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New nursing programs geared towards preparing and retaining nurses

Studies show that up to 60% of new nurse graduates leave their first job within their first year, and many hospitals are focusing on ways to help new nurses through the difficult transition from nursing school to novice nurse to competent, confident practitioner.

Rapid City (SD) Regional Hospital is one such facility looking to help its new grads succeed and remain with the organization. The hospital hires an average of 100 nurse graduates every year, but within two years, 25% of those nurses are no longer with the facility. With the help of a recent grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Regional Hospital has launched a two-part program to provide guidance to the new nurses. [more]

Americans spend millions on alternative therapies

A recent study of 23,000 Americans by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health found that Americans are spending $34 million a year in alternative therapies that are not covered by insurance, which is a 25% increase within the past decade. Alternative therapies can range from taking herbs to yoga classes, and are popular for both adults and children.

The study found that $22 million of the $34 million is spent on “self care,” where patients use an alternative therapy, such as taking fish oil supplements or homeopathic medications, without their health practitioner’s advice. As more and more Americans seek alternative therapies, it is important for nurses to be aware of how these drugs or methods may effect patients’ prescriptions or treatment. [more]

Providing culturally competent care at the end of life

As with all healthcare decisions, ethnic and cultural groups have different beliefs and opinions regarding end-of-life decisions.

Among healthcare professionals, nurses have been leaders in recognizing that cultural factors influence healthcare practices and disease processes. It is useful for nurses to be aware of the beliefs and understandings of various patient populations when discussing end-of-life care and recognize that end-of-life decisions are made within the cultural context.

The significance of autonomy, informed decisions, and control over the dying process are understood differently by different ethnic or cultural groups in America. Autonomy, to the level often expected by European Americans, may not be expected in many cultures that have a long tradition of family-centered healthcare decisions. 

For example: [more]

Generational dress code gaps: Tattoos and piercings uncovered

In the nursing world, first impressions are everything. How patients perceive their nurses affects how patients interact with them throughout their entire hospital stay. But what happens when a 23-year-old female nurse with visible arm tattoos and a nose piercing walks in to a patient’s room to take vital signs and the patient is obviously uncomfortable by the body art?

Such interactions and concerns are increasingly common. Body art and piercings are no longer the preferred form of expression solely for rebels and misfits. A study recently conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology found that 48% of American workers ages 18 to 29 have a tattoo or something other than their earlobe pierced. [more]

2.0 Web technology integrates a nursing program near you

As the terms “podcasts”, “wikis”, and “blogs” fill the vocabulary of nurses, physicians, students, and hospitals nationwide, more and more facilities are finding ways to integrate these new technology tools into the everyday hustle and bustle of the healthcare world.


In a recent study published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, 53% of nursing schools and 45% percent of medical schools are now using Web 2.0 tools in their curricula. Also, 58% of nursing schools and 50% of medical schools intend to include Web 2.0 tools in the curricula within the next year. Web 2.0 is a term defining the second generation of Web development that allows users to do more with Web sites. Rather than just passively retrieving information, Web 2.0 technology allows users to own and exercise control over the data.

Schwarzenegger replaces most of California’s State Nursing Board

On Monday, July 13, Californian Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced most of the members of the state’s Board of Registered Nursing after reports of potentially dangerous nurses continuing to work even after being accused of egregious misconduct.

Correlating study tips with learning styles

It can be helpful for adult learners to identify their own learning style so they can determine study strategies that work best for them. The main types of learning styles are:

    • Right brain
    • Left brain
    • Auditory
    • Visual
    • Tactile

What kind of learner are you? Visit to download a free tool to assess your auditory, visual, and tactile learning preferences. You can also use this tool to assess others’ learning styles as well.


Let’s talk: Twittering nurses connect us all

Twitter, the social networking site that allows users to keep friends, family, and colleagues up-to-date on everything that is happening in their lives, is taking the world by storm. Healthcare providers are commenting on surgeries in real time, nurses are reaching out for experts on the latest clinical care best practices, and there is a constant flow of information and advice.

The information you can share is never ending and Twitter is starting to become a useful tool in the nursing world. Here are some ways nurses and nurse managers are using Twitter:


Time management tips for beating stress

Everything comes down to time management. You have to make sure there is enough time for your job, your significant other, your family, your friends, taking the kids to soccer practice and ballet lessons, the dog has to go to the vet, and somewhere in between all of that you are supposed to breathe and have time for yourself. In all this commotion, it can be hard to remain calm and stress free, especially for busy nurse managers struggling to keep track of other staff members and daily tasks. Exhausting!

Here are some helpful tips to remember while trying to manage your time and remain stress free:


Nurses and their relationship with patients

As writers and editors for healthcare, there is a great deal of time spent writing about the realities of being a nurse today. But sometimes, our personal and professional lives cross paths and we get to experience the realities of nursing today from a firsthand perspective.

Recently, my personal and professional life intersected when I spent the day in and out of the hospital, interacting with nurses and physicians on different levels than I had expected.