Top 6 Traits of a Successful Charge Nurse

A charge nurse is, essentially, in charge. He or she has the responsibility of managing or supervising an individual department within a facility. They often arrange schedules, direct admission and discharge, supervise the use of supplies, and delegate assignments. Clearly, it is a very busy position and one that requires stamina, motivation, and the ability … Read more

Nursing Care for the Elderly: Tips in Managing Depression

Geriatric nursing is a very special calling that requires a lot from its workers. With such a unique population at its focus, elder healthcare often provides challenging situations that can be difficult to navigate. From decreasing physical abilities to often waning mental capacity, the trials of getting older seem to be never-ending. As an elder … Read more

Childhood Obesity as a Public Health Issue

Obesity is a growing epidemic, especially in the USA. It has a huge impact on the health of the population and can cause a wide variety of other health issues including diabetes and heart disease. Unfortunately, we are seeing obesity begin at younger ages, and childhood obesity is fast becoming a public health issue. It’s … Read more

Lateral Violence: Ending Incivility in the Nursing Profession

Working in a hospital is a high-pressure environment. There is chaos, confusion, patient demands, family problems, and tension amongst coworkers. There’s simply no getting around the stress that nursing brings to our daily lives. One negative trend that thrives on this tension is that of lateral violence. Lateral violence is the hostile or aggressive behavior … Read more

Confessions of a Psychiatric Nurse

For psychiatric nurses, there’s no shortage of life-lessons to be had. From the people you meet to the situations you find yourself in the middle of, there’s always something exciting going on. As a psychiatric nurse myself, I know firsthand just how strange and difficult the work can be. And most times, I’ve just not … Read more

5 Strategies for a Culturally Competent Patient Care

Those in the healthcare world have certain obligations that need to be fulfilled in order to be considered effective and successful. Being kind, compassionate, and empathetic in care is the desired goal, but it can be difficult sometimes. As a nurse, you might find yourself dealing with patients, coworkers, or situations that are hard to … Read more

A Guide to Patient Teaching and Education in Nursing

A nurse plays several roles in her position. She is a healer, a listener, a collaborator, a researcher, and more. Perhaps one of the greatest, yet most overlooked, role that a nurse plays in her organization is that of educator. While many nurses leave nursing practice to become an educator in an official capacity at … Read more

Continuing Education Equals Quality Nursing Care

You’ve probably heard the phrase “nobody’s perfect” before, and when it comes to nursing this is especially true. You’ve probably felt inadequate at some point or another; you might compare yourself to others who are further along in their career than you are. Whatever the case may be, you don’t have to settle for feeling … Read more

5 Advantages of Continuing Nursing Education

As a nurse, you are a highly educated and qualified employee. You are up to date on the latest procedures, treatments, and even laws. Or are you? If it’s been a while since you were in nursing school and you haven’t pursued any continuing education, there is a big chance that you might be a … Read more

Patient Care: The Nurse’s Role in Discharge Planning

Taking care of patients is, of course, a nurse’s main duty. But what happens when that patient is ready to go back home? Discharge planning is critical for preparing the patient to leave the hospital and helps healthcare providers all be on the same page regarding follow-ups and further treatment. Proper discharge planning will also … Read more