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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Be Careful of Generic Drugs from Around the World

As a nurse, I often encounter patients that end up in the emergency room because they decided to purchase generic drugs from that were purchased online or from an unknown source.

Even though many companies that offer generic drugs do provide great products like the ones that are made in Canada for example do provide safe and effective products, they are many other places, especially the internet where one should be wary of.

One of the best example is for generic viagra that is bought online.  Even though about 10% of these online site for sildenafil citrate are quality products, is it really worth the risk?

For example, we usually get a few cases per month where a male patient will come to the emergency room with heart problems or an erection that will not let up.  In most cases, that was due to the patient purchasing generic viagra online from an unknown company.  Here are some statistics of emergency room visits due to ED(Erectile Dysfunction)

If you do decide to purchase it, please make sure that it is from a company that is known and that has been recommended by someone you trust that has actually tried out the product.

So let's keep our nation's emergency room clear of people that have erectile issues due to generic drugs around the world.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Travel Nursing in Costa Rica

Lately, several of my nurse friends have decided to move to Costa Rica and take up jobs as travel nurses which at first was a bit mind baffling.

I mean, why would anyone want to live in Central America and have to fly back to the US for work every month or so?

So I decided to do a bit of digging about what Costa Rica is all about and I was very surprised by my findings. First, real estate Costa Rica is very cheap compared to the US so I can see why moving there would have its appeal.

For example, I was looking into Costa Rica real estate in Santa Ana because it is a hot spot for expats because it offers all of the amenities from home and has some of the best weather in Costa Rica when I saw that a $500,000 home in Atlanta can be acquired in Santa Ana for about half the price!

Second, the cost of living is even better as Americans can live quite well there for as little as $1,000 per month thanks to the many Costa Rica descuentos available.

And third, as a travel nurse, they can just work 6 months out of the year in the US (in no particular order) and live the remaining 6 months in a tropical country.

So fi any nurse is thinking about going into the travel nursing industry, they should definitively consider international travel nursing.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Top Sources to Get a List of Registered Nurses


To go along with the theme of this blog, I figured I would go ahead and give you the top sources to acquire a list of registered nurses.


This list of sources is general in itself as every hospital and healthcare agency has its own need.
The sources I am about to mention are general enough where everyone will be able to use these resources and taylor it to suit their needs.
Nursing Schools - If you want a list of fresh nurses that does not suffer from list fatigue this is the place to get it. Nursing schools produce thousands of nurses every year and these nurses will be out looking for a job as sooon as they graduate.
The drawback is that you will be looking at nurses without experience. On the other hand, the salary for theses nurses will be the entry salary.
Board of Nursing - The second source is to get a list from State Board of Nursing. Since all nurses that intend to work in a specific state must register with them, this is a great place to start.
One of the drawback however is that many of these nurses will not be available for work as they may already have a job or be retired.
Nursing Job Boards - The third source is to go through a nursing job board on the internet. Nursing job board have an advantage over the other in terms of freshness if you get a list of registered nurses from a popular job board, because the posts and new applications are constantly updated.
Nurse Staffing Agency - using a nurse staffing agency is a great way to keep from having to do any leg work as the good ones will have a great database of nurses that is constantly updated. The drawback is the cost as it can be very expensive.
List Brokerage Company - The last option which should be used with care is to contact one of the many list brokerage company. I say last option because it is difficult the determine how current the list is and how accurate it is.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Nurse as a Career - Top Nursing Facts


Before anyone thinks about getting into a career in nursing, I truly belive that they should be aware of some important nursing facts before enrolling in a nursing school.


I am not just talking about the basic personality aptitude it takes to be a nurse like caring, having a good head for mathematics and science but about the nursing industry.

Knowing these facts will help you decide whether nursing as a career is right for you.
  1. Currently, there is a nursing shortage and many nurses have to work over time

  2. Hospitals are looking more and more for nurse specialists

  3. There is a nursing shortage

  4. Patients can and will test your patience. If you are not patient or understanding of others, life as a nurse will be very difficult.

  5. Entry level nurses usually earn around $45,000 a year.

  6. Nurses are still perceived as simple assistants to doctors even though their actual role includes direct patient care, case management and more.

  7. BSN nurses are becoming the preferred over registered nurses.

I know that this is a bit off topic but I felt the need to write this because most nursing schools only have limited space every semester and it would be a shame to have someone take a spot and end up changing their career after a couple of years working as nurse.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Wisconsin Nurses - Planning for the Future

The Wisconsin State government have been taking the nurse shortage rather seriously and started a statewide survey of over 77,000 nurses.

The early results of this survey shows that only half of the nurses in Wisconsin are working in hospitals as the other half workin in clinics or community health centers.

The study found that the State of Wisconsin is mostly made up of nurses over the age of 45 which is something to worry about in the near future as when these nurses begin to retire, it will create a large nurse shortage unless the age difference in nurses can be equalized.

This information will be used by the state government to see about create and improving nursing programs as well as improving the nursing conditions to keep current nurses from leaving their profession.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nurse Salaries

Many people in the nursing industy that are working in an understaffed hospital are able to make quite a bit of money in over time pay which is great for the hospital and the nurse.

However, there can be a down side to it because if the nurses keep working overtime day after day, week after week and month after month, it shows that there is a flaw in the system because so many overtime hourse on a regular basis should not exist. Also, it is proven that the more over time hours a nurse works the more likely that the nurse will make a mistake.

It was recently reported in the Toronto Sun that a nurse in Montreal, Quebec worked so many 16 hour shifts last year that he "racked up $127,715(CAD) in overtime pay". Compare this to his actual salary which is $102,285 and this seems like an insanely amount of hours to work.

Sure, if the nurses on staff can handle the extra shifts its great because of the money but the problem starts happening when the nurses are not able to cover shifts and mistakes start happening.

The hospital and the nurses in question should closely examine this because in the long run, this opens up situations where if a mistake does take place, then a hospital lawsuit for negligence is imminent. Just make a Google search for hospital negligence lawsuit and you will see that the top results are lawyers that specialize in hospital negligence. Especially since according to that article, this has been going on for over a year.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another Hospital in the Nurse Search Status

A registered nurse friend of mine was telling me today about Houston Healthcare being in need of nurses due to the rising admission rate they have been experiencing.

I found this to be an interesting case as most of the nurse shortage in the U.S. happen in smaller cities. Atlanta for example has a very competitive nurse market and there is no shortage there.

Emory University hospital turns down nursing applications on a weekly basis and Piedmont hospital has such a large nursing database that they only need to make a couple of phone calls to get a nurse.

Getting back to the point, Houston Healthcare started out with 30 RN and 5 LPN positions available in June and have so far only been able to fill 11 of the RN positions but have been able to fill all of the LPN positions.

Looking at the current economy, you would assume that the jobs would have been filled by now but it is not the case. Of course, if the hospital in question is not using a nurse placement agency with a good list of registered nurses then the process would be slower.

If they are using such an agency and still not able to fill these position then it is something we should all worry about.