Author Archives: Jenna Fischer

Nurses Branch Out

More than 120,000 nurses now work outside the profession, according to Florida Today. While this might seem like a problem, especially against the background of the nursing shortage, nurses in Florida don’t see it that way. The expansion of the field beyond bedpans and blood pressure checks allows RNs to utilize their knowledge and experience Continue Reading

Reducing Nurse Burnout to Improve Patient Care

When nurses are happier and healthier, their patients have better medical outcomes. So it makes sense that the opposite is true as well — that unhappy, burned-out nurses have patients who are at higher risk for health-care associated infection rates. Burned-out nurses thus can cost hospitals millions of dollars annually. A recent study summarized by Continue Reading

Nurse Residency Program Makes Stronger Nurses

New nurses in their first orientation program can expect to learn routines that are specific to their employer, and the policies and procedures associated with their job. They will check off competencies and compliance as they complete each skill set, and reiterate an understanding of care models. What is tougher to learn and harder to Continue Reading

CRNAs Can Practice Independently in Colorado

After some legal skirmishing between the courts and doctors, certified registered nurse anesthetists will not need to be supervised by a physician, according to this article on This upheld previous rulings to that effect from the lower courts, and also serves to confirm that the former governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, was acting within Continue Reading

Lightening Nurses’ Load

A nurse will typically lift 1.8 tons in the course of a normal day, according to this article in USA Today. Not a day as the guest star in the circus freak show — just a regular, ordinary, eight-hour day at the hospital. As a result, nurses have suffered back injuries and have even wound Continue Reading

More Ohio Nurses Seeking 4-Year Degrees

There has been a 76% increase since 2007 in the number of registered nurses who are in bachelor’s of science degree programs nationwide, according to this article in the Columbus Dispatch, citing numbers from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In Ohio, the increase is even more dramatic, with four times as many nurses Continue Reading

Examining the Nursing Shortage

For years, we heard that a nursing shortage was imminent, projected to reach monumental proportions by the second to third decade of the new millennium and threatening to bring the U.S. healthcare system to its knees. However, many feel that there is now, in fact, a nursing surplus. Do a quick Google search of the Continue Reading

Barriers to Diversity in Nursing

A recent Nurse-Family Partnership discussion outlined in sought to identify barriers to creating a more ethnically diverse workforce, as well as figuring out ways to create a more ethnically diverse workforce. Several nursing leaders participated in the discussion, including Beverly Malone, a nurse who is the CEO of the National League for Nursing. She Continue Reading

The Importance of a Healthy Nurse Workforce

Nurses make up the largest group of health care providers, working in many different venues, from doctors’ offices to biotech firms. They regularly score very high on trustworthiness, and they have a huge impact on how health care is delivered and defined. But it’s a tough job. Especially when they are working in a hospital Continue Reading

Improving Veteran Care Training

Soldiers do so much to take care of us — we need to make sure we’re taking care of them, too. This observation is made by a nurse named Beverly Malone, in this article in the Chicago Tribune. It is about the need to ensure that nursing students know more about how to provide the Continue Reading