News https://nursing.careercast.com/archives/rss.xml Archive of Networks articles en How to Advance Your Career https://nursing.careercast.com/article/how-advance-your-career <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Advance Your Career</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-student-216x180.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="How to Advance Your Career" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Now that I've worked on my unit for a few years, I'd like to become a clinical educator. How do I move into that role?</p> <!--break--><p> <a href="http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=454558" target="_blank">more...</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=How%20to%20Advance%20Your%20Career&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/how-advance-your-career&amp;2=node/46853" token="IcBlJIS---q1MxCeRsw9hRHcZtgVZqBAfnFHUM92CO4"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46853 at https://nursing.careercast.com Creative Employment Opportunities For Nurses https://nursing.careercast.com/article/creative-employment-opportunities-nurses <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Creative Employment Opportunities For Nurses</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-body-070913.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Creative Employment Opportunities For Nurses" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>For years, experts have been predicting a shortage of nurses along with the faculty needed to train them.</p> <p>And for years nursing schools and the health care community have been working on creative solutions, trying to head off the problem before it affects the health of America.</p> <p>It’s not just the country’s physical health that’s at risk. Its economic health is too.</p> <p>One metropolitan area reflective of this is Cleveland. Health care provides more than 124,000 jobs — nearly 18 percent of all employment — in Cuyahoga County, according to the most recent data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ complete count of jobs.</p> <p>And the workers who fill those jobs bring home paychecks totaling $5.6 billion a year.</p> <p>Nurses are its foundation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/07/nursing_schools_find_creative.html" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT THE PLAIN DEALER</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Creative%20Employment%20Opportunities%20For%20Nurses&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/creative-employment-opportunities-nurses&amp;2=node/46869" token="6hnpCa6V80OXzJ4DdEyaMzAgYDqUKG3IoWWFob2_FKg"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46869 at https://nursing.careercast.com 5 Career Benefits of a Ph.D in Nursing https://nursing.careercast.com/article/5-career-benefits-phd-nursing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5 Career Benefits of a Ph.D in Nursing</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-article-052615.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="5 Career Benefits of a Ph.D in Nursing" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>If you feel called to a career in nursing practice, you may, like many nurses, feel that you’re done with school after earning an ADN or BSN. But there’s so much more to the nursing profession, and so much further you can go beyond the undergraduate level. Many registered nurses decide, at some point in their careers, that they’d like to go further, and pursue advanced nursing education.</p> <p>A Ph.D. in Nursing is a research-focused doctoral degree that is one of the highest degrees you can earn in the profession. This degree primarily prepares nurses for a career in nursing education or nurse research, but it can also be useful preparation for administrative roles or private practice.</p> <p>A few nurses decide to finish an advanced degree early in their careers, perhaps even before they join the work force, but the vast majority go back to school online to earn advanced credentials on their own schedule. A PH.D. in Nursing can make you a respected authority, and help you make a real difference in the field of nursing, now and in the future.</p> <p><strong>1. You’ll Be an Acknowledged Expert in the Field</strong></p> <p>Nursing takes a different approach to medicine than that taken by physicians and other doctorate educated practitioners, but popular wisdom still holds that people who go to nursing school do it because they’re not interested in medical school. When you <a href="http://online.cua.edu/" target="_blank">earn a doctorate degree in nursing</a>, you’ll be able to hold your own among other doctorate-educated medical professionals. You’ll be as valued on any care team as any other medical professional with a doctorate-level education.</p> <p><strong>2. You’ll Have the Chance to Influence Health Care Policy and Practice</strong></p> <p>If you’ve already got a few years of experience in nursing or even just been through nursing school, you’ve probably wondered who made up all the rules, procedures, and nursing diagnoses you’re taught to follow. You shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it was Ph.D.-educated nurse researchers.</p> <p>Nurse researchers are responsible for obtaining the scientific data necessary to improve care practices in hospitals around the country; for example, <a href="http://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/Pages/Vol38_1_Aiken_Morin.aspx" target="_blank">it was nurse researchers who discovered</a> that a 10 percent increase in BSN-educated nursing staff leads to a five percent drop in patient mortality after surgery, influencing national hospital hiring policies for nurses. Nurse researchers are called upon to advise lawmakers about potential policy changes, and they’re responsible for advancing the field of nursing as a whole.</p> <p><strong>3. You Could Help Relieve the Nurse Educator Shortage</strong></p> <p>You probably already knew that there’s a shortage of qualified nursing practitioners, but did you realize why? It’s because there’s a dwindling supply of nurse educators qualified to teach them. <a href="https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/07/22/nursing-schools-face-faculty-shortages" target="_blank">According to InsideHigherEd.com</a>, nursing schools around the country are struggling to recruit and keep enough qualified nursing staff to maintain their accreditations.</p> <p>Nursing programs had to turn away more than 75,500 qualified nursing school applicants in 2011 alone, for lack of faculty to teach them. With a Ph.D., you could provide a path into the nursing profession for hundreds of students who otherwise wouldn’t even have a chance to learn.</p> <p><strong>4. You Could Take on an Administrative Role</strong></p> <p>Although the Ph.D. is a research-focused role, it’s still great preparation for administrative roles. If you want to work as a nurse director or other supervisory position, a Ph.D. could be the degree for you. The degree imparts the management and leadership skills nurse administrators need, and the health care community is increasingly recognizing the value of the nursing perspective at all levels of an organization.</p> <p><strong>5. You Could Open Your Own Practice</strong></p> <p>Nurse practitioners can now open their own, independent practices in <a href="http://www.aanp.org/legislation-regulation/state-legislation/state-practice-environment" target="_blank">20 states and the District of Columbia</a>. Though the Ph.D. in Nursing is a research-focused degree, it can still prepare a nurse for advanced practice; at the moment, an MSN is sufficient preparation for advanced nursing practice. The administrative and management skills you’ll learn while doing this degree will come in handy when running your own practice.</p> <p>If you want to go to climb all the way to the top of the career ladder as a nurse, a Ph.D. in Nursing can take you there. This doctorate degree is one of the most advanced you can get as a nurse, alongside the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Education in Nursing. Whether you’re aiming for prestigious research opportunities, a teaching position, or a practice of your very own, consider earning a Ph.D. in Nursing.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=5%20Career%20Benefits%20of%20a%20Ph.D%20in%20Nursing&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/5-career-benefits-phd-nursing&amp;2=node/46885" token="PAcxS1-5z-0Bu_MJeqSg_70tyEaUGkts1G363LFUICM"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46885 at https://nursing.careercast.com Is a Travel Nurse Career Right for Me? https://nursing.careercast.com/article/travel-nurse-career-right-me <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Is a Travel Nurse Career Right for Me?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/travel-nursing-216x180.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Is a Travel Nurse Career Right for Me?" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nursing careers can span a wide array of positions in varying environments. One particularly interesting subset is that of traveling nurses. Given the growth within the medical industry combined with increased nursing specialization, traveling nurses are more in demand than ever. But taking your career on the road is not for everyone. Along with the benefits a <a href="http://nursing.careercast.com/jobs/search/advanced" target="_blank">traveling job</a> can offer, there are also many difficulties that must be considered. Compensation Traveling nurses earn premium compensation in return for filling vacancies and short-term staffing shortages throughout the country. In addition, relocation expenses are often covered in part, if not entirely, by the hiring institution. Cost of living is an obvious variable, depending on where you relocate to, that must also be taken into consideration. Location The demand for traveling nurses tends to follow the increasing need for medical services around the country with elderly care driving both. As you might expect, locations such as Arizona, California, Florida and many other coastal areas are highly popular retirement destinations and, accordingly, have ample supply of nursing jobs for those willing to relocate. Nursing in these areas come with the benefit of living in some of the most desirable locations in the country. And if you are looking to get away from it all nursing jobs are available in more remote locations like Alaska. Workplace Culture Traveling nurses routinely encounter varying workplace cultures as they change locations. Some are harsher than others and being the new hire provides challenges of its own. Being viewed as a bit of a hired gun, you'll undoubtedly face jealousy and insecurities, both personally and professionally. Be prepared to deal with all the usual politics in addition to the potential for pettiness. Challenging Assignments Nursing in any environment comes with its share of challenges. Traveling nurses face an increased level of difficult tasks as they tend to draw the toughest assignments in the same way any new employee would. Expect to confront the most challenging regimen on a regular basis. High expectations Increased expectations are tied closely to the compensation traveling nurses receive. Coworkers and supervisors will be aware of your enhanced earnings and expect more of you as a result. Confidence is key as you'll be expected to adapt quickly, work independently and perform at top levels with the utmost professionalism. Professional Opportunities Opportunities abound for anyone interested in a nursing career tied to travel. Two main factors stand out. First, you will have the opportunity to work in virtually any type of environment you wish. Teaching hospitals, specialized practices and any number of other possibilities are possible as you choose your next location to expand your resume. Additionally, networking opportunities are plentiful. Every supervisor and colleague you work with in your various stops is a potential referral or reference for that dream job you're building up to. Skill Development One distinct advantage for traveling nurses is the opportunity to develop their existing skills and learn new ones while visit numerous locations. Hospitals and other medical facilities are always looking to master new technologies and practices and you will have a chance to learn those during your time in those <a href="http://nursing.careercast.com/jobs/search/advanced" target="_blank">nursing jobs</a>. Life on the Road While traveling nurses may not be considered road warriors they do spend a limited time in each position, averaging around 13 weeks in each <a href="http://nursing.careercast.com/jobs/search/advanced" target="_blank">nursing job</a> prior to moving on. The nature of the job limits, to an extent, the personal growth you can enjoy as getting settled in isn't exactly an option. You'll visit a lot of exciting places but won't get much time to take them in. But there are options available for traveling nurses that don't find the notion of bouncing around the globe appealing. Taking numerous nursing positions in the same region, like Southern California, gains you the benefits of a traveling nursing career while allowing for a more normal personal life. A traveling nurse career offers many opportunities not found in traditional <a href="http://nursing.careercast.com/jobs/search/advanced" target="_blank">nursing jobs</a>. It is, however, important to understand what life as a traveling nurse will be like prior to jumping in with both feet. While the benefits are plentiful and very appealing the challenges can be equally difficult.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Is%20a%20Travel%20Nurse%20Career%20Right%20for%20Me%3F&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/travel-nurse-career-right-me&amp;2=node/46854" token="p0St6TTvAJu2bwwkt_PjL4bBrK9Bilw2T9fpSvXRy-w"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46854 at https://nursing.careercast.com Nursing Prospects Expected To Continue Strong Outlook https://nursing.careercast.com/article/nursing-prospects-expected-continue-strong-outlook <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nursing Prospects Expected To Continue Strong Outlook</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-body-080113.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Nursing Prospects Expected To Continue Strong Outlook" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Brookings analyst Martha Ross said health care remains a bright spot for employment growth. "Even though the health care field is in the midst of major changes, it remains a labor-intensive enterprise," she said.</p> <p>"Employment will only grow as baby boomers age and are more likely to use health care services."</p> <p>Health care employs about 14.5 million people nationwide and accounts for 10.3 percent of jobs nationally.</p> <p>"It's one of the few industries that has shown nothing but steadily upward growth in employment over the past decade," Ross said.</p> <p>Even with some staffing adjustments, hospitals are still continually hiring due to normal turnover, especially in clinical care positions such as nursing and physical therapy.</p> <p>As a result, graduates in nursing, physical therapy and other medical fields have generally fared better than most other college graduates in finding jobs, especially during the recession from 2009 through 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://timesfreepress.com/news/2013/jul/07/tennessee-boasts-above-average-share-of/" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT TIMES FREE PRESS</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Nursing%20Prospects%20Expected%20To%20Continue%20Strong%20Outlook&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/nursing-prospects-expected-continue-strong-outlook&amp;2=node/46870" token="fksFldLfXLduBaRX9FaF88JsK426ZsqiyaCYI2FiX0s"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46870 at https://nursing.careercast.com Measures To Boost Nursing Home Care A Potential Boon For Nursing Jobs https://nursing.careercast.com/article/measures-boost-nursing-home-care-potential-boon-nursing-jobs <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Measures To Boost Nursing Home Care A Potential Boon For Nursing Jobs</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-article-071715.png" width="216" height="180" alt="Measures To Boost Nursing Home Care A Potential Boon For Nursing Jobs" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>At the White House Conference on Aging, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed new rules to improve the care of approximately 1.5 million elderly who reside in more than 15,000 long-term care (LTC) facilities nationwide.</p> <p>The proposal aims to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections, improve quality care, and strengthen safety measures for these Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, according to statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).</p> <p>The proposed rule, which was released on July 13, is a major overhaul of nursing home care and is expected to cost the industry approximately $729 million in the first year and $638 million in the second year.</p> <p><a href="http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/nursing-home-oversight-gets-boost-cms-proposal" target="_blank">READ MORE AT MODERN MEDICINE</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Measures%20To%20Boost%20Nursing%20Home%20Care%20A%20Potential%20Boon%20For%20Nursing%20Jobs&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/measures-boost-nursing-home-care-potential-boon-nursing-jobs&amp;2=node/46886" token="S9TOX5U41rHpZmx_bDKSZvcbEEM8weEvEMt7s4zOZcM"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46886 at https://nursing.careercast.com Why RN's Should Pursue a Bachelor's Degree https://nursing.careercast.com/article/why-rns-should-pursue-bachelors-degree <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why RN&#039;s Should Pursue a Bachelor&#039;s Degree</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-degree-216x180.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Why RN&#039;s Should Pursue a Bachelor&#039;s Degree" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="http://nursing.careercast.com/jobs/search/advanced" target="_blank">Job opportunities</a> are strong nationally for registered nurses who only hold an associate’s degree. So why does it make sense for many nurses to return to school, and for aspiring nurses to stay in school until they earn a bachelor's degree? Many reasons, with money at the top of the list.</p> <p>A BSN program is more in-depth than any other registered nursing training curricula, and can include courses on theory, as well as such business issues as human resources and office management. Having the degree translates into a $5,000 increase in your median salary, according to a report conducted by the state of California. While that may not seem like a lot, consider that it would average $100,000 more over the latter 20 years of a 40-year career. And keep in mind that these numbers don't account for positions requiring advanced degrees that require a BSN as a pre-requisite.</p> <p>The upshot of more extensive training is that nurses with BSNs can find more advanced career options faster. For example, you might find it relatively easy to become a manager of other nurses, or even move toward specializations in anesthesia or becoming a nurse practitioner.</p> <p><strong>The Push for RN's with a Bachelor's Degree</strong></p> <p>The value of an associate’s degree in many sectors has fallen, especially with the ease of earning a bachelor's degree from state schools and universities. But there is also a push by thought leaders in nursing to minimize the number of nurses with just a two-year degree.</p> <p>The Institute of Medicine, a subset of the National Academy of Sciences, wants to increase the percentage of nurses with a bachelor's degree from 50% to 80% over the next eight years. Since this think tank has contacts in the government and in the private sector, expect to see greater workplace incentives for those with more experience.</p> <p>Nurses are used to continuing education as a part of maintaining their licensing. But you might not realize that many organizations offer subsidies, if not outright tuition reimbursement, for returning to school. This can significantly defray the cost of courses and is worth investigating. Even if it's not mentioned in your contract, your employer may offer assistance if you ask for it.</p> <p>The other benefit of major organizations calling for more graduates with bachelor's of science degrees in nursing is that schools recognize the opportunity for accelerated programs. If you don't have to go to school for more than three or four semesters, it's easier to fit that into your schedule.</p> <p><strong>Who Shouldn't Get An Advanced Degree in Nursin</strong>g?</p> <p>There are certain groups of nurses who might not benefit from earning a bachelor's degree from an economical sense. One group are those with 10 years or less to go until retirement. According to the College Board, the average in-state tuition for a state school is about $8,000 a semester, and accelerated programs would then cost $12,000 to $16,000, plus any associated lab fees and costs for textbooks. You might find that the salary increase you can expect for another eight to 10 years of working makes it a less viable option.</p> <p>Others may simply not want to move into management, and would rather focus on patient care and enjoy their work as it is. Whether or not it's the right fit for you depends on your career goals, your budget and employer's generosity. But greater hiring demand is already developing for BSN graduates, and as in other health-care sectors, the gap in potential jobs for those with four-year degrees is only likely to grow more.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Why%20RN%27s%20Should%20Pursue%20a%20Bachelor%27s%20Degree&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/why-rns-should-pursue-bachelors-degree&amp;2=node/46855" token="E_nHg5GB30LKHBWygNIyh-upN3_dTWD_9vsyZ8SXCk0"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46855 at https://nursing.careercast.com Opportunities Available For Travel Nurses https://nursing.careercast.com/article/opportunities-available-travel-nurses <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunities Available For Travel Nurses</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-body-090613.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Opportunities Available For Travel Nurses" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The adventure of travel nursing sounds exciting, but nurses who are considering this career option should weigh the pros against the cons. For example, travel agencies may not offer sick time or vacation pay benefits, and nurses can be financially penalized if they don't complete a 40-hour work week. In addition, travel nurses are usually expected to stay to complete a patient assignment that takes longer than anticipated, just like the permanent staff.</p> <p>Taking call, working weekends or being assigned to different shifts may also be a part of the job, but for some travel assignments, such as those at outpatient surgical centers, nurses don't take call or work weekends and holidays.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/journalarticle?Article_ID=1108854" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT NURSING JOURNAL</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Opportunities%20Available%20For%20Travel%20Nurses&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/opportunities-available-travel-nurses&amp;2=node/46871" token="UZcKCikNQ1wFSgIsbsOmbaGaPZQl3aZhoMMD_AOAkDI"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46871 at https://nursing.careercast.com Workplace Independence Helps Nurses Thrive https://nursing.careercast.com/article/workplace-independence-helps-nurses-thrive <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Workplace Independence Helps Nurses Thrive</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-article-122215.png" width="216" height="180" alt="Workplace Independence Helps Nurses Thrive" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Patients fare better when nurse practitioners are able to exercise the full extent of their skills, according to a new report.</p> <p>The study, published in Nursing Outlook, revealed a “significant relationship” between the full practice of nurse practitioners and decreased hospitalization rates for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. University of Missouri (MU) researchers say the study supports assertions that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can help relieve the shortage of healthcare workers and provide much-needed care to underserved populations.</p> <p>“APRNs have graduate-level educations; when you get APRNs into nursing homes, they help improve the overall quality of care because they have advanced knowledge of the best evidence-based practice,” says Marilyn Rantz, Curators’ Professor and Helen E. Nahm chair in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. “In states where APRNs practice independently, health outcomes are better, Medicare and Medicaid outcomes for older adults are better, and costs are lower. Hospitalizations also decrease.”</p> <p><a href="http://healthcaretraveler.modernmedicine.com/healthcare-traveler/news/study-supports-aprn-independence-cites-improved-outcomes" target="_blank">READ MORE AT MODERN MEDICINE</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Workplace%20Independence%20Helps%20Nurses%20Thrive&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/workplace-independence-helps-nurses-thrive&amp;2=node/46887" token="L1M_BQ2KPDGtWNxpGqgTVDs7DQXC-eA2NkTG7CmOSr4"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46887 at https://nursing.careercast.com How to Survive a Nursing Interview https://nursing.careercast.com/article/how-survive-nursing-interview <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Survive a Nursing Interview </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/nursing-interview-216x180.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="How to Survive a Nursing Interview " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Forget hectic hospitals and crazy hours. The job interview might be the scariest process you’ll ever experience as a nurse. You're trying to sell yourself for a position that you want, and you have to put your best foot forward while not knowing what the employer is seeking exactly. Being nervous is expected, but you can do yourself a favor by doing a little prep work beforehand. Preparation is key to calming your nerves and boosting your confidence. Here's how you can get started:</p> <p><strong>Review the Job Description</strong></p> <p>The dirty secret of most interviews, for any position, is that a number of interviewers simply read from a script. And their script is based verbatim on the job description. That means that you can expect questions like:</p> <ol> <li>Why do you want to work at this facility?</li> <li>What are the most important aspects of this job (hint, they should be at the top of the description)?</li> <li>Can you give me an example of how you stay current with the latest techniques?</li> </ol> <p>So, the key is to study the job description in detail and then take advantage by preparing your answers in advance.</p> <p><strong>The One-Minute Story Test</strong></p> <p>Since you've got yourself a list of the questions that will likely be asked, you can start taking notes on how you'd like to answer them. You should have two or three notes for each of the questions, ranging from strengths and weaknesses to questions about the facility itself. What's critical is that you time yourself answering these questions.</p> <p>Too often, nerves mean that you begin to babble (not you, of course, but other people), or that you clam up. So when you share these stories, make sure that you time yourself. Give yourself about a minute or two to answer each question, and then see if you covered the notes you had written down.</p> <p>By rehearsing these, you'll find that it's easier when you are actually nervous. And even if the questions are slightly different, you'll have practiced similar answers.</p> <p>Using a video camera to record your practice answers is a good way to review what you’ve said and to test your nervousness.</p> <p><strong>Calming the Nerves</strong></p> <p>Nurses can expect to deal with a lot of high-pressure situations, and the nursing interview helps your future supervisor and fellow staff understand how poised and in control you can be.</p> <p>What's more important is to minimize the risk of fidgeting and stuttering. To help combat this, a trick is to bring along a small notebook to your interview. There are several reasons to do this.</p> <p>One, you can map out questions and notes on how you want to answer. Don't rely on it, but it can help prompt you if you draw a complete blank.</p> <p>Second, is that it allows you have something to hold and also to take notes on what the employer says. This helps you by giving you questions to ask your interviewer to show that you have an active interest.</p> <p>The other reason to bring one is that it's also a good place to write down who all you interviewed with so that you can follow-up with a 'thank-you' note after the interview.</p> <p><strong>Now You're Ready</strong></p> <p>There are a number of great nursing jobs in this rapidly expanding industry, but you still want to perform your best at a nursing interview so that you can get the best possible offer from the healthcare system you deserve.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=How%20to%20Survive%20a%20Nursing%20Interview%20&amp;1=https%3A//nursing.careercast.com/article/how-survive-nursing-interview&amp;2=node/46856" token="1NgPEPkPKUbGVBQL1J7V9vymDSYWM7KQT8kVmhnRZF4"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:21:15 +0000 Anonymous 46856 at https://nursing.careercast.com