Ashley Hay's Nursing Blog

Ashley Hay, BSN, RN 16,133 Views

Joined: Aug 3, '16; Posts: 85 (76% Liked) ; Likes: 316
Freelance Healthcare Writer & Pediatric Oncology RN
Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Oncology

Nurses - Increase Your Productivity

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - When my productivity was declining (but I felt as though I was hustling hard all day) I knew it was time to find a new way of accomplishing my daily goals. I very much enjoy my freelance lifestyle...

Meet Justice Steed, BSN, RN

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - Steed saw a need for improvement in the way recruiters and job seekers connected. He created a mobile platform that gives health professionals more control over their desired assignment, while...

Meet Maureen Bonatch, MSN, RN

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - You're probably wondering, how did she get to this point of multiple ventures in her career? Let's find out! Bonatch has over 20 years of nursing experience. However, she graduated highschool with...

To Keep or Ditch Past Certifications?

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - So, is it worth it? Benefit Becoming certified in your area of expertise has many benefits to both the nurse and his/her patients. Obtaining certification demonstrates to your peers, management...

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...

Are You Doing it Right? Taking Accurate BPs

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - In my personal healthcare experiences, I've noticed several healthcare providers (HCPs) taking blood pressures quickly and often inaccurately. I'm sure you have too. This simple task can sometimes be...

When You're the Patient

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - A wonderful example of this was discussed in a recent article detailing one oncology nurse's blog post. It was written as an apology letter to her past patients. This after she, herself was diagnosed...

Addressing the Language Barrier - Medical Interpreters

by Ashley Hay, BSN, RN - A language barrier can add even more complexity to the situation. However, ensuring proper translation between you and your patient is crucial to all involved in the conversation. It is imperative...

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...


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