or your agency—-or both. This varies depending on which facility you’re working in and which agency you’re working with.
  • Tip: Usually, you should contact the hospital you’re working in the very moment you know you have to miss your shift. However, certain agencies enforce policies where you must contact them first.
  • Find out what possible ramifications there are for if you have an unexpected missed shift.

Sometimes you can’t afford to get sick:

There’s no paid days off for a travel nurse.

Travel nurse benefits like housing and travel stipends are all allotted based on a certain number of contracted hours. Agencies get the money for those things from the hospital based on the hours worked so if their contractually obligated nurses don’t work them, the agencies don’t get paid. The ramifications for this usually come down on the nurse then. Again, these will vary depending on which agency your assignment is with, but usually you could expect to pay a penalty that would cover the costs that were accumulated due to those missed hours. However, in some instances travel nurses can simply make up the hours by working more that week.

If a travel nurse has to take off a couple days, that’s usually fine. If they have to take off a week or something, then that’s a different story. Most likely instances like that will end with a cancelled contract and a very devastated RN. When this happens, it might take a while to get cleared for future assignments.

Missing shifts as a travel nurse can affect your bonuses as well. To get most bonuses in travel nursing, there’s a certain number of hours that must be worked during that contract. Even one hour missed could totally blow it!

Your attendance record is at stake.

Travel nurse assignments are usually only about 3 months so if you get struck with the flu and take off 3 days or so, you risk jeopardizing your attendance record. It could be the only 3 days you have missed in 5 years, but in the eyes of the hospital you appear to be unreliable because you are only a temporary employee. If you do happen to get a bad attendance record at a facility, your reference from the hospital won’t be very good. It’s not fair, but that’s just how it goes.

Sickness happens.

Although it’s not an ideal scenario to have to take a day off due to illness, it’s not the end of the world. Nurses are people, too, and everyone gets sick every now and then. Your agency will understand and if you can make up the hours it will have no effect on anything. The worst thing you could do is to go into your shift with a contagious illness that could end up spreading to staff or patients!

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February 9, 2015
Easy Meal Ideas for Travel Nurses

Easy Meal Ideas for Travel Nurses

Sometimes travel nurses don’t always have a lot of flexibility in their schedule, which means that sometimes being able to find time to eat healthy can be nearly impossible. Whether you are being called in earlier than expected or an emergency appears and you have to rush to the hospital, you will find yourself having to abruptly leave with barely a moments notice. There’s not always a whole lot of time to cook and picking up take-out can be damaging to both your wallet and your waistline!

Luckily, there’s a lot of easy options with little-to-none prep-time needed. Instead of just hitting the drive-thru or just forgoing meal time altogether, try out some simple snack or meal that you can throw together in just a moment’s notice. The tiniest alteration to your eating routine can prove to improve your life in many ways; from feeling more energized by fueling your body with nutritious nibbles to saving time, money, and calories.

Breakfast Options:

 

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • A few ice cubes and blend.

 

Avocado Toast with Egg

  • 2 Slice of Whole Grain Bread
  • Smashed Avocado with salt and pepper
  • Add two sunny-side up eggs for some protein

 

Ricotta and Tomato Breakfast Sandwich

  • 2 Whole grain Pieces of toast
  • Spread 1 Tablespoon on each piece
  • Add 1-2 pieces of tomato on each slice with salt and pepper

Lunch Options:

 

   Turkey Wrap

  • 1 Whole Wheat Wrap
  • 3 Slices of Deli Turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons Hummus of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon goat cheese
  • 1 Handful of baby spinach

 

Spicy Black Bean Burrito

  • 1 Whole Wheat Wrap
  • ¼ Cup black beans
  • Few Slices of Avocado
  • ¼ small sliced red onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce of your choice

 

Ham, Pear, and Swiss Sandwich

  • 2 Slices od Whole Wheat Bread
  • 3 Slices Deli Ham
  • 1 Slice Swiss Cheese
  • ½ Sliced Pear
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey Mustard

 

Side Snacks to go along with your lunch:

  • Handful of Sweet Potato Chips
  • Any Fruit
  • Cucumber Sliced with Hummus
  • Handful of Pita Chips
  • Handful of Tortilla Chips with Fresh Salsa
  • Mixed Olives

 

Dinner Options:

 

            Zucchini Noodles with Leek-Tomato Sauce

  • ½ Zucchini sliced thin whichever way you like
  • ¼ cup chopped white onion
  • ½ leek chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • Salt, pepper, any other herbs of your choice

 Set cut zucchini aside, heat olive oil at medium heat and then add onion, leek with salt, pepper and other herbs. Add tomato puree to pan and mix. Pour over zucchini and enjoy!

 

Turkey Sandwich with Brie and Cranberry Dressing

  • ½ cup pulled turkey
  • 2 pieces of your choice of bread
  • 1 Tablespoon crumbled brie cheese
  • Handful of greens
  • Drizzle cranberry sauce over all of the contents and season with pepper

 

While you are not working it is also a useful tip to have other foods prepared so you can just grab and go. Have cut up fruit ready for a fruit salad or cut up vegetables that you can dip into your favorite dressing. Pre-made egg salad or any other kind of salad and keep it in your refrigerator, so that you can simply spread it between toast, with some spinach and a slice of tomato for a quick meal. The options are endless for quick eats so that you can grab and go while heading out the door to the hospital!

 

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February 2, 2015
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What are “Strike Nursing Job?”

There’s been a whole lot of nurses going on strike lately in the news. From California Kaiser’s nurses announcing their strike last month, to nurses from University of Chicago announcing theirs just a couple days ago. It all basically comes down to nurses banning together sick and tired of certain problems over sick leave, benefits, and other labor dispute reasons.

But—what happens when nurses strike?

When nurses strike, it can cause a lot of devastation. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, during strikes in-hospital mortality rates of patients rises nearly 20%! Plus, admissions to hospitals reportedly also increase about 6.5% during time of strikes.

When it comes to strikes causing potential losses of productivity, something must be done. Because, being short-staffed in the healthcare industry isn’t just inconvenient…it’s deadly. From the high rise of these strikes,  rising from 670,000 to over a million from 1990 to 2008, there became a new industry–strike nursing companies. These companies started in order to help alleviate some of this desperate need for strike nursing jobs in the U.S. Their sole mission is to help short-staffed hospitals get skilled RNs to step in during their desperate times.

Nursing strikes isn’t just a health concern for the public and the patients who may not be able to get cared for, but it’s also a huge hit for the business aspect as well. No matter how many employees a hospital has, there’s going to be consistent numbers of patients always coming in. So they can’t very well lose the productivity (and profit) from being staffed sufficiently enough to provide proper care, but they risk lawsuits and losing time to help.

All about strike nursing jobs:

A lot of times, due to the urgency of filling positions in healthcare facilities and hospitals during strikes, nurses who volunteer to nursing strikes jobs are given some pretty sweet perks. For instance, some RNs get immediately offered large base rates because of the demand for replacement workers. And, because strikes are so sudden–facilities are ill-prepared for restaffing per diem employees. But, for RNs who sign up for strike nursing jobs, they can see flight itineraries sent out within like a day!

Perks of nursing strike jobs:

  • The money is a huge incentive—strike nursing companies have no choice but to pay top dollar for strike nurses because of the urgency and demand to fill positions.
  • Getting the experience and learning how hospitals may work differently in other regions or states can help nurses gain valuable knowledge that most other health professionals don’t get.
  • It’s great for people who want to travel, but want to on a short notice.
  • It lends a plethora of intrinsic rewards being able to know you are helping a hospital and it’s patients during a time of crisis.

Although all nurses value the profession, some feel that it is wrong to “wear the scrubs of a scab.” Scab is a term for a member of a nursing union. However, strike nurses aren’t undermining their fellow RNs, they simply are stepping in and temporarily performing duties that have to get done–no matter what! Hospitals always need to be fully-staffed and when there aren’t people there to treat the sick and injured, then our system is flawed.

Travel Nurse Source is proud to help strike nursing companies gain strike nurses to the American facilities that are in need desperate need of your talents.

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January 23, 2015
History's Most Famous Nurses

History’s Most Famous Nurses

Believe it or not, the nursing profession as we know it, is less than 150 years old! Before that, hospitals/medical practice were relatively unsafe and many people just treated their sickness at home. It wasn’t actually until the 19th century that nurses even began having any formal training at all–it was typically just nuns or military personnel (during wartime) that treated people with injuries or illness. In the span of time that more modernized nursing practices have been in place, we’ve seen some notable nurses through the years. Some have faced adversity, others have just been straight-up innovators in the field, and some are just downright infamous.

 

Florence Nightingale

We all know Florence Nightingale—she’s essentially the mother of modern nursing education. Nightingale has several names that have been bestowed upon her such as “The Queen of Nurses” and “The Lady with the Lamp.” Her nicknames say it all–she was a revolutionary woman. After having treated countless British solider in the 1800′s, she realized her mission in life was to teach proper hygiene for patient-care.

 

Clara Barton

Clara Barton is perhaps the most widely-known American nurse of all time. After all, we all know about her main accomplishment of founding the American Red Cross in 1881 at the golden age of 60. However, she originally began working as a teacher before hitting the nursing profession during the Civil War where she was affectionately known as the “angel of the battlefield.”

 

Mary Breckinridge

Mary Breckinridge became an RN in 1910. During her career she practiced in Washington D.C., Boston, and France where she was part of the American Committee for Devastated France. While she was in France, Breckinridge decided that her new passion would be practicing midwifery. She started in London and eventually brought it into the United States. Today, she is credited with bringing the midwife practice to America. Breckinridge created the Frontier Nursing Service which brought prenatal/postnatal care to the people around eastern Kentucky. Her organization would provide care and transport newborn babies on horseback. For their services, they asked for little payment in return.

 

Mary Ezra Mahoney

Another memorable RN named Mary was Mary Ezra Mahoney. She was the very first African-American woman to become a nurse–or even finish nursing training at all. In fact, Mahoney was so good that she was one of the only 4 out of 42 people that ended up finishing the New England Hospital for Women and Children. She was allowed to attend nursing school as a black woman because they loosened their practices when they saw how talented she was. To combat discrimination that black nurses faced in that time, in 1908 she helped to found the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN).

 

Martha Jane Cannary (“Calamity Jane”)

I HAD to include Calamity Jane on this list of famous nurses in history. Although to be fair, she’s had quite a few other professions as well. She may be most known for hanging around Wild Bill around the time where she dressed like a dude and her favorite hobbies included swearing, drinking, and shooting. As she explored the Frontier, she worked as a miner, an oxen driver, a cook, a gold prospector, a prostitute, and a NURSE. When smallpox broke out in 1878, Jane apparently nurses 8 men. Legend has it, she saved 5 of them—perhaps due to Epsom salts and cream of tartar concoction.

 

Walt Whitman

Another famous nurse that was known more popularly for other professions was Walt Whitman. In addition to his time spent as a teacher, a journalist, and of course one of the best-known American poets–he was also a volunteer nurse for three years during the Civil War. Sure, he never received traditional nursing training but he was able to aid in healing wounded (both body and soul) by listening attentively to their stories and writing letters to their families back home.

 

Margaret Sanger

In the old days, contraceptive education was a total taboo. That is, until Margaret Sanger came onto the scene and completely led a fresh movement towards more progressive sexual dialogues. Born in 1916 to a large Irish-Catholic family, Sanger had seen the devastating effect 18 pregnancies had on her mother’s health. This may have been what inspired her to leave home for nursing school and ultimately open the very first birth control clinic in the U.S. (even though it was illegal….) Later in life Sanger would found both the American Birth Control League as well as the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau. And, just six years before Margaret Sanger would pass away, the FDA approved the first oral contraceptive (“the pill”) in 1960.

 

 Florence Guinness Blake

In the 20th century, Florence Guinness Blake contributed to the advancement of education for nurses. Most of her career focused on caring for children and teaching nurses how to take care of pediatric units. She created the first ever advanced pediatric nursing program at the University of Chicago. Plus, she wrote several textbooks for RNs. She was a huge advocate for children and revolutionized the way we look at pediatric nursing.

 

Through history, we’ve seem some pretty interesting famous nurses.  (Maybe one day, you’ll even become one!)

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January 9, 2015
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Nurses Voted “Most Trusted Professionals”….AGAIN

When you think about the types of careers held by people with high standards for ethics and honesty, it’s no surprise that the care-giving and health fields are at the top of the list. However, once again, Gallup’s 2014 poll found that Americans view nurses as the most trustworthy profession—a higher ranking than given to medical doctors and pharmacists which tied for second.

Periodically since 1976 and annually since 1990, Gallup has asked Americans to rate their perception of both ethics and honesty in different types of careers. Nurses were first included in the survey in 1999. For most of the new millennium, nurses have been rated at least “very high or high level of ethics and honesty” by 80% of individuals surveyed. In fact, in 2012 an applause-worthy 85% of Americans said they viewed nurses as at least a high level of trustworthiness. The only exception to this was in the early 2000′s when firefighters were included in the survey and it was in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

If nurses were voted extremely high on levels of trustworthiness, it was pretty predictable which professions Americans considered very unethical or dishonest. You may have guessed that car salesman and members of congress were among the bottom two trusted professions, respectively. People in fields like advertising, banking, business, and law also performed relatively low in their survey findings for trustworthiness. Nurses has consistently lead the pack in ratings of moral perceptions even beating out other professions like grade school teachers, daycare staff, and elder caregivers.

It seems that none of the ratings significantly changed from their ratings in the previous few years. One interesting development that has emerged from the survey, however, is the drop law enforcement has seen in the past year. It seems that due to a lot of the media coverage in 2014 and events that unfolded have caused decreased levels of perceived honesty and ethics in police. Fewer nonwhite respondents were saying that they felt police officers had high levels of trustworthiness. Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 3.03.17 PM

Additionally, perhaps because of the Ebola scare that occurred this fall, there was a slight decrease in levels of overall trust this year as compared with last year’s results. And overall, there have not been any improvements in trustworthiness in any fields. Nurses even were a few percent down from 2013′s results.

The survey was conducted December 8-11, 2014. The sample size was random and consisted of 805 adults (over age 18) citizens in all the 50 states and was a phone interview (50% cellphones, 50% landlines dialed randomly.)

This 2014 survey, and the other surveys conducted in previous years, continue to remind us how respected and beloved nurses are.

 

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