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Can We Talk? End of Life Discussions

by jeastridge - Can We Talk? End of Life Discussions Jan busied herself at the bedside of her patient, a woman she had seen before during a similar admission for COPD. As the woman struggled to breathe, Jan...

Nursing Job Change: Jump Ship or Sit Tight? 5 Things to Consider

by jeastridge - As we walked around the track together, my friend shared some of her nursing job frustrations with me. She had been in her current position for a little over 2 years. Long enough, she felt, to know...

Opioid Epidemic: Innocent Victims (NAS)

by jeastridge - We have all seen the stories on television and online: infants struggling with a complex picture of symptoms including twitching, pain, seizures, diarrhea, abdominal cramps. These are babies born...

Accidental Pill Pusher

by jeastridge - Accidental Pill Pusher In the early 80’s nursing education about pain management took a turn. Gone were the days of observing the patient for non-verbal signs of pain or of watching the clock to...

The Unpredictable Work of Dying

by jeastridge - “How long will it be?” my patient asked at the end of the admission process to hospice. She whispered the question as I leaned over to say good-bye. Hoarse because of recent radiation to her throat...

Disaster: Boots on the Ground vs. Sending Boots

by jeastridge - Disaster: Boots on the Ground vs. Sending Boots When we see a disaster of the magnitude of Harvey, we all want to help. Especially if we are nurses. After all, that is what we do! But what can...

Dialysis Nurse Day to Day

by jeastridge - I fell in step with my friend Terry, as he walked down the hospital hall carrying big bags of peritoneal dialysis fluid. Arms full, he responded to my question about where he was headed, indicating a...

Drug Diversion: What's the Deal?

by jeastridge - Drug Diversion: What’s the Deal? I felt physically threatened as the patient’s grandson pushed too close to me, face red, eyes angry, and yelled, “There was no way I am taking those missing...

Are You a "Fixer" Nurse? 5 Things to Consider

by jeastridge - A friend approached me about caring for her elderly, increasingly disabled, parent. She told me about how her mom had become forgetful, slightly confused, and had a tendency to fall. Her worried eyes...

Should I Be a Nurse? 5 Things to Think About

by jeastridge - Should I Be a Nurse? 5 Things to Think About Trevor stopped me in the hall at church. "I'm thinking about going to nursing school. I know you have been a nurse a long time. Do you think I should...

What Makes YOU a Pro RN?

by jeastridge - I sat talking Crystal, a senior nursing student, as we wrapped up our time together. She had been following me around, learning about what it means to be a Faith Community Nurse for six weeks. I...

Whatcha Know about Flo (Florence Nightingale)?

by jeastridge - Florence Nightingale is famous for her pioneering nursing education, her development of statistical analysis and her improvements on methods of care delivery. She is also famous because she was “the...

Nurse Wubbels Stands Tall

by jeastridge - "University of Utah Health supports Nurse Wubbels and her decision to focus first and foremost on the care and well-being of her patient,” said Suzanne Winchester, the hospital's media relations...

Faith Community Nurse 101

by jeastridge - This article is written in response to the query below which was posted in the thread Examining the role of a Parish Nurse. As a long time Faith Community Nurse, I hope to be able to answer this...

Living Better with Hospice

by jeastridge - Living Better with Hospice “I am having a good day today!” My patient’s greeting was a warm welcome as we started our visit. She was on the front porch, in her wheelchair, oxygen tubing snaking...


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