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

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 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

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

Ethics, teamwork and diversity are making headlines midway through February during this week’s Nursing News Trending Now. A recent summit on ethics in nursing opens up a bigger discussion in four key areas of clinical practice. The struggle towards becoming a true team is shared in one unit’s story of camaraderie. And recognition of changing demographics puts the spotlight on diversity within nations and among nurses. READ MORE

The focus is on care this week in nursing news. First, take an in depth look at the state of care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the rising number of women afflicted with the condition. Next, more funding is achieved for a process looking to improve care in a patient-centric way. And nurse-patient shared decision making looks to improve chronic care through evidence sharing. READ MORE

February is here and the latest nursing news looks at the benefits of learning among other healthcare professionals, not just your fellow nurses. An examination of existing research on a nurse’s personality and their chosen specialty offers insight into why some nurses head down the paths they do. And one nurse shares her passion for geriatric nursing to inspire others to find the specialty for them.

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January wraps up with nursing news putting a focus on the importance of credentials to patients, employers and nurses alike. The idea of a buddy system is being looked at as a way to help prevent nurse fatigue, per American Nurses Association (ANA) guidelines. And the ANA has also declared 2015 to be the year of ethics for nurses, as it released an updated Code of Ethics for the first time in 14 years. READ MORE

Midway of January, the new year keeps the focus on many of the same hot topics for nurses throughout 2014. Further details have emerged in regards to the success of nursing education simulation programs, a call for increased hiring looks at some of the reasons healthcare providers operate as they do and the benefits of smartphone technology are examined for ever-busy nurses. READ MORE