Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Category: Empowered Nurses

Tech Versus Touch

In 1999, a seminal study was performed by the Institute of Medicine which identified that 44,000 to 98,000 deaths each year result from medical errors.  Unfortunately, over the almost 2 decades since, not much progress has been made.  It seems that despite our high-tech society, we are losing our touch. A review study revealed that a majority of those deaths […]

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Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Were you aware that 69% of all workplace violence and injuries were suffered by healthcare and social service workers?  This is terrifying. And it isn’t only patients who are causing the violence.  Recently a nurse in an operating room was choked not by a patient, but by an anesthesiologist!  [Link to article]  He is facing second-degree assault charges and reportedly […]

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B.I.G. Nursing

As nurses, when we enter a patient’s room, we are expected to immediately get into a relationship with the patient to create trust.  The patient then shares their most intimate medical history along with their pressing problems.  We meet them when they are in their most vulnerable state and enter into a most personal aspect of their lives. It is […]

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Who Doesn’t Need Safe Staffing?

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In the recent Midterm Election, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had on its ballot a referendum proposing mandatory nurse staffing.  Unfortunately, the measure was defeated with only 30 percent of the electorate in favor of the measure. Question: Where were the nurses? If Massachusetts has 125,000 registered nurses with an additional 25,000 Licensed Vocational Nurses, where were the nurses? So, what […]

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Interview with Beth Hawkes (Nurse Beth) of AllNurses & NurseCode.com

Lorie Brown, Nurse Attorney, from YourNurseAttorney.com and EmpoweredNurses.org interviews Beth Hawkes, MSN, RN-BC. Nursing Author, Speaker and Career Columnist with AllNurses.com and CEO of NurseCode.com (also known as Nurse Beth). Beth has also authored “Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job”. Her book will also assist you in finding a position if your nursing license is […]

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Nurses Are Geniuses

  Recently I attended the National Nurses in Business Association.  Each year they have a “shark tank” competition, like the TV show, and this year was the best so far.  I can’t believe these business and product ideas created by these amazing nurses. Gwen Jewell is a wound care nurse and founder of jewellnursingsolutions.com.  She created a product which, unlike […]

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Massachusetts Mandatory Minimum Nurse Staffing

As of today, California is the only state requiring mandatory minimum nurse staffing.  However, in November, Massachusetts citizens will vote on a ballot question as to whether mandatory nurse staffing should be required in that commonwealth. There are vehement forces on both sides of this referendum question.  One physician wrote an article published in Becker’s Clinical Leadership and Infection Control […]

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Update On Nurse Alex Wubbles

Today, September 28, 2018, The Indiana State Nurses Association is hosting among its keynote speakers a nurse who was in the national spotlight late last year. You may remember the July 2017 story about Alex Wubbles, RN, the Salt Lake City nurse who was caring for a patient in the University of Utah emergency room when a detective entered the […]

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The Nurse Tribe

  Recently on “Show Me Your Stethoscope” Facebook group for nurses, I said, “Let’s spread some positivity!” and asked, “What do you love about your job?” I received almost 400 comments and what was most surprising to me was that the majority of the responses noted that their favorite part of their job was their co-workers.  I realized that in […]

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To Strike Or Not To Strike, That Is The Question

  In the midst of the nursing shortage, nurses have authorized, by an overwhelming majority, a strike against 15 facilities of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada and Texas. Nurses are in dispute over pay, staffing and security.  Their goal is to provide excellent patient care and they’re taking a stand to have this happen. […]

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