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Teacher Unions and Preparing for the Future

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help teachers unionsOver the past few months and the last few days there have been large headlines and many high profile fights brewing over the role of public employees and how their compensation should be measured against that of private workers. To be sure there can be valid arguments made that while a country, state, or municipality is suffering budget issues that public employees would have to make adjustments to salary, furloughs, benefit packages, or pension plans.  Teachers and other public employees will correctly say that over the past fifteen years in negotiating their contracts that concessions were made concerning short term gains in exchange for better pension plans that are now under assault. There is very little a lone teacher can do to fight against these winds of change which means that a teacher’s best option is to do the best they can to prepare for what these changes could mean to the career path they have chosen. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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Health Benefits of Grapes – Guest Post

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eating healthy grapesI am a bit behind and have not had the opportunity yet to post on this site some additional good news. I was able to get another guest post published this week.

This time the article is a bit different than many might have expected but I like that there might be more that I can contriubute aside from of course knowing and writing about the virtues of nurses continuing their education.

The article this time is about the health benefits of eating grapes.

Excerpt:

 

“A diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables provides long term health benefits, but certain types pack an even more powerful nutritive punch.  Blueberries, pomegranates, and bananas are well known for their health benefits, but did you know that grapes also possess some of their own unique qualities?”

If that is interesting enough to you and you got to have some more you can read more about eating grapes by clicking here.

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February 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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Taking Care of your Feet – Guest Post

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Foot care guest post articleGreat news! Today there was another guest post article of mine published.

Excerpt: “Unless they’re on the beach or in summer sandals, our feet are often ignored – until they start causing pain. From retail workers to nurses, many people are on their feet all day – and can experience painful, overworked feet at the end of a long shift.”

To read the entire article please got to the site I Told You I Was Sick.

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January 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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Curriculum Included in MSN Degree in Leadership Programs

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nursing-school-studentsResponding to rapidly developing changes in the healthcare industry, many nursing schools are transforming their MSN in Administration degree programs into “MSN in Leadership in Healthcare Systems” degree programs.  While the courses required for both degrees are largely analogous, the MSN in Leadership in Healthcare System is tailored to prepare graduates for dynamic leadership across the full spectrum of healthcare environments.  Never before has the need for highly skilled and visionary healthcare leaders been greater and never before has effective leadership meant securing acumen over a wider range of knowledge.  The MSN/Leadership in Healthcare Systems degree prepares students to address all aspects of current trends and long term outlooks for leaders in healthcare professions. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Travel Nurse Information – Guest Post

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nurses who travelVery good news today because we have gotten another guest post published today. Here is an exert:

“If you are thinking about joining ranks with the over 25, 000 travel nurses in the United States who travel to exciting destinations while earning a solid income, consider the fact that your professional reputation will follow you from place to place. Agencies that recommend and place nurses keep records and share information with potential employers. ”

If you are now interested in reading the entire article please go to:

http://travelnursingblogs.com/travel-nursing/professionalism-travel-nurse/

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January 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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Nurses – Unions – Benefits – Salary

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californiaprogressreport.comSo first they came for the garbage men, and we did nothing. Then they came for the teachers, and we did nothing. Then they came for the police and firemen, and we did nothing. Now it is becoming ever more clear that the big money interests are now going to go after nurses, their unions, and most importantly their compensation.

In an article today in the New York Times about possible nurse strikes happening both in NY and in California it has become clear that the same argument made to go after teacher unions is being used for nurses as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

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Is Nursing Management a Good Career for a Nurse

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traditional-nurseMore and more staff nurses are choosing to pursue a career in nurse management and administration.  Nurse Managers tend to enjoy a less frenetic schedule and are seen as motivating and responsible leaders and role models among their staff. This is a challenging and often stress-filled career, but for the right person, the professional and financial rewards are great.

Job Description

A nurse manager oversees and supervises health care operations in hospitals, nursing homes, community health care facilities and more.  This position requires the supervision of nursing staff and financial resources to ensure the delivery of safe, cost effective nursing care.  Nursing managers monitor the quality, clinical standards and professional development of their nursing staff.

Other duties associated with nurse management may include:

  • Recruitment of staff and human resource management
  • Preparation and management of budgets
  • Development and implementation of nursing policies and objectives as they pertain to staff, units and community groups
  • Controlling, evaluating and monitoring staff performance
  • Performing studies and research to assess the effectiveness of his/her unit’s nursing services as they relate to policies, objectives and financial resources
  • Developing relationships with community agencies and other health and education providers

Becoming a Nurse Manager

For individuals wanting to advance in the nursing profession, nurse management is a good option.  Most RNs start as staff nurses in a hospital, but may opt to move into a leadership position.  Solid experience and good performance evaluations can launch you into an administrative role that allows you to lead others and be part of a facility’s decision-making process. If you have excellent communication and negotiation skills, sound judgment and leadership abilities, nursing management is a career worth exploring.

In nurse management, there are several ways to advance.  You can go from an assistant unit manager or head nurse to a more senior-level roles like assistant director, director, vice-president or even chief of nursing.  As the job prospects grow for this field, hospitals are requiring advanced degrees or health services administration.

 

Education

Almost all nurse manager positions will require at least a BSN, and most will prefer that you have your MS in Nursing Administration.  Coursework and areas of study will cover the concepts and skills of management and administration, financial management, conflict resolution, effective communication and leadership skills and health policy development, and how to cultivate a leadership relationship with your staff.

Salary and Job Prospects

Salaries for nurse managers typically range from around $50,000 to more than $100,000, depending on your experience, training, and education.  Job prospects for nurse managers are very strong and the field is expected to grow significantly in the next five to ten years.

Nursing management is a excellent career path to consider if you are interested in doing something non-clinical and less intensely-paced, but still based at a hospital.

As with any other career, nursing management can be both challenging and rewarding.  Nursing management may not be for everyone, but it might be for you!  This specialized field requires unique skills and knowledge for in order to be successful and effective. If you have the right education and experience combined with excellent leadership skills and communication abilities, you may perfect for this career path.

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December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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