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Coming Soon - Regular Features

I've received a lot of positive feedback about the blog so, thank you!  In light of that, I've decided to do some regular posts on specific topics.  You can sign up to receive emails of the posts above.   

Here are the working titles and suggestions are welcome.  

Surviving Spinning Plates
  • For new graduate nurses, these posts will include survival tips for getting through the first year.  Evidence-based, of course!  The NPR post about nurses and their working conditions inspired the title.
  • For experienced nurses, share your stories from the frontlines and what you do to get through the day and make sure your patients get excellent care.
Global Health Careers
  • A frequent question from my students is how to build a career in global health.  Posts here will offer some case examples and advice from experienced nurses who work around the world on the frontlines, making policy, and conducting research.
Conversations with M&J
  • Veterans from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan need effective help from nurses.  Two former students, M&J have offered to have a conversation a couple of times a month to offer advice to bedside nurses for how to best care for vets.  Both M&J were medics in the wars.
Back to School
  • The 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute of Medicine "Future of Nursing" report  set the stage for major changes in the profession.  It also means more opportunities than ever before for nurses with advanced degrees, but which one do you choose?  Will a masters be enough or is a doctorate in order for your future dreams?  This section will cover the pros and cons of different advanced degrees in nursing, along with what you need to do to be prepared for graduate school.
The Job Hunt
  • I'll continue with inspired stories from students seeking their first nursing jobs and some helpful job search stratgies.
  • Reserved for snippets from around the web that you all might find noteworthy for clinical practice or influence policies that directly affect you and your work.  When I'm out of the country, I'll also highlight some stories of nurses from wherever I've landed. 

Starting May 29, 2012, start looking for the regular features.


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