Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Guest Post: The Expanding Opportunity for Advanced Practice Clinicians

By: Jude Jussim, Veralon
As the US population ages (the number of people over 65 years is projected to more than double by 2060), developing more chronic health conditions, demand for healthcare providers will increase. New models of care management, created by health systems and hospitals facing an increase in value-based reimbursement, will increase the focus on preventive care and on use of clinicians who can spend more time with patients at a lower cost. Greater access to health insurance is also likely to increase demand.
All of this means that if you are considering entering the employment market for advanced practice clinicians (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives) you are looking at expanding opportunities. Advanced practice clinicians can perform many of the same tasks as primary care physicians, and are more cost effective. They are a valuable part of a team-based approach to patient care.
Employment for advanced practice clinicians has been growing far faster than that for registered nurses. Between 2012 and 2015 the number of RNs grew 4%, while the number of advanced practice clinicians expanded by 23%. Nurse practitioner employment grew by 29%, while employment of physician assistants grew by 18%. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 31% growth in advanced nursing clinician employment between 2014 and 2024, and a similar figure for physician assistants, those appear to be conservative estimates.
When looked at in absolute terms, the increase in employment of advanced practice clinicians was not quite so dramatic—the 4% growth in RNs equals an increase of 112,000 more nurses employed, while the increase in advanced practice clinicians was just over 52,000.

Growth in Employment of Advanced Practice Clinicians in the United States

Physician Assistant
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Anesthetists
Nurse Midwives
Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Veralon analysis. All annual estimates as of May of that year.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

CDC Holiday Carol

In honor of the holiday season, we'd like to share these 12 ways to stay healthy. For more information visit the CDC website.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holidays for Healthcare Professionals

If you're an in ER Nurse, you know that Thanksgiving isn't much of a holiday when it comes to work. So instead of posting a cheery Turkey Day graphic, we thought we'd point out some little known holidays that you might appreciate. And a belated Happy Nurse Practitioner Day to all of you!


Infographic suggested by Cathy Weber of Find CNA Classes:
FindCNAClasses is your one stop shop for everything CNA. We have a ton of resources to help you in the decision making process as well as a helpful tool to help you find CNA classes near you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thanksgiving Teaching Idea for Health Students

The holidays are always a strange time when it comes to teaching. Students already have turkey brain, instructors don't want to start anything new and schedules are modified. If you find yourself with a class of Nursing or Health students and need a way to fill those last few hours before Thanksgiving break, we're including an idea below. We'll also be doing a webinar on this topic on the 16th at 3:30pm Eastern if you'd like to join. You can also check out last year's post with additional suggestions. 

Thanksgiving suggestion: 
1. Open a patient chart for a patient with a relevant background. For example, we have a patient scenario for an obese woman who lives alone and has diabetes. 
2. Ask students to review the chart and come up with a list of risks that patient may encounter associated with Thanksgiving. For example, dietary concerns related to her diabetes. The risk of a heart attack, kitchen related injuries while living alone, etc. 
3. Once students come up with potential risks, ask them to discuss what type of diagnostics can be done if this patient was admitted to the hospital. Also, ask students what nursing concerns they might  have. 

With any level of Nursing, Health, Medical or Nutrition student, a variation of this activity can take place. We'd love to know how you adapted this to your classroom. Leave a comment below if you have any ideas of your own! 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Top 7 Long Term Benefits of Certified Nursing Assistant Programs

(Photo credits: Shutterstock)
Guest post by Muhammad Ahmed. 

Nursing is an extremely noble profession which requires all your time, energies and efforts. A successful nurse needs to have quick reflexes, should know how to deal with patients and their attendants, and should also have all the required leadership skills for taking necessary decisions. Many professionals recommend that before becoming a nurse, you should clear your CNA exams and work as a Nursing Assistant. It will help you in knowing more how to do your job right and you will turn out to be a highly professional nurse.

Let’s see what are the long term benefits of CNA programs
  1. Your Learn How to Make a Difference

Every health care profession is all about how you make a difference by taking good care of your patients. Whether you are a CNA nurse or a PCT nurse, you do make a huge difference in the lives of those who are not able to look after themselves. When you enroll in a CNA program, you are taught how to look after your patients in the best possible manner in a professional way.
  1. It Becomes Easier to be a Registered Nurse

If you want to work as a nurse, then taking a CNA course can be really beneficial for you. People will be able to look you up in the Texas nurse aide registry or whichever registry is available in your state. Since nursing requires a lot of practical effort, being a CNA nurse helps you prepare beforehand. You also become aware of the enormity of the job which lies ahead of you.
  1. You Get a Clear Idea About Specialization

Once you are enrolled in a CNA program and become a licensed certified nursing assistant, you become more clear about which path you want to chose if/when you become a RN. You deal with different types of patients since the very start. You realize what your preferences are and where your interests lie. 
  1. CNA Programs are Highly Affordable

You can enroll into a CNA program as soon as you get your high school diploma -- sometimes while still enrolled in high school. If you are an aspiring nurse, yet you don’t have the budget to enter a nursing college, you can always opt for a CNA program. This is because CNA programs are highly affordable. There are even free programs! Many online communities also help you in having a better learning experience. Since it is a certification program, its relatively short just as the PCT nurse program. Furthermore, you can always chose to enroll into a nursing program for the Texas nurse aide registry and you can work as a CNA side by side as well.
  1. You can Set Your Own Schedule

If time is of essence to you, then being a CNA nurse means that you can actually set your own working schedule. If you are studying to be a nurse after becoming a CNA, you can occasionally set your working hours according to your school schedule. 
  1. You can Transfer Your Credits

The best thing about enrolling into a CNA program is that credits are often transferable. So, whether you want to be a nurse or you are planning to take a change of profession, you can get your credits transferred to any course which you are planning to take.
  1. The Feeling of Satisfaction

When you are in a healthcare profession, then having a feeling of being satisfied with yourself is the most important factor. When you are a nursing assistant, you get to have this feeling a lot of times. You know that you are there for your patients and they trust in you when it comes to taking decisions for themselves.

Author Bio:

Muhammad Ahmad is a certified nursing assistant specialist advisor who has helped many students as well nurses guiding them the best path to become a certified nursing assistant. His current project cnacareersmart.com includes various articles and affiliated videos.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Scholarship for nursing students

For all the Nursing students starting their journey, we were notified by Nurse.org that they've opened their next scholarship cycle. See all the information below if you'd like to apply.

University of Washington Graduate Nursing Student, Erin Picolet, receives award

Bellevue, WA, July 25, 2016 - Nurse.org is pleased to announce that the 2016 Healthcare Leaders Scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Erin Picolet, a student in the University of Washington’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, Nurse-Midwifery (NM) track.

Picolet hopes to counteract some of the vulnerabilities in the health status of her future patients with a strong understanding of the determining factors that cause them.  As a CNM, she will be trained to look at basic and simple interventions to make profound differences. It is this simplicity that she hopes will make changes possible for individuals with limited resources and low health literacy.

“I hope to help create a healthcare system for my population of interest that is not solely based on profits and productivity but one that also nurtures its patients to reach their full health potential and live fulfilled lives,” said Picolet.

As an organization committed to supporting nurses and helping them achieve their career and educational goals, Nurse.org applauds Ms. Picolet for her noble ambitions and will continue to offer the Healthcare Leaders Scholarship on an ongoing basis.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 scholarship cycle on Nurse.org.

About the Healthcare Leaders Scholarship

The $1000 Healthcare Leaders Scholarship is offered to students entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to nursing or medicine. Students must be at least 17 years of age and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

All applicants must submit a 600 to 1,000-word essay explaining what they hope to accomplish during their career in the medical field and how the scholarship would fulfill those goals.

To submit an application for the 2017 scholarship cycle, please  visit the nurse.org scholarship page. Make sure to enter Noggin Blog as the referring website.

About Nurse.org

A group of hard-working professionals teamed up with working RNs with one goal: to build the perfect nursing career site. The result is Nurse.org, the only site that shows nurses the inner workings of a hospital before they accept the job. Nurses review shift policies, management, nurse-to-patient ratio and more.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Five Summer Reads for Nursing Instructors and Students

We have a few big readers in the office who have all mentioned how summer is their time to catch up on reading materials. Even more true for instructors, there is no better time to sit down with a book than a long summer evening.

Here are some good reads for the Nurse in all of us:

1. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Ann Fadiman is an excellent way to broaden your horizons and remind yourself to be sensitive while dealing with all cultures and religions.  The story discusses how a Hmong child collides with her American doctors, reminding us that we can all stand to learn a little more about those unlike ourselves. 

2. I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse by Lee Gutkind is a collection of short stories written by Nurses. If you're a seasoned Nurse, these are a great way to step into the past. For Nursing students, you can learn from other nurse's experiences and find sympathy in those who have been where you are now. 

3. Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale is the quintessential Nursing read. If you haven't read this book yet, now is as good a time as any. 

4. The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital by Alexandra Robbins is a look inside the world of Nursing as written by a literary journalist. This is a wonderfully written exploration of the profession.

5. Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James is a fictional thriller with nursing students as the characters. This one is on the list for anyone looking for something more "fluff" and less heavy for a care free summer read.