The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.
Every time I hear that there is a nursing shortage in America, I feel myself cringe. There is not a shortage of nurses in America. There is a shortage of nurses who choose to work at the bedside. There is a reason, and it is called post-traumatic stress disorder.
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t use these products. The study published online Dec. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer and suggests that breast cancer risk increased with more frequent use of these chemical hair products.
There are many different pathways to enter the nursing field. Registered nurses are in high demand and earn a median annual wage of $71,730 per year as of May 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects faster-than-average growth rates for registered nurses over the next decade.
Almost all nurses in a recent survey said they are glad they chose nursing. Satisfaction was highest for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), at 99%, and the lowest was a tie between licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs), both at 94%.
Five-figure signing bonuses, free housing, college tuition for employees and their children. Hospitals and other medical facilities are getting so desperate to recruit and retain nurses they're offering all sorts of pricey perks and incentives.
“Nurse practitioner (NP) education is seriously underfunded. The profession is attempting to saddle private physicians with this cost.”
Nurse practitioners are among the fastest growing jobs in the US — making about $113,930 per year — and are in high demand in rural areas with few doctors. Yet some state regulations, called scope of practice laws, bar nurse practitioners from practicing without doctor supervision.
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Liz Di Bernardo