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CRNA Legend Goldie Brangman Shares Story On Treating Dr. Martin Luther King

By Angelina Gibson Goldie D. Brangman, CRNA, MEd, MBA, the first and only African American president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetics once cared for one of the most ...

5 Types Of Nursing Students

By Blake Lynch, "Nurse Blake" Are you a nursing student? Have you been to nursing school? Do you teach nursing students? If so, I give it a 110% chance you’ve ...

Health Policy Nurses Share Their Voices to Make Things Better

By Lee Nelson Marketa Houskova got involved in politics and the political process while being a registered nurse in the then-Czechoslovakia. She took part in a non-violent transition of power ...

Navy Sailor Shocks Nurse Mom At Work With Epic Surprise

By Angelina Gibson, Nurse.org Staff Writer Kenika Johnson, an OR surgical nurse at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, received a priceless gift this holiday season. Her youngest son, 18-year old Martavious ...

'Elf On The Shelf' Went To The Hospital This Year - We Have Pics To Prove It!

By Angelina Gibson, Nurse.org Staff Writer Elf on the shelf has been extra busy this year reporting back to Santa on his naughty and nice list. Flying back and forth ...

You Might Be A Nurse If You Do These 10 Things

Nurses are awesomely unique people with huge hearts. Here are 10 signs that you are a nurse (and we thank you!) 1. You can read a Doctor's handwriting. This takes ...

3 Times Patients Changed Their Nurse's Lives Without Knowing It.

By Lee Nelson Everyone has that person that stands out in our hearts and minds. They might have been a teacher, coach, aunt, neighbor or boss. Well, nurses also experience ...

Watch Now: Top 5 Things Every Nurse Needs In The Isolation Room

By: Blake Lynch, "Nurse Blake" I'm that annoying nurse who sometimes forgets essential supplies when entering an isolation room. Ok, who am I kidding? I forget these items all the ...

Nightingale Express: RN Launches Custom Gift Box Service For Nurses

As a travel nurse with over four years of experience in a pediatric cardiac critical care unit, Aishleen O’Brien, had frequently been asked: “what’s the best way to thank a ...

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Nurse - Newbie Nurse Confessions

By Lee Nelson Being a newly graduated nurse and starting your first job is a tough road - there are new technologies to learn, life and death situations to deal ...

Millennial Nurses 'Know It All' - Generational Stereotypes In Nursing Exposed

By Dawn Papandrea There was a time when nursing was mostly made up of young women who went straight into the profession after high school and worked their way up. ...

Feeling Burned Out At Work? Travel Nursing Helped This Nurse - Here's Why.

By Leah Helmbrecht, RN, BSN, Travel Nurse When I was in nursing school I was asked many times, “why do you want to be a nurse?” The answer I would ...

2-Year-Old Who Was Denied Dad's 100% Match Kidney - Is Hospitalized.

Emory Healthcare in Atlanta GA has reportedly postponed 2-year-old A.J. Burgess’ kidney transplant, for 3 months, until his father proves that he can comply with probation. A.J.’s Father, Anthony Dickerson, ...

Cuteness Overload! Hospital Dresses Newborn Babies As Pumpkins.

By: Angelina Gibson Here's a major dose of cuteness-overload for you this Halloween! Photo: Allegheny Health Network Staff at Allegheny Health Network’s Forbes Hospital in Pittsburgh made a special birthday ...

16 Funniest Nurse Jokes - NIGHT Shift Edition.

Whether you're a nurse who loves or hates working night shift - you have to laugh at these! Because, night shift is awesome - wait what day is it again? ...

Nurse Story: Newbie Nurse Saves Passenger On A Plane

By Brittany Hamstra, RN The following is a true story that happened within my first 6 months of becoming an RN. I wrote about this experience to remind myself why ...

Speedy Recovery: Life of A NASCAR Nurse

By Lee Nelson It was decades ago that a nursing co-worker invited Lori Sheppard and her husband to the Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. Before this, Lori had little experience ...

Flight Nursing: Let Your Career Soar

By Lee Nelson As a flight nurse, Kelley Holdren has helped many people survive the worst days of their lives. Because patient transport usually occurs in emergency situations or acute ...

Nurses of Instagram: Saving Lives, Empowering Women And Running Business.

By Angelina Gibson The real nurses of Instagram show women that the #glowup is real and that degrees and big dreams change lives. While they might debunk that picture perfect ...

From Childhood Cancer Survivor To Nurse At The Hospital Where She Was Treated

By Angelina Gibson Nurse Montana Brown has overcome cancer twice in her lifetime—at just 24 years of age. She spent years of her childhood at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) ...

Even A Hurricane Couldn't Stop These Nurses From Celebrating

By Angelina Gibson While most 3-year-old girls have balloons and cake on their birthdays, little Willow Stine was preparing for her first round of chemotherapy. Willow was diagnosed with leukemia ...

Nurse's Viral Facebook Post Only Tells Half The Story

By Angelina Gibson From frying chicken to saving lives. Nurse Faye Lewis’ viral facebook post has been shared more than 100,000 times - and for good reason. It shows the ...

The "Murses" Of Instagram: Saving Lives And Breaking Stereotypes

By Angelina Gibson It’s funny how people joke about being “Instagram famous”...like it’s a bad thing. With over 700 million users, Instagram has the ability to influence society across boundaries. ...

6 Times Nurses Restored Your Faith In Humanity

By Brittany Hamstra, RN As you may imagine, working as a nurse on a pediatric oncology floor comes with its fair share of difficult times and heartbreaking moments. That’s why ...

12 Amazing Travel Nursing Positions Hiring Immediately

Tired of hospital politics? Me too. Looking for a new adventure? Who isn't. Nursing can be an exhausting and frustrating at times, so its no wonder travel nursing has become ...

Guaranteed Nursing Moments of Happiness in Hospital Corridors

Let's face it, being a nurse has its ups and downs. Moments of sadness, frustration, anger, shock. Moments of happiness, laughter, fun, thankfulness. We've gathered five of our favorite happy ...

Because Nursing Is In Your Blood

By Kathleen Colduvell RN, BSN, BA, CBCMy mom is a nurse. So are my aunt, my uncle, and three of my cousins. Needless to say, if someone ever gets hurt ...

ANA President Pam Cipriano on Healthy Nurses and a Healthy Nation

During Nurses Week, I was lucky enough to sit down for a conversation with Pam Cipriano, the President of The American Nurses Association (ANA). President Cipriano was in Santa Fe ...

Why This Millennial Became A Nurse Practitioner

By Charlene Platon, MS, RN, FNP-BC “Where do you see yourself in five years?” This question was the most common that I was asked during interviews for RN positions. Now, ...

Meet the Nurse Who's Changing Palliative Care As We Know It

By Charlene Platon, MS, RN, FNP-BC Suzanne Gwynn, a critical care nurse from Seattle, has met many patients throughout her career. Several times while caring for these patients, she's thought, ...

Nurse Appointed As Acting Surgeon General

When President Trump requested the resignation of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD in April, no one knew that the acting Surgeon General appointed by the president would be a nurse. ...

The Best Career Advice From 30 Leaders In The Nursing Field

Ask a nurse you admire how they got to where they are and more often than not, they'll point to a mentor or preceptor who helped them along the way. ...

How A Nurse Saved Jimmy Kimmel's Newborn Son

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC When Jimmy Kimmel shared the heartbreaking story of his newborn son’s brush with death and (ultimately successful) emergency heart surgery, his first words of ...

Meet Linda Scruggs - Unboxing Her Nursing Career

Linda Scruggs RN, BSN has specialized for over 12 years in reproductive medicine and women's health as a registered nurse. She is a mom of two young children and her ...

New Grad Nurse Skipped the Hospital

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC When I finished nursing school, I told my classmates and professors that I wasn’t going to look for a hospital or med/surg job. You ...

Meet Angela Brooks - From Nurse To Entrepreneur

Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after working in mental health for 25 1/2 years. She built her 6-figure business part-time on her lunch break. Now she helps entrepreneurs use ...

Meet Kate Doubler: Cooking Her Way To A Healthy Life

Kate Doubler is the author behind the blog Real Food RN. A busy working mom of three young children, a Nurse and a Real Food blogger. In today’s interview, Kate ...

Meet Denetra Hampton: Leading the Way for Diversity

Denetra Hampton is an advocate for nursing education. As a nurse entrepreneur, she has built an educational empire that includes an EdTech startup, a nursing education and study center, nursing ...

Meet LeAnn Thieman: Serving Chicken Soup For Nurses' Souls

LeAnn Thieman, Hall of Fame speaker and nurse, is the New York Times best-selling author of 14 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, including her newest, “Chicken Soup for the ...

Meet Renee Thompson: Leading The Fight Against Nurse Bullying

Dr. Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN is an adult clinical practice and professional development expert. After more than 25 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator and nurse executive, Renee ...

Meet Megen Duffy: Not Nurse Ratched

Writer, editor, nurse, and a passionate voice of the nurse community- meet Megen Duffy! In this interview, she talks about how her experience of nursing seeps into her passion for ...

Meet Craig Erickson: Keeping It Real For Nurses

Craig Erickson, RN, BSN graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 1986. He has been a critical care nurse for 27 years, with most of that time ...

Meet Carol Gino: International Best-selling Author of "The Nurse's Story"

Carol Gino RN, MA , has been a nurse, author and teacher for many years. She was the close companion of Mario Puzo, the famed writer of The Godfather. As ...

Meet Elizabeth Scala: Helping Nurses Find Balance

Keynote speaker and bestselling author, Elizabeth Scala MSN/MBA, RN, partners with hospitals, nursing schools, and nurse associations to transform the field of nursing from the inside out. As the host ...

Nurse Writers: Telling Your Patients' Stories

By Anne Devine, MA, BSN As a nurse turned writer, I often think back on patients I cared for in my nearly 10 years of clinical experience. What do I ...

A Seattle Nurse Gives Back To Patients In A Big Way

By Nurse.org Staff Writer In light of the negative and sometimes angry political rhetoric occurring these days, it can be difficult to feel inspired by our fellow human beings. However, ...

Meet Kathy Quan: Influencing Nurses for Over Thirty Years

Kathy Quan has been a nurse in home health care for over thirty years. She was also a field nurse who then moved into the roles of nursing supervisor and ...

Meet Nacole Riccaboni: Helping Nurses Thrive

Nacole Riccaboni is a passionate registered nurse who enjoys helping prospective, new and experienced nurses through her YouTube Channel and blog, Nurse Nacole. In this interview Nacole discusses her nursing ...

The Day That Made Me Rethink It All!

By Ashley Newson As a senior trauma nurse, I felt I had built up quite the wall. I had dealt with hundreds of traumas and many awful situations, and I ...

Meet Beth Hawkes: A Nurse's Nurse

Beth Hawkes is a career advice columnist, writer, speaker, educator and subject matter expert with a long and successful career in acute care. She blogs about professional development and all ...

Why Do We Do It? - The Paths Of Three Successful Nurses

By Lee Nelson The reasons people choose certain professions can be as diverse as the individuals themselves. For those who become nurses, it can be something they’ve dreamt of doing ...

Meet Nachole Johnson: "Renursing" The Profession

Since she began her nursing career in 2001, Nachole Johnson has accumulated a wealth of experience in infusion therapy, urgent care, cardiovascular ICU, travel nursing, and many more nursing fields. ...

Small Town Girl Turned World Traveler

Written By: Marissa Mararac Born and raised in Rosebud, Texas with a population of approximately 1,300 people, Courtni Sladek always had the urge to travel. She just never expected her ...

Top 5 Most Important Nurses In History (Besides Florence Nightingale)

We have nothing against Florence Nightingale -- what an amazing inspiration to nurses everywhere. But can you say overexposure!? She pretty much comes in at #1 on every “important nurses” ...

NICU Nurse Stories – Heartbreaks and Triumphs of Caring for Premature Babies

By Kathleen Colduvell RN, BSN, BA, CBC Imagine a unit with dozens of alarms beeping, babies crying, ventilators binging, ECMO circuits cutting out, x-rays being taken, and bedside surgeries underway. ...

A Mom's Story of Stillbirth and Those who Helped her Through

The morning started off early for me. Even though I was a mom with two kids, they generally slept in until at least 8 am. Seeing 6 am on my ...

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