Knowledge is the Foundation of a Rewarding Nursing Career - page 87

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OB Nurse in a Small Rural Hospital

By VickyRN A long time ago in a hospital far, far away, I was the sole obstetrical nurse covering my night shift. In this small, rural facility, I also had a regular medical-surgical assignment (usually eight to ten patients) and also helped “take care” of the... Read More


Rejecting the Transplant

By rolland542 It was snowing to beat all. Two feet was down already, and more was falling. Driving the little Toyota down the highway, I was thinking, where will I be next year? My current job is wearing me down. As a nurse, working in the confines of the... Read More


Students with Disabilities

By VickyRN You have been assigned a student who is a paraplegic and in a wheelchair to your clinical group. You wonder about her physical competency to perform required psychomotor tasks. Three students in your busy classroom need special testing... Read More


My life in Ireland and US...still learning but worth it!

By caycay I don't know how to start with this but let me tell you about myself first. I am a Filipino nurse who have 7 years working experience in the Philippines at CVOR and 2 years in Ireland at main OR. I am now here in the US, starting a new life as a... Read More


Day One in the Life of a Nursing Student

By MachoNurse Standing at the nursing station, alone, my first day at the hospital, I silently planned my escape. The nurse who was assigned my proctor, my "mentor," had left me within two minutes of meeting me. Well, she didn't leave me completely alone. She had... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More


Writing Multiple Choice Test Items – Part One

By VickyRN you, the nurse educator, must compose 50 multiple choice test items for your course content. you don’t trust the test bank questions, as some of these are being sold over the internet. also, you want questions that most accurately represent what you... Read More


"Transcultural Nursing Experience"

By vineyard Way back to my nursing student life,i was assigned to an unconscious and a big half Filipino/Spanish patient. On the day before my clinical instructor assigned a patient for me,i was very feel fresh,happy,and active. I was thinking like it was a... Read More


It's up to you

By madwife2002 I am a UK trained nurse who has been fortunate enough to come and work in the USA, just over 3 yrs ago. Lots of different experiences have occurred during this time here are a few of the funniest things which have happened. I was working as an... Read More


Hasidic Jew Admitted for Bone Marrow Transplant

By oncnursemsn This is a great idea for an article contest! My first thought that came to mind was the month long journey our unit took with a young Hasidic Jew who was admitted for his stem cell transplant. Yoshi was 25 and traveled from New York city to our... Read More


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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More

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