February 26, 2021

How to find remote nursing jobs in 2021

Remote nursing jobs quickly became a popular topic of conversation at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The field of telemedicine had been steadily growing for years prior, but the need for virtual care exploded amid the global crisis as people were urged to stay home and mitigate viral spread. This expansion of virtual care demonstrates a larger shift in perspective. Healthcare is evolving; telemedicine is changing the way we receive and provide care. And now, more than ever, nurses are uniquely positioned to usher in this new era of care. Here's how you can find remote nursing jobs right now. Read more

7 highest paying nursing jobs of 2021 —

Nursing is such a fluid and flexible career that if you feel you may not have found your niche just yet, there are numerous opportunities still out there to explore. We've done some of the work for you by listing the top seven highest paying nursing jobs as well as what makes them both amazing and unique. Check these jobs out! Read more

Happiness expert shares technique for staying upbeat during the pandemic —

It's no surprise that maintaining a sense of control during uncertain times is a major indicator of people's overall level of happiness. So, what does this mean in practice? Tali Sharot, cognitive neuroscientist at University College London, shares that making plans, or "anticipatory events," is one of the greatest tactics for helping us regain both a sense of control and excitement. A 2010 study found that simply the act of planning a holiday trip can contribute to a boost in happiness, and in fact, this boost was found to be even greater than the gain in happiness following the actual event. What's more, the grandness of the event itself doesn't matter — it can be a hike, a movie night, or any other activity; it's more important that it's planned ahead of time and allows for time to look forward to it. It's time to take a look at your calendar! Read more

Black nurses on the frontlines lack mental health support —

While nearly everyone is dealing with stressors to their mental health during the pandemic, Black adults in the United States—and nurses in particular—are likely having a much more difficult time. More than 17% of Black adults surveyed were found to have some kind of mental health illness in 2019 (and these are just the ones recorded). However, individuals in Black communities are less likely to receive the proper support. It's also important to feel safe when seeking out this support, and when less than 5% of psychologists in the US are Black, it can be difficult for patients to find the right provider they feel comfortable with. Because of this reality, Black people often receive care that is void of cultural competency. Last December, the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) launched "RE:SET," a free mental health program for nurses, with the goal of supporting nurses' efforts combating stress, compassion fatigue, and anxiety. If you need support, or know someone else who does, it's never too late to look for help. Read more

Coronavirus Updates

Will COVID-19 become a long-term disability? —

Some people are beginning to ask just that. For some, unofficially called "long-haulers"—who were infected with COVID-19 and later tested negative but still suffer from debilitating symptoms—the need for continued assistance is ever present. For Jodee Pineau-Chaisson, a director of social services for a nursing home in western Massachusetts, this is very much the case. When COVID-19 first hit the United States, Jodee was asked to facilitate FaceTime calls with family members and sick patients so that families could say goodbye. Not long into this work, Jodee tested positive. Now, 10 months—and numerous negative tests—later she continues to exhibit symptoms of memory problems, body pain, heart palpitations, depression, and chronic fatigue. Federal and state regulatory bodies are now trying to determine whether the so-called long-haulers should qualify for disability benefits. Until we know more, it remains unclear whether this newest group to request coverage will be considered eligible. Read more

The United States hits 500,000 COVID-19 deaths in less than 12 months —

The United States is the first country to surpass 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19. This happened in less than 12 months (and tallies more deaths than numerous military conflicts in American history combined). It's also more than twice the number of deaths counted in Brazil, which ranks second in total counted deaths. But these aren't just numbers. For every American who dies from COVID-19, about nine family members are left in mourning (a total of 4.5 million grieving relatives nationally). However, things are beginning to look better as California and Texas' infected patient counts have dropped by more than a third over the past two weeks. The White House press secretary also announced over the weekend that two million vaccines that were delayed due to inclement weather have been delivered, and the remaining four million are set to arrive to their destinations this week. Read more

New nasal sprays may be effective against COVID-19 —

A new nasal spray developed and approved in Israel, called Taffix, has been shown to create a mechanical and chemical barrier to the COVID-19 virus lasting about fives hours when sprayed in the nose. It was recently tested during a religious festival, where 83 participants agreed to use the spray before and during (every five hours) the festival. Only two of 83 participants (about 2%) tested positive for COVID-19 at the conclusion of the festival, and those same two participants also admitted to missing or forgetting doses. For the remaining attendees, who didn't use the spray, the positive test rate reached about 10%. Data on these results is still coming in, but an additional tool in the arsenal in the fight against COVID-19 bodes well. Read more

Upcoming Events

3/2, 4pm PST: Netflix & Swill - A Virtual Mixology & Trivia Night for Nurses —

What has gotten us all through the past year? Lots of TV and movies that probably pair really well with one of your favorite drinks. Join us and Tajuanna Addison from Spectrum Bartending for a virtual mixology class and trivia night dedicated to the shows and movies that helped us through this past dumpster fire of a year, and learn how to make a few new cocktails (or mocktails) for the next time you Netflix and Swill. Warm up those trivia synapses because prizes await! You can RSVP to receive the ingredient list and mix along with us. All nurses are invited to this event, just make sure you RSVP!️

Clockin' Out 🖤

Betty Smith Williams (1929-present) Dr. Betty Smith Williams is a lifetime educator with over 50 years of teaching and research experience. She was the first African American nurse hired as an educator in higher education in the state of California. She was a professor at Mount Saint Mary’s College, UCLA, and California State Long Beach; Assistant Dean at the School of Nursing at UCLA; Dean and professor at the School of Nursing at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; and, the Founding Dean at the School of Nursing at the American University of Health Sciences. She was also a co-founder and charter member of the National Black Nurses Association in 1971. Read more