Celebrating Nurses: stories, videos and free access to research

This page features Elsevier Connect's nursing content and other resources — updated 4 May 2018

National Nurses Week 2016 logoWelcome to our Celebrating Nurses page

Here, we highlight Elsevier Connect's regular content for and by nurses along with special features for National Nurses Week May 6-12.

This nurse educator gets “excited about data” – here’s why

Elsevier’s Cheryl Mee received the Excellence in Nursing Education Award from La Salle University’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau

By Alison Bert, DMA

Cheryl Mee, MSN, MBA, RN, is Assessment and Testing Consultant for Nursing Health and Education at Elsevier. She is based in Philadelphia. (Photo by Alison Bert)

As Assessment and Testing Consultant for Nursing Health and Education at Elsevier, Cheryl “Cherie” Mee helps nursing faculty integrate HESI products into their courses to assess student readiness for NCLEX licensure exams and their grasp of nursing concepts. HESI products helps students develop critical thinking skills they will need as practicing nurses. Cherie draws from her background in clinical practice and nurse education. She was an ICU and critical care nurse, later managing medical surgical units at a hospital. Before joining Elsevier in 2007, she was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nursing, and she taught nursing for ADN students beginning their BSN degree.

Recently, Cherie received the Excellence in Nursing Education Award from La Salle University’s chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau’s International Honor Society of Nursing. Afterwards, I interviewed her about her work and how technology is transforming nursing education.

Read the full story.

Special article collection for National Nurses Week 2016

Free access to articles on the wellbeing of nurses — who routinely put patients' needs ahead of their own

In celebration of National Nurses Week, the Elsevier Nursing Journals team has compiled a special article collection. These articles all explore issues involving nurses’ quality of life and balance between their career and home life: from mindfulness, to workplace violence and injury, to burnout and much more.

These articles are freely available until May 31, 2016. Read them here.

What do nurses do anyway? Download a free eBooklet

In their new eBooklet Show Me Your Scope of Practice, the Nurses of Elsevier write:Download Elsevier's mini-eBook "Show me your scope of practice."

For 14 straight years, nursing has been rated the most trusted and ethical profession — above all professions. At the same time, many people do not truly know or appreciate the wide range of things nurses do each day. In celebration of National Nurses Week in 2016, we want to expose the full scope of practice of registered nurses and the growing and diverse roles they play in caring for the health of people locally and globally.

You can download it here.

Join Evolve in thanking nursesThank nurses on Evolve's website

Elsevier's Evolve team is celebrating National Nurses Week by featuring your photos with words of appreciation for nurses. Here's how to upload your photo and message and be featured on their website.

Yes, nurses do research, and it’s improving patient care

In a growing movement, nurse researchers are harnessing the knowledge they acquire on the floor to inform evidence-based practices

By Nancy Blake, PhD, RN     April 29, 2016

Nancy Theresa Blake, PhD, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, FAAN. A new generation of nurse researchers is helping to improve patient care. A leader of this movement is Dr. Nancy Blake, Nursing Director for Critical Care Services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, and a member of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Communication and Dissemination Advisory Panel, which is working to get patients involved in research to improve outcomes.

Dr. Blake is encouraging and supporting nurses to get involved in research to build a solid base of evidence on which to build stronger practices. Ultimately, this will benefit not only patients and their families but the inter-professional teams in hospitals. It will also add a vital new perspective to the peer-reviewed research that acts as a foundation for developing knowledge in healthcare.

Here, Dr. Blake writes about how nurse researchers use the knowledge they uncover to improve care. Read the article.

A nurse volunteer reveals why her work in Africa is so compelling

From treating malaria patients to running educational clinics in slums, medical volunteers are serving the world’s most needy communities

By Ian Evans     March 29, 2016

Cindy Tryniszewski, RN, MSN, with a member of the Grandmother Power project in Uganda, which educates grandmothers to provide health guidance for their grandchildren. Sometimes Cindy Tryniszewski questions her involvement in Project Helping Hands, a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides medical care and health education in the developing world. Vacation time is taken up with trips to Uganda; late-night conference calls are followed by 5 a.m. starts; and the work must be done alongside her demanding day job as Executive Director of Clinical Learning at Elsevier.

“Sometimes I wonder,” she said. “What am I doing? Am I crazy?”

But there is a reason Tryniszewski – a nurse for more than 40 years – makes this work a priority despite the challenges.

Project Helping Hands (PHH) sends volunteer teams of nurses, physicians and support personnel to Bolivia, Uganda, Haiti, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, and other places that benefit from health education and medical care. Since its foundation in 1994, PHH has organized and sent more than 100 medical and education teams with more than 1,500 volunteers to serve in countries around the world.

Read the full story.

Infographic: The Noble Nurse

In celebration of National Nurses Week — the facts, figures and faces behind the profession

By Elsevier's Nursing Team     May 5, 2015

Nobel Nurses infographic segmentNursing is a demanding profession with more skills and challenges than ever before. Nursing professionals do far more than most people imagine — and their impact is enormous. In celebration of National Nurses Week 2015, the colleagues behind Elsevier's nursing journals, Clinical Solutions and Nursing and Health Education books have created an infographic titled The Nobel Nurse. Feel free to share it far and wide.

'Here's to Nurses'

May 6, 2014

To recognize International Nurses Day May 12, with its theme of "Nurses: A Force for Change — a Vital Resource for Health" – Elsevier colleagues have created a special video:

Huffington Post — 'RX for Health Care: Nursing as a Force for Change'

Elsevier Managing Director Olivier Dumon writes about the living legacy of Florence Nightingale, whose birthday is International Nurses Day

May 6, 2014

Olivier DumonIn his essay, Olivier Dumon relates the work of the legendary nurse to today's challenges and the continued evolution of the nursing profession:

Florence Nightingale found her calling by revolutionizing nursing care of wounded soldiers during the Crimean War of 1854. She dedicated her life to campaigning for change in hospital sanitation and medical care in general, making her a force for change by anyone's measure. Her book Notes on Nursing, published 155 years ago, continues to be the gold standard on nursing care for the profession.

It's a particularly timely topic given the rapidly changing health care system in the US and the more than 7 million newly insured Americans. As our global population starts to age, health care as a business is growing rapidly. ...

Read the article in the Huffington Post.

Nurses at Elsevier reflect on changes and challenges in the profession

Colleagues talk about the expanding role of nurses – and how they are often misunderstood

May 6, 2014

Judy Siefert, RN, MSN; Cindy Tryniszewski, RN, MSN; and Kathy Wyngarden, MSN, RN, FNP The role of nurses in today's health care system is a hotly debated topic.  More and more, nurses will be relied upon to know more, to obtain more professional qualifications, to publish peer-reviewed research and to be responsible for more care coordination of their patients. At the same time, the number of nurses and nurse educators remains tight.

At Elsevier, we employ scores of different kinds of nurses, who work closely with nurses in the field and are deeply engaged in the many ways they learn and practice. Here, our own Ian Evans interviewed several Elsevier nurses to get their impressions of the profession and what lies ahead. Read the story here.

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