Today’s nurses come from diverse backgrounds, enroll in unique degree programs and enter a variety of specializations. Read on for more about the many faces of nursing in the following news stories you missed this week:

Ex-Hockey Player Starts New Life as Nurse

Less than two years ago, Jim Ennis was captain of the UMass-Boston hockey team. Today, he is a certified registered nurse working toward his master’s degree at UMass Medical School. Surprisingly, Jim’s desire to enter the nursing profession wasn’t born out of his experience witnessing sports injuries. He was inspired by his own experience as a 13-year-old hospital patient. Learn more about Jim’s desire to help others at the Boston Globe.

RNs Work Together to Create “Bedside the Musical” As Way to Teach Others About Profession’s History

Mary Walsh, RN, BSN, and Peg McKeon, RN, BSN, wanted to introduce a way for nurses to acquire education in an engaging, entertaining way. In 2011, this dream became a reality when they held the first live performance of “Bedside the Musical,” which was approved for 1.7 CE credits by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. Read more about how RNs are earning CEs through a musical at Nurse.com.

Thriving as an Older Student

Many nurses in their 40s, 50s and 60s are enrolled or planning to head back to classrooms, worried about rusty study skills and fitting classes into an already packed schedule. Minority Nurse offers tips to reduce the stress that will accompany this new chapter in life. Read on for strategies from older students who successfully juggled school, family and jobs while working on a first, second or third degree in Minority Nurse.

Employment Opportunities in Senior Care

The growing number of older Americans has created many new opportunities for registered nurses specialized in senior care. But what are the hiring requirements? What type of care do seniors require? And what is a typical work schedule? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this Q&A from Scrubs magazine.

Nurse Navigators Help Guide Patients Through Breast Cancer Journey

More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. At one hospital in Kansas, breast health nurse navigators help women understand the information and emotions that come with being a breast cancer patient. According to the National Cancer Institute, nurse navigators are becoming more common because they improve quality of care and healthy outcomes. Read registered nurse Terri Leschuk’s story of healing as a breast health nurse navigator at Kansas.com.



As the digital age takes hold on the healthcare industry, there is a growing number of nurses specializing in informatics: Currently 9,000 of the 3 million nurses nationwide work in this specialty, and this percentage is increasing by 5 percent each year! Continue reading about the growing career field of nursing informatics and more trending news topics in the top nursing stories you missed this week: READ MORE

Research out of the University of Pennsylvania found that when nurses had one extra patient over the established nurse-patient ratio, there was a 7% increase in likelihood that one of the patients would die. One nurse argues for sufficient nurse staffing in the top nursing stories from the week:

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Throughout her career, nurse leader Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, watched the most talented and effective nurses advance to the role of nurse managers. Whether it was because they had missed out on business courses, or they lacked nurse role models who had climbed higher, it was in these positions where the career progression of high-achieving nurses often stagnated. READ MORE