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Tops Websites for Nurses (and other healthcare professionals)

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As a nurse, CNA, RNA, medical assistant, or other healthcare professional, you know that getting your degree or certificate does not mean your education is over. You constantly have to stay updated with the latest trends, medications, procedures, laws, and regulations in the healthcare industry.

As for any other profession out there, there are always tons of resources online available for free. The problem is not access to information, it’s sifting through to find the best sources.

Here at Just Like Family, we love seeing our team stay up to date and wanted to create this resource guide to help you find the most important information you need to do a job well done.

Online Medical Journals

Medscape
This is a site that offers a collection of the latest journal articles and nursing journals. Find everything from critical care to pediatrics to nursing economics.

American Journal of Nursing

Journal of Professional Nursing

Evidence-Based Nursing

MEDSURG Nursing Journal

Journal of Emergency Nursing

Journal of Pediatric Nursing

American Journal of Critical Care

American Journal of Public Health

American Nurse Today

Pain Management Nursing

Nursing Associations

American Nurses Association

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

American Association of Critical Care Nurses

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Nursing Education

Nursing Center
Professional Development for Nurses

Nurse.com
A site from OnCourse Learning featuring news, education, and job boards.

RN.com
Education and courses

Nursing Communities

All Nurses
Lots of article for students up to specialists

Scrubs.com
This site includes beaty, health, fun, career, nursing school, and more.

Mighty Nurse
Features a community section, job board, shop, and more.

Nurse Together
Learn, find jobs, and join the nursing community.


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How to be a healthier nurse

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Nurses! It’s time you take care of yourselves! Here at Just Like Family Homecare we know how hard our caregivers work to provide for their patients. But it’s equally important that you, as a caregiver, find time to take care of yourself both in mind and body.

Yeah, it’s easy to say and tough to do. But we will give you some easy routines you can implement into your day to start getting on track to living a healthy life so you can continue to do what you do best: care for others.

Body

Snack right
Snacking is often where our diet can go wrong. We get a little hungry during the workday and want something quick to munch on. So we reach for the Sour Patch Kids or the Twix. Instead, carry around healthy snacks in your lunch like trail mix, nuts, fruit, vegetables with hummus, plain Greek yogurt.

Less sugar
This one is difficult for many of us because sugar is such a big part of our diets. Try going for one week without any sugar (that doesn’t include natural sugars like in fruits). See how you feel. There are often stories from those that cut out sugar that they feel happier and more energized. Here’s a story from a family that cut out sugar for a whole year.

An easy way to cut out unnecessary sugar is to stop drinking soda. Not sure what to eat? Here’s The No-Sugar Diet Plan from Livestrong.com.

Drink more water
This one is easy! Start carrying a water bottle everywhere. Get a nice stainless steel one that you can continue to refill. You want to always have it with you so you’re not tempted to purchase a drink out somewhere. If you’re thirsty, water is the best thing for you. Avoid buying other types of drinks like bottled tea or coffee, soda, fruit drinks.

Do a 15 minute morning workout
This doesn’t need to be a sweat-filled workout. But you should do it before your day begins to ensure you get it done. You can do bodyweight exercises like situps, pushups, pull ups (get a pull up bar for your door frame), squats.

Mind

A healthy mind is a huge part of being in overall great shape that many of us tend to neglect.

Meditate
If find that your mind is running and running with thoughts all the time, try learning to meditate. Now, it can turn some people off to hear the word meditation, but there are tons of very successful people that constantly recommend it to others. That’s not saying it works for everyone, but it’s worth trying out for a few weeks. If you’re not sure how to start, use apps like Calm or Headspace to guide you.

Read more
When was the last time you read a full book? If you can’t remember then it’s been too long. Carry a book or Kindle with you in the car, to appointments, to work. Instead of grabbing your phone to check Facebook or play a game, pick up your book. The key is kinding a great book that keeps you entertained.

Sleep better
You can improve your sleep by doing a few things. One includes an hour of screen-free time before you plan to go to sleep. This means turning off the phone, TV, and computer. During this time, wind down by reading (which often puts many people into a sleepy mood). Don’t drink caffeine anytime before bed either, this means 4 hours or less before bed. Here are some other helpful tips from the National Sleep Foundation.


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10 Best Nursing Blogs

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No matter the profession you are in, you likely have sought out a community, hub, or resources online. As a nurse, you are in luck! There are tons of websites out there for you to connect with fellow nurses, read more about the profession, learn new things, have a laugh, and just be in good company. There are websites for nurses in general as well as sites for specific types of nurses like ER or pediatric.

Just a quick google search and you can find tons of blogs and sites for nurses and nursing students. Here are a few of our favorites that we would like to share.

Reddit.com/nursing
This community currently has 26,000 subscribers and is quite active. You will find posts on everything related to nursing and can post items yourself.

Nurse Eye Roll
For when you need a laugh

Nurse Buff
This humor and lifestyle blog is just what the Doctor ordered. There are tons of blog posts ranging from life hacks to funny quotes and more.

Scrubs
This is similar to NurseBuff as they are all about the nursing lifestyle. They are a magazine and have plenty of content to go through. Examples include “10 Ways to Keep Your Nursing New year’s Resolutions” and “5 Things Nurses Can’t Live Without in 2016”.

School of Nursing Blog | Rasmussen College
This is the perfect blog for the nursing school student or the nurse who can never know enough!

Evidenced-Based Nursing Blog
This nursing blog comes from the Evidence Based Nursing Journal. For the nurse who loves research.

Nurse Code
This nursing blog covers everything from funny images to “nurse problems” to inspiration.

Off the Charts
This blog comes from the American Journal of Nursing. Lots of trends in nursing to keep up with.

Nursetopia
“A random stream of consciousness about nursing and the world we impact”.

The Nurse Teacher
This blog is run by a nurse who is involved in clinical teaching. They give tips and personal anecdotes.


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Pathways in Nursing

If you’re in the world of nursing, you know how many different career paths there are. People may refer to you as a nurse, but you may be a Registered Nurse, or maybe an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, or even a Nurse Practitioner. If you’re not a nurse, you are probably wondering what all these terms mean, and what the difference is between these different nursing fields.

Lucky for you, the internet is alive and well and full of creative people sharing their knowledge. The wonderful team at Nursing License Map created a useful infographic to walk you through the Pathways in Nursing. This infographic is especially helpful for those looking for ways to explain to non-nurses just how they got to where they are, or for those looking to enter the nursing field.

Source: Nursing License Map