4 Reasons Male Nurses Rock

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While the exact percentage is unknown, it’s no secret that the nursing profession is dominated by women. It has been this way for so long that male nurses often face harsh stereotypes. At NurseCore, we appreciate our nurses from all walks of life; men and women of all kinds are welcome.

To show our appreciation for the skills and perspective that men can bring to nursing, here are four reasons that male nurses rock:

1. They Buck Stereotypes at Every Turn

Nursing is one of the few professions that is dominated by women. While the number of men in nursing is rising, men still face negative public criticism when entering this incredible field. Men often have their gender identity and sexuality called into question when they decide to become nurses.

The truth is that the choice to be a nurse has nothing to do with gender or orientation. People become nurses to make a difference and save lives. When you have a caring male nurse, you get it!

2. They Teach About Nursing

While the stereotypes about men in nursing slowly crumble, the truth about why people choose this profession becomes clear. Robert Fraser, RN explained that the common myths about men in nursing provide opportunities to teach.

“I enjoy it though, you get the chance to explain the profession and what nurses actually do,” Fraser said. Now that’s an attitude we can get behind!

3. They are More Than the Muscle

Some people believe that men are just hired to do the heavy lifting. That’s couldn’t be further from the truth. All nurses do the heavy lifting and all nurses care for patients. Male and female nurses are equally valued in the workplace.

4. They are Nurses

Male nurses rock because they are nurses. NurseCore believes that all nurses rock! They are superheroes who save lives and dispense much-needed care.

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4 Healthcare Breakthroughs to Look Forward to in 2017

New year. New beginnings. New medicine!

Like 2016, we expect 2017 to be filled with advancements in cures, research, treatments, and technology in healthcare. NurseCore hopes that these developments in healthcare can make nurses and patients happier and healthier. Here are just a few of the medical developments we are most looking forward to in the coming year:

1. “Tricorders”



Straight from sci-fi, the Tricorder once only lived in the imagination of Star Trek fans across the galaxy. On the classic sci-fi show, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy would scan the patient with the handheld device and instantly receive a diagnosis. It’s the dream of healthcare workers everywhere.

This dream may become a reality sooner than you think – well, sort of. About 5 years ago, Qualcomm announced a $10 million prize to anyone who could design such a device. The winner will be announced early this year. Live long and prosper!

2. Fake Blood


We’re not talking about the kind of fake blood people use on Halloween costumes. In 2017, we might just see the emergence of synthetic blood to treat patients. This year, 20 volunteers will take part in a trial conducted by England’s National Health Service. Each subject will receive small amounts of synthetic blood. This blood has come from stem cell research with the intention of treating diseases like sickle cell anemia.

3. Advances in Augmented/Virtual Reality


In 2016, Virtual Reality (VR) technology seemed to take over the gaming world. How better to enjoy a game than to be in it completely? It’s time for VR and Augmented Reality (AR) to take over the healthcare world as well.

Some healthcare professionals already have tools like AccuVein that uses AR to help phlebotomists and nurses find patients’ veins. In 2017, we expect VR and AR to become ever more widespread. This could help patients get a visual understanding of their procedures, medical students learn, and surgeons be more precise.



The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources is set to launch this year, which is exciting news for anyone interested in interoperability. If you’re tired of different departments having difficulty communicating, you’re going to love this new tool.

It allows healthcare workers to receive the health information they need about a patient without having to sort through extra information. FHIR intends to save time, money, and lives. We’re excited to see it in action.

What advancements are you looking forward to this year? Let us know! For more news and tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses

As the holiday season comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the past year and think forward to the future. While many people vow to lose those stubborn 10 pounds or pay off debt, nurses also have unique goals to work toward. Here are NurseCore’s top 17 resolutions for 2017:

  1. Mentor a new nurse.
  2. Connect with nurses outside of your facility.
  3. Practice saying “no” when you are overwhelmed.
  4. Create better relationships with the doctors around you.
  5. Stop nurse bullying when you see it.
  6. Laugh at least once every day. Yes, every single day.
  7. Try meditation to wind down from a tough shift.
  8. Get involved in a state or national nursing organization. Create change!
  9. Learn a new specialty.
  10. Pick up a hobby outside of work that you do for yourself.
  11. Find three things each day to be grateful for.
  12. Pursue the higher education you’ve been thinking about.
  13. Learn a healthy coping mechanism to handle the hard days.
  14. Work toward getting a full eight hours of sleep every night.
  15. Find a mentor for yourself.
  16. Thank someone every day.
  17. Imagine the kind of nurse you would want to take care of your loved ones. Become that nurse.

From the NurseCore family to yours, happy new year. We wish you a successful, happy, and exciting 2017. For more ideas, tips, and industry notes, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

How Nurses Can Prevent Back Injuries

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Nursing is a distinctly rewarding and honorable career that gives you life-altering experiences and the satisfaction of knowing that you matter. However, there are inherent emotional and physical risks that come with such a gratifying career. Chief among these dangers is back injury.

Half of all nurses say they deal with chronic back pain. Unfortunately, 38% of nurses will experience back injury severe enough to keep them from work. Disorders related to back injury are the leading cause of lost work time and permanent disability among healthcare professionals.

Sometimes the pain is a result of the nurse spending long hours on his or her feet. However, injuries caused by handling patients are common and debilitating. In fact, some experts say that these injuries are the leading cause of our current nursing shortage.

Although these statistics are daunting and may feel overwhelming, there is still plenty of hope for nurses who are looking to avoid back injury. Here are some important steps you can take to protect your back and avoid injury during patient transfers and readjustments:

Follow All Procedures

The first thing nurses must do to prevent back injury is follow the guidelines and procedures that are in place. Make sure to pay close attention to any training you may receive regarding handling dependent patients. These research-based solutions are there to help set a safe foundation for both patients and staff.

Ask Questions

If at any point you are not sure how to operate a patient-handling device or how to proceed with a particularly challenging patient, feel free to ask for assistance. Likewise, if you know the procedure but simply need an extra set of hands, ask another nurse to help. Although it is sometimes uncomfortable to request help, it is what’s best for your health and the health of your patient.

Make Assessments

Before you being to transfer or reposition a patient, make a few simple assessments in your mind. Realistically evaluate how much you can safely lift, how much the patient weighs, and how dependent the patient is. For example, a fully dependent patient may require a mechanical lifting device. However, a somewhat dependent patient may only require a transfer belt.

Speak Up

If you believe your work environment may be dangerous to healthcare professionals or patients, say something to your supervisor. Nurses are on the front lines and have the most contact with patients. Often, a nurse will notice a hazard that nobody else could have seen.

Communicate with Your Patient

If possible, let the patient know what to expect during the transfer or readjustment. This can help ensure that the patient cooperates fully, which can make transfers much easier.

Do you have any questions about preventing back injury? Let us know! For more information and tips, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Facts to Celebrate Nurses Week 2016


Throughout the year, we take whole days to celebrate different types of people and the good they contribute to the world. However, it takes more than just one day to commend nurses for the amazing ways they make our lives better. That’s why every year the nation observes Nurses Week from May 6 to May 12.

Throughout the week, nurses across the country receive thanks, gifts, and love. Truth be told, they deserve even more than they get. However, to fully commemorate Nurses Week and give these heroes the respect they deserve, it’s important to understand the history of this celebration and what makes nursing such a unique career. Here are a few facts that will help you get into the Nurses Week spirit:

 First Observance

The first “National Nurse Week” was observed in October 1954, 100 years after Florence Nightingale went on her mission to treat wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. This first week-long celebration of nurses was proposed to Congress by Representative Frances Payne Bolton of Ohio, who was known to be an advocate for public health and nurses. However, it did not become an annual event until much later.

How It Became Nurses Week

In January 1974, nearly 20 years after the first Nurse Week was observed, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) announced that May 12 would be considered “International Nurse Day.” They chose this date because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Approximately one month later, President Nixon announced that National Nurses Week would be observed from May 6 to May 12, ending on International Nurse Day.

This Year’s Themes

Each year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) establishes a focus for National Nurses Week. For 2016, the theme is “Culture of Safety: It Starts with YOU.” Throughout the week, the ANA will be highlighting resources nurses can access to make their work environment safer for everyone. Click here for more information about this theme.

The International Council of Nurses establishes a theme for International Nurse Day every year. For 2016, the ICN has chosen “Nurses: A Force for Change,” as the focus. Content through this campaign will focus on developing effective health systems and personal resilience. For more information, click here.

 Rapid Fire Facts About the History of Nursing

  • The first nursing diploma in the United States was awarded to Linda Richards in 1873.
  • The very first nursing school was established in India in the year 250 BC!
  • The first African-American physician began as a nurse who was also a slave. James Derham bought his freedom with the earnings he got from being a nurse.
  • First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln also served as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War.
  • Walt Whitman wrote a poem about his experience as a battlefield nurse. The poem is called “The Wound Dresser.”

Quick Facts About Nursing Today

  • Of all the workplace risks, nurses are most concerned about sustaining a back injury on the job.
  • There are over 3 million RNs in the United States.
  • Nurses have been ranked as the most trusted professionals for many years in a row.
  • Just under 10% of RNs are men.
  • Nursing is the fastest growing profession in the United States.
  • 25% of nurses work part-time.
  • Nurses save and improve lives every day.

How are you celebrating Nurses Week this year? For more fun facts and industry insights, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

4 Medical Breakthroughs to Look Forward to This Year

Medical Breakthrough

It seems like every day a new invention is released and the headlines proclaim that the future is here. With everything from virtual reality to self-driving cars, it’s easy to feel like we’re living in a science fiction movie. However, some of the most incredible advancements aren’t coming in the form of new toys. Perhaps the most impactful innovations are taking place in the medical field.

In order to keep up with this growing industry, it’s important to take some time to research the amazing inventions that are coming down the pipeline. Periodically, we like to do just that and break down our coolest findings in a blog just for you. Here are four breakthroughs that are going to change everything soon:

1. Transplant Medicine

Transplant medicine has been around since 1954, when the first kidney transplant took place. However, it wasn’t until 51 years later, in 2005, that even a partial facial transplant was completed. 10 years later, the first full facial transplant took place and was a major success.

The success of last year’s groundbreaking transplant is sure to mean big things for the medical world. The surgeons were able to match tissue type, skin color, and hair color to help a firefighter recover from burns sustained on the job. After 26 hours of surgery, the hero had a new face, complete with a scalp, ears, and eyelids. Standing on the shoulders of this achievement, scientists will be able to make great strides in transplant medicine soon.

2. Gene Tuning

Our DNA is what makes us who we are. Our genes tell a detailed story that includes everything from our hair color to the shape of our toes – and yes, even the diseases we may develop. Thanks to powerful new tools developed for researching DNA, doctors may soon be able to “turn off” certain genes that make us ill.

In 2015, scientists were able to correct the DNA of human embryos in order to stop inherited diseases before they could begin. In a more recent case, a leukemia patient was successfully treated thanks to gene editing. Immune cells had their DNA tuned specifically to fight infected cells in the patient. The potential for effective, personalized treatment is enormous in this field.


This one is for all the busy nurses out there. (Is there such a thing as a nurse who isn’t busy?) We consistently hear that life as a nurse would be easier with an extra set of hands. It sounds like scientists have been listening.

RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) is coming around the corner to save the day. This robot helper is being made to gently move patients to and from wheelchairs. The hope is that this will reduce fall risks for patients while saving nurses from back pain and injury. RIBA could very well be your next best friend at work!

4. Cancer Vaccines

Each year, millions of people receive the flu vaccine. This shot (or spray) teaches our bodies how to identify and attack that year’s flu. Could a similar theory be applied to cancer? Some researchers believe so.

The idea is to piggyback on other vaccines, like the one for tetanus, and train the body to fight of certain types of cancer. Currently, the FDA has approved this technique to help treat cancer and melanoma. Perhaps the most anticipated vaccine is for lung cancer. Work on the lung cancer vaccine first began in Cuba, but it is well underway in the United States.

What breakthroughs are you most looking forward to? For more industry insights, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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