NotReady4PrimeTime's Nursing Blog

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The Agony of Ecstasy, Act 2 - NTI 2016 Session

by NotReady4PrimeTime - What Are We Looking At? There are four classes of drugs typically implicated in the rave culture. Stimulants and dissociatives are the two most commonly used agents. Amphetamines and...

Stop the (Deskilling) Merry-Go-Round, I Want to Get OFF!

by NotReady4PrimeTime - Alternative title (courtesy of Brian Booth): How much is that cheap thing you bought going to cost you in the long run? Once upon a time, the Powers-That-Be, residing in the ivory towers of...

Haywire! Some Uncommon Causes of Status Epilepticus in Children

by NotReady4PrimeTime - PICU nurses are no strangers to the seizing child. There are many causes of seizure disorder in the pediatric population and some are much more common than others. The usual suspects are the infamous...

Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part IV)

by NotReady4PrimeTime - Each of us brings our own particular personalities, opinions and experiences to the workplace and we all deal with issues in our own ways. Coping mechanisms are as individual as fingerprints. Some...

Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part II)

by NotReady4PrimeTime - We all know nurses who exhibit signs of burnout. Everyone will have different reasons for their behaviour, and moral distress is often on the list. What does burnout look like? It has many faces, and...

The Art of the Snappy Comeback or How to Render a Teenager Speechless

by NotReady4PrimeTime - I knew even before I walked onto the unit that it was going to one of those nights. The looks on my coworkers' faces when they saw my assignment told me more than I wanted to know. Why me? I...

I could NEVER do PICU!!

by NotReady4PrimeTime - I've lost count of the times I've heard that exclamation from another nurse. I've also forgotten how many times I've heard, "I just don't know how you do it," not only from other nurses but from...

The Agony of Ecstasy in PICU and Other Tales… a Play in 3 Acts - NTI 2016 Session

by NotReady4PrimeTime - It used to be that children admitted to the PICU following a drug ingestion had gotten into Grandma’s purse, or climbed up on the bathroom sink, or maybe tasted something from under the kitchen sink....

Short Circuit: Supraventricular Tachycardia for the Novice PICU Nurse

by NotReady4PrimeTime - Let's pretend you're working on a pediatric inpatient unit and one of your patients was admitted for the ubiquitous and poorly-defined failure-to-thrive syndrome. This little kiddo is 5 months old...

Measles, Mumps, Rubella... Forgotten but NOT Gone

by NotReady4PrimeTime - To immunize or not to immunize... that is the question. When I was growing up, there really wasn't any controversy - when we were in certain grades, we were all lined up at school and the public...

Grow Brave Part III: A Case Study

by NotReady4PrimeTime - The scene: a tertiary care combined adult/pediatric hospital in a large city on the first Sunday night of spring break. The PICU is full although there is one patient who could have gone to the ward...

Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part I)

by NotReady4PrimeTime - There has been a lot written in recent years about moral distress in health care. With the rapid pace of technological change it has become commonplace for patients to survive injuries and illnesses...

The Human Spirit

by NotReady4PrimeTime - There have been many patients over the years who have taught me something, about nursing, about critical care, about myself, about the human spirit. Each one has touched me in some way and I will...


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