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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: 78 (74% Liked) Likes: 265

At Home Office Essentials for Freelance Writers

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - When I began writing from home, I had a sluggish ten year old laptop and my tiny desk was shared with my less than organized husband, the conditions were not ideal. The funny part is, at the start, I...

Tools to Beat Writer’s Block

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - I love the freedom (and income) of being a freelance healthcare writer. When bedside nursing full time was no longer an option for me, writing healthcare content satisfied my desire to remain working...

The Underestimated Benefit of Ancillary Staff

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Having worked in multiple healthcare settings, many of us have seen how differently each unit can function. While no two units will be the same naturally, differences can be attributed to many...

Both Sides of the Bedrails

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Hearing the struggles these young patients sometimes face with school, bullying, relationships and their health can be heartbreaking. What they don’t know is that the nurse they have today, has been...

Infected: The Fast Spreading Virus of Low Nursing Morale

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Change is a constant in the nursing profession. However, it can be difficult to maintain professional flexibility in a field with ever changing policies, procedures, and daily routines. Many changes...

Interview with Brett Wilson of Walking Miracles Family Foundation

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - With the recent passing of National Cancer Survivors Day on June 4th, his incredible journey seemed like the perfect one to explore. Read on and get to know Brett and how he turned being dealt a bad...

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...

Ways to Unwind

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Self care is certainly not a one-size-fits-all scenario. You may find these are even more effective in a personalized combination effort. Maybe you're well versed in these too, but if not - try...

What Are You Thankful For?

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - With the fall season in full swing, themes of pumpkin flavored everything, brightly colored foliage and crisp mornings are all around us. While I will not deny my undying love for pumpkin spice...

Hypernatremia: You are “FRIED”

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - According the Cleveland Clinic, “Hypernatremia is defined as a serum sodium concentration greater than 145 mmol/L. It is most commonly caused by the loss of water via the skin, urine, or...

IV Placement Hacks

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - We all have our strong suits. What’s yours? Maybe it’s code management, mediport access, or another technical skill that requires just the right amount knowledge and finesse. There’s always that...

Your Patient is Neutropenic - Now What?

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell needed for fighting infection, especially bacteria. While many ranges can sometimes differ slightly with certain laboratories, generally a normal count is...

Day in the Life of a Peds Onc RN

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - The shift begins with assessing the ratios and assigning staff to various roles for the day ahead. Do we have enough nurses to provide exceptional care to each child and their family? Unfortunately...

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...


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