The Pulse of the Profession
Welcome to the ShiftMed blog where we discuss everything nursing, from professional insights to healthcare holidays to helpful hints for working with us.
Whether you’re taking care of a family member at home or a patient in the hospital, the care and compassion you provide are nothing short of amazing. And it’s why we want to celebrate everyone in healthcare on National Caregivers Day. But there’s more to this observed holiday than meets the eye.
From the Crimean War to the present, nurses of color have and continue to devote their lives to caring for others. Given that February is Black History Month, it’s the perfect time to celebrate eight Black nurses who changed history forever. However, this is only a sample of the myriad of amazing Black nurses who have helped shape and advance the nursing profession.
A career in nursing includes many benefits. Nursing offers challenging, exciting, and varied work that allows you to make a daily difference in people's lives. You'll have many options to practice your craft and grow professionally. Nurses deal with many aspects of patient care and can enjoy a variety in their routine.
If you're a nurse staff manager or nursing manager, you know that safe and effective nurse staffing requires more than proper staff training and the necessary skills. It also relies on thoughtful nurse management, deployment and support, and good leadership at every level.
Between the exodus of nurses leaving their profession, the global pandemic's repercussions (more on-the-job demand with fewer resources and more stress and burnout), and estimates that an additional 500,000 nurses are retiring, the U.S. will soon be short about 1.1 million nurses.