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Innovative Nursing Part Deux: Being Genuinely Present

By CheesePotato - You've heard me say it before and I cannot help but believe firmly that it merits repeating: I work with some incredible people. Now let's keep it real, they are merely people the same as the rest of us--but for some reason I am fortunate enough to bear witness to their moments of magnificence. Meet James. Jim, Jimmy when he's cheeky, or Jimbo when I'm feeling deeply entrenched in my southern roots. No--No, Jim. Stoppit. Get... Read More

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Can I Work as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant While in School?

By TheCommuter - Imagine you are a nursing student who wants to start accruing healthcare experience now. However, volunteering at a hospital or nursing home might be totally out of the question because you need to be paid for the services that you render. Volunteer experience is valuable in many ways, but let's face it: the unpaid experience will not keep the bill collectors away. If you are a nursing student, you have several employment options at... Read More

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Perspective: My Path to Nursing and Beyond

By Tait - Back in 2000 I was a a failing science major. My ideal career at the time was a double major in Physics and Chemistry. In 1996, after failing even choir, the only words on my mind were "Academic Bankruptcy". Bouncing in and out of community centers for the next few years was basically my attempt at finding a path, but instead finding nothing but slowly mounting student debt. Around 2000 I was dating a mediocre man who suggested I... Read More

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You Can't Go Home Again

By VivaLasViejas - I'd been promising my former co-workers for two years that I'd stop by the old nursing home to see everybody and say Hi. Yet I hadn't, even though I went by there at least twice a month and waved as I drove past, saying "Hi, Mariah!" "Hi, Terri!" "Hi, Brenda!" and mentally running down the list of friends I'd made during my tenure there. Here's why these things never work out the way you expect when you finally stop talking about it... Read More

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Problems a CNA May Face

By kacie.knyvett - Though I may not consider myself as highly experienced certified nursing assistant, but my three-years of working have taught me a lot about the other side of this occupation. In this short span of career, I have faced many problems. Maybe, there are some more to come for me to handle it. For now, just out of the sense of camaraderie, I though about sharing my experiences on problems I faced initially, and how I got over it. Any... Read More

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The Wicked Politics of Clinical Practicum in Nursing School

By TheCommuter - Nursing school is not always fair. And, in my honest opinion, the most unfair aspect of the nursing school experience is the clinical practicum portion, also known as ‘clinical rotations.’ Here is why. The grades that students earn in the classroom-based theoretical nursing courses are, in most cases, usually objective. Even though the professor who teaches the advanced medical/surgical nursing course might hold personal grudges... Read More

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How to work your notice, gracefully

By madwife2002 - So you have decided to leave your current job, you’ve had enough of working hard, no teamwork, you don’t like your boss, co-worker, management, the drive is too long, the acuity is too high, you never get a break and you hate bedside nursing. Yes there are numerous reasons why you want to leave and get a new job, I could go on for pages for the reasons nurses are leaving their job but this article is about how to manage yourself while... Read More

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Focus on the Positive

By TheCommuter - People in society generally focus on the negative gloom and doom, even in the presence of positivity, good news or favorable statistics. In fact, professionals in the field of psychology have coined the term ‘negative bias’ to describe the trend by which people concentrate more on negative experiences while paying less attention to positive or neutral experiences. For instance, a highly skilled clinical instructor may generate a... Read More

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Male Nurses on the rise and they make more money

By brian - Male Nurses Becoming More Commonplace, Census Bureau Reports The nursing profession remains overwhelmingly female, but the representation of men has increased as the demand for nurses has grown over the last several decades, according to a U.S. Census Bureau study released today. The new study shows the proportion of male registered nurses has more than tripled since 1970, from 2.7 percent to 9.6 percent, and the proportion of... Read More

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A Plea to Nurses Everywhere

By SarahLeeRN - I don’t seem to process everything that I see, hear and do at work until I am home. My lack of reflection until later might have something to do with running around like a Looney Tunes character for eight or more hours caring for the sick. It is difficult to be reflective when life has to be lived so much in the moment. But after the last IV has been hung, the last lab value dealt with, the last medication given and the last note... Read More

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A Place to Call Home

By jaelpn - My name is Julie- I've been employed at S***** since January 2009. I am the full-time LPN in the evening. Throughout these last four years, I've come to learn about many life stories of my friends that have come to know S***** as "Home". Those first few weeks are hard on any new resident that comes to live in an unfamiliar place. I've seen someone who has become angry with the family, wanting to leave and 'go home' ...begin to open... Read More

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The Patient Who Receives No Visits

By TheCommuter - I’m certain that every nurse who has ever worked at the bedside has provided care for the patient who never seems to receive any visitors. In fact, the roles were reversed nearly five years ago when I was the patient laying in a bed on a women’s medical/surgical unit at a community hospital in a large city. Even though my inpatient hospital stay was a swift overnight affair, I received no visitors. The facility was located almost... Read More

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Tying Patient Satisfaction to Medicare Reimbursement is Problematic

By TheCommuter - Patient satisfaction surveys have been receiving an amplified amount of attention at hospitals and other types of healthcare facilities, especially since the results of these reviews now have a significant effect on Medicare reimbursement. Valuable information can be gleaned from the comments and feedback that patients provide when they fill out and return the surveys to the facilities where they previously received care. In... Read More

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You See, It's Like This........

By VivaLasViejas - "Hey, you should've been there when I finally let Arwen have it," Sarah (not her real name) tells me as we sit down in the nondescript break room of our assisted living facility to sip go-go juice and discuss our weekends. She's telling me this because I think her live-in dipwad---excuse me, significant other---is a horse's patootie who sponges off her and treats her like last week's garbage. "You'd have been proud of me...I threw all... Read More

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Legal Food For Thought During the First Year of Nursing (and Beyond)

By TheCommuter - The first year of nursing is, in countless cases, also one of the most challenging years of a nurse's career because many different events are taking place. First of all, a significant number of newer nurses are acquiring the procedural skills that they did not fully cover in their nursing school clinical rotations, especially if one is immediately transitioning into a highly specialized area as a first healthcare job. Secondly,... Read More

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Young, Thin, and Cute New Hires

By TheCommuter - My workplace, a freestanding specialty hospital owned by a for-profit corporation that operates multiple facilities across the United States, has been having recent troubles with low Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores. This does not bode well in an era where patient satisfaction scores are tied to Medicare reimbursement rates. Patients typically complain on the survey forms about random issues such as the food, the... Read More

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Why Do People Bully Me?

By TheCommuter - Unfortunately, bullying is an unpleasant fact of working life for far too many employees in our society. And surveys have discovered that the two workplaces that suffer the most from bullying bosses are healthcare and education (Parsons, 2005). With more than 3.5 million members and counting, nurses comprise the largest category of healthcare workers in the United States. Since nursing makes up the single largest group of... Read More

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Balancing on the Borderline

By MusicalCoffee - Let me just say that I am 24 years of age, which is relatively young. I first noticed something was wrong with me when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I suffered alone, though, because I had no idea what it was and my parents didn't think anything of it. Long story short, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety disorder at age 16. That's a lot of disorder for a 16 year old and I was... Read More


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