Overcoming workplace barriers to breastfeeding – review in The Nurse Practitioner

For mothers of new infants, going back to work may pose a number of obstacles to continued breastfeeding. Workplace policies affecting the ability to breastfeed–and the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in helping to overcome those obstacles — are the topic of a special article in The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer.

“Breastfeeding yields many important benefits to both mother and infants, yet workplace barriers contribute to low rates of breastfeeding,” according to the article by Rhonda Winegar, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CPN, CCRN, and Alisha Johnson, MSN, RN. “Nurse practitioners often serve as the initial point of education for new mothers and may impact decisions to breastfeed.” Read more

Canadian specialized nurses will be allowed to work on U.S. visas

DETROIT — U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has apparently reversed a misinterpretation of visa rulesthat had put at risk the ability of highly specialized Canadian registered nurses to work in hospitals in Detroit and other cities along the northern border.

Last week, Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System sounded an alarm after hearing Canadian nurses had been denied renewals of a NAFTA-related TN visa that allows nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists from Canada to more easily cross the border for work at American health systems. Read more

15 Great Cities For Nurses with the Highest Paying Jobs

In The Doors’ haunting, sermonic song, “The End,” Jim Morrison sings “ride the highway west, baby.”

That’s pretty good advice, these days, if you’re a nurse looking to make the most out of your paycheck. Recently, Indeed.com – a massive job search platform that greets over 200 million monthly visitors – took a look at which cities in the U.S. pay nurses the most while giving them the biggest bang for their bucks. The west of the U.S. – California especially – was overwhelmingly dominant. [all nursing jobs in California] Read more

More informatics experience means more money for nurses

One of the great things about the HIMSS Annual Conference and Expo is the amount of research and revelations to come from the organization each February or so. For those who track the day-to-day happenings of healthcare, HIMSS provides a cornucopia of information and an Easter basket full of goodies in regard to data that’s ready for consumption.

Generally, the data sets are fairly sound; not always. For the weary of mind, perhaps some of the HIMSS research data needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but most times there are jewels. Read more