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  • The Virtual Professor
    Josephine Kamera, MSN, RN
    Today many colleges are increasingly using online approach to provide effective and easily accessible education to attract students from wide geographic areas and increase enrollment. The virtual professor is constantly required to monitor and supervise students who are not visible in a virtual learning community.
  • My Teaching Learning Philosophy
    Hina Nizar Karim
    My philosophy of teaching learning revolves around the profound belief of Peter (1965). I strongly believe there are certain responsibilities of teachers to make teaching learning effective. First of all, educators must create a difference between education and teaching. Secondly, teaching learning process must be student centered. It must provide opportunity to students to learn according to their interest and needs. Further, students are also responsible for their own learning. Based on my teaching learning philosophy, I can recommend to bring immediate change in our teaching learning environment we need power and authority which now I can bring as a nurse educator.
  • No, Ms. Ray, I'm Not Thankful to Have a Job
    Pat Miller, RN
    Response to HR telling nurses they are lucky they have a job after cutting pay and benefits.
  • Educational Requirements for Baccalaureate Nursing Faculty: How do the States Differ?
    Kelli Fuller DNP, RN, ANP-BC Renee Davis DNP, RN, CPNP Bobbi Shatto PhD, RN, CNL
    Nursing shortages have plagued the United States for the past several decades. By 2020, the deficit of Registered Nurses (RN) is projected to exceed 1.2 million (AACN, 2012). One important factor is the shortage of qualified nursing faculty. Every year many qualified applicants are denied admission to nursing programs due to nursing faculty shortages (AACN, 2012). Nursing programs can only accommodate as many students as they have faculty to teach. State Boards of Nursing (SBN) throughout the country are collaborating with colleges and universities to fill nursing faculty vacancies utilizing a variety of creative strategies. An educational research team, at a private university in the Midwestern section of the country, examined each state’s SBN rules and regulations related to pre-licensure faculty requirements for baccalaureate nurse educators. The researchers found that there were vast differences in the educational requirements allowed by individual State Boards of Nursing for Baccalaureate nurse educators.
  • I Quit My RN Job Yesterday 
    by Linda Ritter, RN
    Time and time again changes were thrust on us and made to sound as if they were the answers to all our problems, when, in reality, they created more problems and basically cured nothing.
  • The Benefits of Keeping a Nursing Journal
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    Each day, nurses are playing a crucial role in someone’s life. They are a part of so many incredible stories and often they are not even aware of just how incredible their stories are and the impact these stories have on themselves, their patients, their own colleagues and their healthcare facilities. Most nurses will tell you that healthcare has changed drastically over the years and they probably would not say for the better. As nurses, we often practice in chaotic environments; one that is so vastly changing and one that is so hard to keep up with it. Keeping a nursing journal can not only put a voice to our unique nursing stories but can provide so many other benefits.
  • Response to "I quit my RN job yesterday"
    Richard Stilp, RN, MA, FPEM
    I have attempted to respond to an article written by Linda Ritter called "I quite my RN Job yesterday". It is a very moving article and wanted to give her my input an overall situation.
  • The Importance of Understanding Hypertension: The Role of a Registered Nurse as an Investigator 
    The Importance of Understanding Hypertension: The Role of a Registered Nurse as an Investigator by Gary D. Goldberg, PhD Clinical Professor of Medical Education Angeles College of Nursing, Los Angeles, Ca.
    The primary care nurse owes it to themselves and their patients to be informed on the chronic diseases they manage in order to achieve maximum patient compliance and satisfaction. Well informed, confident practitioners will be able to deliver evidence-based structured advice, and in doing so reduce morbidity and mortality rates from cerebrovascular accidents and cardiovascular disease for patients regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity.
  • A Lesson Learned 
    by Gina Pearse, BSN, RN-BC
    I wanted to say something brilliant. I wanted to make it better. I had nothing to say. Instead, I put my arms around this tiny woman and I held her close. Her head rested on my shoulder as she sobbed for her losses. In that moment in time, there were no call lights, no medications, and no other important matters. There was no longer any urgency as I held this woman.
    Beth Stroud, RN, BSN, Graduate Student Murray State University
    Acute renal failure (ARF) has become increasingly common in patients with critical illnesses. Up to two-thirds of intensive care unit (ICU) patients develop ARF with the leading cause being sepsis. Treatment of ARF has been associated with higher costs and the following adverse outcomes: increased length of stay, excess mortality of 30-71%, need for chronic dialysis in the patients who survive, and the requirement of discharge to short-term or long-term care facilities.
  • Background of Assessment for the Registered Nurse and the Clinical Practitioner 
    By: Dr. Gary D. Goldberg, PhD Clinical Professor of Medical Education, and Consultant Angeles College of Nursing, Los Angeles, California
    The evaluation of impairment from the kidneys, as with the findings of proteinuria or an increased serum creatinine concentration, may be your first premises in the investigation pending diagnose. In addition, rushing to a conclusion can present as a variety of clinical syndromes. In other instances, the presentation may reflect the impact of impaired renal function on other organ systems, such as edema or shortness of breath resulting from renal salt retention.
  • Conflict Resolution 
    by Antonie Hiemer MS RN
    Conflict Resolution Tools For Nursing in the RN Journal
    Angela Buckles, RN, CNS-S Murray State University
    At present, the US reports approximately 750,000 cases of sepsis a year and estimates 1 million cases by 2020 With a mortality rate of 30%, an estimated 250,000 annual deaths, and hospital costs exceeding $16 billion, sepsis has become a burden. It is imperative to increase the awareness and early recognition of sepsis
  • Examining the Transition for New Graduate Professional RN 
    Kara Solem, Student Nurse Tammy L. Stuart MS RN Assistant Professor School of Nursing Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Transition into the role of the professional nurse is cause for great excitement and apprehension for the student nurse. As a soon to be BSN graduate, this author noted a similar theme amongst classmates which provided an opportunity for inquiry to highlight key strategies for successful transition for the entry-level professional nurse
  • Help Me Get Better 
    The Birthplace at Telfair by Pamela J. Rahn, RN
    A Registered Nurse reflects on her experiences as an RN professional!
  • Massage Therapy as Prevention 
    by Keturah Tracy RN, BSN, LMT
    Massage can be used as an alternative to narcotics, steroid injections, and surgery, but it can also be used as a complement to allopathic medicine to speed healing and reduce pain should surgery be necessary.
  • My Father the Medicine Man 
    My Life Experience with Eastern and Western Medicine by Cynthia Knievel, RN
    My father continues to avoid western medicine as much as he can and there is no convincing him any different. I only hope that the next key given to me will open a door where Eastern and Western medicine will compliment each other. Health care would have the best of both worlds if this would happen.
  • Mythology 
    by Betsy Tyer
    Article pertaining to mythology as related to nursing and the RN student.
  • UN Noticed 
    UN noticed by Berkley Carter Nurse Manager Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, N.C.
    it takes more than the knowledge of degrees can provide. It takes the UN noticed hero, our nursing assistant.
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