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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 insight and nursing wisdom gained over the course... 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 that the entire student report had been cut and... 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 there are those who don’t. the third kind are those... 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 weird, structures and solving complicated math... Read More

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Know Thyself: Prevent Mistakes

By ne1410us - I am a people pleaser. I consider it a fault at times, especially when it compromises my goals. I realized this need to be liked early in my life, and it led to an aversion to confrontation and an inability to be assertive. I am not “quick on my feet” with verbal quips, and sometimes my silence is... Read More

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Fired After 50, Part V: Happily Ever After (I Hope!)

By VivaLasViejas - Fifth---and hopefully last---in a series about being out of work and over 50 in the world of nursing, which is often unkind to its elder statespersons. Just goes to prove that all things are indeed possible when you stop focusing on the "I can't" side of things and say "Oh, yes I can!"... Read More

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Fired After 50, Part IV: A Time to Punt

By VivaLasViejas - Same shinola, different day: I received twin rejections between breakfast and lunch today. One was from the hospice where I'd aced two interviews, only to lose out to someone who lives closer, and the other from the local hospice where I'd really, really, REALLY wanted to work. They didn't even... Read More

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Fired After 50, Part III: It's Always Darkest Before Dawn

By VivaLasViejas - Third in a continuing series about a fiftysomething RN (me) who, through a trifecta of misfortunes, became unemployed at a time---both in history and in life---when finding a new job is harder than ever before. Follow along on the journey that is taking me down roads I'd hoped never to travel as I... Read More

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Fired After 50, Part II: Interviews---The Good, The Bad, and the Utterly Ridiculous

By VivaLasViejas - Second in a series about what it's like for a nurse to find her/himself out of work after age 50, smack-dab in the middle of the worst recession in our lifetime. This blog post describes the 'fun' I'm having while searching for my next job, which---as of this writing---still has yet to materialize.... 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 only I didn’t remember how much it cost me to buy... Read More

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Fired After 50: Epilogue

By VivaLasViejas - If you've been following this series, you know it's been a tough summer for me.......perhaps the toughest one of my half-century-plus on this planet. In three short, but seemingly interminable months, I lost not only my job and my income, but my very identity. That, surprisingly, has been the... 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, about to turn and head back to the desk I hear ... 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, about to turn and head back to the desk I hear... Read More

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Gerontological Nursing Case Study: Medication Use and the Frail Elderly

By VickyRN - This case study was inspired by a late-night encounter in the ER. Unfortunately, medication mismanagement scenarios such as these are all too common in the hospital environment and represent a significant threat to the health and well being of the frail elderly population, as well as a needless... Read More

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Dad's Final Gift

By NorCalMimi - It was not a difficult decision to pursue a career in nursing when my first career came to an abrupt halt. I had been an elementary school teacher for six years, enduring two layoffs and finally a school closure. None of the schools had any sort of medical staff. My nurturing character and lack... Read More

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Nurse Campy Fancy Pants!

By Doc Lori, R.N. - this silly article makes complete fun of us female nurses who think we look really cool in scrubs. oh, come on! you know it as well as i do. i sometimes think that the reason "they" became nurses, other than a karmic fulfillment or the need to be needed, for example, is that "they" actually like... Read More

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Indelible Love

By ellebilo - Mr. P, 80 years of age, a war veteran man was admitted with a chief complain of abdominal pain and loss of appetite. Looking at Mr. P for the first time gave me an impression that he was a good looking, gentleman back in his younger days. His looks was way younger that of an 80 year old guy. He was... Read More


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