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My Latest Research Paper

By VickyRN This is the paper I have just completed for my Philosophy of Science Nursing Course during my first semester (fall, 2008). While writing it, I realized how much I had grown over the semester. I am looking forward to the spring and further adventures... Read More

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The Dreaded Research Paper - Pointers for Success

By VickyRN Everyone in graduate school has experienced it the "dreaded" research paper assignment. The deadline is closing in like a freight train and you are procrastinating. What can you do to break the inertia? First of all, prepare the "shell" of... Read More

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Code Status: When should we talk about it!

By klg315 During the past month of my practicum on the neurosciences unit, I have seen and cared for numerous patients. Some have had do not resuscitate (DNR) orders; one had a compassionate terminal care (CTC) order, and others a full code status. As a... Read More

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A Tribute To My Mom

By kurisuchine08 My mom has been born with a congenital heart defect. So, her family has been very protective of her. So protective, that, they wouldn't allow her to get married for fear that she would die of childbirth. But my mom was a stubborn woman, despite... Read More

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Positioning for Pain Control

By Angie O'Plasty, RN Proper positioning of a patient in pain has nearly become a lost art with the advent of patient-controlled analgesia and the focus on pain as the 5th vital sign. However, proper positioning, used as an adjunct to appropriate analgesics, can often... Read More

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Today We Lay to Rest...

By Aneroo Today we lay to rest the husband of one of my coworkers. The news of his death haunts me, and brings back memories of my first patient having a major heart attack. I was fresh out of nursing school, working my first nursing job in a large... Read More

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The Male DR Nurse

By phatreecio Being an intern is a challenging experience. We have to rotate unto several wards and sections in order to be able to fully appreciate all the fields of the Nursing profession. And what really was very upsetting on my end was being assigned at the... Read More

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Tommy

By Lindsey McGraw Driving to work one day I was thinking to myself, "oh well another day, another dollar, going to work with the old folks." Reporting to my place of employment for my usual 3-11 shift when I stepped off the elevator, I was greeted by a new resident... Read More

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What's That Smell?

By growing777 I work as an RN in a busy Pediatric ICU. We take care of all kinds of patients, ranging from tiny babies to bulky teens. Several years back, I was assigned a little baby girl who had chronic diarrhea and failure to thrive due to a congenital defect... Read More

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Baby Who?

By Lindsey McGraw One evening during an eight hour shift at my place of employment, a local nursing home, sounds of a resident yelling "help, help!" and "come quick!" followed by a commotion broke the silence. Staff on duty reacted promptly running towards the room... Read More

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Late Preterm Infants (Part 3)

By Elvish Apologies for the long hiatus! I have not forgotten that we were last on the subject of late pretermers and hyperbilirubinemia; this time it's late pretermers and breathing. Obviously, one can't survive extrauterine without oxygen-carbon... Read More

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on being born

By MachoNurse Yesterday I explained birth to a pregnant woman. Well, at least part of the process. Me, a guy with no kids and no chance of becoming pregnant. How, I ask myself, could I possibly be qualified to teach a pregnant woman anything about having a... Read More

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Life just sucks sometimes.

By Thanet My Grandmother was born in 1904 and immigrated to America with her family shortly thereafter. When she turned 12, her Mother forced her to drop out of school and work twelve hours a day in a tire factory so the family could pay the bills. When she... Read More

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A Break in Her Cycle

By datnurse Nearly every woman at some time in her life will miss her menses. There are a myriad of other reasons for this to happen. Take, for example my patient, Lindy. Im late again. Should I be worried? she chirped as she perched herself on the end of... Read More

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Hang in there new Grads and New Nurses it does get better..I PROMISE

By Morettia2 So I haven't been on this board for a while. I have been an R.N. for 1 1/2 years now, where I started as a brand spanking new grad in Interventional Cardiology/CCU Stepdown/Critical Care..woohoo although I would have not said woohoo about 6 months... Read More

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Oscar The Octopus

By Babs0512 One fine evening I lived what was to become one of my favorite humorous stories, I'd like to share it with you. I was a fairly new nurse, I had been working approximately 6 months. One evening I listened to report and then set about visiting and... Read More

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Nursing Student Days

By tropanium I was a very naughty student during my nursing college days. Does not follow the appropriate uniform at times,Always arrives late during our scheduled clinical rotations, does not listen to endorsements and sometimes instead of giving appropriate... Read More

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New Supervisory Why?

By Lindsey McGraw After returning to school, becoming an R.N. I decided to dabble in the world of supervisory. Quickly I found it is a trickle down affect starting with the D.O.N. and I am third on the pile. Basically on the 3-11 shift I am the only one left in... Read More

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Restorative Dining

By Lindsey McGraw A concept has been put in place called Restorative Dining which is a practice to bring residents together in a social setting, resembling a restaurant, with the idea of enhancing the dining experience, and giving some a time for socializing with... Read More

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Posterior View

By middypiegirl Nursing School is so fun. You are provided so many opportunities to hold back gags, laughter, vomit, "eww something stinks faces", the list goes on and on. Also, you get the chance to see things you never, never dreamed you would have the... Read More


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