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Direct Care Staff / Aides for the Developmentally Disabled

By TheCommuter - Developmental disabilities nursing is an often-overlooked specialty in need of tolerant employees who can provide sensitive care and patiently keep up with the various challenges that are unique to clients with mental retardation. Four degrees of mental retardation exist: mild, moderate, severe and profound. Direct care staff, also known as aides for the intellectually disabled, might be the most significant type of workers in the... Read More

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Agency Nursing

By Meriwhen - Agency nursing (also known as registry nursing) is the provision of nursing services on behalf of a staffing agency. The nurse is an employee of the agency; the agency sends the nurse out to various facilities to practice. Agency nurses can be found in all specialties of nursing. Agency nurses may work part-time or full-time. RNs, LVN/LPNs and advance practice RNs all can do agency nursing. Many nurses choose to work agency as... Read More

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Aesthetic/ Plastic Surgery Nurses

By VickyRN - Plastic surgery is one of the fastest-growing healthcare specialties today. Aesthetic nurses provide patient care and assistance within a variety of procedural and perioperative settings to improve or enhance the patient’s appearance. These nursing professionals care for patients undergoing elective minor cosmetic procedures, cosmetic and maxillofacial surgery, major reconstructive surgery, laser and microsurgery, and... Read More

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Performance Evaluations

By jadelpn - There are at least 2 subtypes of performance reviews/evaluations. The title itself reveals a bit of a disconnect--Are we reviewing or are we evaluating? Some nurses are a bit confused about what happens to the evaluation, can it be "used against" a nurse. Equally, there are managers who have to give some so-so reviews--and I am not sure the purpose, other than heaven forbid that a manager has staff that are on top of their game?!... Read More

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Everyone Won't Succeed. And That's Okay!

By TheCommuter - Everyone is capable of academic success, but some people arrive at the table better prepared than others. The controversial truth is that not all people will succeed in school, no matter how badly some individuals may want it. And, in my opinion, this is perfectly okay. For instance, if everyone in our society becomes a surgeon, then the prestige and excellent pay that characterize this occupation would drop. It’s the same story... Read More

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A little Paper on Nursing Theory and Application

By Susan1012 - As a student nurse, I am just beginning to establish my personal philosophy of nursing. During my study of nursing theory, I will be able to integrate broad concepts from a variety of theories to identify what my future practice might comprise. I selected Florence Nightingale’s Environmental Model to explore here as I anticipate it will be useful to my practice. Nightingale was a pioneer in the development of modern nursing. It was... Read More

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Nursing Safe Harbor Rule

By TheCommuter - All nurses who either create or assume responsibility for patient assignments should always look at the big picture and factor safety into the equation first and foremost. However, a gray area sometimes exists in different areas of nursing where individual nurses may hold inconsistent views regarding what counts as 'safe' and 'unsafe' practice. Nursing staff members in Texas have the right to invoke Safe Harbor if they think certain... Read More

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Do Not Over-Share!

By TheCommuter - I first met Toni in the summer of 2010. Toni (not her real name) was an average-height woman in her late 40s with a medium build, gray eyes and dark brown hair that fell several inches below her shoulders. She was a floor LVN at the same specialty rehab hospital where I still work. And she was one of the most proficient, highly skilled nurses I had ever met. With nearly 30 years of experience, this woman was a valuable resource who... Read More

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Death Happens. Get Used To It!

By TheCommuter - Here's a truthful horoscope for you: we're all going to die! Before we get started, ask yourselves the following question: What exactly is it about death and dying that disturbs you? Once you pinpoint the source of your fears, keep in mind that other people who once had the same reservations have moved on to become stellar nurses with solid careers in the nursing profession. If you cannot identify what it is about death that makes... Read More

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Top ten reasons for being fired - Falsification of Documentation

By madwife2002 - If you didn't document it, you didn't do it! This is a statement most nurses live by! Unfortunately there are nurses who document things they didn't do, which may result in harm or neglect to a patient. Subsequently this may lead to felony charges of falsifying medical records. Fines of up $25000 and 5 years in prison can occur if proven by documentation specialists. So not only could you lose your job, your license, you could lose... Read More

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Hospital Unit Secretaries

By TheCommuter - Today’s hospital setting is a busy place in need of industrious employees who can keep up with the numerous demands and multiple tasks associated with allied healthcare. Hospital unit secretaries, also known as unit clerks or ward secretaries, are staff who provide a variety of essential secretarial duties for physicians, floor nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other providers on specific hospital units or floors. ... Read More

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Suicide Is Not Your Answer

By TheCommuter - Many people in the nursing community remember either hearing or reading about Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who killed herself in 2012 after being tricked into releasing personal health information by two Australian disc jockeys posing as members of the Royal Family over the phone. Then there’s Kimberly Hiatt, the Seattle area registered nurse who took her own life in 2011, mere months after making a medication error that resulted in... Read More

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Addictions Nursing

By Meriwhen - Addictions nursing deals with the nursing care of individuals suffering from one or more addictions. Addictions nursing is considered a subspecialty of psychiatric nursing. Patients may be suffering from the addiction alone or may have one or more co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses: this is termed “dual-” or “multiple diagnosis.” People often think of addictions only in terms of alcohol, painkillers, or street drugs such as heroin.... Read More

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"The Big C"

By madwife2002 - As a nurse I am exposed daily to "The Big C" which is what it was called by my parents when I was growing up. As a family member and a friend I struggle with the diagnoses because as much as I want to see the happy ending for them, It doesn't seem to happen very often. My experience with Cancer in my home life has not had any happy endings, and I realize that my family and friends have never had the happy ending and my training doesn't... Read More

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House of Hypochondriacs; How I became a Nurse.

By Sea_of_Roses - As we become older we tend to complain more about "aches and pains", though we may be in fact suffering from such ailments there also might be a little part of us that is seeking some extra attention. For example, I may complain a little more enthusiastically about my back hurting if my loving husband is around so that I can get a back rub! At my house the health complaints may be a little too frequent however. This can be... Read More

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10 Things You Should Know About the First Semester of Nursing School

By lorirn2b - 1) Even if your family says they understand, they really don't. You may as well tell them, and your friends too, that you are being deployed for 2-4 years, depending on your program. Because you will be MIA every. single. weekend. And most nights too. 2) Buy stock in Georgia Pacific. Because as much copy paper as you will use, you may as well own part of the company. 3) While you are at it, buy stock in Canon or whatever inkjet... Read More

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A Bathroom Reminiscence

By tokebi - I love nursing. No, I am not one of those who find self-worth through the notion of “helping others.” It’s actually the opposite, as I get helped by those I nurse whether they know it or not. Their vitality, their spirit, their dedication to living, replenish my otherwise colorless inner world. So often people tell me, “Oncology! That must be so depressing!” Only if they knew… I know what depressing is. My work is anything... Read More

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Medical Assistants

By VickyRN - Medical assistants are medical support staff who perform routine administrative and clinical duties under the direct supervision of a physician or other licensed healthcare provider. Nearly three quarters work in physicians’ or other health practitioners’ offices. Medical assistants are employed in outpatient/ ambulatory care facilities, medical offices and hospital-affiliated clinics. Their duties vary according to location,... Read More


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