The second full week of 2015 puts the spotlight on some serious topics in nursing. Compassionate care is the goal for Sheila Davis as she teaches nurses in Africa to speak gently. Leaving work at work and disconnecting in an increasingly connected world is just one of the challenges facing advanced practice nurses. And the push for nurses on hospital boards ramps up for the American Nurses Foundation. Read more about these stories in Nursing News Trending Now.

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The end of 2014 brings a time to celebrate as well as to reflect for nurses. Looking back, the profession has been ranked as the most honest and ethical one for the 13th straight year. Looking ahead, nurses consider what changes they would like to see in healthcare in 2015. And as the calendar page turns, it’s as good a time as any to find out more about disaster preparedness in the workplace. Read more about these stories in Nursing News Trending Now.

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Pursuing your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) shows a great deal of commitment to your education and to the level of care you want to deliver to your patients. That commitment is perhaps best illustrated by the practicum you’ll take part in at the end of your coursework.

A nursing practicum is the live application of your nursing knowledge and skills in real-life situations and events. After all your graduate courses have been completed, you’re able to bring your abilities to bear and complete activities which support you in producing your professional portfolio.

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Emmanuel Patrick Palma Jr., a registered nurse, is an implementation manager at a leading healthcare system north of Chicago. He works with an integrated electronic health record (EHR) system now used in 70 percent of U.S. hospitals that no longer use paper charts to deliver patient care.[1], [2]

“I like to be the bridge between the nursing and IT sides of healthcare, knowing how to clinically and technically operate within the system,” he said. “Patients appreciate that with EHRs, they can go to their primary care physician or the emergency room and all of their healthcare information is available to the nurses and physicians. The care they receive is targeted to address their unique medical history and long-term wellness.”

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In an increasingly complex healthcare landscape, healthcare leaders are exploring solutions for improving patient outcomes and efficiency while managing costs. Many are taking a closer look at person and family centered care, an evolving approach for nurses and other clinicians to streamline and improve care by engaging patients and their families as partners in the care process.

Person and Family Centered Care, published by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, explores this approach to caregiving with insight from authors Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN and Mary K. Walton, MSN, MBE, RN.

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Chamberlain College of Nursing has announced its newest campuses in Las Vegas, Nevada and metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. These are the 15th and 16th campuses for Chamberlain, after the opening of the Pearland, Texas campus earlier this year.

The Las Vegas campus aims to grow the nursing workforce to meet state demand.

Nevada has the nation’s fourth-lowest number of registered nurses per 100,000 people at 724.7, far lower than the national average of 920.9.[i] Further accelerating a need for nurses is the state’s growing population of residents over age 65, which is projected to nearly double by 2020.[ii]

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Military service can involve occupational health risks as severe as those one might experience from being a part of a hazmat team. Yet many patients with military backgrounds do not notify medical professionals of their service.

Linda Schwartz, DrPH, MSN, RN, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), says nurses can play a critical role in identifying veterans’ health risks that may be associated with wars and other military deployments. READ MORE

Apps are a way of life. Everyone knows how fun (and distracting) an app can be. But have you considered how useful they could be if you put them to work?

There are apps for nurses which can help coordinate your schedule, calculate drug prescription amounts, offer news on the profession overall and aid in setting a patient’s care plan. Having these resources at your fingertips (literally) can make your smartphone a powerful tool on the job.

Here are our picks for the top 10 apps for nurses for both Android and iOS.

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Daytime talk show host Katie Couric recently paid tribute to nurses and the important role they play in their patients’ lives. Her guest, Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), highlighted another critical role of today’s nurses: decision-maker.

“In 2010, a study from the Institute of Medicine reported that nurses are not being used to their full potential,” Mason explained. “This finding is key because it recognizes that we cannot transform healthcare in our country without tapping into the potential of our nurses and the important role they can play at decision-making tables at all levels of healthcare organizations and for all healthcare policies.”

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Nursing come in many forms and settings — correctional, labor & delivery and home carejust to name a few. Each of these settings often has its own unique rules and procedures, beyond the general best practices all nurses know and follow.

So it should come as no surprise that, around the world, healthcare standards and practices vary dramatically from one country to another.

For instance, did you know that, in the Philippines, a significant number of doctors head back to medical school to become nurses?

Find out more about this and other interesting nursing facts from around the world in this infographic put together by Scrubsmag.com.

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