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Nurses: Are You the Captain of Your Ship?

The captain of your ship?  Is that you? The ship captain analogy was used quite a bit in our recent retreat as it is applicable in nursing. In law, “the captain of the ship” is a doctrine meaning that the physician is responsible for everything that happens in surgery.  However, I use the term to question whether you are charting […]

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Nurses’ Week: Was Your Employer Naughty Or Nice?

I have heard that many hospitals have done away with Nurses’ week and now celebrate “Hospital week.” Interestingly, the largest workforce in healthcare is nurses, yet their one special week gets taken away from them when doctors have their own day and other health professions have their own day to celebrate. According to an article in BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW, and […]

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More Tragedies In Nursing

On April 30, 2022, halfway through his shift at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, a nurse entered a supply closet and, taking a gun he brought from home, took his own life in front of a coworker.  This was the second suicide in that area since the first of the year. This broke my heart to learn of […]

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What Do You Mean That I Can’t Get Business There?

Did you know that almost every contract includes a provision called a “covenant not to compete” or a “covenant not to solicit”? Basically, what these mean is that you cannot talk to any clients of a person or work in a particular area during the term of the contract and after. Courts do not like covenants not to compete because […]

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Is Travel Nursing A Great Option?

I did not realize that travel nurses make an average hourly rate of $120.00 per hour! In an article regarding travel nursing by the numbers, the R.N. vacancy rate is a full percentage point higher this year than in 2020. However, the number participating as travel nurses is declining because the cost of travel is so much more than it […]

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Full Practice Authority For Nurse Practitioners Is Growing

California has become the 29th state to allow nurse practitioners to practice independently.  New York, Massachusetts, and Delaware recently became full practice authority states as well.  However, in California, they must go through 3 years of physician oversight before they can reach the point of independent practice. This was a hard-fought battle that was settled with Governor Newsom finally signing […]

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Do Titles Matter?

The State of Indiana just passed a law about transparency in healthcare because many healthcare providers who perform tasks like those done by physicians are not actually M.D.s. For example, nurse anesthetists call themselves “anesthesiologists” which can confuse the average person.  This new law requires that patients be informed of the specific qualifications of the healthcare professionals involved with their […]

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Tips to Starting Your Nurse Owned Business

Lorie Brown, Nurse Attorney, talks about Nurses thinking about becoming an entrepreneur and gives her top 7 tips to starting a nurse business. Tips include choosing your business and marketing. To schedule a free 15 minute business assessment call with Lorie, go to: CallWithLorie.com

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Competitive Hiring and Retaining Strategies

In a recent article of Becker’s Hospital Review, Cedars-Sinai apparently participated in a webinar hosted by Becker’s on the nursing shortage and how Cedars-Sinai is handling it. I think the insights from the session were particularly good.  During the online seminar, it was noted that the demand for health care is rising due to an aging population that is putting […]

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