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Remember your first code?  That time when you see that first patient under your care go into respiratory or cardiac arrest?  Haven't had one yet?  It will come, soon enough.

Responding to a code takes some training.  Simulation has gone a long way in helping new healthcare providers respond better to that first emergency.  It doesn't mean that first time doesn't make you freeze up; make you cold with fear that whatever you do will not be enough; of having to talk to the family, comfort them if things do not go well.

Any emergency response requires training.  Anyone who thinks that in the face of danger, they will respond heroically and with a clear head has never actually been in that kind of situation.  Ask any soldier who has gone through battle and many will tell you the first time in the face of real danger did not necessarily go as they had been told in training.  They did not necessarily respond as they thought they would, as they would have wished.

It is the fallacy…

Did you hear? Nurses are the most trustworthy profession in the US AGAIN!

Update Your Ethics

The International Council of Nurses is the international representative body for nurses worldwide.  They work with professional nursing organizations and countries to help create supportive policies for nurses and their clinical practice.

Their most recent addition to the policy world is their revised code of ethics.  "The 2012 revised edition includes the nurse’s role in developing and sustaining a core of professional values, creating a positive practice environment, maintaining safe, equitable social and economic working conditions, sustaining and protecting the natural environment and contributing to an ethical organizational environment."

You can access the Code here for free in PDF format:

And while you're there, take a look around to see what ICN has to offer.  Get to know your global representative!

Where the Jobs Are: 2012 Report

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) published their most recent report about employment rates for new graduate nurses at the bachelor's and masters levels.

The good news:

Employers prefer BSN graduates these days and those preferences are reflected in hiring numbers.Job offers at the time of graduation for BSN nurses doubled between 2011 and 2012 to 57%.There is no variation between public or private nursing schools in terms of job offer rates.Four to six months after graduation, 88% of new graduate BSNs had jobs.MSN graduate were the most likely group to have jobs at graduation and within four months of graduation. The bad news:

Geography matters for job placement. There are more jobs in the Midwest and South.  The West has the fewest.New associate degree and diploma program graduates are facing more barriers to hiring in hospital settings.  Slowly, their job options are becoming limited to long term care facilities and other non-acute care settings.Major urban …