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2 The Internet and Google’s Brilliance

Brittney Wilson Sigma Theta Tau International ePub

The Internet is constantly changing and growing, and its content is highly dynamic and generated by its users. There are websites run by government agencies, small businesses, big businesses, political activists, teenage girls, middle-age men, nerdy nurses, and anyone and everyone in between. Because the content is created by people, there is always a chance that it may be wrong. However, if you stick with resources created by people who are authorities on their topics, you can pretty much bet that the information provided is accurate.

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As the saying goes, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. More than likely, a majority of what you read on the Internet has been skewed or manipulated in some way. You should know that many blogs and websites are written by individuals who may not have any real authority or expertise on the topics they are writing about. It’s up to you to play detective to determine whether a site has merit.

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5 Men and Mentorship: A Significant Component of Professional Development

Christopher Lance Coleman Sigma Theta Tau International ePub

Franklin Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN CEO, CGFNS International

The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) highly influential report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, noted that among those goals essential to the future of nursing (and not incidentally, the future of health in the United States) is “to improve the quality of patient care, a greater emphasis must be placed on making the nursing workforce more diverse, particularly in the areas of gender and race/diversity” (IOM, 2010, p. 209). Moreover, the report noted that:

“ . . . throughout much of the 20th century, the nursing profession was composed mainly of women. While the absolute number of men who become nurses has grown dramatically in the last two decades, . . . [e]fforts to recruit more men into the civilian nursing profession have had minimal success . . . .[T]he profession needs to continue efforts to recruit men; their unique perspectives and skills are important to the profession and will help contribute additional diversity to the workforce.” (IOM, 2010, p. 127)

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Part II. CARING SCIENCE AS CONTEXT

Jean Watson University Press of Colorado ePub

The original text begins with a discussion of nursing as the Philosophy and Science of Caring. I now ponder suggesting that today, almost thirty years later, it perhaps could equally be framed as Caring: The Philosophy and Science of Nursing. Discussions and ambiguity remain as to the nature of Caring Science and its relation to nursing science. Rhetorical questions arise, such as, are there distinct differences between the two? Do they overlap? Do they intersect? Are they one and the same? These questions perhaps remain, but the present work offers a distinct position. By transposing the order of Nursing and Caring, it invites a new discourse and context.

My position is this: Caring Science as a starting point for nursing as a field of study offers a distinct disciplinary foundation for the profession; it provides an ethical, moral, values-guided meta-narrative for its science and its human phenomena, its approach to caring-healing-person-nature-universe. It reintroduces spirit and sacred dimensions back into our work and life and world. It allows for a reunion between metaphysics and the material-physical world of modern science.

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4 Medicine with a Mission: Chinese Roots and Foreign Engagement in Health Philanthropy

Jennifer Ryan Indiana University Press ePub

Zhang Xiulan and Zhang Lu

THE EARLIEST SUSTAINED foreign philanthropic involvement in China came from a wide array of church-sponsored philanthropies. Although such philanthropies are no longer prominent in China, their legacy has been considerable. Drawing on a range of archival sources, this chapter first briefly sketches the Chinese charitable landscape in which Western church-sponsored initiatives arrived. It then provides examples of the wide variety of projects that developed, considering both how these ventures were funded and their relationship with the state. Finally, it considers their legacy: paving the way for other foreign philanthropic engagement, establishing medical institutions that continue to thrive today (although they are no longer linked to their original church heritage), and, most significantly, acting as an initial point of contact for Western and Chinese health care practices, influencing medical education and management models that have carried through to the present day.

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8 Career Advancement And Professional Pride

Brittney Wilson Sigma Theta Tau International ePub

Good news! Technology can be used to help you advance in your nursing career. You may decide to become an informatics nurse or rely on technology to go back to school to get a higher degree. You can also use technology to educate other nurses in your organization on a new policy, procedure, or patient-centered initiative. Regardless of your purpose, technology can aid your efforts and should be seen as a valuable resource.

In this chapter, I discuss how to use technology and social media to enhance your resume and increase your nursing knowledge. Networking in the digital age can really help improve your career prospects, so I want to make sure you know all about it. I talk about personal branding and what that means for nurses. I then wrap things up by discussing adaptability and flexibility in the nursing workforce.

We discussed informatics nursing in Chapter 7, when we talked about EMR technology. Although many nurses wouldn’t dream of leaving the bedside, a career in informatics can be a beautiful thing. It allows you to take care of patients at a different level—touching the lives of hundreds and potentially thousands by ensuring that nurses are better able to do their jobs. By being a translator for nurses in the world of information technology, you ensure that their voices are heard and that nurses aren’t made to do extra work or tasks that are inappropriate.

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