Category Archives: Nursing News

Mike Brown, one of your officers, Jeff Payne, roughed up a nurse for following hospital policy on drawing blood from unconscious patients. Why have you kept him on active duty?

This open letter was also sent to Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown at his public email address (askthechief@slcgov.com). Mike Brown, I am writing to you about the recent disturbing news that one of your SLCPD officers, Jeff Payne, arrested and roughed up a nurse for refusing to allow him to draw blood from Continue Reading

Find nurses: use the industry’s best nurse search engine

Finding and hiring nurses online is an incredibly competitive landscape and using general resources such as general-purpose job boards is the most competitive territory of them all, as everyone from huge systems and the niche job boards themselves are using the same resources for increasingly diminishing returns. General-purpose job boards are priced for general purposes, Continue Reading

“I am asking for your help to give a gift to a family truly in need”

Photo: Baby with Tranquilo Mat

Nancy Martin, RN, PHN, is a public health nurse home visitor in Santa Rosa, CA, who works with high risk families — and she asked us to help: The families I visit are all low income, with social and medical risk factors such as homelessness, drug addiction, serious medical problems, domestic violence and more. She wrote us because Continue Reading

When violence comes to the hospital

Video screencap: Donna Lee Peterkin, Registered Nurse at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center; she survived the shooting spree by Henry Bello

“This is supposed to be a place where we save and heal people,” Donna Lee Peterkin told a news conference this week. She is a registered nurse at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City, and recounted what she did when Henry Bello went on his brutal shooting spree exactly one week ago. She was Continue Reading

From kitchen to operating room? How hundreds of hospital employees, from cooks to lab workers, went to nursing school — for free

Photo: Graduates from Medical City's 2-Step Nursing Pathway program.

A hospital system in Northern Texas has been offering hundreds of its employees the chance to go to nursing school and get an associate degree in nursing — for free, Dallas News reported this week. Medical City Healthcare, which runs 13 hospitals, will pay for their tuition, fees, books and uniforms, as long as they make a two-year 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

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

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

Nurses eat their young, they say. But I met my nurse superhero when I needed one most!

Photo: Ja'el Mitten

Where would a nurse be without supportive peers and colleagues? How different would your work have been without that fellow nurse who pulled you through, when you really needed the back-up? When we asked you who your nursing superhero is, Ja’el Mitten got in touch to tell us this moving story about hers. Ja’el is a Registered Nurse in Continue Reading

Show your experience: Take part in our photo contest!

Collage: Photo contest submissions

Nurses with experience are changing the face of the profession. Even though impressive numbers of new nursing grads are entering the work place every year, the share of nurses aged 50 or over is expected to reach “at least 40%” by 2020. The average age of registered nurses is rising, and now stands at 45 years. Continue Reading