UpToDate, My go to resource.


(picture from google images taken from UpToDate.com, 2013)

My go to resource for keeping up with the latest treatments and technolgy in nursing and the medical profession is UpToDate. I was introduced to this resourse when I was in nursing school and doing my clinicals at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. I have used this site for research work while in school, for learning purpses and of course as an RN to answer question and keep up on the latest and greatest in clinical practice. After doing a little research on the website I have found that UpToDate has been used by many physicians and other clinicians throughout the world for more than 20 years.

UpToDate was founded by Bud Rose, it was developed to provide continuous updated evidence-based practices to clinicians, it is backed by research, it is an accredited continuing education resource for clinicians, and has more than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers. UpToDate has a very involved and lengthy process in developing materials. They have expert physicians with certain specialties that edit and oversee the process, they have a grade working group that looks at the content, they have peer and policy reviews, and they have many professionals that hand research over 450 medical journals.

According to UpToDate, they have “More than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality” (2013). UpToDate also reports they have “more than 700,000 clinicians in 158 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the United States rely on UpToDate to provide the best care” (2013). I would recommend this site to anyone in the medical profession, they have so many different things to look up such as many different subspecialty areas, drugs, medical calculators, patient education resources, links to articles and updated clinical practices.



Employment trends in the Nursing field!

ImageHaving a nursing career is one of the best jobs I have ever had. It is always changing, there is something new to learn everyday and there is always room for growth. I currently have a diploma in nursing that I recieved at a The Christ Hospital School of Nursing. I am currently working towards my BSN and then on to my MSN. There are many other degree options such as an Associates Degree in Nursing, Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate in Nursing. As you can see there are many ways to advance your career and keep moving up. There are also many certifications you can recieve as a nurse especially if you are a specialty nurse. For example, a Pediatric nurse can recieve a CPN (Certified Pediatric Nurse) or CPEN (Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse) cerficiation. Many facilities will only hire those with a BSN or higher and some will even pay more with these degrees and certifications.

The job opportunities for nurses are endless, this is especially important due to high turn over rates because of working long and stressful shifts. This provides nurses with the opportunity to be able to get a job fairly easily, even if it isnt your dream job at the time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RN employment as of 2010 was 2,737,400 and is projected to be 3,449,300 in 2020 (Occupational Outlook Handbook, March 2012). As you can see there is a high demand for nurses due to the increase in facilities, people living longer lives, more people involved in preventative care and so on. There is also a high demand for Advance practice nurses due to the shortage of Doctors. This is one of the reasons I am furthering my career form an RN to an Advances Practice Nurse.

“Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements, permitting a greater number of health problems to be treated; an increased emphasis on preventive care; and the large, aging baby boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2012). This means that there are always going to be more and more jobs as a nurse. So choosing a career as a registered nurse is not only a great choice but a smart one.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition, Registered Nurses, on internet at http://bls.gov/ooh.healthcare/registered-nurse.htm.

Resume Analysis Reflection




In my opinion the three most critical aspects for a successful resume are the following, a nice and neat looking page, has to be easy to read and follow and contains honest information that’s tailored to the job you are interested in applying for. Doing a little research about the company and the job you are interested in will help you in writing a application letter and resume. You should always be honest and use information that’s going to help you stand out from other applicants and answer the employers question ” What can you do for us?” ( Lannon, p. 383, 2014).

During our class assignment while analyzing the four applications it was necessary for us to organize them in a way that was tailored to the job description. This was not an easy process, but we also looked at the functionality, the neatness and organization of the applicants resume and the pertinent information and skills listed. We chose the applicant that had the most skills, education and experiences the would fit the job.

I feel as though an objective statement is not needed if you are attaching a application letter with your resume. I’ve always been confused on why there is a objective space on many blank resumes. I feel as though this is a space to write about yourself and what you want out of the job you are applying for not giving the employer information on what you can provide to them and their company. In an article I read online, ” 10 Things to Leave Off Your Resume” (Green, June 2012) writes that resume objectives never help and often hurt.  Your resume should be about showing your experience, skills, and accomplishments.

Nursing and The Code of Ethics


Why do we need a code of ethics? The code of ethics gives us the primary goals, values and obligations of our profession (Code of ethics for nurses, 2010). Nursing isn’t just about how well your technical skills are. A patient isn’t worried about how well you can start their IV, pass them their medication or even safe their life. They think you already know how to do all these skills because of your title. Although these skills are very important and help you become competent and confident in your career as a nurse, you also have to be able to communicate and develop a  professional relationship with your patients. I have learned through my new employee orientation that communication is the number one cause of medical errors, number one reason 50% of prescriptions are taken incorrectly, number one reason patients choose to leave a healthcare provider, and number one preventer of malpractice litigation (Customer Focus, 2010).

People are always going to need healthcare and the professionals that help them prevent illnesses, help ease their pain and educate them about their health. Building a professional relationship with your patients will not only show them you respect their values, beliefs, and opinions, it will also show them that you actually listened to their concerns and respect their uniqueness as an individual. All this happens through effective communicate with your patients. Although all the provisions in the code of ethics for nurses, 2010 are important the ones I felt were most important were provisions 1.1 Respect for human dignity, 1.2 Relationships to patients, 2.1 Primacy of patient interest, 2.4 Professional boundaries, and 5.1 Moral self respect.

Research Lecture 9/26/13.

Learned some useful search tactics for the future. Including how to navigate through ICAT Library, use Lib guides, how to get citations right from page. Also learned how to search Google more appropriately and found out that the best citation site is Purdue OWL website.

I look forward to using these tips in the future.

Are You Being Safe on Facebook?


( http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/07/facebook-reaches-1-billion-active-members.html )

Facebook is one of the biggest social media websites.  Facebook’s mission “is to give the people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” ( n.d. ).  I don’t know about you, but I love using Facebook. I love keeping up with friends, family, and looking at everyone’s post. But is it actually safe? Are we safe?  Are we at risk for identity theft, home robberies or stalkers?

 My boyfriend is always telling me, ” Don’t post any pictures or check us in when we are out!”. Maybe he is right!  I’ve known people who have been fired and have got into trouble at their workplace, because of things on their Facebook profile. Whether this is right or not, people are watching you. I had a friend get his house broken into and a lot of valuable and important things taken. Maybe this was just a coincidence or maybe he was being watched.  Maybe we can prevent this from happening to us, friends and family by keeping our profiles more safe.

   After looking around the internet, I came across an article online,  “ 5 Ways to Stay Safe on Facebook” (Liu, 2010) .  After reading this article, I went to my Facebook page to see how secure it was. Well, guess what? It’s not! Not only on my Facebook page, but also on my smart phone. The article is very easy to follow, has good steps to help keep your personal information safe and how to protect your privacy on Facebook.

  I encourage everyone to take a look at the article and make sure your Facebook profiles are safe. Lets continue to keep facebook fun. Just remember to be cautious, stay safe and not become a victum of identity theft, robberies or stalkers.

Three Tips on How to Make Online Reading Easier.

In Michael Agger’s (2008) article “Lazy Eyes,” he notes that

1. People use the internet for many reasons: to find information, look up the latest data/research, keep in touch with family, friends and coworkers. Keep information short and sweet and provide links for people who would like to know more.

2. Keeping information short and to the point will keep your readers intrigued and give them what they are looking for.

3.  Make the screen easy on your readers eyes, select fonts and backgrounds that are easy to read and make it interesting.