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Mistakes are Inevitable: No one is perfect.

By Ruby Vee - Everyone makes mistakes, absolutely everyone. There is no such thing as a perfect person, and since all nursing students, CNAs, LPNSs, RNs, and providers are human, there are no perfect nursing students, CNAs, nurses or providers. Nursing school doesn't really teach you to be a nurse; it just gives you a glimpse into the world of nursing. The NCLEX merely gives you a license to learn. If you're smart, you will learn something new... Read More


Why I Cannot Sleep

By ReallyRosie - I need to talk about my patient today. My days in the hospital are frequently hard and heartbreaking, but nothing I haven't learned to shake off by the time I walk through my front door. Occasionally, I need a good cry on the drive home, but it's cathartic. I may hear monitor alarms in my sleep, but I don't see my patients. I need to tell you about her twisted body. I need to tell the world about the pressure ulcers that took up... Read More


My beloved nursing students

By Esme12 - To my beloved nursing students. There are many of us here who love helping you. We ask that you show us your work. Show us that you have your critical thinking caps on and are trying to grasp this new way of thinking. Tell us what you think and we will go out of our way to help you. Saying that we will not do your homework is not being mean. Our job is to help you become the best nurse that you can be. We want you to have... Read More


Teamwork: A Recipe for Positive Patient Outcome and Self Satisfaction

By Lourdes FMcD - Like Phil Jackson once quoted, "The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team" (Jackson, 2014). How true is this quote, we all have our strengths and weaknesses that blended together with other members of the team can only culminate a synergy. The recipe can only be blended when members of the team are aware of each other's strengths and weaknesses, have high respect for each other, and... Read More


Are you thinking of becoming a nurse educator?

By cls376 - As a child, I learned how to kayak on the Lower Youghiogheny River in Southwestern Pennsylvania. In looking back at my lessons learned in kayaking, I can compare many of these lessons to that of becoming a nurse educator or nurse faculty member. If you are considering a full-time teaching position in nursing, read below for some insights, warnings, and positive outcomes. When I first wanted to kayak, I was only 13 and... Read More


The Stranger Within: It Does Get Better

By VivaLasViejas - On my computer desk stands a brightly painted wooden figurine of a toucan, a souvenir of a part of Mexico I've never visited and probably never will. His garish red, green, and pink feathers are reminiscent of a certain tank top I bought a couple of summers ago that I would have laughed at had I been in my right mind at the time. (I don't know where the garment is now; I'm afraid it'll leap out of the closet one night and try to... Read More


How to be the good patient and when to seek medical attention

By dwoolard - The flu epidemic has been causing overcrowding all over across the United States. In northern California the outbreak is no stranger and flu season is only half way done. Like every hospital we test for the flu and are required to ask every admitted patient if they want the flu shot to decrease transmission. It seems as though, every patient being admitted is wearing a mask and being ruled out for the flu. I received my flu shot this... Read More


Nursing Program Student to Pre-Nursing Student

By DeepBreath - This goes out to all the students who are pursuing a Bachelorís degree in nursing. Believe people when they say: IT IS GOING TO BE TOUGH. Because it will be. Now I know there are different perspectives but before I had entered the nursing program I was a 3.9 GPA student who had even worked two part time jobs before beginning. I thought with all of that under my belt, how bad could it be. Whoa, was I wrong. Nursing... Read More


Make a Child's Day While They are In the Hospital

By brian - Draw on the Exam Table One of the first things a child will see at a doctorís visit is the examination table, which can be intimidating to small children. To relieve their anxiety, draw a fun cartoon or colorful scene! Donít forget to personalize it with their name! Provide First Aid for Their Stuffed Animal Many children are so nervous when going to the hospital that often times they will bring with their favorite... Read More


Centimeters Away From Brain Death

By nursey246 - A normal day as a nurse can include life leaving someone's body. Have you ever stopped to think about that? It's Tuesday, you're pulling your scrubs over your head and putting your badge on.. and little do you know, in 4 hours you'll be the last person someone sees before they are ushered into the afterlife. And that's just Tuesday. The things we do on a daily basis still astound me, 4 years into my career. I can't believe I get to... Read More


Resentment Will Destroy You

By TheCommuter - Resentment is the strong, indignant feeling of pointed animosity we experience when we believe a person or group has wronged us in some way. Although resentment is a common emotional state, it is definitely not one of the more fleeting ones. In fact, resentment can seep into our thought processes and persist like a non-healing wound day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, if we donít come to grips with this... Read More


Regaining Perspective: My Path to Emergency Nursing

By Wildcat2009 - Maintaining Perspective San Francisco de la Paz is a small town east of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. During the day it masquerades as a quiet community devoted to religion and agriculture. On good nights, the gunfire is but a soundtrack to adventure; far in the distance like corn kernels burning over an open flame. Other nights, the gunfire is so close that it consumes your every thought and move. The morning after a fight, expelled... Read More


Unemployed New Nurses Would Be Wise To Remember These Equations

By TheCommuter - As a newer nurse (RN or LPN / LVN), you should feel very proud of the milestones that you have worked tirelessly to achieve over the past year. For starters, you have successfully completed a challenging program of study that would perplex the majority of adults in the United States. Moreover, you have passed the NCLEX and attained professional licensure that allows you to lawfully practice as a nurse. After all the hurdles you have... Read More


Is Nursing Course Failure Always a Bad Thing?

By cls376 - In nursing programs, nursing students are expected to pass all nursing courses. Many nursing schools have progression policies that insist on a certain grade percentage for the student to pass and limit the number of courses a student may fail. In the nursing student's eyes, failing even one course is a bad thing but can this be the wrong attitude? Compounding this feeling are research findings. Frith, Sewell, and Clark (2005) found... Read More


How do you want me to remember you?

By JulieRomanoLee - My memories of the night I died and the nurses that helped bring me back to life! This true story is a time in my life that I remember as if it were yesterday. I was hit by a car and thrown 200 feet and found wrapped around a pole. My story is about my experiences in the hospital(s) I stayed in while recovering from a near death experience. The things I remember as if it were yesterday. *I want to thank the many nurses who brought... Read More


Nursing School Survival Kit

By brian - Now that you have been accepted into nursing school, you need to set yourself up for success by arming yourself with the following tools. While they do not guarantee straight A's, they will help you to meet the challenges in a more organized manner, and see you through to graduation. Planner Time management is the key to surviving nursing school. Make sure you are equipped with a top of the line planner! Carry your planner... Read More


Humor: The Most Essential Quality

By Ruby Vee - Someone asked me the other day what I thought was the most essential quality to being a good nurse. They then waited with bated breath, hoping for me to say something profound like "You have to have a calling" or "A sincere desire to better the human condition." I know they were hoping for me to say something like that, because they made no bones about their disappointment with my response. I have never been one of those who... Read More


Keeping the End in Mind

By thywillbedone_ - After going through my first semester in nursing school (now in my second), I've realized that not a lot of students are keeping the end in mind. What I mean by this, nursing students have become so stressed about "getting the A" instead of saying, "I need this knowledge for NCLEX" or "I want to learn so I can become a better nurse to provide the best care for my patients." And unfortunately, we won't always get the "A," but that's... Read More