Some Survival Tips When Attending Nursing School

When students enter nursing school they are not sometimes prepared on the pressure and hardship that they have to end. When they experience these difficulties from the nursing school, they sometimes feel that they bought to quit and find another career. Thankfully, they can now be guided and learn some tips so that they can survive nursing school.

Go to Class

This may seem sound so easy to do but if you go to class make sure you pay attention. Free yourself from different distractions like talking to classmates, computer tablets or cellphones and other distracting things that can steal your attention from the lesson at hand. I am also sure that there are times that the lectures might be boring and can lead you to sleep. Make sure that you are wide awake whatever the cause because these are the times that your attention should be 100%.

Read and Read More

Reading is not about covering more than 500 pages of nursing text books a day. When you read be sure you grasp the topic you are reading. It is not about the quantity but the quality of text that you were able to comprehend. When you read make sure to make notes and impressions about the topics you were able to read. It would also be wise to invest in NCLEX reviewer even at this early stage of your nursing education. This is the cliff notes of the nursing course.

Practice the NCLEX

It is never too early to review for the NCLEX. It gives you ample time to prepare for the actual exam and it eliminates cramming. NCLEX is a portion of nursing that will help define your future career. So, being prepared does not hurt you.

Start Acting Professionally

Keep in mind that you would be a future nursing professional. There is no time frame when you should act this way. One should start being professional from the day you start your nursing education. Remember that people respect you as a professional so it would help if you should act like one.

Nosy Is a Good Thing

Discover as many things as you can during your nursing education. It pays to ask questions a lot. This will help you analyze different situations that can help with your analytical skill as a nurse. Do not be afraid to ask questions because that is also a part of the learning process.

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Difficulties in Nursing Education

Nursing education has become one of the popular career choices for graduating senior high school students. The nursing education is also one of the most searched topics in the Internet. Many people have become interested. They come from different age groups who are considering taking nursing education. However, just like any college courses out there, the main difficulty that is being faced by many people is the financial side of education. They are already fully aware that going to college can be difficult if you do not have the money to pay for tuition.

Even if you know that you may have difficulty when it comes to the financial aspect of your education, you still seek ways on how to overtake this hurdle. There are many ways wherein you can finance your nursing education.

Student Loan

Most college students who can not afford to pay their tuition can apply for a student loan. These loans are offered by the government and private institutions. You can check out their websites and check on how you can apply for a student loan. Of course the downside of a student loan is that it has interest that you need to pay too. Sometimes it can be hard for college students to be able to pay for a student loan.


If you are the type of student who has an excellent academic skill then your problem of going to college maybe half-solved, there are nursing colleges who offer scholarships to students who belong in the honor roll of their high school graduation. They also offer scholarships for those who have exceptional skills for science which is the major subject in the nursing education. When you have nursing scholarships you may need to maintain a certain grade point average in order to continue receiving it.

School Grants

School grants are also a life saver when it comes to college education. These are gifts given to reserving students especially those who are in financial need. The best part of receiving school grants is that you do not need to pay back the amount given to you. The best thing that you can probably do to repay the school grant is to make sure that you do your best to finish the nursing course you have chosen. And after you have finished your course, use your profession to help people who are sick. This is a great payback to those people who made it possible for you to achieve your dream in life.

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When BSN Nurses Become Gifts to Humanity

Even without occasions, nurses are natural gift-givers. They are the people who give their patients different gifts in the form of caring for them and making them feel comfortable during the time when they are in the most uncomfortable situation in their life. Whether you are a BSNs, APNs or RNs you give your patients different kinds of gift daily. However, these gifts are not the regular ones you buy in stores. These are precious and a price tag is difficult to pin on these gifts.

Compassion and Understanding

Perhaps, these two gifts are the most precious of all. The patients receive so much compassion from the nurses. They take care of them diligently and they make it a point to help them recover from their sickness. They are not only taking care of the patients but they also motivate them so that they will recover from their sickness.

Laughter and Humor

BSN nurses realize that patients suffer from pain. They know what some of the hardships that patients go through when they are in the hospital. That is why they try to lighten up the mood by providing humor and laughter. They realize that laughter will not only lighten up the situation but it can provide an outlet to patients.

Courage and Bravery

The public realizes that nurses are not only our bedside motivator and cheerer. They also play different roles that can display their courage and bravery. Nurses are in the front line when there are calamities or natural disaster. They risk their lives by helping injured victims from these calamities. They do not think about their safety, rather they focus on how to be of service to the community in times of disasters.


Nurses are part of the innovation that changes the field of nursing. They have contributed different changes that can help the patients as well as improve the medical care system. Of course, there is still a long way for the situation to be ideal but at least nurses are thinking of ways in order for patients to be able to receive the best care possible.

When we think about gifts, the first thing that comes to our mind is the store bought ones, nicely wrapped in shining paper. But thanks to these nurses we are exposed to gifts that are not found in stores. These gifts are precious and each patient who received these gifts is thankful for them.

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Dealing With Dementia – Improving Care

Dementia is a growing ailment in our society and the medical field is struggling to appropriately deal with and treat all the patients who have been diagnosed. There are patients in nursing homes and hospitals alike who have been freely prescribed antipsychotic drugs in an effort to deal with their symptoms. But recent studies have shown that these medications are not providing effective and may even be unsafe for older patients. The government has responded to this information by launching programs designed to improve the care given to patients with dementia around the country.

Researchers from the University of Iowa and the University of California in San Diego found that out of a group of over 300 patients with varying forms psychosis on antipsychotic medications, roughly one third experienced metabolic syndrome within the first year. Metabolic syndrome can produce a variety of different symptoms, such as abdominal gain gain and insulin resistance, all of which cause diabetes and heart disease to be a more prevalent risk. After two years on the medication, 75% of the patients exhibited these kind of effects, some serious and some non-serious.

The Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes initiative was issued in May of this year in hopes of lowering the mass amount of antipsychotic drugs used on nursing home patients. The goal is to have a 15% decrease by the end of this year and further reductions in the new year. The state of Tennessee has one of the highest usage rates of these drugs in the country. Their Office of Health Care Facilities has been given a grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide more advanced dementia care training to nursing home staff. The grant is for over $ 370,000 and the money is from penal funds paid by nursing homes found deficient. This is the highest grant amount given by the federal agency in 2012.

Training sessions are already being held in Nashville and will be available in other parts of the state in the coming months. Tennessee currently has 30.1% of it's long stay nursing home residents on antipsychotic medication, and the hope is to reduce that to at least the national average of 23.8%, or lower if possible.

The Dementia Action Alliance is currently working to bring better care to dementia patients in hospitals around the states. About 25% of all hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia and the goal is train hospital staff to be more dementia-friendly by March of 2013. Dementia patients generally take longer to discharge due to their cognitive impairment and have often been found to be released in worse condition than they were in upon admittance. The training will involve educating the staff more thoroughly on dementia, tailoring the care given to the individual and not the disease, and making the environment for calming and relaxing.

There are other measures being taken around the nation to help dementia patients. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is partnering with a variety of organizations to address this issue. The antipsychotic medication is costing Medicare and Medicaid hundreds of millions of dollars around the country, and it also raises the risk of heart attack, stroke, and falls. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed everywhere. What is being done about patients with dementia in your community?

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How To Handle Nursing Staff With Negative Attitudes Who Won’t Do Their Jobs

Ever had a problem with a staff member like this?

I love the unit I work on, but I am having trouble with one particular CNA. She attacks the nurses who ask her to do her job. One day when I needed her to do vital signs, I found her eating in the break room, talking to someone from another unit and texting on her cell phone. I waited for a pause in her conversation before I talked. She told me she did not have that patient. (She did because I checked the assignment before I asked her.) She turned her back to me. I left the room and did the vital signs myself.

How do I handle this CNA's behavior without having a verbal altercation with her? I do not want to keep picking up her slack.

How to handle situations like this in a positive way:

I feel your pain. I have deal with this issue many times in my career. This approach has worked for me every time:

Step 1:

Get your mind straight. You are the boss. You decide what work needs to be done and then delegate it to the person with the right skill set and time to do the job. If this person has questions about their assignment or your expectations, then you talk with them.

Step 2:

Adjust your attitude. At this point, you only know your side. Maybe you have done something to anger this CNA. Put yourself in her place. She is on the bottom of the hierarchy and may be uncomfortable bringing anything she is unhappy about to your attention. Instead, she is acting out her feelings with negative behavior. You will have to lead the way and show her how to deal with anger and conflict in an assertive way.

Step 3:

Take action by using your communication skills to talk with this CNA.

Follow this template:

Ask to speak with the CNA privately for about 10-15 min. The end of your shift often works well.

At the meeting with the CNA, follow this outline:

1. Thank her for meeting with you.

2. State the purpose and the goal for the meeting.

3. Give positive feedback about something the CNA does well. For instance, you always get here on time, you leave on time, you follow the dress code, you wear your name tag, you dress neat and clean, you get along with patients, etc.

4. Explain the problem as you see it with a neutral attitude. Be specific about what she is doing. Talk about the effect on you, your patients and the unit as a whole.

5. Get her side. You may have to ask several times.

6. Clarify what she is saying.

7. State the problem as you and she both see it.

8. Get her agreement to what the problem is.

9. Ask for her suggestions for solutions to the problem.

10. Come to an agreement about the solutions. If you can not, then tell her what the consequences of her behavior will be.

11. Summarize what you have agreed the problem is and the solutions you both have come up with.

12. Be positive about the goal / outcome

13. Thank CNA again.

Step 4:

Make copies of your agreement for yourself and the CNA. Give the original to your manager.

Best case scenario is that you both will agree on the problems and solutions. Then you will both do what you agreed to. She will do her work with a positive attitude. She will talk with you when she has a problem. Your relationship will improve. Good teamwork will be restored. Worst case scenario is that she denies there is a problem or will not talk with you about how she sees the problem. Then you have to tell her what you expect and what the consequences will be for her if she does not meet these expectations.

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The Best Gift a Nurse Can Give This Holiday Season

Instead of spending your time and energy at an overcrowded mall on traditional holiday gifts, why not choose to give the gift of service to those in need? There are so many areas, both in and out of the states, that are in desperate need of medical attention and have no resources to obtain it. And volunteering as a nurse is an incredibly eye opening and educational experience.

The southwestern chapter of an organization called Healing the Children, or HTCSW, recently put together a trip to Ecuador. Sixteen people from all across the United States gathered together to bring medical supplies and attention to children in rural Ecuador. These nurses and doctors traveled on their own time and money, and in addition, bought 32 huge bags full of medical supplies, clothing, toys and other things to donate to the community.

They all flew into Guayaquil and made the six hour bus ride to the tiny, run down town of Bahia de Caraquez. They dropped into the Hospital Miguel H. Alcivar at two in the afternoon and proceeded to evaluate every single of the 123 children by 8:30 that evening. Over half of the children needed surgery and were scheduled in the coming days, and two children are going to be brought to the US for a very expensive and complicated facial reconstruction surgery.

The medical team happily endured long and sweaty days, working twelve or more hours a day. They stayed in a hotel without air conditioning or hot water, as is the case for most of Central America, and got used to the long wait for a meal when bombarding a small town restaurant with a large group of people. They formed relationships with each other and with their patients and were able to complete 70 operations in four and a half days. Some of the children they operated on were only four months old. They left exhausted and emotionally drained, but fulfilled and incredibly grateful for the amazing opportunity they were able to have.

You do not need any special qualifications or a college degree to volunteer. Even if you are not yet a nurse, you can still find places to offer your help and receive training at the same time. Often when volunteering, you will learn things at a more rapid rate due to the intense situations you are working in. There are a myriad of different organizations to volunteer through. Some provide housing or a stipend, and some are left up to you to organize the specifics of travel and living. If you are looking for a four star Hilton, this is not the right path for you, but if you can handle roughing it in order to significantly change the lives of others, sign up immediately. Instead of asking for that new iPad, ask friends and family to donate money towards your plane ticket and medical supplies. As a nurse, what gifts will you give this holiday season?

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Earning the Respect As Nursing Professionals

“Respect is earned”, that is how the old saying goes. Everyone needs respect but it can not just be given. One has to earn it. As a nursing professional, it is an uphill climb to gain respect from the public. It was not really an easy task to do because there are some obstacles that are in the way. I am sure Florence Nightingale did not foresee that nurses would be depicted differently in the media. Nursing professionals are unfortunately stereotyped into people that are not worth of respect.

It is sometimes hard to overcome the prejudice of some people when it comes to the nursing field. People tend to think that nurses are forced to be one. They are not mainly to blame because they see it in media; they believe that it can be true. It is unfortunated that when nurses are shown in television shows or movies, they usually are printed as people who can not really think on their own and are always absent-minded. Imagine if this is true in real life, then our patients would have died.

Hopefully, the media would have a different uptake on how they portrays nurses. They have to realize that the nursing professionals work long and hard just to serve the patients. They are part of the unsung heroes of the medical care industry. They sacrifice a lot just to make sure that their patients are comfortable.

Nurses are not merely companions or assistants of doctors. They can be movers and shakers of the industry as well because they are well versed in the ins and outs of the medical care system. If given a chance, nurses can assume different roles for the improvement of patient care and hospital system.

There are already great improvements in the nursing profession through the decades. Nurses strive hard to gain respect from the public and erase the image that the media often ready of them. It is also proven that in the research made with several people, it is the nurses that they trust most. This is not impossible because they know that nurseries are people that you can rely on especially in times of sickness and calamities. They are part of the team that will make sure that everyone will be taken care of without any prejudice of sex, race and social status.

As we trudge along the future path, hopefully the nurses will earn more respect which they really deserve.

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Tips in Making Your Paramedic Career More Successful

The life of a paramedic nurse can be hectic and stressful. As a paramedic nurse there are different situations that you face and most of them are life and death. It is not surprising that some of them would feel like quitting instead of improving their career. For people who want to improve their paramedic career here are some tips to keep in mind.

Manage Stress

This is the number one priority that one has to look into when you work as a paramedic nurse. You need to know how to control your stress level. It is already a given that the job is stressful, it is up to you on how to make it manageable and acceptable.

Time Management

We sometimes think that 24 hours in a day is not enough for us, there are many things to accomplish and tasks to finish. It is no wonder that we sometimes see time as our enemy. If we just do it in a different way we can make time our friend.

Think of Yourself

This is not about selfishness; instead, this is about how to take care of you. This is needed so that you will be able to perform your duties in a more efficient manner. Taking time out to pamper yourself can do wonders for your mindset. It can help you feel better and at the same time be rejuvenated in doing your job.

Study Again

Going back to school can be a hard decision to make. There may be different obstacles that we face like financial problems, family situations and even your present job situation. However, one consideration is that you can improve your career through continuing education. This can give you a chance to learn new techniques that you can use in your job. It can also be a tool for you to be promoted to a higher position.

Mentor Others

Perhaps one of the most fulfilling things that you can do as a paramedic nurse is to teach new paramedics to the ins and outs of the industry. Be a role model and someone who they can emulate as they start their career in paramedic. This will not help the young ones be encouraged but it can also be a motivational factor for you to continue as a paramedic nurse.

The paramedic career can be both rewarding and demanding. It is a career that needs strong people in order to succeed.

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A Nursing Student Interviews a Seasoned Nurse Manager On Communication, Argumentation and Debate

A nursing student was desperate to interview a practicing nurse for a paper he was writing for his class. I volunteered and was surprised to learn that I knew more than I thought I did about the subject. Here's the transcript:

“1. What role do the areas of communication, argumentation and debate play in your nursing job?

As a nurse manager, it is important that my staff and I have two-way communication. They tell me what is going on with our patients and when they need help from me. They give me input when I need to make a decision. I tell them about new policies and procedures that they have to know. When we are discussing patient problems, we debate possible interventions.

2. To what extent do you have to utilize informative and persuasive approaches to communication on the job?

Every single day. My staff usually needs to understand the reason behind new policies and procedures to begin to accept and follow them. I usually use both written and verbal approaches. If I know, I explain how and why the new policy / procedure came about. If there is a problem with the policy / procedure that will directly affect the quality of care of our patients or the ability of my staff to do their job, I will give that feedback to my supervisor. Ideally, I like to talk with staff about a policy / procedure while it is still in the planning stages.

When my staff and I are discussing patient problems and looking for interventions, we each state our opinions. To solve the problem, we look at the literature to see if there is an evidence based solution. If there is none, and I have specific reasons for choosing a certain interference, I will decide which direction we take. When I think a number of interventions may work, I encourage my charge nurses to make the decision.

3. Are there any particular problem areas in your nursing job that may be traced to problems of poor argumentation skills?

I do not get into many arguments. When my staff and I have discussions, I say what I want to say about the subject. I expect my staff to then say what they need to say. Because I have developed trusting relationships with them, they are not afraid to give me their opinion.

If someone feels strongly about a subject, they can get emotionally charged and raise their voices. If this is not handled well, the person can escalate and cause dissension among the rest of the staff. I recognize their feelings and let them know that those feelings are going to be taken into consideration in the decision. I make sure to go back to that person afterwards and see how they feel once the decision is made.

4. What particular aspects of argument do you feel most prepared to handle?

I am an expert at following the nursing process. I enjoy teaching nurses how to gather the information, use critical thinking skills to obtain more data, make the nursing diagnosis and create interventions. I make sure that we do not miss any information we need and that we follow-up to make sure our interventions are working.

What particular aspects of argumentation do you feel least prepared to handle?

I like to solve problems. What is difficult for me to handle is when I have given my opinion and the other person will not give their minds, but just agreements with mine. Then I hear that they have another opinion, but just went along with mine. If I go back to the person and tell them what I heard, they often deny it. This is passive / aggressive behavior on their part. I do my best to avoid people in the workplace who I know do this. To combat it, I will do my best to state my position in a way that lets others know I am open to what they say. I also watch their nonverbal behavior and ask directly for their opinion if they do not say anything.

5. What recommendations regarding argumentation and communication would you give to nurses or someone pursuing nursing?

Work on developing positive trusting relationships. It is much easier to debate and disagree with someone in whom you trust and with what you have had a positive relationship with.

Listen first to what the other person has to say and repeat it back to them until you are sure you understand what they are saying. Then state your case. Clarify until you are sure you both understand what each is saying.

See what you agree on first.

Then see what you do not agree on.

Avoid compromise. Instead, try to come up with another solution that meets the need. My teen son and I wanted to see a movie together. When we looked at what was playing, we could not agree. He wanted to see a violent one. I wanted to see a love story. I came up with a couple possible compromises: Each see the movie we wanted and meet afterwards or see the movie he liked this time and next time to see the movie I wanted to see. My son suggested a better solution: Find a movie we both liked.

Agree to disagree. Sometimes you can not find a better solution. You just have to realize you are not going to agree. That is OK. You respect their opinion, and they respect yours.

Know when not to debate. Sometimes there is no way your input is going to change the situation. You are told that the decision is final. You just have to accept that is the way things are and move on. You save a lot of energy that way.

Pick your battles. Not every subject has to be debated each time. Coming to mutually agreeable solutions can be fun. But trying to do this all the time can be exhausting. If the subject is not that important to you, consider agreeing with the other person.

When you find out you were wrong, apologize. Then correct yourself. ”

Hopefully, these strategies I've developed over my 38 year nursing career will help you in your current nursing position.

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All About CNA Training

What is CNA Training ?

CNA Training gives you the opportunity to feel financially secure and emotionally fulfilling knowledge you are helping the elderly and the sick. With a Certified Nursing Assistant Training you become responsible for basic care that is given to these patients and is one of the most vital to daily operations. CNA Training helps you prepare for working with patients in a responsible and professional way. Working with a registered nurse or a practical nurse you'll learn theoretical as well as practical skills during your training and also get hands-on experience in a laboratory or in clinical practice.

Why to get CNA Classes ? Benefits and Disadvantages

Being a Certified Nursing Assistant has its benefits: You can work with doctors and nurses and build your career by working in the health care industry: this job implying working in hospitals, nursing homes or being hired to take care of patients at home. You will not have to worry about money because your salary will increase as you gain experience. There's an increasing demand for skilled workers in this field, so you will definitely find a job, because the number of people that need special care is also rising. If you are passionate about this job, dedicated and committed to helping the ones around you, then this Certified Nursing Assistant Training will lead the way for you. You'll work 8 hours a day and sometimes even on weekends if you're needed. At first you will earn between 10 and 16 dollars per hour, which is considered a high pay scale. However, chances to get promoted and to get a pay raise are frequent and it is all up to you.

Where to get Certified Nursing Assistant Training ?

CNA Training Classes are offered by schools and colleges, which pay a lot of attention on your training which will be very helpful when you will take the exam. However, it is important to make sure the place you're enrolling to certified and recognized by the proper organizations. The program usually takes 6-12 weeks. Here are some places where you can get Certified Nursing Assistant Training:

– Nursing homes or Long Care Facilities: they usually offer to pay your education and training costs if you come to work for them after you become certified
– The American Red Cross: you can get the training at a low cost or even for free, and it would also be a big plus in your resume, giving you an advantage over other applicants in the short and the long run.
– Community Colleges: they offer the option of taking the courses online but make sure they are certified.

The first part of the exam will check your theoretic knowledge and the second one your practical skills. Passing the exam will get you a certificate which will allow you to get a job as a certified nursing assistant anywhere in the country. After that you will work 8 hours a day and sometimes even on weekends if you're needed. At first you will earn between 10 and 16 dollars per hour, which is considered a high pay scale. However, chances to get promoted and to get a pay raise are frequent and it is all up to you.

CNA Certification

A Certified Nursing Assistant Training can be the beginning of bigger and better things for you. As a CNA there are more possible career improvements because of the number of available jobs and specializations in the medical field which is reliably large. The financial stability CNA Training offers you gives you the chance to continue on to better career opportunities as this is a pretty good stepping stone in one's life.

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The ASN Nurse and the Clock

In this modern times that we live in the terms “fast-paced, quick, and on-the-go” are very commonly used. In fact, most people are always conscious of the time and how quickly or slowly they are moving based on it. As an ASN nurse, we are also conscious of the time during our duties. In fact, some of the ASN nurses consider time as their enemy. It is something that they feel is not within their control. Therefore ASN nurses resent time a lot that it has been considered their nemesis. However, one has to think that the clock can also be our friend as long as we know how to handle it.

Friends with Time

Time can be both a friend and a foe; however as nurses we are encouraged being positive. So, we should consider time as our friend. There should be a paradigm shift on how we look at time and maybe it can be easier to see it as a friend than an enemy.

Choose Positive Words

“I have enough time”, “I am early”, “I can finish on time”, are the new phrases that should be included in your dictionary. Throw away the negative words that you used to associate with time. You will be surprised on how much time you really have.

Re-Program Your Thoughts

Positive thoughts lead to positive action. It is easy to think negatively and point at it as the culprit why you do not have enough time, but it is more rewarding to think positively and change your mind-set about time.

Stick to the Deadline

Deadlines are meant to be finished. When you stick to the deadline then there are no time wasted. You also will be able to finish the things that you need to finish because you have a deadline. After the deadline, move on to the next task. Then make a deadline again. It is just a cycle of activity that you need to follow.

Rest and Relaxation

Do you realize that time goes faster when we are stressed? When we think about time is running out we become more stressed. One has to remember that we are only humans and we can only do as much as we can. Do not be too hard on yourself if you think you were not able to finish all the things you need to accomplish. As they say, “tomorrow is another day.”

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The Difference Between Approval and Recognition in the Nursing Profession

As I browse through a dictionary, approval means favorable regarding a person or thing. Recognition means attention or favorable notice. As a person most of us would want approval for everything that we do. It is important that we receive approval only then we can feel worthy and confident of ourselves. As a nursing professional this can also be true. We seek the approval of our patients, colleges and doctors.

The question is, should the nursing professional just settle for seeking approval or go on a higher plane and concentrate on getting recognition.

Of course, as nursing professionals we do not intentionally seek approval or recognition. What is most important for us is to be of help to our patients. We want to make sure that our patients will get well because of our motivation and help. When this happens, we would wish that the patients would validate us through their approval.

As a nursing professional, how can we differentiate between approval and recognition? Why would it help us in the long run if we focus on being recognized instead of just being given approval?

When a nurse seeks approval she more or less wants to please people around her. These people are the patients, doctors and collections. Sometimes it can have a negative connotation because in order to seek approval you would need to put your best foot forward all the time. It becomes a competition with other nurses because you would need to outshine others so that you will be the one to receive the approval.

On the other hand, when you talk about recognition in the nursing profession, it is all about being part of a team that practice excellence in terms for performing the duties needed. When you are recognized as a nurse, you are complimented for your untiring efforts and contribution to the workplace.

When you think about it, recognition for a nursing professional promises a more lasting effect. It can be more beneficial because it is not only you that are being considered but your collections as well. Recognition can help boost not only your morale but also of the team's. The nursing profession is not about you as an individual but a team effort. Your one goal together is to make sure that you help the patients get better, motivate them that being sick is not permanent and there are many ways for a person to take care of their health.

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What Makes a Good Nurse Great

Nursing is an incredibly demanding field. It requires you to give so much of yourself that it can often be difficult to keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy. There are many amazing nurses out there, but the majority of them have a few very important traits in common. Here are a couple things that make good nurses, great.

1. Emotionally Stable.

If you are an emotional basket case, how can you expect anyone to trust you and let you help them? Nurses have to be emotionally strong, leave their issues at the door and deal with the problems at hand. Having a fight with your boyfriend or child should not affect the treatment you give. Anderson. Part of being emotionally mature is the ability to focus on the task at hand and compartmentalize your feelings.

2. Adaptability.

A nurse's day is never the same, and you have to be able and willing to adapt to almost any circumstances. When all the rooms are filled and you have to treat a patient in the hallway, you should be able to take it in trouble and be taking their vitamins within minutes. And remember that anyone under stress, as most are in and around the healthcare industry, can be incredibly unpredictable. Flexibility is key for dealing with continuously changing issues.

3. Excellent Communication Skills.

Nursing is not a career for the shy or faint of heart. You need to be able to effectively communicate with doctors, other nurses, patients, families and visitors, and other staff every single day. Above and beyond getting your message understood, you need to be able to do it with dignity and tact, often in environments that are lacking these routes. Some people are born with this skill, others learn it, but the bottom line is, nurses need it.

4. Empathy.

There is not a good nurse out there that does not feel at least a smidgen of their patient's pain. When your profession is to constantly be in contact with people who are frustrated and in pain, you have to be able to understand how these people are feeling and react appropriately. For example, scoffing at someone who is afraid of a mundane surgery would not the action of a great nurse.

5. Physically Capable.

You do not need to able to run a marathon, though that might help. Nurses stay on their feet for 12 hours at a time or more, and they need to be mentally dialed in for that time time. You need to be in good enough shape to not have to think about the fact that you have not had a break in 9 hours and that your feet are killing you. If you have the physical endurance covered, you are able to focus on the more important things, like your patients.

These are just an important few of the myriad of exercises that make up a great nurse. This list could go on for pages and pages about the detail oriented, selfless, compassionate, knowledgeable nurses out there that are amazing beyond words. But the most relevant trait is what you believe to be the most important. What is something that makes a good nurse great?

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Handling Humor in the Nursing Profession

When you go to a hospital, it would highly be unknowingly that you would hear laughter. Instead, the most common sound that you would hear is silence. In fact, in almost every corner, there are signs requesting people to observe silence. The nursing profession has taught the nurses to act professional when it comes to the patients. However, people in the health care industry interchange professionalism with solemnity. Is it unprofessional when you smile or laugh with a patient?

There are very few opportunities to be joyful when you are in the hospital. The most obvious one is when you give birth to a baby, and then you can celebrate. However, the reason for most people why they go to the hospital is to get better because of different sickness. Even children suffer from sickness, so this is a place where there is sadness and melancholy.

As we progress along the medical care industry, there are new things that are being discovered every day. There are new medicines, treatments and even strategies on how to help patients. One of those strategies that is seemingly effective is humor. We associate humor when there is always a celebration but we almost want to avoid using it especially if we know someone is suffering from sickness.

In recent studies, humor proves to be a catalyst in helping patients get better. As the old saying goes, “laugh is the best medicine”. When we use humor with our patients it is not about being disrespectful about their condition. It is about helping them find the positive in their seemingly impossible situation.

As a regular person who experienced a bad day at work, did not feel better when you watched a funny sitcom or had some laugh with your friends. This is also the same with the patients. They can feel lighter after they find some humor in their situation or shared a laugh with the nurse or doctor.

The humor does not have to be grand. It can start from simple things like a smile, a funny comment or even a toy that you can use to spark the interest of your patient. Just imagine what the patient is already feeling and here you are as the nurse showing more seriousness, would not it be more ideal to show the patient that despite what he may be going through there are still time to have fun and laugh.

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Looking Into the Future of the Nursing Profession

In this world where problems seem a common thing, it is not surprising that the nursing profession is also having their share of difficulties. There are new diseases that are cropping up, people are getting obese and few of them are getting the right treatment because of the high cost of maintaining a medical insurance.

BSN nurses also have their share of problems from job shortage to job burnout. They too have struggled. However, there is always a silver lining. As nurses we can focus on a future that is brighter and more positive. There are a lot of things to improve on and as BSN nurses we have the power to start change.

Nurses are not anymore just the person who takes care of the patient. They have become a medical professional in their own right who help in the shaping of the future of the medical care industry. As nurses we can choose to focus on different things that can affect the future of the nursing profession.


Nursing is not just about dealing with disease. In fact, more and more nursing focusing on the health of a person as a whole. They do not just treat the patient but they also educate them on how to take care of their health. The role of the nurse will still be evolving in terms of just caring for the patients, they will be ambassadors of well-being and it starts now.


Nurses are geared to be leaders. They can be the one to lead the way in terms of medical care. As one of the largest number of health providers, encourage other nurses to put their heads together and make a change in the medical care system. Who else will flame the winds of change in the nursing industry? Of course this falls under the responsibility of the nurses.


Changes in the training should also be looked into. There are some practices that need to be changed. In the nursing education, there are many theories but less practical experience. The nursing education should focus more on first-hand experience rather than just theories. Perhaps, if this method is encouraged there would be nursing students who will be better prepared in handling the difficult tasks at hand.

We can choose to look at the future of nursing in both positive and negative way but as an optimist, I chose to see it in a positive light. The future of nursing is bright!

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