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Top 10 reasons we get fired!

By madwife2002 - Unless you are wrapped in cotton wool and live in a fantasy world, we have all experienced or know somebody who has experienced problems at work. Sometimes the situation is self-made and sometimes the situation is pure and simple harassment or bullying. No matter what part of the country you work, if they want to get rid of you they will. You cannot imagine how easy it is to find mistakes and reasons to fire somebody, or to place... Read More


Infectious Disease Nursing

By traumaRUs - Infectious Disease (ID) Nursing is the nursing care of the patient with infections. However, it goes far beyond that and encompasses multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO). As antibiotics have become so readily used over the years, we are now facing super-bugs. Only a few years ago, methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) was thought to be the scourge of the planet. However, we know now that there are far worse organisms. So,... Read More


Importance of Continuing Education in the Nursing Profession

By Beverly Sampson - The importance of continued education with any profession is paramount. Within the Nursing profession it is a requirement. In general, to maintain your license you need twenty-four continuing education credits (CEU's) every two years. This article will discuss, and hopefully motivate us to go above and beyond that requirement so that we may be able to take better care of our patients. In fact, one could argue that our patients will be... Read More


A Mile in Their Shoes

By jadelpn - Part of patient care is the person's well being emotionally. So save the judgement. A facility should feel safe. If you have patients who are emotionally upset over their perception of care, this can add to an already diffcult patient assignment. Not to mention it is wrong and mean. A nurse is only as good as a patient's perception is a relatively new concept in nursing practice, but a concept that is not likely to change any time... Read More


Volunteer Nursing

By traumaRUs - Volunteer nursing covers a wide range of nursing experiences. Many nurses are very active volunteers. Compassion and caring are the hallmarks of nursing. Nurses make fantastic volunteers. Possibilities for nurse volunteers abound. In addition to helping others, volunteering looks great on your resume. Many job markets are tight and some are very tight. Volunteering is one way to gain some marketable experience while still helping... Read More



By jadelpn - Confidence is an integral part of being a successful nurse. Confidence and ego are 2 entirely seperate things. So lets focus for a minute on the confidence you need to be successful. It takes a special person to be a nurse. But a nurse who is not afraid to continually learn and grow in this profession is confidence at its best. It may seem overwhelming to take on a course of study in nursing. Too many "what ifs". Too many... Read More


Are you providing great or just good enough patient care?

By Surg-OncRN - I thought about this question as I reflected on my day with my new orientee who has been with me for almost two weeks now. She is a new grad but does have previous military experience as a medic. She has far exceeded my expectations so far during this orientation. We were extremely busy the other day but still able to provide great care for our patients. These are patients with new head and neck cancer with flaps that have new... Read More


How to Survive Nursing Profession: A Psychological Approach for New Nurses

By proudauntie415 - This is a paper I had to write in my junior level English course. I was given the task of choosing something that I had to give "instructions" on how to complete. I figured something such as a simple dressing change, or any basic instructional document wouldn't suffice. I wanted to present something I had to personally learn and truly became a stronger person because of that knowledge. I work in corrections as an LPN and pursing my... Read More


Military Nursing

By Pixie.RN - What is Military Nursing? Military nurses care for those who serve, or those who have served, while in an active duty, reserve, or national guard capacity. In this article, we are primarily considering RNs. The only branch of the military that utilizes LPNs/LVNs is the Army, who has LPNs/LVNs that are enlisted soldiers. In general, military nurses are located all over the world, from clinics to hospitals to austere compounds in war... Read More


Just Another Day in Paradise

By VivaLasViejas - It's Saturday morning at Paradise Nursing and Rehabilitation Center*, and I've just arrived on the floor to pass the 0900 meds. Spying my cart, I can see that Mac has already been there, for once again there is a carefully arranged "house of cards" made of med cups, spoons, and straws on top of it. It's the CNA's way of greeting me in the morning. Pretty soon, Mac himself shows up and gives me a great big hug right in the middle of the... Read More


Case Management

By traumaRUs - Case management encompasses several models depending on the work environment. In the hospital, case managers are frequently utilized to determine length of stay and incorporating individual patient dynamics into the equation. Interqual is the resource most facilities use to determine qualifications of patients with regards to their admission length. Case Managers (CM) work with physicians, other nurses, ancillary personnel as... Read More


Hyperbaric Nursing

By traumaRUs - Hyperbaric nursing has a long history. It originated well over 100 years ago as some type of life-prolonging “treatment” for the rich and famous. As time progressed, it was used in dive medicine. The care of the patient was handled by technicians, medical students and scientists interested in the physics of hyperbaric care. In the 60’s, nurses began to take over the duties of these people. Approximately 20 years ago, nurses came... Read More


Advice for Nursing Students: How to Thrive at Clinical Rotations

By Lev <3 - Here are some do's and dont's of interacting with the nursing staff at your inpatient clinical rotation sites. These are just some suggestions based on my observations. 1) Arrive on time This is very important. Please be there before we get report, so we don’t have to take up time giving report again for you to listen in. Of course I will do this with a smile, but I will be a little annoyed. 2) Introduce yourself! I... Read More


It Only Takes a Smile.

By Charslight - Sometimes when we work in the hospital, where we are accustomed to patient’s dying, we become a little desensitized, even if it is one of our own. Sometimes nurses are so focused on their patients that we forget to care about our cohorts, our coworkers, on whom we depend. It costs nothing to lift one’s eyes up, and give a brief smile to say hello, and go back to our work, in general. Occasionally there are extraneous serious reasons... Read More


Urology Nursing

By traumaRUs - Urology Nursing is care of the patient with diagnoses of some type of urological dysfunction. For men, common urological complaints are prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, ureteral calculi, or some type of congenital abnormality. For women, the more common complaints are congenital in nature, renal calculi or some type of structural issue. Both men and women can suffer from urinary incontinence which can take its toll on a... Read More


If You Give a Patient a Cookie

By Mully - If you give a patient a cookie, they'll want a glass of milk. If you give them a glass of milk, they'll probably need to go to the bathroom. They'll be too weak to get out of bed so you'll have them use the bedpan, but they won't be able to go in that. So you'll bladder scan them and see they have 900ml's of urine in their bladder, which you will promptly proceed to straight cath. When you stick the catheter in, you'll... Read More


Government Nursing

By Pixie.RN - What is Government Nursing? Government nurses, like their military counterparts, care for those who serve, or those who have served, but in a civilian/nonmilitary capacity. In this article, we are considering RNs as well as LPNs. Government nurses are located all over the world, from clinics to hospitals. There are literally hundreds of different roles these nurses fill for a variety of agencies and entities: everything from... Read More


Cardiac Care Nursing

By madwife2002 - According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in US, with 715,00 heart attacks occurring each year, nearly 80 million Americans suffer from heart conditions, and the number of cardiac patients continues to rise. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that ‘600,000 deaths occur in the US each year’ this means ‘1 in 4’ deaths can be contributed to heart disease. Heart disease remains... Read More