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Rebekah Child

About Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

A nurse’s 5 tips to “never” get sick

A nurse’s 5 tips to “never” get sick

I hesitate to say I “never” get sick because that’s the equivalent to shouting out, “Here I am infectious world! Come and get me!”

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Love advice from our patients

I love octogenarians, nonagenarians, and centenarians and I really love when these folks have been married a long time. Here are 6 pieces of great advice I’ve received over the years.

A nurse’s survival guide to holiday gift shopping

A nurse’s survival guide to holiday gift shopping

If it’s not Wednesday at 2pm, forget it. And don’t forget the Ativan.

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Six tricks of the trade from a seasoned nurse

Here’s one: Always carry a marker, a pen, a watch and a stethoscope. Anything else you can borrow. And don’t let anyone borrow yours.

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5 tips for assessing patients

Assessments are an integral part of the nursing process. Here are some tips to make yours the very best, each and every time!

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My favorite stories about those “not so old” patients!

Who says the gero population is boring? Some of my favorite stories come from the 70 and older set.


The Easter bunny is on his way

If you have to be at work on Easter you might as well try to be festive. Here’s what we’ve done in the past…

Forward to the future

Forward to the future

What is your two year plan? Your five year? Your ten year?

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A nurse’s OMG moment

There could be a whole book about people putting strange things in strange places. Actually, there probably are a few books out there like that but none that I could recommend here….

Holidays in the hospital

Holidays in the hospital

I know that working on a holiday can be rough…but just think, you might really be able to help a patient find a little hope or humor in the day.

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Leftover food for the ER staff…

Why is it that my department is always the recipient of all the random food from every meeting?

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Kids say the darndest things…

C’mon, admit it, kids are some of your funniest patients. Some of my best stories come from this group of patients. Tell me your funniest kid story!

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Five things your mentor never told you

If you’re lucky, your mentor will be both a source of information and inspiration. But even the best nurses sometimes leave out what you really wish you’d known on your first months on the job.


Three tips for the nurse job hunter

I have heard about too many new grad nurses who can’t find jobs, so I thought perhaps I should share a few interview tips with everyone.


Favorite escapist reads

Nurses need to take breaks, and reading is a great stress reliever. Here are some of my picks, what are yours?