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  • Crushing Injury: Are You Helping or Harming When You Crush Pills?

    Correctional Nurse . Net
    Lorry Schoenly
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Inmate Dexter was found cheeking his psyche meds. The facility has a blanket policy that all narcotics are crushed and, in addition, all pills are crushed for patients found to divert their medications. This morning he is to receive Effexor XR, Ery-Tab, and Kaletra. Now what? Some correctional systems require that medications be crushed to avoid […]
  • Report: C-sections raise mothers' delivery risks

    AANP SmartBrief
    22 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    A CDC report says having a first baby by cesarean section, compared with vaginal delivery, raised the likelihood that a woman -More- 
  • Study finds link between patient-nurse ratio, cardiac arrest survival

    ANA SmartBrief
    22 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    An analysis of data on 11,160 patients found that nurse staffing in medical-surgical units and better scores on a measure of  -More- 
  • Hospital mortality data shows more deaths at the weekend

    Nursing News
    24 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. Hospital bosses are carrying out a review of winter deaths after figures suggested there was a higher mortality rate at weekends.
  • A common hospital soap may reduce MRSA spread

    Nursing / Midwifery News From Medical News Today
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Researchers suggest patient care and reduction of MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections may both benefit from using the common hospital soap chlorhexidine to bathe patients.
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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • Crushing Injury: Are You Helping or Harming When You Crush Pills?

    Lorry Schoenly
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Inmate Dexter was found cheeking his psyche meds. The facility has a blanket policy that all narcotics are crushed and, in addition, all pills are crushed for patients found to divert their medications. This morning he is to receive Effexor XR, Ery-Tab, and Kaletra. Now what? Some correctional systems require that medications be crushed to avoid […]
  • The Acid Bath of Cynicism (Podcast Episode 98)

    Lorry Schoenly
    18 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Guest Robert Greifinger, MD, a correctional health care consultant and co-editor of the International Journal of Prison Health talks about the dangers of cynicism in correctional health care practice.  Dr. Greifinger is editor of the book Public Health Behind Bars: From Prisons to Communities. His guest editorial entitled “The Acid Bath of Cynicism” can be […]
  • Should Correctional Nurses be Compassionate?

    Lorry Schoenly
    11 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    A while back a blog reader emailed me to thank me for providing visibility for our specialty and to take issue with my blog byline: Inspiring Compassionate Professional Nursing in the Criminal Justice System. Seems that the word ‘compassion’ was not sitting well with this nurse leader who actually taught new correctional nurses to “check […]
  • Are You Thinking Clearly? Rooting Out Biases in Clinical Evaluations

    Lorry Schoenly
    4 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    I was raised on Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle novels and still find shows like Elementary and Sherlock captivating. In fact, it is the detective work inherent in nursing assessment and diagnosis that drew me to the nursing profession and still keeps me interested some 3 decades later. Oh, for the clarity of mind […]
  • April 2015 News Round Up (Podcast Episode 97)

    Lorry Schoenly
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Correctional nurse leaders Johnnie Lambert, Margaret Collatt, and Jodie Glewwe join Lorry to discuss the latest correctional health care news items. CDCR To Limit Punishments for Inmates With Mental Health Issues Our first story is an update on activities in the California Prison System. They are a happening place – always in the news. This […]
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    Nursing News

  • Hospital mortality data shows more deaths at the weekend

    24 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. Hospital bosses are carrying out a review of winter deaths after figures suggested there was a higher mortality rate at weekends.
  • Unit nurse - " Ellie McKeaver has working been with the team for 18 months

    24 May 2015 | 3:28 am
    AS part of Southend Hospital 's aim to be the home of Essex's first hyper acute stroke unit, it has produced a new recruitment video to highlight how all the different teams work together to deliver the best for patients. The video features a series of talking heads giving their own perspective of what they bring to the team and what they get out of being part of the dedicated stroke team at Southend.
  • Aga Khan Hospital nurses teach reproductive to pupils

    24 May 2015 | 2:28 am
    Dar es Salaam-based Aga Khan Hospital started yesterday conducting reproductive health training to Ali Hassan Mwinyi Primary School in an attempt to reduce early pregnancies. The nurse in charge at the hospital's maternity ward Getrude Mushi said training, among other things, was aimed at educating those pupils to understand the impact of engaging in unprotected sex.
  • China returns gift of sight to the elderly

    23 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Lincoln Chambers is grateful to finally be able to read his Bible again. He is scheduled for cataract surgery on his right eye on Monday at the Ophthalmology Department at the Kingston Public Hospital.
  • Mass. health care industry spent $19M lobbying lawmakers

    23 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry's political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has nearly doubled from the $10.8 million spent in 2007, according to an Associated Press review of lobbying reports filed with the state secretary's office.
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    Digital Doorway

  • Are You A Nurse Stress Cadet?

    Keith Carlson
    13 May 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Just the other day, I heard the term "stress cadet" for the first time, and I was struck by how very apropos those two words are when considering the average 21st-century professional nurse. Are you a nurse stress cadet? If not, do you know one?Most human beings experience varying levels of stress, even under the most normal circumstances, and for healthcare professionals and nurses, job-related stress can at times be overwhelming.As a group, we nurses are generally caring, compassionate, hard-working people who like to put others first. This is lovely, but we can frequently forget about a…
  • Nurses Week is Here---Own It!

    Keith Carlson
    7 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    It's that time of year again, folks, and I want to take this moment to rhapsodize about how amazing I think nurses are.This month marks 19 years since I graduated from my ADN program at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Massachusetts, so it's my 19th Nurses Week. And I was even prouder to earn my BSN from the University of Massachusetts in 2001. I feel great about my career trajectory, and I'm proud of the fact that I've been a member of this nursing tribe for almost two decades. (If you count several years in nursing school, I've already passed that 20-year mark!)Nurses are…
  • Of Crabs and Nurses

    Keith Carlson
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Have you ever heard the poem by Charles Bukowski called, "The Great Escape"? Well, I heard it this morning on the radio, and the metaphor of crabs crawling over one another to escape from a bucket reminded me of some of the worst aspects of nursing. Do you know why?In the aforementioned poem by Charles Bukowski, the following words may be found:"listen, he said, you ever seen a bunch of crabs in a bucket? no, I told him. well, what happens is that now and then one crab will climb up on top of the others and begin to climb toward the top of the bucket, then, just as he's about to escape…
  • What's On Your Career Runway?

    Keith Carlson
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:58 pm
    A career can feel like a busy airport, a marathon, a bus terminal, a rickshaw, or a taxi careering the wrong way down a one-way street. If your nursing career is an airport, and you're readying your plane on the runway in order to take flight, what's on your runway in 2015?Who's in the Cockpit? In terms of the career airplane that's ready for take-off, who's in the pilot seat? Who's the co-pilot, and who are the flight attendants? Is your inner career co-pilot a critical mother or overbearing father? Are your career choices controlled by an automatic pilot that won't take no for an…
  • Don't Close the Tech Door on Your Nursing Career

    Keith Carlson
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    In my work as a career coach for nurses,  many people tell me that they simply don't have the savvy to use social media, apps, and other new and emerging technologies for the benefit of their career, and I respond by saying, "Don't close the tech door on your career!"You see, in the 21st-century employment ecosystem, using technology to your advantage is no longer an option for most professionals who want to move their career forward. With the online employment application being ubiquitous, and potential employers and colleagues looking you up on Linked In and Google, being tech-savvy…
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  • Remembering military nurses on Memorial Day

    Cynthia Dusseault
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shutterstock | Niyazz For most people Memorial Day is nothing more than the first long weekend of summer—perhaps involving an excursion to the beach, a family get-together or the opportunity to take in the Indy 500. But Memorial Day is far more than that. It’s a time for remembering all those who served and lost their lives in war. What many people tend to forget is that along with the soldiers who go to war, nurses go as well—not to fight in battle, but to help save the lives of injured soldiers and to provide comfort to those soldiers they cannot save. U.S. military nursing has been…
  • Nurse bling: Summer’s here

    Scrubs Editor
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shutterstock | Maksim Shmeljov Ah, summer. It really is a thing of beauty. And though you may not be wading through tropical waters anytime soon, the weather is warmer, the days are longer and neighborhood potlucks abound. So, even if you’re simply getting into your scrubs and then into your car to begin a hard day’s work, feel free to get into the spirit of the season. Wondering just how to do this? Since we figured that filling the hospital lobby with four truckloads of sand was probably out of the question, we decided to troll Etsy for fun, summery finds. Now, if these items…
  • Your summer wish list—as told by us

    Scrubs Editor
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shutterstock | Javier Brosch All in good fun, we’ve concocted a summer wish list we think any nurse can appreciate. Of course, we don’t presume to know all of your innermost, nurse-y desires, but we’d like to think that we have a few solid hunches. Here’s to pipe dreams! 1. An 8am barbecue  You love a good barbecue. Extra bacon burgers, vegan kabobs—you don’t discriminate. You relish all of it. At a barbecue, not only are you consuming real, flame-cooked food items, but you’re also sharing your waking hours with more than one person who you know and…
  • 5 things worse than germs to take home with you

    Scrubs Editor
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shutterstock | Subbotina Anna Nurses, we know you’re exposed to all kinds of things at work—and you try your best to leave it all behind at the end of the day. But we’re not just talking about bacteria here. Here are five things that are quite possibly worse than germs to take home with you. 1. Knowledge No, we’re not talking about the good kind, like learning a language or knowing where to find a small country on a map. We’re talking about the kind of knowledge you really don’t want—the kind you can’t un-know simply because it makes you very, very…
  • Peace of mind for nurses

    Scrubs Editor
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shutterstock | hxdbzxy There’s no question that a nurse’s day-to-day routine translates into a level of stress that, over a very short amount of time, threatens to take a serious toll on one’s mental, emotional and physical well-being. To combat an epidemic of nurse burnout, a widespread effort to improve conditions and provide relief is underway. And not surprisingly, the approach is multifaceted. A recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives us a glimpse into a practice that aims to help reduce stress, improve cognitive function and offer a higher quality of…
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    Head Nurse

  • Lists.

    23 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Things I need to do this week:1. Buy floaties2. Figure out some way of keeping my trash bins from being washed down the street3. Review alternate routes to work in case Lake Littleton overflows the ancient two-lane bridge that spans it4. Grow gills and webbed feetThe rain hasn't been as bad here as it has been in North Texas, but Jeez. Everything Deep In The Heart of Texas is soaked.Things I need to do to deal with Keith:1. Answer patiently when he asks me why a patient with Hashimoto's encephalopathy is on a neuro unit rather than under the endocrine service2. Ignore his assertions that Josh…
  • Adventures in Keithland, part I

    19 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    We have one rule at Sunnydale that is unbreakable. It has to do with scheduling, and it goes like this: everybody, no matter how long they've been with the crew or what their lives are like, has to work weekends once in a while. The official rule is that every person works one Friday, one Saturday, and one Sunday, with an additional Friday or Saturday thrown in, every schedule. The schedules cover eight weeks, so this is not an onerous requirement. Most folks get it over with by working one F/S/S run and then picking up an extra weekend shift as they please.Except for Keith, who has filled…
  • It happened again.

    18 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    After the Day of the Seizing patient, Kitty and Courtney and I took three days off. We met again, yesterday, when a patient's family member (not the same patient, not the same family member) caught her shoe on a perfectly flat place on the floor and fell.I saw her fall. She didn't even have the chance to get her hands out in front of her. She landed with a horrible smacking noise, right on her face. And so we hit the panic button and who should come around the corner but Courtney.Who helped us check the person out, helped us help her up, got her back into the room she came from (she refused…
  • Well. That was hairy.

    15 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    It was a normal day in the CCU at Sunnydale (Hospital for the Hellmouth). Admissions, discharges, multiple procedures requiring conscious sedation, doctors getting all fumble-fingered with the new order templates, the bathrooms out of order.It was normal until Courtney showed up. Court stands barely five feet tall, might weigh a hundred pounds soaking wet, and is the finest nurse I know. She's worked in every critical-care area there is, from trauma to burns to places where twelve drips on one patient are the norm, and once crawled into a crushed car--while seven months pregnant and on a…
  • Dear Cheerful Nurse from the ED at County General. . . .

    9 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Thanks for calling. Thanks for being so cheerful! I don't know how you do it, working, as you do, in the pits of hell.I apologize for that patient who stumbled into your ED today. He stumbled into ours, here at Sunnydale, with a chief complaint of having fallen over due to weakness on his left side. When the CT and MRI didn't show anything, the folks in our ED transferred him to the Neuro CCU. . .but not before he started demanding pain medication for his stroke pain.Because strokes, as you know, are painful.(end scarcasm)Anyway, I got him up here and determined that, while he did show some…
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  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
  • New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight

    Caroline Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Afterlight Afterlight, designed by Takashi Irie, is a different take on his Cyanotype, featuring an option for a full-screen background image. Add your favorite background image or color to lend your personal…
  • All Sites Protected Against Zero Day Vulnerability

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All sites — including VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your sites are protected by the Akismet anti-spam service, which is already blocking those comments.Filed under: Security
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    The Nurse Practitioner's Place

  • How Do You Feel About Being Called A "Mid-level"?

    NPs Save Lives
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Hello all,It's been a while since I've posted. First off, an update on my sister Denise who is doing well and made it back home due to a few donations on Go Fund Me. I really appreciated the donations. Keep them coming if you have an inkling.Back to the subject at hand.. How many of you NPs are bothered by the term "mid-level". It personally drives me bananas! I think we need to come up with an alternate term. My collaborating MD asks why I'm bothered by it since that's what I am...I just wonder if I am "mid-level, who's the "low level provider"? I don't feel that I give "mid care" to my…
  • Help My Sister Get Home To Florida

    NPs Save Lives
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Hello to all of my readers. My sister Denise is currently stuck in Seattle, Washington in a hospital post quadruple bypass surgery. She's hanging in there but needs a plane ticket home and money during her recovery period. I appreciate any help you may be able to provide. Please share this link!Dimes For DeeDee via @gofundme This is my younger sister who is 42. Please help me get her home to Florida.This is one reason why it's so important to understand your genetic potentials for bad health issues.My mother also has had a quad bypass and my sister's father died of a…
  • Ramblings of A Nurse Practitioner

    NPs Save Lives
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Often people ask me what I missed the most while I was in NP school. I would have to say my family time and my hobbies. I used to read voraciously,  but now find myself playing on Facebook and reading other people's comments on posts there rather than picking up a book and plucking myself in a cozy chair next to my husband while he watched TV.I also didn't realize that it would continue into my career. It is what we do as providers. We sacrifice so that others can be healthier people and hopefully they listen to our advice. Unfortunately, some won't and we lose them along the way. Hard…
  • Am I Invisible Or What?

    NPs Save Lives
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Just a question... How many NPs have been excluded from company parties that Docs are invited to? I would certainly hope not many. Do you get included in company meetings? This still boggles my mind considering that NPs bring in quite a lot of revenue for practices and have very high patient satisfaction scores.Are you included in your company or do you feel like your input makes no difference?I've heard various responses from full involvement to none. Where do you land in the spectrum? Do you feel like it matters? How would you go about changing the perceptions?Go!
  • Nurse Practitioner Burnout

    NPs Save Lives
    26 May 2014 | 6:46 am
    Why do NPs burnout? Much the same reasons as Doctors. Constant pressure to produce and keep everyone happy including patients, their family members, our bosses, our co-workers, insurance companies, and our own families. At the same time, trying not to kill anyone. The good thing is that has resolved itself with a job change. I just spent a long weekend at the beach and never  opened my computer to work. For the first time in 6 years...That's not saying that I haven't taken time off, just that I've always had to open my computer and work at some point during the event. You need…
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  • It's the long weekend

    22 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    TGIF! We started the weekend off with fun. We went and rode some rides not far from home tonight at one of many picnics. Bubba and I had a funnel cake and I reminisced about how many of the rides are still the same as when I was a kid. It would be nice if the tickets were the same. I couldn't believe the prices.Bubba even saw some kids from school, including a girl who saw him as we were leaving. She was a tall blonde, and had there not been more traffic, I think Bubba would have run faster to the car. However, Blonde Babe stayed on her side of the picnic and we went home.Dahey even got into…
  • Head banging or TGIF hurry up

    21 May 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Maybe it's because it's a long weekend. Maybe it's because I've had more than my share of head banging needed recently. If I were a pitcher, my ERA would be terrible. Two patients scheduled no-showed or refused to cooperate. Very frustrating.Some of the people you work with have amnesia and screw stuff up no matter how many times you tell them something.Asking these same people to think is a dangerous thing. "Oh you mean I was supposed to answer when so-and-so called on the teleconferencing unit to discuss x patient." Yes, Dumbelina, you sure were supposed to answer. Even a master's degree in…
  • 'Tis the graduation season

    19 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    To all of you graduates out there, congratulations! Your four (or more) years are done. You have achieved your goal, or you are on your way to a couple of more graduations, with even more costumes and pomp and circumstance.There are plenty of graduation speakers this year, but, I've always appreciated this sentiment (even though I'm not a Republican).Remember, C=RN too, in many schools, so be brave and don't give up. There will always be critics. Do your best every day. You and your patients deserve the best.I found it a grand coincidence that both my commencement speakers were baseball…
  • Loud noises at inopportune times

    18 May 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Yes, folks, these are the things that drive me crazy or keep me awake at night. Last night, it was the latter.Nothing like crazy driver swerving to avoid a mailbox, then hitting the neighbor's car and stopping at the tree.Just very thankful that the driver didn't continue on and end up in our yard.The perils of living near a crazy, county road.Stay tuned for more traffic reports.
  • From my crystal ball

    17 May 2015 | 7:02 pm
    I like to tell patients I have a crystal ball at home, so that's why I can't always tell the future at work.However, when I read this story, I surely would not be surprised if there's a lawsuit in the future. Brain injuries in small children are bad enough.That is all.Stay tuned...
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  • Ask a Travel Nurse: How has Travel Nursing changed in the past decade?

    David Morrison R.N.
    22 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: How has Travel Nursing changed in the past decade? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am an RN with 23 years’ experience under my belt. I was Travel Nurse for five years about 11 years ago and I am looking to get back into it before I retire. Since I haven’t traveled for 11 years I’d like your advice regarding best travel companies and any changes that have occurred since I have traveled. Can you tell me, has Travel Nursing changed in the past decade? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I have been traveling for about two decades and in that time, I would honestly say little…
  • Thank You, Military Nurses!

    Sarah Wengert
    22 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Thank you, military nurses! And Happy Memorial Day to all! As we slide on into Memorial Day weekend, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, military nurses for everything you do for your patients and your country! Nursing is commendable and not easy work in any realm, but military nurses deserve an extra special nod for the additional sacrifices made by them and their families. In honor of all of the brave individuals who’ve served our country, as healthcare professionals or otherwise, I wanted to share a really cool initiative brought about by the American Academy of Nursing…
  • Pet-friendly State Parks for Travel Nurses

    Sarah Wengert
    15 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Have an awesome adventure with your best friend at one of these pet-friendly state parks for Travel Nurses! For many Travel Nurses, whether to bring your pet on assignment or not is not even a question. Of course you want to hit the road with your best pal(s)! Studies have shown that pet owners often cope better with new or difficult situations, making traveling with your pet good for your spirit and performance. So, luckily, there are pet-friendly Travel Nursing agencies that will make traveling with your pets easier for you. But even though a pet-friendly company can help you with housing…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I find the perfect Travel Nursing job?

    David Morrison R.N.
    13 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I find the perfect Travel Nursing job? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: As a first-time “wannabe Traveler,” where can I find a small, Traveler-friendly hospital, good pay and benefits, a beautiful location and surroundings, and nurses who will be helpful and give good orientation? Don’t laugh, this must be possible somewhere! I have 20-plus years in ER with all the certifications. I’ve always been afraid to travel by myself, but I would like to travel to see the country and make new friends. What do you think? How can I find the perfect Travel Nursing…
  • 2015 Travelers Conference

    Sarah Wengert
    6 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Registration is now open for the 2015 Travelers Conference in Las Vegas! Registration is now open for the 2015 Travelers Conference! The 8th annual Travelers Conference will be held September 14th and 15th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas. A Newbie Boot Camp on September 13 will precede the big event. The 2015 Travelers Conference is an annual event that presents professional, educational, and social opportunities for traveling healthcare professionals. So whether you’re looking for career opportunities, educational information, or simply some new friends, this is the place to be.
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  • RN with misdemenor charge

    14 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Hello, I am wondering if anyone can reassure me that I will be able to get my RN license in VA. I am currently starting my FIRST semester Nursing school. I have a misdemeanor for selling marijuana under age from 3 years ago. Of course my drug test was clean, and would be for any one who wanted to test me at any time. I am worry that the state of VA will deny my application for licensure because of this…it is so embarassing… Does anyone have any advice or insight? VA does not allow expungement of convictions of any type no matter how old, and I am stuck with this humiliating…
  • Does misdemenor affect to get RN license in VA?

    4 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Hello, I am wondering if anyone can reassure me that I will be able to get my RN license in VA. I am currently starting my Nursing school. I have a misdemeanor for selling marijuana possession conviction from 2 years ago. When I was selling I don’t know it was legal and as I purchase he told us that it was legal. So I was in big trouble. I was accepted into nursing school and was told everything would probably be ok. Of course my drug test was clean, and would be for any one who wanted to test me at any time. I can’t help but worry that the state of VA will deny my application for…
  • Help with Nursing School Readmission letter

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Hello beautiful people! I was 6 months to graduating from a BSN program when I failed a second class by less than 1% and was dismissed. However, they give opportunity for re-enrollment after one year. Six months later, I contacted the admission director and was told by the dean to tell them what I have done to improve my ability to succeed if given another chance to enroll. I just need help with what other details I need to include in the content of the letter. I got distracted with personal matters and had trouble answering some test questions. However I’ve been studying the NCLEX…
  • LPN salary

    14 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how much LPN/LVN (new graduate) makes in Panama City, clear water, or Tampa FL. Those are my three main places I would love to relocate too. I’m not really big into hospital settings, my passion is either working in a nursing home or long term care. Thanks so much for the advice. The post LPN salary appeared first on RealityRN.
  • daughter nursing

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:54 pm
    My daughter finished her nursing program two years ago.She did well at school but failed the test 3 times. She is discouraged. Any ideas as to how to get her back on track. she took kaplan and another prep class but no luck with the test. Any ideas would be great. The post daughter nursing appeared first on RealityRN.
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  • The Design of Seat Covers for Ford Focus

    Gunawan Wicaksono
    10 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Ford Focus is a luxury sedan with a futuristic look. The design Seat Covers for Ford Focus is very elegant. This car is specially designed with a high level of comfort for the rider. This car also completed with an attractive interior Seat Covers for Ford Focus with air conditioning (front & rear), audio, center panel, multi-information display, seat materials and mechanisms, sun visor and vanity mirrors, and power windows. As for the exterior, both have been equipped with various features such as antenna, door handles, fog lamp, front and rear lamp, high mounted stop lamp, outer…
  • The Advantages in Having Bike Rack for Ford Focus

    Gunawan Wicaksono
    10 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Given the surge in notoriety for hitch-mounted Bike Rack for Ford Focus well known line, we're beginning to see every one of them over the street. More often than not, they're on a vehicle you'd hope to be furnished with a hitch and a rack, in the same way as a Xterra, a H3, or even one of those horrendous Azteks. Of late, however, we've seen a few strange vehicles with an unnaturally included hitch essentially for having the Bike Rack for Ford Focus. We've gathered the main 5 most noticeably awful occasions we can recollect and positioned them in elements of ghastliness and funniness. We'll…
  • Choose Ford Focus Aftermarket Parts

    Gunawan Wicaksono
    10 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The outside outline is not all that exceptional Ford Focus Aftermarket Parts as per the creators, even still all the more satisfying to the eye that looks sweet passage holiday seen. This auto is more stress on usefulness and concede the unusual configuration, straightforward outline (not segarang cost) however extremely aeromechanics are the signs of this auto, the front will be given an opening substantial enough air to cool the motor temperature while working. At the headlights does look abnormal even say nutty, yet don't imagine it any other way headlights passage ready to give brilliant…
  • Brief Battery for Ford Focus Reviews

    Gunawan Wicaksono
    10 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    One of the advantages of running a successful online publication like Battery for Ford Focus ReviewsAuto Trends Magazine is that I get to preview and drive numerous vehicles before or just as they hit the market. A recent call from the Battery for Ford Focus Reviewsarranged for my drive of the 2012 battery electric version of the Ford Focus, a compact car slated to go on sale summer 2011. This vehicle will be important for two big reasons: it will replace the current American spec model with the European derived one, offering a better-looking, more fuel efficient and updated package. It will…
  • Ford Focus Dog Guard Has Role Function

    Gunawan Wicaksono
    10 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Bringing a dog a walk or take him to a place that require travel by car which can lead to stress in dogs who never drove before. Ford Focus Dog Guard can also lead to stress to you that are driving and requires concentration on driving. Dogs that stress was in the car often hopping in your car, even a walk into the under-under your car seat or stand towards the window or the steering wheel, worse likely he will bite your car seat or she vomited in your car. This is not a good thing even I categorize very dangerous, because Ford Focus Dog Guard can interfere with your concentration. There are…
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  • Grip strength could indicate risk of death and cardiovascular disease

    22 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    Firmness of a person?s hand grip is better than blood pressure for assessing health, according to a new study, and reduced muscular strength, measured by grip, is consistently linked with early death, disability and illness.
  • Fragile healthcare systems threaten malaria control, study suggests

    22 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    An additional 11,000 deaths due to malaria may have occurred in 2014 because of disruptions in healthcare services caused by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to a British study published April 23 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Another 3,900 deaths may have been due to interrupted delivery of insecticide-treated sleeping nets.
  • Study: California?s nurse-to-patient ratio law reduces RN injuries

    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    A study that sought to understand if the California nurse-to-patient ratio law improves nurse safety showed promising results, according to the article, ?California?s Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Law and Occupational Injury,? published May 2015 in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.
  • RWJU hands out awards at 2 campuses during National Nurses Week

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital celebrated National Nurses Week with its annual Nursing Excellence Awards ceremonies at the New Brunswick and Somerville campuses.
  • Smog and ragweed combo bad news for allergy sufferers, asthmatics

    21 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    An unhealthy ozone and ragweed pollen may be worsened by our changing climate, according to the report, ?Sneezing and Wheezing? a 2015 update published by the National Resources Defense Council. It is bad news for the millions of Americans who suffer from asthma and allergies.
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    American Nurse Today

  • Potential treatment for Ebola

    Rachel Bargeron
    21 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    A research team has identified potential drug candidates that successfully treated up to 90% of mice exposed to the Ebola virus, according to a study in ACS Infectious Diseases. Read more and read the study abstract. The post Potential treatment for Ebola appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Research insufficient to support connection between sports concussion and CTE

    Rachel Bargeron
    21 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Available research is insufficient to establish causation between sports concussion and traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to an article in Neurodegeneration and Sport. Read more. The post Research insufficient to support connection between sports concussion and CTE appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • New guidelines for resolving decision conflicts in the ICU

    Rachel Bargeron
    21 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    The American Thoracic Society has released “An Official ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM Policy Statement: Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments in Intensive Care Units.” Read more. The post New guidelines for resolving decision conflicts in the ICU appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • It’s YOU We Want to Celebrate!!

    Rachel Bargeron
    20 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    It’s YOU We Want To Celebrate The post It’s YOU We Want to Celebrate!! appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Nihon Kohden Announces Educational Sessions at NTI 2015

    Rachel Bargeron
    18 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The post Nihon Kohden Announces Educational Sessions at NTI 2015 appeared first on American Nurse Today.
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  • Health Hazards of Working Nightshift That Every Healthcare Traveler Should Know

    Howard Gerber
    14 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Working nightshift as a healthcare traveler may be your choice or it may be the only way you can get the assignment you want. Some people love the atmosphere of working overnight. Hospitals are not as crowded with visitors, and the vibe is often more low-key than on dayshift. But not everyone enjoys working nights. In some cases, you may just be paying your dues until you can get a dayshift assignment. Whether you love or loathe the nightshift, there are some things you should know about working overnights. Health Troubles Working nights is a potential health hazard, according to several…
  • Comparing Therapy Jobs: What’s Right for You?

    Howard Gerber
    7 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    There are a lot of great opportunities if you are interested in working in an allied health profession – including physical, occupational, and speech therapy. All three careers offer the chance to help people improve their functioning and quality of life. If you are trying to decide what type of therapy career suits you best, learning about each is a good first step. Physical Therapists Physical therapists treat people who have medical conditions or injuries that limit their ability to move. They work with people of all ages in settings, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers,…
  • A Mission to Help Nepal

    Howard Gerber
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    On April 9, 2015, one of our very own Sunbelt colleagues embarked on a trip of a lifetime. Kim Western, Schools Division Director, took on three days of travel to spend time with the people of Nepal and Tibet as part of a medical mission trip. In preparation for her trip, she asked her Sunbelt colleagues to help collect toiletries, educational items, and small gift donations. Together, we collected more than 100 reading glasses, 70 lip balms, 60 pairs of socks, hundreds of toothbrushes and educational items — enough to fill 150 goodie bags for the Tibetan refugees. Kim described…
  • What is Rapid Response or Strike Travel Nursing?

    Howard Gerber
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    You may be considering working as a travel nurse for the first time, or maybe you are an experienced healthcare traveler. Either way, you may be familiar with traditional travel nursing assignments. Although it can vary, most traditional travel assignments involve working about 13 weeks. You will usually have six to eight weeks’ notice regarding an assignment. But there are also a couple of other classifications of travel nursing. Rapid Response Nursing Rapid response nurses are needed to work almost immediately. They may be given as little as two days’ notice to get to an assignment or…
  • Social Media and the Healthcare Traveler

    Howard Gerber
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Social media has become a part of most people’s lives. As a healthcare traveler, social media can have both advantages and disadvantages. While it can be a great way to stay in touch, using social media responsibly is critical. Social Media Has its Place for Healthcare Travelers As a healthcare traveler, using social media can be the perfect way to stay connected. In today’s busy world, you may not always have time to write a letter or talk on the phone. But most people have time to send a tweet, post a picture, or leave a quick comment on a friend’s Facebook page. Using social media…
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  • My Special Nursing Moment 2015 Winner!

    Carmela Nazareno
    19 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    Year two of Soliant’s My Special Nursing Moment Contest is in the books! What an honor it is to hear heartwarming stories about care from the ultimate caregivers themselves: nurses! This year, we were especially moved by the more than thirty moments we received, each bringing us to that point in time, where a special bond was made, […]My Special Nursing Moment 2015 Winner! is a post from: Soliant Health The post My Special Nursing Moment 2015 Winner! appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: The Nurse Teacher

    Tera Tuten
    11 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    This week marks National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in. In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far […]Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: The Nurse Teacher is a post from: Soliant Health The post Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: The Nurse Teacher appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses:

    Tera Tuten
    10 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    This week marks National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in. In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far and […]Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: is a post from: Soliant Health The post Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Donna Cardillo

    Tera Tuten
    9 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    This week marks National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in. In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far and […]Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Donna Cardillo is a post from: Soliant Health The post Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Donna Cardillo appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Nurse Code

    Tera Tuten
    8 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    This week marks  National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in. In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far […]Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Nurse Code is a post from: Soliant Health The post Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Nurse Code appeared first on Soliant Health.
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  • What Must Be Proven To Win A Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit?

    Pearl Griffin
    20 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Nursing home neglect cases are considered medical malpractice lawsuits. Medical malpractice lawsuits are among the most difficult a lawyer will ever handle. A nursing home negligence case requires the patient, the “plaintiff,” to prove that his or her nursing home, residential care facility, or caretaker, the “defendant,”, deviated so far from what is accepted as “standard” care and treatment that the law considers them to have been “negligent.” The plaintiff is also required to prove that the nursing home’s negligence was a primary cause of the injury that the plaintiff has…
  • Woman’s Death Highlights Risk of Financial Fraud for Elderly

    Pearl Griffin
    15 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The death of a woman last fall at Park Pointe Village retirement community in the Rock Hill area could have been prevented, representatives of the woman’s estate say in a lawsuit. The suit charges that the death of Pauline Cook, 82, could have been avoided if employees and staff at the OakBridge Terrace assisted living facility, which is in Park Pointe Village, had taken action against an employee suspected of theft and forgery. According to news reports, police arrested a nurse’s assistant and say she confessed to killing Cook and trying to cover it up. Representatives of Cook’s estate…
  • Documentary Demonstrates Lack of Oversight with Assisted Living Industry

    Pearl Griffin
    14 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Assisted Living for Elderly Family Members Assisted Living Homes have become very common in the United States. Even though, a few schools of thought in our society are highly critical of this way of living, elders who are unable to take care of themselves have no other option but to choose an assisted living facility to fulfill their needs. What exactly does such a facility do? Even if you have never heard of assisted living, the term itself gives away the idea. Say, for instance, you have a relative who needs constant help to do even the basic personal tasks like changing clothes, bathing,…
  • Recent Court Ruling Expands Protection For Seniors

    Pearl Griffin
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Elder Abuse – A Norm in Care Facilities If you tuned into local news channels for daily news, you would know that stories of elder abuse in care facilities are not new. In 2010 alone, 36% of Nursing homes in America were accused of abusing the elderly. This problem surfaced a while ago and has been a hot topic of discussion in legal and medical circles. So much so that a number of lawsuits and court rulings have gone in favor of families and individuals fighting for compensation on behalf of a family member who has gone through such pain and suffering. However, not everyone in our…
  • Stage Four Pressure Sores: Indication Of Inattentive Care

    Pearl Griffin
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Despite the perception that pressure sores, also known as bedsores, shouldn’t be a common problem in urban areas, pressure sore lawsuit filings in large, modern cities– such as Chicago– are more common than you may think. Do not allow yourself to be misled if a facility or caregiver insists that the development of pressure sores is just an inevitable fact of life and growing old. The truth of the matter is that pressure sores develop very slowly over time and the presence of stage four pressure sores is usually the result of inattentive caregivers over a long-term period.
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    Off the Charts

  • Remembering Nurses Who Served the Wounded and Dying and Those Who Died Themselves

    Jacob Molyneux
    22 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief Normandy American Cemetery, France. Photo by Karen Roush So many of us look forward to Memorial Day weekend as a welcome long weekend and official start of summer. But there are many for whom Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) is a reminder of loved ones who died in military service—and that includes a significant number of military nurses who cared for the wounded in various wars. We’d like to take this occasion to remind us all of the real meaning of this day and to honor the sacrifices of our colleagues. While it’s hard to find…
  • Critical Care Nursing in San Diego (or was it Las Vegas?)

    Jacob Molyneux
    20 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, AJN editor-in-chief I’ve written before about the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) annual meeting, the National Teaching Institute (NTI). As a former critical care and emergency nurse, I’ve attended it almost annually. And I’m always amazed at how each year they step it up with new twists. One year, it was the helicopter and full MASH unit in the exhibit hall. Then AACN went to the TED talk style of keynote presentations. Last year, they had a contest for members to apply to be the guest co-master of ceremonies. So, what might…
  • AJN Collections of Note: From Women’s Health Issues to Assessment Tools for Older Adults

    Jacob Molyneux
    18 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    By Jacob Molyneux, senior editor Elektra Noelani Fisher/ Flickr It’s easy to miss, but there’s a tab at the top of the AJN home page that will take you to our collections page. There you can delve more deeply into a wide range of topics—and find many options for obtaining continuing education credits in the process. For example, you’ll find a collection of recent continuing education (CE) feature articles devoted to women’s health issues, such as menopausal hormone therapy, cardiovascular disease prevention for women, and issues faced by young women who are BRCA…
  • Atrial Fibrillation: What the Newest Guideline Means for Nurses

    15 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Figure 1. Normal Sinus Rhythm and Two Types of Atrial Fibrillation. Images courtesy of By Sylvia Foley, AJN senior editor Atrial fibrillation, the most common chronic cardiac arrhythmia, affects an estimated three to six million Americans and can profoundly diminish their quality of life. Treatment guidelines for atrial fibrillation are frequently updated—a fact that “speaks to both the prevalence and the serious health care implications of the condition,” says Christine Cutugno, an experienced critical care nurse and educator. It can take time to determine just what has…
  • Florence Nightingale: The Crucial Skill We Forget to Mention

    Jacob Molyneux
    13 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    “Suppose Florence hadn’t been a writer? Think about it…” Karen Roush, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, and founder of the Scholar’s Voice, which works to strengthen the voice of nursing through writing mentorship for nurses. karindalziel/ via Flickr Creative Commons When we talk about the diversity of what nurses do, there is no better example than Florence Nightingale herself. She was an expert clinician working in hospitals in Europe and London and caring for soldiers in military hospitals during the Crimean…
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    The Nursing Site Blog

  • Nurses Week Give Away Winners

    18 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    I hope each and every one of you had a great Nurses Week!!! If we had magic wands we could make all those wishes come true. There is good legislation in the federal and state legislatures regarding a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Post Your Comments to Win Nurses Week Give Aways

    13 May 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Over the past few days we have posted 5 Give Aways for Nurses Week. Please check them out and be sure to post a comment on the Blog post or on the post on Facebook. You have until Midnight (PDT) on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nurses Week Give Away # 5-- Scrubs & Beyond $50 Gift Card

    12 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today is the end of Nurses Week and it's International Nurses Day. Our final Nurses Week Give Away comes from Scrubs & Beyond. They graciously offer a $50 gift card towards a huge selection of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nurses Week Give Away #4 -- Uniform Advantage $50 Gift Card

    11 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Uniform Advantage has long been a supporter of The Nursing Site and The Nursing Site Blog. THANK you UA! Check out their great line of uniforms, lab coats and SCRUBS!!! This year for Nurses Week... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nurses Week Give Away # 3 -- Autographed Books

    10 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Happy Nurses Week! Give Away #3 I was very naive entering nursing school and coming into this profession. Like many, as a little girl I played nurse with my dolls. I had a strong desire to not be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    JParadisi RN's Blog

  • Getting Crafty: Felted Bags

    24 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Starting a new job has kept me super busy the past three months, and carves into the time I have to paint, draw, and write. So, I’m really grateful for the two felted knitting kits I received as Christmas gifts … Continue reading →
  • Art & Nursing: At Scrubbed In Blog & in AJN

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Because I’m an artist, one of the pervading themes of this blog is art. This week, I had the pleasure of being recognized, along with two other artists who are nurses, in an interview by Meaghan O’Keefe, RN for Scrubbedin (the … Continue reading →
  • The Red Thread of Nursing Experience

    18 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break. ~ Chinese Proverb I’m headed for Seattle. Making the experience surreal is that I’m traveling … Continue reading →
  • JParadisi RN Painting in AJN Art of Nursing

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    The April 2015 issue of the American Journal of Nursing is available. On page 43 of the print version is Yazzie, a painting I made The Art of Nursing Column. In the accompanying  text I discuss the challenge hanging original art in … Continue reading →
  • Doing Nursey Things

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    Except attending local meetings of organizations representing oncology nursing, and doing continuing education required to maintain my OCN certification, I don’t otherwise do a lot of nursey things on my time off. However, now that I’m an oncology nurse navigator, … Continue reading →
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    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    18 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    I had a friend that died a couple of years ago and he had thymus cancer. It is a really rare cancer and the tumors start from thymic epithelial cells. I was an oncology nurse for 3 ½ years and I had never had a patient with this type of cancer. In fact, these tumors occur at a rate of only 1.5 cases for every million people each year in the US. It should be noted that the thymus is a small organ located just behind the breast bone (sternum) in the front part of the chest. The thymus is a part of the chest known as the mediastinum, the space in the chest between the lungs that also contains…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    10 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    It seems as though there have been a lot of people with ringworm these days. Dermatophytosis, also known as ringworm in humans, is a relatively common superficial fungal infection. Dermatophytes are microscopic organisms that live on the dead outer layer of the skin and stays on the outside of the body at all times. There is no actual worm involved and this infection can affect anyone at any time. In recent years, ringworm has increased substantially in humans. This is partially due to the rising number of people with immunocompromised conditions including things like cancer, AIDS and…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    I found this information and thought it may be helpful to some of my readers. This is a guest post by attorney Charles Brown…… Birth Injury Guide Recently, many questions have been raised about the anti-nausea medication known as Zofran. This drug has been prescribed to thousands of women to curb morning sickness, specifically nausea and vomiting, but recent studies and research suggest possible adverse side effects from using the drug during pregnancy. Zofran’s History When Zofran (also known as ondansetron) became available from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in the United States in 1991, it…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    Pulmonary fibrosis (also known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) is a condition in which the tissue deep in your lungs become scarred over time. The cause of this disease is often not known, but some causes include certain medications, environmental pollutants, some connective tissue diseases (autoimmune diseases) and interstitial lung disease. Some of the drugs linked to pulmonary fibrosis are drugs used to treat infections, heart diseases, seizures and cancer. The most common drugs in this classification are nitrofurantoin, sulfasalazine, amiodarone, propranolol, phenytoin, methotrexate,…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    A friend of mine is having a femoral endarterectomy at the end of this month. As we get older, it is fairly common to develop atherosclerosis. This is the build-up of fatty deposits (called atheroma) within the wall of the arteries within the body. When this build-up occurs in the arteries in the legs, it is called peripheral arterial disease. The narrowing or even blockage of the arteries in the legs can cause a variety of problems depending on how severe it is. Some patients have no symptoms while others suffer pain on exercise (called intermittent claudication). Arteries carry blood from…
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    DiversityNursing Blog

  • Innovations: Testing A Digital Pillbox To Improve Medication Compliance

    Erica Bettencourt
    20 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    By Darius Tahir  In the fall of 2012, Nick Valilis was diagnosed with leukemia just as he was starting medical school. In treatment he found it difficult to remember to take his medications at the proper time and in the right order.“He struggled handling the sheer complexity,” said Rahul Jain, Valilis' classmate at Duke University. “He went from no meds to 10 meds a day. How is an 85-year-old cancer patient supposed to handle that same regimen?” Since then, Jain, Valilis and a few other Duke classmates have formed a startup company called…
  • This Little Iron Fish Is Bringing More Than Good Luck, It's Saving Lives

    Erica Bettencourt
    20 May 2015 | 11:51 am  When Canadian science graduate Christopher Charles visited Cambodia six years ago, he discovered that anemia was a huge public health problem. Almost half of the population is iron deficient. Instead of bright, bouncing children, Dr Charles found many were small and weak with slow mental development. But one little fish is changing all that. The standard solution - iron supplements or tablets to increase iron intake - isn't working. The tablets are neither affordable nor widely available, and because of the side-effects, people don't like taking them. Enter: The Iron…
  • Company Designs Dolls With Hearing Aids, Birthmarks So All Kids Can Have A #ToyLikeMe

    Erica Bettencourt
    20 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    By Kimberly Yam  A toy company is taking a step in the right direction.  After parents of children with disabilities called for more diversity in kids' toys through social media campaign, Toy Like Me, MakieLab, a 3-D-printing toy company based in London, announced last week that it will help make that a reality. Inspired by pictures on the Toy Like Me Facebook page of "hand-modified toys" with canes, wheelchairs and other additions parents made to reflect their kids' disabilities, the company has begun designing inclusive…
  • Study: ICU Nurses Benefit From Workplace Intervention To Reduce Stress

    Erica Bettencourt
    20 May 2015 | 11:25 am  A small study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that a workplace mindfulness-based intervention reduced stress levels of employees exposed to a highly stressful occupational environment, according to a news release.Members of a surgical ICU at the academic medical center were randomized to a stress-reduction intervention or a control group. The eight-week group intervention included mindfulness, gentle stretching, yoga, meditation and music therapy in the workplace. Psychological and biological markers of stress were measured…
  • Kayla Montgomery: Young Runner's Brave Battle With MS

    Erica Bettencourt
    20 May 2015 | 11:18 am
     Gary Morley and Lisa Cohen  Kayla Montgomery is a runner unlike any other. Every time she competes in a race, she knows she'll collapse in a sobbing heap at the finish line. Unable to feel her legs, she'll crumple into the arms of her athletics coaches. Ice-cold water will be applied to calm the misfiring nerve fibers blazing beneath her numb skin. The teenager has gone through this post-race trauma for the past five years since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. "Every day that I run, it might be my last day -- I could easily wake up tomorrow and not be able…
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  • Displaying Your Qualifications and Interpersonal Skills In Your Nursing Resume

    The Examiner
    18 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    When you apply for a job as a nurse, you need to understand that you’re not being judged on who you are but on whether or not you meet the specific criteria set forth for the job. In most cases, this means that your qualifications and interpersonal skills are the primary criteria. Every resume should have the basics. So your full name, address, phone number, and email address need to be on your nursing resume. All of your qualifications should be included, so your educational background and any licenses you have to practice should be listed. Any special or recognized academic…
  • What is a Medical Assistant?

    The Examiner
    11 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    A need for qualified health care professionals is currently on the rise. Baby boomers are growing older, babies are born every day, and more and more individuals are in need of medical assistance. If you have a desire to help others, love learning, and want a career with flexible and reliable working hours, a medical assistant career may be the right choice for you. What is a Medical Assistant? Medical assistants are a vital part of hospital teams and doctor’s offices. They are the heartbeat of these facilities, assisting in both clinical and administrative procedures and acting as a…
  • How To Become a Certified Medical Assistant

    Marcelina Hardy
    4 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Do you want to work in a doctor’s office, but you’re not interested in providing care? Well, if so, you could be perfect for a career as a certified medical assistant. You’ll be able to work in a physician’s office or medical facility working with the staff and patients as they come in for their appointments. Understanding exactly what the job entails can help you decide if it’s one that you’d be interested in working. What Is a CMA? A certified medical assistant, or CMA, are responsible for administrative and clinical tasks in medical facilities. They work with patient records,…
  • Nursing Resume Examples

    The Examiner
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Now that you have made the decision to become a nurse, it is now the time to pick a nursing career. There are so many nursing specialities for you to choose from, so we have created a resource that explains the different types of nursing career options and nursing resume examples. What to Include in a CV What to Include in a Resume Biographical data with nursing license Biographical data with nursing license Professional and academic interest and goals Professional goal statement Professional memberships organizations (date, position held, name of organization) Professional memberships (most…
  • Learn About the Job of a Home Health Aide

    Marcelina Hardy
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    The elderly population is growing quickly. Baby boomers are getting older and people are living longer thanks to modern medicine. As people grow old, they end up having many more health problems, which need to be cared for by trained health professionals. One of these trained health professionals is a home health aide or personal care assistant. While many of them work in hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities, some work in people’s homes providing home health care.  What is Home Health Care? The priority in home health care is to help people live independently for as long…
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    FlightBridgeED - Critical Care Education for Nurses and Paramedics - Latest blog entries

  • Rx Special Feature: Ketamine

    19 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
      Rx Special Feature: Ketamine The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 57 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, Eric takes some time to unpack this weeks spotlight medication, Ketamine. This medication has been around for quite some time now, but it is only recently seeing routine use in some geographic areas in the pre-hospital critical care field. Join us as we take an in depth look at Ketamine.   Klouwenberg. The attributable mortality of delirium in critically ill patients: prospective cohort study. BMJ 2014;349:g6652 Rock. Sedation and…
  • Ketamine - The Drug That Does it All!

    19 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
      Klouwenberg. The attributable mortality of delirium in critically ill patients: prospective cohort study. BMJ 2014;349:g6652 Rock. Sedation and Its Association With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder After Intensive Care. Crit Care Nurse 2014;34(1):30-37 Sleigh. Ketamine – More mechanisms of action than just NMDA blockade. Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care 2014;4(2):76-81 The Effect of Ketamine on Intracranial and Cerebral Perfusion Pressure and Health…
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Research Articles

    15 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
      Borgatta. How to approach and treat VAP in ICU patients. BMC Infectious Diseases 2014;14:211 Garnacho-Montero. How to treat VAP due to MDR pathogens in ICU patients. BMC Infectious Diseases 2014;14:135 Munro. What you call it does matter: new definitions of ARDS and VAP. Am J Crit Care 2012;21(5):305-7 10.4037/ajcc2012528 Forel. Ventilator-associated pneumonia and ICU mortality in severe ARDS patients ventilated according to a lung-protective strategy. Critical Care 2012;16:R65…
  • Do We Understand Oxygenation?

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
      The Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve can be confusing... However, it's an essential aspect to understanding oxygen physiology in critical care. Think of it as a "Manual for Dating". In a healthy relationship you have a good date, really like that person, but don't mind dropping them off after an evening out because you know you'll see them again. Hemoglobin picks up and drops off O2 when needed. (Normal Curve) In another scenario, you pick up your date, but don't really like them too much, so you can't wait to get the date over. You drop them off fast! In a Right shift, hemoglobin…
  • Hemodynamic Compromise in Trauma

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
        Dead space is something we need to always look at and calculate when dealing with our ventilator patients.  We can calculate dead space in 2 different ways. 1. 1 mL/pound of ideal body weight (neonates, pediatrics, small adults) 2. 150 mL/breath (normal sized adults) Understanding the difference between minute ventilation (VE) and alveolar minute ventilation is important.  All that’s great. But how does that affect our patients?  How does it affect our patients with hemodynamic instability?  Do we treat our trauma patients different than an ARDS patient?
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    Noggin Blog

  • Summer Prep for Nurse Educators

    Nikki Yeager
    21 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    With mere weeks left until Summer Vacation, we decided to put some tips together for those instructors who either have a lightened schedule or have the summer off. Reevaluate Curriculum: Especially if you've changed the format of your curriculum in the last few years, summer is the perfect season to review and debrief on what has and has not been working for your faculty. Instead of trying to schedule meetings between classes, the summer season allows you to take the time needed to decide what you'd like to keep for the upcoming fall session.Work on Simulations: Organizing patient…
  • Free body sounds and quizzes for Nursing students!

    Nikki Yeager
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    We mentioned a new site that we found on our last blog post, but after looking through their resources, we've decided we need to dedicate a whole post to this amazing, free, resource: the past, we've talked to a lot of schools who use prerecorded lung and heart sounds either in the classroom or in the skills lab. But where to find those recordings? A lot of instructors we run into simply search on YouTube for the specific sound or scenario they are looking for. However, that involves weeding through all of the lengthy and not-just-right videos out there. Next…
  • Utilizing outside resources within an EHR system: A few ideas

    Nikki Yeager
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    We recently did a webinar on using outside resources within your EHR system. If you're a customer of EHR Tutor, feel free to check out the Resource Library to watch the recording, but if you're not, we're posting some very basic ideas below: 1. Audio - has recordings of every heart and lung sound you could possibly want. Simply find the sound you'd like your students to hear and include it in the instructions for any activity within EHR Tutor (if you need help learning how to add instructions, you can always reach out to our support line!). If you do not have EHR…
  • Updates for our users

    Nikki Yeager
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    After we did some maintenance on our website Sunday morning, customers will notice a new look in some places of EHR Tutor, especially on the Courses page which lists activities for students. More importantly, the software has been upgraded to allow us to more easily add useful new features, like the ones listed on our most recent newsletter. If you're using EHR Tutor at your school and would like to review the changes, check out a copy of our newsletter here:
  • Join our free Webinar: Utilizing Outside Resources, Inside your EHR System

    Nikki Yeager
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    April 1, 2015 at 3:00pm ETRegister here: 20 minute webinar will discuss how you can utilize outside resources (videos, sound, etc.) from other websites or programs while working within your Electronic Health Records System to enhance the charting experience. Even when you're using a charting program, you can be pulling in the resources that you typically use without much additional work. Doing so creates a more dynamic experience both in the classroom and in the simulation lab. Because this webinar is open to any…
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    Travel Nurse Source Blog

  • 7 Interesting Places Travel Nurses Should Seek This Summer

    Travel Nurse Source
    19 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Summer will be here before we know it. As temperatures start to rise, it’s the quintessential time to start thinking about where exactly are the hottest places to travel on nursing assignments. Sure, most travel nurse agencies will feed you the same lines, “go to Hawaii, go to California”—but hey, those places will still be […] The post 7 Interesting Places Travel Nurses Should Seek This Summer appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Every Week Should be National Nurses Week

    Travel Nurse Source
    11 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    Although, in my opinion, nurses should be celebrated every day—there’s a week exclusively dedicated annually to celebrating the fine men and women in the field. Every year from May 6th-May 12th, we nationally recognize the benevolence and invaluable work efforts of the awesome people that serve to take care of the sick and injured while […] The post Every Week Should be National Nurses Week appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Travel Nursing with the Family—It’s Easier Than You’d Think

    Travel Nurse Source
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    If you’re anything like me, where you go…your tribe must follow. Whether your “tribe” be your significant other, your two kids, or your french bulldog; there’s no reason not to bring them every step of the way throughout your career’s journey. One of the major concerns that nurses have before considering the travel lifestyle is […] The post Travel Nursing with the Family—It’s Easier Than You’d Think appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Nurses in Distress: Workplace Stress for RNs

    Travel Nurse Source
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The common stereotype in nursing, for both students and working RNs/LPNs, is that the profession although rewarding can be extremely stressful. However, there’s more to levels of stress for nurses that meets the eyes. Other factors are at work causing the stress phenomenon to vary depending on factors such as individual job satisfaction, coping mechanisms, […] The post Nurses in Distress: Workplace Stress for RNs appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • 10 Things that Drive Nurses NUTS

    Travel Nurse Source
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Throughout a long, tiring shift at the hospital, there’s just those days that everything little thing seems to make you want to climb up the walls. Under normal circumstances, these little things wouldn’t even make a person bat an eyelash—-but to a nurse running on fumes, it can be pretty darn intolerable. 10 Things that […] The post 10 Things that Drive Nurses NUTS appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
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    The Care Connection

  • Dare to Unmask the Greatness in You

    18 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    <p>&ldquo;For too long, nurses have accepted the image presented of them in movies and the media,&rdquo; explains Diane Carter, RN MSN, FAAN, president and CEO of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC). &ldquo;Often, we are known for our compassion and not as skilled clinicians who use evidence-based practice to save lives. We have embraced the compassionate side of nursing but are unable to articulate why our knowledge and skills are so critical to the excellent outcomes we work every day to achieve for residents. If we don&rsquo;t think of…
  • Generations of Change

    11 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    <p><em>Today is </em><a href=""><em>Nurse Assessment Coordination (NAC) Day</em></a><em>, and in celebration of NAC Day, we&rsquo;re highlighting NAC Jennifer LaBay, RN, RAC-MT in our </em><a href=""><em>Feature Story Nurses</em></a><em> series.</em></p> <p>On a cold day in Rhode Island, Jennifer put her newborn daughter down…
  • One Nurse's Commitment to Make Lives Better

    5 May 2015 | 4:07 am
    <p><em>Following is a personal essay written by Mindy Van Beek, who will be awarded the 2015 </em><a href=""><em>Cheryl M. Thomas Nurse Scholarship</em></a><em> at the </em><a href=""><em>AANAC Annual Conference</em></a><em> this week in New Orleans. Supported by </em><a…
  • Q & A: What is the best way to address repeated absenteeism?

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    <p><em>Q: </em><em>We have 4-day shift CNAs who call in all the time. I am the evening supervisor, and my staff is asked to come in early to cover. Our DON doesn&rsquo;t seem to do anything about it, and the rest of the staff are becoming angry. What can I do without overstepping my bounds?</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A:&nbsp; The first thing to consider is that your DON may be taking measures to address the absenteeism issue, but because the activity is kept confidential, you and others will not know about it.
  • Exceptional Care Planning - Before & After

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    <p>Gone are the days of generalized, 40-page care plans, consisting of 15-bullet intervention lists. Welcome to the resident-driven &ldquo;exceptional care planning&rdquo; process!</p> <p>Exceptional care planning (ECP) is a process by which facility staff develop standards of care that are based on current, accepted clinical guidelines, and regulatory requirements. Standards of care (SOCs) are a set of protocols that outline care practices for all residents in the facility. They are used to develop supplemental facility policies and procedures for implementation by…
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    Sue's Blog

  • Comment on Got nerves? Eat a banana!

    16 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
    In nursing care management for a sickle cell patient, which of this actions do you do first, oxygen, hydration and pain managements.
  • Nurses Week

    Marise, NCSBN
    4 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Do you know why Nurses Week ends on May 12? Read Sue’s blog for the answer and more information about Nurses Week.
  • Comment on Changes to NCLEX-PN Test Plan

    Susan, NCSBN
    4 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    @bbalogun: We've been hearing that a lot of people have been getting ECG strips on the NCLEX. Unfortunately, our course does not include ECG strips (but we are in contract discussions to include ECGs in an upcoming version of the course.) There are many excellent resources on the web and textbooks you could use to help you prepare for your next attempt. If you have additional questions about course content, please post them in the Ask the Instructor forum :)
  • Blog Post: Celebrate National Nurses Week 2015

    Susan, NCSBN
    4 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    All across the United States, registered nurses are being saluted. On May 6, 2015, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is joining the American Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses Week.  This year's theme is " Ethical Practice. Quality Care ." recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession. The theme is an important part of ANA's 2015 Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of nurses and patients. Traditionally,…
  • Comment on Changes to NCLEX-PN Test Plan

    3 May 2015 | 12:44 am
    Vitually all my questions were on EKG and EKG scripts which affected me because I could not read those scripts. What do I do?
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