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The Affordable Care Act and Nurses – What Has Changed?

The Affordable Care Act and Nurses – What Has Changed?

  Back in 2010, Barack Obama passed a federal statute known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA, often referred to as “Obamacare,” has been the most significant overhaul of US healthcare since Medicaid and Medicare were enacted in 1965. […]

How Much Can You Share With a Patient’s Family?

How Much Can You Share With a Patient’s Family?

  Family members want to know as much as possible, especially when their loved one is seriously injured or ill. But for adult patients, how much can you really share with their family? Many nurses aren’t always clear on what […]

Worker’s Compensation Vs. Personal Injury Claim, A Legal Difference

Worker’s Compensation Vs. Personal Injury Claim, A Legal Difference

    As nurses, we treat many patients whose medical care is relevant to an insurance claim or a court case. This is part of why accurate charting and accurate medical records are so important. For these patients, the details […]

Knowing The Difference Between Spouse & Boyfriend Could Save Your Career

Knowing The Difference Between Spouse & Boyfriend Could Save Your Career

  Is that guy asking to see your patient, her boyfriend or her husband? You can’t always tell right away. Today, people wait a while to get married, instead of doing so in their early 20s. “Boyfriend” and “girlfriend” can […]

The Benefits Of Taking A Break

The Benefits Of Taking A Break

For many of us outside nursing, taking a break in the workday—to grab a bite, go for a walk, or catch up with a coworker—is a practiced habit. It’s something we take for granted. Not so for nurses. Our VP […]

What Special Tools Should Psych Nurses Have In Their Arsenal?

What Special Tools Should Psych Nurses Have In Their Arsenal?

Mental health issues are incredibly common, and despite immense progress in 20th century psychological and neuropsychiatric research, these enigmatic disorders are still not fully understood. In the United States in 2014, 8.9% of people had been diagnosed during the past […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Living Well with Arthritis: Tips for a Full and Healthy Life

If you’re living with arthritis, you’re definitely not alone. Many other nurses share your plight. A staggering 52.5 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritis — that’s 22% of the population. By 2040, that number is […]

When Going Outside Could Make You Sick: California Nurses May Be at Risk of Lung Disease

When Going Outside Could Make You Sick: California Nurses May Be at Risk of Lung Disease

Today is Lung Health Day, an awareness day created by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) centered on the wide variety of diseases and health conditions that can affect one of our most vital organs, the lungs. When people […]

Substance Abuse Among Nurses: A Silent Epidemic

Substance Abuse Among Nurses: A Silent Epidemic

It’s Red Ribbon Week, an awareness week that was founded in 1985 in the wake of the brutal murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena. Red Ribbon Week is a bit of an awareness melange, simultaneously bringing attention to alcohol, tobacco, […]

Suffering Silently: Work Stress & Mental Illness in Healthcare Workers

Suffering Silently: Work Stress & Mental Illness in Healthcare Workers

The week of October 2-8, 2016 was Mental Health Awareness Week, an occasion to shine some light on psychiatric issues that otherwise get overlooked. Mental health disorders are surprisingly common in the United States. In 2014, there were an estimated […]

Do You Know What a Teal Pumpkin at Halloween Means?

Do You Know What a Teal Pumpkin at Halloween Means?

When you think about trick or treating, most of you imagine seeing an orange pumpkin on a doorstep, window or front yard.  But have any of you ever seen a Teal Pumpkin, and understood what it’s there for?  When Scrubs […]

Is Personal Malpractice Insurance Worth It?

Is Personal Malpractice Insurance Worth It?

Becoming a nurse is all about caring about other people and wanting to bring them comfort and wellness. Despite our best efforts, we sometimes fail. When such situations arise and patient demand justice for what happened, it’s important to know that […]