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Social Validation in Nursing

Social Validation in Nursing

The concept of looking to other people for guidance in situations is not a new one – we do this unconsciously and automatically when we aren’t certain what to do in a situation. This is true whether we’re looking for […]

Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For Four Tiny Screws

Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For Four Tiny Screws

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News About three years ago, she began to experience sharp pain in her left foot. Her big toe had become crooked and constantly rubbed up against the adjacent toe, making it painful to run, walk or […]

Fraud Nurse Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping Baby

Fraud Nurse Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping Baby

A 52-year old woman from South Carolina has pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and interference with custody, almost two decades after allegedly posing as a hospital nurse and taking a newborn girl in 1998. Gloria Williams allegedly took Kamiyah […]

Hardest Parts of Being A Male Nurse: Stories from Real Nurses

Hardest Parts of Being A Male Nurse: Stories from Real Nurses

Whether you are a male or a female, being a nurse is an honorable career. Nurses are the rocks who help people in their greatest times of need. They are sources of care, help, comfort, and compassion for patients who […]

Suicide Risks and Prevention Awareness for Today’s Nurse Practitioners

Suicide Risks and Prevention Awareness for Today’s Nurse Practitioners

  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is one of the top ten causes of death for all ages, and is the second leading cause of death for those between 10 and 24 years of […]

Understaffing: A Life or Death Problem

Understaffing: A Life or Death Problem

The notion that there is a relationship between nurse and patient satisfaction makes sense. As a nurse, you work longer shifts than just about any other professional on the planet. If you work a long shift in poor conditions with […]

A Newbie Nurse and his Universal Lessons

A Newbie Nurse and his Universal Lessons

As a new nurse, there is so much to learn. I, like so many others, came out of nursing school thinking I knew most things I needed to know to be successful at my new profession. I was mistaken. When […]

Is Nursing Unhealthy?

Is Nursing Unhealthy?

Does our nursing culture promote healthy living? Or does some of our on-the-job culture create an environment that sets us up for unhealthy habits? Most nurses are on their feet working 8-12 hour shifts, often missing meal breaks and even […]

Instructors Are Causing The Nursing Shortage

Instructors Are Causing The Nursing Shortage

The United States is in need of qualified, educated nurses now more than ever. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American nursing schools aren’t hiring an adequate amount of nursing faculty members. The lack of active nursing […]

The Underestimated Heartbreak of Children and Food Allergies

The Underestimated Heartbreak of Children and Food Allergies

The prevalence of preventable life-threatening allergic reactions in schools and daycare centers is staggering; according to the Food Allergy Research & Education Foundation, nearly 6 million children have food allergies, and those with associated anaphylaxis are on the rise. According […]

The Three-Dimensional Thinking In Nursing

The Three-Dimensional Thinking In Nursing

Have you ever considered your inherent thinking process? What are the depth, and width and height of your thinking? Examining your own thinking matrix could prove valuable as it might just encourage you to utilize your brain one step further […]

We’re All A Little Twisted

We’re All A Little Twisted

There are times as a nurse when you get the distinct impression your patient does not like you. On a labor and delivery floor, this is often the case as I tell my patient that we are going to deviate […]

Are We Helping Others While Ignoring Ourselves?

Are We Helping Others While Ignoring Ourselves?

She was a registered nurse. She was the mother of four children. She was also an alcoholic and a benzo addict, with Valium being her drug of choice. That person was my mother, and her alcoholism and prescription pill addiction […]

When Compassionate Care Takes A Turn Toward Fatigue

When Compassionate Care Takes A Turn Toward Fatigue

By Jennifer Flynn, Risk Manager, Nurses Service Organization & Mary M. Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN, Corporate Director of Nursing Innovation and Research for Emory Healthcare Fatigue, emotional distress, or apathy resulting from the constant demands of caring for others: […]

Let’s Get Real About Gender Stereotypes In Nursing

Let’s Get Real About Gender Stereotypes In Nursing

Recently, I posted a meme on Instagram about being hit on by patients. The tagline read, “When a creepy patient hits on you”, and the picture showed a giraffe pushing another animal away with its hoof, some kind of wild […]

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