Word on the street

For many years now people have  been saying that there is a nursing shortage. Is this still true today though? People seem to still be telling those interested in a nursing career that but rather or not it still stands true is the question.

The Truth

As of right now there is not a shortage according to David E. Williams in his post in the Helath Business Blog. Williams states that, “somehow 43 percent of newly licensed registered nurses can’t find jobs within 18 months,” (Health Business Blog, 2013). He explains that some hospitals look down upon nurses fresh out of school even applying for jobs. I don’t know about you, but that sounds to me like there are plenty of nurses to choose from. Then he goes on to explain that there is a promising future though. He brings up the fact that there are quite a bit of older nurses and once the baby boomers hit retirement age there will be more of a demand for nurses. So as there is no shortage as of right now although people are saying that; we all can expect the demand to multiple in the near future.



Teague, Tim. “Fact or Fiction: There Is a Nursing Shortage.” Blue Sky. Bluesky Medical Staffing Software, 21 Aug. 2012. Web. 2 Apr. 2013. <http://info.whatisbluesky.com/blog/bid/210608/Fact-or-Fiction-There-is-a-Nursing-Shortage&gt;.

Williams, David E. “Health Business Blog.” The Nursing Shortage Myth ». Podpressv8.8.10.9, 14 Jan. 2013. Web. 02 Apr. 2013. <http://www.healthbusinessblog.com/2013/01/the-nursing-shortage-myth/&gt;.


Positional Plagiocephaly 

This is referring to babies developing a flat or asymmetrical head shape. This can be caused before or after birth. The cause for this before birth is a crowded uterine environment. A woman could have a crowded uterine environment from having multiple babies at one time, the baby is large, the pelvis is small, not enough amniotic fluid, or if the baby is in the breech position and is stuck under the mothers ribs. After birth this is mostly caused by babies spending too much time lying on their backs or in a position where their head is resting against a flat surface. In Island Parent Magazine they give some tips on how to minimize the effects of pressure on the back of babies heads.

Tips on Minimizing Effects 

  • “All fours” position – during pregnancy a mother should spend some time on all fours, allowing the baby to move freely and releiving stress
  • Tummy time – supervised belly time each day 
  • Counter Positioning – keep the baby in different positions while sleeping
  • Limited time in car seat or recliner – babies have constant pressure on the back of their heads while in a car seat or recliner
  • Reshaping Therapy – there are now some clinics in children’s hospital’s in Canada

Things to Keep in Mind – Conclusion

When a baby is born their skull is very soft and is made up of five different plates. Thus causing the head to be easily molded. The first few months of a babies life is the most critical time to keep positional plagiocephaly in mind. Keep babies active and don’t allow for them to be in the same position all the time, or in the same position everytime they sleep.

“KidsHealth.” Positional Plagiocephaly (Flattened Head). Ed. Joseph H. Piatt, MD. Nemours, May 2011. Web. 25 Feb. 2013
Miller, BScN, Susan. “Protecting Your Baby’s Head Shape.” Protecting Your Baby’s Head Shape. N.p., 2007. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.

Confidentiality in the Code of Ethics

This section of the code of ethics is related to the privacy section. The American Nurses Association states that, “the nurse has a duty to maintain confidentiality of all patient information,” (section 3.2, pg. 6). This section is impotant because it plays a huge role in the trust a patient has with their nurse. A breech of confidentiality can cause severe issues. It is breaking the HIPPA privacy rule. HIPPA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Part of HIPPA requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information.


Personal Experience

I have been through clinicals in hospitals and other health care facilities where I have seen and experienced many breeches of confidentiality and of the HIPPA laws. Many times I have passed by a provider or nurse and over heard patient information. Many healthcare providers make the mistake of conversing about patients and their information in the hallways where people walk right past them. I don’t think this code in the code of ethics is applied as strictly as it should. I believe this code is applied very well when dealing with written and electronic information but is often not thought of when dealing with distributing information orally. Nurses should only distribute patient information orally to the members of the health care team that have a need to know.

Consequences to a Breech of Confidentiality or Breaking the HIPPA Laws

– fine payable to state

                         – prison time ranging from 1 – 10 yrs

    – termination from job

                   – confiscation of nursing license

Consequences vary depending on the severity and the number of occurences that it had happens.

In writing a workplace letter always keep in mind:

  •  to convey a professional impression
  •  the letter represents the company or organization
  •  place the reader first
  •  use proper format and include the required parts

Parts of a workplace letter will include:

  • heading (sender’s address)
  •  date
  •  inside address (recipient)
  • salutation
  • body text
  •  complimentary closing
  •  signature block

The body of the text:

  • two lines under salutation
  • paragraph one (identifies purpose and connects with the recipient’s interest)
  • following with one or more paragraphs that discuss details of your message
  • concluding paragraph to sum it up and encourage action

I retrieved this information from Lannon and Gurak chapter 17.


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You say where might this information become useful?

In my case, I want to eventually become a nurse midwife. This information would become very useful to me when writing a letter to a doctor or even to a patient. This also may be useful to me when applying for graduate school to get my Master’s degree. For you; it could vary from writing another company, to writing to an unsatisfied customer.