She was a Pediatric Nurse, tending to three crying infants — then the idea hit her. Now her Tranquilo mats are soothing babies everywhere, and you can win one!

Tranquilo Mat

Pediatric nurse Melissa Gersin was having a particularly stressful shift in the nursery. Three babies all needed soothing, but there wasn’t much equipment, so she used her hands, feet, voice and cellphone to tend to everything at the same time. She would hush one child in a bassinette, move the seat of a second baby Continue Reading

The sweetest thing: Tell us your story and win a box of donuts!

National Donut Day: What's the sweetest thing that ever happened to you as a nurse?

If you’ve been a nurse for long enough, you’ve seen it all. Things that made you laugh, cry and roll your eyes. And a couple of things no-one else would believe! But what’s the sweetest thing that ever happened to you as a nurse? We’d love to hear about it, and today is just the day Continue Reading

Tap dance. Nursing. See the connection?

Video still: Tap dancing ECG rhythms with Kathy McCauley!

It’s May 25, so it’s National Tap Dance Day! (Yes, it really exists. It’s official, even. President Bush signed it into law in 2004.) Which is great fun, but what could it possibly have to do with nurses? Well, we dug into the YouTube archives and we found a link. It’s quite amusing, and instructive to boot! This Continue Reading

The nurse who loved crocs

Photo: Christy Kroboth, dental nurse, alligator hunter

Being a nurse is deeply rewarding in many ways, but hey, it’s okay — all of us, in any profession, sometimes daydream about other lives we could be living. What’s your secret fantasy career? Do you still sometimes wonder how good an astronaut you would have been? What life as a fashion designer would be Continue Reading

7 states. 122 nurses. Our small contribution to Nurses Week 2017

Photo: Nursing Week pizza winners! Neonatal nursing team at Methodist Northlake in Gary, IN

7 states. 122 nurses. And counting! During Nurses Week, NurseRecruiter promised to buy two nursing teams a free pizza lunch or dinner every day. We’re all about team spirit, so we loved to see how many of you reached out to get your whole unit a nice surprise! We got in touch with winners from Phoenix to Philadelphia. Continue Reading

Paying it forward: Nurses who teach and mentor

Photo: Pamela Day

“As long as I live, I will never forget my nurse superhero,” Ja’el Mitten told us in her response to our nursing superhero call, but she added something important. It’s because of how that nurse helped her when she was still inexperienced and insecure, she wrote, that “I mentor new nurses and encourage them to Continue Reading

Two days left! What special offers and giveaways are companies and organizations offering this Nurses Week?

What does Nurses Week mean to you? Does your workplace do something special to express appreciation for your work? Did a patient pay you a compliment? One thing’s for sure – there are a lot of companies, entrepreneurs and bloggers getting in on the event, presenting giveaways, discounts and special offers. It’s true, we do it too! Continue Reading

It’s Nurses Week! We’re throwing you a pizza party, and we got beats too

It’s Nurses Week once again! Millions of nurses across the country will be celebrated for their dedication and the immense role they play in creating a safer, healthier America. We want to say “thank you” too – and we’ll make it a double bill! First, we’ll give away a free lunch every day this week; more about that in Continue Reading

Nurses take DC! Marching for safer nurse-to-patient ratios

NursesTakeDC poster: Why mandate minimum ratios?

Every day, nurses spend a lot of time on their feet – but it’s rare for them to march! The last time nurses took to the streets in a nationally organized protest for better, safer working conditions for themselves and their patients was back in 1995. That year, over 35,000 nurses from around the country marched in Continue Reading

Pizza vs Pasta: The holy war to end all holy wars

The great pizza vs pasta war of 2017 started with an innocuous question. We had been planning NurseRecruiter.com’s usual nurse week pizza giveaways when I asked what seemed to be the obvious thing to ask: “Why not spaghetti? I mean, why pizza?” The others on our conference call were taken aback. In the ensuing silence Continue Reading