April showers bring exciting news for nurses. A new tool has been developed which can provide nurses more information at the bedside when assessing patients. A study shows that nurse-physician collaboration can lead to lower HAI infection rates. And dedicated education units offer nurses the chance to continue learning on the job in a structured way. READ MORE

The first full week of April brings exciting news for nurses. Nurse practitioners in Nebraska have received full practice authority, continuing the trend among states enacting such laws. Nursing schools are looking for qualified and passionate teachers to help educate the next generation of nurses. And nursing homes are poised for a step-change in culture and care, a change which directly affects care providers. READ MORE

Everyone has a story about why they chose to become a nurse. We recently asked our Facebook Fans to share why they embraced nursing in their lives.

The following 10 comments are candid responses from our fans which offer insight into the driving factors that brought them to their calling.

Discover the shared motivations you have with your fellow nurses and add your own in the comments below. READ MORE

The start of April brings with it exciting news for nurses. A new role has emerged at many high profile healthcare organizations, one which puts the patient experience at the forefront of care. Research offers insight into the benefits of increased emotional intelligence for nurses. And technology continues to play a bigger role in patient education, empowering patients to be more involved in their own care. READ MORE

Spring is in the air, and familiar topics are still making headlines in nursing news. The Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for nurses by the year 2020 get a status checkup, the primary care shortage is addressed by nurse practitioners and physicians alike and the link between compassionate care and patient satisfaction continues to grow from new research. READ MORE

The final week of winter sends chills of excitement through the nursing community. The next generation of nursing education puts a focus on simulation, Nebraska moves forward with independence for nurse practitioners (NPs) and the technology of patient portals has positive implications for patients and nurses alike.

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The second week of March brings not only the promise of spring, but also positive news for current and prospective nurses. The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 recommendations are examined for progress halfway to 2020. Healthcare organizations everywhere are preparing to celebrate certified nurses across the globe. ADVANCE for Nurses offers their 2015 Focus on Education guide. Drafters of the recently updated American Nurses Association code of ethics weigh in on their decisions. And the American Association of Colleges of Nursing report an enrollment surge in nurses seeking advanced degrees. READ MORE

March 10 is the 10th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an annual, nationwide observance that sheds light on the impact HIV/AIDS has on women and girls. Each year throughout the month of March, federal, national and community organizations come together to offer support and hope, reduce stigma, share information, and empower women and girls to learn the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. [i] READ MORE

When I started school online, I was so excited. I had my day-to-day schedule all planned out, which was great until about the third day of school when the unexpected happened — my work schedule changed. I then had to reorganize and create a new school schedule, which also worked for about two weeks until the next unexpected life event happened and I had to change it up again. READ MORE

As February comes to a close, some familiar topics are trending in nursing news. A focus on compassionate care highlights ways nurses can better connect with patients and deliver patient-centric care. One nurse’s experience with volunteering shows the career benefits for nurses. And the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that three new states are now part of the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. READ MORE