Monday, May 10, 2010

Some Notes During Nurses Week

With Nurses Week happening this week, there is a great deal being written and said about nurses in the media. We are indeed one of the backbones of the medical establishment, and while Nurses Week is often glossed over with trinkets, flowers, Hallmark cards and other ephemera, it is indeed helpful to be appreciated and acknowledged from time to time.

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During Nurses Week, Dr. Dean over at The Millionaire Nurse Blog is running a 100% anonymous survey with the goal of gathering data on nurses' salaries, investment habits and savings habits in order to help him develop products and services to benefit nurses financially. You can take the survey by clicking here. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered in a drawing for several prizes, so why not give it a try?

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Also, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's death, Black Dog Publishing is releasing Nurse: Past, Present and Future---The Making of Modern Nursing, edited by Kate Trant and Susan Usher. This new book examines the evolution of nursing internationally, and readers of Digital Doorway have been offered 40% off the purchase price. If you would like to take advantage of the offer, please email jess@blackdogonline.com and mention Digital Doorway, or simply email me directly.

Here is a description of the book from their website:

Nurse: Past, Present and Future: The Making of Modern Nursing examines the culture of nursing on all levels, from its historical development to its status today. The book highlights the power and value of nurses worldwide, and traces the evolution of nursing as a career.

Nurse: Past, Present and Future discusses the importance of nursing to economics across the world, the impact of nurse migration patterns. The book traces the evolution of the nurse’s social standing, appearance, education and skill set, and examines some of the key debates now underway. These are put into context with a look at how nursing has progressed through the twentieth century in response to changes in medicine and society.

Includes essays from key figures in nursing and first hand accounts from nurses working today. Thoroughly illustrated, comprehensive and global in scope, Nurse is the first book of its kind, dedicated to the past, present and future of the culture of nursing.

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Happy Nurses Week to all, and remember that every patient deserves a nurse!
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