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    Correctional Nurse . Net

  • Scope and Standards: Five Tenets of Correctional Nursing

    Lorry Schoenly
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    This post is part of an ongoing series discussing key components of the Correctional Nursing Scope and Standard of Practice, 2nd Ed. Review prior posts in this series here. Purchase your own copy of this highly recommended book through Amazon. Correctional nurses practice in a unique setting with a unique patient population, however, the way we practice is based on […]
  • Helping Pregnant Inmates: The Minnesota Prison Doula Project (Podcast Episode 102)

    Lorry Schoenly
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Erica Gerrity, Director and Founder of the Minnesota Prison Doula Project and Raelene Baker, a Certified Birth Doula and their Project Coordinator join Lorry to talk about the Minnesota Prison Doula Project, a prison‐based pregnancy, birth, and parenting program. They currently have 8 doulas in 3 facilities. Read more about their program on their blog. […]
  • Keep Your Cool: Heat Injury Alert

    Lorry Schoenly
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    It’s that time of year again-Summertime. Time to be hot and bothered at work if you are one of many correctional nurses working in a setting that lacks air conditioning. Jails and prisons were not built for comfort and many older ones are without air conditioning or even good ventilation. Heat injuries such as heat […]
  • June 2015 Correctional Health Care News Round Up (Podcast Episode 101)

    Lorry Schoenly
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Lorry is joined by Mari Knight and Catherine Knox to discuss the latest correctional health care news items. New study examines health factors influence on ex-prisoners’ chances of returning to jail The first news item is a study out of Australia that links health factors to recidivism. In this exploratory study of prisoners from seven […]
  • Could You Be the Next Joyce Mitchell? 4 Prevention Tips

    Lorry Schoenly
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Many of us have been closely watching the unfolding events surrounding the NY Prison Break over the last month. Here is a timeline of events, concluding with the death of convicted killer Matt and the shooting and capture of convicted killer Sweat in upstate New York. Early in the story Joyce Mitchell, a prison worker […]
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    Scrubs - The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles » Scrubs – The lifestyle magazine for nurses

  • Mastering the art of the comeback

    Scrubs Editor
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We’re willing to wager that all of you have encountered the kind of shift that has you shaking your heads and thinking to yourselves, “I did not sign up for this.” Little to no sleep? To be expected. Difficult patients? You were warned. But nothing could have prepared you for this. Luckily, though relief may seem woefully out of reach, there are ways to recover. In this week’s episode of “The Katie Duke Show” on ScrubsBeat, Katie shares her two most reliable decompression tactics, along with a gentle reminder about why nurses have to make winding down…
  • How not to neglect your significant other in nursing school

    Scrubs Contributor
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When we’re in nursing school, so many times we get caught up in an assignment, an upcoming test, or a study session with classmates. Add in the responsibilities of jobs, housekeeping and/or kids, and in the hustle and bustle of it all, we often forget or neglect our significant others. Or, if we don’t, we seem to value quality time with our bed more than our honeys. However, our spouses/boyfriends/girlfriends can often be our greatest source of support and encouragement. We can’t let them down! Here are some strategies to enjoy each other, even with your busy nursing student…
  • When you disagree with the doctor’s orders

    Scrubs Contributor
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shutterstock | Volt Collection Warning: We’re not here to pick a fight. This is not about who is right or wrong. This is not about doctors versus nurses. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s discuss a hot topic: disagreements. Disagreements among the healthcare team. When the nurse disagrees with the doctor. The amount of potential energy this type of subject has is probably at the nuclear level. Everyone has their own opinion, and everyone is usually on the defense. The scenario is almost textbook: The provider orders such-and-such for a patient or decides on…
  • Welcome back from vacation, nurses, try not to panic

    Scrubs Editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shutterstock | Pavel Ilyukhin So you took a vacation, did ya? Good for you. We’re entirely certain that you needed it. That said, we want to help prepare you for the inevitable: vacation withdrawal, also known as PVD (post-vacation disorder). If you’ve experienced PVD, you know exactly what kind of symptoms we’re talking about: A sudden and irrational fear of alarm clocks A lack of focus/emotional fragility A refusal to unpack An abrupt craving for exotic fruits, fresh fish and cocktails An unhealthy obsession with desktop backgrounds Unreasonable expectations that the bed…
  • 5 things you probably forgot to disinfect

    Scrubs Editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shutterstock | Tobias Arhelger As sanitary as nurses are, we still think there’s a good chance that a handful of you are going to browse the following list of germ hot spots and think to yourself, “Uh-oh. I guess it has been kind of a while….” But, hey, consider this roundup a friendly reminder that nobody’s perfect. 1. Your cell phone  For nurses, hand-washing is an activity that is second only to breathing. That said, you still need to reserve a little disinfecting love for your cell phone, especially since it’s likely to spend as much time in the…
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  • If you've not yet listened to RadioLab's broadcast "Telltale Hearts," you should.

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:15 pm
    It has (you can find it here) not only a great story about a heart, but an appreciation of Oliver Sacks by Robert Krulwich.Dr. Sacks has liver cancer. As these things go, his prognosis varies depending on whether a given treatment has worked, or whether he has new metastases (the original one came from a melanoma that was eliminated from his eye nine years ago). Robert Krulwich, who's been friends with Dr. Sacks for thirty-five years, took a possibly-last opportunity to talk with him about his life.It's an amazing, heartbreaking, heart-healing interview.If I have one regret, it's that I'll…
  • Heads-up and queries:

    21 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    I. . .I noticed the other day that, um, my blog design is like, you know, ten years old? And a lot of the links are broken or outdated? And I got really embarrassed? But I didn't actually do anything about it because I am a curb-crawling, lazy SOB blogger with a mind on Higher Things.So now I wanna give all y'all Minions a heads-up: In the next week or so, maybe, I might kinda be re-doing some of the links and maybe the text size and so on, so if the blog goes down totally, that's why.Queries:How does the text of the main body resolve for y'all? It's really small for me.How does this bad boy…
  • Well. A whole lot just happened all at once.

    8 Jul 2015 | 6:27 pm
    *whew*To recap: I work in a critical-care unit that's embedded on a floor that is not critical-care. My immediate managers, the Assistant Manglers,  are not critical-care nurses. They don't have neurological or neurosurgical backgrounds. There are two of them, and both of them have shown a positive disinclination to be trained in the way we take care of critical or acute patients, despite having been told to get that done fourteen months ago. As a result, we folks in the NCCU deal mostly with our Head Big Mangler, who is a critical-care nurse.(I should mention here that we are the only…
  • Once in a while, I am reminded that I am no longer young.

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Most of the time, I'd say I feel about. . .oh, twenty-seven? Mentally, at least. When I'm not being an eight-year-old boy.Sometimes I am reminded that this is only a lovely fiction, a way that my brain has of denying the inevitable decay and death that attends every one of us.Like when I tried to get into and then out of Kitty's car.We had a strategic meeting, Kitty and Marcie and Marcie's husband and their dogs and I. Kitty drove the five minutes to Marcie's house--believe me, this is not a place you want to walk when it's numpty-bumpty degrees outside--so we took her car.Kitty has a…
  • Product Review: How Long Has It Been Since I Last Did This?

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    People, you need to know: I am the Queen, Undisputed, of Mascara.I am asked routinely by perfect strangers in the grocery store if my lashes are actually mine.They are the one truly, undeniably, irrevocably good feature I have. No matter how short my hair is or what my nose happens to be doing on a given day, my eyelashes are On Fucking Fleek, as the kids say, all the time. They don't fall out, they take dye easily, they're long and thick and look like false ones if I load up on mascara.If I have one vanity, it's my eyelashes. They are the one immutably good thing about my face. My eyebrows…
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  • August in Blogging U: Blogging 101

    Michelle W.
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. This August, we’re offering Blogging 101— and registration is now open! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — August 3 – 21 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your…
  • New Themes: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication

    sarah semark
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today we’re introducing three new free themes to our collection: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication. Libretto Featuring big, bold drop caps and oversized images, Libretto is ideal for showcasing longform writing or stunning imagery. Its classic design and typographic details will give your blog a sophisticated, elegant look. Fully responsive, the theme adapts easily to tablets and other mobile devices, ensuring that your content is easy to see. Libretto is a fork of Readly, originally designed by WPShower. Get to know Libretto in the Theme Showcase, or give it a…
  • Four Food Blogs to Follow Now

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From sweet to savory, these four fantastic food blogs will satisfy your appetite. If you enjoy eating (and who doesn’t?!), check them out and follow them in your Reader so you won’t miss a dish. The Dinner Party Collective The Dinner Party Collective is a collaborative blog dedicated to “reinvigorating the delicious lost art of dinner parties.” The DPC features seasonal full-course menus, photos, and recipes from apéritifs to dessert (complete with wine pairings, no less!) ideal for dinner groups of six to eight. Blogger Margot leads an international troupe of food and wine lovers…
  • Reader Refresh

    Ben Lowery
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    Today, we’re proud to present an improved version of the Reader. We’ve made the Reader faster, with shorter load times and smoother scrolling. We’ve also improved the way we display posts, so you can now see the highlights of each story at a glance. The new interface works just as well on a mobile device as it does on your computer, so it’s simpler and faster for you to catch up on blogs while on the go. Keeping track of recent posts from the blogs and sites you follow is now both easier and more fun. Our new cards — which preview each post’s…
  • Heading to BlogHer ’15? So are we!

    Michelle W.
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note: we’ve just updated the workshop times slightly — see below for the final schedule. BlogHer ’15, one of the biggest and best annual conferences for bloggers, lands in New York City later this week, from July 16th through the 18th. You’ll find hundreds of passionate bloggers, workshops to hone every aspect of your blogging, incredible keynote speakers like Ava DuVernay and Gwyneth Paltrow — and us! At our Happiness Lounge in the expo hall, you’ll be able to get one-on-one help with your WordPress sites. Staff from across Automattic will also be leading…
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  • Vacation weekday 2: Cram session

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    How much maintenance can I cram into one day? Almost as  much as I crammed into this weekend.So far, I'm clutterbusting while the HVAC tech checked my air conditioning (it's hot as blazes here in RehabLand, so that's good), the bricklayer is here to work on the chimney and the other estimator will be here soon.To be continued,,,
  • Vacation

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:41 pm
    All I ever wanted. Free and escaped from the Hotel for more than seven days. That alone is enjoyment!To start off this week of merriment, Bubba and I hopped in the Family Truckster (not an actual truck, we call it the big fat Silver Bullet) for a whirlwind trip to Memphis. Thanks to the fine Friendly Neighborhood Tire Store, the Truckster was cleared for takeoff, tires rotated and balanced and away we went.Dahey got some important correspondence (aka the check the boss said was in the mail since the fourth of July) late Friday, so we left at 0800, since we had to visit our friends at the…
  • Stress relief

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:50 pm
    As many articles mention, stress can kill you. It can also have some nasty side effects, like weight gain, and depression.What I've found lately are two things that help me deal with stress. One is quiet time. I have to have time to be quiet and reflect. It doesn't have to be a lot of time, I just need time. Most often, it's right before I go to sleep at night or if things get crazy at work, I just take five minutes to myself.  Sometimes I have to hide to get those five minutes, but I know that if I have them, I will be able to keep myself on track.I've also been exercising. The scale's…
  • Rain, rain, go away!

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The weather magicians, er, meteorologists, haven't had much luck lately in the predictions department.It's rained so much here in RehabLand, that the grass can't handle it any more. Neither can the trees.I have to rethink my vacation plans and just get some wood and start building an ark.More to come...
  • So many things

    19 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    I've had a lot of really diverse things going on. Is it busyness? Not really, just a lot of disruption to my regular routine.Am I happy? I'm just rolling with the changes.I'm working to get things done in my little world in the Hotel. Some things are incredible (technology IS nice) and some will be game changers for how we care for our patients. Many of these things have been done elsewhere, but no one's sharing a lot of info about how they did it. I'm trying to keep up with everything I can and make sure I avoid the potholes others have already run into on this road to modern health care.My…
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  • Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I find which Travel Nursing agency staffs hospitals in the locations I want to work?

    David Morrison R.N.
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I find which Travel Nursing agency staffs hospitals in the locations I want to work? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: First, I’m preparing for my first Travel Nursing assignment and I want to say that I really appreciated your book. It’s been a really huge help! Second, my wife and I would like to go to four specific locations and I would like to determine what agencies staff the hospitals in these locations. What is the best way find this information? How can I find which Travel Nursing agency staffs hospitals in the locations I want to work? Ask a Travel…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled?

    David Morrison R.N.
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi! I am possibly going to be starting a contract at a hospital that I’ve heard has cancelled contracts — including one of yours, from what I’ve read. Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled? What happened? Thanks for sharing your experience! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: The two contract cancellations I have endured (over two decades of traveling) were simply due to personality differences. Someone with the power to cancel my contract saw that it happened. On my…
  • Best Specialties for Travel Nursing

    Sarah Wengert
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    What are some of the best specialties for Travel Nursing? Read on to find out! Nurses in any specialty can find amazing opportunities as a Travel Nurse. But it is true that there are some that are considered the best specialties for Travel Nursing. This is usually due to simple supply and demand — which temporary positions facilities need to fill and how many Travel Nurses are available within that specialty — but also partially in sync with the demand for perm nurse specialties. Most nurses choose their specialty based upon what’s in their heart — something inside of them just…
  • Ask a Travel Nurse: What happens if my agency cannot find another Travel Nursing position in my desired area?

    David Morrison R.N.
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Ask a Travel Nurse: What happens if my agency cannot find another Travel Nursing position in my desired area? Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am thinking about leaving the hospital I’m currently working at for Travel Nursing. However, my travel area is small because I have a family and do not wish to relocate. I’m concerned about taking a 13-week assignment and then being left without work if I don’t want to travel farther. What happens if my agency cannot find another position in my desired area? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Hello. What happens is what you might already expect … you…
  • Doctor Z Dogg MD Tries to Be a Nurse

    Sarah Wengert
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Doctor Z Dogg MD tries to be a nurse and he stumbles! For any nurse who’s every felt underappreciated, Z Dogg MD will see you now! Dr. Zubin Damania, AKA Z Dogg MD, is a legit doctor and former Stanford hospitalist who collaborated with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to create Turntable Health in Las Vegas. As for his Z Dogg MD persona, you can just consider him the Weird Al of the healthcare world with the many hilarious, healthcare-related parody videos he treats audiences to. If you’ve ever daydreamed of the disaster that might result when a doctor tries to be a nurse, you’ll love his parody…
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  • Ohio Nursing Board and Nursing License

    8 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    I am looking for a medical professional from Ohio who has had challenges with the Ohio Board of Nursing. I am an LPN who license has been revoked. I have a case from 2012 that was dismissed in 2013 for drugs. Is there any hope for me. I recently re-established my STNA certification, yet I have not been able to utilize it. Thank You The post Ohio Nursing Board and Nursing License appeared first on RealityRN.
  • Misdemeaner misunderstanding, what happens to my nursing license

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    OK where to begin, I’m an rn in a level 1 hospital. In a compact state , ne. I did not steal the med morphine or tordal but I did leave the property with it and realized and was gonna return it, we got pulled over for speeding and the cop had to call work I got fired for theft, the medications were identified by me on the spot and they were both still capped and the medication still in the vials, but with that traffic stop they searched my car well guess what I had in my car, crystal substance and methodone tablet, right now they are charging me with two felonies, no the drugs were not…
  • Nursing Monitoring Question

    17 Jun 2015 | 1:50 am
    Will the Board of Nursing know if I fill a narc prescription,after graduating from peer assistance program 2 months ago? The post Nursing Monitoring Question appeared first on RealityRN.
  • First nursing assignment comments

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
    1. I already know how to do that 2. I can do this 3. Did you hear what so and so said 4. If you don’t put me on day shif, I’m going to quit 5. I’d rather be doing 6. I’m doing it just for the money The post First nursing assignment comments appeared first on RealityRN.
  • 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…
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  • The Invisible Nurse Practitioner

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    Nurse practitioners continue to be healthcares’ best kept secret. I recently moved to Jefferson City, MO which feels a world away from living in a state where NPs have full practice authority (FPA). I knew that the Missouri practice act was less than ideal. That said, I did not expect when I opened up the phone book to look for offices with NPs that i would find so few NPs listed (really after looking for a bit, I found 4 NPs listed with physician practices). Now Jefferson City is not a large city by any stretch of the imagination, but it is the state capital and has a bit more than…
  • Traveling Down Multiple Revenue Streams

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Guest post by Dr. Nancy Dirrubo, DNP, FNP and travel health expert. More about Nancy below: Few businesses thrive without more than one revenue stream. Primary care practices add cash only services such as cosmetic dermatology. Some practices sublet space to other providers and collect rental income and benefit from increased exposure. As an NP business owner who owns a travel clinic, I also offer hard to find travel products and provide continuing education with a new twist. Travel. Photos credit flippinyank (Creative Commons) Imagine getting CEU’s for a unique educational experience where…
  • Mid-2015 Practice Update for APRNs

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Mid-2015 Legislative UpdateIndependence Day in the US just passed, and it couldn’t be a better time to update you on full practice authority in the US. I have been blessed. The majority of my NP career, I had the privilege of working in a state in which Nurse Practitioners would practice to the full extent of their education and training (Washington State). In the past month, I have relocated to Missouri which has, shall we say, a less than ideal practice act for APRNs. While I have always been an advocate for full practice authority (FPA) in all states, it’s now taken on a more personal…
  • Chronic Care Management for Your Practice

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Every day you perform all sorts of activities and work that are not directly reimbursed. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could start to get paid for the work you do? Well, perhaps now you can. Chronic Care Management (CCM). Effective January 1, 2015, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ruled that health care providers can now bill for reimbursement (indirectly) for the non-face-to-face visits and work that providers do This ruling allows for compensation for direct patient activities that include making phone calls to patients, helping patients fill out forms, consulting over…
  • Healthcare is Changing – Advanced Practice Nursing

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Healthcare is indeed changing. ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING from Susan Swart on Vimeo.   The post Healthcare is Changing – Advanced Practice Nursing appeared first on Nurse Practitioners in Business.
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    American Nurse Today

  • FDA authorizes prosthesis for above-the-knee amputations

    Rachel Bargeron
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    On July 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized use of the first prosthesis marketed in the U.S. for adults who have amputations above the knee and who have rehabilitation problems with, or cannot use, a conventional socket prosthesis. The Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) device instead uses fixtures and screws implanted into the patient’s remaining thigh bone to connect an external prosthetic limb. Read more. The post FDA authorizes prosthesis for above-the-knee amputations appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Lower ankle brachial index associated with mild cognitive impairment

    Rachel Bargeron
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    A study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reports that mild cognitive impairment occurs significantly more often in individuals diagnosed with a lower ankle brachial index. Read more and read the study abstract. The post Lower ankle brachial index associated with mild cognitive impairment appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Avoidance decision-making style can lead to PTSD in families of ICU patients

    Rachel Bargeron
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an ICU may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a study in Critical Care Medicine. Read more and read the study abstract. The post Avoidance decision-making style can lead to PTSD in families of ICU patients appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Voalte Announces First User Conference

    Rachel Bargeron
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    The post Voalte Announces First User Conference appeared first on American Nurse Today.
  • Quiz Time – 7/21/15

    Rachel Bargeron
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    Which oral care product is NOT recommended by the American Dental Association? a. Soft-bristled toothbrush b. Petroleum-free lip moisturizer c. Therapeutic toothpaste d. Antiseptic rinse that contains alcohol Answer: d. Products recommended by the American Dental Association include alcohol-free antiseptic rinse, therapeutic toothpaste, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and petroleum-free lip moisturizer. Learn more by reading the continuing education program “Recognizing heart failure symptoms can improve patient self-management.” The post Quiz Time – 7/21/15 appeared first on…
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  • Submit your nomination for Sunbelt’s C.A.R.E. Award

    Howard Gerber
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Do you know of or work with a facility/school that’s doing good in your community? Think it deserves special recognition for contributing to the greater good? Nominate it for Sunbelt’s first ever C.A.R.E. Award! At Sunbelt, we’re always looking for ways to do good in our community. It’s our way of being present and investing time back into our own backyards. Sunbelt Cares is the initiative we began that unites our work and our passion in the best way possible. In 2015, we want to recognize do-gooders in a big way. C.A.R.E. stands for Community, Awareness,…
  • Advancing Your Nursing Career – What are Your Options?

    Howard Gerber
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    Whether you are a new nurse just starting your career or have been working for a while, it is never too early or too late to think about your career goals. There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay in your current position, but if you are interested in working your way up the career ladder, it is helpful to understand your options and know what steps to take to advance your nursing career. Below are a few different areas to consider. Shift Supervisor A shift supervisor manages the nursing staff during a specific timeframe or shift. Shift supervisors may divide work assignments, coordinate…
  • Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

    Howard Gerber
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
    If you are interested in furthering your career as a nurse, becoming a nurse practitioner may be a good option. Working as a nurse practitioner can be rewarding and lucrative. There has never been a better time to become an NP. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the opportunities for nurse practitioners are expected to grow by about 19% through the year 2022. Currently, there is a shortage of certain types of doctors including family practice physicians. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States is expected to see a shortage of up to…
  • The 15-Minute Key to Student Success?

    Howard Gerber
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    A recent article on the Huffington Post explored the benefits of meditation in our nation’s public schools. Many of us are aware of the benefits that a bit of alone time can bring, but this article stresses that meditation, even in a classroom setting, can change schools and students for the better.  One Brooklyn charter school first put Quiet Time to use when it opened two years ago as part of its holistic education approach. Students there end the day with a 15-minute stretch of silence. Quiet Time gives students more than the opportunity to meditate. They are also able to cope with…
  • Balancing Working and Your Home Life While On the Road

    Howard Gerber
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Working as a healthcare traveler may be a great opportunity. Not only can you work somewhere different and live in a new city, but you have the chance to make new friends. With all the excitement, it can be hard to juggle everything. It can be challenging to balance a new healthcare travel job with your life outside of work, especially at first. It is normal to be excited and enthusiastic about a new travel assignment, but you do not want to neglect other areas of your life. Keeping a balance between work and play helps you recharge. Consider some suggestions below to maintain a good…
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    Soliant Health

  • Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – Award Presentation & Tour

    Carmela Nazareno
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    It’s an exciting week for Soliant! On Monday, July 13, 2015, we made our way to Americus, GA to present an award to Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S. for 2015, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. We were warmly greeted by Marcus Johnson, Marketing Director at PSMC, who has been our main point of contact for the duration […] Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – Award Presentation & Tour is a post from: Soliant Health The post Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – Award Presentation & Tour appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • June’s Nursing Blog of The Month: Adventures of a Labor Nurse

    Tera Tuten
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    Every month we will introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too. June's blog of the month is Adventures of a Labor Nurse written by Shelly Lopez Gray. June’s Nursing Blog of The Month: Adventures of a Labor Nurse is a post from: Soliant Health The post June’s Nursing Blog of The Month: Adventures of a Labor Nurse appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • 2015 MBH Winner Spotlight – Phoebe Sumter Medical Center

    Carmela Nazareno
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    This year’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. contest has been momentous, humbling, and astounding all at the same time. Year after year, we see hospitals ramp up their engagement efforts in hopes of making our Top 20 list in the last few weeks of our contest. This year was a little different in that we […] 2015 MBH Winner Spotlight – Phoebe Sumter Medical Center is a post from: Soliant Health The post 2015 MBH Winner Spotlight – Phoebe Sumter Medical Center appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • The 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2015) are…

    Tera Tuten
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    After a record-breaking 388,505 votes (more than one and a half times the votes from last year) the results are in for Soliant Health’s 7th annual list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America. This year, there was a tie for the 20th spot, and two states tied for the largest number of hospitals […] The 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2015) are… is a post from: Soliant Health The post The 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2015) are… appeared first on Soliant Health.
  • ONE WEEK left! Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. of 2015

    Carmela Nazareno
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Did you know? Just ONE WEEK separates us from June 8, 2015: the day when we will find out which hospitals reign as Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. for 2015!  In previous years, we’ve seen votes rush in during these last few days, so if want to see your hospital make it to the Top […] ONE WEEK left! Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. of 2015 is a post from: Soliant Health The post ONE WEEK left! Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. of 2015 appeared first on Soliant Health.
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    Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

  • Nursing Home Slapped With Huge Verdict After They Fail To Summon Medical Care for Patient

    Pearl Griffin
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Elderly people who have succumbed to a disease or illness are vulnerable and frail. They are in a very precarious state, where the slightest aggravation to their body can cause severe health damage. Family members are usually not equipped with the expertise and resources to care for their ill loved ones, so they decide to admit their elderly family members in nursing homes. When an elderly individual is admitted to a nursing home, family members are assured that their loved ones will be taken care of. The nursing home staff guarantees optimal care and tells the family members not to worry.
  • Nursing Home Scrutinized Over the Way They Handle Post-Fall Care of Patient

    Pearl Griffin
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    Nursing homes were considered a safe haven for the elderly and people did not hesitate in sending their loved ones to nursing homes in the past. However, the scenario has changed to a great extent. What was once a safe and secure haven has now become a dangerous place. Nursing homes have been severely criticized for their patient care and services, especially for the way the staff handles patients after they experience a serious fall. The nurses and other staff members fail to take notice of the patients if they fall from a height and do not report the incident on time to the doctors. This…
  • Medications Used to Control Pain in Elderly Nursing Home Patients Can Be Fatal If Not Properly Monitored

    Pearl Griffin
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    People nowadays are tentative to send their dear ones to a nursing home for treatment and care. A major reason behind this hesitancy is the prevalence of careless attitudes and poor services that exist in the nursing homes nowadays. One of the commonly experienced issues is not giving the right medications to patients or not monitoring those medications. This results in the death of the patients in the majority of the cases and tarnishes the reputation of the nursing homes. There have been a huge number of cases where nurses did not keep a watch on the medicines being given to the patients…
  • Tips For Preventing Nursing Home Abuse

    Pearl Griffin
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    When a family makes the difficult decision to place their loved one in the care of a nursing home, they hope the provided caregivers will be as loving and responsible as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many elders are abused in nursing homes due to their age and physical frailty. Often, this abuse is in the form of neglect. In order to make sure your family doesn’t fall prey to nursing home abuse, look for the 5 warning signs below. Look For Bruises, Pressure Marks, And Broken Bones In the unfortunate event that physical violence is being used against the elderly,…
  • Poor Communication Alleged in Nursing Home Patient’s Death

    Pearl Griffin
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Nursing home care is often adversely affected due to poor communication. Open communication channels between hospitals, nursing assistants, nurses in charge, directors and administrators, and other staff is the key to keeping problems from becoming too serious. Most nurses in nursing homes rely almost entirely upon discharge information provided by the hospital when transitioning patients in nursing home care. Multiple problems and inadequacies arise in the communication of such information to nursing home staff. According to nursing home staff, problems regularly arise with medication in the…
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    Off the Charts

  • Evidence-Based Practice and the Curiosity of Nurses

    Jacob Molyneux
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    By Betsy Todd, MPH, RN, CIC, AJN clinical editor by karen eliot/via flickr In a series of articles in AJN, evidence-based practice (EBP) is defined as problem solving that “integrates the best evidence from well-designed studies and patient care data, and combines it with patient preferences and values and nurse expertise.” We recently asked AJN’s Facebook fans to weigh in on the meaning of EBP for them. Some skeptics regarded it as simply the latest buzzword in health care, discussed “only when Joint Commission is in the building.” One comment noted that “evidence” can be…
  • An Oncology Nurse’s Heart: Helping Dying Patients Find Their Own Paths Home

    Jacob Molyneux
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    Julianna Paradisi, RN, OCN, is an oncology nurse navigator and writes a monthly post for this blog. Heart Break = Heartachegraphite, charcoal, watercolor, adhesive strip, by julianna paradisi The disadvantage of building a nursing career in oncology is that a fair number of patients die. Despite great advances in treatment, not every patient can be saved. Oncology care providers struggle to balance maintaining hope with telling patients the truth. Sometimes, telling the truth causes anger, and patients criticize providers for “giving up on me.” In a health care climate that…
  • Heatstroke in Older Adults: A Short Step from Heat Exhaustion

    Jacob Molyneux
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Signs and Symptoms of Heat Illness Older adults tend to be more vulnerable than younger adults in a number of ways, one of which is in their reaction to intense heat. Given the increase in extreme weather events in recent years, an article that we published a few years back, “Heatstroke in Older Adults” (free until September 1), is as timely now as ever. A high percentage of heat-related deaths in the U.S. occur among people who are 65 or older. Here are some of the reasons: Older adults’ normal temperature-regulating processes may be impaired by illnesses such as diabetes…
  • Working a Shift with Theresa Brown

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief Many of you may be familiar with Theresa Brown, nurse and author of Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between, as well as a blogger for the New York Times. Brown also writes a quarterly column for AJN called What I’m Reading (her latest column, which will be free until August 15, is in the July issue). Her new book, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, will come out in September, and I was able to read a prepublication copy. (You can pre-order it.) I don’t usually write book reviews. I think…
  • Hepatitis A, B, and C: The Latest on Screening, Epidemiology, Prevention, Treatments

    Jacob Molyneux
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    One of several CDC posters intended to raise awareness that millions of Americans of all ages, races, and ethnicities have hepatitis C—and many don’t know it. Posters are available to order or download for printing at Poster © Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s crucial that nurses in all health care settings stay informed about the changing landscape of viral hepatitis in the United States. Hepatitis affects the lives of millions, too many of whom are unaware that they have been infected. Right now, there’s…
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    The Nursing Site Blog

  • Recognition Continues for TheNursingSiteBlog

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Recently I've learned that The Nursing Site Blog has been honored by more sources. I'm very humbled and honored to be in such great company with these accolades. THANK YOU so much! eMedCert honored... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Ways to Ensure You Are Drinking Enough Water

    13 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    By Jeff Bellinghausen, a health and fitness fanatic and founder of, a resource for aspiring nurses.  You're running from patient to patient, it's a typical busy day on the ward.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Time to Kick Start Your Nursing Career?

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Are you truly HAPPY with your nursing job? If not, do you blame others for it? I know I have. That awful manager who never listens, or the CEO who pockets all the money and leaves us working so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Great Resources and Books for Nurses

    30 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It's time to catch up again.... First please turn your attention to a great posting from They asked me and several nurse writers/bloggers to weigh in on How to Deal With... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chosen as One of the Top 15 Health Career Bloggers

    29 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I was thrilled to receive the email announcing the latest honor for has listed us as one of the Top 15 Health Career Bloggers to Follow.  It's always nice... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    There seems to be a lot of confusion with CT (computed tomography) versus MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) testing. What is the difference, what are they used for and which one is better? The machines look quite a bit alike, but what happens inside of them is very different. MRI and CT testing are used for different needs and reasons; both are valuable and both have specific applications; they are not interchangeable and one is not a better test than the other for all things. The decision whether to use one or the other is based according to the density of the body tissue that needs to be…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    It seems as though the older we get, everything starts to fall apart! I know I did not really have many issues until the double nickel era (55) and things just started to happen. One very common problem that occurs with aging is called a rotator cuff injury. It can be an acute or chronic problem that may involve an actual tear in the rotator cuff. Extensive tears may require surgical intervention, transfer of alternative tendons or joint replacement. To start with some anatomy, the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    Erysipelas is a rare type of bacterial infection. Usually this disease only affects the legs or the face, and is similar to cellulitis. However, cellulitis may develop on any part of the body and may be infected by many different bacteria. Erysipelas, on the other hand, is normally caused by one bacteria known as streptococcus pyogenes. Before antibiotics, farmers had pigs that would develop the disease and they would die from it. In humans erysipelas is rare, but if one is to contact erysipelas, immediate treatment is needed. If left untreated, it often can damage the heart as well as the…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Neck pain and neck injuries are quite common – most of us will experience neck pain (cervicalgia) at some point in our lives. Neck pain does not just happen to a particular group of individuals, but can happen to an infant, toddler, teen-ager, young adult, adult or the elderly. A neck injury is any trauma or injury involving the neck. Because it is a relatively exposed and unprotected area of the body, the neck is particularly vulnerable to potentially serious injuries caused by blunt trauma, compression injury, and sudden extreme movement of the head due to hyperextension (severe bending…

    Stephanie Jewett, RN
    14 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more prevalent than ever. Right now it is estimated that 20 million Americans are suffering from some stage of the illness. My father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease a few years ago and he has shown most of the symptoms that we will explore in this article. Having chronic kidney disease means that for some time your kidneys have not been working the way they were intended to work. Your kidneys job is essentially to filter your blood. They remove waste products and extra fluid along with flushing them out from the body via urine. When your kidneys are…
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    DiversityNursing Blog

  • Snoring Children May Suffer From Sleep Apnea

    Erica Bettencourt
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    By JANE E. BRODY Contributor: Marissa Garey NYTimes  We all know someone who snores; yet, it is less common to know a child who snores. For 3 and ½ year old, Barrett Treadway, snoring is caused by sleep apnea. While this condition is most often diagnosed in overweight adults, it remains possible for children to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. According to experts, between 1 and 3 percent of children have this condition. Sleep apnea, if untreated, can impair normal development. A child’s memory, cognitive development, ability to learn efficiently, I.Q., and more can be affected.
  • Artist Shirks Fame To Invent Tools That Allow Kids With Disabilities To Paint

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Eleanor Goldberg and Marissa Garey  Not many people have instilled a social change like Dwayne Szot, an artist from northern Wisconsin. Dwayne Szot is far from a typical artist—he is an innovative artist who creates work that allows kids with disabilities to complete simple childhood activities. Despite the situation they’ve been given, Szot’s work enables kids with disabilities to paint, draw, blow bubbles, and more. For a kid like Madison, an 8 year old diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, Szot’s work has proven to be life changing. Inspired by his…
  • VIRAL VIDEO: Little girl with cancer gets married to her favorite hospital nurse

    Erica Bettencourt
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    The Albany Medical Center Hospital in New York gave a 4-year-old girl the experience of a lifetime. The little girl, Abby, is battling Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancers which is where she was given a proper wedding. This little patient walked down a rose petal aisle with her nurses as bridesmaids and her hospital hubby was no other than her favorite Nurse, Matt Hickling. Hickling dressed for the occasion in a tuxedo t-shirt and scrubs. Lori Ciafardoni published a Facebook post thanking those who donated time and flowers and the hospital…
  • Alzheimer's Drugs In The Works Might Treat Other Diseases, Too

    Erica Bettencourt
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Contributor: Marissa Garey and Jon Hamilton NPR  Ongoing efforts to find a suitable treatment for Alzheimer’s disease are finally looking up. What’s more, this same treatment may target a variety of brain disorders and diseases. Thanks to the biotechnology company, Treventis, there is hope for a daily pill to either stop or lessen the harm of Alzheimer’s disease. Treventis is approaching their research from a new perspective: rather than focusing on a sole protein, they are targeting two toxic proteins. While this research is promising enough, additional…
  • Nurse Practitioners More In Demand Than Most Physicians

    Erica Bettencourt
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Bruce Japsen Contributor: Marissa Garey  It comes as no surprise that primary care doctors are, and have always been, highest in demand. All hospitals and health systems require family physicians, as well as other internists, to service their patients. However, recent data shows that this paradigm is shifting. To fill the necessary vacancies in medical staff, an increasing number of health systems are looking to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. According to the Merrit Hawkins’ review, neither of these positions had been among the top 20…
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    Nursing Examiner

  • Factors in Deciding Whether to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse

    The Examiner
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    If you want to provide care directly to those who are suffering health problems, you should consider a career as a licensed practical nurse, or LPN. For those who are service-oriented, this can be a very fulfilling career. As an LPN, your work will mainly be with patients. You may have others who work under you in various healthcare settings as well, such as nurse aides and nurse assistants. You will likely work under a registered nurse or a doctor. Common tasks performed by LPNs include recording patient vitals, giving injections to patients, dressing wounds, and watching over patients. In…
  • Clinical Nurse Leader

    The Examiner
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    What is a clinical nurse leader? It is a newer role in the field of nursing that was created to prevent errors from happening in health care facilities. Job Duties These nurses have a wide range of duties including: Emphasizing access to cost-effective care for all patients Evaluating potential risks to patient safety Creating health promotion and risk-reduction services for diverse populations Identifying and correcting areas of waste Creating plans of care that are supported by data and research Providing education at the community level Supervising and educating nurses and technicians as…
  • Get the Most Out of a Traveling Nurse Position

    The Examiner
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    Despite the high pay and opportunities to mix with many different cultures, many traveling nurses have low job satisfaction. This may happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the low job satisfaction is because they don’t get assigned to places they want to go or they have to wait longer than they want between assignments. In order to maximize your job satisfaction as a traveling nurse, it is important to learn how to get the most out of being one. For some people, the unstable or unpredictable work situation is just too different to tolerate. You have to be the type of person…
  • The Different Types of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and How to Become One

    The Examiner
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Advanced practice registered nurses have many responsibilities and can act independently of physicians. Where do Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Work? These nurses can work in several settings such as clinics, doctors’ offices, home healthcare agencies, hospitals, and schools. Job Duties Advanced practice registered nurses provide several services depending on their education and training. Duties include: Taking medical histories Performing physical exams Ordering and interpreting laboratory tests and x-rays Providing end of life care Reducing healthcare costs and length of hospital…
  • Careers in Nursing: Registered Nursing Career Options

    The Examiner
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Nursing provides more healthcare industry jobs than any other profession in the United States. And, even with that, there remains a shortage of registered nurses (RN) in many states. Registered nurses work in many different environments, ranging from hospitals to schools. General Nurse Practice Specialties – Forensic investigation – Geriatric care – Newborn care – Oncology care – Pediatric care – Pregnancy care – Public health – Trauma care Common Nursing Education Programs You have to attend some sort of nursing education program before you can…
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    FlightBridgeED - Critical Care Education for Nurses and Paramedics - Latest blog entries

  • In-Flight Delivery: A Nightmare Series Podcast

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
      In-Flight Delivery A Nightmare Series Podcast Episode 64 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, like a creature stepping forth from another dimension, an unexpected delivery catches the bewildered flight crew off guard in a dizzying rush to get on the ground. Join Eric as he presents the thrilling case of the In-Flight Delivery.   Podcast Download (MP3) Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher Listener Survey     Dextran.full.pdf   Three Myths about Plasmalyte, Normosol and LR 
  • SecondShift - Episode 4 "High Fidelity Simulation"!

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
      SecondShift with Eric Bauer & Mike Verkest Episode 4 If you’re still listening to the guys then we would like to send you a special gift! We don’t have any special gifts though so how about our eternal gratitude instead? That’s the best medicine! In the mean time, Mike and Eric welcome special guest Zachary Mesberg to the show to discuss high-fidelity patient simulation, then cross golf clubs in a clash of the duffers in this fun-filled episode of SecondShift. Podcast Download (MP3) Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher! Listener Survey  
  • Tranexamic Acid in TBI: ROC Trial with Mike Verkest

    25 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Tranexamic Acid in TBI: ROC Trial with Mike Verkest The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 58 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, Eric Bauer and special guest Michael Verkest discuss TXA in traumatic brain injuries. Join us for the first interview podcast from FlightBridgeED as we learn from these two incredibly talented educators.     Roberts. The CRASH-2 trial: a randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of the effects of tranexamic acid on death, vascular occlusive events and transfusion requirement in bleeding trauma patients. Health Technol Assess…
  • 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

  • Learn more about a great resource:

    Nikki Yeager
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    A few months ago, we mentioned a great resource we found for Medical Administration and/or Billing/Coding students to practice their skills. Now, to give you an inside look at their website, we've included a guest blog from their company below: No matter the size of the practice, today’s nurses, medical assistants and healthcare workers need to have a basic understanding of the software used in that practice, clinic or hospital. The interaction with software starts with registration and schedulingthen continues through the visit by recording in the electronic health record, then to…
  • The most trusted professionals happen to be Nurses

    Nikki Yeager
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    According to a Gallup poll done in 2014, the most trusted professionals in the US happen to be Nurses. 80% of respondents surveyed said that the level of honesty/ethics found in nurses was high or very high. That's compared to 65% of respondents who rated doctors as having high or very high levels of honesty.Image taken from That being said, we'd like to send a big thank you to all those current nurses who keep the profession in such good standing.While we know it's summer right now, there may be a fair amount of students out there signing up for courses for the Fall semester…
  • Have extra time this summer? Enter the healthcare field!

    Nikki Yeager
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    While we love the Nursing programs and Nurse Educator's using our EHR System, we'd like to remind everyone out there that the medical/healthcare field involves more than just Doctors and Nurses. If you're a student, stay at home mom or just a regular old Joe looking for a new career, we've found some great careers that can be started after as little as 2 months of training!CNA: While some CNA programs last a year or more (and with good reason - CNA's have a lot of responsibility!), there are some programs that last no more than 4 weeks. For example, anyone over 16 years old and living near…
  • Nurses: The Untouchables

    Nikki Yeager
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    One of our sales people recently did a tour of a defunct West Virginia prison and came back with some interesting insight into the medical care that existed between 1876 and 1995, especially the role of nurses at the facility.While doctors came and go to treat inmates as needed, nurses regularly lived in their own dorms within the prison. That way, inmates had access to 24 hour medical care - all standard procedures, wound care and preventative care typically handled by those women who were constantly on call.In a maximum security facility with nearly 2,000 imprisoned men, it was rare to see…
  • 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…
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    Travel Nurse Source Blog

  • The Perils of Canceling a Travel Nurse Contract

    Travel Nurse Source
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Did your grandmother just pass away for the third time […] The post The Perils of Canceling a Travel Nurse Contract appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Where to Find the Most Stylish Scrubs

    Travel Nurse Source
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:34 am
    Life as a travel nurse can be hectic, so if you are beh […] The post Where to Find the Most Stylish Scrubs appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Go Ask Alice: Nurse Alice Benjamin Interview

    Travel Nurse Source
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    If you think your career is busy, then you obviously ha […] The post Go Ask Alice: Nurse Alice Benjamin Interview appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • Motivational Monday: 20 Quotes to Kickstart Your Week

    Travel Nurse Source
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Oh Monday, we meet again—and this week, “Monday B […] The post Motivational Monday: 20 Quotes to Kickstart Your Week appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
  • 5 Easy Tips on Decorating Temporary Housing

    Travel Nurse Source
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    The constant change in scenery is part of the thrill of […] The post 5 Easy Tips on Decorating Temporary Housing appeared first on Travel Nurse Source Blog.
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    The Care Connection

  • 4 Apps That Help You Make The Most of Your Time

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    <p>Looking for ways to free up some time in your day? Here are four handy desktop and mobile apps that can help you be more productive and eliminate common time-wasters.<span style="line-height: 1.4;"><br /> </span></p> <ol> <li><strong style="font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.4;">Block websites where you find yourself wasting time.</strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><strong>&nbsp; </strong>Who hasn&rsquo;t gotten lost down the Pinterest rabbit-hole, hunting for the perfect red…
  • Q & A: How can I reduce family complaints and improve satisfaction?

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    <p><em>Q: We have several families who complain constantly no matter what we do. Our staff are so discouraged. What do you suggest we do?<br /> </em><br /> A: While all nurse leaders and long-term care facilities strive for excellence in resident and family satisfaction, most nursing homes must deal with family complaints from time to time. Rather than thinking of family complaints as a challenge, consider them a valuable opportunity to improve your relationship with the family and care delivery processes. &nbsp;Here are eight steps to follow:</p>…
  • Family Matters

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    <p><em>This post is part of our ongoing Feature Story Nurse series. Read last month&rsquo;s <a href="">post</a>.</em></p> <p>The Arkansas State Veterans Home is a family of 82 residents, plus staff. You can sense the camaraderie between the men, in particular in what&rsquo;s called an &ldquo;all soldier zone.&rdquo; The majority of the residents come to the VA with no intention of leaving; they make the VA their new home and stay until…
  • Do You dare?

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    <p>&ldquo;Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions determine your character,&rdquo; read a sign hung on the chalk board in the front my fifth grade English classroom. I&rsquo;ve never forgotten it, and if anything, in the last decade or two, I&rsquo;ve really learned what it means. The success that you wish to build for yourself and the joy that you wish to create for those around you is yours when you dream it, speak it, and dare to&hellip;&nbsp;See dares from our 2015 conference attendees in this short video and share your…
  • 5 Summer Reads Featuring LTC Nurses

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    <p>Whether you&rsquo;re heading to the beach, the pool, or a cozy nook at home this holiday weekend, we&rsquo;ve got a good book &ndash; or five -- for you to curl up with and enjoy. Each of our recommendations is set in a nursing home and features a long-term care nurse as an important character. Happy reading!<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1314829978&amp;sr=1-35">The…
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  • Comment on Got nerves? Eat a banana!

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:51 pm
    olayinka13 Question: which package did you buy to study for the NCLEX on NCSBN? I am switching from Kaplan and wanted to know what worked for you thanks
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    Susan, NCSBN
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    @lkv214: You can find answers to many questions about the NCLEX on The questions you get on any exam are selected by the computer, based on your response to each question. (This is called computerized adaptive testing or CAT - click on the link to read more on the topic - ) The computer does not know if this is your first attempt or not. I think you are talking about study strategies - if that's correct, I've written a lot on this topic in the Ask the Instructor forum ( ). You can use the link to write to me  with some…
  • Comment on Thinking like a nurse

    18 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    Hi Susan, Thank you for the wonderful and inspirational post in the blog. I have a question regarding the NCLEX exam. I am planning to take my exam again coming month hopefully. My question is, the first time when I took NCLEX RN I got below passing standard in two topics. Rest I was good. Since I was above passing standard in all the other topics, should I expect more difficult questions next time in the one which I passed? I am quite sure that I won't be getting the same questions any how. It would be a great help if u can write regarding this or regarding the strategies the repeat test…
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    kaur deep
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    hello sue mam ...........I took this review 3rd time bit my score is still 20-30-40- hardly 50%. I am very tensed about this why am not getting all things ? please help me how I study ?
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