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Many centuries before Florence Nightingale, this Muslim woman introduced nursing to the Arabic world

Ancient map: Arabic lands

In the West, everyone knows Florence Nightingale, in many ways the founder of modern nursing. But many centuries earlier, a woman named Rufaida Al-Aslamia introduced nursing to the Muslim world. She is estimated to have been born in the year 620 — exactly 1,200 years before Florence Nightingale. Just like Florence Nightingale, who became famous Continue Reading

Humor in the hospital: how far can you go?

Humor in the hospital? Alexandra Robbins quote

That’s what Alexandra Robbins wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post last week (“Nurses make fun of their dying patients. That’s okay.“): “Humor has a place in hospitals, even if it’s dark, even if it’s derogatory — as long as it isn’t cruel.” Do you agree? And if you agree, how do you Continue Reading

This Nursing Shortage is Different

Nebraska is concerned about the nursing shortage, and especially the fact that is likely to worsen over the next decade. Juliann Sebastian, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, says that this shortage is different because of the large number of aging Nebraskans, and the fact that they’re staying alive longer Continue Reading

Study: Well-Baby Visits At Home are Safe, Effective

A study has shown that home nursing visits for post-delivery well-baby check-ups are not only as effective as office-based care, they actually have a few extra benefits as well, from cost-effectiveness to the comfort level of the mothers: “Generally, moms and babies are discharged from the hospital less than 48 hours after delivery,” said Ian Continue Reading

Work Environment Trumps Staffing Levels for Nurses

A survey has found that one way to improve patient care is to improve the work environment for nurses. Staffing levels are also important, but this survey indicated that even just a single incremental increase in how nurses rated their physical work environment resulted in a nearly five times greater chance that nurses would rate Continue Reading

Graduates Need to Work to Find Jobs, But Jobs are Out There

Nursing’s reputation as being a recession-proof profession is taking a bit of a hit as more people enter nursing schools and then more graduates vie for the available jobs.  Even so, nursing school graduates are able to find jobs within a relatively short time.  An article about Orange County, California indicates that there is plenty of Continue Reading

9,000 Job Openings for Nursing Informatics

Lots of high tech healthcare jobs are coming, if the estimated 9,000 new positions in informatics materialize in the next five years. According to projections of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, an estimated 50,000 new IT jobs will open up within five years. Eighteen percent, or 9,000, will fall into Continue Reading

SANE Nurses: Where Nursing and Justice Intersect

It’s a stressful job, but it’s also an important one.  Nurses in a program called SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) specialize in dealing with rape victims.  Nurses such as Barbra Chikowore know how to put these patients at ease, from introducing herself by her first name to taking a seat on the floor if she Continue Reading

Nursing Positions Remain Vacant

The Cook County Health and Hospitals system in Illinois has numerous vacant positions — estimates range from 800 to 1415 — but even in this period of high unemployment, the positions remain unfilled.  The New York Times examined why that is: According to Marisa Kollias, a spokeswoman for the system, decisions to fill vacancies must Continue Reading

Study: When Nurses are Safer, Patients are Safer

Dr. Jennifer Taylor of the Drexel University School of Public Health found the safety climate was associated with both patient and nurse injuries, suggesting patient and nurse safety may be linked outcomes.