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Lynda Van Devanter - A True Hero

By RNIBCLC My earliest influence on my decision to be a nurse came from a neighbor who was a nurse in Vietnam. Many of the most famous nurses were heroes from a previous war. There is very little written about a Vietnam nurse leader or about nurse heroes from that era. I began researching nurses and the... Read More


Online Nursing Study Tips: What Has Worked For Me

By TheCommuter Many newly enrolled students want to find a way to accelerate through WGU's RN-to-BSN degree completion program coursework. The following piece is a loosely organized collection of study tips that have helped me accelerate through WGU's competency-based courses. These tactics may or may not be... Read More


How are you easing your first day jitters?

By augurey A month ago, I wasn't nervous. I was pretty much just excited. The reality of nursing school didn't start to sink in until I had put in my notice at work, but still, my first day still felt so long away. My last day of work was 2 days ago. I've given myself 2 days to veg out, get our house and... Read More


Nursing and Michelangelo

By SarahLeeRN What exactly is nursing? There are a million definitions of what nursing is, and many of these would be correct. But the more I practice, the closer I think I am to knowing the definition. Nursing is an art. One definition of an art is: the expression or application of human creative... Read More


I Wasn't Called to Nursing, I Just Showed Up.

By Lori215 I was one of those straight A, AP, National Honor Society kids in high school, so I was a little shocked when things didn't go my way at the University. It was very hard to figure out how I was going to get myself into nursing school without getting myself in a lot of debt. While my story probably... Read More


That's A Wrap! Exploring Wound Management

By babaloo8 In the US, we spend 10 times more on the care of chronic wounds than the entire annual budget of the World Health Organization. This growing, vulnerable patient population is being discharged earlier than ever from the hospital with often large and complex wounds. The transition to outpatient... Read More


Don't You Just Love It?

By Ruby Vee Don’t you just love it when someone posts a “homework question”? Something like “Why are all doctors so obnoxious?” or “What do you do about lazy CNAs?”, but with no context? If it’s a real question, you would expect that there would at least be some context in the question. Instead of “Why are... Read More


I Passed NCLEX!! Sharing What I Did...

By Graduatenurse14 We see all the time on allnurses how people graduate with honors, do Kaplan/Hurst/PDA Reviews, answer hundreds of questions and hit the benchmarks and still fail this exam - sometimes multiple times! I can tell you what I did but this test is so bizarre and thousands have done what I did and more,... Read More


It's Already Gone On Long Enough

By Ruby Vee My mother-in-law had a stroke last week. Details are sketchy -- she's several hundred miles away and the daughter who lives closest, a mammography technician, knows just enough to tantalize my husband and me with some of the medical details, but not enough for us to get the full picture. She had... Read More


On Negative Feedback

By Ruby Vee There’s being blunt, honest and plain spoken. There’s saying what you mean and meaning what you say. There’s giving it to you straight, not pulling punches and there’s even being rude or brusque. But none of those things are mean, nasty or hateful. They’re a communication style that not... Read More


On having 2 titles: Nurse and Patient

By MariposaLPN What happens when you're both a patient and a nurse? As a diabetic I wear two titles: LPN and diabetic. Although I am sad to have been diagnosed with this disease, especially at a young age, it is a blessing in disguise, as I now understand why I was "called" to nursing. To me it is not only a... Read More


Alzheimer's Disease

By lprutean Alzheimer's Disease affects 5 million American people. The underlying cause of the disease is still unknown and a cure is not available at this time. Some of the medications available on the market can help to slow down the progression of the disease, and help the patients to remain functional till... Read More


Army Nursing: All Good Things Must Come To An End

By Pixie.RN I knew that I wanted to step away from active service. This decision was underscored by my last day on my compound in Afghanistan, when I read an email from a person higher up in my chain of command, telling me that I was PCS-vulnerable (while still deployed, seriously?!) and asking how Korea... Read More


So I married a mysophobic...

By opdahlamber My husband is scared of germs. At the gas station, he eyes the credit card machine with rancor. At the grocery store, he digs for fruit buried on the bottom. I perform a not-so-sexy strip tease after every shift, removing my bacteria-laden scrubs. I started thinking about a recent trip to the gas... Read More


I Remember What It Was Like To Be A Terrified Nursing Student.

By Ruby Vee I can assure you that despite my 38 years of experience, I remember vividly what it was like to be a terrified student or new graduate nurse on the nursing unit for the first time. Most of us old nurses haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be new; we’ve just accumulated a whole lot more experience... Read More


The Start of a New School Year

By RN403 Not too long ago, I was preparing to start my first day of nursing school and I remember how nervous I was walking into that lecture hall. Upon walking into the lecture hall I noticed the "deer in the headlights" look on everyone's faces and I knew that my face probably looked quite similar.... Read More


Anticipation: Behavioral Risk Assessment

By jadelpn To be pro-active, nursing has enacted many risk assessments. They prove true on each and every patient who is seen. A couple of the current focuses are on preventing falls, preventing skin breakdown, as well as assessing and treating pain and the control of same. Can we say that regarding... Read More


An Easy Way to Save a Life... or How to Not Kill Somebody

By ♪♫ in my ♥ Hospitals depend on robust systems to prevent errors. Despite that, flexibility that is sometimes required in urgent situations can expose patients to risk of adverse effects. Nurses are often the final safeguard that prevents patients from being harmed. A vigilant nurse questioning an unusual set... Read More

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