Eustress vs. Distress: Dealing with Stress as a Travel Nurse
Mar29

Eustress vs. Distress: Dealing with Stress as a Travel Nurse

Sweaty hands, nail-biting, a racing heart, these are just a few of the physical side effects of stress. Stress comes in many forms and is felt differently by everyone. However, there are some commonalities to the symptoms of stress. Before you write stress off as a horrible nuisance, it is important to know that there are two types of stress: eustress vs distress. In case you weren’t already familiar, eustress is positive stress and...

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What is a State Board of Nursing?
Mar04

What is a State Board of Nursing?

You’ve certainly heard about them during your schooling, and they’re often talked about when you’re applying for specific licensure, but what is a state board of nursing? Is it the ever-present “big brother” that hovers over the nursing industry? Are they a group of evil board members locked away in a conference room somewhere, plotting how they can take advantage of you hardworking nurses? However, they do hold a lot of power when it...

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Blurred Lines: Proper Nurse and Patient Boundaries
Jan30

Blurred Lines: Proper Nurse and Patient Boundaries

Most nurses join the healthcare profession because they genuinely care about other people and have compassionate hearts. Really, a nurse’s ability to provide assistance and comfort is a virtue. It may cause the nurse to cross over the invisible nurse and patient boundary line. Occasionally, due to the sensitive nature of certain situations, some are more susceptible to offering support that could be misconstrued. Below...

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Spotting Domestic Abuse As A Nurse
Dec28

Spotting Domestic Abuse As A Nurse

We’ve all seen it in an episode of ER or Law & Order. A man, woman, or child goes into a hospital with bruises, cuts, or even broken bones. They tell the nurse that they took a nasty tumble down the stairs or got their jeans caught in a bike chain. However, later in the episode, healthcare professionals will dig a little deeper, going through medical history and eventually getting the truth out of the patient. Instead of a...

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Holidays in the Hospital: Most Common Holiday Hazards
Dec12

Holidays in the Hospital: Most Common Holiday Hazards

Every season, emergency rooms treat countless Americans for injuries sustained from the hazards of the holiday. People hurting themselves around Christmas time is about as traditional as singing carols, baking cookies, and buying presents. This makes sense considering the basic ingredients for disaster are totally afoot from November until January. Folks are going overboard with the eggnog. They’re rushing around to get...

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Tips For Relaxing After a Nursing Shift
Nov29

Tips For Relaxing After a Nursing Shift

Picture it. You’ve just finished a 12-hour nursing shift. Your feet are killing you as you sit in traffic on your way home. You spend another half an hour on your feet while you stand in the shower and wash of the blood, sweat, and tears from another grueling shift. Finally, after taking a few minutes to grab a bite to eat do you get to finally sit down. At this point, your eyes should grow heavy, and the tension from the day should...

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