Resources for Transitioning from Student to Practitioner

Some of the most daunting moments in a nursing career is when you started a new position. The most stressful may be when starting a brand new career. Nursing students who make the shift to practitioner face numerous insecurities and steep learning curves particularly around competency. Knowing what assessment to make and having confidence in that result are things only experience can help with. No amount of book study or internship will qualify you when you're out caring for patients on your own.

Here are some basic resources, albeit heavier reading, on areas to watch out for and ways to succeed, when starting a new role as a nurse.

Best practice principles for the transition from student to registered nurse -

A Process of Becoming: The Stages of New Nursing Graduate -

Work Unit Transformation To Welcome New Graduate Nurses: Using Nurses’ Wisdom - https://w…

How nurses are wired - ER vs ICU


Coloring Therapy for the Hospital

The current rage in art therapy models is the coloring book craze, particularly the adult coloring book market, which has exploded over the past couple of years with new titles. Some coloring books are marketed with 'art therapy' label suggesting coloring is a viable means to not only calm the mind, but offer therapeutic benefits as well. Art therapy is a useful tool to help caregivers, therapists, and other health care providers. Certain patients who do routine mindfulness exercises have been reported to experience benefits. Whether that's  directly because of self-identified 'art therapy' coloring books, is debatable. Mind you, the Mayo Clinic has noted the benefits:

Nobody can discount the craze that is the current norm. Coloring books benefit both the patient in a therapeutic way, but also help anybody de-stress. Given their popularity, eventually there may be something to color for everybody. The top coloring books on the market right now, apart from the cla…

A Comparison of Health Care in Canada and the United States

Health care reform in the United States is a notion long in the making. Growing concern over medical costs and availability of care has led to large-scale debate over the future of the American health care system. Eyes have turned north to Canada to compare their universal system of health care with that of the U.S. The question is, can the Canadian model improve care available to all citizens, while keeping the costs down? The Canadian and American health care systems are worlds apart, from their acquisition of funds and government involvement, to the costs, delivery, and even outcomes of the systems. The Canadian system is funded through a single-payer system (the government), through tax revenue. The government pays for almost all of the medical costs. The benefits of this system include accessibility to services for all residents and lower administrative costs. The drawbacks of the single-payer system include long wait times and staff shortages due to lack of funding. The American …

Reader's Digest Ten Things You Didn't know about nurses.

A Reader's Digest article was posted and has an interesting list of 10 things you didn't know about nurses. What would you add? Do you think it's accurate? The list includes

 Nurses are expected to know everything  You don’t always know where you stand with patients  Sometimes nurses have to disobey orders  Nurses are taught that patients are their primary focus. Nurses handle an abundance of bodily fluids (Duh)Families are demandingNurses do a lot of heavy lifting profession Nursing school doesn’t prepare you for everything  Nurses often work beyond their scheduled time  Nurses may be responsible for a lot more than patients
Although not specific to the ER, these are generalizations that include ER nurses. Here's the link for more.

What do you make?

Emergency room nurses earn a median salary of $63,443 per year in the U.S., according to Payscale data. (These numbers are likely higher in a union setting.) Here are eight notes on annual ER nurse compensation: 1. ER nurse salary ranges from $41,688 to $92,098. The wide range varies based on experience, location, union, and public vs private setting. 2. They can earn up to $7,851 and $12,480 in commission. 3. Profit sharing for ER nurses ranges from $102 to $9,787. 4. ER nurses can earn anywhere from $47,825 to $94,818 in annual income before overtime (if you're eligible for such compensation). 5. ER nurses with less than five years of experience receive around $57,000 in annual salary. 6. Nurses with five to ten years of experience, earn on average $64,000. 7. Average salary for ER nurses with 10 to 20 years of experience is $73,000. 8. Late-career ER nurses, with 20-plus years of experience, receive on average $77,000 in pay per year. These are all in USD. How do you…

Burnout - From the ER and Beyond, Healthcare Workers at Risk

With a rising awareness real mental health, one of its aspects seems to lack practical application in the workplace. Nursing, and healthcare professionals, know that their job is fast-paced, sometimes at break neck speed, role that demands significant focus and investment in all ways. That includes mental and physical weight that can have adverse effects if nothing seriously. We have seen many healthcare professionals, not the least of which are nurses, have to take long extended leave, or worst, leaving the profession entirely because of burnout. The question for discussion is this: How does your workplace treat burnout? The startling reality is that burnout happens, and you need to take care of yourself. However, workplaces seem to ignore this reality and do not have adequate mechanisms in place to help their employees. The culture of overworking is one that's leaving unhealthy nurses in its wake. Are there programs in your workplace that are helping? What have you seen wo…