More Nurses May Mean Fewer Deaths in the ICU

According to results from a study involving more than a thousand ICUs in 75 countries, a high nurse to patient ratio in intensive care units was independently associated with a lower risk of in-hospital deaths. Not only does the study reinforce the importance of having good staffing, but it stresses the importance of good staffing … Read more

Nursing is the Most Trustworthy Profession in the U.S.

Each year, Gallup asks Americans to rate how honest and ethical they believe common professions are. In 2014, nurses, doctors, and pharmacists rounded out the top three. Eighty percent of respondents chose “high” when asked to rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses, over “average” or “low”. On the opposite end of the spectrum … Read more

Nursing Shortfall Expected in 2016

While the year may have just started, hospitals across the country are already concerned about the projected nursing shortfall in 2016 and beyond. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation will need more than 200,000 additional registered nurses in each of those two years. In fact, depending on the study, some … Read more

How Nurses Can Help First-Time Moms

Developed by Dr. David Olds in 1977, the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides maternal and early childhood health programs to low-income families. The program pairs low-income, first-time mothers with a trained nurse who counsels her throughout pregnancy and until her child’s second birthday. The nurses visit the new mothers in their homes and offer guidance on … Read more

Revelations of Busy NICU Nurses

Previous nursing research has proved that nurse staffing levels and nurse-to-patient rations influence patient outcomes; the less patients there are per nurse, the better quality care. “Missed” nursing care is believed to be a mediator in this relationship, since a single nurse can only do so much during one shift, regardless of the setting. Studies … Read more

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Share Leadership Program Results

Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system that is driven by the needs of patients and their families. In 2014, nurses at seven New York hospitals developed a … Read more

Former Pastor Earns a Nursing Degree

In December 2014, Jim Aubey, a 53-year-old former pastor, earned a bachelor’s degree from the Baker University School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare. He considers himself a highly adaptable individual and decided he needed a career change after the death of his first wife and a remarriage. Like many nurses and nursing students, Aubey began … Read more

Advanced Nursing Education Benefits Patients

Because nurses have the greatest amount of contact with patients, a patient’s progress and health is largely dependent upon their care and intervention. One factor that consistently benefits patients is having nurses with advanced education; those with an advanced education tend to be more competent and well-versed in the intricacies of healthcare. Statistics show that … Read more

More Men Interested in a Nursing Career

At Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, men make up more than thirty percent of the students in the university’s master of nursing program – a nursing program for students with undergraduate degrees in non-nursing fields. According to the university, men probably chose the program because they were attracted by health care and chose a … Read more