Why Do We Have A Nursing Shortage?

When I finished nursing school ( the 3 year program) in 1982 I already had a job lined up.  There was a lot of talk about a nursing shortage guaranteeing any nurse wanting a job would…

Choosing Your Next Assignment

Last week I read a message from a traveler who was feeling conflicted and frustrated about choosing her next assignment.  She was struggling because she couldn't find an assignment in the location she wanted.  Secondly, when…

Let’s Talk Insurance

As a Travel Nurse, you have many things to think of before you take that first assignment. Among the things you need to consider is insurance.  Most of us will think about our health insurance as…

Surviving Long Nursing Shifts

Being a nurse is no easy task. It requires a lot of time, energy, and patience. It also requires stamina, due to those 12-hour shifts. Working 12-hour shifts can take a toll on you if you…

Nurses Use of Social Media

Nursing has changed dramatically over the years.  Today we wear scrubs, not whites.  Our environment is more automated.  We use machines to dispense medication and take vital signs. It is now appropriate to use cell phones…

Should Nurses Carry Naloxone?

Recently I've been working a part time contract position in Alabama as a one on one nurse for a special needs high school student.  The full-time school nurses recently learned they soon will have to stock…

Responding to Devastation

As I sit down to write this post I am struggling to find words to address the sadness and devastation we have seen.  Over the past few months, we as a nation have been hit hard…

Running Toward Danger

Lately, it seems that there is so much tragedy and devastation.  I listen to the news and hear stories of nurses, doctors, and EMS running into danger to save lives.  We as a nation have endured…

What is Next

Now that the election is over family and friends ask me to speculate about what is going to happen with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since I know personally people who have been negatively impacted by…

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