Finding Nursing Careers and Guidance

If you’re interested in a fast road to a nursing occupation, an excellent path to take is to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, or LPN. Training takes about a year, and is normally held at vocational centers and technical schools. There are numerous chances in nursing care centers and residence healthcare companies in addition to healthcare facilities. Numerous nurses pursue added education while supporting themselves by working as a LPN. Ask yourself if you have the qualities of a successful nurse. LPNs have the most direct client care of all the nursing areas. You must be liable, thoughtful and really

Exactly What Can You Do With a Doctorate Nursing Degree?

If you are thinking about pursuing a doctorate degree in nursing, you are not alone. In 2010, there was a 20 percent increase all over the country in nursing doctoral program enrollment. As of 2010, there were more than 3 million nurses nationwide, making it health care’s biggest career. However, the demand for added workers continued to be high, particularly for nurses with graduate degrees. Nursing Doctoral Degree Differences The two primary nursing doctor of philosophy in nursing (ND) and doctor of nursing practice (DNP). The ND prepares graduates for leadership and scholarship. Like various other conventional Ph.D. programs, the

The Best Paying Future Medical Careers

Doctors, nurses, and also most medical professionals have daunting job responsibilities — as well as at times, the lives of others are in their hands. Because of this obstacle, and also because of the laborious training needed to work in the medical world, jobs in healthcare are at the top of the pay spectrum. In fact, the top-paying basic career in the United States is anesthesiology, cosmetic surgeons, orthodontists, obstetricians, gynecologists, and oral and maxillofacial cosmetic surgeons complete the top five best-paid medical careers. Types Medical occupations in general pay much better than the majority of average jobs, but a

How to Become a Travel Nurse

How to Become a Travel Nurse It’s true—there is a job that enables you to travel the country in a high-paying position while also helping people—that of the travel nurse. Travel nurses work as temporary fill-ins for people on sick or maternity leave, or help out during local emergencies or nursing staff shortages. A nurse must be an RN to become a travel nurse and the job duties correspond with the area of a nurse’s specialty—essentially the same duties the nurse would have within a healthcare establishment closer to home. Working outside of the country is also an option, although

Nurses and Their Impact on Oncology Care

nursing and top mecial jobsNurse dedicates her life to oncology

Tami O’Brien has seen people survive and she’s seen people die.

She’s held patients’ hands and watched parents scream and cry as their worst nightmares come true.

As the director of oncology at Northfield Hospitals and Clinics, the Waseca resident shared some of her stories with a smile on her face, and at one moment, tears in her eyes. Not once in the more than 20 years she’s worked with cancer patients has she wondered if she chose the right path.

“I never have days where I question why I do what I do,” O’Brien said. “I have good days and I have bad days, but it’s all so rewarding when a patient or their family tells you they would have never made it though, had they not had the support we gave.”

The toughest times

Day in and day out, she said, the most common thread that lingers throughout the oncology department is the fear of the unknown, the question: “Am I going to die?”

…More at Northfield nurse dedicates her life to oncology – Southernminn.com

To Oncology Nurses, From a Seasoned Patient

I don’t have a degree in medicine. I have not taken the rigorous classes you have taken. I cannot start an IV, take a pulse, identify a rash, or properly dress a wound. I have my degree in English. That means I can point out grammatical errors on restaurant menus, but measuring medicine into a vial hurts my brain.

I’m not trying to offer medical how-tos. Instead, I’m offering one patient’s perspective from the other side of the thermometer, the stethoscope, the hospital gown. So that you understand I have some legitimate experience to back up the advice I’m offering, here’s a glimpse at my treatment resume:

I was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2009 at age 26. Four years later, we now know I have a rare, refractory strain of the disease. I’ve had more than 30 chemotherapy agents — several regimens requiring inpatient stays. I’ve had nurses come to my home to administer chemo. I’ve participated in several early phase clinical trials that required constant nurse-to-patient correspondence. I’ve had four surgical biopsies performed and underwent two failed autologous (my own cells) and an allogeneic (from a donor) stem cell transplant that required 25 consecutive days of inpatient isolation and much intimacy with nurses.

Medical teams at Hartford Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas and Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Columbia/New York Presbyterian in New York City have treated me.

Through all this, I’ve had so many incredible, moving experiences with nurses. I am forever grateful to those medical team members and the selfless and steadfast care they gave that carried me through the ups and downs. I’ve had few bad encounters, but unfortunately, it’s those unpleasant ones that stand out and make you realize your vulnerability as a patient and how much you rely on the intelligence and thoroughness of your nurses.

…More at To Oncology Nurses, From a Seasoned Patient – Huffington Post

ED visits at the end of life: Helping patients maintain their care decisions

Despite a preference to receive end-of-life (EOL) care at home, many patients with advanced terminal illnesses actually go to the emergency department (ED) in their last months, weeks, and days of life. In fact, some hospital centers report that 40% of patients who present to the ED may be in their final 2 weeks of life.1 When patients are dying of cancer, their circumstances place crucial demands on hospital staff, which can be disruptive in several areas.

Why would a patient spend his or her final days or hours in a crowded ED? A trip to the ED of any hospital means long hours of waiting for the patient to be seen, which can be stressful for patients and caregivers—even those in relatively good health. In a paper published in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, researchers undertook an investigation to gain an understanding of why patients present at emergency departments during the most difficult time in their lives. The researchers hoped that understanding the behavior can help prevent it and allow patients dying of cancer to remain in their home during their last days.

This retrospective review was undertaken by Elaine M. Wallace, MB, BCh, BAO, MRCPI, and her colleagues in the Department of Palliative Medicine, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland. They investigated why patients presented to the ED at the end of life, how the staff assessed the patient, what treatment the patient received, and what the outcome was. The researchers reviewed the records of 30 patients aged 47 to 89 years who went to the ED over a 6-month period. Their data was culled from the records from the ED, the hospital, and from the palliative care home care team.

…More at ED visits at the end of life: Helping patients maintain their care decisions – Oncology Nurse Advisor

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