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7 Tips To Stay Calm During A Patient Emergency

7 Tips To Stay Calm During A Patient Emergency

It’s an hour from the end of your shift, and you’re at the nurse’s station filling out some paperwork. It’s boring – and you’re already mentally at home in your pajamas, watching Netflix. But suddenly, a code blue rings out. […]

National Patient Safety Awareness Week – 5 Steps To Improving Patient Safety In Your Hospital

National Patient Safety Awareness Week – 5 Steps To Improving Patient Safety In Your Hospital

March 12-18 of this year is National Patient Safety Awareness week. This week was established by the NPSF – National Patient Safety Foundation, in an attempt to raise awareness about proper methods, procedures, and processes to ensure patient safety in […]

The Right And Wrong Way To Introduce Yourself To Patients

The Right And Wrong Way To Introduce Yourself To Patients

When you meet a new patient, you’ll need to introduce yourself. But for many nurses, this is easier said than done. If you’re not exactly a social butterfly, meeting new people can be challenging. But the way you introduce yourself […]

Do You Know The Right Things To Say To An Alzheimer’s Patient & Their Family?

Do You Know The Right Things To Say To An Alzheimer’s Patient & Their Family?

Nurses encounter all kinds of people on the job, and if you work with geriatric patients in any capacity, you’ve probably met your fair share of Alzheimer’s patients. This devastating neurodegenerative disease affects 19% of people aged 75-84, and 42% […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Patient Won’t Stop Hitting On Me. What Can I Do?

My Patient Won’t Stop Hitting On Me. What Can I Do?

It’s a given. Patients will hit on you, in more or less obvious ways and varying degrees of inappropriateness. It can get very upsetting, especially after a long shift. Although we are not encouraging this practice, we try to understand […]

3 Breast Cancer Survivors Thank Nurses

3 Breast Cancer Survivors Thank Nurses

October is well-known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the extent of the awareness for many people ends at pink ribbons, organized walks, or watching NFL players sport pink jerseys. Each year, about 246,000 women in the US are diagnosed […]

What Happens when you stop taking HIV Medications?

What Happens when you stop taking HIV Medications?

What Happens to a Patient Who Suddenly Stops Taking HIV Medications? The medications used to control HIV help the body to produce and retain the white blood cells necessary to fight infection. Once a patient stops that medication, the virus […]

Top 4 Ways To Calm Your Patients Before Surgery

Top 4 Ways To Calm Your Patients Before Surgery

Nurses and other healthcare professionals can attest that stress levels of patients are a major concern because anxiety has a detrimental effect on overall health and healing. When you tack on the idea of surgery, stress levels can easily go […]

Champion These 8 Concepts Every Successful Nurse Knows (INFOGRAPHIC)

Champion These 8 Concepts Every Successful Nurse Knows (INFOGRAPHIC)

The road to becoming a nurse is not an easy one although it can be a lot more bearable if you know which nursing concepts are the most important to master. Whatever type of nursing student you may be, mastering […]

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50 things every student nurse should know

There are some things nursing school just can’t teach you. Here are 50 things every nursing student should know from someone who’s been there before…

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Scleroderma Patients: What Nurses Need to Know

As a nurse, you’ll care for patients from all walks of life. You’ll also encounter a wide range of disorders and diseases. To provide the best care possible, it’s necessary to learn what you can about treating a diverse range […]

Cataract Awareness: What Nurses Need To Know

Cataract Awareness: What Nurses Need To Know

Vision is one of our most valuable senses. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the senses most likely to become impaired or lost due to trauma or disease. The number of diseases and disorders affecting the eyes is extensive, and many […]

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I don’t want a male nurse taking care of me

It’s their care, not mine. It’s their choice, not mine. In the end, we are their advocate. Even if that means stepping aside.