What is The Value of a Nurse?

A few weeks ago, while preparing for  a conference call with a representative of a continuing education company interested in my writing services, I realized I had no idea what to ask for as a starting point in negotiating payment. I searched online, but despite the wealth of information available, I was unable to find anything informative on what…

Nurses, Social Media, and Social Networking: Where Are We?

NURSES NEEDED IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA UNIVERSE In 2015 I completed  the Certificate in Editing from New York University. During the program I met people from several different fields: journalism, fashion, politics, diplomacy, sports, publishing, television, art, science and more. Some, like me, were in pursuit of the certificate in editing; some, the certificate in magazine and…

HAVE RN LICENSE – WILL TRAVEL

Travel and Nursing are two words rarely used together, yet travel nursing can be a stimulating, exciting, and rewarding career choice for nurses. Travel nurses are registered nurses and advance practice nurses who accept assignments for weeks, months, or in some cases years, either through nursing agencies or through direct recruitment by hospitals or other…

NP Certification Exam Over. What’s Next?

  If you’ve been a nurse practitioner (NP) student for the past 3, 4, or more years and you’re planning to take a national certification exam weeks or months after graduation, here’s something to consider: The day after you take the exam, get on a plane and leave that long hard obstacle-ridden road behind you. It’s one of the…

Nurses Week and Nurses Day: Please, No Pens!

Nurses Week recognizes professional nurses’ contribution to healthcare. The nation will recognize professional nursing from May 6th to May 12th, the birth date of Florence Nightingale. I encourage you to read this 2014 New York Times article on Nightingale. You’ll be surprised by the differences between the real person and the image of Florence Nightingale we often perceive. A Brief History of…

Pay Gender Gap in Nursing: A Female-Dominant Profession

Male registered nurses make $5,100 more per year than their female colleagues. Earlier this week major news outlets, including the New York Times, published articles on this research finding that, for at least 48 hours, set off a few flares. The March 24th issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association,  published results of this research…

Surgical Patient Safety: We Still Can’t Get It Right

“How to Make Surgery Safer“, an article by Laura Landro published in the February 17th issue of The Wall Street Journal,  focuses on preventable surgical and hospital errors that increase surgical risks and cause poor patient outcomes including death, permanent injury, and temporary injury.  The article also  focuses on efforts to decrease the risks of these disturbing occurrences….

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Welcome to MedHealthTalk. MedHealthTalk is a blog that looks at health and healthcare topics from the perspective of a healthcare provider and offers the chance to discuss the subtle and surprising influences  on health, and the effect of the healthcare system on both patients and providers.  Please see the About page. The guide to this blog is…