Being a Lifelong Learner in Nursing [Infographic]

Lifelong learning is essential for your professional development and to ensure evidence-based patient care and improve outcomes. Use this infographic to help you stay on track and meet your goals!
 
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Use My Nursing Care Plan for 2016 for a full look at assessing, planning, and implementing your goals for the year ahead!  
 

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Posted: 2/6/2016 5:44:19 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 4 comments

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Meeting My Professional Requirements [Infographic]

It can be overwhelming to keep track of license and certification expiration dates and continuing education requirements for renewal. This infographic will help you stay on track to meet your professional requirements. 
 
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Use My Nursing Care Plan for 2016 for a full look at assessing, planning, and implementing your goals for the year ahead! 
 
 

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Posted: 1/31/2016 7:07:57 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 3 comments

Categories: Continuing EducationInspirationEducation & Career


My Nursing Care Plan

I know, I know, another care plan…but this one is for YOU! Use this quick care plan to make sure you are on the right track to meet your goals!
 

Assessment

meeting my professional nursing requirementsWhat do I need to do this year to meet my professional requirements?

  • When is my nursing license(s) due for renewal?
  • Am I on track to meet my CE requirements for license renewal?
  • Do I need to obtain CE to maintain my current certification(s)?

be a lifelong learner in nursingHow can I be a lifelong learner in nursing?

  • Is it time for me to go back to school?
  • Should I get certified in a specialty?
  • Which professional nursing organization(s) should I join?

work-life balance in nursingDo I have good work-life balance?

  • When’s the last time I had a physical exam?
  • Am I due for any immunizations or screenings?
  • Am I seeing my family and friends?
  • Do I have time to do things that bring me joy?
  • How is my stress level?

Nursing Diagnoses

  • Knowledge deficit related to meeting my professional requirements.
  • Readiness for enhanced knowledge related to striving to provide evidence-based nursing care.
  • Readiness for enhanced self-health management related to identifying my own health care needs.
  • Readiness for enhanced self-care related to maintaining personal relationships and managing stress.

Planning

Meeting my professional requirements
  • Look at my current nursing license(s) and certification(s) and check the expiration dates.
  • Visit the website of my state board of nursing for information on license renewal and CE requirements.
  • Contact my certification organization for information related to renewal and CE requirements.
  • Consider my options for meeting my CE requirements.
                   *Online CE activities.
                   *Live events, such as national or local conferences.
                   *Check for opportunities to earn CE through my employer.
Lifelong learning
  • Explore BSN and advanced degree programs.
  • Investigate specialty certification opportunities.
  • Consider which professional organizations would be a good fit for me.
Balancing work and life
  • Look back at my own medical records and make a list of what screenings and immunizations are recommended based on my age and medical and family history.
  • Update my calendar with my work schedule and upcoming social events. Schedule “me-time” too!
  • Think about how I best deal with stress. Is it a yoga class? Reading? Being outdoors? Find activities to meet my stress-relief needs.

Implementation

Meeting my professional requirements
  • Mark expiration dates on my calendar.
  • Develop a file (actual or online) to store my CE documents.
  • Use My Planner on Lippincott NursingCenter’s CEConnection to plan my CE activities and store my certificates.
  • Register for conferences and make travel plans. Inquire if my employer will contribute to covering costs.
Lifelong learning
  • Apply to a nursing program that meets my educational needs and goals.
  • Get certified!
  • Join and get involved with a professional nursing organization. Take advantage of related benefits and consider joining a committee or leadership position.
Balancing work and life
  • Schedule appointments and screenings.
  • Stick to my schedule, as best as I am able.
  • Sign up for a class, gym, or other activities that help me manage stress. Remain committed to these endeavors.

Evaluation

Revisit this care plan throughout the year and fill this in. Ongoing evaluation and revisions are key components to meeting my goals.

Leave a comment here – writing down your goals and plans is a good first step! Good luck!
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Posted: 1/28/2016 11:57:26 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 4 comments

Categories: Continuing EducationInspirationEducation & Career


No snow day for nurses

There is about a foot of snow outside already this morning. The blizzard of 2016, #blizzard2016, or Jonas – they are calling it. I am reminded of being snowed in at the hospital back in 1996, during a similar storm. We had packed our bags and headed in for what looked to be a few days spent at the hospital, doing what we always did – putting patients first. All essential hospital staff were expected to report to work and to remain there until the storm passed. Rooms were set up for us to rest, when it was our turn, and food was being prepared. We were going to be taken care of too.

There are no snow days for nurses. I know many of my friends and colleagues are hunkered down in the hospital again today. Thank you all!

Here are some past journal articles that might be comforting or helpful to you during these next few days…

snow days and nursesThe Snowtacular
Home Healthcare Nurse
"Not nurses, we are essential personnel. I have to go," I responded. As I donned my sweater, coat, knee-high boots, and gloves, I felt prepared for the challenges of the day. Little did I know...?
 
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Reflections: What One Thing Will Make Today Better for You?

AJN, American Journal of Nursing
It's been at least 10 years, but I still remember that it was a difficult morning getting to work. The snow was piled high and the roads weren't yet plowed. Nevertheless, all staff showed up-the usual when you worked on a busy oncology unit.



surviving winter storms
Surviving Winter Storms

Nursing2005
On the road this winter? If winter storms are a possibility in your area, keep this advice in mind.
 




 Stay warm, be safe, and keep up the good work!
 
Posted: 1/23/2016 8:22:23 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: Inspiration


Reaching milestones on social media!

As we get further into the New Year, it’s exciting to reveal some milestones that we’ve reached already in 2016!

20,000+ likes on Facebook
13,000+ followers on twitter
14,000+ connections on LinkedIn
400+ followers on Google+

 
In 2016, we want to deepen our relationship with you, our members! Make sure your profile is up-to-date so we can personalize your NursingCenter experience in the coming months. You can get to know us better by viewing these Behind the Scenes videos, just published on our YouTube channel!  
Thank you!
 
Posted: 1/18/2016 9:56:30 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: InspirationEducation & Career


Celebrate Nursing in 2016

2016 calendar for nursing recognition daysHappy New Year! Here’s the list of nursing recognition days, weeks, and months for 2016*. Please let me know if you know of others!

*Note that some dates are from 2015. I will update dates and links as they become available.

 
January February March April May June September October November
Posted: 1/4/2016 9:05:44 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 7 comments

Categories: Inspiration


Three inspirational gifts for nurses

In addition to the traditional gifts of stethoscopes and pen lights, here are a few of my favorite items that you may want to consider gifting to the nurses in your life. This past fall I spent some time reading recent books by some of my favorite nurse authors and I really enjoyed them. I’ve also already shared my strong feelings about a certain documentary, but I have to include it here on this list too. Take a look…

Becoming Nursey

becoming nursey by kati kleber
Becoming Nursey by Katie Kleber, BSN, RN is a must-read for nursing students, new nurses, and those nurses who need to be inspired by that new-nurse feeling that they had in the past. Miss Kleber, also known as Nurse Eye Roll, is someone I’d like to work with! You can tell from the personal experiences that she shares in the book that she is a team player, organized, and compassionate and respectful to patients, their families and caregivers, as well as her colleagues in nursing and other disciplines. The discussion on time management is spot-on. Another favorite aspect of this book is how Miss Kleber keys in on preventing medication errors, and the importance of owning them so that we can learn from them. Consider Becoming Nursey as a gift for nursing students and new nurses – they’ll definitely relate to Nurse Eye Roll’s experiences and benefit from her advice.

 

The Shift

the shift by theresa brown
Theresa Brown, RN, has been a favorite nurse author of mine for a long time. She is a frequent contributor in the New York Times and American Journal of Nursing, and in 2011, wrote Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between. In The Shift, Miss Brown takes the reader through her full 12-hour shift in a busy oncology unit. In addition to learning about the patients she cares for with such knowledge and skill during this shift, what strikes me is how Miss Brown illuminates her decision-making. We know that as nurses, critical thinking comes with experience, yet Miss Brown truly explains how she prioritizes care without the reader even realizing that is what’s happening. Read the book – you’ll see what I mean! This will make a perfect gift for hospital nurses who understand just how  much can happen in one 12-hour shift. 



The American Nurse Project

This film…I could watch it over and over again! This is truly a treasure for the nursing profession. In the American Nurse Project, the director, Carolyn Jones, captures the passion of several nurses as she shares their unique stories. This year, at Nursing Management Congress, I actually got to meet Miss Jones, which was such a highlight for me. The book is on my wish list this December – I’ll keep you posted if I receive it! Think about sharing this film with all nurses who are passionate about the care they provide and the people they touch.

What’s on your wish list this holiday season?

See also: ​Three more gift ideas for nurses
 
Posted: 12/15/2015 5:48:04 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

Categories: Inspiration


New NursingCenter YouTube Channel

We are excited to share the launch of Lippincott NursingCenter’s YouTube Channel! Our first nursing videos are compilations of inspiration from nurses at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® this past October. Learn how your nursing colleagues keep up with new research, information and evidence. Also, discover what inspired them at this year's meeting and their plans for sharing this inspiration with their colleagues.

Take a look: 


 

We are looking forward to sharing more nursing videos as we move into the New Year! Stay tuned for Clinical Resources, Training Guides, webinars, and more nursing videos as we delve into this platform. Go ahead and subscribe today to stay up-to-date and inspired. 

 
Posted: 12/7/2015 11:25:21 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

Categories: Leadership TechnologyInspiration


Cyber Monday Deals for Nurses 2015

cyber monday deals for nursesCyber Monday Deals for nurses are right around the corner! This year, NursingCenter has a number of special offerings for their members to celebrate the hard work you’ve put in so far in 2015. As a leading provider of Lippincott content, including peer-reviewed nursing resources based on the best evidence available, we strive to provide you with discounted ways to stay current in your practice.

From CE, journal articles, eBooks, and more, there’s so much NursingCenter is ready to offer you on Cyber Monday. Make sure to bookmark our Nursing Deals and Discounts page and check back on November 30th for all of our Cyber Monday deals for nurses. BONUS! We are celebrating for a whole week! From November 30th through December 6th, visit our deals page for all of our offerings. Invite your colleagues to join Lippincott NursingCenter now so that they can also benefit from these deals.

As a special addition, we’re compiling a list of other sites offering deals on Cyber Monday. Keep checking the list below this month for new deals as we find them and remember to check back with NursingCenter on the 30th.
  • Amazon (lots of different deals, check back often for their daily promotions)
  • CyberMonday.com (discounts on shoes for nurses)
  • Target  (deals for nurses, including textbooks, fiction books, and reference books)
Posted: 11/16/2015 10:53:17 AM by Cara Deming | with 0 comments

Categories: Inspiration


​Pearls from Nursing Management Congress 2015

conference room at nursing management congressAs a follow-up to last week’s conference wrap-up, here are some of my favorite pearls and words of inspiration that I picked up during Nursing Management Congress 2015. 
 
  • “You learn as much from people who do things the wrong way as from people who do things the right way.”
    Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN
    New Manager Intensive: A Focus on Finance

  • “As a manager, the worst thing you can do with a ‘ring leader’ is avoid them.”
    Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN
    New Manager Intensive: A Focus on Leadership

  • “Get to know your nurses. You already know them as nurses; get to know them as people.”
    Debra Ruddy, CMSRN, MSN
    Winner of the Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award

  • “With regard to debriefing, remember it’s not who’s right – it’s what’s right.”
    Jim "Murph" Murphy
    Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief = Win: A Fighter Pilot’s Secret to Success
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  • “Strong, effective leaders lead from a place of confidence, with humility.”
    Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, CEN, FACHE, NEA-BC
    The Courageous Leader: Dare to be Different

  • “The patient experience is not owned by nurses. It is a team sport.”
    Amy Cotton, MSN, APRN, FAAN, EMHS
    Look Out for the Booby Traps: Navigating the Patient Experience Landscape

    What are some pearls that you’ve taken away from recent conferences? 
Posted: 10/25/2015 7:51:51 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 5 comments

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