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Joined Aug 3, '16. Ashley Hay, BSN, RN is a Freelance Healthcare Writer & Pediatric Oncology RN. She has '10' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Oncology'. Posts: 48 (65% Liked) Likes: 141

Tools for the Freelance Writer

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Connect If there’s a new avenue you’d like to try in your career, chances are someone is out there doing it already - and well. Find them and learn from their experience. Despite my original...

PAASS - What to Know Before Giving Medication

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - P - Purpose What does this medication do? What ailment or disorder is it meant for? Knowing the purpose of the drug you're about to give is the most basic yet vital piece of information. It holds...

"What made you get in to this field?"

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - I grew up realizing life is not necessarily promised to all. My Dad was lucky to be alive - beating the odds for osteosarcoma in the early 80’s was rare. Sure, I saw his struggle everyday. He was a...

Becoming a Healthcare Writer - My pursuit of a role beyond the bedside

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Becoming a Healthcare Writer My pursuit of a role beyond the bedside There’s something you should know about me. I bore quite easily. The thrill and freshness of change is something I constantly...

IV Nurse Day - January 25th

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Happy IV Nurse Day! Thanks to infusion specialty nurses, patients are able to receive a wide array of much needed intravenous medication. They are also responsible for maintaining central venous...

Better Health Care Elsewhere

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - This new year didn’t start quite as planned. I woke up on 12/31 with high hopes and a very sore throat...about to be walloped by a nasty little virus. I was laid up on the couch for over a week. The...

Part I - Nursing and Precision Proton Therapy

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - In this two part article we’ll first take a look at the basic principles of proton therapy and later walk through a typical day as a nurse at the proton center. Working in Oncology for over a decade...

Recognizing Your Nurses

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - “To fully engage employees and make them feel like they want to push the company forward just like the CEO, they need to be recognized. Humans have this need to be recognized and when they are, they...

Bloodletting: *Is This Archaic Practice Still Being Used?

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - History Blood letting or venesection was a practice used in many civilizations throughout history including the Egyptians and Romans. It involved the use of lancets, cupping or leeches. In most...

Questions to Ask New Employers

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Do Your Homework It is important to do your homework and research the employer/company. Being knowledgeable of the company’s mission statement and history can provide a great jumping off point...

The 5 S’s - Side effects of steroids

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Corticosteroids can be used for a plethora of conditions including autoimmune disease asthma, allergic reactions, and even assist in preventing organ transplant rejection. The list goes on and on....

Transfusions 101 - Everything you need to know about blood products and administration

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - “Transfusions 101” Everything you need to know about blood products and administration Many patients require transfusions of blood products for acute or chronic issues. Here, we’ll discuss an...

“Dreams for the next chapter of my career” And how those dreams keep changing...

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - I wanted to be a nurse forever. I remember the adrenaline rush I got the first time I was on the hospital floor for my clinical rotation. The smells (not all great), the sounds (I heard IV pump beeps...

Part II - Day In the Life of a Proton Therapy Nurse

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - There are usually two nurses who arrive between 7 and 8 am, depending on the number of sedated cases we have that day. We start by setting up for the day: making sure we have our dosimeters on and...

Nothing Left to Give

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - We have all come home after a long unforgiving shift feeling utterly exhausted and in a fog, coming down from the stress of the day. Ever get home and don’t remember the drive? It’s probably your...


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