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January 9, 2012
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Professional development, education
and careers in nursing
A good education and a commitment to professional development are the foundation for a great career in nursing. Whether you're a student or a nurse, this ANA SmartBrief special report highlights news that can help you on your way.
Nursing Education 
  • Clinical internships prepare nurses for workforce
    A study by Avila University assistant professor Janet Reagor found that nursing students are better prepared for the workforce if they have participated in a clinical internship. The former hospital staff educator says she got the idea for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Kansas after noticing that new nurses were anxious during job orientation. She found internships made students feel as though they were part of the organization. The Kansas City Nursing News (12/27)
  • Mixing real-world rotations with classwork
    A 16-week, full-time clinical rotation can help nursing students gain experience, say educators with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. "I've been able to connect with patients and follow them throughout the course of their treatment because we work three rotation shifts in a week," a student said. United Press International (1/3)
  • Too few seats for qualified applicants
    In a trend that reflects a national problem, hundreds of qualified students have been turned away from Mississippi nursing schools because of a lack of space. The situation could worsen with the anticipated retirement of senior faculty and the possibility that prospective educators will put off teaching to earn more money in a tight economy. Bridge programs, new construction and the resources to recruit new faculty are needed, educators say. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (12/28)
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Professional Development 
  • Quality care goes with quality workplaces
    Nurses who rate their work environment highly are also more likely to rate the care that patients receive as high quality. Access to continuing education, a role in decision-making and respect are among the factors that make for a good workplace, according to this blog post. NurseZone.com/RN Talk blog (12/10)
  • Working the floor is its own education
    Charli Guthrie, an RN since 2003, says that working on her BSN has taught her about the importance of efficiency in caring for patients. But nursing is an education in itself, said the Coshocton (Ohio) Hospital nurse of the year. "Nursing school doesn't really prepare you for working on the floor. I've learned a lot from the people I work with." Coshocton Tribune (Ohio) (12/31)
  • Webinar -- Navigating Diversity in Nursing Practice
    Learn about patient diversity and the resources available to help develop better diversity awareness and cultural competency in nursing practices. Participants in this webinar will be among the first to learn what's inside the ANA Diversity Awareness Project -- including the results of two national surveys. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 25. Learn more.
Careers in Nursing 
  • Patient navigator: New title, longtime responsibility
    Many patient navigators are nurses, writes E'Louise Ondash, and that makes sense because it's a task nurses have performed for years. Navigators help guide patients who have been diagnosed with an illness such as cancer that will mean visits with multiple care providers and possibly more than one specialist. NurseZone.com/RN Talk blog (12/6)
 
  • 43% job growth expected for RNs by 2018
    An aging population has helped the health care industry create 24,000 new jobs a month in the past year, far outpacing other sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the trend to continue and says nursing is among the 10 health care fields that will see the greatest growth from 2012 until 2018, with registered nurse jobs increasing by 43%. MedCityNews.com (12/30)
  • Working in a jail keeps nurses on the move
    Nurses respond to emergencies daily and can never let their guard down at the New Century Adult Detention Center in Kansas. A deputy accompanies and protects each nurse at all times. "You have to be ready for anything. You have to know what's going on," said registered nurse Renea Sammons. The Kansas City Nursing News (1/4)
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