The dictionary defines an advocate as someone who pleads the cause of another. An article from Loyola University Chicago says, in the Nursing profession, advocacy means preserving human dignity, promoting patient equality, and providing freedom from suffering. It’s also about ensuring that patients have the right to make decisions about their own health. The American Nurses Association (ANA) believes Nurses make great…

Illness is blind to race, gender and ethnic origins. Since you are in the business of caring for others, it’s critically important to ensure that clinicians, executives and even members of the governing boards, accurately represent the communities you serve.  There is room for considerable improvement in leadership diversity in healthcare. According to AMN Healthcare, A survey…

Over the past few years, themed escape rooms have become a top team-building event. Nurses are taking this idea and creating their own escape room concepts to improve healthcare professionals’ knowledge and skills.  Nurses Paula M. Gabriel, MSN-RN, and Casey Lieb, MSN-RN at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center created a sepsis awareness escape room. A variety of healthcare professionals signed up online including…

Dealing with the passing of a patient can be very difficult. There are many coping mechanisms you can use during these difficult times. It is best to face the emotions instead of avoiding them and be open with yourself and fellow team members.  According to an article on boardvitals.com, avoidance and emotional distance can exacerbate stress….

According to a U.S. News article, over 100 million Americans are dealing with some form of chronic pain, and is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. Opioid drugs are a safe and effective treatment for pain relief when used properly. However, many people have difficulty accessing medication and others have concerns about addiction so…

As the U.S. population becomes more racially and culturally diverse, having a workforce that mirrors the diversity of your community can improve the quality of care offered at your facility. Ensuring diversity is incorporated in healthcare hiring practices requires understanding and combatting unconscious biases. Bias is a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or…

Our country and the world is experiencing a huge awakening and changing attitude toward bias and racism and it is about time! It shouldn’t have taken these recent tragic events to bring about this ground swell of emotion and passion for change, but here we are.It is time to channel this passion to create positive…

Health care organizations rely on Nurse leaders to manage teams, patient care, and promote organizational goals. In order to meet these goals, a successful Nurse leader must possess certain qualities such as… Good communication. In healthcare, effective communication can literally be the difference between life and death.  Nurse leaders should make themselves accessible and establish an environment that promotes…

The Nursing field offers many Nursing specialties to choose from depending on your interests and skills. And, there are plenty of opportunities to get the necessary training to move on to a different specialty. The stress of the pandemic has increased Nurses’ interest in positions beyond the hospital setting.  Some of those opportunities include: Nurse…

The pandemic has magnified the Nursing shortage and healthcare organizations are struggling to not only recruit Nurses but also retain them. Bonuses are nice, but Nurses need more than that. They want to feel valued and safe in their work environment. Healthcare organizations must ensure Nurses are equipped with resources and the support they need…

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