Nursing Blog

Men in Nursing: The Need for Workforce Diversity

Men in Nursing

Over the last century a gender inequality revolution has happened. In many parts of the country the idea of men as “bread winners” and women as “home makers” has slowly eroded into history. But one group has not seen dramatic changes in gender equality: men in nursing. As of 2010, men represented only 7 percent of all registered nurses. Quite a mind blowing statistic when … (Read More)

High Demand for North Dakota Nurses in Rural Communities

High Demand for Nurses in Rural North Dakota Communities

The North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBN) reports that the state is experiencing rapid growth and high demand in the nursing field, but is finding difficulty filling positions. Some of the highest need positions are the licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Finding nursing professionals to take jobs in rural North Dakota communities is a challenge. Many hospitals … (Read More)

Minnesota debates CRNAs giving spinal pain injections

Minnesota bill allows CRNAs to give spinal pain injections

ST. PAUL, MN – Spinal pain injections are commonly used to treat agonizing pain in the neck and lower back. This treatment requires an injection into the spinal area, which typically includes steroids and a numbing medicine. In most medical facilities these injections are delivered by highly skilled physicians. Local NBC coverage at the Minnesota capitol shows physicians giving a presentation to lawmakers in opposition … (Read More)

Nurses, Caregivers and Elderly Abuse in Nursing Homes

Elderly Abuse in Nursing Homes

Almost every day there is an article in the news about a nurse or caregiver accused of abusing or neglecting their patients. The National Center on Elderly Abuse (NCEA), Administration on Aging, is one of the only organizations that produces a national study attempting to define the scope of elderly abuse. According to the study it isn’t nurses who are mostly responsible for elderly abuse. … (Read More)

Tracking Technology Improving Nurse Workflow and Staffing

Heat map visualization of nurse activity.

Celebration Health, a hospital located in Kissimmee, FL is giving light praises to its initial testing of an electronic work flow tracking technology. In 2011 the hospital began piloting a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) developed by Stanley Healthcare in a 32-bed surgical unit. The hospital is using the system to visualize the movement and activity of nurses and other hospital staff. Thus far the … (Read More)