Nursing Career Path Options-Fantastic New Report Available Now!

I have been honored to review  a much needed resource by Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRM, Nurse Advocate.   This book has been a long time in coming and will help nurses understand, research, and take steps towards 30 rich career opportunities!

NURSES, BEYOND THE BEDSIDE:  There are No Limits is the perfect resource for understanding the full range of opportunities open to nurses and what they need to do to pursue their dream position!

If you are thinking about Nursing School, you too will be inspired by the possibilities!

There is a chapter for each of 30 specialties that includes a description of the work, the qualities needed to be successful in it, and a host of resources so you can find out more!

Some of the dynamic professional paths nurses can pursue include:

  • Oncology Nursing
  • Travel Nursing
  • Health/Wellness and Fitness Coach
  • Risk Management
  • Transplant Nursing
  • Telehealth Nursing
  • Behavioral Health Case Management
  • Chemical Dependency Program Nursing
  • Independent Patient Advocate

And these are just a few of them!

This report is well-written and clearly organized.  The author is a seasoned nurse and writer and there is evidence of this on every page! Click To Tweet

Brava to Nurse Llewellyn for her groundbreaking and exciting report!



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Homelessness-Facing Deeper Questions about this Complex & Global Issue-Part I: Who are they?

By Lori Austin, LCSW

Late last year I wrote the introduction to this short blog series on this tough issue along with the related crowdsource funding project designed to help.

It’s hard to imagine being homeless right now in most recent negative 4 degree weather here in Eliot, ME as I begin to share the first part of the three-part series on homelessness. Once again I am overwhelmed at the extensiveness of this issue.  Many are staying out in the cold all night while I get to be warm inside in my small apartment and safe. I have gathered a few blankets to share and winter attire but is that really enough?

In doing some research on this topic on who are the homeless here in the USA and globally the consensus concludes that there is no agreed set single definition on homelessness. Two types of homelessness include the “rough sleeper, ”an EU term or street homelessness and those dwelling in shelters.  Due to this disagreement it is hard to measure an accurate picture.   The homeless that can be measured are known as  “point-in-time” homeless which includes the rough sleepers and those in shelters. The USA has gathered statistics by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development focuses on the breakdown of the housing market, housing conditions and public policies inclusive of other countries as well.  

What’s important to note as well is the pervasiveness of the depth of this issue.  In much of my research it is noted that homelessness can stem from poverty and social exclusion.

Homelessness is a mark of failure for communities in providing basic security. Click To Tweet

Some of the targeted populations of homeless individuals include veterans, families, women, those that are LGBTQ and youth. Some of theses targeted groups also cannot be completely measured as they are not always visible for the  “point in time” calculations. The list goes on and on but these larger targets are the focus of many prevention efforts worldwide. discusses further the homelessness is a global pandemic that needs all hands in deck.

At least 2% of the world population are homeless (rough sleepers). And 20% lack adequate housing.  Australia and the Czech Republic have higher amounts of homelessness.  Some countries can be looked to for help to alleviate homelessness as they have eradicated the issue.  These countries include: Japan, Canada,Denmark and Singapore.

Again, it is particularly troublesome to think about the homeless out in the cold right now. This particular blogpost focuses on who they are briefly in the world. The next part will focus on evidence based practices of the how they can be helped.  At this time if you would like to learn more please contact me ( ) and please consider a donation to my charity run for Back on My Feet. This is a United States intervention effort to alleviate this pandemic in 12 major cities and continually striving to add more. 

Author Bio

Lori Austin, LCSW,  is a 2000 graduate of  Boston College with joint Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Pastoral Ministry. Lori has worked in a variety of clinical social work settings primarily with children and families. Most recently, Lori worked as a Military and Family Life Counselor in the United States and has traveled overseas working in Asia and the United Kingdom.  She provided brief solution focused counseling to military families and children.  In her free time Lori likes to run, drink coffee, laugh and make others laugh and help make the world a better place. She hopes you will consider a donation to Back on My Feet or other effort to eradicate homelessness.

Resource Links: blog on homelessness




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Changes for 2018: The Need to Incorporate Inclusive Practices in Healthcare HR

By Devin Morrissey

The healthcare industry went through some tough transitions this year with various policy, consumer and financial changes that followed the incoming of a new federal administration. With those changes came necessary adjustments to healthcare practices nationwide. 2018 will bring with it even more change as we settle into new federal policies and learn the importance of further inclusion in the healthcare field.

Healthcare has always been disproportionate in terms of the quality and quantity of nursing and medical staff available to patients in various areas of the world — and this is not a surprise. Large cities have always attracted more talented populations because of increased opportunity for financial security, job security and job variety, and this is very clear in hospitals and doctors offices across the country. What makes this more problematic is the fact that little seems to be getting done to support patients in rural areas or cities with high populations of low-income families.

Obstacles to Nurse Staffing

Registered nurses are popping up out of college everywhere. Nursing is a growing field that doesn’t show many signs of slowing down. With the advancements in technology and the financial security that comes with healthcare careers, it is no shock that people are highly interested in joining this field. The difficulty here, however, is finding nursing staff that is readily available to live in poor cities and highly rural communities.

There isn’t much intrigue there. So what keeps happening to folks who live in these under-populated cities where healthcare is not at its peak is they end up having to travel, sometimes quite far, to seek medical help. And in the event of an emergency, this is not a very attractive or safe option. Registered nurses are readily available in large cities, but when you step foot into more isolated towns, they tend to dwindle.

There isn’t much benefit for the actual nurses either. Because of the understaffed nature of the medical facilities in rural areas, nurses tend to work longer shifts to make up for the lack of professionals for incoming patients. Nurses then have to find ways to balance their work and life in ways that city nurses may not have to.

This begs the question: What can we do to make working in the healthcare field in a rural location more attractive to registered nurses? There may not be one correct answer, but there are certainly various changes the healthcare industry can make in 2018 to make this idea seem more plausible.

Improvements to Rural Hospitals

If you haven’t stepped foot in rural location in a while, you may not be familiar with some of the conditions that exist in these areas. For example, the hospitals themselves tend to be very old, with few machines that can be considered modern technology. Patients living in rural areas often have to travel to big cities for procedures as standard as an MRI.

There is also less financial security offered in rural locations because of the lack of funding for these hospitals. Nurses here tend to work longer hours and make less pay. The lack of tempting offers these cities bring then leads to potentially less-competent staff members– and this doesn’t just refer to their education or their medical background.

It refers to their level of cultural competence. Rural areas typically have larger populations of low-income individuals as opposed to large cities that tend to be rather diverse and successful. Not to mention the cultural variety you get as you move through different regions in the country i.e. the southwest which is predominantly hispanic, the south which is predominantly african american and the north which is predominantly white.

Generally, individuals from low-income areas don’t get as quality treatment as residents of high-income communities making this lack of diversity in the community evident in the nursing staff as well. Nurses find themselves overworked and underpaid much of the time. Cultural competency is necessary in the medical field, especially if you work in a position that demands so much face-to-face time with patients, like nursing.

There must be a noticeable shift in the quality of healthcare in rural areas in the coming year. Without annual advancement taking place, the healthcare industry will fall behind the required standards of essential healthcare for all people, no matter their socioeconomic status.

Future Successes to Come

There is light at the end of the tunnel, however. The future holds many intriguing innovations, especially for the healthcare industry. There are so many advancements that have yet to be made, but are extremely close to finding success, like engineering, prosthetics, wheelchair technology and cancer research.

This can be true for staff members as well. The healthcare industry can make the shift toward a more equitable and inclusive environment by creating a balanced work experience between senior management staff and incoming nursing managers, by taking advantage of technological upgrades and by being aware of the benefits of diverse work conditions, both to employment staff and consumers or patients.

As the healthcare industry continues to grow, expand and innovate, the need for progressive change and diversity becomes even more necessary in the pursuit of medical discoveries and healthcare advancement. Without diversity, the quality of work in healthcare will never reach its full potential.

Author Bio

Devin has been a dishwasher, a business owner, and everything in between. He writes from his garage, occasionally rising to experiment on his friends’ cars or do jumping jacks for no reason.

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