As career opportunities for nurses continue to grow, so do the chances for individual nurses to step up into leadership roles. Whether this is among their immediate care team or in the boardroom, nurses everywhere need to recognize that they are empowered and capable of leading. At one university, a new program is helping to do just that. READ MORE

The critical role nurses play in healthcare is becoming increasingly important on the national stage. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers turn to healthcare experts, nurses among them, to inform their decisions. READ MORE

Nurses regularly face new challenges and opportunities in their work, as illustrated by the top stories in the past week. For nurses interested in advancing their career, an FAQ offers insight into becoming a Nurse Practitioner and six female leaders from around the globe share their ideas on success. And for nurses looking to transform their work environments, a team in New York has stepped up the response time of their emergency department with the goal of no waiting, while a new report highlights the need for nurses to report violent incidents to promote their own safety. READ MORE

Can an increase in nurses in research positions lead to better patient care? That’s the question addressed by a recent article in FierceHealthcare. The nursing industry is also poised to benefit from an OSHA crackdown on healthcare facilities that fail to protect nurses from injury. And a new patient discharge procedure has helped one hospital lower medication errors. READ MORE

The summer of 2015 starts off with positive news for nurses. The American Nurses Association announced new work towards getting nurses a seat at the decision making table in healthcare organizations. The National League for Nursing has announced the inductees for the 2015 Academy of Nursing Fellows. And new research shed light on what nurse managers can do to create a strategic success plan for nursing leadership. READ MORE

Making headlines in nursing industry news this week are stories which focus on three important topics in nursing. First, Magnet status is examined as some nurses claim that after their hospital achieves the coveted accolade, progress towards Magnet goals stalls. Next, bedside nurses embrace the fact technology is changing the way they care for patients. And a look at the need for time management among nursing students is highlighted during their clinical experiences. READ MORE

The first full week of June brings news on the American Nurses Association’s continued focus on ethics in 2015, advice for nurses considering a career change and insight into what it’s like to be an American Muslim registered nurse. READ MORE

The halfway point of 2015 is highlighted by emotionally moving and exciting news for nurses. Congress took in a special screening of a documentary examining the role of nurses in transforming healthcare. Also on Capitol Hill, a bill has been introduced to help prevent nurse and patient injuries. And an a Capella group of singing nurses takes their care beyond the bedside. READ MORE

National Nurses Month wraps up with positive news for the industry. A nurse-led student health program in California has entered its 10th year of helping kids eat right and exercise. The need for nurses in the boardroom gains support from a prominent CNO in New Jersey. And tips for modern day disaster response can help nurses make the best use of their valuable skills in emergencies outside of healthcare settings. READ MORE

Headlines in the nursing industry this week include one nurse’s efforts to take charge in the fight against childhood obesity, a look at the changes in the role of occupational health nurses and a new study that examines job satisfaction for nurses in retail clinic v. traditional primary care settings. READ MORE