Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Who's the boss? Nurse manager roles hard to fill From

No one wants to be a nurse manager," said Tanya Osborne McKenzie, RN, MSN, MBA, director of the five-unit critical care service line at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, in Salinas, Calif. "It's extremely difficult to find nurse manager talent or to hire anyone."

Why are nurses so reluctant to step into these leadership positions?

McKenzie said people find the responsibility and stress aren't worth the title.

"One person left, wanting to go back to the clinical role. He said the job was just way too hard," she said. Staff members who are strong clinicians and would do well in management just won't take on the responsibility, she said.

Nursing leaders and researchers say there's no question it's tough to find and keep nurse managers. Yet hard data on these turnover rates is seemingly nonexistent.

Peter Buerhaus, RN, PhD, FAAN, Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said he hears about the issue frequently — from staff nurses, mid-level nurses and executives — but no one has tracked turnover rates among nurse managers.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Travel Nursing: Is It Right for You?

On some levels, working as a professional travel nurse looks like the ideal job. It provides nurses with an opportunity to live and work in different parts of the country, interact with new people and learn new cultures, and there is also the potential to make an excellent salary. Travel nurses can make friends all over the country. They can move South in the winter and North in the summer. If they feel like taking a few months off, they don’t have to worry about explaining things to their recruiter. They just give themselves a few months to improve their mental health before they accept a new assignment. Nurses have excellent health, vision and dental benefits, and coupled with all of the benefits above, who wouldn’t want to be a travel nurse? 
When you are considering a life as a travel nurse, you have to ask yourself if you really like to travel. The life of a travel nurse is serious, hardcore traveling. Travel nurses are constantly on the move, going from one state to another, taking assignment after assignment, some great and some not so great. All the moving around eventually takes a toll on the body and soul, but the beauty in finding the right travel agency is that they often provide paid time off programs to assist with your personal needs.

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Analysis examines best foods for colorectal health from

Eating a diet high in fiber, particularly from cereal and whole grains, is associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, according to a meta-analysis that researchers said integrates all available evidence.

Intake of dietary fiber and whole grains is known to help protect against cardiovascular disease, but its association with colorectal cancer risk has been less clear. Although theories tying dietary fiber to a reduced risk of colon cancer have been around since the 1970s, the researchers said, studies attempting to explain the association have not produced consistent results.

The researchers said the results of the new study, which appeared Friday on the website of BMJ, provide further support for public health recommendations to increase fiber intake, particularly cereal fiber and whole grains, to help prevent colorectal cancer. Whole grain foods include whole grain breads and cereals, oatmeal, brown rice and porridge.

However, the authors stressed that further studies are needed to clarify the results for different types of fiber and subsites within the colorectum, and in populations with different lifestyles and dietary characteristics.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New study shows young healthy adults already showing signs of Atherosclerosis. From Science Daily

ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2011) — Atherosclerosis -- or buildup of fat in the walls of arteries − is thought of as a disorder of older people but it affects a large number of young men and women, according to a new Heart and Stroke Foundation study.

"The proportion of young, apparently healthy adults who are presumably 'the picture of health' who already have atherosclerosis is staggering," says Dr. Eric Larose, an interventional cardiologist at the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec and an assistant professor at Université Laval.
Atherosclerosis can eventually lead to serious problems including heart disease, stroke, or even death.
The study enrolled 168 young adults (age 18 to 35) -- half male and half female -- who had no known cardiovascular disease or risk factors such as family history of premature heart disease, diabetes, smoking, high blood cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

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