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Filling The Void And Feeling The Love

Filling The Void And Feeling The Love

Working bedside as a nurse takes its toll. I’ve been punched, kicked, yelled at and (much) more through the course of my career– sometimes all in one shift. If you’re a nurse, this isn’t anything new, but it doesn’t make […]

Understanding The Legal Side Of A DNR

Understanding The Legal Side Of A DNR

As medical professionals, we make difficult decisions every day. Among the most challenging decisions that face doctors and nurses are those that concern the end of a person’s life. Death is a natural thing, and it’s something that every human […]

Are You Charting Correctly? What To Look For In A Patient’s Chart

Are You Charting Correctly? What To Look For In A Patient’s Chart

  For nurses, charting is an essential part of the job. But are you doing it correctly? Filling out a chart the wrong way can have serious consequences for a patient’s care. There’s a saying in medicine: “If you didn’t […]

What Would Nurse Jackie Do? The Dangers of Taking a TV Nurse Too Seriously

What Would Nurse Jackie Do? The Dangers of Taking a TV Nurse Too Seriously

On the popular social media site and link aggregator Reddit, there’s a subreddit — one of the site’s specific subforums — that’s called “It’s a Unix System.” The name is a Jurassic Park reference, and the subreddit is a place […]

6 Tips For Nurses With Disabilities Going Back To Work

6 Tips For Nurses With Disabilities Going Back To Work

Hospitals have varied ways of supporting nurses with disabilities. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped, but hearts and minds are slow to change.

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Psychiatric Patients in the ER: Challenges Faced by Emergency Nurses

While emergency nurses and ER physicians are highly trained at dealing with acute trauma, there’s one area where many don’t always feel comfortable: working with psychiatric patients. A 2013 white paper from the Emergency Nurses Association highlights the challenges that […]

This Drug Could Prevent HIV Infection. So, Why Isn’t the UK Funding It?

This Drug Could Prevent HIV Infection. So, Why Isn’t the UK Funding It?

According to a 2015 report, there were more than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK in 2014. In the same year, over 6,000 were newly diagnosed with HIV and more than 600 died of AIDS-related illnesses. What’s more […]

When Everyone Else Is Home: How To Deal With Working Holidays

When Everyone Else Is Home: How To Deal With Working Holidays

The alarm rings at 05:30, and it only takes a second for the dread to set in. Today is Thanksgiving. And you have to work the holiday shift. Your mind starts to look for solutions. Maybe you could call in […]

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Bullying Is Not Just For The Playground…. How To Handle Passive Aggressive Behavior On The Job

Nurse bullying is a thing, and it affects all nurses, directly and indirectly. Passive aggressive interactions with your peers can leave you feeling emotionally drained and defeated. Yet, whether 10 or 30, a bully can always be put in their […]

How To Identify The Onset Of Alzheimer’s Disease

How To Identify The Onset Of Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, designated by Ronald Reagan back in 1983. It’s a time to raise awareness about one of the most common, yet devastating, degenerative diseases affecting our senior citizens. Many nurses interact with Alzheimer’s patients […]

5 Skills You Need To Be A Great Caregiver

5 Skills You Need To Be A Great Caregiver

Providing elderly care can be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. In many cases, the caregiver is the only person looking after the patient. Taking care of another human being is a massive responsibility. Caregivers often have […]

Has Nursing Taught You To Be A Better Parent?

Has Nursing Taught You To Be A Better Parent?

  It’s unquestionable: being a nurse influences your whole life. With such a demanding yet such an enriching job, there are many things you learn to handle and to look at in very different ways.   Have you ever thought […]

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10 Myths and Facts About Physician Assistants

October 6 marked this year’s annual Physician Assistants Appreciation Day. For nurses and doctors, physician assistants provide indispensable support. But this vital profession is sometimes misconceptualized or misunderstood. There are quite a few common myths and misconceptions about what PAs […]

When Nurse Staffing Becomes A Matter Of Life And Death

When Nurse Staffing Becomes A Matter Of Life And Death

Earlier this year, Johns Hopkins Medicine released a study that made many people think twice about their fates when being admitted to a hospital for care. In it, researchers suggested medical errors are the third leading cause of death in […]

Medical-Surgical Nursing: The Backbone Of The Nursing Profession

Medical-Surgical Nursing: The Backbone Of The Nursing Profession

November 1st through 7th is Medical-Surgical Nurses Week, a time to celebrate the medical-surgical nurses among us. Many of us have a pretty specific job description, working alongside specialist physicians and surgeons. There are psych nurses, urology nurses, neurology nurses, […]