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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 (admittedly limited) experience, the majority of... Read More


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

By Doc Lori, R.N. Alrighty then nurse person, so you cry on your way to work, fantasize about moving to a mountain top with a shaved head while cradling a book titled "How to Obtain Enlightenment in Three Days", and are enjoying your 5th diagnosed bladder infection in the last 6 months. Despite being an avid... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 “obstructive sleep apnea” listed as a diagnosis on... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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