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The Nursing Shortage: What Does It Mean for RNs?  

There are over three million registered nurses (RNs) in the U.S., making nursing the nation’s largest healthcare profession. It’s no wonder, then, that the nursing shortage has impacted virtually every level of the healthcare system. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over 270,000 registered nurses will be needed by 2030. Texas alone…

Healthcare and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. —Arthur C. Clarke Imagine a 19th-century nurse stepping foot in a modern-day hospital. Although knowledgeable for her time, this nurse would be at a loss for what to do with commonplace technologies like defibrillators, ventilators, and vital signs monitors. Medical culture would perhaps feel familiar, but every…

Virtual Nursing in the Pandemic Era (and Beyond)

For decades, nurses have used telehealth to deliver high-quality care to patients, especially those in rural areas. Still, in-person care has remained the norm—that is, until the emergence of COVID-19. Seemingly overnight, telehealth has become the primary way for healthcare professionals to see their patients. Upon the release of COVID vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and…

What Is a BSN?

A BSN, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing, is a respected undergraduate degree that many nurses use as a stepping stone from working as an RN to taking on greater professional responsibilities. Here we’ll discuss the BSN and its benefits in greater detail. But before we go deeper into that specific topic, let’s establish some…

How Nurses Can Reduce Stress and Burnout

Nursing is one of the most important professions in the world. With the long hours, hectic pace, and often life-or-death nature of the work, it’s also one of the most stressful. Nurses regularly perform, and perform well, under extreme stress. But they’re also human, and every person can get burned out once their stress level…

What to Expect From UT Permian Basin’s Online RN to BSN Program

Think back to your first placement as a nursing student. No matter how many hours you spent poring over notes or quizzing yourself with flashcards, it likely wasn’t enough to quell the butterflies in your stomach. Becoming a registered nurse may have felt like a far-off goal as you cared for patients, shadowed shift nurses,…

What Is a Nurse Licensure Compact State?

Disease spreads independently of state boundaries. For proof, you only have to look at COVID-19, which is devastating heavily populated areas across the country. Hospitals in places like Arizona and Florida are short-staffed and in desperate need of licensed medical personnel. Dozens of states have enacted temporary licensing waivers, permitting out-of-state healthcare providers to practice on…

Challenges for Nurses in the 21st Century

Long hours, late nights, and sore feet are challenges that have plagued nurses since the time of Florence Nightingale. However, the advent of the 21st century has brought with it a new set of challenges that nurses must learn to overcome if they are to rise through the ranks, and there’s no telling what challenges await…

Critical Thinking in Nursing

Every nursing shift brings new patients, challenges, and choices. In a fast-paced environment where there’s no room for mistakes, nurses must be able to think critically and make the right decisions before moving on from one situation to another. “Critical thinking” is often touted as one of the most important skills a nurse can possess,…

Helping the Community as a Public Health Nurse

A public health nurse, also known as a community health nurse, makes the health needs of an entire population their priority. Whether treating an entire family or a single patient, public health nurses consider the personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. Public health nurses are more than bedside caregivers; they are leaders…

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