Author Archives: Ugur Akinci, Ph.D.

Nursing Titles

Here are some of the main titles in nursing, each reflecting a different set of educational requirements: Nurse Practitioner (NP) Director of Nursing (DON) Registered Nurse (RN) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Nursing Assistant. (NA) Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) *** NPs are RNs with advanced academic degrees; usually a Master’s. They are Continue Reading

Strong Future Demand for Nurses Looming Over the Recession Horizon

The current year-long economic recession took its toll on the nursing profession just like it did in all the other sectors of the economy. The Class of 2009 graduates of nursing schools, for example, are a bit disappointed to realize that it is now harder to land a top-paying job in many parts of the Continue Reading Newsletter: December 2007

Editor’s Corner Hi everyone! Another year has gone by with all its challenges and blessings. I hope all of you had a good holiday break and have all your batteries charged for the bright new year ahead. In this issue, in addition to interesting news items from the world of nursing, we also bring you Continue Reading

Nurse Organization Issues White Paper for International Traveler Health Safeguards

808 million people travelled internationally in 2005. Americans made almost 62 million trips abroad in 2004, which translates to about 1 in every 5 U.S. residents. With the increasing number of people travelling internationally, the risk of diseases carried across national boundaries also increases. The global society brings with itself global health risks as well. Continue Reading

Nurse Shortage Continues…

But some states move forward to lessen the burden It is not exactly a stop-the-presses kind of news story because it’s not exactly new. But it continues to be a serious enough issue to warrant frequent coverage: the nurse shortage continues, threatening safe and effective delivery of health services to a steadily aging population. And what Continue Reading

Saluting Army Nurses

All nurses are precious and they work hard to save lives. Yet, some perhaps work even harder because they work not within the safe confines of a hospital in urban America but out there in the battlefield, braving not only fatigue and despair but bombs and bullets as well. We are talking about the Army Continue Reading

National Survey Reveals Nurses’ Concern About Injectable Medication Errors

The results of a new national study should come as no surprise to any seasoned nurse or healthcare worker. The study found out that a great majority of the medication errors arise from mislabelling of the safety syringes used in hospitals and medical facilities. The study which surveyed 1,039 nurses across the nation was conducted Continue Reading

Should Nurses be Paid by Pharmaceutical Companies to Visit Patients?

It is an intricate situation… Most states or local administrative regions do not have enough funds to check up and monitor all those who need medical treatment, especially those suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma. So what if a pharmaceutical companies puts up the funds to have qualified nurses visit doctors’ offices to Continue Reading

More Nurses in Decision Making Roles – Prospects and Challenges

Nurses have always been at the front lines of the “healthcare battle field” more so than anybody else. They are the ones in close touch with patients and their families. They are the ones who are holding the pulse of the healthcare system on a day to day basis. Thus it is also natural that Continue Reading

Nurses Need More User-Friendly Technology Solutions

Nurses work hard yet most of the time they are also painfully aware that working hard in itself is not enough to communicate well with other actors within the healthcare system plus patients and their families, to avoid errors, administer the right medication and save lives. A major obstacle to providing better care is the Continue Reading