For Nurses by Nurses

Preparing for the Future

Knowing how to develop your professional understanding is vital to being nurse. Going to seminars, reading journals and keeping current with updates in health practices is a common requirement for nursing professionals. That is why setting yourself up for change and the future is your first stepping stone to building a great foundation of development.

Kate Birrell in her article ‘Shaping the Future’ in ACN’s The Hive magazine mentions how taking advantage of the ‘power of now’ is the best way to control your future.

“When I look back at my career, being ready for the ‘now’  has been very important.”says Kate

Taking a hold of the opportunities you are presented with now will help reveal where your future is situated. By applying yourself to learning and development courses you will be set for the future in your role. By taking advantage of the ones you are presented with rather than passing them by, you will be setting yourself up for further developments in your field when you find an opportunity that interests you presents itself. Rather than skipping the course, you would instead be filling in the missing link between your current understanding and the future.

These conferences and events are also a fantastic way to build your support network.

“… an important aspect of nursing leadership is to build your support networks.” says Kate Birrell

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Canada: Nursing profession swells with young recruits while older workers stay on the job

Nursing profession swells with young recruits while older workers stay on the job

By Charlie Fidelman, GAZETTE Health Reporter October 8, 2013

What nursing shortage?

A national portrait by the Canadian Institute for Health Information made public on Tuesday says the actual number of working nurses has grown by seven per cent in the last five years, outpacing growth in the Canadian labour force and population.

The number of nurses employed in Canada reached a total of 365,420 in 2012 — up by seven per cent since 2008. The profession is swelling with young recruits while older nurses are staying on the job, said CIHI spokesperson Andrea Porter-Chapman.

Yet despite the increases, hospitals continue to reduce or delay surgeries because they don’t have enough nurses to staff operating rooms and intensive care units.

Whether a province, region or community has enough nurses on hand is related to the population’s needs, its age, as well as to the distribution of the workforce and services, Porter-Chapman said.

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Canadian Nurses Association Says ‘It’s About Time’

Canadian Nurses Association Says ‘It’s About Time’               

Ottawa, October 28, 2013 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) campaign to raise awareness about nurse practitioners (NPs), which focuses on how NPs improve access to quality health care and reduce wait times, is being launched today in Ontario. More than four million Canadians are without access to a primary health care provider, while those that have one often have difficulty accessing care. The result is an unsustainable, heavily burdened and overcrowded health-care system. As the national professional voice of registered nurses (RNs), CNA strongly believes that adding more NPs will improve access, lead to a greater number of health-care options and enhance care for the whole patient.

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Greater Toronto Area Recruiting

From: CTV News September 2013

TORONTO — An Ontario hospital is turning Quebec’s proposed restrictions on  religious clothing in the public sector into a recruiting drive.

Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, Ont., is putting out an ad on social media and  in Montreal’s McGill student newspaper seeking doctors and nurses.

The poster depicts a woman wearing a hijab and a stethoscope with the  slogan, “We don’t care what’s on your head, we care what’s in it.”


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New Docuseries “Scrubbing In” What do You Think of It?

Nurses have a PR problem?


The Globe and Mail

That’s the view of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, which is fed up with the “negative” image of nurses seen in the media – where they are too often portrayed as a profession of ” ‘doctors’ handmaidens,’ ‘battleaxes,’ and most prominent of all, ”naughty nurses.’ ”

The ONA, which is the union representing nurses in Ontario, is objecting to the new MTV reality series, Scrubbing In, which features a cast of buxom, hard-partying young nurses in California. Judging by the trailer, the cast is also shown in their workplaces, caring for patients and problem-solving before partying at night. (There is at least one male nurse in the cast.) But a letter from the Ontario association sees the many scenes depicting the nurses’ steamy nightlife as demeaning to the profession.

BUT – what do you think?

This is a link to the trailer for the series:


High workloads will see more nurses quit

A new workforce survey reveals that an increased number of experienced nurses and midwives will leave the profession over the next 12 months due to high workloads caused by inadequate nurse to patient ratios.

The national survey of the attitudes of nurses and midwives, conducted for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) by the Monash University Department of Management, found that:

•23% of nurses and midwives were likely to leave the profession in the next year (an 8 percent increase on last year);
•33% frequently thought about leaving;
•41% will explore other career opportunities.

ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said nurses and midwives who responded to the survey across the health, mental health and aged care sectors also expressed concern that poor staffing levels and skill mixes contributed to high levels of stress among staff and compromised safe patient care – with 23% working double shifts.

Source: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation


Nursing students lack effective role models for infection prevention

Nursing students lack effective role models for infection prevention: Study

06 Sep 2013

100 percent of student nurses surveyed observed lapses in infection prevention and control practices during their clinical placements, according to a British study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Infection prevention and control (IPC) education is a fundamental component of the nursing curriculum, but little is understood about nursing students’ experience of IPC in the clinical setting when they are learning by observing qualified practitioners. Researchers at Cardiff University and City University, London conducted an anonymous online survey among nursing students in the United Kingdom to identify how often they witnessed a range of possible lapses in IPC during their clinical practicums.

All of the 488 students who completed the 19-question survey reported witnessing at least one instance of non-compliance, with the most frequently observed events relating to hand hygiene. More than 75 percent of the 488 respondents saw healthcare workers fail to clean hands between patients, and 60 percent saw healthcare workers wearing nail polish or nail extensions. Other lapses observed by more than half of survey respondents included failure to comply with isolation precautions, inadequate cleaning of the patient environment, not changing personal protective clothing between patients, and poor handling of sharp instruments.

The students commented most often about the poor IPC habits of physicians, specifically with regard to hand hygiene, handling and disposal of sharp instruments, and failure to use sterile techniques during insertion of medical devices. All occupational groups were criticized for touching the face, biting nails, and scratching during patient care.

“Overall, the findings support the conclusions of earlier researchers who explored experiences of IPC in the clinical setting,” state the authors. “Qualified staff provided poor role models for student nurses. The findings of this study indicate the need for better role models for student nurses.”

The study’s limitations included the fact that the survey was only available to nursing students who were members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and that only a small proportion of student nurses belonging to RCN accessed and completed the survey.


Elsevier Health Sciences. “Nursing students lack effective role models for infection prevention: Study.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 6 Sep. 2013. Web.
10 Sep. 2013.


Call for Abstracts: 8th ICN INP/APNN Conference

The 8th ICN INP/APNN Conference will be hosted by the Finnish Nurses Association, a member of European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), and will take place in Helsinki (Finland) from 18 to 20 August 2014.

The abstract submission is now open, and will be performed only electronically by using the on-line submission system. It will close on 30 September 2013 (by midnight GMT). All abstracts should be submitted by this date. After this date you can no longer submit, replace or withdraw a paper.

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Top Grad Schools USA

Source: US News

In fall 2010, surveys were conducted for 2011 rankings of schools of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (response rate: 61 percent); healthcare management programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (76 percent); master’s programs in nursing accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (33 percent); graduate nurse anaesthesia programs accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anaesthesia Educational Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anaesthetists (49 percent); graduate nurse-midwifery programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (59 percent); physician assistant programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (45 percent); rehabilitation counsellor education programs accredited by the Commission on Standards and Accreditation: Council on Rehabilitation Education (40 percent); and veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (48 percent). Peer surveys were conducted by the market research firm Synovate.

The nursing specialty programs are ranked based solely on input from educators at peer nursing institutions, who nominated up to 10 schools for excellence in each area; schools with the most votes are listed.

The number of schools surveyed were: audiology—78, clinical psychology—215, healthcare management—75, nursing—467, nurse anaesthesia—113, nurse-midwifery—38, occupational therapy—156, pharmacy—125, physical therapy—201, physician assistant—130, public health—44, rehabilitation counselling—98, social work—206, speech-language pathology—250, and veterinary medicine—28.

Rank School name Score
#1 Johns Hopkins   UniversityBaltimore,   MD 4.6
#1 University of   PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia,   PA 4.6
#1 University of   WashingtonSeattle,   WA 4.6
#4 University of   California–​San FranciscoSan   Francisco, CA 4.5
#4 University of   North Carolina–​Chapel HillChapel   Hill, NC 4.5
#6 University of   Michigan–​Ann ArborAnn   Arbor, MI 4.4
#7 Duke   UniversityDurham,   NC 4.3
#7 Oregon Health   and Science UniversityPortland,   OR 4.3
#7 University of   PittsburghPittsburgh,   PA 4.3
#7 Yale   UniversityNew   Haven, CT 4.3


Stafford Hospital nurse gets ‘direct line’ for whistle blowers

Stafford Hospital nurse gets ‘direct line’ for whistle blowers

BBC United Kingdom

A nurse who raised nearly 100 complaints over the treatment of patients at Stafford Hospital has taken on a job helping other NHS staff raise their concerns.

Helene Donnelly turned whistle blower after she “saw people dying in very, very undignified situations which could’ve been avoided”.

She also gave evidence at the recent Nursing and Midwifery Council panel into allegations of bullying against two nurses at the hospital.

Tracey-Ann White and Sharon Turner were struck off the nursing register by the panel for bringing their profession into serious disrepute.

Mrs Donnelly told the panel she witnessed the pair “bully” other staff at the hospital to falsify documents.

She spent six years as a nurse in Stafford Hospital’s accident and emergency department.