Knowledge is the Foundation of a Rewarding Nursing Career - page 80

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an ordinary day

By mocha vp AN ORDINARY DAY It was a beautiful October day; birds were singing, leaves turning ever so gracefully to the wonderful colors of fall. The crispness of the day fell upon my face as I admired the beauty of the season. Looking to the sky I wondered, as I was entrapped by the fullness of... Read More

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Ready for Christmas

By nfriddle Ready for Christmas As I pushed my equipment cart through the doorway into the ICU room, I glanced over at the figure in the bed. Hooked up to the usual monitors and drips, thirty year old Cheri lay still except for the occasional fluttering of her large, brown eyes. “Any change today?” I... Read More

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I am meant to be a nurse.

By mochamonster I had been in the dental field for years and had slowly moved my way up by learning each job until I was proficient and then seeking more of a challenge. I did this for 9 years until I found myself with a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management and the Office Manager for a multi-dentist practice that I... Read More

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Protecting autonomy in 'Care of the Elderly

By Florence H.H. ‘Oh ****** on a bike!’ I muttered to myself as I walked onto the ‘Elderly Care’ facility I worked in. The on duty nurse was rushing around like a pyromaniac in a petrol station,still dispensing the after lunch medications, and looking nowhere like ready to give me the handover on the thirty... Read More

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Why i have chosen nursing as a career

By sara_ky It wasn’t until I put scrubs on for the first time in more than a decade that I remembered. Up to that point, although I’d committed myself to going to nursing school, had signed all of the necessary papers, had bought all of my books and supplies, I still had reservations. Given my past... Read More

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Me, myself and Facebook

By madwife2002 Facebook, hands up who doesnt have an account??? It appears our new life is now being controlled by this new phenomenon which had dragged many people into the 21st Century it can be fun, exciting and enables us to catch up with friends and family we may have lost touch with over the years. If you... Read More

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Nurse, Heal Thyself!

By VivaLasViejas As every nurse who's ever worked long-term care knows, there comes a time each winter when some gnarly virus sweeps through the building and brings it---almost literally---to its knees. It starts off innocently enough: some staff member will inadvertently track in a germ their kids picked up on the... Read More

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On the Edge

By wannabecnl This is it. This is what I have been waiting and preparing for during the past five years. This is the day I've dreamed of since I was a small child. This is what I know I have been called to do and am finally going to do. Today is my first day of nursing school. God willing, 16 months... Read More

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Got No Job? Come be an RN !

By madwife2002 It seems to me anybody and anybody can do nursing, doesnt matter if you are really interested or not, not important if you care about people or not, not relevent if you have a passion for nursing or not just come along we will train you and then you can look after our sick, eldery, frail, poor... Read More

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Dear nursing student

By marty6001 dear clinical student, i am your soon-to-be instructor. know that i love this profession and have dedicated my life to it and to my patients. i consider this profession to be a calling. i did not come to this profession for money, for prestige, or for the title. i came to it for the love of... Read More

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Metaparadigm of Nursing-Does Safe Staffing Save Lives?

By DougMusic Does Safe Staffing Save Lives? In 2004, California became the first state to establish minimum nurse-to-patient staffing requirements in acute-care hospitals. As a nursing student, the debate whether mandated or non-mandated Nurse to client ratio in the clinical setting is not... Read More

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A Nursing Students’ Convocation Address to Families, Classmates and Instructors

By slacktime Thank you for coming to our convocation this afternoon. I want to take a few minutes of your time to thank some very deserving people: First, friends and families: on behalf of my classmates and myself: We’re sorry we have neglected you for the last two years; nursing school was something we... Read More

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Eight essential tools and tips for incoming nursing students

By forchunet As a senior nursing student, I would like to think I have become seasoned in the whole nursing school biz. I've settled into the routine of nursing school--lectures, exams, clinicals, and papers have all become familiar. It wasn't always like this, though. Reminiscing about my first semester in... Read More

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Patients' Perceptions of Nurses' Skill

By AmyCardsNP I subscribe to several nursing journals, one of which is "Critical Care Nurse" - published through the AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses) and I really do try my best to read all of the articles in each one, but honestly, only get time to skim through the magazine and read the... Read More

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Murphy's law experienced

By luvRNs Been there, done that. After approximately 30 years in nursing, I thought I knew it all. Then the unthinkable happened. I was my husbands horse with friends. We were galloping on a dry lake bed. I went to bump my horse back ( i.e. slow him) and he went from a full gallop to a dead stop in seconds.... Read More

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Jimmy Buffett and the Winter Blues

By VivaLasViejas They don't call this time of year "the dead of winter" for nothing. Some mornings I stand at my picture window, steaming coffee mug in hand, and look out through the bare trees in my back woods, which in warmer seasons are lush with green leaves that shade the property and allow me to feel... Read More

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Nursing Students and Substance Abuse

By VickyRN The statistics are sobering. Substance abuse is rampant in our society, with an estimated 16% of americans suffering from addiction. up to 20 % of nurses are chemically impaired. Chemical dependency may involve such substances as alcohol, unauthorized use of prescription medications, narcotics, and... Read More

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On the other side of the IV

By Sonjailana So I'm sitting here waiting at 4am for my Lortab elixir to kick in and I thought I'd share my experience as a patient today-- First, I'm an RN in Med/Surg/Onc/Tele with 2 years experience. I take care of post ops everyday, but I was still very scared going to OR as I've never had anything done... Read More


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