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Managing 24/7 Visitors

By Ruby Vee 24 hour visitation seems to be the wave of the future, and whether or not we critical care nurses think it's a good idea, it's here to stay for many of us. So given that we cannot opt out -- unless the visitor actually hurts someone -- how do we... Read More

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The Case For Job Hopping

By Ruby Vee For some, there's always a "reason" to look for a new job: your co-workers are mean, your schedule sucks, you weren't made to work night shift or a thousand other excuses. There is no perfect job, and the grass really isn't always greener. In fact,... Read More

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Measles, Mumps, Rubella... Forgotten but NOT Gone

By NotReady4PrimeTime There is no decision more personal than whether or not to immunize one's children. Information regarding the safety and effectiveness of today's vaccines is readily available but is overshadowed by opinion and hyperbole offered up by celebrities and... Read More

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Selecting A Nursing School, Part 1

By AOx1 As an aspiring student nurse, you are about to embark upon an expensive and difficult, yet rewarding and challenging endeavor. Nursing education can be one of the largest financial investments you will make as an adult. Being an informed consumer... Read More

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Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)

By TheCommuter Numerous hospitals across the US are eliminating visiting hours altogether, and instead, choosing to implement 24-hour open visitation policies. Nowhere in most healthcare settings has this trend been more acutely felt than the intensive care unit... Read More

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5 Types of Nursing You May Never Have Considered

By brian While many industries are still feeling the aftershock of the devastating recession, nursing continues to boast strong growth and numerous, diverse opportunities. The specialties within the field are countless, but here are five to consider when... Read More

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Running the Spring Marathon

By fetch Some things are universal: frustrating days at work, annoying co-workers, higher-ups who just don't get it . . . and periods of time where work and home life come together in such a way that you just can't catch a break. Spring always seems to be... Read More

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Rehabilitation Nursing: Functional Independence Measure (FIM)

By TheCommuter The Functional Independence Measure (also known as the FIM instrument) consists of 18 components and is utilized in rehabilitation hospitals around the world for the healthcare team to record the true extent of patient disability in the... Read More

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End of Life and Difficult Discussions Part I

By traumaRUs Palliative care, end of life discussions, invasive care talks - all of these are current topics for advanced practice nurses (APNs). This is the first in a series of articles about how we, as APNs can deal with these hard topics. I would also like... Read More

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Spirituality and Caring: Dialogue and Inquiry with Literature Review

By ShannonRN1981 This article is both a personal story and a literature review on the challenges nurses face when caring for patients spirituality. Although it is important to spiritually care for patients, there have been difficulties when trying to define... Read More

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When all else fails... assess your patient!

By Episteme Pity...our patients don't arrive on the clinical unit with their priority diagnoses imprinted on their foreheads. Sure would make our lives easier wouldn't it? Have you ever wondered why you struggle to come up with the right diagnoses, or why... Read More

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Counterpulsation. What kind of counter is that?

By Esme12 Counterpulsation is life saving treatment for the sick and failing weak heart. The use of the intra-aortic balloon pump in the ICU on the critically ill patient has saved many lives. How does this work? Why does this work? Who thought of this... Read More

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Nursing Degrees: The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

By TheCommuter Several mentally stimulating academic paths can result in a nursing diploma or degree. These pathways include the diploma in nursing, associate degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), and the direct-entry master of science in... Read More

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Nurturing Confidence In Nursing Students

By AOx1 Nursing school can be one of the most daunting times in the life of a student. Nursing school can wreak havoc with a student's confidence. As an educator, the spirit with which you lead can help your students develop a growing confidence in their... Read More

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"A Case of Bad Blood"

By juan de la cruz The following article describes a clinical diagnosis encountered by nurses in Critical Care. The author aims to present the condition using current patho-physiologic theories surrounding its cause and discusses the condition using a systematic... Read More

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The Growing Number of Men in Nursing

By brian In the minds of many, nursing is women's work. Not only is this untrue, but this misconception wasn't always around. Today, we present a brief history lesson of men in nursing and examine trends which suggest that more men are entering the field in... Read More

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Networking in Nursing to Achieve Results

By TheCommuter Did you know that almost 70 percent of all job openings are not openly advertised? Most positions are filled through word of mouth, and the individuals who know how to effectively network are often hired into these roles. Networking is the practice... Read More

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End of Life and Difficult Discussions Part II

By traumaRUs This is the second in a series of articles about end of life discussions in the acute and chronic setting. It is geared for APNs who host these discussions and hopefully provides some tips to make these proceed smoothly Read More

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Nursing Degrees: The Hospital-Based Nursing Diploma (RN)

By TheCommuter Persons who wish to become registered nurses in the US have four prelicensure academic options from which to choose: diploma nursing programs, associate's degree programs, baccalaureate degree programs, or entry-level master's degree programs. This... Read More

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Nursing Degrees: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing (AAS)

By TheCommuter LPNs are trained professionals who have made integral contributions to direct patient care for generations. Even though the most common gateway into the practical nursing occupation is satisfactory completion of a state-approved diploma/certificate... Read More


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