Infection Control

Keeping germs off your hair, hands and face

Keeping germs off your hair, hands and face

Dr. Brady and Nurse Rebekah have talked about white lab coats as carriers of germs. Now, they tackle your hair, hands and face

Quiz: Are you the cleanest nurse in your unit?

Quiz: Are you the cleanest nurse in your unit?

Take our quiz and find out how you’re doing on the clean and tidy scale!

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How clean is your uniform?

What if the uniform we are wearing is causing harm? Or could potentially cause harm in the form of infection?

When germs hitch a ride…on your scrubs

When germs hitch a ride…on your scrubs

Although the white lab coat is an ingrained part of the healthcare culture, it may carry more than pocket references and PDAs.

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The first thing I would do if I were elected president

If I were the leader of the free world, (just call me President Nurse!), the first thing I would do (okay, maybe not the very first thing) is make microbiology mandatory for all! Here’s why.

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Flu IQ quiz

It’s that time of year again. Are you ready to answer a bevy of flu-related questions from your patients, family and friends? Test your smarts!

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Do it for the herd

The vaccine debate is HOT HOT HOT. Personally, if I can avoid having diseases that make me febrile, itchy, or otherwise considered a social outcast—I’m all for it!

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10 style tips from the Head Nurse

I’m constantly asked by faithful readers, “How do you do such a demanding job while remaining a paragon of beauty and style?” Well, it’s not easy. Here, my ways to nail it.

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Things that make you go EW!

Some people are afraid of spiders, closed spaces, the number thirteen or clowns. I’m afraid of germs! A true germaphobe…here are some of my hospital pet peeves. What are yours?

Who’s to blame for MRSA?

Who’s to blame for MRSA?

Is MRSA the most repulsive epidemic to find its way into the ER? Here, the causes, the seriousness and the scope of the MRSA problem. Plus, some easy tips for nurses to help fight the spread of it.

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6 bathroom etiquette tips for the hospital

As a nurse, you’re surrounded by bodily fluids. So give your co-workers a break and keep your bathroom business strictly business.

Practice what you preach

We should practice what we preach. Or better yet, we should practice what we teach

CDC to survey for hospital-associated infections

CDC to survey for hospital-associated infections

The CDC is preparing to conduct a nationwide survery of hospital-associated infections — the first such update in 20 years.

What’s in your scrubs pockets?

What’s in your scrubs pockets?

Our MD/RN team reflects on what you’re carrying around on your shift…and what that says about you!

Nurse = health nut?

Nurse = health nut?

Nurses are not only notorious for often ignoring our own health…we’re known for being difficult patients as well.

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