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Career Sphere

From your first nursing position out of school to retirement, you’ll need to tend to your career to ensure your clinical skills are up to date, you’re ready to take on new tasks and leadership opportunities, and are practicing at a level that is both satisfying to you and provides the best patient care. The articles that follow provide a wealth of information on these topics and more.

December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

Combine your nursing skills with forensic science to help victims of violence and trauma

Forensic nursing is a specialized nursing field focused on providing nursing care to patient populations affected by violence and trauma.
Forensic nursing integrates nursing concepts with legal and forensic science concepts.
The scope of forensic . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

Simulation can help build confidence and improve communication skills.

Mentoring provides an extension to the preceptor role by focusing on the human connection and relationship building.
Nurse practitioner preceptors have self-identified their lack of mentoring skills and require training in mentoring communication skills.
Simulation is a form of . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Mentoring is successful only when both the mentor and mentee contribute.

Formal or informal mentorship can promote the longevity of mentees.
Mentorship can create pride in mentees while simultaneously increasing the confidence of mentors.
Mentorships drive the nursing profession forward by building self-confidence, which can help reduce attrition . . .

August 2018 Vol. 13 No. 8

Don’t be overwhelmed by your new role—make a plan for success.

Transitioning into a clinical educator role is both rewarding and challenging.
Prepare for the clinical educator role by establishing a relationship with the academic institution and learning about the clinical site.
Build relationships with the students . . .

July 2018 Vol. 13 No. 7

This growing field provides opportunities for nurses.

Nurses provide clinical leadership in assisted living.
The assisted living healthcare setting offers many nursing rewards and challenges.
Assisted living nurse skills include effective communication, creative problem-solving, strong clinical judgement, and critical thinking.

By Leslie Tripp, MSN/MHA, RN, RCFE

According . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

Prepare for a timely, goal-oriented, forward-thinking discussion.

Having crucial conversations regarding suggestions for improvement serves as an important method for supporting professional growth of novice nurses.
Delivering constructive feedback following a structured approach can yield positive goal-oriented results to help ensure the delivering of efficient, safe . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

Use this guide to plan large and small events.

Because no universal guide exists for coordinating a professional meeting, these 10 steps may prove useful as you plan your next event.
The steps to planning a successful conference include booking the location, creating a budget, building a team, reviewing . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

Organize, communicate, and document for a successful clinical nursing instructor experience.

The transition from expert clinician to novice clinical instructor requires a shift in thinking.
Today’s nursing programs are placing more emphasis on critical thinking and safe patient care using current best evidence.

By Melinda Bowman, MSN, RN . . .

March 2018 Vol. 13 No. 3

Learn the rules and what to do if you make a mistake.

For nurses, social media use has daily applications in their personal and professional lives, facilitating conversations with colleagues about best practices and advancing healthcare.
Inappropriate use of social media can create legal problems for nurses, including job . . .

February 2018 Vol. 13 No. 2

Making a connection between your opening and closing engages the audience and enhances learning.

By Tresa Kaur, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE, CTN-A


Presentations are most effective when they start with a strong commitment to the audience with measurable objectives.
Presentations should end with a restatement of the . . .

February 2018 Vol. 13 No. 2

Learn how to bring the patient-simulator experience to nursing units to prepare for emergencies.

Bring the patient simulator experience to your unit to practice mock codes.
Ensure your nursing staff knows how to call a code.
Confirm  nurses are comfortable with their crash carts on the unit.

By . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

Help protect the health, welfare, and safety of the public.

Serving on your board of nursing is challenging and rewarding.
Success requires learning and understanding the many facets of board service.
Serving on your board of nursing allows you to make a meaningful contribution to the profession.

By Barbara . . .

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