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Celebrate Nursing 2015: Part 1

clock January 27, 2015 06:19 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

Here are the nursing recognition days, weeks, and months for the first half of 2015. Please leave a comment if you know of others so I can add them to our list! Thank you!

National IV Nurse Day January 25, 2015

National Nurse Anesthetists Week January 25-31, 2015

PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week February 2-8, 2015

Critical Care Transport Nurses Day February 18, 2015

Certified Nurses Day March 19, 2015

GI Nurses and Associates Week March 23-27, 2015

Transplant Nurses Day April 15, 2015

National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month May 2015

Oncology Nursing Month May 2015

National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2015 (National Nurses Day is May 6)

National School Nurse Day May 6, 2015

National Student Nurses Day May 8, 2015

International Nurses Day May 12, 2015

National Nursing Home Week May 10-17, 2015

Neuroscience Nurses Week May 17-23, 2015

Vascular Nursing Week June 7-13, 2015

38th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week June 11-18, 2015

Take some time to celebrate your hard work and be sure to recognize the work of your colleagues too! 



Ace your job interview!

clock January 21, 2015 01:15 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

You’ve landed an interview for your dream job – congratulations! As you embark on this journey, keep the following recommendations in mind. 

Be prepared

Become familiar with the organization and the position you are seeking. Use the facility’s website and other online resources, and talk to any employees you know. Think about how your skills and strengths will meet the needs of the employer and unit. 

Think about your strengths and weaknesses. Write down your skills and experiences, as well as examples of your commitment to team collaboration and quality nursing. 

Practice. If possible, ask someone to perform a mock interview with you. Be ready to answer questions, such as: 

  • Can you tell me a little about yourself?
  • How did you learn about us? Why do you want to work for us? 
  • Can you tell me about your current/last job? Why are you leaving? What did you like most about that job? What would you change about that job?
  • Did you ever have a disagreement with a manager?
  • Can you tell me about your education and training?
  • Can you give an example of a major problem you faced and how you solved it?
  • What's your greatest strength? What’s your greatest weakness?
  • Why did you choose to be a nurse?
  • How do you handle your on-the-job stress?
  • What do patients expect from nurses?
  • What's the difference between mediocre and excellent when it comes to nursing care?
  • How have you solved challenging nursing problems? Or, describe a challenging situation and how you managed it.
  • How have you demonstrated your ability to perform as a team member and team player?
  • What are your long-term goals in nursing?

As you prepare your answers for these questions, remember to focus on the positive, even when faced with a negative question. Be honest and keep your answers work- or project-related, rather than personal. For example, if asked about disagreements with leadership or a coworker, keep it positive by saying, "Sure, we disagreed at times, but we worked well together,” or make sure your example is a work-related one, such as a disagreement over a project due date, rather than a personal one.

Jot down your questions. Chances are, your interviewer will ask you if you have any questions and you probably will! Here are some things you may want to find out:

  • What are the nurse/patient ratios for each shift?
  • Can you please describe the orientation program?
  • What's the career ladder program and policy?
  • Are continuing-education (CE) programs available through the facility? 
  • What's the reimbursement policy for external CE programs, certification, or nursing classes?
  • Will I be tested?

Today's the day!

Think carefully about the first impression you’ll be making. Get enough rest so you’ll be energized and fresh. Dress professionally – conservative is best – and avoid distracting jewelry, make-up or perfume/cologne. Don't smoke, smell of smoke, or chew gum.

Plan to arrive about 15 minutes before your interview. Bring multiple copies of your resume in case more than one person is participating in the interview. Your resume should be printed on crisp white paper for a professional presentation. Also, bring names and contact information for references and employment and education institutions. Turn off or silence your cell phone. 

Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake while looking him or her in the eye, and continue to make eye contact with the interviewer during the interview. Throughout the interview, sit up straight, show interest, smile and speak clearly. Be yourself!

Listen carefully to questions asked and respond in an open, friendly manner. If a question is unclear, ask for clarification. Your answers should be complete, but concise.

As the interview process comes to a close, expect to learn the date when a decision is likely to be made and how you'll be notified. You can ask for this information if the interviewer doesn't mention it. In general, salary shouldn’t be discussed until a former offer has been made. Thank the interviewer and be sure to have his or her name and contact information. 

Follow-up

Within 24 hours, send a thank-you letter or e-mail. Be sure to express your continued interest in the position. Use this opportunity to reinforce how and why you're qualified for the position. 

Good luck!

 

References
Hathaway, L. (2005). Savvy answers to tough interview questions. Nursing2005, 35 (1). 
Rosati, L. (2014). Strike gold when interviewing for your first nursing job. Nursing2014, 44 (5).
Smith, L. (2010). PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: Are you ready for your job interview? Nursing2010, 40 (4). 



NursingCenter’s New Year’s Resolutions

clock January 8, 2015 06:36 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

As we get into 2015, here are some resolutions you can expect from Lippincott NursingCenter!

1. All of our enewsletters are getting a new look! We know that many of you check your email from your phone or tablet; we want to make sure that your are getting the best information in the best format for your device! Here is a peek at our newly launched NursingCenter enews

        

 

2. NursingCenter will also be getting a new look! Stay tuned for an update to our website. Make sure you are a registered member and that your profile is up-to-date. You will get content specific to your practice right on your NursingCenter home page!

3. Want to complete your CE activities while you are on-the-go? We have a new CE app in development, so you’ll be able to complete your CE activities right on your mobile device and then sync up with your computer to download and print your certificate! 

4. Look for more CE collections and Focus On collections so you can easily find topical information and specially-priced offers! 

5. We are also committed to keeping you updated on your license renewal requirements. Check back often for updates for your state CE requirements!

6. We’ve got a line-up of Nurses on the Move to keep you abreast of the great things nurses are achieving in our profession! Remember, you can nominate a colleague, friend, or even yourself by emailing ClinicalEditor@NursingCenter.com.

We are looking forward to a great 2015 and hope that you’ll continue to use Lippincott NursingCenter for all of your professional and clinical needs!



Who are “The Ebola Fighters?”

clock December 10, 2014 07:19 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

They are nurses. They are physicians. They are caregivers. They are scientists.

And as Time’s Person of the Year 2014, “The Ebola Fighters” are “The ones who answered the call.” These are the people who answer the call every day, putting themselves at risk without always knowing what those risks are. These are the people who feel it is an honor and a privilege to care for others during times of crisis and uncertainty. These are the people who thrive on answering tough questions and making tough decisions. 

It is wonderful to see this group recognized for their work. I am hopeful that this recognition will inspire The Ebola Fighters to continue this battle and will motivate others to join as well. We must all stay informed and follow recommendations to keep ourselves, our patients, and the public safe.

Congratulations to The Ebola Fighters – true heroes, deserving of our utmost respect and gratitude. 



World AIDS Day 2014

clock December 1, 2014 09:00 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

Over the past four decades, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) have evolved from a global epidemic into a chronic disease. Screening methods, prevention recommendations, treatment options, and prognosis have evolved as well. As nurses, we care for patients with HIV and AIDS in every setting, are involved with public education, and participate in research. 

Today, December 1, 2014, is World AIDS Day – “an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.” Many of us care for patients with HIV/AIDS in our practice, whether we work in a setting dedicated to treating this patient population or not. We must all remain vigilant in staying updated and making sure our patients and the public are informed.

Several articles have been published in our journals over the past year, which I think you will find informative and applicable to your practice. Take some time to review these articles and learn more about HIV and AIDS and improving care and outcomes for patients. 

 HIV Infection and its Implication For Nurse Leaders
Nursing Management, October 2014

The Synergistic Effects of HIV, Diabetes, and Aging on Cognition: Implications for Practice and Research 
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, October 2014

Wounds in Patients with HIV
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: The Journal for Prevention and Healing, September 2014 

Nursing in the Fourth Decade of the HIV Epidemic  
American Journal of Nursing, March 2014

A Combination Drug for HIV Prevention in High-Risk Groups 
American Journal of Nursing, August 2014

For more reading on this subject, we also have a specially-priced CE collection on HIV and AIDS



Ebola: Keeping Perspective

clock October 17, 2014 08:21 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

Our NursingCenter team has been following the Ebola outbreak closely over the past months, but with recent developments of disease transmission here in the United States, media coverage has increased and protocols and recommendations are being closely examined. As nurses, we play an important role in patient and public education, and it is important that we continue to act with compassion and skill while gathering our knowledge from reputable sources and keeping recent developments in perspective.

Nina and Amber
My thanks and best wishes for a quick recovery go out to Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, two nurses who contracted the Ebola virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the infected patient who died on Oct. 8, 2014.  I commend your dedication and compassion. I am proud of you.

Nurses and other healthcare providers
To those of you caring for Nina and Amber, those already in or heading to West Africa to help with the outbreak there, and those studying current guidelines and possible systems issues, thank you. I am confident that your hard work will make a difference here and abroad, and that best practices for the safety of patients, healthcare providers, and the public is the priority. 

Stay informed
As a nurse, I will continue to look to professional organizations for the latest information and guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a long list of guidelines and checklists for U.S. health professionals. The Global Alert and Response of the World Health Organization includes up-to-date news and facts, frequently asked questions, and preparedness guidance. The National Institutes of Health also lists facts about the virus as well as the latest developments of research on prevention, treatment, and detection. 

I encourage you all to stay up-to-date and share your knowledge with your patients and the public. Refer to the sites above or to our Ebola page on NursingCenter (which we update daily with information from the above sites). Our colleagues at the American Journal of Nursing have also shared valuable insights from a nurse epidemiologist, who addresses the concerns surrounding personal protective equipment, and a nurse informaticist, who looks at the role of electronic health records in handling the Ebola outbreak.

Moving forward
I had the pleasure of spending the past week at Nursing Management Congress and was in the company of over 800 nurse leaders from around the country as the news of Ebola virus transmission in the U.S. unfolded. Themes from the general sessions included a focus on restoring pride in nursing, believing in team members, and dealing with root causes instead of putting out fires. I think these themes are appropriate as we face this new challenge in healthcare. 



CSASWC 2014

clock October 7, 2014 03:58 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

What a pleasure it was to spend some sunny days in Las Vegas last week for the Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care! From the General Sessions and Breakout Sessions to the Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations, there was much learning and networking going on! Here are some highlights from the conference…

Clinical Pearls
“Most pressure ulcers are avoidable; not all pressure ulcers are unavoidable.”
What About Unavoidable Pressure Ulcers is Unavoidable?
Diane K. Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN & Laura Edsberg, PhD

“Forty-five percent of all adverse drug reactions are manifested in the skin.”
Skin and Wound Assessment from a Dermatologic Perspective
Mary Gloeckner, MS, RN, CWON, APN & Jennifer Gloeckner Powers, MD

“Controlled inflammation is beneficial to wound healing.”
MMPs and How Collagen Balances Them to Break the Chronic Cycle of ECM Degradation 
Gregory Bohn, MD, FACS, FACHM & Greg Schultz, PhD

“No wound is going to heal on a swollen limb.”
Navigating Current Practices in the Treatment of Skin Tears
Kimberly LeBlanc, MN, RN, CETN(C) & Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWCN, APN, MAPWCA, FAAN

Poster Winners
Category: HBOT
Poster #42: Clinical Effectiveness of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Authors: Supaporn Opasanon, MD, Warut Pongsapich, MD, Dr Med, Sitthichoke Taweepraditpol, MD, Bhoom Suktitipat, MD, PhD and Apirag Chuangsuwanich, MD

Category: Education/Systems/Other
Poster #128: Identifying Cocaine-Induced Necrosis
Author: Nancy Bodycote, RN, BSN, CWCN

Category: Original Investigations
Poster #82: Strict Protocol-Based Approach to Treat Pressure Ulcers in Spinal Cord Injury Patients – An Outcome Analysis
Authors: Umar H. Choudry, MD, Mary Murphy, RN, MA, CWOCN, Ryan Mello, PhD, and Jean Dominique Morancy, MD

Category: Case Study/Series
Poster #77: Surgical Incision Management System with Customizable Dressing Following Immediate Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction
Authors: Allen Gabriel, MD and Steven Sigalove, MD

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit hall hours allowed us to connect, network, and dine with colleagues, attendees, and exhibitors. You can see more photos from this event here

 

Hope to see you next year in New Orleans! 

 




What are all those letters and how can I get them?

clock September 14, 2014 09:07 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

BSN, RN-C, APHN-BC, PPCNP-BC, DNP… There are so many opportunities for furthering your nursing education. Whether it’s achieving a new academic degree or getting certified in your specialty, we’ve got resources to share with you! Take some time to explore these FREE resources on Lippincott’s NursingCenter!

Focus On: Achieving Your BSN
Learn why now is the time to return to school, and gain advice on overcoming barriers that are in your way. 

Focus On: Achieving Your Advanced Nursing Degree
With options such as online programs and employer-based incentives, achieving an advanced degree in nursing is within reach. 

Nursing Certification Boards By Specialty
Certification in a nursing specialty demonstrates a commitment to advancing one’s knowledge and skillset. 

Good luck to you in your future educational endeavors!



Enterovirus-D68

clock September 8, 2014 08:34 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

In the Midwest,  an enterovirus, known as EV-D68, is causing concern. While not a new virus, EV-D68 has recently caused severe respiratory symptoms in affected children in Missouri, and several other states have contacted the CDC for assistance with a possible regional outbreak as well. These are Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Symptoms of a common cold are typical at the onset of EV-D68, however the development of fever, rash, or dyspnea – particularly in children with asthma – is occurring and necessitating hospitalization, and in some instances, ICU admission. 

While details continue to be released, please remember your role in patient education and infection control. Tell parents and caregivers about these symptoms of EV-D68 and advise them to seek care for their child if fever, rash, or breathing difficulties develop. Also, share these basics of infection control:

  • avoiding close contact with people who have respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or sneezing
  • staying home when sick
  • washing hands often with soap and water for 15 to 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand cleansers 
  • not touching eyes, nose, or mouth 
  • keeping surfaces and objects (especially tables, counters, doorknobs, and toys) that can be exposed to a virus clean
  • practicing other good health habits, including getting plenty of sleep, staying active, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating healthy foods

As more details are released, we’ll be sure to keep you informed! 

Update 9/16/14 - More states have reported EV-D68 infections. Please visit our page on this topic for more information and resources!

Reference:

Bonsall, L. (2009). Be prepared for H1N1 flu. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 7(6).




Suicide assessment – an important nursing responsibility

clock August 20, 2014 09:09 by author Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

As we continue to mourn the loss of Robin Williams, an iconic entertainer and comedian, it’s important for us to take a step toward learning from his death. As nurses, our responsibilities to our patients are numerous, but we know that safety is a number one priority. Even if we don’t routinely care for patients with mental illness, patients that we encounter may have a mental illness of which we are unaware. Some patients may have an undiagnosed or newly diagnosed disorder that may increase their suicide risk, whether due to its pathophysiology or its impact on quality of life. In nursing school, we learned about suicidal ideation and how to do a suicide assessment. I’d like to share some resources from our journals with you to revisit this important topic.

 

Assessing patients for suicide risk
Nursing2010 

Suicide Prevention in Neurology Patients: Evidence to Guide Practice
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

All along the watchtower: Suicide risk screening, a pilot study 
Nursing Management

As If the Cancer Wasn't Enough... A Case Study of Depression in Terminal Illness
Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing

Additional Resources
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Alliance on Mental Illness
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Directory of support groups



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