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Will Hiring Overseas Fix the Nursing Shortage Crisis in the UK?

December 30, 2013

A year doesn’t go by without a un-PC gaffe by Prince Philip, and 2013 was no different. Philip’s first royal engagement of the year was to open a £5.5 million cardiac centre at Luton hospital back in February. Upon meeting a Filipino nurse, the 91 year old royal commented that the Philippines “must be half empty – you’re all here running the NHS!” The gaffe was taken in good humour, but revealed a lot about the rise of overseas workers, especially nurses, in the NHS. read more …

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Top 7 Professional Challenges Faced By Nurses in The 21st Century

October 15, 2013

Nursing is a profession that can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time. Since nurses represent the majority of the workforce, they are often targeted by hospitals as a way to cut down their healthcare costs. Nurses play a very important role in the medical industry. Known for their most caring traits, nurses have now developed their own reputation and identity in the health care area.

But despite being recognized and valued, nurses still have to face several difficulties and challenges in their profession. Some of these challenges are easy to overcome but others are quite complicated for the nurses to handle. Given below are some of the major challenges that nurses are facing today:

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Ethical Issues New Nurses May Want to Become Familiar With.

July 8, 2013

Tina is gasping. Her mother and daughter are by her side. They see the horror and exhaustion in her eyes as she struggles along not because she wants to but because of anxiety, confusion, and force of habit. Tina suffers from ALS, a degenerative disease, and is now in the last stage of the disease. She signed a do not resuscitate/do not intubate document (DNR/DNI) which allowed her to forego the futility of dragging on the inevitable. You are the hospice nurse on site. The family is begging you to do something to alleviate her pain. Included in the medical options available to you is a PRN order for an antispasmodic/paralytic agent.

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Why Your Nursing Clinicals May Have Been Counterproductive.

June 8, 2013

In an article on the issue of nursing students being treated harshly in the clinical setting, one of the problems that the authors discuss is the fact that undue stress is being placed on the students. This has the effect of thwarting their learning experience by putting a strain on student-staff relationships which are an integral part of a student’s clinical experience (Levett-Jones 2009). read more …

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Is Pediatric Nursing for Me? An interview with a new grad working in a pediatric facility.

May 23, 2013

Hi Vivian, thank you for allowing me to interview you. Just to fill the readers in, you recently graduated nursing school and this is your first job. The facility you are working in is a step down pediatric nursing home. The population  you are working with spans from neonates just a few days old to young adults of twenty-one years. These children have disabilities ranging from read more …

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