September 26, 2014
job outlook for nurses


Once upon a time there were bountiful jobs in the education field. Little boys and girls in America went to school to pursue jobs in education. But, as more and more bachelor-degree equipped grads flocked to jobs; they began requiring additional training such as particular training in a specialty of education to teach. Now, teaching is no longer the once desirable industry to study in a four-year school that it once was. Unfortunately, nursing is beginning to follow  similar pattern.

One of the reasons nursing is such a wonderful workforce to joining right now, is the ongoing nursing shortage that has made nursing one of the most popular fields of study for college kids in recent years. In fact, according to the Princeton Review, nursing is the 3rd most popular major for college students. Healthcare is a field that can never be outsourced and people will always demand the service, but yet medical school is expensive and difficult. Therefore, going for nursing degrees is a practical profession even during a recession.

But, as more people are filling the little, white nursing shoes and older nurses are staying in the field longer instead of retiring; where will the future of nursing be? Will we ultimately end up with too many qualified staff, but not enough positions? Or, will the job openings continue to increase as our population grows? It’s hard to tell if the job outlook for nurses will be just sunny skies or become a bit more cloudy. So the debate lives on for the topic of the nurse job forecast.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), by 2020 we should expect employment of nurses to increase by 19%. This is more than for most occupations (which is only 14%.) But, as in the trend that happened with teaching, it looks like a future may be weary for job outlook. Already, we have seen LPNs be pushed out of hospitals to be filled by a combination of more and less qualified individuals. We have seen

So if healthcare shifts and competition grows fierce, what can you do to keep an edge? One thing I would suggest is exploring specialties in preventative medicine. Our society is now shifting into a preventative and wellness revolution. And, with help from the Affordable Care Acts push of these health measures, more people have benefits that allow them to receive this care.

Outpatient and long-term care in addition to other nontraditional nurse settings are becoming more sought after, too. So as institution policies get more strict and nurses postpone retirement, its important to get creative. Innovation is the key to a whole new world of nursing. However, these kind of positions do not allow much room for advancement in the field. RNs have the luxury of being able to choose to receive more training in order to obtain advanced degrees or specializations. Jobs like nurse anesthetists, for example, make an more than $150,00 on average annually.

Additionally, travel nursing jobs are a great way to secure temp0rary positions while traveling….even in competitive job markets. Plus, recruiters can keep your employment constant as you get to explore as many locations as you choose. Travel nursing is one of the best ways to control your career (and on average, earn more than nurses who aren’t in travel slots.) If you are a registered nurse looking for employment assignments in exciting places all over the country, you can apply within a few brief minutes right on the Travel Nurse Source page. Find opportunities perfect for your lifestyle today and live happily ever after!

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September 12, 2014


Recent studies show that more than half of nurses are classified as overweight. Researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing found that 55 percent of the 2,103 female nurses they surveyed were obese. The causes seem to stem from job stress and the effect on sleep of long, irregular work hours (source: ABC News). The study looked at body mass index estimates and also affected the quality of care the patients received.

Nurses are just as prone to health issues as their patients.

We all know the stresses of work and weird, long hours can take quite a toll on our health and habits. As a healthcare professional it is your responsibility to take care of patients and make sure they are following the heath guidelines provided to them. However, in the midst of everything, some nurses forget about how important it is to make sure they are taking care of themselves first.

Bad habits are likely to form with nurses hectic schedules, and always making sure your patients are on the right track to recovery from whatever issue they may be dealing with, can cause you to stray away from your personal needs. Well, it may be time to take the time to listen to what your body is saying.

Breaking bad habits.

It is believed that it takes 21 consecutive days to make and break a habit. The 21-day rule originates from “Psycho-Cybernetics,” published in the 1970s. Granted, it is much easier to make a habit rather than break one. But luckily, we are here to give you some tips on breaking some unhealthy habits your busy nursing schedule may have created.

Some of the unhealthy eating habits that may have formed since you agreed to your busy work schedules could be caused by sleep deprivation, fatigue, and/ or lack of motivation.

1. The key to breaking any bad habit you may be battling with is to take small steps!

Typically, things that change overnight do not stick for very long and in order to perform your best, you want these bad habits to be a thing of your past. Try to start by bringing yourself immediate success through small advances. Work out for 15 minutes or eat a banana and yogurt for breakfast rather than cold pizza. It’ll help you feel better about yourself and make you want to keep it up!

2. Keep a record of your success.

It’s really helpful to track your progress and improve your areas of struggle if you keep a journal! That will help you to better focus on the habits you’d like to change and will bring awareness as to why you are doing the things you are. You can keep track of what you’re eating, when you are falling asleep, when you are waking up, exercising, etc., and get yourself on a successful track to healthy in no time!

3. Schedules are your best friend.

You may be constantly on-the-go from the time you wake up and right until you lay back down at the end of the night to get some sleep and do it all over again the next day. Creating a schedule can help you feel less stressed and keep on track with your eating and exercise. For example, if you know you’re going to have a 30 minute break in between patients, pencil in “eating time” and make sure you stick to it. Skipping a meal can cause your body to go into fasting mode, and in turn make you store fat and gain weight. So staying on an eating schedule can help your metabolism and give you energy throughout the day.

4. Plan ahead.

Eating healthy may be an obstacle when the hospital cafeteria limits your options. Stock a lunch box with healthy food options and pick from it throughout the day. You can pack your food the night before, that way, you can just wake up, grab your lunch box and have healthy items to snack on throughout the busy day. It will be mindless work and keep you going til your shift is over!


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August 28, 2014
fall travels


A new season is upon us. The nights are getting brisk, the kids are going back to school and the leaves soon will change color and fall. For a natural-born adventurer like a travel nurse, its prime time to pick up your belongings  and head to a new place  to enjoy the autumn harvest.

Where to Travel this Fall

New England

The New England region is a marvelous place to be in the fall months. As the foliage begins to paint the avenues with vibrant yellows, oranges and reds its a spectacular time for anyone who enjoys nature. Photographers can take in the simplistic, small-town beauty and share masterpieces they capture while on a travel nurse assignment. Take a day to explore a pumpkin patch or go pick some top quality, fresh apples and bake the most superb pies. Celebrate some Halloween activities in October while on a travel nurse assignment in a New England state. For example, visit Salem, Massachusetts to see the spot of the notorious Salem Witch Trials. Or, scare the you-know-what out of yourself at the site of the Amityville Horror House in New York state where an entire family mysteriously was murdered and what inspired several twisted major motion pictures.

New England is legendary for its Indian Summers and bright, dynamic foliage. Take a tour of the breathtaking sites or go off hiking on your own to see all this grandeur by traveling to a New England this September on a travel nurse assignment!

East Coast Beaches

Are you a person who loves the tranquil sound of waves crashing on the shore but hate to experience it with all the loud overcrowded tourist beaches? Well, then take on a travel nurse assignment after Labor Day. This way, you can temporarily live in the gorgeous popular beach towns without the annoyance of loud crowds and traffic jams. Plus, the weather is starting to cool down in September and October so its less excruciating to spend time laying on the beach. Grab a book and a light sweater to indulge in a super relaxing afternoon on the sand! September is the best time to experience East Coast waterfronts. Just be careful of hurricane season!

Denver, Colorado

If you’re an avid beer snob, you may find yourself hankering to soak up the suds more than the sun. In the fall, Denver is an awesome city to live in if you want to check out some of the best beer festivals in the country. According to, “Fall here brings a chockablock lineup of sudsfests: the Denver Oktoberfest, the Denver Beer Fest, and the Great American Beer Festival, featuring 2,000 different beers from more than 400 brewers.”

Nashville, Tennessee

The Music City is a prime location for travel assignments in the fall months. Get out there early so you can experience the best the rockin’ city has to offer. Countless autumn music festivals are paired with farm-to-table fresh cuisine in the Nashville fall months. Food, wine, music, and book festivals are some of the reasons Nashville is one of the best places you could visit in September for a travel nurse assignment.


If you’re an RN looking to find some cherished moments of the season, explore some job openings in some of the regions above with Travel Nurse Source.

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August 27, 2014


Savor the last weekend of summer!

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and you know what that means: BBQs, yard games, bonfires, and hopefully a three-day weekend! Labor Day weekend serves as the nation’s last Hoorah as the carefree season comes to a close. So whether you’re hosting a party personally or attending a friends’, it’s always a great idea to have everything you’re going to cook or contribute sorted out ahead of time so you can be sure you have all the ingredients and save yourself from having to stress out or running around last minute!

Hosting or attending big cookouts such as those organized during Labor Day weekend attracts a lot of people with different tastes, so here’s a compilation of quick grilled dishes that are guaranteed to make everyone’s mouth water!

Chicken & Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers:

These poppers make for a great finger food snack or appetizer; it’s perfect for cookouts. It’ll provide a little kick among the other dishes you may be serving, and the fresh jalapeño will savor the flavor of summer!


  • Large, fresh jalapeño peppers
  • 1/3 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. pepper
  • 1 Tsp. minced garlic


  1. Cut the jalapeños in half (length wise), removing the seeds and tops. Make sure you don’t leave any of the seeds unless you like it EXTREMELY hot.
  2. Mix the shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, corn, and spices together to make the filling.
  3. Scoop enough of your filling to fill the jalapeño halves.
  4. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of each popper.
  5. Using tongs, place them on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes on medium heat or until the cheese starts to brown.

Recipe by: Saving Cents with Sense.

Hawaiian BBQ Burger:

This burger is delicious and takes about 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook! The ingredients listed below serves 4 people, so adjust measurements according to how many you plan to feed. This burger is light, quick, easy, and provides amazing flavors of summer with the added pineapple!


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/4 bottle of KRAFT barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. pineapple juice
  • 4 slices of KRAFT singles
  • 4 pineapple slices


  1. Shape ground beef into 4 burger patties.
  2. Place burgers on a heated and greased grill.
  3. Whisk together KRAFT Barbecue Sauce and pineapple juice.
  4. While burgers are cooking, brush pineapple KRAFT Barbecue sauce mix on top until satisfied.
  5. Flip burgers and cook for an additional 5 -6 minutes (or until desired doneness).
  6. Place a slice of KRAFT Singles on each burger (about 1-2 minutes before burgers are finished).
  7. Grill pineapple slices and place on top of burger.

Recipe by: Made to be a Momma.

Fish Tacos:

This recipe is fresh, simple, and some of the best fish tacos out there! Takes about 15 minutes to prep and just 5 minutes to cook. This recipe serves 4 people, so if accommodating more be sure to adjust the measurements; it’s also gluten free!


  • 1 cup grape tomatoes chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime
  • ½ sweet onion, finely chopped
  • ½ Tsp. salt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix or green or red cabbage, sliced into narrow strips
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. whitefish – Tilapia or other whitefish
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 tortillas (use corn if gluten free)
  • 1 avocado, cut into strips


  1. Cut lime in half; juice one half and slice the other half into wedges.
  2. Combine tomatoes, cilantro, onion, jalapeño, onion, ¼ teaspoon salt and half the lime juice in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, and remaining lime juice.
  4. Combine coleslaw mix/ cabbage with 2 tablespoons of yogurt sauce in another bowl.
  5. Set extra yogurt sauce aside.
  6. Sprinkle whitefish with chili powder, black pepper, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt
  7. Grill fish, cook 3 minutes on one side then flip and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Serve by placing whitefish on top of tortillas and then adding homemade salsa, cabbage mix, avocado, and yogurt sauce.

Recipe by: Everyday Savvy.

Banana S’mores:

This is a dessert sent from above and super easy to make! Takes about 10 minutes to prep and grill, and your guests will LOVE it; it’s a perfect way to end your cookout!


  • 1 peeled banana
  • 2 Tbsp. mini marshmallows
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. slightly crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  2. Slice banana lengthwise and slightly open. Place on aluminum foil.
  3. Insert marshmallows and chocolate chips into sliced banana.
  4. Wrap banana in foil and grill for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Unwrap banana and top with cereal.

Recipe by: Tablespoon.

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August 18, 2014




Almost as quickly as it came, summer is sadly coming to an end. Each year, we all make summer bucket lists but in reality, do you ever really get through everything you wanted to do? Most people get too caught up in their work flow or just forget to take the extra time to experience the new things they had hoped. Maybe you had some awesome events planned for the summer months and, like the majority of the population, just never got around to doing them…well summer may be closing in on us but it’s not too late to make an end of the summer bucket list and actually follow through with it!

Typically summer bucket lists include vacations and other ideas that take time to plan and some extra cash. But savor the last weeks of summer and try some of these ways to live it up and give your brain a rest from you busy work days!

[End of] Summer Bucket List:

  • Have an all-day Netflix binge. Nothing is more relaxing after a long couple of days helping patients than not moving from your bed all-day and binge watching your favorite series. Lucky for you, this bucket list item doesn’t require any money or planning. Some of my favorite series include Breaking BadRevenge, and Parks and Recreation. Even if you don’t have a Netflix account, they happily provide you with a one-month free trial–Just be sure to set a reminder to cancel your subscription before your free month is over or you will receive a $7.99 bill!
  • Volunteer. Whether there’s an animal shelter near you or a soup kitchen, volunteering can help you to learn a lot about yourself and those you are helping. Knowing that you’re making a difference in someone else’s life is just one of the many rewards you could experience.
  • Have a cook out. On your next day off, invite your friends, coworkers, and/or family in the area and have a huge cook out. Fill your yard with fun games and put those delicious Pinterest recipes you’ve been pinning all summer to good use! This will relieve any stress you may be holding in from the past couple days of work, a nice day with family and friends is sure to be the cure you’re looking for! Hey, you might even catch a tan as well!
  • Bonfire. So maybe you can’t catch a break from work and spend the day playing yard games and cooking out with those around you. If you’re working through the day and into the evening, a bonfire is the perfect way to relieve stress and relax with friends. Don’t worry, you can still use some of those awesome Pinterest recipes. Here’s some awesome ideas for campfire get togethers.
  • Try something you’ve never done before. Summer is all about being care free and having fun, so why not try something you’ve never done before! Whether it’s somewhere you’d like to visit, a new type of food you’d like to taste, getting a new hairstyle, trying out a 5k, etc., trying something new will always keep your mind open to new experiences! And who knows, maybe this new experience will become one of your favorite hobbies!
  • Watch the sun rise. If you’re stationed by the beach or even if you’re not, one of the most beautiful things in nature you can experience is a sunrise. The colors will absolutely blow you away and give you a feeling of peace. It really is the perfect way to start your day!
  • Do something crazy. So dealing with patients all day can get vert stressful and sometimes that stress is hard to relieve. Get your endorphins going and do something crazy for one night. Go back to your high school and college days and pull an all-nighter, go skinny dipping, have a little more drinks than normal, etc. Anything that kicks your adrenaline into gear is great for forgetting your troubles and having fun!

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August 15, 2014

early fall travel essentials

Summer’s been a blast. I’ve hit the beach, rode my share of gut-wrenching roller coasters, and peeled some hardcore sunburn; but as September draws near, I can’t help to be pretty stoked for the up coming season. Personally, fall is my favorite time of the year. Apple picking, the vibrant leaves falling, all the good horror movies on TV and pumpkin spice lattes making their much-anticipated return to my daily rituals. But, as in every new season, there are different things we need to remember when we live the jet-set lifestyle. The following are some of my personal necessities I absolutely NEED in the autumn months and that any traveling nurse should be sure to keep with them at all times! Any smart traveler knows all the in’s and out’s of all the early autumn travel essentials.

What to wear, what to wear…

It’s all about layers. Be prepared for chilly mornings, warmer afternoons and brisk evenings. Early fall is so tricky for knowing the appropriate things to wear. Is it going to be cold on my morning commute? Do I want to really be stuck lugging around a heavy jacket at the airport when I get too warm? I know. Dressing for the temperature becomes quite the predicament.

Keep it light, but versatile. Windy fall days can make your teeth chatter, but wearing camisoles, wife-beaters or light tees layered underneath tops can add a level of cozy on-the-go! Ladies, bring a light linen infinity scarf that can brighten up your outfit and keep you warm without being too cumbersome to throw in your purse if need be. A beanie or slinky knit hat are great accessories for travelers in the fall as well. Plus, you can totally conceal a bad hair day while keeping your head warm. Win-win!

Be prepare with a cardigan or sweatshirt even on warm days just in case you need one later on. Light jackets that have lots of pockets are a great clothing staple to add to your wardrobe in later fall when the weather begins cooling down.

Bag it up. Men can carry bags, too! Check out L.L. Bean for some uni-sex tote bags that are perfect for keeping with you while traveling. Also for under $10 more, you can get your bag personally monogrammed so that it can’t possibly get mixed up in transit. A lightweight bag can help you can keep tickets, a water bottle, a light hoodie, phone charger, tablet and any other important things with you while on catching flights, trains–what have you. If totes aren’t your style, a trendy messenger bag is appropriate for both men and women.

Keep your skin prepped for cold weather…

In warmer weather, you may travel as more of a minimalist. But, when the wind gets colder in the early fall, its time to start thinking about keeping your skin hydrated. You’ve got to start bringing an SPF chapstick or lip balm with you to keep your lips kissable, not cracked. My favorite is Burt’s Bees because its natural, has SPF and leaves my lips feeling tingly and protected. Plus, even when the sun is out in the fall, you can still get sunburn on theold smoocherooney! Additionally, be sure to carry a travel size lotion at all times. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a scent-free variety.

Be ready to alleviate any fall allergies…

If you suffer from allergies during seasonal transitions, you’ve got to also keep yourself on your toes for any allergy flair ups. Make sure you are fully ready with tissues, eye drops, cough drops, decongestants, antihistamines, etc.

Kick off the early fall with the right shoes…

When traveling and walking around a lot, a comfortable pair of kicks is key. Also, in a nursing career, its crucial that your feet don’t end up with blisters or soreness from uncomfortable shoes. Both men and women can keep their feet feeling warm and comfy in a pair of moccasins or boat shoes. My personal favorite early fall shoes for comfort are definitely classic Minnetonkas–it makes me feel like I’m wearing slippers that are appropriate in public. When fall really gets going, ladies can wear comfortable brown leather or swede boots as long as they don’t have an uncomfortable heel. I adore my classic brown leather boots and they also keep my legs warm. Flats and tennis shoes are also nice to rock when you are being active on your journey.

Whether you’re a constantly flying off the seat of your pants or more of a complacent-type nurse, its always a must that you can make the smooth transition into the fall weather without any problems.

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August 12, 2014


Each profession comes along with it’s own outside of work thought processes and annoyances. You may find yourself pointing out technicalities on television shows, advertisements, articles, etc., that those outside your field of work would never be able to recognize and vice versa. Whether it’s avoiding inaccurate reenactments of medical scenarios or living by unbreakable work habit rules, you know you’re a nurse if…

  • You own pens with prescription medication names on them.
  • Everyone refuses to watch medical shows with you because all you do is sit there and correct every inaccuracy throughout the entire episode.
  • You wash your hands before you use the restroom.
  • You believe there is a special place in hell for whoever invented the terrible call light.
  • You’re baffled by patients when they have more piercings than you can count are afraid of getting a shot.
  • You’ve placed bets on someone’s BAC.
  • 12-hour shifts do not pose a threat to your bladder control.
  • You’re a strong believer that not all patients are annoying, because remember, some are unconscious.
  • You’ve had to run out of a patient’s room to refrain from laughing uncontrollably in their face.
  • On your day off, you avidly check your caller ID to make sure it isn’t someone trying to get you to come into work.
  • Your family and friends always describe their injuries/symptoms so you can diagnose them.
  • You’re fine with eating during the free time you have between hanging blood and plasma.
  • You include caffeine in your basic food groups.
  • Your number one rule is “don’t get anything on you.”
  • All of your clocks are set to military time.
  • You think you hear call bells and jump out of bed in the middle of the night.

Better Left Unsaid.

There are also many times when, as a nurse, you wish you could just say exactly what you’re thinking. However, it’s usually best for the patient that these thoughts stay…well, thoughts. Here’s some things that as a nurse, you’ve thought, but (hopefully) have never said:

  • “Calm down, I’m not killing you.”
  • “This isn’t fun for me either.”
  • “It’s interesting that even though you describe your pain as 10/10, you’re able to sleep, eat, and talk on the phone just fine.”
  • “Your drug screening indicates that you do use drugs, despite you denying it. That’s weird.”
  • “Your arms are not broken as far as I’m aware, so please stop telling me they are.”
  • “I’m sorry, did you graduate from nursing school? Stop telling me how to do my job, please.”
  • “Stop being a baby.”
  • “You are not my only patient today.”

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August 7, 2014


Believe it or not, celebrities are just like us. (Well, richer more glamorous versions of us.) But, everyone’s got to get their start somewhere. Some of our favorite people in the public eye were once in nursing school learning how to wipe other people’s tooshies! …yeah, as I was saying they once were just like us; I told you! You’ll never guess which famous people graced our country’s hospital corridors before making it on the silver screen.

Bonnie Hunt

For me, Bonnie Hunt seems like one of those celebrities that seem like they really have a genuinely caring personality. So, its not hard to believe that she once was a caring RN. Before she was given the small part alongside Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rainman, she was reigning supreme as an oncology nurse at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Hunt may have been inspired to reach her dreams with the support of her patients. The actress said: “All the patients were telling me to go to California. My patients were dying, they were terminally ill. They said, ‘Go. Don’t fear failure. Go and fail, you’ll fail many times.’” And so she did.

Naomi Judd

Before the 5 time Grammy winner was a famous country musician in the Judds, she was working as a nurse in intensive care and also as a midwife. She was inspired to pursue a career in the medical profession after her brother passed away at the age of 17 and if she had not, she may not be the recognized woman she is today. While working at a nurse, it was actually a patient Judd was treating that landed her daughter an audition with the record label RCA. Together, they rose to stardom. (Nurses take note: you never know how helping others may ultimately shine some positive karma back. Pay it forward.)

Kate Gosselin

Famous for her reality show, Jon and Kate Plus 8, Kate let us get a peek into the life of a woman who was raising both twins and a set of sextuplets. But, before she had to put a normal career behind her, she was just like us. She worked at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania. These days she is both an author, TV star and devoted mother (which as we all know, is more than a full-time job.) Maybe her training as a caregiver helped her get trained for the task of raising a small army of children!

Tina Turner

Before Tina Turner was “Tina Turner,” she was Anna Mae Bullock, just a girl from Nutbush, Tennessee dreaming of being a nurse. Turner worked as a nurses aid before she became the leggy songstress we know her as today.

Kim Zolciak

For 5 seasons of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim Zolciak, dazzled the nation with jaw-dropping drama and some fierce blonde wigs. But before we could watch Zolciak’s crazy adventures in Georgia, she received her nursing degree from University of Connecticut. It’s probably best that she took the move to Atlanta for her shot at reality stardom…I don’t think cat fights are appropriate on the hospital floor.

Walt Witman

Perhaps, 100% opposite of the previous celebrity on this list, famous “Leaves of Grass” poet was a nurse to soldiers during the Civil War.

 Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy, former Playmate, was once dreaming of being a nurse! Although she technically never became a nurse, she originally studied nursing at Southern Illinois University until she had to drop out because she couldn’t afford it. Who knows, if she had more funds, she may never have become the famous bombshell she is today. These days she’s traded in nursing scrubs and keds for designer digs and Louboutins.



These ladies all started out wanting to help people, but for different reasons were catapulted into new paths. Who knows, you just may find the next exciting chapter in your life as a nurse. Maybe you should try relocating with a travel nurse assignment  near Hollywood next.

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August 6, 2014


Patricia Hickey, vice president of critical care, conducted a large-scale study from hospitals throughout the country and cardiovascular services at Boston Children’s Hospital, revealing that nurse education levels and experience quite significantly correlates with patient mortality. Another study was conducted at the Radboud University teaching hospital in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, with similar results as well.

According to the study conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital, in order to decrease fatality rates among patients specifically undergoing cardiac surgery, analysts suggest there be no more than 20 percent of nurses with less than two years of hands on clinical experience present in pediatrics ICUs.

The survey examined 20,407patiends undergoing pediatric cardiac surgery. According to the study, in-hospital mortality rates were affected by the number of years experience nurses had; when nurses had less than two years of experience, the rates increased.  Hickey told Boston Magazine, “There is a continued need for retention strategies to ensure that experienced nurses remain in the pediatric critical care environment.”

Note: the total number of clinical experience was the major factor in this study, not how many years of experience nurses had in the ICU.

Similar findings, different country.

The Europe-wide study of hospitals and nurses also highlighted the affects of fatality rates among patients of nurses with varied education levels. The study was conducted by a combination of European and American researchers who looked at nurses’ qualifications across 300 hospitals in nine European countries. The study documented data for 422,730 patients admitted for surgery at participating hospitals in the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The study done at the Radboud University teaching hospital required 23 nurses to examine a computer-generated cardiograph and practice their diagnostics skills; half of the nurses had university degrees in nursing while the other half had qualified through technical training. All 23 of the nurses were registered in one-year specialized courses to better develop their skills at the time, and the group included a mix of ages, qualifications, and experience levels.

Research shows, that each 10 percent increase within the percentile of nurses holding a bachelor’s degree correlated with a 7 percent decrease of fatality among the patient group.

Nursing Education Variations

While nursing education varies rom country to country, European guidelines require nurses to complete a minimum of 4,600 hours of relevant training, spread over three years; half of which should be spend training in a clinical hands-on setting.

Nursing education in the United States varies from state to state. Some states may required 500 hours of clinical experience, and limit the faculty-student ratio in the clinical setting to 1:10, while other states may not have minimal requirements for clinical hours but only allow a 1:8 faculty-student ratio in the setting. Some states may possess no requirement in clinical settings or experience at all.

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August 5, 2014
best traits of nurses


It takes a special man or woman to be a nurse. Although, throughout my career, I hate to say I have encountered a few sour apple RNs. For me, I can’t understand that way of life. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing–how can you continue doing it? But, I realize everyone has a unique personality and skill-set. I just think that you should optimize what you’ve got. Because, if you don’t, you won’t ever make a difference! Life is short, make tiny but significant changes to the earth while you’re on it. Basically, the following post is a list of the traits I personally think not only make a great nurse, but all nurses should really have.

1. Compassion

As a nurse, you are frequently attending to patients who are absolutely terrified. These people can be children, mothers, elderly, whoever. You have to be mindful of what they’re going through. The best nurses are well aware of how their patients are feeling when they treat them. Also, the best nurses need compassion to understand how unruly family of patients might only be acting out of fear for a loved one. Once you can understand another person, you can interact with them in a way more positive way.

2. Patience

In the medical profession, patience is more than a virtue. Its the only way you can make it through the day. There’s a lot of dealing with other people’s needs. Not only the patients, but their families and even your co-workers. Let’s face it, hospitals are naturally stressful environments. And it often, there are a million things on hand you’ve got to worry about while on the floor. But, you have to think about what is most important. For someone who is sick, they need reassurance and care. You can’t rush through anything that involves the well-being of a person. You need to focus as much time as you need without getting worked up.

3. Professionalism

There’s a time and place for jokes…one place that is not appropriate for fooling around though is at work. Especially for a nurse. Yes, laughter is the best medicine, but only when administered in the right doses. And its important to give off a professional vibe so that your hospital’s visitors and patients know that they are in the most qualified hands. Your job as a nurse is to put others’ minds at ease, not fear that they are in the care of untrained amateurs. Also, you are going to encounter some highly disturbing things at work as a nurse, but you need to learn to not let it phase you.

4. Good Judgement

All nurses should be skilled in the art of thinking on their toes. You need to assess a situation post haste and be able to evaluate the best route of treatment. Anyone who has trouble making smart decisions on the fly should probably consider choosing a new profession. A fraction of a second can mean the difference between life and death. Practicality comes into play as an RN as well. For example, radical treatment that rarely works and causes unbearable pain may not be the right thing to do in certain cases, but it may be all you really can do in other circumstances.

5. Strong Communication Skills

In a career where you are around people all day, you need to have superior social skills. You need to effectively get information from patients to provide to doctors and assess the best possible ways to suit their needs. If you aren’t a good listener, you run the risk of overlooking a major issue. You also need to be able to interact with families. Skill in communication is an absolute must so you can properly interact with families and co-workers.

6. Strong Levels of Endurance

There’s seldom time to rest your feet as a nurse. You constantly need to be on the floor rushing around. And hours are long. Plus under-staffing is a huge issue that causes a need to do a lot more than you may have initially signed up for. You need physical and mental endurance.

7. A Thick Skin

A nurse simply doesn’t have time to be emotional. You’re going to encounter deaths, sad stories, you name it. Sick children with terminal illness might check-in. You need to keep a straight face and not let it get to you. Or, at least not let it show on the outside or affect your performance.

8. Flexibility

You need to be able to adapt to the gamut of issues. Sometimes the day will throw you a curve ball or something you’ve never seen or dealt with before and you need to be able to put it together under pressure.


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