Knowledge is the Foundation of a Rewarding Nursing Career - page 79

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I wish I were blind

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN He was huge, from the floor up and side to side. he walked down the hallway, never looking up, never acknowledging our presence. as he walked past the nurses’ station he stared at his shoes. icky 'gangster' shoes, shorts nearly touching his ankles... Read More

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True Lies

By burnbabyburn I was sitting at the Nurse’s station trying to avoid expending any energy when the Triage nurse came in and interrupted my reverie. “You know, I think this woman is lying to me.” She was actually shocked. I decided to lay some sooth on her. ... Read More

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Effective PowerPoint Presentations

By VickyRN “oh no, not another powerpoint presentation!” you mutter softly to yourself as you slip into a seat in the back of the dark auditorium. unfortunately, your worst expectations come to pass. the presenter mechanically clicks through an insufferable... Read More

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Witness to Goodbye

By BSN_after_40 Busy days are so common on a medical surgical floor that you barely notice when you miss a break. There was too many of those days. I had my assigned patients that I shared with my co-assigned RN. We had our usual scramble in the morning to pass our... Read More

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The patient I loved

By ernursechic I graduated Nursing school in May 2008. I went almost directly into home health. I had 1 visit that the administrator went with me and I was set loose to be a nurse. This was to be the patient that made me know why I became a nurse. J was a 50 years... Read More

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How to Write to Your Legislator

By Teresag_CNS If you've been a nurse (or nursing student) for a while, you've undoubtedly noticed -ahem- one or two :wink2: things in health care that are suboptimal. Odds are good that at some point you have thought to yourself, "Somebody should tell Congress... Read More

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Nurse Educator Role - A Fifth Advanced Practice Nursing Speciality?

By VickyRN Advanced practice nurses (APNs) are defined as registered nurses "possessing advanced specialized clinical knowledge and skills through master's or doctoral education that prepares them for specialization, expansion, and advancement of practice"... Read More

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Confessions of a 30-something RN grad

By LuvofNursing I am in the seat, feeling comfortable, calm (even though I have went through enough security to enter Fort Knox). I read through the instructions as to not miss anything. “You have 6 hours….” Sounds good, all is well….. First question, okay,... Read More

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Verbal, Written warnings and Termination

By madwife2002 i know a lot of health care employees are worried or concerned they may be on the ladder from verbal warning to written warnings and then fired. for many this is not an unrealistic fear it is something which is affecting their daily working life and... Read More

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Clinical Day 1: Discoveries

By SarahLeeRN “No, hon, you’re not going to want that. Those are old. You’re going to want these,” said the nurse, pointing at a rack full of thick binders on the side of the desk. Bewildered, I put the first binder back on the shelf (it was big and heavy)... Read More

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Destiny Forward - A Patient Lost, a Future Gained

By Tait The Patient Diagnosis: Small Bowel Obstruction Age: 55 Gender: Male That was all I knew of the most influential patient in my nursing career, now and forever, that early day of my first year of nursing. Ray was all of 140# when I met... Read More

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Elders Say the Darnedest Things!

By VivaLasViejas As anyone who's ever worked with the elderly knows, every care facility has its "characters": the curmudgeon, the hothouse flower, the Church Lady. And the best-kept secret in the business is the hilarity that ensues whenever one of these folks... Read More

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Tips for Effective Public Speaking

By VickyRN public speaking involves addressing an audience to motivate, influence, persuade, inform, or simply entertain the listeners. it is a structured and deliberate process. it is composed of five basic elements: speaker, message, audience, occasion,... Read More

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You Got to Know When to Hold 'Em

By VivaLasViejas .........and when to fold 'em too. One of the few physical advantages of the over-50 body is its ability to say No to excesses---of food and drink, of stress, of too many long, hard shifts in a row. It's only when respecting those limits... Read More

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Desired Characteristics of Effective Nurse Educators - “My Ideal Nursing Instructor”

By VickyRN as nurse faculty, we constantly strive to be the most effective instructors that we can be. the effective nurse educator, whether operating in the clinical setting or classroom, must demonstrate astute interpersonal skills, clinical competency,... Read More

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Ohhhh, My Aching (Blank)

By VivaLasViejas I don't know who said it first, but when I was a kid I heard adults quote this line until I was heartily sick of it: "If I'd known I was going to get this old, I'd have taken better care of myself". Psssssst......hey, you! Could you loan me some... Read More

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The Clinical Post Conference – A Few Guidelines

By VickyRN the clinical post conference has a unique focus in nursing education: the student’s own behavior and experience. ideally, it should provide a nurturing setting for debriefing, discussion, and development of critical thinking skills. it should... Read More

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Nursing Education and the Recession - Tough Economic Times

By VickyRN The recession has definitely left its mark on universities and community colleges. Funding is being slashed, educators' salaries are frozen, faculty workloads are increasing, supplies are in short demand, and fear and uncertainty abound. The... Read More

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It's The Grim Reaper, Charlie Brown

By VivaLasViejas Ever hear that expression, "lowering the boom"? It's pretty descriptive of the way I felt tonight when my dear, sweet DON told me, ever so gently, that I might want to be prepared for lean times ahead: Our census has been dropping for weeks, and the... Read More


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