January 9, 2011

Celebrate National Nurses Week 2011

Posted in Nursing Tips tagged , at 1:22 am by Nursing Tales Team

The American Nurses Association has announced the theme for 2011’s National Nurses Week as “Nurses Trusted to Care.” National Nurses Week is celebrated every year from May 6th – 12th (May 12th is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the forbearer of modern nursing). May 6th is National RN Recognition Day, May 8th is National Student Nurses Day, and May 12th is National School Nurse Day. National Nurses Week was first observed in 1954 in honor of the 100th anniversary Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea; but it was not made official until twenty years later when President Nixon issued a proclamation in 1974. Since then, the American Nurses Association has made a point of using this week to honor the nation’s indispensable nurses for the tireless commitment they give 365 days a year.

Visit http://nursingworld.org/NationalNursesWeek to download a media kit for raising awareness of this event and of the value of the nursing profession in your community. Nurses are renowned for blending art with science. They must be dedicated individuals with a wide array of interests, strengths and passions as a result of the many ways nurses are called upon to serve. No matter where they serve — emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters – they are expected to bring to each role a passion for the profession and a strong commitment to patient safety. Their strength and spirit allows them to meet the needs of every person with whom they come into contact.

Due to poor working conditions, long hours, reduced pay and increased duty demands, there is an ongoing nursing shortage across the industry. With nurses retiring and changing professions in large numbers, it is crucial to start spreading the word of the important need nurses fill in the health care equation. Reaching out to primary and secondary academic institutions and training students to consider nursing as a future career goal may help funnel talent back into the pool. Also, making nursing school more attainable by providing scholarships and daycare for single mothers might draw people who are interested in nursing into the profession. If you are a nurse, consider making time to appear at community functions such as Town Councils and raise awareness of the difficult and sometimes dangerous work load nurses are expected to fill. Identify areas that community leaders can get involved in solving the problems.

During National Nurses Week, make a point of telling a nurse in your life how much you care and respect the work they do! Since every nurse is required to keep their ID on their person, consider purchasing nurse-specific badge holder or beaded lanyards for badges to hand out. You can easily find a diverse assortment of badge holders and beaded lanyards for badges online that make perfect gifts for the nurses in your life. You might also take a bouquet of flowers to the local emergency room. Have students that you know decorate a large poster telling your school nurse how much he or she is appreciated. Be creative – nurses are worth it!

December 30, 2010

More Great Tools for the Busy Nurse

Posted in Nursing Tips tagged , at 7:16 am by Nursing Tales Team

In our last post, we highlighted some of the latest and greatest applications (apps) and tools such as the beaded lanyard.  In this post, we will take a look at more handy apps and some specifics of the decorative badge holder that will reveal why this and the beaded lanyard are so popular.

Is how you look at work of the utmost importance?  The answer to this question has to be yes.  Regardless of whether you wear a suit or scrubs to “the office”, the way that you present yourself speaks volumes to your superiors, peers and clients.  In the medical setting, the nurse’s clients are their patients.  And when a nurse presents themselves in the most professional way, they show their patients the level of professionalism that can be expected.

Does the beaded lanyard make that big of a difference in how you look?  Well, yes, actually!  When the standard uniform is scrubs, even if they are decorative, the way employee identification is worn stands out.  Sure, you could wear your identification on a standard badge holder; but convenience and style are added when you choose a decorative badge holder with a retractable reel instead.  These items are easy to find and quite affordable, so the busy nurse can grab a beaded lanyard or decorative badge holder to suit every mood or every season.

Now that you look professional and feel great with your beaded lanyard, check out some more of the apps you’ll want to use on the job!

  • Infuse is a drug infusion calculator that will help any nurse in any setting. This widely popular app allows nurses to set up a custom hospital database of standard concentrations. Once their database is set up, the nurse is then able to plug in a patient’s weight and dose desired.  The app then provides an infusion rate immediately. The Infuse app is convenient and easy to use, allowing nurses to change dosages quickly when necessary. 
  • PediSTAT is the app that any pediatric nurse will want to make the most of.  This app has been called the Broselow tape for the iPhone. To use this app, the nurse need only plug in a child’s age or weight. With this information, the app instantly provides a guide to airway equipment sizes, drug dosages, fluid/blood resuscitation, seizure treatment, normal vitals, sedation dosing, pain management and much more.  With so much to remember on the job and the need to access information quickly, this app is highly effective.
  • The Kathy White Fast Facts handbook is hugely popular among nurses, and now the pertinent information found in this handbook is available in a (far less bulky) app for the iPhone.  Using this app, the busy nurse has access to valuable critical care and emergency information with the tap of their mobile device.

Apps for the iPhone are a part of life now, and using this device wisely pays off for those in the medical profession.