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If you’re looking for a change or new challenge in your nursing career, you may want to consider travel nursing . Maybe you’ve heard of this field and haven’t taken the time to look into it, or you know other nurses who have been enjoying it. Whatever the case may be, this mini guide is the perfect place to learn more.  We discuss what a travel nurse is, who travel nursing is best for, the benefits and salary of...
LPNs work under the supervision or NPs, RNs and doctors and care for a wide range of patients - at all stages of life. As an LPN you’re likely to take vital signs, collect samples, make sure your patient is comfortable and administer any medication. So how much does an LPN make in Canada? Of course, i t all depends on where you live, how much experience you have and exactly what facility or location you’re working at...
The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the way many industries are working, including health care. As a nurse, you may never have considered the possibility that you can do your job remotely from home . If you want a change from bedside nursing or a medical office environment, then Telehealth in nursing may be your solution.  Using technology, Telehealth connects patients with their health care providers when they aren’t in...
Whether you’re a studying NP trying to decide where to work after graduation, or you’re already a practicing NP who’s curious of other provincial nurse practitioner salaries, this article outlines the average salary of NPs across Canada. Since sources vary slightly we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list for you with some approximate average figures to give you a better idea of what is reasonable to expect. Salaries are...
Whether you’re a brand new nurse, a seasoned veteran or work in a hospital - there are certain nursing items that are great to always have handy. These are things that will make your shift either easier or more enjoyable which can help you focus on what matters most - caring for your patients. TOP NURSE ESSENTIALS Some of the links below are affiliate links but we only recommend products we truly stand...
Working through the holidays as a nurse is somewhat expected - and while probably not every single year -  you’re definitely going to get your fair share of holiday shifts. Whether this is a blessing (say if you’re not a holiday fan) or a curse (for example, if you have kids), working over the holidays, whether you love it or hate it, has an impact. If you tend to love the holiday season, or just the extra time off, and...
  In Canada, it’s estimated that one in five people are living with hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney damage and heart failure. Elevated blood pressure readings are directly correlated with cardiovascular mortality as the risk of the development of cardiovascular disease doubles each 20/10 mmHg increase in blood pressure.  Given the...
In Canada, it’s estimated that 1 in 100 people are living with schizophrenia . While at first it might seem like a low number, the burden of the disease is far-reaching thus affecting more than the person who is diagnosed.  Cardinal symptoms of schizophrenia include the presence of hallucinations, delusions, social withdrawal, reduction of executive functioning, disorganized speech and the presence of mood symptoms...
The immune system is essential in the body’s ability to heal. A healthy immune system can aid in the body’s ability to heal by reducing the risk of infection. When a wound becomes infected it affects the progression of wound healing.  This  article goes over what factors affect wound infections and wound healing as well as nursing interventions to ensure optimal healing. In order to be able to understand the...
The two chronic respiratory diseases that you’ll almost definitely encounter in your practice is Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It’s estimated that over 3.8 million Canadians are living with Asthma and 2.0 million Canadians are living with COPD.  Challenges with breathing can lead to a significant reduction in physical function, exercise ability and conditioning. This leads to downstream...
If you’re interested in the exciting field of Aesthetic Nursing - It’s understandable. It‘s a growing field that can be challenging, rewarding, and lucrative! In fact, Aesthetics is one of the fastest growing nursing specialities in Canada with great job prospects . The Regulated Health Professionals role in Aesthetics is increasing in scope and complexity. Having the interest and education will facilitate both entry into...
If you’re an RN, you’ve received a generalist nursing education and have likely been gaining general experience with various types of medical issues in your career. However, as time passes and you learn new skills and get exposed to different ailments and patients, you may realize you’d like to hone in on specific specialties of nursing. There are numerous nursing specialties in Canada and practice areas that RNs can...