Tag: Nursing

what is magnet status

What is Magnet status and what does it mean to nurses? Does having the designation improve the work environment? Does it mean recognition for staff? Better patient care and outcomes? How difficult is it to achieve? To maintain? What impact on my day-to-day responsibilities will there be in a Magnet organization? What is Magnet Status? …

Lynda Yazhari outside Covenant Health Medical Center after passing her CPNE

Lynda Yazhari passed the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination in November 2018 at Covenant Health Systems in Lubbock, Texas, on her first attempt and at 25 weeks pregnant. With the accomplishment under her belt, Yazhari plans to move ahead in her career and fulfill her dream of becoming a neonatal intensive care unit nurse. Yazhari …

Nursing Faculty Darhon Rees Rohrbacher in CPNE Room at Excelsior College

Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher’s career path has been as colorful as her personality. She has been a lifeguard, a nurse’s aide, a music teacher, a Spanish teacher, a Kelly Girl, and a registered nurse. Her wealth of experience eventually led her to Excelsior where she has been a faculty program director for the associate degree nursing program …

diverse group of nurses looking at a patient chart.

In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that ethnic and racial minority groups accounted for more than one- third of the country’s population and projected the U.S. will become a plurality nation by 2048. This means that no one ethnic or racial group will make up the majority of the population. With the country’s makeup growing ever …

nurse and manager conferring over chart

Are you interested in expanding your interests into the administrative side of nursing? You may consider signing up for NUR 456 Leadership and Management in Nursing. In this course, students study the application of leadership and management concepts and theories; interprofessional communication and collaboration; and evidence-based strategies and inquiry within health care organizations. The Sigma …

nurse holding a heart

There’s an old proverb that states, “Physician, heal thyself.” A similar admonition can be applied to nurses who, too often, fail to take care of their own health—especially their heart health–while freely lecturing their patients about the perils of lack of self-care. Cardiovascular health risks for nurses fall into three main categories: sleep, diet, and …

female nurse in scrubs practicing self care, drinking coffee

Taking time for yourself is essential. As a nurse, you need to: care for yourself; protect yourself from stressors; assist your patients, staff, and/or students; be a role model for clients, colleagues, and personal contacts; and help create a healthy nation. When I consider self-care, I am reminded of the analogy one hears when the …

Sue Irvine, faculty in Associate Degree in Nursing Program

Sue Irvine wants students to have the right tools and education they need to succeed and do their very best. The Associate Degree in Nursing program instructor believes that with motivation, determination, and a strong support system, Excelsior students can go far. Irvine graduated from Albany Medical Center School of Nursing in 1979 before working …

woman using healing with her hands

Continuous learning has always been one aspect of my role as a registered nurse. This year, I began searching for ways to integrate holistic care for patients. A colleague encouraged me to explore alternative therapies to support my nursing practice and I discovered therapeutic touch. Therapeutic touch is an evidence-based healing modality that is grounded …