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How to Dress for Psychiatric Nursing

By Meriwhen - Many psychiatric facilities and settings allow or require that nurses and support staff wear street clothing instead of scrubs. Those entering into psychiatric nursing often ask, “If I can’t wear scrubs, then how should I dress?” Likewise, a common question asked by nursing students and their instructors is, “What should I (or my students) wear for psych clinicals?” I would like to offer some guidelines regarding how to dress for... Read More

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From Living to Dying and Back

By close the books - As I lay in the hospital bed, hooked up to a monitor, I wondered how long I had left. As I heard them resuscitating my roommate, I contemplated my mortality. Was it not just a month ago that I had taken my entrance exam to nursing school? I was supposed to be the one taking care of patients, and here I was on strict bed rest, not even allowed to get out of bed for a shower. And I lay here wondering how much longer I would be alive. ... Read More

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Going for Nursing, BMCC, City Tech, Mom of five

By yar5 - I am a current Nursing student at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I live in Brooklyn, NY. I was a stay at home mother for 4 years with 4 children before I decided to go college. My children grandmother and their father have fill in the role I could no longer fulfill. I took free classes at Brooklyn Education Opportunity Center to prepare for the compass test in October 2012. During the math class I found out I was pregnant. I... Read More

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Top 10 reasons we get fired!-Medication Errors

By madwife2002 - Number 5 in my series of Articles about the top ten things to get fired, discusses medication errors. Making mistakes in health care tends to be frowned upon more than any other career, the general public simply do not tolerate any form of mistakes which could threaten the life of their love one, or anything which could disfigure or cause pain and discomfort. We are only human, and humans make mistakes, this is not taken into... Read More

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The Shenanigans Involved With Scripting

By TheCommuter - Nurses who have the misfortune of working at healthcare facilities that utilize Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys are probably subjected to the practice of scripting. For those who are unfamiliar with scripting, here's a brief rundown. Every nurse is supposed to recite the same pre-written scripted phrases to all of their patients with every interaction. The point is to reinforce the phrase 'very good care' in every patient's... Read More

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Geriatric lovers, loss and the nursing intervention.

By SandandSandwiches - My first job out of nursing school was at a long term care facility. It wasn't my ideal situation, in fact the ten-years-ago I would have never saw it coming. While I knew some of my classmates were holding out for that perfect job in labor and delivery, gracefully bringing new life into the world, here I was on the opposite end of the spectrum. I saw people at their hardest points in life, I watched people take their last breath, I... Read More

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Five Years Completed and Still Loving It

By NF_eyenurse - As a new nursing student, with a look of awe I would look at experienced nurses and think "Wow....I can't wait until I have been working as long as they have, to know what they know." Well, now I am there and I am the same person I was then. I just know a little bit more now. I realized that I will never know everything. There is always room to keep learning, to keep growing and evolving. The key is to learn from my experiences and... Read More

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NCLEX Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT)

By TheCommuter - NCLEX, an acronym that stands for National Council Licensure Examination, is a crucial gatekeeper in the nursing profession because no one is granted a nursing license in the US without satisfactorily passing this test. The 85 percent of US-educated candidates who pass NCLEX on the first attempt walk across the open gate to their new roles as licensed nurses, while the people who fail must contend with a closed gate until they... Read More

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A Spoonful of Sugar

By jadelpn - This is an interesting debate. One that can have multiple pros and cons. In essence, can one be a nurse and view it as just another day, a job, a paycheck, a means to an alternate end? Can we care for patients without really caring about them? There are more than a couple of trains of thought on this subject. Most people do not "automatically" think of nursing when planning a career that doesn't encompass a level of interaction... Read More

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Why you don't need to fear "SATA"

By GrnTea - Perhaps it would be a good idea to discuss this kind of question, what it means, and why the NCLEX thinks it's a good idea to test new grads using it. Step away from the piles of review questions, stickie notes, and scribbled scraps of paper for a minute, go get a nice cuppa tea, and take a deep breath. This is thinking time, not grab-the-highlighter time. Read on. "Select all that apply" means that of the four choices given, more... Read More

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On Becoming a Nurse

By morecoffeepls - I was a banker when I met my wife. Before that, among other things, a silver-tongued used car salesman. A lifetime ago, I was in the Human Services field, helping people with special needs and struggling to pay my bills. I've had several careers and a myriad of jobs. When my wife's family persuaded me to manage their successful restaurant with an imminent ownership carrot, I felt my future was secured; however, when my wife became... Read More

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For the Bowel Obsessed

By jadelpn - I would tell you that this is meant to be a cheeky article, however, that would just add to the fray. Here's a question...Why is it now oh so appropriate to talk about people's bowel habits and bottoms in just about every arena imaginable? Look at it this way, as nurses, we are very concerned about bowels. Did the patient have a bm? If so, what did it look like, how long between movements, does the patient need a laxative, a... Read More

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Remembering the Nurse-Patient Relationship

By TheCommuter - The nurse-patient relationship carries great significance because it is the ultimate foundation upon which all nursing care is provided, regardless of the patient population, specialty, practice setting, or the circumstances that brought the patient and clinician together. Therapeutic nurse-patient relationships are professional bonds between nurses and their patients that are formulated on basic ingredients such as knowledge, trust,... Read More

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Metastatic Breast Cancer in Social Media

By Retired APRN - A mid-January 2014 storm of reaction to posts in The Guardian and The New York Times about a prominent breast cancer blogger took me by surprise. As a nurse and a breast cancer blogger myself I wondered why the reactions were so strong. My conclusion was that it is because blogging while living with an ultimately terminal disease challenges society's thinking about death and dying. People with metastatic disease live longer these days,... Read More

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About That Avatar...

By Ruby Vee - It seems to come in waves: new members joining AN and using their own names as user names and their photos as avatars. Although no one truly believes that the internet is anonymous anymore, there are some very good reasons not to be totally obvious, either. AN is a very good place to come to ask questions -- especially questions you don't want to run by the crusty old bats on your unit, or to vent about your professors or bosses, or... Read More

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Ophthalmology

By NF_eyenurse - I will never forget the first time I saw an eye under a microscope. I could have stayed there looking at the iris, the color of the eye, for hours. I was intrigued and amazed that such a small organ of the body, yes the eye is an organ, could be so amazing and intricate. I was fortunate to be introduced to the world of ophthalmology while working in a medical records department of a medical clinic twenty years ago. I began working... Read More

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LTC Charting: A Beginner's Guide

By TheCommuter - The long term care industry (a.k.a. nursing home industry) employs a large share of new and experienced nurses in the United States. Furthermore, the number of nurses who secure employment in this specialty is projected to increase in the next ten years as the oldest members of today's upper middle-aged Baby Boomer cohort reach their 70s. Questions regularly arise regarding the topic of charting. In other words, many nurses who are... Read More

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Hard and Soft Skills

By TheCommuter - Last year, or perhaps the year before that, I attended an all-staff meeting that was being facilitated by the hospital administrator, chief nursing officer, and a couple of other members of the site leadership team. I will never forget a statement the administrator made. "We are now hiring nurses for personalities. We no longer hire nurses for their skills," he said. I raised my hand and kindly asked him to elaborate on this... Read More


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