Nurse jobseeking 101

If you’re just in the initial stages of nailing down your next nurse position, the American Hospital Association has you covered. The AHA’s Career Center recently released a handy new guide, tailored specifically to nurses who are looking for work. Jobseeking 101: A Nurse’s How-To Guide includes everything from what parts of the country have the highest demand for nurses (Nevada, Arizona and Alaska top the list) to how to go about negotiating your salary after getting hired. The guide also offers the top 10 skills that are most in demand for the nursing profession, with pediatrics, critical care and geriatrics topping the list.

What’s your nursing kryptonite?

Nurses are hailed as the unsung heroes of the profession, but just like Superman, every RN has his or her own kryptonite. There’s a fun discussion brewing over at the RN social media site allnurses.com about the one task or patient type that can stop a nurse in her tracks. For the originator of the post, RN “PewpSmith,” dealing with stool or sputum is no biggie, but dentures are a real bummer. “If they need me to handle their dentures, I have to put on the biggest of my big girl nurse panties and really put my mind in a special place to do it,” she writes. Others go on to list their own weaknesses, ranging from mouth care to noncompliant obese patients, dirty feet or vomiting. What’s your nursing kryptonite?

The 10 pluses of being a nurse educator

There are too few RNs in this country, and a severage shortage nurse educators isn't helping matters. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimates that nearly 80,000 applicants are turned away from nursing school every year because of qualified faculty. To close that gap, Karen Whitham, educator and assistant dean of undergraduate nursing programs at American Sentinel University, recently offered up 10 reasons why nurses should consider going into education. Some of the best things about her profession, she says, include more predictable daytime work hours, the ability to form unique bonds with students and the opportunity to “wear something other than scrubs to work.”

Rapid fire

Here are a few more nurse items that caught my eye this past week:

  • Judy Rich’s background as an intensive care nurse has uniquely prepared her to serve in the role of CEO at Tucson Medical Center, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
  • Is your hospital short of the nurses it needs to provide care? Louise Weadock, R.N., CEO of Access Nursing Services, offers four tips to help hospitals navigate that shortfall.
  • Finally, Parkland hospital has cut readmissions and saved millions by using its nurses to train patients on how to self-administer antibiotics at home.