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Top Ten Travel Nursing Hot Spots

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The great thing about being a traveling nurse boils down to one key component – it’s about the travel!  For those of us who love moving around and seeing the world, travel nursing is the profession of our dreams.  There are many travel destinations available, based on weather, activities, cost of living, and salary.  Therefore, I have gathered a list of my top ten travel nursing hot spots based on the number of travelers who inquire about each location every month.  Are you a travel RN scouting a new assignment?  Then I’d like to suggest the following ten “Hot Spots”.

1. Hawaii

This is the first item on our list of top ten travel nursing hot spots.  It’s no shock that Hawaii generates over 500 travel nursing inquiries per month.  The wide range of outdoor activities from snow-capped mountains to snow-white sandy beaches elevates Hawaii to one of those meccas. Here you can build a snowman or a sand castle all in one day.  Nurses tell me that you’ll discover virtually every type of outdoor activity imaginable—hiking trails that wind through erupting volcanoes, secret beaches, and lush green ranchlands.  Many travelers also hunt, mountain bike, go rafting, and golf on some of the world’s most extravagant courses.

2. Alaska

 Travel nurses are intrigued by the possibilities of Alaska’s rugged mystery.  Alaska is a huge wilderness with beautiful scenery. Luckily, travel nursing assignments offer plenty of time to see and do everything you want. Winter’s darkness under northern lights, or the glorious spring and summer where it’s light most of the time are both available. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Alaska for its wildlife, spectacular natural landscape, and fishing expeditions. The fish really are as big as the stories about which they’re told.  Countless day cruises and sightseeing expeditions abound, as well as opportunities to hike, kayak, canoe, ski… Need we say more?

3. Montana 

Whether photographer, adventurer, or both, Montana is truly a state that beckons with open arms.  River trips, fishing and camping, history, snowy mountain ranges, and waterfalls are what you’ll encounter. There is also plenty of open space to explore.  Assignments in Montana appeal to those who just need some time to break away from their city grind to enjoy marching to the beat of an entirely different drummer.  The Big Sky Country boasts some of America’s most famous mountains, canyons, river valleys, forests, grassy plains, badlands, and caverns. Many travelers find it just irresistible enough to keep coming back.

4. Maine 

Maine’s splendor has inspired artists like Georgia O’Keefe and three generations of the Wyeth family, since the mid-nineteenth century.   Travel nurses can’t resist at least one adventure in this charming getaway.  Whether you embark on outdoor adventures like skiing, or if you prefer the cozy ambience of antiquing through charming villages Maine is legendary. It offers some wonderful experiences.  Its’ unique culture is outdoorsy and quaint. In addition, you get to enjoy lobster as the locals do—fresh from the ocean! 

5. California 

 Warm weather and world-famous beaches make California a favorite choice for traveling nurses.  Nine-hundred miles of coastline gives nurses in all locations the chance to spend many hours near the waves; and for nature lovers, California is home to many wildlife parks, remote wilderness areas, and safe-havens for endangered animals.  If you’re an excitement junkie, you can scout out a wide selection of theme parks; and no matter what your taste in music, concerts abound in every type of venue. Historic sites and museums invite, as do five-star restaurants and clubs in which to see and be seen. The shopping is unparalleled, whether it’s trendy Melrose Place, La Jolla, or the strand in Venice Beach; and of course it’s home to Hollywood, and, yes, movie stars.  Whether northern, southern, or coastal locations, traveling nurses return to California time and again.

6. Washington 

The Evergreen State boasts the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, the Cascade Mountains, desert experiences, rain forests, towering volcanoes, glaciers, and lush wine country.  Washington State rates high on the list of many nurse travelers.  Must-sees are the Space Needle and Coulee Dam.  The culture here is incredibly diverse; sophisticated, outdoorsy, and loaded with resorts, history, parks, museums, and botanical gardens.  Whether touring downtown Seattle for cozy antique and book stores, exploring ancient Indian grounds, or hiking and biking mountains or trails, Washington holds a strong allure for many nurse travelers.

7. South Carolina 

Endless adventure, excitement, fun and exploration represent why South Carolina is always a favorite destination for travel nurses.  America’s oldest landscaped gardens frame mansions rife with historical heritage, in addition to pristine beaches and legendary marshy wetlands.  For all you golfers, with over 330 golf courses, there’s always a new place to swing your clubs.  However, what fascinates many traveling nurses is the rich heritage in which South Carolina has paved the roads of culture, art, and folklore in our past.  You can visit several historical areas and discovery centers of American history, including the American Revolution and the Civil War.

8. Colorado 

World-class winter skiing and summer music festivals in the mountains are just two reasons that nurses love traveling to Colorado.  Boasting four spectacular seasons, Colorado is where travel nurses get to explore the state’s 18 million acres of state and national parks, and forests. There are also monuments for biking, hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, and kayaking, to name a few.  Colorado has many cultural treasures. These include ancient Native American sites and dinosaur fossil exhibits, historic ghost towns, and even award-winning vineyards in Grand Junction.  For those who enjoy city life, amid all this natural beauty lie wonderful metropolitan areas like Denver and Boulder. These are full of shopping, performing arts, and professional sports.

9. Tennessee

 From energetic nights of blues on Beale Street, to gorgeous rolling acres of Tennessee Walker horse country, Tennessee is a vacation that offers many world-renowned attractions.  Nurse travelers who visit Tennessee will find that they’re within a day’s drive of 75-percent of the U.S. population via quality interstates and highways.  Attractions in Tennessee include the Jack Daniels’ distillery, Elvis’s Graceland, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and lots of southern hospitality.  And don’t forget the crown jewel of the southern Appalachians, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

10. Arizona

This is the final item on our list of top ten travel nursing hot spots. If you adore the outdoors, then the Grand Canyon State might just be for you.  The nurses who go there just rave about Arizona’s landscape. Here tall mountain ranges, swift rivers, grasslands, sand dunes, and cactus forests all set against a beautiful sky that glows pink in the sunsets. Those who enjoy history will find plenty of it here. Historical areas including Old West reformations, Native American nations, and Spanish-influenced areas lay all in one state.  Arizona is also home to the nation’s greatest golf courses, resorts, spas, cabins, and ranches.

As you can see, limitless possibilities exist for nurses who want travel, fun, and adventure as part of their daily lives.  If  you’re a nurse who travels and it’s time for you to move on to a new location, try one of these top travel nursing destinations and see what new experiences lie ahead.

How to Receive a Nursing Scholarship

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First Things First: What is FAFSA?

The first step to receive a  nurse scholarship or financial aid for college is to complete the FAFSA. FAFSA, or free application for student aid, is a form that is filled out by every student wishing to be considered for college tuition. This is a federal form, and you only have to complete it once. This is unlike the past when you had to complete separate paperwork for each college you hoped to attend.

The FAFSA form will provide you with information that will determine the amount of money your family is expected to provide for your education. The difference between what your family is expected to pay and the amount of tuition at your chosen college can be covered by federally backed grants and loans. To reduce the amount that you are expected to pay further, you can apply for a variety of scholarships.

Academic Based or Need Based Scholarships

While there are a variety of scholarships available, they generally fall into two categories, academic based and need based. Academic based scholarships are determined on grades and test scores. Financial need is not a consideration. Competition for these awards is typically stiff, with many very strong candidates vying for the same scholarship. You may be required to submit an essay, or chronicle any previous volunteer work. 

Need based scholarships are determined on the financial need of applicants. While grades are typically considered, the academic pressure is usually not as intense as with an academic based scholarship. Many scholarships are a combination of the two: needs based scholarships that require a high GPA This is a concentration in certain subjects, community involvement, or specific career goals.

The Nursing Shortage

There is currently a nursing shortage, and the future outlook is that a shortage will remain through the immediate future. As our population lives longer and medical technology continues to grow, the need for nurses outstrips the rate in which they are completing school. This nursing shortage means that an industrious student is likely to earn enough scholarship money to pay their way through college and graduate debt free. 

One program many hospitals have implemented is paying tuition for current nursing students. Of course, this does come with strings attached. Once the student graduates from nursing school, they are expected to work for the hospital for a prearranged period of time. If the nurse leaves before that time, they are responsible for paying back part or all of the tuition. This can be an excellent way for low income students to earn a degree. Not only does the student graduate debt free, but they automatically have a job once they leave school. The years after nursing school can be spent gaining experience in a variety of hospital settings. If they decide to move on once their obligation is fulfilled, they have a good idea of what field of nursing they are most interested in.

Financial Help for Graduate Degrees

The lack of nurses with graduate degrees indicates that it is possible for you to earn a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, or Nurse Anesthetist degree without the burden of taking on a significant debt. Previously, it was often difficult to weigh the benefits of returning to graduate school against the problem of expensive graduate school credit hours.

With many hospitals and clinics lowering costs by employing Nurse Practitioners in place of physicians, it is very likely that the medical group that you currently work for offers tuition reimbursement. If they do not, you should speak to your supervisor or human resources personnel. They may be willing to offer tuition reimbursement on a case by case basis. If your current employer does not offer tuition reimbursement, you may want to consider moving to a different employer. Many employers will offer full tuition reimbursement or even allow you to attend school full time. Of course, this is with the agreement that you will work for them for a specified time. This is once you receive your graduate degree.

Increasing Your Likelihood of Receiving a Scholarship

Whether you are looking for a needs based scholarship for an undergraduate nursing degree, or are searching for a hospital financed scholarship offer to complete your graduate degree, there are several things that you can do to improve your chances of success.

Work in your field. It does not matter if it is paid employment or volunteer work. However, working in the field you plan to earn a degree in shows that you understand the work and. It also shows that you are less likely to switch majors or drop out.

Watch your grades and your money. No matter if you are looking for a need based or academic based scholarship, keep your grades high. You should do this even in classes that you do not think matter, and watch your money. When you receive a nurse scholarship be sure to buy the books that you need. You should also study materials that you need to succeed. If possible, hold some money back so that you can afford a tutor before exams if you find yourself struggling.

How to Find the Best Job and Salary in Your New Nursing Career

Fabiah Blog is supported by Fabiah.com, where you can purchase affordable, comprehensive malpractice insurance for nurses and healthcare professionals. If you are not already insured, you are uncertain about purchasing a personal policy, or would simply like to learn more about personal medical malpractice insurance, then please read this article. Now, here is how to find the best job and salary in your new nursing career. 

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Considering the current shortage of nurses, it would seem that finding your dream nursing job would be relatively simple. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Because of the competitive atmosphere in the healthcare industry, it takes time, energy and planning to find your perfect job. Taking a proactive stance in your career development is the best way to find your ideal position. Whether you are a recent graduate from nursing school or an established nurse, there are a variety of steps that you can take to build your perfect career. Here is how to find the best job and salary in your new nursing career.

Know exactly what you want

Of course, there is no guarantee that you will get it, but knowing what your dream job is, including the specialty, the shift and the pay, makes it much easier to decide if a posted job opening is the right one for you. You cannot expect the perfect job to fall into your lap, and by knowing what your goals are, you can make an educated choice when applying for a position.

Be ready to compromise

It is rare that one job that has everything an individual prefers. Even people that love their job have days when they do not want to put on their scrubs or dread heading to work. Your goal is to minimize those days, while still having a job that pays well and allows you to have a life outside your work. To effectively compromise, you have to know what is most important to you, and realize that this can change several times over your career. When you are fresh out of school, single, and ready to repay your student loans, money may be the most important factor. If so, working less desirable shifts that offer a shift differential can be very attractive and a smart decision. Ten years later, married and with children to shuttle to soccer practice or piano lessons, you may prefer less money but straight days and no overtime, again, a smart decision at the time. You cannot make these decisions, though, without having a clear set of priorities and the ability to compromise.

Develop a long term career path

While your long term plans may change over time, it is important to consider what you want out of life, and where you want nursing to take you. For some people, nursing is a stepping stone to a hospital management or supervisory role. For others, the hands-on nursing work is where their passions lie. Some individuals want to leave nursing and enter the nurse educator field, which is a fine career goal as well. Regardless of what your choice is, it will not happen overnight. Planning ahead is the best way to achieve your goal.

Continue your education

If you received your RN through a community college, and have an associate degree, you may want to consider taking courses to receive your B.S.N., if you have your B.S.N., you may want to take graduate level courses. With so many courses available over the internet and with limited class time, as well as the fact that many hospitals provide tuition reimbursement, it makes sense to continue your education.

Join local professional associations

The best way to stay up to date with what is happening in your industry is thorough local professional groups. They provide insider knowledge about what is going on at each hospital, and you will often find out about job openings before they are advertised. The benefit of networking with other professionals is understood in many industries, although the nursing industry has been slower to catch on. Networking provides you with the opportunity to make connections with many people that can later provide you with references, job leads or even emotional support.

Don’t burn any bridges

This is the final tip on our list of how to find the best job and salary in your new nursing career. No matter how much you hate your job, your coworkers or your boss, make sure to act professionally at all times. It doesn’t matter if you promise yourself that you will never work for them again or even if you are sure that you will never see them again, it is important not to burn any bridges. The healthcare industry is a small world. People move around, to different floors, different hospitals, and what feels like righteous indignation to you may sound like bad behavior to others.

A career in nursing can provide a lucrative and secure future. By taking the time to formulate a game plan, negotiate the things that are important to you, and continue your education, you will find that you are in a position to take advantage of your ideal career opportunity when it presents itself. If you do not know what you want, or think that you will recognize the perfect job when you find it, you will be disappointed. People that take this approach to their career often find themselves moving from job to job with no clear progression.

12 Things Nursing Taught Me About Owning a Business

Fabiah Blog is supported by Fabiah.com, where you can purchase affordable, comprehensive malpractice insurance for nurses and healthcare professionals. If you are not already insured, you are uncertain about purchasing a personal policy, or would simply like to learn more about personal medical malpractice insurance, then please read this article. Now, here are 12 things nursing has taught me about owning a business!

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Have you ever wondered whether you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur? Nurses sometimes tell me they aren’t sure if their nursing career has prepared them to start and succeed in their own legal nurse consultant practice. Yet even the most routine nursing job is full of life lessons that apply to the business world. 

My first job as an intensive care nurse in a major medical center prepared me for business success. Subsequent jobs reinforced those early messages. I invite you to look closely at your own nursing career and discover the lessons that will help you succeed as a legal nurse consultant. Here are 12 things nursing taught me about owning a business.

Lesson 1: Find Your Passion and Turn it into a Business

This is the first item on our list of 12 things nursing taught me about owning a business. As much as I loved my work with critically ill patients and their families, my inner voice told me I wouldn’t be working in a hospital forever. As a young nurse, the vision of myself working in the ICU at age 40, 50 or 60 just wouldn’t come into focus. With only 6 years of nursing experience, I left the hospital and started my legal nurse consultant business. 

From there, I listened to my inner voice and reconnected with my first passion teaching. At age 8, I spent hours every day teaching an imaginary class. Today I am privileged to teach, coach and mentor nurses to live their career dreams. I turned my passion into a business, and since then I haven’t worked a single day. Listen to your inner voice, and you will find your passion. Many nurses have reconnected to their passion through legal nurse consulting, a choice unknown to them before they took my program.

Lesson 2: You Have the Power to Take Control of Your Career Destiny

Patients heal faster when they take control of their health and practice healthy habits. Even the smallest positive action can give a patient a sense of control and empower the healing process. I learned this lesson time and again as I struggled to gain control of my own nursing career. Each time I refused to give in to the frustrations of working within the healthcare system and took a positive step on my own, I felt better. With every step I grew, I thrived and I came up with new ideas to further my sense of control and satisfaction. 

The same is true about your career. You have the power to practice the healthy habits essential to take control of your career destiny. Educate yourself about the steps to achieving career health, including new career options like legal nurse consulting. Then take action on those steps. You really can take control of your career destiny.

Lesson 3: Don’t Give in to Fear

As a nurse, I frequently treated patients who had the same progressive disease, yet experienced dramatically different outcomes. We all have known patients who lived years after their predicted demise and other patients who should have lived but didn’t because they gave up or didn’t want to live. The fact that so many elderly patients die within months of losing a spouse is a solid example of the mind-body connection. In almost every case, the patients who died too soon had given in to fear.

There’s also a mind-business connection that will influence the health of your business. When I give in to fear, I become the biggest obstacle to my success. That was true when I started my business 19 years ago. That is true today.

Fear will paralyze you instantly. Practice mind control and exercise your mind daily for positive thinking. Shake off your lack of confidence and negative thinking. Don’t wait for an MI to stop inhaling the toxic smoke of fear. Don’t let fear be the reason you don’t live your career dreams. Always remember the mind-set of the patients who live and the patients who die.

Lesson 4: Nurses Can Do Anything 

If you should take away anything from our list of 12 things nursing has taught me about owning a business, it’s this. As nurses most of us have brought patients back to life. We all can recall at least one miracle story, a case where, with our help, a patient survived against all odds. Whenever I face a business crisis, I remind myself, “I’m a nurse and nurses can do anything.” I’ve repeated this same message for 19 years, and it has helped me overcome every obstacle.

If you can heal sick patients and handle life-threatening emergencies as easily as you make your bed in the morning, you really can do anything – especially something as straightforward as starting a business.

Lesson 5: You Can’t Climb Mount Everest Without Practicing on the Foothills

I had to have extensive education and training just to qualify for my first nursing job. All the lessons from that job helped prepare me for the next. Each successive nursing position required new and different skills necessitating more training and education.The same applies to owning a business. Today I handle things easily and successfully that seemed impossible 19 years ago. But that’s because I’ve been in training for what I do now ever since I became a nurse.

If you’re frustrated with your nursing career, don’t feel like you’ve thrown your life away. No experience or job is a waste. Everything you have done has trained you to move up to the next level. Above all, don’t let the fact that you’re not trained to climb Mount Everest stop you from pursuing your dreams of becoming an independent legal nurse consultant. Your nursing training and experience was the first step. Start the next step of your training today, and you will make that climb to start your successful legal nurse consultant business.

Lesson 6: The Nursing Process is Your Friend

When I left clinical nursing, I thought I could set aside the “nursing process” forever. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Business requires that same process of assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Every project I take on requires me to assess the possibilities and needs, diagnose the problems, plan how to achieve my goals, implement the plan and evaluate my results.

Your nursing jobs have prepared you well. You can apply the nursing process to any business situation and challenge. You will thank your nursing instructors for this one. Every time you review a medical-related case, interview with an attorney or face a challenge in running your business, you will rely on the process they taught you.

Lesson 7: Act Quickly and Decisively 

As an ICU nurse, I learned that seconds made a difference in patient outcome. That’s true for nurses in any specialty. I rarely had lots of time to ponder or brood over a clinical decision.

I have applied the same principles of acting quickly and decisively in business, too. Am I always correct? No. Do I make mistakes? Yes. Yet because of my nursing experience, I’m never paralyzed into inaction and I’ve been able to make the most of numerous opportunities I would have missed without acting quickly.

Don’t miss your chance to succeed. Learn to act quickly and decisively, and you will grow your legal nurse consultant business.

Lesson 8: What You Focus on is Where You Achieve Results 

This is a very important point on our list of 12 things nursing taught me about owning a business. In nursing I was often overwhelmed by short staffing, heavy caseloads and lack of support from hospital administration. I soon learned to triage and focus on what I needed to do to heal patients in this less-than-ideal environment. Nursing taught me that where I focus my time is where I achieve results.

That skill comes in handy in business. It’s as important to triage and prioritize your actions in business as it is when working with patients. Every day I’m confronted with dozens of challenges, five things that must be done at once, and 20 new creative ideas for my business, but I rarely panic. The organizational and multi-tasking skills I learned as a nurse have served me well.

When you start your legal nurse consultant business, you will not receive any extra hours in the day. In fact, the days will feel shorter. Even the general public knows that working conditions for RNs are worse than ever. Your ability to focus on what’s really important under these conditions is the perfect preparation for your successful legal nurse consultant practice.

Lesson 9: This is Just Business, It’s Not Breast Cancer 

Ministering to patients and family members helped me put life with all its problems and challenges into perspective. Today when I overreact to a problem or feel I’m in crisis, I think of sick and dying patients. I think, “Now fighting for your life is a REAL problem.”

In business I’ve had lots of ups and downs. When the down moments come, I remind myself, “This is business – not breast cancer.” This helps me focus positively on solving the problem rather than embarking on a pity party. I’ve thrown plenty of those “parties”, and they never helped me solve a single business problem.

As you grow your legal nurse consultant business, it helps to ask “So what if this month is not as successful as I planned?” or “So what if my best attorney-client retires?” and to remember it’s just business, not breast cancer.

Lesson 10: Illness Can Wake You Up

As a nurse I treated many patients who only began to live after they almost died. We’ve all had patients who said they are glad they got sick, because while they were well, they weren’t living the life they wanted. The health crisis forced them to wake up, reassess their lives, decide what was truly important to them, and go for it.

Not every day is a healthy business day. Some days I wake up to a disease challenge in my business. Surprisingly, it’s the business ills and mistakes that often awaken me to creative ways of injecting my business with new life.

If your career is facing a health crisis, this is your opportunity to wake up and change things for the better. Legal nurse consulting is one way to restore the health of your career.

Lesson 11: Business is Personal 

Even though technical skills are vital for an ICU nurse, the relationships with patients and their families were what mattered most to me. Those relationships paid off one day when I made a mistake. Because of our relationship, the patient requested that I continue being his nurse despite my error.

Legal nurse consulting is a service business where you will apply the same relationship principles you learned in nursing to your attorney-clients and prospects. Provide quality service and excellent work product that no other legal nurse consultant can replicate, and soon you’ll feel like you’re in a short-staffing situation all over again.

Lesson 12: Healthy Patients Take Care of Themselves

This is the final item on my list of 12 things nursing taught me about owning a business. We’ve all worked with healthy and unhealthy patients and we’ve seen the effects of poor health habits on the human body. The health of a pregnant woman is often dramatically reflected in the health of her offspring.

To run a successful company you must enjoy an optimal state of health. Give yourself permission to take care of yourself. I love my business, but I love myself more. After all, without a healthy me, I couldn’t muster the energy to give 110% to my clients and employees every day.

Every lesson I learned from nursing, I apply to my business today. You’ve already learned similar lessons yourself. You don’t need another hospital job to help you succeed in business. Take a moment to revel in all nursing has taught you. These lessons will multiply your success when you transfer them to your new legal nurse consulting practice.

How to Relieve Pain In 10 minutes! Stretches for nurses!

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We all know the struggle. As a nurse you are used to standing and walking around for 12 hours a day, and sometimes more. Not to mention, running may or may not be in the cards for you on any given work day. All of this stress on your feet often has us reaching for those compression socks, but what if I told you that there is another easy way to relieve the pain in your soles and legs after a long work day? 

The answer is stretching. Yes I know, it seems a little bit crazy. Although we typically only think about doing stretches when we exercise, stretching after work can be great for those who spend the majority of their day on their feet. The best part about this is that these stretches can be anything you want. Here are some specific stretches to relieve any aches that you have in your legs, back, and shoulders below. This is how you can relieve pain in 10 minutes! 

Stretch 1: The Standing Back Bend 

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This stretch is great for stretching out and relieving pain in the lower back. You can do this stretch by first standing up straight with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Next put the palms of your hands on the small of your back and slowly lean backwards. And there you have it! You can do this for as long and as often as you want. 

Stretch 2: The Ankle Cross Chair Stretch 

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This stretch works to relieve neck and upper back pain. The first step in this process is to sit in a chair with good back support. Next, you cross one of your legs over the other. (Your other leg should be positioned in your normal sitting position.) The final step is to hold onto your knee with both hands and slowly bring your chin forward. You can bring your chin to your knee all the way if you can’t, but if you can’t don’t worry. Just do the best you can! 

Stretch 3: The Seated Folding Stretch 

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This stretch also helps with upper back and neck pain. Similar to the previous stretch, the first step is to find a chair with good back support. You should sit down with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Next you slowly bend over as far as you can with your arms above your head. 

Stretch 4: The Lying Floor Stretch 

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You can do this stretch to help relieve neck and shoulder pain. You do this stretch by lying on the floor, bending your knees, and lifting your legs off the ground. Next you stretch one of your arms above your head and the other vertical to the ground. 

Stretch 5: The Arm Stretch (Sitting or Standing) 

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Like the above stretch, this stretch also works on stretching out the neck and shoulders. The first step to doing this stretch is standing or sitting upright with your feet secured onto the ground. The next step is to point your arm to the opposite side of your body as straight as you can. Then you wrap the other arm around it. (Your elbow should be pointed towards the ground.) For the best results, do the same process for both arms. 

Stretch 6: The Chin to Chest Stretch (Sitting or Standing) 

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This stretch mostly prevents neck and shoulder pain, but it can be used to relieve pain in these areas. It is great if you are trying to keep up a healthy lifestyle as well. You can do this stretch against the wall or freestanding. In addition, it can also be done in both a standing or sitting position. It works by moving the head slowly from a chin to chest position to back into a position where the back of your head is touching your shoulders. 

Stretching is a great option if you are looking for ways on how to relieve pain in 10 minutes.  It is completely understandable that after a long work day you do not want to sit and do an hour long exercise routine to loosen up. Luckily, stretching can take as much time as you want. Who could argue with such a quick and easy way to feel better? Your legs, feet, and beck will surely thank you for it!

14 Products on Amazon That Every Nurse Should Know

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We live in a world where most of us turn to amazon when we need to buy something fast. These could be things like gifts for other people, practical materials that you need, and even gifts that you buy for yourself. We have decided to compile a list of amazon listings that are useful for nurses and other medical professionals specifically. Sit back, relax, and have fun shopping! Here are 14 products on Amazon that every nurse should know about! 


1. CAVN PenLight For Nurses 

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If you work in a position where you need to check patients’ pupils frequently, then you understand the convenience of a PenLight. You will always need a pen, and you will likely also need a LED light on hand. This product combines the two to decrease the amount of things you have in your pockets! 

2. Titanium Bonded Bandage Shears 

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This product will be particularly useful for any nurse because, chances are, you will be working around some kind of gauze and bandages. These bandage shears are perfect for cutting bandages off safely and quickly. 

3. Compression Socks 

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As a nurse you are likely to spend most of your day on your feet. Unfortunately, this also means you might experience leg and feet pain along with swelling. Compression socks work to relieve this pain and reduce swelling though. Be sure to order some for yourself if pain and swelling has been a problem for you! 

4. Protective Safety Glasses 

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Nursing can be a pretty messy profession. Therefore, you might benefit from safety glasses or goggles. The fact that these are a lifesaver is an understatement. This is especially true for those who work on floors where things are bound to get messy, such as the ER. 

5. “Friends” Inspired Nurse Badge Reel 

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There are many different badge reels for sale on the internet. This is because they are a necessary part of work life if you work in the medical field. However, if you are a fan of the hit TV show “Friends”, you are in luck! This badge reel combines the “Friends” logo style with the word nurse. 

6. The Pocket Drug Guide For Nurses 

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It is impossible for anyone to memorize every drug on the market, their side effects, and the way they react with other medications. However, this useful pocket book is a drug guide for nurses. Not only will this purchase save you time, but it will also help you to avoid making potentially dangerous mistakes. 

7. Women’s Slip on Walking Shoes

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Like we mentioned before, as a nurse you spend most of your day on your feet. As a result, comfortable shoes are a must. Here is an amazon listing for comfortable walking shoes. You will thank yourself for buying these later!

8. Slip Resistant Work Clogs (Crocs) 

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Here is another link to comfortable work shoes. These are slip resistant clog style crocs. Whether you choose these or another style of comfortable work shoe is completely up to you and is based on personal preference. 

9. The Nurse Coloring Book 

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Nursing can be a very stressful career, so many nurses look for stress relieving activities. One of the easiest stress relievers you can take up is coloring. It’s cheap and doesn’t take up a lot of time. You can even do it in front of the TV! Here is an adult coloring book that is made specifically for nurses.

10. “Chicken Soup For The Soul” For Nurses 

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As stated above, being a nurse can be stressful. Therefore, there might be some days that you could benefit from having some inspiration. The “Chicken Soup For The Soul” series is a fairly famous series of books that compiles short stories from various points of view that provide the reader with inspiration. This book is a compilation of nurses’ stories aimed to inspire other nurses. 

11. Hard Stethoscope Carrying Case 

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This carrying case is a good purchase for anyone who is trying to get organized at work. This product provides an organized place to put your stethoscope, ID, pens, and other medical supplies. Like many of the other objects on this list, it comes in a variety of different color options. 

12. Stethoscope (in a Variety of Colors) 

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Every nurse needs a stethoscope. This is great for a new nurse or anyone who wants to get a new stethoscope in a different color. With this amazon listing you are sure to find a stethoscope in a color that you like!

13. Fingertip Pulse Oximeter 

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This is a useful tool to have when you are a nurse. Although you can find a pulse through your stethoscope or other machines in the hospital, having a fingertip pulse oximeter will make the process faster and easier. It can save a lot of time, especially when it’s a busy work day. 

14. Stethoscope Tape Holder

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This is the final item on our list of 14 products on Amazon that every nurse should know about. Tape is another supply that a nurse often needs throughout the day. This holder goes on your stethoscope, so you will always have it on hand!

How to Pick the Best Nursing Program For You

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There are many things to consider when choosing a nursing program, and this can be pretty stressful. However, when you break it down finding a nursing school might be simpler than you had originally believed. There is definitely the right nursing program out there that fits your lifestyle and budget. You just need to know what you are looking for! Here is some advice on how to pick the best nursing program for you. 

1. Choose Your Program Type 

There are many different types of nursing programs to choose from. You could go for your LPN, which typically only takes about a year to complete. This program is the quickest to finnish, but also usually has a lower salary than the other nursing positions with more schooling. If you are looking for something more you could also go for an ADN, which takes around 2 to 3 years to complete. A BSN is the most recommended for RNs, however; because there tends to be more hiring opportunities. You can find out more about why you should go for your BSN in our article here. There are also options for various masters degrees and doctorate degrees to become a specialized nurse or nurse practitioner if you want to go above and beyond in your studies. 

2. Asses Cost 

Most people have a budget to think about when considering nursing schools. Although there are things like financial aid, scholarships, and grants to help you afford a program, this is still an important factor to think about when making your decision. Of course you will need to take tuition costs into account, but things like housing costs and the costs of school materials definitely should not be forgotten about. It is always good to remain realistic. You might even thank yourself later on in life for thinking about this. 

3. Choose an Online or In-Person Program 

You do have the option to choose between an online or in-person nursing program. Which one you choose completely depends on your present life situation. Online programs are great if you need a bit more flexibility and would like to be at home more often than an in-person program would allow. Meanwhile, in-person classes may be better for those who need a more hands on approach to learning. If you fall somewhere in between, you are in luck! Many nursing school programs give you the option to take a mixture of online and in person classes. There are also night classes available for those who are still working or have other obligations during the day. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of taking nursing classes online, you can check out this article

4. Make a Pro/Con List 

Once you have decided on your budget and whether you are going to attend an online or in-person program, you may have narrowed down your choices a bit. However, this does not necessarily mean that choosing your nursing school is any easier at this point. Making a pro/con list is a valuable tool to help you with getting through this final step though. Writing things down that you like and dislike about each program can help you to see which school is most practical for you to enroll into. If you need some help with creating your nursing program pro/con list, you can get some advice in an article here

5. Ask Others For Advice 

In addition to creating a pro/con list for your nursing school choices, asking others for advice can also be very valuable when making your decision. This is our final item in our list of tips for how to pick the best nursing program for you. In reality, you could ask anyone for their opinion.  Seasoned nurses, nursing school students, and recent nursing school graduates may be among the most helpful though. They can really give you an idea for what to look for in a nursing program. In addition, graduates or current nursing students can let you know what a particular nursing school or program is really like. 

10 Tips To Help You Ace The NCLEX Exam

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Preparing for a test that is as important  as the NCLEX can be pretty nerve wracking. However, getting ready  for this test may be simpler than you might have originally believed. Like studying for exams in nursing school, studying for the NCLEX should be done over time, which helps with taking the pressure off. Here are 10 tips to help you ace the NCLEX exam.

1. Know How It Works 

Our first to on our list of 10 tips to help you ace the NCLEX exam is knowing how the test itself works. Knowing how the NCLEX works will help you to  prepare better while studying. It will also help with easing some of your nerves on test day. Everyone has an allotted time of six hours to take the test unless otherwise specified, and the number of test questions varies between which NCLEX exam that you take. The NCLEX PN test has 85 to 205 questions, which includes 10 unscored practice questions. Meanwhile, the NCLEX RN test has 75 to 265 questions. Both exams are computerized adaptive tests. This means that the questions start off easy and increase in difficulty the more questions that you answer correctly. There is a ‘pass line’, so you just need to get above this to pass the exam. When you begin you are on the line, and every question you get right or wrong will put you higher or lower on the scale respectively. You can find out more about computerized adaptive testing here

2. Don’t Procrastinate 

Procrastinating is not your friend when it comes to preparing for this exam. The NCLEX tests the knowledge that you have accumulated over years of studying, so it is only natural that you will need plenty of time to brush up on old concepts to perform well. Creating a long term study schedule can help you to avoid procrastination. 

3. Create A Long Term Study Schedule

As mentioned before, creating a long term study schedule can help you to avoid procrastination. This step may seem daunting, but it is much easier than you may think. All you need to do is set aside days of the week and times that you will study consistently over an extended period of time. This is entirely customizable to how much time before the exam that you feel you need to prepare and how much time that you think you need to study each week. 

4.Make Study Goals 

Having a goal for each study session will make your studying more productive. These goals can be anything you want from memorizing  a certain number of flash cards to mastering broad concepts. It will make you feel more accomplished after studying as well. We have another great article on study tips if you are looking for more ways to optimize your study time. 

5. Know Your Learning Style 

Knowing the way that you learn best is another way to get the most out of your study time. Considering you have already gone through nursing school, you probably have a pretty good idea on what kind of learning strategies work best for you. If you do not know how your learning style, however; here is a quiz to help you figure it out. 

6. Do Practice Questions 

Practice questions are essential for helping you see what you have and have not mastered yet. This will help you to focus your studying on your weaker areas. Doing lots of practice questions close to the exam helps you better prepare for the test as well. 

7. Don’t Be Afraid To Buy Some Study Materials 

Although there are many free study materials for the NCLEX out there, don’t be afraid to purchase some materials as well. There are many beneficial books and practice questions that need to be bought, but they are definitely worth your while. 

8. Remember Your Test Taking Skills 

The NCLEX is an extremely important test, so it is crucial that you remember some test taking skills. For example, don’t psych yourself out over specific questions. If a question seems easy that does not necessarily mean you are failing. Just focus on the question at hand, use deductive reasoning, and read the questions fully. You can find more test taking tips for CAT exams here

9. Don’t Psych Yourself Out Before The Exam 

It is crucial that you don’t psych yourself out too much before the exam. Although it is normal to feel nervous, you should not spend your time the night before the exam cramming. Instead make sure that you are well rested and completely ready for the exam. Going to bed early, putting gas in your car the night before, and making yourself a nice breakfast are some things that you can do to set yourself up for success while also calming your nerves. 

10. Remember, You Got This!

Throughout all of this it is important to remember that you got this! You have already made it through nursing school, and this is just one more test before you get your license. The finish line is so close, and you will make it there! 

Healthy Lifestyle Tips That Every Nurse Should Know

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Nurses are some of the best people to go to with health advice. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they live the healthiest lifestyles themselves. In fact, nursing can be a very stressful and demanding career, so falling into unhealthy habits is unfortunately an easy thing to do. However, living a healthy lifestyle as a nurse is definitely possible. Here are some healthy lifestyle tips that every nurse should know. 

1. Eat A Healthy Diet 

Eating a balanced diet is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. If you exercise, but you eat junk food everyday, you are still likely to feel sluggish and unwell. Therefore, it is important that your diet includes plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Packing lunches for work and planning healthy home meals ahead of time are good ways to make this part of your life more healthy if you have found yourself eating lots of fast foods. As a nurse, we are sure that you have learned all of the elements of a healthy diet, but here is a breakdown of a balanced diet if you would like a refresher. 

2. Have an Exercise Routine 

Similar to a balanced diet, there are plenty of health benefits to having an exercise routine. It can be hard to have a daily routine with changing schedules and long shifts. However, you can see health improvements from exercising even only a couple of times a week. It is important to remember that everyone’s bodies are different, so exercise routines can be highly individualized. You may benefit more from certain workout types that others do not. For help with creating an exercise routine that is right for you, here is an article on how to create an exercise routine for beginners

3. Try to Get Enough Sleep 

In the nursing field it is infamously known that nurses get little sleep during the work week. Although this is sometimes unavoidable, it is important that you get a good night’s rest whenever you can. This will make you feel better, be more productive, and get more enjoyment out of life in general. It also tends to make it safer for you to practice medicine as well. Although it can be hard, it is important that you get your much needed sleep. 

4. Manage Stress 

As mentioned before, nursing can be a very stressful and demanding career, so learning some skills about managing stress can be very beneficial. Exercising can be a great way to relieve stress. Another option for stress management is meditation. By combining meditation and breathing exercises, it helps to calm you down after a stressful day. You can even practice breathing exercises during a stressful or anxiety inducing event as a healthy coping mechanism. You can combine exercise and meditation as well through yoga. Yoga is a particularly excellent choice for those who are looking for low intensity workouts. We have an excellent article about how yoga can help with stress management here

5. Create a Healthy Work-Life Balance 

Although it is normal for a career to be a big part of a person’s life, it is important that you create a healthy work-life balance for a healthy lifestyle. If work is too much of a focus, then stress and anxiety are more likely to be a focus in your life as well. However, if work is not a big enough focus in someone’s life, then they are less likely to be successful in their career. We have a great article on how to create a healthy work-life balance here if you are interested in learning more! 

6. Advocate for Yourself 

The final, and possibly most important, tip on our list of healthy lifestyle tips that every nurse should know is advocating for yourself. If you come to find yourself feeling burned out with your job, then there are things that you can do. Changing your area of specialty, trying out travel nursing, or even taking a break or making a career change can help you to improve your happiness. It is important to know that it is completely ok to make life plan changes after discovering that you are too stressed and/or unhappy with your current situation. Sometimes even just experiencing a change in management can make you feel better. It can be difficult to see the signs and symptoms of burnout. However, we have another great article on how to spot the signs of burnout

10 Great Nurse Gift Ideas That Are Sure To Leave Them Smiling

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Buying gifts can be a stressful and tricky process, especially when you don’t know the person you are buying a gift for too well. This is why we have compiled a list of gift ideas that are tailored to nurses and nursing students specifically. These gifts are great for nurses of all ages and specialties, and they are sure to make nursing school graduations, birthdays, the holidays, and all other gift giving occasions much easier for you. From coffee mugs to compression socks, here are 10 great nurse gift ideas that are sure to leave them smiling. 

1. Compression Socks 

Nurses are typically on their feet for their entire shift, which can cause pain and swelling due to poor circulation. Compression socks help with improving circulation and making those 12 hour shifts more bearable. This is great for any nurse, because everyone could always use a new pair of socks. You can also order custom compression socks to make this gift extra special. 

2. Hand cream or Lotion 

Like poor circulation, long shifts can cause dry skin due to a lack of moisturization. Hand creams and lotions are a great way to remind the nurse you have in mind to take care of themselves. As an added bonus, many scents are also calming agents. Just make sure that they don’t have sensitive skin before you make any purchases. 

3. Badge Reel 

Nurses don’t often get to express themselves through their scrubs at work, especially if their workplace has strict dress codes. However, a personalized badge reel will give a splash of color to their scrubs Etsy is a great website for ordering personalized products. You can also visit sites like Pinterest for inspiration if you are interested in creating this gift yourself too. 

4. Stethoscope ID Tag 

Like a badge reel, a personalized stethoscope ID tag can allow for nurses to express themselves. More importantly though, it can help with distinguishing stethoscopes. This can be an annoying part of work life in the medical field. As an added benefit to this gift, this is another safe option for all nurses that you know.  As mentioned, you can find these personalized items on sites like Etsy, and you can look on Pinterest for inspiration if you want to make this yourself. 

5. New Stethoscope 

This is a great gift for a new nurse that has just completed nursing school. All nurses need stethoscopes. There are also stethoscopes available in fun colors for nurses who are already equipped with one. 

6. Travel Mug 

Coffee is an essential part to most nurses’ lives, and they are typically always on the move. Therefore, you can’t go wrong with giving a nurse a travel coffee mug as a gift. This is great because it is functional, can be used everyday, and can be personalized for the gift receiver. It is also a great gift idea for nursing students!

7. Fun New Coffee Mug 

If you don’t think that a travel mug is necessary then you could also go for a basic mug. These can also be personalized and are great for both nurses and nursing students. You have the option to order this custom or go to a store with a wide selection. 

8. Wine Glasses 

This is a great idea for nurses who enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a long work day. These can also be personalized for the nurse in mind. Many stores also have a large selection of fun wine glasses available. It is important that they recognize the difference between average work stress and burnout, however. We have a great article that explains the signs of burnout that can be found here.  

9. New Pens 

This is another great gift for both nurses and nursing students. Nursing students take a lot of notes, and many people like to color code these as well. For these people colored pens are a great option, because frequent note taking can dry pens out pretty quickly. This is also a great option for nurses that do a lot of paperwork or hand written charting. 

10.  School Supplies (nursing Students) 

As mentioned before, nurses take a lot of notes. They also do a lot of highlighting. For this reason, it is not uncommon for nurses to be running out of school supplies all the time. School supplies can be a great gift or gesture for nursing students. If you are a nursing student yourself then you may be interested in our article about helpful study tips.