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Today's Top Beats

⭐ Unionizing in PA
🔄 Highest Turnover Specialties

🛑 WFH Domestic Violence

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Memento vivere,
Kelly McClure
Managing Editor

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Tribal Nurses

For many American Indian students, the typical nursing program doesn’t hold much interest β€” they may be older, non-traditional students, are parents, need to work outside of schooling, and/or don’t want to be far from their families and communities. Thankfully, indigenous-specific programs, many supported by Indian Health Services grants, at colleges across the country (such as the University of Arizona and Minnesota State) are helping not just with financials but also culturally relevant mentoring, professional development, test preparation, and job placement.

Votes to Unionize

About 40 per diem nurses at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, Pennsylvania β€” part of Prime Healthcare, based in Ontario, California β€” have voted to unionize. If certified, the nurses will join the Nurses Association of Lower Bucks Hospital, a union affiliated with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. Some 200 unionized nurses and licensed practical nurses at Lower Bucks and Suburban Community Hospital are negotiating contracts.

Highest Nurse Turnover Specialties

In 2022, the national nurse turnover rate was 22.5%, according to the NSI National Health Care Retention & RN Staffing Survey. If you’re looking to switch RN specialties to one with more job openings, you might want to check out the three specialties with the highest turnover rates β€” telemetry (27.1%), step down (23.7%), and medical-surgical (23.1%). At the other end of the spectrum are women’s health (17.2%), pediatrics (17.1%), and surgical services (16%). For advanced practice, patient care technicians and certified nursing assistants outpace all other nursing jobs with turnover rates exceeding 30%.



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The Risk of Domestic Violence When Working From Home

A recent study of over 13,000 cis-gender women across 30 countries showed that over 15.5% of those women experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) during the Covid-19 pandemic. With nursing being a female-dominated profession, being a work-from-home nurse could put you in a dangerous situation by being in even closer quarters with your abuser.

Dr. Kelsey Latimer, a nurse and clinical psychologist at KML Psychological Services, says that all types of domestic violence have one thing in common: It’s about control. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional, or another kind of abuse, if one partner is exercising control, that is cause for concern.Β 

If you or someone you know is struggling with domestic violence or abuse and needs to make a safety plan, call or chat with the free National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.

Read the full article here for more information.

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Gratitude Giveaway

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5 Tips to Ace Your Nursing School Exams

We’ve got the best tips to help you conquer nursing school this semester!


Free CEUs!

Perioperative nurses, get yourself some free CEU’s from Pfiedler Education, a division of AORN. You can choose from eBooks or live webinars that cover a variety of perioperative topics, from safe patient positioning to the latest technologies.


Let’s Just Cruise

Have you wondered what it would be like to travel the world for a living? Read here to learn more about the luxurious life of a cruise doctor’s wife. Should we all just quit our jobs and become cruise nurses?


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