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Should I Carry Malpractice (Liability) Insurance?

By sirI - This question comes up frequently and is asked of me quite often, "should I carry malpractice insurance?" many nurses are covered under their own individual liability insurance carrier. Many more are not. i am.......... are you?? Nurses can be sued at any time, for any reason. Often, allegations brought against you are unfounded, but just being named in a lawsuit gives one pause and can be one of the most stressful times in your... Read More

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Pointers for Success in Nursing School

By VickyRN - you just received your acceptance letter into nursing school. how exciting! you are about to embark on a life-changing journey, a wondrous career and an entirely new culture and way of thinking. what are some pointers to increase your chances of success? the most important thing is to maintain a positive outlook. one of the definitions of courage is being aware of personal weaknesses, fears and uncertainty, yet forging ahead... Read More

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LUCKY! to have a job

By madwife2002 - During these hard financial times, I have heard management repeatedly tell staff 'you are lucky to have a job'. Now whilst we appreciate we are indeed fortunate to have employment being told this repeatedly to control a bad working environment is in my opinion bullying, in truth they are getting away with during this period of hardship amongst our community. What I find worrying is that this type of control which is being utilised... Read More

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How to be an APN in ten easy steps....or how to spend oodles of $$ on your education

By traumaRUs - How to become an advanced practice nurse in ten easy steps! My very different educational path has probably furnished some professor with a new BMW or Lexus. I am not endorsing this route but rather explaining why you should look before you leap…we have to start in the beginning… I am now middle-aged (ouch, even hurts to type those letters). But, let’s face it; my 50th birthday was last year and unless I plan to live to be... Read More

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Real Nursing

By Angie O'Plasty, RN - Nursing interventions are created moments. To me, "real nursing" is a moment created to identify and intervene, to connect with a patient and influence that patient to modify a behavior or an erroneous thought that holds them back from healing. It's one of the most satisfying activities that my job entails. Last night, I noticed that an A-Fibber had refused Coumadin. That's bad, because A-Fibbers are at a very high risk for... Read More

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Giving Nursing Students a Taste of NICU

By SteveNNP - So today I was wondering..... how well do we as NICU nurses best represent what NICU really is to nursing students? Too often, nursing students are abruptly dropped off at the NICU door, handed a scrub sponge, and abandoned by their nursing instructor, who is equally petrified of what lies beyond the glass-paneled door... We all know that students rarely get a glimpse of what we do in NICU, let alone get to experience the... Read More

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The Extent That You Will Go For Your Pt

By mwinstea - The Extent That You Will Go For Your Patient Ok, so picture this. Brand new nurse, in the 1970's, in her little white uniform with her long hair severely pulled back into a bun in order to bobby pin her white cap with one black stripe in place. And of course there is a caduceus stick pin at the tip of each side of the cap to hold that stripe in place. She feels confident. After all she made Nationals on her boards (obsolete term... Read More

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The caregivers taking care of ourselves

By twinmommy+2 - oh my gosh, the pandemic is here! mass destruction is upon us and the end of the world will happen. great googly moogly, perhaps we should all make a bunker and store oodles-of-noodles and twinkies, because of course those do not go bad for centuries. and donít forget the tamaflu. heavenís to betsy, we have never had the flu before?! lets get it together folks. as health care professionals, we sound like the silly group of... Read More

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Revolutionizing Neonatal Transport Part 1- History

By SteveNNP - Revolutionizing Neonatal Transport- Where do we find ourselves? As neonatal intensive care nurses and nurse practitioners, how often do we reevaulate where our critical care transport programs stand in relation to others worldwide? Current research in NICUs across the nation focuses on new medications, treatments for old trolls such as chronic lung disease, RDS, necrotizing enterocolitis, kangaroo care, etc etc...but barely a... Read More

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"How Can You Stand It?"

By VivaLasViejas - If I had a nickel for every time I've had to answer that question, I'd be able to retire tomorrow. It is a question I am often asked whenever I meet new people. After the how-do-you-dos are said and the subject inevitably turns to "what do you do?", I almost always get sympathetic looks and comments on how I must be such a saint to work in a nursing home, with "all those senile old people" who are "just going to die anyway". ... Read More

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My study guide for HESI -passed on first try!

By sisph - I took the HESI test today and thankfully passed with a 946. My school was allowed to take a Ďpractice HESIí test last semester. I scored in the low 600s. A lot of my classmates didn't pass and we only get three chances. I sometime check the forums but not periodically and noticed there weren't a whole lot of HESI specific test taking strategies. I thought that this little guide would help. I'm not gonna vouch for any of this, I just... Read More

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Oops, I Did It Again: Dottie

By VivaLasViejas - ..........I went and lost my heart to yet another hospice patient. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson after caring for my old friend in that same room and witnessing her inevitable decline and death, but nope---this one had me from "Hello". Her name is Dottie, and she is 85 pounds of trouble dressed in a white satin nightgown and an ancient pair of fuzzy pink slippers. She came to our nursing home in early April for a five-day... Read More

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It's been a long time...

By traumaRUs - Burn out in the ER or why its been a long time since I wrote in this blog…. I always loved the ER from the very first day in 1996 when my preceptor told me not to worry, I would get the hang of having patients that were very ill from who knows what, had some unknown object in some weird oriface, or died and no one knew why. She was right, I did get the hang of it and stayed around for 10 years as a staff nurse, then charge nurse,... Read More

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Cheating in the Classroom

By VickyRN - cheating is always a potential problem in the university or college setting. it is very problematic for students, in that their learning is being circumvented. cheaters will be less competent as graduates. would you want, for instance, an accountant performing audits in your office who cheated his way through business school? students who cheat also run the risk of being expelled, if caught. cheating is problematic from an ethical... Read More

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Driven

By cuteinpinkNS - If someone asked you to answer the question, "Are nurses made or born", what would you say? I believe all nurses are made through knowledge and experience, but people are born with the personality to care, love, and nurture. Those are many of the qualities a nurse carries and it takes someone special to become a nurse. A nurse is someone who is selfless, treating their patients the way they would like to be treated, and has an... Read More

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An Honor

By nursebboop1 - I entered through the front door of the nursing home just after 8am. I then signed in at the front desk while shaking off the biting cold of that February morning in 1997. I was here to admit a new female patient, Rosa, to hospice. I began my practice as a hospice RN in 1996. At that time the facility was seated in a pocket of the Midwest where “hospice” was not often spoken. I worked for a small hospice that had a census of eight... Read More

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Waiting has a magnificent purpose.

By jesjay - I am twenty-two. I just received my nursing license six months ago. I have attended two trainings and a not-so-stunning-no-seminar-at-all for my continuing educational program as a registered nurse. I have not been into that real-nursing-world. I have not volunteered for weeks or days or even a couple of hours at a clinic. And for all of the other queries you have in mind, I may also have to say “Yes, I have not done it yet”. Well at... Read More

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Being a Team Player

By trixie - Many nurses want to advance in their careers. Few go into the nursing profession planning on being a floor nurse forever. Unfortunately, many fail to learn the very basic principle of how to be a team player. I was fortunate to have been oriented to the world of nursing by wonderful team players. They considered the work to be everyone’s work. They were highly organized nurses who put the patient’s needs first. If there was... Read More


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