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Dr. Jenna Liphart Rhoads, PhD, RN, CNE

How to Increase Your Nursing Salary

If you’ve been a nurse for a while, you may be thinking it is time for a raise. There are many reasons that a raise would be prudent: working for the same organization for a while, increased responsibilities, or perhaps a rise in the cost of living. Whatever the reason, it’s never a bad idea … Read more

How Nursing Students Can Prepare For the NCLEX-RN

Toward the end of nursing school, nursing students begin the process of preparing to take the RN licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN. After all, a nursing degree without a license to practice is almost useless. The exam is notoriously difficult and covers multiple years’ worth of information from school, as well as measures one’s ability to … Read more

12 Tips to Improve Your Nursing Documentation

One of the first things you probably learned in nursing school and as a new nurse is the importance of documentation. Accurate and appropriate documentation is key to ensuring accountability for nursing care and proof that protocols and procedures were followed correctly. In order to protect yourself liability-wise, you need to take documentation seriously and … Read more

SOAPIE Charting: Nursing Notes Explained & Examples

One of the most important parts of a nurse’s job is accurate, descriptive documentation. While a lot of charting that nurses do is “charting by exception” in an electronic medical record (EMR), there are plenty of scenarios in which a nurse will need to “free-write” nursing notes. It can be difficult to write a nursing … Read more

4 Tips Nurses Can Use to Reduce Stress in Pregnant Women

Pregnancy inherently involves a certain level of stress, whether it is a first pregnancy or an experienced mother. While pregnancy has many joyful aspects, there are some that rather unpleasant. Morning sickness can derail her daily routine, and she will often feel tired or have headaches. She may be worried about exercising too much or … Read more

Certification in Nursing: What It Means for You

There is currently an extreme nursing shortage happening not just in the US but all over the world. With so few nurses, healthcare is suffering, and sometimes people aren’t able to get the care that they need when they need it. Even more so, there is a specific need for certified nurses who have gone … Read more

Nurses’ Work Schedule: The Truth About Working 3 Days a Week

Having to explain a nursing schedule to non-nurses can be somewhat complication due to how irregular it can be. When nurses say that they “only” work three days a week, they can be met with jealousy and misunderstanding. Those who do not work 12-hour (or longer) shifts, may think that only working three days a … Read more

How to Become a Labor and Delivery Nurse

Whether you are choosing a specialty as you enter the profession as a brand-new nurse or you’re looking for a bit of a change from your regular nursing specialty, becoming a labor and delivery (L&D) nurse is an excellent option. If you are considering becoming a labor and delivery nurse, here is some important information … Read more

How to Become an Infection Control Nurse

With neonatal nursing and midwifery being a couple of the most popular nursing specialties, it’s clear that most nurses enjoy the more nurturing and life-affirming aspects of the profession. But did you know that there are other specialties out there designed for nurses with a penchant for adrenaline, mystery, and research? From life in the … Read more

How to Become a Pain Management Nurse

Choosing a specialty as a nurse can be a daunting task. You want to find something that you’re passionate about, something that will give you a sense of fulfillment, but also something that will pay the bills. Pain Management Nursing is a specialty that could be the right option for you, especially if you are … Read more