Talking It Out: Improving Nurse-Physician Communication

In any industry, communication is key to collaborative workflow. In healthcare, collaboration is constant: A single patient could be cared for by many different people, from physicians to nurses to technicians. Efficient, clear communication is crucial in healthcare because errors can lead to severe consequences for patients. Nurse-Physician Communication Communication between nurses and physicians is… Read more »

SBAR Nursing: A How-To Guide

Communication is one of the most important tools of the medical profession, not only between patient and caregiver, but also between medical professionals. Failure to rescue (FTR) is often used as an indicator of a hospital’s quality of care, according to the American Hospital Association. FTR includes failure to recognize patient deterioration, failure to communicate… Read more »

How to Negotiate a Raise

Nearly one-quarter of Americans are not satisfied with what they earn, according to a poll by Gallup. And yet, another poll by PayScale tells the second part of the story: Those who don’t ask for raises are unlikely to get them, and those who keep asking for raises increase their likelihood of making more money…. Read more »

A Modern Guide to Salary Negotiation

At first glance, receiving a job offer marks the end of a stressful process. But you often face another obstacle to getting a new job: negotiating salary. Unfortunately, guidance from friends or information on the internet is not always helpful. “The trouble is that there is a lot of conflicting advice out there,” Harvard Business… Read more »

Naming Your Business: Process and Pitfalls

Company names like Apple, Amazon and eBay evoke an image of success and cutting-edge technology. They make an emotional connection with consumers, resulting in the kind of brand recognition that many companies dream of. It’s hard to overstate the importance of a business name. Not only is it the first thing that customers see, it… Read more »

DNP vs. PhD: Differences and Practical Considerations

At the turn of the 21st century, a new doctoral degree for nurses emerged: the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Until then, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing was the terminal degree in the nursing profession. More than a decade after the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) launched the DNP, DNP programs… Read more »

Guide to Nursing Compact States

Nurses who live in one of 25 nursing compact states have access to a single multistate license, giving them the freedom to practice in their home state and other compact states. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), brings together state boards of nursing for an… Read more »

Safety Information and Notices: Zika Virus Travel Guide

The most recent Zika virus outbreak that began in Brazil in early 2015 has the potential to spread across most of the Americas. As of May 2016, more than 50 countries and territories in the Americas, Oceania/Pacific Islands and Africa have active Zika virus transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…. Read more »

Zika Virus: Responding to a Public Health Emergency

Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Ugandan forest where it was first isolated. More than 50 years later, major outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus occurred outside of Africa and Asia for the first time, including the Zika outbreak that began in 2015 and is expected to spread across most… Read more »

The History of Bitcoin

The digital currency and payment system bitcoin is now recognized as a legitimate financial entity. Although it has its drawbacks, bitcoin is accepted by a large number of merchants, nonprofits and investors, prompting many to consider bitcoin for small business use. Starting as an idea in 2008, bitcoin became a mainstream currency option in just… Read more »