Mister Medicine http://www.lvntorn.net Medical marvels and other health tidbits Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:02:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Five Reasons to Become a Nurse Today http://www.lvntorn.net/five-reasons-to-become-a-nurse-today.html/ Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:32:03 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=678 Continue reading ]]> If you’re thinking of becoming a nurse, now is the time. The healthcare industry needs qualified professionals to fill a number of positions, both clinical and managerial. Hospitals, private practices, specialty clinics, nursing homes, and many other facilities are experiencing nursing shortages at alarming rates. But chances are you already know this. The national media has been publicizing the nursing shortage for almost a decade. And as a result, the number of nursing education programs has increased, making it more convenient to become an RN.

In addition to a strong job outlook and a broad range of education pathways, there are more reasons to enter this profession than not. Below you’ll find five more incentives that will surely motivate your decision to enroll in an LVN to RN program today.

  • The Opportunity to Help Others: Nurses work with people who are sick or injured. Without them, doctors would not be able to see as many patients. A nurse is often the first person you see when you’re sick. Doctors rely on nurses to relay information and perform support tasks. If you love working with people and helping them feel better, you’ll find the nursing profession a very rewarding one.
  • Learn About Cutting-Edge Technologies: Advancements in technology have created life-changing treatments for patients. Nurses and doctors are on the cutting edge of the latest medications and devices for pain, symptom relief, and prevention. You’ll learn how to use a range of medical equipment and be to troubleshoot any problems.
  • Specialize in an Area of Nursing: Becoming an RN often allows you to specialize in a particular area of nursing such as family nursing, women’s health, oncology, and many other fields. If you’re passionate about one aspect of nursing, obtaining your RN license allows you to really focus on what you love.
  • Prepare for an MSN Degree: Once you have your RN license, you’ll be in a better position to work towards your master’s degree. With a Master of Science in nursing, you’ll not only earn more money, but you’ll have more autonomy and decision-making authority. In fact, many doctors look to their nurses with a master’s degree to assist in diagnosing and treating patients.
  • Transferable Job Skills: When you become an RN, you can work in a variety of settings, both demographically and geographically. That means you can work as a nurse abroad or in another state (depending on the state’s licensure requirements). Nurses can find work at hospitals, government agencies, community health centers, and a variety of other healthcare facilities.
10 Most Unusual Jobs You Can Get With a Nursing Degree http://www.lvntorn.net/10-most-unusual-jobs-you-can-get-with-a-nursing-degree.html/ Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:00:45 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=288 Continue reading ]]> We’ve all heard of nurses that work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, etc. But what may not be so well known is that these are not the only avenues for those with a nursing degree. There are loads of patients and many areas where qualified nurses can find work. And if you think you’ve heard of every nursing job worth hearing, there might be some news below.

If still doubtful, check out these 10 unusual jobs you can get with a nursing degree. They include everything from advanced duties in the operating room to the legal aspects of medicine and other types of nursing jobs.

  1. Travel Nurse
    It is often thought that travel for leisure and work should be separated, but this career breaks that barrier. Those with nursing degrees can be hired out to the destinations of their choice for the duration of their choice. While days may be spent working, pay can be good, and seeing the world is just one of the benefits. Travel Nursing.com has loads more on travel nursing, including the best destinations, pay rates, and even more for specialty nurses who travel.
  2. Nurse Anesthetist
    Why should brain surgeons make all the money? This is one of the top paying health care careers which can pay upwards of $180,000 in annual salary. If you find that hard to believe, check out this article on Minority Nurse on true life CRNA Gloria Spires, who is an integral part of many operations. She discusses the career, the nursing degree required, and more.
  3. Home Health Care Nurse
    Love the idea of nursing but hate the idea of working in an office or hospital? There’s a nursing career for that. With so many patients being unable to leave their homes, there is a demand for home health care nurses. Karen S. was the typical RN working in a city hospital for five years before she stumbled into home nursing almost by accident. In this entry for Discover Nursing, she shares more on why this type of nursing is right for her.
  4. Pediatric Home Care Nurse
    If you like the idea of the above and working with children, check out this career. These nurses provide healthcare for children with complex medical issues needing skilled nursing care to remain safely in their homes. This involves meeting with families, reviewing medical orders, developing care plans, and working with parents to meet the needs of the child. This nurse tells more about the job on Career Story.
  5. Nurse Researcher
    This nursing career is an excellent choice for those who want to combine nursing and science. Nurse researchers work on the research side with top scientists, doctors, and even the occasional patient to make breakthroughs in medicine and treatment. In this entry for Nurse Week, Lorraine Frazier discusses her career as a nurse researcher.
  6. Nurse Educator
    Love nursing but hate dealing with patients? Then swap them out for students in this nursing career. Often requiring an advanced nursing degree, educators can devote part or all of their careers to the teaching side of nursing. They often serve as faculty members for schools and develop teaching plans, oversee practice, and even lead the occasional course.
  7. RN Case Manager
    If people aren’t your thing at all, there is a nursing career for you. A nurse case manager has a similar job to a social worker but with more of a medical aspect. Case managers do new admissions and outline a plan of continuous care for patients in need of a consistent visitation regimen. They can work for hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, and more.
  8. Patient Advocate
    Nurses who would rather go quality than quantity in their dealings with people can have a look at a career as a patient advocate. They consult with individuals on their healthcare goals and outcomes, provide reports to doctors, assist in making decisions, and review insurance information. Real life nurse/patient advocate Janet Wise discusses more on Scrubs Magazine.
  9. Legal Nurse
    Because medicine doesn’t just happen inside the healthcare field, check out this unusual nursing job. This nurse, also known as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, uses their expertise as a healthcare professional to consult on medical-related cases. Basically, they help bridge the gap between medical terms and legal jargon. Two stand out features of this career are that you can do it with an RN license, not an advanced degree, and can be paid $125- $150 an hour to review cases.
  10. Nurse Practitioner
    Get as close to being a doctor with a nursing degree as possible in this career. In fact, nurse practitioners can often take the place of family care doctors in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Although an advanced nursing degree is required, the salary and benefits can be well worth the effort. This is also the most likely of the nursing careers to go into practice for themselves and be their own boss. The blogger at Mission NP has more on tips for those who want to become nurse practitioners.

Each of the above 10 most unusual jobs you can get with a nursing degree has their own requirements on education, training, and even certification. If you know which career you are interested in pursuing, make sure the program or college is an acceptable way to get there.

Top 34 Blogs for Live-In and Home Care Nurses http://www.lvntorn.net/top-34-blogs-for-live-in-and-home-care-nurses.html/ Wed, 15 Jun 2011 08:45:12 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=268 Continue reading ]]> The demand for live-in and home care nurses is on the rise. As the baby boomer generation gets older, the need for live-in and home care nurses is higher than ever before and family members are ready to pay to keep their loved ones in good care. Cultivating a clientele or landing one regular client can be difficult for a live-in or home care nurse, but these blogs and websites show you have to stand out from others and create a caring relationship that will make patients feel taken care of and safe in your hands.

Blogs and Sites for Live-In and Home Care Nurses

Live-in and home care nurses are always encountering new obstacles and dealing with concerned family members. There’s an art to being a live-in or home care nurse and these blogs and websites show you how to make the transition to working in someone’s home, while providing them with the stellar care they’re used to in a hospital or nursing home.

  1. Family Care Giver Blog This is a must-read for care givers and live-in nurses. There’s nothing like getting help and support from fellow care givers. It is a stressful position and this blog provides you with other resources around the web to help your journey as a care giver.
  2. The Caregiver’s Voice The independent voice for family and professional caregivers of adults with brain impairment or dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, stroke, related illness, or trauma. The Caregiver’s Voice brings hope and strength to caregivers through knowledge, support, and humor.
  3. The Care Giver This blog is penned by a care giver caring for a 94 year old mother. The content can be heavy at times, but provides care giver with amazing support and stories from the front lines. For any live-in care giver or nurse dealing with an Alzheimer’s patient, this blog is packed with resources and information on the latest medical developments with the disease.
  4. Hospice Foundation For care givers dealing with hospice patients, this site is an essential read. There’s information on being emotionally supportive for a family struggling with the idea of loss and how to consult patients so they make the most of the good times.
  5. Care Diary This excellent blog speaks to care giver’s about safety precautions, mental health concerns and the importance of creating consistency in a patient’s life. Several professionals in the industry write posts regularly, which means you get multiple perspectives on care giver’s dealing with patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
  6. Care Givingly Yours This blog is written by a spouse care giver coping with MS. It’s a touching blog that shows fellow care giver’s how to keep up a patient’s spirit when the going gets tough. It also discusses keeping a cool head and your patience when the circumstances seem overwhelming.
  7. Doris Social Worker Penned by a social worker, this site isn’t about care giving, but it is the blog of a compassionate woman who has made serving others her career. Care givers and live-in nurses can learn a lot from this social worker’s blog when it comes to having an open mind and big heart when dealing with those in need.
  8. My Wife Has MS At this blog, a husband chronicles his family’s struggles coping with a wife with MS. For care givers dealing with MS patients, this blog is packed with new studies and recent developments on the disease.
  9. Family Care Giver Alliance For family members turned care givers, this blog is helpful in showing you what to expect when becoming the rock for an ill person. It also discusses important topics like taking care of yourself when you’re constantly taking care of someone else.
  10. Compassion and Choices This blog focuses on those who have loved ones living with a terminal illness. While care givers may not always be related to patients, it’s still difficult to see someone struggling with a deteriorating quality of life. This site offers tips on keeping up morale for friends and family members, while being respectful of the patient’s wishes.
  11. New Old Age This NY Times blog focuses on caring for the elderly. For family members who may not be able to handle being a care giver, the site also talks about nursing homes and interviewing professional care givers and nurses to care for your loved one.
  12. Musings of a Cranky Care Giver This husband works as a care giver to his ill wife. Recently this blog has been wrapped up because the blogger find he doesn’t have to sit down to hash out his thoughts as a care giver anymore. It shows family members serving as care givers that things eventually become manageable, no matter how hectic they seem at times.
  13. A Place to Scream Whether you’re a family member or a professional care giver or nurse, constantly tending to a sick person can be overwhelming. There’s immense pressure and emotional stress when you’re dealing with a sick patient day after day. This husband of a woman suffering from MS shows you it’s OK to let off the steam every now and then.
  14. Middle Age Mania This dedicated wife works as a care giver to her husband who has MS. It’s a personal blog that gives care giver’s and live-in nurses a taste of the nuances that paint every day when caring for a patient or loved one.
  15. Job Sites for Live-In Nurses and Home Care Givers

    Online job hunting is the way to go when you’re a live-in nurse or home care giver. You don’t want to wait for patients to come to you. Instead, learn the power of the Internet and social networking to put your name and face out there, so those searching for a home care giver can come to you.

  16. Caregiver List This site discusses the trends happening in the care giver industry, including where jobs are surging. Search the job list area and check out why turnover happens for those working as a live-in nurse. Plus, read up on tips on how to keep your patients feeling genuinely cared for, regardless of their condition.
  17. Long Term Care Locators At this site, home care givers can scope out the job scene by region and see what folks are looking for from a live-in nurse. There’s also job postings from long term care agencies, which take care of the liability that comes with being a freelance care giver (which can be dangerous in some cases).
  18. Premier Home Care Services See what areas of expertise those searching for home care givers are looking for. This is a home care agency providing services in Canada, but their rundown of what clients are looking for in a home care giver will help you put together your resume and brush up on skills that will get you hired.
  19. Care Giver Jobs Search this site to find care giver positions in your area. This is an excellent resource for care givers who already know the ropes and simply need a way to post their area of expertise and look at job openings convenient to your location.
  20. Home Instead Care Giver This site is conducted by an agency that trains home care givers. Learn what’s required by home care givers in varying states and discusses resources for caring for the elderly and Alzheimer’s patients.
  21. Senior Helpers This blog talks about being a care giver to the elderly. Learn what’s involved in caring for an elderly patient. It isn’t all about bed pans and medicine; it’s often about companionship and helping the patient make the most of their quality of life.
  22. Care Those in need of a care giver come to this site to search who’s available. This site goes beyond job hunting for home care givers and live-in nurses and also discusses opportunities for working with disabled children.
  23. Gris World Special Care This home care giver agency shows you how to get through the process of becoming a home care giver. It talks about working with the disabled, as well as elderly patients. This site focuses on non-medical care giving tips.
  24. Care Giver Career For those looking to go out on their own as a home care giver or live-in nurse, this site is a must-read. It helps you access the job market and allows you to post your resume for free, allowing employers to reach out to you if they find you’re a good fit.
  25. Care Giver Needed At this site you can post your resume, peruse care giver jobs and learn how to grow your home care giver business. For live-in nurses and care givers who operate on a freelance basis, a site like this is integral to covering your bases and ensuring you’re putting safety first.
  26. BrightStar Care This site caters to both care givers and RNs, CNAs, LPV/LPN. BrightStar is an agency that matches qualified care givers with families in their area. At this site you’re able to search job listings and also send in your resume in case BrightStar has a family you’ll fit in with.
  27. Message Boards and Forums for Live-In and Home Care Nurses

    There’s nothing like chatting with other live-in and home care nurses to get an idea of what to expect once you’re exclusive to one or a few clients. Learn how to negotiate prices, how to conduct taxes and take care of liabilities from these nurses in-the-know.

  28. Care Givers Home Forums Care givers at this site chat about caring for the elderly. For family members living with an elderly parent, this message board is helpful for learning how to make your home more accessible for an elderly person who isn’t able to get around as easily as they once did.
  29. My Parkinsons Forum Nurses and care givers dealing with patients struggling with Parkinson’s will appreciate this message board. Members talk about the progress of their loved ones and there’s also a forum for caring for children with PD.
  30. HealthBoards – Care Givers Forum This site is a mix of professionals and family members turned care givers. Here, care givers vent and share their experiences, making it a great place for interacting with other care givers struggling with emotional frustrations.
  31. Strength for Caring Care givers discuss caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, as well as keeping your spirits up during hard times. There’s also a forum for grieving, which is helpful since many care givers grow close to patients and must grieve the loss just like a family member.
  32. Family Care Giving 101 Family care givers share their stories at this messageboard. This board talks about how to prepare yourself for the major responsibility of being a care giver, as well as what to do when you feel you’ve reached the end of your rope. It also talks about guilt, grieving and doing your best to keep your family member aware of their condition (when possible).
  33. Empowering Caregivers This is arguably one of the most welcoming and knowledgeable online communities for care givers. It discusses everything from taking care of yourself in order to care effectively to how to explore alternative healing and spiritual inspiration with patients.
  34. Heart and Stroke Patient Care Giver Forums This Canadian-based message board aims to provide readers with resources in British Columbia, but the thread are packed with information on how to prevent another heart attack from happening. The site is still developing, but worth stopping by for educating yourself on heart and stroke prevention.
  35. Alzheimer’s Messageboards Register at this message board and you’ll have instant access to a plethora of information over working with Alzheimer’s patients. This forum delves into financial assistance, what family members can expect and how to have the patience to cope with an ill loved one.
  36. On Top of Cancer Care Giver Care givers working with cancer patients will find this site helpful. It talks about how to recuperate from care giver’s burnout and tips for dealing with the anxieties and stress that come with being around a terminally ill patient.

Home care givers and live-in nurses can use the web as a tool to find new clients, land permanent positions with an agency or raise their business profile. It’s also imperative to read up on safety and liabilities when you’re working in someone’s home. For family members that become care givers due to a loved one falling ill, these blogs and websites will provide everything you need to know about the emotional responsibilities that come with the position. Whether you’re a live-in aide or nurse, it’s important to take care of yourself and get adequate rest so you can take care of your patient with ease.

Top 25 Twitter Feeds for Finding Nursing Jobs http://www.lvntorn.net/top-25-twitter-feeds-for-finding-nursing-jobs.html/ Mon, 30 May 2011 07:00:14 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=249 Continue reading ]]> Although demands for qualified nurses can be on the rise, it can be difficult to be matched up to the right position. Location of employment, type of nurse, type of employer desired, and more can all have different nurses working different jobs. And a read of the latest classified section of your local paper doesn’t cut it anymore these days. With the internet having an answer for just about everything, those with a Twitter account have cause to exhale.

Far more than just listening to the latest celebrity rant, Twitter can be used for everything from breaking news to connecting with a new job contact. To help in a career search, we have gathered the below top 25 Twitter feeds for finding nurse jobs. Whether just looking to see what’s out there to finding specialty jobs in your area, there is something for just about everyone.

Top Twitter Feeds for Finding General Nursing

These groups and sites offer loads of nursing jobs and info.

  1. Nursing Jobcast
    Visit here for recent, up to date nursing job postings. Job alerts often come on an hourly basis.
  2. Sharp Healthcare
    This is the Twitter feed of an RN recruitment department based in San Diego. They have loads of tips for nurses, as well as a few jobs.
  3. Get Nursing Jobs
    This Twitter Feed delivers just what it promises. The title, link to the job, and short description are all given.
  4. Nurse Jobs USA
    Fresh nursing job listings in the USA are updated regularly as soon as jobs for nurses are posted on the main site. This often includes location, qualifications, and more.
  5. Trustaff
    This healthcare staffing firm specializes in placing nurses, pharmacists, doctors, and allied healthcare professionals in facilities nationwide. Visit for new job alerts, multiple openings, and even international opportunities.
  6. Nurse Jobs Network
    Retweets of nursing jobs from across the country are often shared here. The listings are available through NTN.
  7. Nurse Careers
    Find nurse registries and nursing jobs through this feed from Nurse Registry Info. Location, job, and a short description is shared.
  8. Working Nurse
    This nurse feed features job postings and articles to help your career. Links to items of interest are also shared.
  9. Nursing Jobs
    Stop here for the nursing job feed from Med Placer based in Nashville, Tennessee. They have many higher level positions, as well as the entry level.
  10. Nurse Jobs Plus
    LPNs, RNs, NPs, Nurse Managers, Directors of Nursing, CNAs, and more are all listed here. However, the feed isn’t updated as regularly as it should be.

Top Twitter Feeds for Finding Specific Nursing Jobs

These Twitter feeds have a specific area of nursing or location in mind.

  1. Travel Max Nursing
    Find direct placement and travel nursing jobs from across the United States with a visit here. New postings often involve travel registered nurses.
  2. Onward Healthcare
    They specialize in sharing travel nurse and physical therapy job information with interested candidates. Travel tips, how to get a job, and more are also shared.
  3. Sarah, Nurses.co.uk
    Visit here to get a listing of nursing jobs in the United Kingdom. Sarah also has other tidbits for nurses.
  4. Nursing Jobs NY
    Get real-time tweets and listings of available nursing jobs available throughout New York here. Many new entries are featured every hour.
  5. Florida Nurse Jobs
    The Sunshine State is the focus of this nursing job feed. New job listings can come several times an hour.
  6. Nursing Jobs IL
    Find nursing jobs in Illinois with this Twitter feed. Several entries a day and links to the full item are shared.
  7. Texas Nurse Jobs
    Use this Twitter feed to find jobs in nursing in the Lone Star State. The main site has more.
  8. Health Job Australia
    This Twitter feed is dedicated to helping those interested in medical jobs in the Land Down Under. Nurses and other healthcare professionals can find it of use.
  9. Christian Nurse
    Although there aren’t many job listings, there are items for those who want to integrate Christianity with their nursing practice. Articles of interest and links are often shared.

Other Top Twitter Feeds for Finding Nursing Jobs

These organizations have loads of tips for finding a job, being a nurse, and more.

  1. McGraw-Hill Medical
    Because the NCLEX is such an important part of finding a job, stop here. They have loads of sample questions and answers, as well as other tips.
  2. Nursing in the News
    Follow this user to get all the nursing news in one feed. Current sample stories include nursing home beds, nurse abuse, and nurse job satisfaction.
  3. Nurse Hub
    No matter whether you are a nurse practitioner or nursing student, use this feed to connect with others. The user often asks questions of her followers and posts the answers.
  4. What Nurses Do
    If you are looking for a nursing job, chances are you already know the answer. However, for items such as medical breakthroughs and controversial ideas, this feed is worth a follow.
  5. American Journal of Nursing
    This is one of the leading publications for nurses all over the country. Check out articles and other items of interest with a simple visit.
  6. Nurse Educator
    If education is part of your nursing job search, stop here. The publication provides practical and applied information on both the theories and practice of academic nursing education.
    1. Although the above top 25 Twitter feeds for finding nursing jobs can bring every open position on the web to your Twitter page, they are not the only means you should use for finding a nursing job. If you know where you want to work, look up their website to see which positions they have open and check back regularly.

      ]]> 20 Cool Uses for Twitter in Health and Medicine http://www.lvntorn.net/20-cool-uses-for-twitter-in-health-and-medicine.html/ Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:47:03 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=239 Continue reading ]]> Twitter is a great social networking tool, but you also can use it for social advocacy. For instance, you can find health and wellness experts on Twitter who can help you find a path to a healthier lifestyle. Or, you can learn more about a specific disease and about the medicine or preventive care to treat or avoid that disease. This list of twenty cool uses for Twitter is a great tool for anyone who is interested in health care, and with each idea or disease, you’ll learn about several Twitter users who can help you learn more…

      FitnessHealth and Fitness

      1. Stay updated with latest health news: You can gain access to news as it happens, sometimes before mainstream media pushes the news to the street. Try Health News from @HealthHive to stay abreast of news from across the country and across the world. If you’re into alternative medicine, you can follow the Health Expert @WorldwideHealth out of the UK.
      2. Learn about latest developments: You can find many experts on Twitter who will disseminate information about the latest updates in their fields. For instance, you can learn more about the juxtaposition between yoga and cancer through @YogaBear. Or, you can follow what the government is doing about HIV/AIDS at @AIDSgov.
      3. Get fitness updates: If you are training for a triathlon from 5k to Ironman, you can follow @coachprs for tips on getting to that goal. You can get the latest news, information, tips on dieting and exercise and a healthy lifestyle from @FitnessJedi, or follow Mike Miller and his @yourhealthtips to get daily health tips and services.
      4. Learn about daily or hourly exercises and programs: Are you bored at your desk? Follow Ron S. Doyle and his @twittercize to get fit, one tweet at a time…his hourly exercises take less than one minute each, and his humor is contagious. If you’re a trainer, you can follow AFAA Fitness and the Twitter feed at @affa_fit to learn more about their programs.
      5. Get nutritional advice: If you ever wonder whether or not you are what you eat, then learn answers about that question from folks like @PulseonFitness for fitness and nutrition news and links or follow Vicki Berry and her @yournutrition. She is a wellness enthusiast, passionate about staying healthy.
      6. Lose weight safely: An ex-health inspector, food scientist, cyclist and vegan offers health tips, recipes and ideas for health and weight loss at @lifelonghealth. Fred Bloem, MD, is a holistic physician who concentrates on a holistic approach to detoxification and weight loss at @drbloem, and you can follow Diana Herrington’s daily information about health, especially on gluten-free diets and nutrition, at @DancinginLife.


      1. Arthritis: You can follow a number of resources on arthritis at Twitter, including the Arthritis Foundation at @arthritis_org and Arthritis News on @ArthritisUpdate. Arthritis Today Magazine has a Twitter account at @ArthritisToday, and you can follow them to learn more from articles on arthritis pain relief, exercises, diets and more.
      2. Obesity: Learn how to eat healthy through the nutrition and weight loss tweets listed above. Obesity tweets at @obesity_tweet brings news about obesity to over 16,000 followers and The Obesity Society at @ObesitySociety provides science-based understanding of the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of obesity.
      3. Cancer: Cancer is a hot topic on Twitter, and you can find dozens of tweets about this disease from Know Cancer (@know_cancer), American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer) and CURE Magazine (@cure_magazine).
      4. Flu: No matter the type of flu you’re interested in, Twitter holds a number of organizations and individuals who can share information and tips. Try @FluGov, a government site about flu, Bird Flu/Swine Flu at @birdflu or Pandemic Flu at @Pandemicflu global to learn more.
      5. Heart Health: Learn more about how to protect your heart from disease and stroke with news, information and research from Heart Health at @HeartsHealth, or from American Heart News at @HeartNews. The American Heart Association also tweets at @foundersheart.
      6. Alzheimer’s Disease: This disease has devastated entire families, and the cure is far from realized. Stay abreast of news, gain support and network with the following: Alzheimer’s Society (UK) at @alzheimerssoc, Alzheimer’s Association (Chicago) at @alzassociation and Alzheimer’s Reading Room at @ALZHEIMERSread.
      7. Parkinson’s Disease: From caregivers to doctors, this disease is given airtime through Twitterers such as Parkinson’s Disease at @ParkinsonsUSA, MNT Parkinson’s News at @mnt_parkinsons and UMMC Parkinson’s at @UMMCParkinsons.
      8. Rare Diseases: If you want to know more about rare diseases among adults and children, scope out the patient-driven Rare Diseases Europe at @eurordis or Rare Diseases at @CheckOrphan, a platform dedicated to people working with or affected by rare, orphan or neglected diseases.


      1. Tips and ideas: Eve if you don’t understand medicine, you can learn about its uses through tweets from tweeters such as A Disease A Day at @diseaseaday, Medscape at @Medscape or the Medpedia Project at @medpedia.
      2. Learn from doctors: Many doctors have caught on to Twitter, and you can learn about medicine, healthy lifestyles, surgery and disease from tweeters such as Dr. Mehmet Oz at @DrOz or Michael Bermant, MD at @DrBermant.
      3. Get updates from authorities: Receive tweets from authoritative journals such as BMU (British Medical Journal) at @bmj_latest or through institutions such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) at @FDA_Drug_Info. Some consider the Centers for Disease Control to be the ultimate authority — you can follow them at @CDCgov.
      4. Learn how to care for patients at home: If you’re taking care of an elderly person or a sick person at home, you can pick up some tips from Twitter users such as Elder Care at @4eldercare or Senior Helpers at @SrHelpersNatl.
      5. Stay on top of research and developments: A great number of medical research facilities use Twitter to pass on their news and insights. Some of the most popular resources include @NIHforHealth (National Institute of Health), @FDA_Drug_Info (Food and Drug Administration) and @NatureMedicine, a biomedical research journal devoted to publishing the latest advances in biomedical research for scientists and physicians.
      6. Learn about alternative healing: If you want to learn about alternatives to traditional healing, try these experts: Chinese Medicine at @AsanteAcademy is Middlesex University’s Teaching Centre for Chinese Medicine and Natural Cures at @CuredbyNature collects information about home remedies from all over the globe.
      Top 50 Web Resources for RNs http://www.lvntorn.net/top-50-web-resources-for-rns.html/ Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:13:20 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=223 Continue reading ]]> If you are interested in becoming a Registered Nurse, one of the things you need to know is where you can go for information and for help. Thanks to technology, you can get access to pretty much any information you would like online. The Internet offers access to medical libraries and informational sites, as well as to case studies that can help you learn. It is also possible to find sample care plans online.

      You can also meet other nurses and health care professionals online. Professional organizations and nursing social communities can be a great way to connect with others. You can get support, and you can ask questions of your peers. If you are looking for some helpful web resources, here are 50 to consider:

      General Reference Sites and Medical Libraries

      Find information about general medical concerns, and nursing ideas. You can access a wealth of knowledge online through these resources. Brush up on items you already know, and learn something new.

      1. PubMed: One of the best databases of medical information. Learn about clinical trials, access a great database, and even find journal articles.
      2. eMedicine: This is the WebMD for professionals. Check it out, and find great information.
      3. Welch Medical Library: From the Johns Hopkins University med school, this library is full of great references.
      4. MedicalStudent.com: An amazing resource that can help any nurse. It includes textbooks.
      5. Mayo Clinic: Get your information from one of the most trusted resources in the world. Great reference site full of solid info.
      6. Health On the Net Foundation: Use this great resource to help you find information about different health and medical topics.
      7. Healthline: Great reference information in a consumer friendly format.
      8. Intute: Visit this U.K. reference site for great information on various medical subjects.
      9. Medical Dictionary: This handy reference can provide you with what you need to keep up with the jargon used in health care settings.

      Specialty Medical Reference

      In addition to general sites, there are medical resources that are organized by specialty. If you are focusing on a specific area of nursing or health care, it can be useful to understand the issues related to your specialty.

      1. Internet Mental Health: A great reference site for mental health nurses.
      2. GeneralPediatrics.com: Get access to textbooks, journals, case studies and more related to pediatrics.
      3. OBGYN.net: An excellent resource for those who want to be nurse midwives, or who work various areas of women’s health.
      4. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: A great reference and resource for cancer nurses.
      5. Sci-Info-Pages: This is a site devoted to information on spinal cord injuries.
      6. Clinical Neurophysiology on the Internet: Get specific information about neurophysiology. An interesting branch of medicine that you can learn more about.
      7. ElderCare Online’s Medical Research Assistant: If you are in geriatrics, this is a great reference.
      8. RxList: Use this resource to learn more about pharmacology, and what different drugs do.
      9. Medication Information Library: Helpful resource that keeps you up to date on the latest information on medications.

      Care Plans

      If you are looking for sample care plans, or if you want help creating a care plan, the following web sites can be quite helpful. These sites include great information on creating care plans, as well as templates you can use to improve your own care plans.

      1. CareScribble: Use this nursing care plan editor to create the best course of treatment for your patients.
      2. NursingCrib: Perfect place to go to learn the basics of nursing, and find helpful hints on creating a nursing care plan.
      3. Virtual Nurse: Information on how to write a nursing care plan. Step by step instructions.
      4. Comprehensive Nursing Care Plans: An interactive nursing care site.
      5. Careplans.com: Learn about building plans, and see some samples.
      6. Transitional Care Planning: A great resource for those who want to put together a transitional care plan for patients.
      7. eHow: Simple step-by-step instructions for creating a good care plan.

      Case Studies and Journals

      Get the latest information on treatments and new breakthroughs. You can get access to case studies, as well as to peer-reviewed journals. Make sure you know what’s happening in the world of medicine so that you can apply it as you work with your own patients.

      1. Online Case Studies: Recent case studies that can be of use to just about anyone.
      2. Case Studies in Science: Plenty of medical case studies that are peer-reviewed and full of helpful information.
      3. Transcultural Nursing Case Studies: An interesting look at caring for those in different cultures. A very helpful resource in our shrinking world.
      4. Clinical Nursing Case Studies: Links to different case studies. Great resource for real life examples of nursing.
      5. Medical References: Great access to different reference materials and peer-reviewed journals.
      6. Directory of Open Access Journals: Get access to open access journal articles on nursing.
      7. The American Journal of Nursing: Get access to interesting articles about the latest advancements in nursing.
      8. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing: Keep up with the latest issues in the nursing.

      Profesional Nurse Organizations

      If you are looking to make professional connections and get access to conferences and some other perks, you can visit the web sites of different professional organizations. Check with these organizations for career advancement opportunities, helpful nursing hints, and the latest headlines, nursing issues and more.

      1. International Council of Nurses: Interact with nurses on an international level.
      2. Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses: Connect with other med-surg nurses.
      3. American Nurses Association: Connect with other nurses, and get helpful information and advice.
      4. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners: If you are into advanced nursing practice, this society is for you.
      5. American College of Nurse Midwives: Nurse midwives can get career support and more.
      6. American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants: If you are looking for help from a legal consultant, or if you are one, this is a great resource.
      7. American Assembly for Men in Nursing: Specifically aimed at male nurses.
      8. American Forensic Nurses: An interesting organization for an interesting field in nursing.

      Social Nurse Communities

      Sometimes you just need to kick back and make social connections. Other times you may want to vent about the rigors of your job. Joining a nurse social community can help. You can ask questions, and find friends. These are great places to get practical tips that you can use every day, or meet other nurses.

      1. Nurse.com: A great place for nurses to interact.
      2. Nursing Community: Interact with other nurses, be an advocate, and keep up with news.
      3. Ultimate Nurse: Plenty of nursing discussions, especially on travel nursing.
      4. NurseTogether: Connect with other nurses from around the world.
      5. NursingCenter: Great resources, and chances to chat with others.
      6. allnurses.com: One of the most well-known social sites for nurses.
      7. Nurse Uncut: Candid community for nurses.
      8. Nurse Forum: Head over to NurseTV and connect with your nursing peers.
      9. Nursing Voices: Share your story with friends from around the world.
      25 Useful Blackberry Apps for Nurses http://www.lvntorn.net/25-useful-blackberry-apps-for-nurses.html/ Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:47:00 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=213 Continue reading ]]> Most nurses want to do their best to help patients. In many cases, nurses spend a great deal of time with patients, helping them with their treatment plans, treating their problems, and helping out if problems arise. Many nurses have experience and savvy that make them quite useful, no matter the situation.

      However, it can still help to have the references you need right at your fingertips. Thanks to technology and the rise of the smart phone, this is possible. Blackberry devices can help you get access to just what you need to better care for your patients as a nurse. Here are 25 Blackberry apps that are designed to help health care professionals:

      Medical Reference

      If you want general information about medicine, as well as definitions and other useful features, these Blackberry apps can be quite helpful.

      1. Nursing Central: A great reference for nurses, this blackberry app is perfect for helping you know just hat to do. It’s a bit pricey, but it has almost everything you need to know about nursing. Cost: $149.99
      2. Harrison’s Manual for Mobile and Web: Keep the information from one of the world’s premier medical guides at your fingertips. A great reference resource that includes up to date clinical references on a variety of subjects and conditions. Cost: $59.99
      3. Human Atlas: Few references are as useful as this series of apps aimed at providing images of the human body. Cost: $14.95 for each session or $76.95 for the complete set of apps.
      4. SkyScape Outlines in Clinical Medicine: Find out more about clinical medicine, reading information on new medical topics. Cost: Free
      5. SkyScape Medical Resources: This Blackberry app lets you access a number of references. A great way to get the information you need from a trusted source. Cost: Free
      6. Taber’s Medical Dictionary: Brush up on your medical terms. Not only are there definitions and helpful descriptions, but there are plenty of illustrations. A great way to review different terms, and improve your understanding of jargon. Cost: $49.99
      7. Anesthesia Central: If you are involved in with surgery patients, this Blackberry app is perfect for you . If includes everything you might need to know about treating patients before surgery, as well as during and after. Learn more about tests, drugs and more. A superior medical reference. Cost: $149.99

      Diagnosis and Symptoms

      While nurses can’t “officially” diagnose disease, these Blackberry apps can help you with understanding different conditions, as well as identifying symptoms that can help you provide better care.

      1. Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests: Find out more about different diagnostic tests. Learn what to expect, and how to identify different conditions. Cost: $39.99
      2. ECG Guide: Use this helpful tool to understand different ECGs. A great tool that can help you see examples and prepare for different conditions. Cost: $9.99
      3. SympID Lite: If you are looking for help identifying an issue, this Blackberry app can help. It helps you track symptoms and learn about them. Cost: Free
      4. Skin Cancer Image Viewer: Do you know what different types of skin cancer look like? You can get some help understanding skin cancer and identifying different types with help from these images. Cost: Free
      5. 5 Minute Clinical Consult: One of the coolest apps ever made for Blackberry. Takes you through the diagnosis of hundreds of medical conditions, including pediatric topics. A great way to learn more about various conditions. Cost: $79.99
      6. Johns Hopkins POC-IT ABX Guide: If you need information on symptoms and treatments, this guide is quite helpful. Great for nurses and medical students, this provides some great resources from the experts at Johns Hopkins school. A great way to help you treat patients more effectively. Cost: $29.99
      7. CheckMate: All about the symptoms you find in critical care patients. Designed to help the health care professional figure out how to help those who need fast medical attention. Cost: $69.99
      8. ACP PIER Database – Cardiology: Learn more about matters of the heart. This reference can help you identify heart conditions, as well as other issues, including deep venous thrombosis, lipid disorders and much more. Cost: $59.99

      Drug Applications

      Learn more about different prescription and over the counter drugs, as well as get dosing information. Great Blackberry applications that can help you ensure the best medication for your patients.

      1. Davis’s Drug Guide Mobile and Web: This is the compendium when it comes to drugs. Includes plenty of great features. You get free updates and a free 12-month subscription to the web site when you purchase this Blackberry app. Cost: $49.99
      2. Epocrates Rx: Another well known and respected drug reference, Epocrates offers you the chance to learn more about formulary, interactions and more. Includes prescription drugs and over the counter drugs. Cost: $99.99 for a yearly subscription.
      3. A to Z Drugs: Find out more about different medications. You can cross index this app with other Skyscape drugs. This is a great reference that includes FDa approvals, as well as side effects and indications. Cost: $49.99
      4. RxDrugs: If you are interested in dosing instructions regarding different drugs, this is the Blackberry app for you. Find out just about anything you need to know. Cost: Free
      5. Ah! Guide to Off Label Prescription Drugs: Do you need to get a handle on off label drugs. If you are looking for a helpful guide to prescribing, this is a great reference. Help your patients find alternatives with this Blackberry app. Cost: $2.99
      6. Tarascon Pharmacopoeia: Includes drug tables and calculators as well as information on thousands of drugs. You will also receive free updates to the app when you purchase it. A great way to keep up with all the latest in medications. Cost: $39.99
      7. Monthly Prescribing Reference: Using this reference to help you make the right decisions. It includes information on over the counter drugs as well. Interactions with other drugs, as well as other information. You can also get a desktop version. Cost: Free
      8. mobilePDR for Prescribers: Looks at FDA regulated medications. You will find photographs, and plenty of good information on drug labeling and more. Cost: Free
      9. Medication Infusion: Learn more about how to infuse drugs. Includes a calculator and simple directions for figuring out the infusion amounts for a variety of medications. Cost: $3.99
      10. AnesthesialICU Infusion: If you need to know how to infuse different drugs common to the ICU, this app is for you. Cost: $6.99
      Top 25 Up and Coming Nutrition Blogs http://www.lvntorn.net/top-25-up-and-coming-nutrition-blogs.html/ Mon, 31 Jan 2011 08:36:37 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=202 Continue reading ]]> If you want to live a healthy lifestyle through nutritious foods, you might learn how to eat correctly through blogs offered by registered dietitians (RDs), companies that specialize in nutrition and other professionals. Within the past two years, many nutritionists have come online to offer their advice and recipes through blogs, and we’ve garnered 25 up-and-coming nutrition blogs in this list. The bloggers listed below created their sites in or after March, 2009, and each blog is listed by month of creation within 2009 or 2010.


      1. Nature or NutritionDevinGlage.com: Devin distills health, fitness and nutrition information into easy to understand language for people who find diet and exercise overwhelming. He hopes to show you that your personal well-being is an easily attainable goal (March).
      2. Nutrition Evolution: Nutrition evolution is getting an overhaul as this blogger will offer videos, classes, workshops, and beyond in a mission to educate and inspire people to take charge of their health. This blog focuses on the adage that you are what you eat (March).
      3. Cafe Yumm! Founders Mark and Mary Ann Beauchamp have created a welcoming atmosphere and from the basics of rice and beans, developed a menu balancing a combination of elemental foods with a lighthearted sense of fun (May).
      4. Rain Newsroom Blog: Rain Nutrition began business operations in 2009; building and delivering nutritional products dedicated to aiding modern societies that lack ample nutrition to support and sustain long term health (June).
      5. Food Insight Blog: The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good (September).
      6. Darin’s Naturals: Darin’s Naturals has successfully sourced over 300 unique, sustainable herbs and superfoods throughout the world. Darin’s Naturals has been formulating and consulting for many private companies and professionals (November).
      7. Appetite for Health: Two busy working women who are registered dietitians (RDs) are just as stressed, work too much, have killer cravings, struggle with emotional eating, and do have to watch what they eat or they’ll pack on pounds — just like everyone else. They try to show that healthy eating is delicious, satisfying and always possible, no matter the circumstances (December).
      8. Around the Plate: This blogger’s dream job (now that she is a registered dietitian) is to write nutrition articles for nationwide publications. Her blog, hopefully, will reach an international audience, as it’s clever, interesting and fun to read (December).


      1. Eat Well Thymes: The founder of Eat Well Meal Plans, Jennifer Cohen Katz R.D., is a registered dietitian with a passion for food and cooking. In her private practice, she teaches individuals make the right food choices to help control their weight and prevent or control nutrition-related diseases and still provide enjoyable culinary experiences with a nutritious diet (January).
      2. Food and Nutrition LibraryEating Simple: In conjunction with starting her own nutrition consulting business, several people have told this blogger to start a blog. She includes healthy recipes, nutrition advice, and reviews of the latest and greatest diets on the market (January).
      3. Fit to Eat: Chris Rosenboom is a professor emerita of nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. As a nutrition consultant, she works with companies and organizations to promote healthy living in adults — from athletes to baby boomers (January).
      4. The Perfect Pet Food Blog: What list about nutrition would be complete without a pet food blog about healthy pet food, treats and nutrition? This blog fits the bill for dog and cat owners along with other health news (January).
      5. Peace, Love, and Food: Kara Lydon, Registered Dietitian, believes that nutrition is a fundamental piece in achieving health and wellness. The purpose of her blog is to inspire a peace of mind around what you eat and a love for nutritious food. A reflection of her life based around food, nutrition, and wellness, her blog also provides tips along the way on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. (February).
      6. Dietitians Online Blog: This blog was created to acknowledge the dedication and talents of the registered dietitian on the Internet and to provide reliable on-line food and nutrition information to the media, consumer, health professional and educator (March).
      7. Nutrition for the Future: This blog examines topics related to child nutrition and food in schools. Dayle Hayes, Chair of School Nutrition Services DPG, focuses on positive, creative solutions to childhood weight and health concerns in this blog (March).
      8. Radio Nutrition: Donna Psiaki Feldman, MS RD, has been a registered dietitian for more than 30 years, and consults on nutrition information management, food product development and individual counseling for food allergy, eating disorders, weight management, heart health and childhood nutrition (April).
      9. Nutrition Blog Network: The Nutrition Blog Network is a collection of blogs written by registered dietitians. If you want to learn how you can safely lose those last 5 pounds, find healthy recipes for your family, lower your cholesterol, jump start a healthy lifestyle, seek solutions for your picky preschooler or learn what to eat when you’re pregnant, you can find what you’re looking for in their Nutrition Blog Directory (May).
      10. Skinny Eats Cleveland: “Sue The Caring Foodie” is a lover of healthy foods and cooking and a registered dietitian. She loves to explore her home of Cleveland, Ohio, in search of great food and creative ways to prepare it (May).
      11. The Gluten-Free RD: This blogger’s mission is to provide those on a gluten-free diet with the information and resources they need to strike a balance between eating gluten-free and healthfully, while doing it happily. A registered dietitian and experienced food and nutrition communications professional with Celiac Disease writes this blog (May).
      12. Food SecurityNutrition Warehouse: Nutrition Warehouse provides customers with access to the most sort after quality sports bodybuilding supplements and General Health supplements available at the best price with a professional approach to service and quality (June).
      13. The Best Pickle: A registered dietitian living in Portland, Oregon hopes that by sharing her weekly meal plans, she can inspire others to prepare more home-cooked meals, leading to a resurgence in family dinners, mealtime conversation, and neighborly connections (June).
      14. Foodies Not Fatties: This blog was created to take recipes that are delicious and amazing and tweak them to make them a little bit healthier. In other words, these two registered dietitians have made it a mission to make Paula Deen’s recipes healthier to eat (July).
      15. Nutritiously Happy: Torey Jones is a registered dietitian and nutrition writer and speaker in Chicago who currently works in medical nutrition therapy as a clinical dietitian. She subscribes to a simple and basic approach to nutrition, doesn’t dwell on the nutrient composition of foods, and doesn’t count calories (July).
      16. Little Green Blog: If you’re looking for topics such as environmental issues, eco-conscious, sustainable living, gardening, self sufficiency, real food, frugality, reducing energy usage, reusing, reducing, recycling, recipes, repairs, fair trade, organic, making your own cleaning products and natural healing methods, this is your blog (August).
      17. The Nutrition Twins: Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse (“Lyssie”) Lakatos share more than identical features; they share identical success in the competitive field of nutrition and wellness. Tammy and Lyssie have become known for their unique approach to nutrition counseling, corporate lecturing, writing, making media appearances and consulting to multinational food companies (October).
      Top 50 eBooks for Nurses http://www.lvntorn.net/top-50-ebooks-for-nurses.html/ Sat, 04 Dec 2010 02:16:07 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=187 Continue reading ]]> Technology is making it increasingly easy to carry references around with us. Nurses are likely to find that they can use mobile devices and ereaders to keep up with the latest techniques and health news, as well as study and increase their knowledge. Being able to carry a medical library around with you is a great advantage for a nurse, since it provides you with a handy reference in a variety of situations. Student nurses can also benefit by being able to use ebooks as study aids when they have a few minutes, or when they are commuting to and from school. If you are looking for a way to improve your knowledge, and to find a quick reference when you need it, here are 50 great ebooks for nurses:

      General Reference

      Helpful insights into general information that nurses often need to have. Get information from these books, and brush up on procedures and other health related items.

      1. The Merck Manual: This medical reference is helpful for any nurse looking to find information on different diseases and treatments. Cost: $49.95
      2. Obstetrics For Nurses: A great resource for you to learn more about obstetrics. Cost: Free
      3. Fundamentals of Nursing: Get this helpful book for a reminder of the basics associated with nursing. Cost: $63.80
      4. Moby’s Medical Encyclopedia: Get references for medicine, and helpful information on a variety of subjects. Cost: Free
      5. Principles of Epidemiology: A great reference for learning about epidemiology, especially in public health. Cost: Free
      6. The Clinical Medicine Consult: Looks at different medical conditions and includes useful information. Cost: $68.95
      7. Medical Calculator Pocket: A great reference containing medical formulas. Cost: $16.95
      8. Medical Abbreviations and Terminology: Get a good look at different abbreviations. Cost: $9.95
      9. Bantam Medical Dictionary: A simple reference to medical terms. Cost: $7.50
      10. Harrison’s Manual of Medicine: Helpful hints and easy reference. Cost: $59.95
      11. Nursing and Physical Assessment Study Guide: Learn more about assessing patients. Cost: $19.99


      From drug reference to dosing, these ebooks can be quite helpful. Get access to drug information and hints with these ebooks.

      1. ABX Guide: Johns Hopkins University offers this helpful guide to antibiotics. Cost: $24.95
      2. Drug Calculations for Nurses: This ebook offers a helpful look at dosage calculations. Cost: Free
      3. Drug Class Reviews: A look at the safety and effectiveness of different drugs. Cost: Free
      4. Davis’s Drug Guide: Get helpful information on drugs, and guidance for name brand and generic drugs. Cost: $49.95
      5. Clinician’s Pocket Drug Reference: A quick reference to different commonly used medications. Cost: $12.95
      6. Nurse’s Pocket Drug Guide: A helpful reference aimed just at nurses. Cost: $12.95
      7. Pharmacology Study Guide: Great look at drugs and other pharmacology related topics. Cost: $19.99
      8. Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia: A great reference for nurses involved with anesthesia. An interesting and enlightening read. Cost: $80.00
      9. Drug Therapy Pocket: Helpful insights into different drug therapies. Cost: $16.95
      10. Drug Education Library: This includes publications on different dangerous drugs, from alcohol to cocaine.


      Study human anatomy and physiology. These are great ebooks for understanding how the human body works, helping you become a better nurse.

      1. Human Anatomy and Physiology Study Guide: Helpful look at human anatomy. Cost: $9.99
      2. Atlas of Human Anatomy: This is a cool book published in 1841, with great pictures of human anatomy. Cost: Free
      3. Anatomy of the Human Body: The 1918 version of Gray’s famous book.
      4. Heptology 2010: Learn more about the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and other related organs. A great look at how these organs work in the body. Cost: Free
      5. Cardiology Explained: A simple and helpful book about cardiology. Straightforward and interesting. Cost: Free
      6. The Brain From Top To Bottom: A great read from the Canadian Institute of Neurosciences.
      7. Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology: Learn more about the skin. Cost: $74.95
      8. A Practical Physiology eBook: Helpful look at human physiology for your use. Cost: Free
      9. Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology: A great look at how the human body works. Cost: $64.95
      10. Cliffs Quick Review – Anatomy and Physiology: Reference to help you quickly brush up on the human body. Cost: $9.99

      Mental Health

      Learn how to help those with mental health issues. These helpful ebooks can provide you with good references and useful insights.

      1. Quick Reference to the DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria: Helpful information from the American Psychiatric Association. Cost: $35.00
      2. Quick Reference to APA Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: A helpful look at psychiatric disorders. Cost: $44.95
      3. Introducing Mental Health: A useful primer on mental health. Cost: $39.95
      4. Mental Health Context: The World Health Organization offers insights into mental health on a global scale. Cost: $18.00
      5. The Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide: Nurses can get valuable insight about Aspergers from this book. Cost: $37.00
      6. Women and Depression: Discovering Hope: A helpful guide about helping women through depression. Cost: Free
      7. Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Helpful for young people. Cost: $44.99
      8. Primary Care Mental Health: The basics of mental health care. Cost: $63.00
      9. Mental Health Atlas: Another helpful mental health publication from the World Health Organization. Cost: $45.00

      Patient Care

      You can be a better nurse when you understand how to help your patients live healthier lives, and when you improve your manner.

      1. Medical Spanish Pocket Plus: Nurses can benefit from knowing how to communicate with Spanish speaking patients about things that affect them. Cost: $24.95
      2. Nursing notes the easy way: Learn how to write effective and useful nursing notes. Cost: $3.00
      3. Clinical Wound Care and Skin Infections: Helpful look at caring for wound care. Cost: $12.95
      4. Nutrition Study Guide: A great help to nurses who want to be able to counsel their patients about proper nutrition. Cost: $19.99
      5. ABC of Nutrition: Guidelines on nutrition, as well as information on the benefits of good nutrition. Cost: $29.95
      6. The Complete Nutrition Counter: Great information on different foods, and handy information on nutrients. Cost: $7.99
      7. Nutrition Almanac: An easy reference covering the essentials of nutrition and its importance to the body. Cost: $19.95
      8. 5-Factor Fitness: Nurses can benefit from learning from this fitness ebook. Helpful look at exercise. Cost: $12.99
      9. Exercise Therapy: Helpful look at how physical activity can help improve health outcomes. Great for nurses looking to help their patients. Cost: $51.95
      10. Exercise, Nutrition and the Older Woman: Great primer on exercise for seniors. A great help for nurses looking for insight. Cost: $109.95
      Top 10 Most Influential Nursing Professors http://www.lvntorn.net/top-10-most-influential-nursing-professors.html/ Thu, 23 Sep 2010 23:32:30 +0000 http://www.lvntorn.net/?p=173 Continue reading ]]> The path to becoming a Registered Nurse doesn’t need to end with an RN degree. The RN can forge forward to gain new credentials, new focuses for research and the ability to gain influence and achievements through nursing education and beyond. The following top 10 most influential nursing professors are just a handful of representatives for the nursing education field. They influence students and their peers in their research focuses and achievements. As a student, you might seek out their knowledge by attending the schools where they teach or by reading about their work to learn more about your own nursing focus — which may include teaching.

      The following individuals are listed in alphabetical order by surname.

      1. Kristen ArchboldKristen Hedger Archbold, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing and an expert in the area of sleep disorders and sleep research. She recently received a five-year $2-million grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to study the effects of a ventilator therapy on behavior and cognition in school-aged children who stop breathing during sleep, a condition called obstructive sleep apnea. This study is the first known to use a placebo or sham PAP ventilator, created by Kristen and her research team, in school-aged children and compare it to actual PAP.
      2. Linda BaumannLinda C. Baumann, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Nursing, and an expert on global health in developing countries, chronic disease management, health promotion of physical activity and healthy eating. She has conducted both experimental and descriptive studies of how a person’s beliefs about symptoms and illness influence health-related actions. Recent work focuses on health disparities of race/ethnicity and income in relationship to healthy lifestyle changes in diet and physical activity and she has expanded her research into Vietnam, where she is a member of the National Institute of Research Strategies for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders Control.
      3. Carlton BrownCarlton G. Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN, is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing and the president of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). He uses the ONS platform to lobby for better legislation to assist patients and the nurses who care for them.Dr. Brown’s book, A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management, provides detailed coverage of symptoms and conditions affecting people with cancer. This summer, he received an Award of Excellence in the 22nd annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, sponsored by Writing That Works.
      4. D. Anthony ForresterD. Anthony “Tony” Forrester, RN, PhD, ANEF, a professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing in Newark and is clinical professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at UMDNJ’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). He is also Professor in Residence and Interdisciplinary Health Research Consultant at Morristown Memorial Hospital and an expert faculty member for the Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development Program. His areas of expertise and specialization in nursing clinical practice are: adult emergency/trauma, critical care, and psychiatric/mental health nursing.
      5. Mary Beth HappMary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor in the Acute and Tertiary Care Department at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing, with secondary appointments in Critical Care Medicine, the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, and at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (adjunct). Widely published in gerontology and critical care, Dr. Happ’s research is focused on developing and testing the “SPEACS” nurse training program, to improve communication with nonspeaking, critically ill patients. She received the 2010 Eastern Nursing Research Society John A. Hartford Geriatric Research Award for her significant contributions to nursing research directed toward the older adult population.
      6. Kathryn LaughonKathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, is an associate professor of nursing at the University of Virginia and an expert in intimate partner violence and risk factors for intimate partner homicide and safety planning. In 2008, she was one of 15 junior faculty in the nation to receive an inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar award. Dr. Laughon currently is principle investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to test an intervention for guardians of children orphaned by intimate partner homicide. She is also a forensic nurse examiner and conducts evidence collection and provides care to victims of sexual assault.
      7. Courtney LyderCourtney Lyder, ND, GNP, FAAN, was the first minority to earn tenure at Yale’s School of Nursing and the second youngest member inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. As the new dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, Lyder is the first African-American male to lead a U.S. nursing school, and one of fewer than 3 percent of U.S. deans under age 45. He is a nationally recognized expert on minority aging and served as a senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he has influenced federal regulations and policies related to elder care throughout the U.S.
      8. Linda SarnaLinda Sarna, DNSc, RN, FAAN, AOCN, is a professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and an expert on oncology nursing and tobacco control. She helped establish one of the nation’s first oncology nursing specialty programs at the UCLA School of Nursing more than 30 years ago, and recently was appointed to the school’s Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing. As principal investigator for the Tobacco Free Nurses initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sarna led the first-ever nationwide program to help nurses quit smoking and to promote nursing involvement and leadership in tobacco control.
      9. Mary Lou SoleMary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCRN, FAAN, a professor in UCF’s College of Nursing, also oversees the adult-gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track for the new post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She is an expert in the area of airway management and mechanical ventilation, infection prevention in acute care, and critical care nursing. She also is the lead investigator on a National Institutes of Health nursing research grant related to airway management in critically ill patients. Her book, Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, currently in its fifth edition, was named the 2010 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing.
      10. Lin ZhanLin Zhan, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a professor and director of PhD Program in Nursing in the Department of Nursing, School of Health and Environment at UMass-Lowell. She is a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing and serves on the Academy’s Expert Panel on Aging. Her research focuses on quality of life for older adults and ethnic minorities. Her scholarly work is evident by funded research projects and publication in and research-based peer reviewed publications. In 2000, her book, Asian Voices: Asian and Asian American Health Educators Speak Out, received “”he Book of the Year” award by the American Journal of Nursing for outstanding professional development.