Celebrating Nurses Week: connectRN Recognizes the Unsung Heroes of Healthcare

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Michael Wood, Co-Founder & CEO Everyone’s life has been touched by a nurse, whether that person is a relative, friend or employed at your physician’s office. As the largest and most trusted professional workforce in the country, nurses are the heart of our healthcare system. They are the unsung heroes that help patients, ensure effective operations of any healthcare facility, … Read More

A Nurse’s Christmas

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By Keren Avnery BSN, RN When you work in a hospital, the holidays can be a strange time. Two years ago, when I worked on a step-down unit at a prominent inner city hospital in Philadelphia, I was at the final junction of many a-holiday-gone-wrong. One Christmas Eve, one of my patients (to whom I will now refer as Edward) … Read More

Massachusetts Question 1: The Impact Of Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios

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By Keren Avnery, BSN, RN This November in Massachusetts, there is a proposed 2018 ballot question that would mandate nurse staffing ratios in hospitals (not Skilled Nursing Homes or Long Term Care facilities). This question has the power to completely transform the state’s healthcare system. To date, with the exception of Intensive Care Units, California is the only other state … Read More

Compassion Fatigue In Critical Care

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BY ANNE MARIE STANLEY “The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet” (Remen, 1996) According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ Employment Projections 2014-2024, Registered Nursing is listed among the top occupations in terms … Read More

Nurse Burnout – Signs, Symptoms, And Prevention Tips

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By Keren Avnery, RN When asked, “Why did you become a nurse?”, the statement most nurses made as the reason for entering the nursing profession was that they wanted to care for people.¹ However, in our modern healthcare system, the term “care” has mushroomed into meaning much more than it once did. Nurses today play a variety of roles at the … Read More

Hospital Staffing Model – Are You Using the Right One?

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What is a Hospital Staffing Model? Research has shown that a nurse’s schedule can directly impact patient care and health. A nurse who is stressed because of low staff levels and overworked due to poor scheduling makes more errors and can become burnt out (Heiser, 2016). With so much at stake, it can be difficult for hospitals and nurse managers … Read More

7 Reasons Why You Should Be A Nurse In Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is known for its colonial history, the birthplace of the American Revolution, and thick Boston accents. What you may not know about the Eastern state is that it’s a great place for nurses.  In the United States, Massachusetts is tenth in employment numbers with about 79,500 nurses, however, they are ranked third in the country for salary!