Career Sphere

From your first nursing position out of school to retirement, you’ll need to tend to your career to ensure your clinical skills are up to date, you’re ready to take on new tasks and leadership opportunities, and are practicing at a level that is both satisfying to you and provides the best patient care. The articles that follow provide a wealth of information on these topics and more.

April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Sandy Summers, MSN, RN, MPH, and Harry Summers

Key Takeaways

The media—television, radio, the Internet, books, and more—often depict nurses unprofessionally.
When nurses create the media, they can ensure professional depictions that ensure the public understands the important role nurses play in health care.

Nurses pop up in all sorts of contexts within media. From . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Jennifer L. Greer, PhD, and Nancy P. Wingo, PhD

Beth, a former hospital nursing director-turned-faculty member, learns she has to present her research at a national conference and write it up for publication and funding. Like many nursing faculty members and researchers, she enjoys conducting research because the evidence it yields allows her to help more patients . . .

December 2016 Vol. 11 No. 12

Author: Stephanie M. Chung, MSN, RN

Christina, a 29-year-old RN, BSN, recently obtained her MSN in clinical management. She has worked 3 years as a staff nurse and wants to move into a leadership position. Some managers, and even some of her colleagues, feel that because of her age, Christina isn’t ready for . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: Danette Melvin, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, CNL, and Maureen Brophy, MN, RN

Nurses want to provide evidence-based care that reflects best practices. But they also have uniquely local clinical questions that can’t be readily answered through the literature alone. How can these types of questions be addressed so the answers are relevant and useful? Consider original research.

But wait, you . . .

September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

Author: Kelley Strout, PhD, RN; Jeff Nevers, MA; Deborah Bachard, BSN, RN, NE-BC; and Sarah P. Varney, MS, BSN, RN

For many nurses, job interviews induce fear. The competitive job market has made interview preparation more important than ever, especially for new graduate nurses. Competition for new graduate positions can be fierce; some employers get up to 1,000 applicants for a single new graduate opening.
At the same time . . .

August 2016 Vol. 11 No. 8

Author: Joyce E. Johnson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Sean P. Morrissey, BA, CFP, AAMS

Baby Boomers (born from 1946 – 1964), eager to step away from the pressures and responsibilities of the workplace and embark on the next chapter of their lives, now retire at a rate of 10,000 per day. Given that most workers heading into retirement lack sufficient income to fund living . . .

June 2016 Vol. 11 No. 6

Author: Barbara B. Blozen, EdD, MA, RN-BC, CNL

“I will be your mentor.” I was fortunate to hear these five words early in my career. As nursing becomes more complex, patients more critical, and students more challenging to teach, mentoring becomes more essential for clinicians and educators.

Here are answers to common questions about mentoring and how it . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Jennifer LaBenne, MSN, RN

Rising medical costs  and healthcare reform have increased the need for careful review and management of medical resources. The unique and vital role of the utilization review (UR) nurse serves this need.
Like many nurses, you may be unfamiliar with the nurse’s role in UR. Although the UR concept . . .

April 2016 Vol. 11 No. 4

Author: Carolyn Buppert, MSN, JD

Editor’s note: The following questions are excerpts from the book Frequently Asked Legal Questions Keeping Nurses Awake at Night, by the author, copyright 2015. Reprinted with permission.

Question: Is it appropriate to take orders over the telephone from another nurse (who is not an advanced practice nurse)?

Answer: It . . .