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Month of Misconceptions-Week 4

Posted by Image of Nursing Chair on October 26, 2016 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Myth: Nurses just do the“dirty work”


Truth: Nurses do very challenging work requiring analysis of their patients conditions. Nurses provide education on treatments and disease processes to patients and families. Nurses complete and monitor treatments such as medications, to ensure that patients are responding therapeutically to the interventions. Nurses as members of the health care team, provi...

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Month of Misconceptions-Week 3

Posted by Image of Nursing Chair on October 18, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Myth: Nursing school is easy

Truth: Nursing school consists of high-level thinking, hands-on skill competency, effective communication, and evidence-based practice training. Students are taught detailed information about pharmacology, pathophysiology, research, and informatics. Nursing students must learn to hone their critical thinking skills. Nursing programs are rigorous and are very competitive to get into.

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Month of Misconceptions-Week 2

Posted by Image of Nursing Chair on October 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Myth: Nursing is a female profession


Truth: The majority of nurses are female, but male representation has steadily increased since the 1970’s. The U.S. Census Bureau found that the percentage of male nurses increased from 2.7% in 1970 to 9.6% in 2011 (latest data). The goal of the American Assembly of Men (AAMN) is for 20% of the nursing workforce to be male by 2020. Nursing is...

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Month of Misconceptions-Week 1

Posted by Image of Nursing Chair on October 3, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Myth: Nurses want to be doctors


Truth: Nurses want to be nurses because they wish to spend most of their time providing direct care to their patients and their families. The role of the nurse requires that nurses critically think all day everyday and are on hand to manage patient deterioration and to handle crises immediately. Nurses are able to connect with patients and their...

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Posted by Maryland Association of Nursing Students (MANS) on September 17, 2016 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

MNA and the Nursing Foundation of Maryland extended the due date for 2016 scholarships. There are 7 scholarships to choose from. Deadline is now September 23d. For more information go to:

Reflections from a New Nurse

Posted by MANS MNA Student Liaison on May 22, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I graduated nursing school 5 months and 3 days ago (but who's counting?) and if there's one thing I've learned to be true during that time, it's this: Nursing school does not really prepare you for the reality of being a nurse. It's true that nursing requires a lot of medical knowledge and technical skills, but it is also an art form to be perfected over time. For my final blog post as MANS MNA Student Liaison, I want to share some wisdom I’ve gleaned from my first half year in the pr...

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Graduation Season has arrived!

Posted by MANS Membership Chair on May 8, 2016 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

     As the Spring semester comes to an end, the next group of graduate nurses is preparing for pinning, and yours truly is among them! While the excitement, fear, anticipation, and all out joy of finally finishing nursing school is more than I can bear at times, it also reminds me that soon I will be like one of those nurses that I have worked alongside as a student. As I look back over the last several years of school, and all my interactions with nurses of all levels, f...

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Nurse-Patient Ratios

Posted by MANSPresident on April 5, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your patient load? And made an error or forgot to complete a task as a result? You are not alone! Nurse-to-patient ratio has been a hot topic of conversation for a while yet continues to create issues. This topic area perked my interest upon researching evidence regarding its safety implications on patient outcomes for a school project.

Working in an acute setting, nurses are surrounded in a stressful environment as they meet the needs of...

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Health Concerns and Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted by MANS Secretary on March 13, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

After completing an assignment for my environmental health class, I decided to write a blog sharing my knowledge gained on an environmental health issue going on worldwide. As a part of my assignment, I was required to watch the film, Gasland 2 (2013). After watching this film, I found a new love for environmental health and decided to cover a unique topic, different from what posts are usually found on this site.

Gasland 2 (2013), is a documentary created by Josh Fox, a Pennsylvanian h...

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What Type of Nurse Should I Be?

Posted by MANS MNA Student Liaison on February 27, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

You did it! You have worked hard throughout nursing school and now that you are approaching the end, it is time to start thinking about how you want to start your career. During nursing school you have experienced a number of different nursing specialties through your rotations – L&D, med/surg, pediatrics, psych, public health, and maybe even more. Some of your peers undoubtedly had a moment in nursing school when everything “clicked” and they knew they had discovered...

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