More nurses take license exams to enter jobs pipeline | Report: Wis. health care facilities need RNs | For skills and certification, nurses never stop learning
April 17, 2015
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More nurses take license exams to enter jobs pipeline
More nursing graduates are taking the National Council Licensure Examination, but the rate of increase may be slowing, writes Edward Salsberg of George Washington University in a Health Affairs blog. The growth rate for bachelor's-prepared students taking the exam is robust, however. From 2001 to 2014, the number of first-time exam takers increased 130%. Health Affairs Blog (4/9)
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Report: Wis. health care facilities need RNs
A Wisconsin Hospital Association report said health care facilities in the state need nurses, and a shortage of registered nurses could be on the way. Wisconsin has a 3.9% RN vacancy rate, with 1,200 job openings, and a 9.7% vacancy rate for advanced practice RNs. Kenosha News (Wis.) (4/9)
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For skills and certification, nurses never stop learning
Nurses must keep up with continuing-education requirements to maintain their licenses and gain education or certifications that can help advance their careers, experts said. "Noncredit classes can provide the professional-development training that keeps the nursing profession riding the wave of today's changing health care," said Mary Smith-Hill of San Jacinto College in Texas. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (4/10)
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University of Utah turns away nursing-school applicants for lack of faculty
The University of Utah's nursing school in recent years has turned away some 40% of qualified potential students because the school does not have enough faculty to staff needed classes, school officials said this week. With many better-paying jobs in other states and outside of academia, it is difficult for the university to attract and retain qualified professors, the officials noted. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (4/17)
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Happier nurses equal healthier patients
Nurses who feel more confident and less stressed in their profession may be less likely to suffer burnout, Cheryl Wagner writes in AJN. When nurses experience something called "moral distress," even the most dedicated in the profession may waver, and patient care can be compromised. Wagner offers suggestions on how to not only retain nurses but also maintain a high level of care quality. Read the full article in AJN.
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Nurses at the forefront of public health, prevention
Registered nurses say more attention and resources should be put toward public health and disease prevention. Nurses have an important role to play because they are trained to care for patients with complex health conditions and to "integrate and translate data-driven health care to community-based health promotion and disease prevention efforts," said Diane Santa Maria, assistant professor of nursing systems at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. (4/13)
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Survey finds informatics nurses are key to quality care, IT
Researchers surveyed more than 500 clinical analysts, executives and informatics nurses and found that 60% believe informatics nurses have an important role in providing quality care. Eighty-five percent of respondents said these nurses make valuable contributions to implementation of EHRs and other health IT tools. The findings were presented at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference. EHR Intelligence (4/14)
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AWHONN: The Power of Numbers
Is there power in numbers? There are 4 million women who will give birth this year, and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) represents the 350,000 nurses in our specialty who care for women and newborns. But the power begins with 1 -- you -- the nurse who provides clinical expertise for these women, newborns and their families. And AWHONN is your professional resource for advocacy, research and education. Together, there is strength in numbers. View the video.
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New episode of Nursing Success TV now available
Ready for some practical advice from professionals who have walked in your shoes? Then don't miss this month's episode of Nursing Success TV featuring: Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN and professional nursing coach, with insights on how to manage the emotional issues that face nurses, and Renae Battie, MN, RN, CNOR, president of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, on the many opportunities within her specialty and the value of membership in a professional association. View full episode.
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Time and Attendance: The Core of Managing and Measuring Your Workforce
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