Sunday, July 24, 2011

Different Registered Nurse Jobs Available

There are a lot of job opportunities for nurses. In fact, they make up the largest population among health care professional groups. In hospitals, sixty percent of jobs are registered nurse jobs. Below is a list of common hospital jobs for this profession.

Education Requirements

Before you can apply for a RN job, you must first get the proper education and training. You can choose between the three training programs offered by different universities and colleges. You can opt for a four-year Bachelor in Science in Nursing degree, an accelerated BSN degree or a two-year associate degree. As soon as you finish your education, you can take the National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX. Once you pass, you can apply for entry level registered nurse jobs.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Evolution of Nurse Uniforms

Have you ever wondered why nurses wear white uniforms? Who invented and practiced wearing white uniforms? This article presents an overview and history of nursing uniforms.


There is a dramatic transition and alteration of nurses' uniforms since its inception during the 19th century. From starched uniform, it evolved to comfortable unisex scrubs, but their styles are based according to the country where they worked, functionality and time period.

Before the 1800s, the uniform was based on the casual uniform worn by nuns and monks who took care of patients in military hospitals and churches. During those times, nursing was not considered a respectable profession until the evolution of Military Nursing during Crimean war. It was Florence Nightingale's contribution that paved the way for the creation of the Nightingale Training School for Nurses at Saint Thomas Hospital in London, England in 1860. It was also in this period that the first formal and recognized nursing uniform evolved.

The first uniform is a full-length gray dress with white aprons and it covered the entire body with only the hands and the face left uncovered. This type of clothing allowed them to treat patients effectively and maintain respectable appearance as well.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Alternatives in Nursing: Is It Time For You?

Many people, almost 3 million, have chosen to make nursing their career. Many of those people are satisfied with their choice, while others have run into large roadblocks. Nursing today has advanced so far that there are many routes to circumvent any roadblock that may arise.

We often use the word empowerment in nursing. How to empower nurses, patients and every person we encounter in life. It is high time that we take our words seriously. We must learn that with the proper effort, any goal is within our reach. We need to realize that many of the obstructions preventing our progress are often self-imposed. We need to break through these barriers to let the nurse in each of us go forth to make a positive influence in the world. An exceedingly lofty goal? I set my personal sights in life at a very high level! Truly, we all should aim high.