Category Archives: Nursing News

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

The Future Face of Nursing? This Nurse Is Very Experienced Indeed

Photo: Kathryn Hodges, New Jersey's oldest nurse

Kathryn Hodges is 97 years old. She’s also the Public Health Nurse for the borough of Emerson, New Jersey. That makes her easily the oldest licensed registered nurse of the state, and quite probably the oldest in the country. “Crazy, isn’t it? I always wanted to be a nurse, and I’ve always been one!” Imagine this: Continue Reading

They Need You: The Nursing Shortage Is Real

Chart: Increase of RNs

Are there enough nurses in the country? If you said no to that question, you would be right. But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s look at the numbers. A Million Job Openings The number of Registered Nurses has been increasing rapidly — just look at the chart below! According to the government’s Current Continue Reading

What are the top paying locations for nurses?

When looking for the top paying locations for nurses, you need to take into consideration not only salaries, but also benefits. Furthermore, you must consider the cost of living. Because a dollar in Memphis will not buy the same goods and services as a dollar in Houston or a dollar in Bangor or a dollar Continue Reading