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Suicide On The Ward

By NZPN I remember Elaine Ngatai so well. She was one of the patients I had worked with so many times before. She was a truly unhappy woman, but we could never find out exactly why. We knew her marriage had broken up, we knew her neighbours hated her and egged her house among other charming activities... Read More


My First Nursing Instructor

By Angie O'Plasty, RN We communicated solely by gesture and body language, but the little old German lady taught me more about nursing than any English-speaking patient ever did. I was in my teens when I started work in a local nursing home. This was eons before HIPAA, way before the nursing home industry was... Read More


no hablo español

By Private Peds Nurse Back when I first became a nurse in 1988, I did a lot of my clinicals in different backgrounds in hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, doctor’s offices, and nursing homes. As a new nurse, I was trying to find my "niche" and at the present I was doing geriatric nursing in a nursing home. Geriatric... Read More


How EMS impacts our care of patients in the ER

By traumaRUs EMS is our partner in crime so to speak. They bring us the good, bad and the ugly. The care that EMS starts is the care that we continue. What they do on the street directly affects what we do. I've been an IL-licensed pre-hospital RN for almost 10 years now on a rural EMS squad. I'm also an... Read More


Long-term antepartum care in the hospital

By Elvish Care of the antepartum patient that's on your unit for an extended length of time can be a huge challenge, both for staff and for the patient. These are women who, for whatever reason have a pregnancy complication that cannot be managed on an outpatient basis. Diagnoses can range from preterm labor... Read More


Hands of Love

By White Shoes Some time ago, I was called to a dementia unit to help with the residents living there. It was a busy night for the staff, and they were all trying to give quality care for these folks... yet there was a problem. They couldn't safely give care to everyone who needed it because there was one... Read More


How to clear your browsers cache

By brian google chromein google chrome, go to the wrench icon upper right and click: tools clear browsing data leave only the box checked for, "empty the cache" click, "clear browsing data" internet explorerinternet explorer 7 Read More


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 dioxide exchange in the lungs, whether by natural... Read More


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 baby? In the past three weeks I've seen one vaginal... Read More


Culture of Violence

By GilaRRT Culture of Violence It is a brisk winter morning. I am looking foreword to a little rest and hope to enjoy some of the festive spirit that seems to flow through our small compound. We have the day off with the exception of emergency appointments and everybody appears to be in an upbeat mood. ... Read More


Matua and Joseph Smith Junior, a night at the Psychiatric Ward

By NZPN Matua was one of the patients referred to as "well-known to mental health services" i.e. in and out very often indeed. He is a very clever man - years ago, he worked as a psychiatric nurse, he has a BSc in Psychology, and has completed several computer courses. But he is very, very delusional,... Read More


Why I Want To Be a Nurse (life story/thanks to good nurses)

By MiaNur I have not had a chance to edit/review the article, so bear with me. It is sort of a life story/thanks to good nurses. Why I Want to Be a Nurse As a child I grew up a bit of a flip flopper, one day I wanted to be a lawyer, teacher, the next an architect, an artist, a fashion designer,... Read More


Strangest Lost one I ever had.....

By CathyLew Strangest lost one I ever had. After reading the “lost one” post, I got to thinking about the strangest “Lost one” I ever had. Back several years…. I had a patient admitted for bilateral DVT’s come up from the ED. His legs were like stove pipes. Big, hard, red, weak pulses. We started... Read More


Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

By traumaRUs What is a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing? A Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is a meeting involving mental health providers, peers, perhaps a religious representative that try to make sense out of something senseless. What is a critical incident? They are typically sudden, powerful... Read More


Angels Exist In Nurses

By thabstone Student nurses always take note of the staff nurses they are working with. Either their experiece is good or traumatic, each work day is always memorable. but we always remember the staff who terrorized us. i can not forget one staff nurse, whom i think of as a terror one, but created the most... Read More


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 in graduate school! Abstract This paper... Read More


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 your paper per whatever style your program requires... Read More


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. “I’m late again. Should I be worried?” she chirped as she perched herself on the end of the exam table and swung her legs back and forth... Read More

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