Knowledge is the Foundation of a Rewarding Nursing Career - page 69

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Dear Me!

By rivet32 i have worked for several years on a busy medical surgical floor and once in awhile my white uniforms would become splotched with a myriad of substances, from patient’s peg feeding to ballpoint pen ink. last year, i had purchased a uniform set... Read More

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Calling the Code - a coping mechanism in 14 lines

By TDFlMedicRN It all started simply enough – a usual day at the station house. We checked in, we checked out the rig, we did our station duties and filled out the logbook; we looked up our duty roster for the day and we even started working on CE’s. There are... Read More

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Smart Nurse vs. Dumb Pharmacy, Round One. DING!

By VivaLasViejas In the midst of a Friday swing shift (otherwise known in the hospital industry as "Boot 'Em Out to the Nursing Homes Day"), a lone nurse responsible for 42 residents who has absolutely nothing better to do with her time than answer the... Read More

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Good-bye, Mrs. Meanjeans

By VivaLasViejas Here's a "world's worst patient" tale....with a twist. Wilma is, quite simply, a terrorist in an elderly woman's body. She is verbally and physically abusive. She calls 50 times a shift, then refuses care "because you took too long to get here".... Read More

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CPAP: Use It And Live

By Ruby Vee i work in a cardiac intensive care unit; ccu and sicu together. as an icu nurse, i’m well acquainted with the correlation between untreated sleep apnea and heart disease, stroke or sudden death. and i wish i had a dollar for every patient with... Read More

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What I Know About: The PITA Patient

By VivaLasViejas This is the first in what will be an occasional series, loosely based on the AARP Magazine's monthly column "What I Know About (blank)". Intended mainly for students and newer nurses, these entries will provide caregivers of all levels with hard-won... Read More

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Plagiarism – Do You Copy That?

By VickyRN The curious off-black smoky color to the font and section headings with an odd bluish hue alerted the instructor that something was seriously amiss with the student’s writing assignment. Upon further investigation, the educator was dismayed to find... Read More

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Things I've Learned This Year

By Ruby Vee hopefully, i learn new things every year -- every day even. but some are more memorable than others. here, then, is a list of the more memorable things i’ve learned this year. • there are three kinds of people: there are those who get it, and... Read More

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How I Fell in Love with Nursing

By acaitan29 nursing was never really my cup of tea. i never pictured myself wearing whites and a fancy little white cap. as a child, my dream was to become an engineer, a civil engineer. this manifested as i grew up being fond of drawing different, sometimes... Read More

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Know Thyself: Prevent Mistakes

By ne1410us New to the ICU setting and to a radical neck surgery post-operative patient; I allowed emotions to cloud critical thinking and it led to possible harm to the patient. Knowing my tendency to please others reminds to me focus on patient priorities. Read More

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So Why Do You Do It?

By BeinganRN9 the day of a typical med/surg nurse. you crack one eye open as the clock next to your bed starts blaring some song about love, loss, or riches; it’s 5:15am. you entertain the idea of rolling back over and trying to get another 5 minutes of sleep... Read More

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Teaching Methodologies that Work “Turning Teaching into Learning"

By shinneh Teaching methodologies, if used correctly can enhance a student's learning. It is important that educators choose a variety of methodologies to aid the students in becoming successful in subjects such as the Anatomy and Physiology. Read More

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Student Ruminations

By NamasteNurse She looks a lot younger than she is. All her make-up is on but she is not at all flashy, she just takes care of herself, for herself. On the phone chatting away happily she sounds like she’s on a business call with a dear friend. She see me enter... Read More

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CPAP: Tips for Nurses

By Ruby Vee so your patient comes into the hospital, assisted living or long term care facility with a diagnosis of sleep apnea and one of those dreaded cpap machines in tow. congratulations! your patient is more compliant than the average patient! from my... Read More

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Nurses! Have you ever been told to "Just Relax"?

By Doc Lori, R.N. Nurse burnout is treatable through counseling, yet despite experiencing toxicity, we tend to feel as though we are able to "fix" ourselves. Stop this madness! Find joy, balance and boundaries by cycling back to determine what led you to want to... Read More

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A Beautiful Nightmare

By acaitan29 “Tit-tit!Tit-tit!Tit-tit!” I woke up to the continuous beeping of my mobile phone. At first I thought that I was just dreaming. But there goes my phone again, wailing in the wee hours of the morning. I swear I could’ve thrown it out of my sight if... Read More

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Fired After 50: Epilogue

By VivaLasViejas Hard-won lessons from one nurse's "Summer of Discontent", which began with what seemed to be a secure job and the adulation of many, and ended with a much-changed---and humbled---attitude toward life and work. Read More

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Pain Medication From Common Sense Perspective.

By mike_lee Is pain scale an objective tool to measure pain level. I’ve never thought so. How often it happens when a nurse asks a patient: Do you have pain? A little bit. How would you rate your pain level on scale from 0 to 10? Eight or nine. Read More

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Nursing Home Blues

By NamasteNurse Making my after dinner rounds at the nursing home, I'm rushing down the hall hoping everyone is asleep. I have notes to write, order to transcribe, doctors to call, appointments to make. Please let it stay quiet tonight. At the last door,... Read More

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nursing ruminations

By NamasteNurse Making my after dinner rounds at the nursing home, I'm rushing down the hall hoping everyone is asleep. I have notes to write, order to transcribe, doctors to call, appointments to make. Please let it stay quiet tonight. At the last door,... Read More


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