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Righting a Wrong: Ethics & Professionalism in Nursing

Trusted implicitly by the public for myriad reasons, nurses’ collective and individual ethical sense is one of the underpinnings of a profession with a long history of public service for the common good.   The notion that nurses are voted the most ethical and trustworthy professionals in the United States year after year in the Gallup poll may seem

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Career

How Should APRNs List Their Credentials?

APRNs should list their credentials in a manner consistent with the certifying board. This will be either the ANCC or the AANP.  The American Nurses Credentialling Center (ANCC) has set guidelines for the proper order to display nursing credentials at all levels of nursing degrees and certifications. The reason behind this is to establish a

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Career

The Nurse’s Comeback: Getting Your Act Together After a Mistake

Shame. Panic. Embarrassment. Fear. When you make a mistake as a nurse, it can feel like the very world has come to an end. Nursing and healthcare are high-stakes propositions. Since nurses and their multidisciplinary colleagues are unavoidably fallible human beings, errors of judgment or action are bound to occur. Thus, when mistakes

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Career

If You Fail the AANP Exam, Can You Take the ANCC Exam?

The AANP and ANCC are certification examinations taken after graduation from an accredited nurse practitioner program. The exams are now recognized by each certifying board, but one (ANCC) is more focused on theory and research and the other (AANP) on clinical skills and knowledge. It’s important to note that this is evolving

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Pharmacology

The Importance of Pharmacology to Medical Coding

Medical coding is used to paint a picture of the patient’s medical history including diagnoses, care and treatment for historical purposes, insurance authorization and for reimbursement purposes.  The medical coder needs to have a strong knowledge base and understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. Coders also need to understand the

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Nursing Industry

Why Are Travel Nurses Paid So Much?

Travel nurses have been utilized as a solution for staffing problems for years. With the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, it’s no exception how important travelers can be when finding sufficient staff presents itself as a challenge.  Nurses who love to follow their passions — travel, meeting new people, winter sports,

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Career

How to Prioritize Patients As a Nurse

One of the biggest challenges in nursing is how to prioritize patients as a nurse. For the student or novice nurse, prioritization is one of the most difficult tasks to understand and to undertake. Seasoned nurses with lots of practice hours and experience seem to come by it more naturally and

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Nursing Industry

Top Mental Health Resources for Nurses

Every nurse knows that maintaining one’s mental health amidst the stress of a nursing career can often be a challenge. Stress, moral injury, long hours and overwork, bullying and lateral violence, and being exposed to others’ pain and suffering can be overwhelming and lead to compassion fatigue, burnout, and other

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Nursing Industry

What Types of Abuse are Nurses Mandated to Report?

One of the most important aspects of a nursing career is managing the responsibility of being a mandated reporter. Together with reporting it is vital to understand what types of abuse or neglect they are mandated to report and the process for reporting.  Mandated reporting means timely making an official

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Nursing Industry

Breast Cancer in Nursing

October is traditionally known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Friday, October 22, 2021, is Wear it Pink Day. This is a day to wear pink in honor of those who are actively fighting and those who have passed. It’s also a day dedicated to massive fundraising for breast cancer research. 

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