Knowledge is the Foundation of a Rewarding Nursing Career - page 73

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Helping staff cope with perinatal loss

By Elvish One of the great things about my job is welcoming new life and watching miracles happen almost every day. Nearly every day I fall in love with at least one of the babies and/or new families in my care, and more often than not, it's all of them. However, this job is - as mentioned in the previous... Read More

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Observations of Haiti - “the Event" and “my Return”

By kayakrn7 Observations of Haiti - “the Event" and “my Return” On January 12, 2010 at 4:53pm EST a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti destroying over 300,000 homes and buildings and taking the lives of over 200,000 people. As a nurse who has responded to many disasters within the United... Read More

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The Paws That Refresh Us: A Series of Unfortunate Events

By VivaLasViejas This afternoon, as I was saying hello to the newest resident of my assisted living facility and getting slobbered on by the ancient Bassett hound she'd brought with her, I was reminded of an incident from my way-back days as a student nursing assistant in a decrepit LTC facility which was, not to... Read More

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You Want Me To Do WHAT??!

By VivaLasViejas One of the many unexpected delights of my new job as DNS in an assisted living community is the mutual respect and admiration that has developed between my executive director, Mike, and me. I've never had the pleasure of working with someone as compatible as this man. He may call himself the... Read More

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Mental-illness, Nursing & Me

By sunflowerross I have been an LPN for a year now. I've never been diagnosed with a mental illness; however, I know there is something wrong with me. I'm one of the most 'normal' in my family so I've never felt the need to get help with my issues up until now. "What is normal anyway--right!!!" :confused: ... Read More

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Memories from a Haitian Cholera Treatment Center

By kayakrn7 In January and February of this year I worked in Haiti with United States NDMS DMAT and ImSurt teams providing medical and surgical care to the victims of the January 12th earthquake. What I experienced during those weeks only partially prepared me for what I would experience upon my return to... Read More

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Soul to Soul

By newtress Growing up in the 60's was a wonderful magical time for me. Everyone my age seemed to be just as happy as I was choosing whose front porch we would set up to play Barbie's. American Band Stand was on flowing out of the open front door so we could hear it, or the same scratched worn Beatles LP... Read More

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A Christmas to Remember

By orthonurse55 Many years ago, I was working as a nurse while in the US Army. It was my first Christmas away from home and, as luck would have it, I was scheduled to be on duty on December 25th. Unbelievable! Not only would I be away from my family, but I would also be away from my boyfriend until my shift was... Read More

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree Helps Us Keep Things in Perspective

By CFMomof2 Thinking about the "Twelve Days of Christmas" and the upcoming holiday season, it strikes me how perfect the timing is for this particular holiday. At the end of the year, it's a time for reflection about the blessings, joys, and challenges experienced through the year past. And, with a New Year... Read More

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The Best Advice I Never Got

By VivaLasViejas One of the privileges of having one's own blog, I have discovered, is being able to hold forth on almost any subject I choose. Whether anyone wants to read my mental meanderings is beyond my control......but I sure do enjoy writing 'em. As another birthday streaks toward me at the speed of... Read More

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Facing the World Ahead...

By jaelpn I remember waking up early, sitting outside in that crisp cool air and just wondering what kept me motivated. I often sat outside to catch a breather, and then go back in and finish my studies. I knew I wanted to be someone that helped others since I was a kid; my friends always thought of me like... Read More

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Grieving a perinatal loss

By Elvish When I tell people I'm a mother-baby nurse, the usual reaction is, "Oh, what a great job that must be!" Sometimes, that's a true statement. But what most people don't realize (or if they do, they don't mention it) is that when bad things happen, they are very very bad. Families and staff alike... Read More

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What Keeps Me Coming Back

By Elvish I'm a mother/baby nurse and proud to be one. Compared to lots of units, we mother/baby folks might be considered lucky to have such 'cake' jobs, and some days I'd agree. Other days I leave work exhausted, with sore feet, sore back, dry mouth, empty stomach, and full bladder from running between one... Read More

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Holding patients and visitors accountable for their actions

By mackjazz I am an ER RN, and for the most part enjoy my job. Today I had to attend a class that struck a nerve. A big nerve actually, that has led me to blog/organize my thoughts about it. The class was about preventing/managing a patient or visitor that is 'escalating' to the point of verbal and physical... Read More

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RN and a Mother!

By madwife2002 I became a single parent in 1989 I finally left an abusive marriage, I was now going to move on with my life and follow my dreams. I always wanted to be a nurse as we often referred to ourselves in 1989, we were also called RGN's in the UK which meant for my American friends Registered General... Read More

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An Unforgettable Lesson

By orthonurse55 Many of us learn valuable lessons from our patients. I was fortunate to learn one very early in my career that has stayed with me for 35 years. I have long ago forgotten her name, but her face and her circumstances are embedded in my brain and have dictated the way I have treated many other... Read More

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A Waiting Room Christmas Story

By Ruby Vee Christmas of 1981 -- it had been a horrible year. In May, I found my husband of three years, the church choir director, in bed with the soprano. In the wake of that disaster, we pulled up stakes and moved three thousand miles so that we could “work on our marriage” in the absence of what turned... Read More

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Treat your patient like you would want your mother to be treated

By awakenthepassion Think about how much respect and trust your patients give you each day. They lay in their bad relying on you to perform your personal best to get them better so recover and return home safely. But, with all that trust your patients give us, do you really deserve it? Where is another who doesn't... Read More


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