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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 […]

Nurse Melissa’s Top 10

Nurse Melissa’s Top 10

My name is Melissa Fischer and I’m currently 23 years old. I’m an Emergency Room nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. SMH is the only level 1 trauma center and nationally recognized burn center in the Rochester […]

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 […]

Do TV Programs Like ‘13 Reasons Why’ Impact Suicide Awareness?

Do TV Programs Like ‘13 Reasons Why’ Impact Suicide Awareness?

Sept. 10, 2017, was World Suicide Prevention Day and marked the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week. During this annual campaign, state officials and healthcare professionals educate the public about suicide warning signs and prevention in an effort to bring […]

Hurricane Irma From The Front Lines: The Florida Nurse’s Story

Hurricane Irma From The Front Lines: The Florida Nurse’s Story

I am 24-years old, and have lived in the Tampa Bay area my entire life. I have endured multiple hurricanes throughout the years, but none were as catastrophic and fearsome as Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma was a category 5 hurricane, […]

Can You Believe?

Can You Believe?

  If nurses today could experience a time warp back to the 1950s they would discover a much different profession than the one they are accustomed to. Hard to believe, but nurses used to: Smoke at the nurses’ station in […]

What Becoming A Nurse Means To Me

What Becoming A Nurse Means To Me

My mom and I were at the Bloomsburg Fair, an annual week-long event in central Pennsylvania; I couldn’t have been more than a teen at that time so it was at least 20 years ago. As we were walking through […]

Will You See Me?

Will You See Me?

I know you are here to take care of me, but when you come into this room, Will you see me? I open my mouth for bites of food, for medicine, for sips of water, like a baby bird, I […]

5 Emergency Room Myths And Misconceptions

5 Emergency Room Myths And Misconceptions

As front door to healthcare, emergency rooms receive almost all kinds of patients. Most of us will have to visit the ER at least once in our lives. Oftentimes, we see it as it is depicted on movies and TV […]

Should Nurses With Dementia Be Allowed To Keep Working?

Should Nurses With Dementia Be Allowed To Keep Working?

Many nurses enjoy dedicating themselves to their profession for a lifetime. Doing an exceptional job in the medical field requires the men and women of nursing to be in an optimal state of health. Although they are counted on for […]