Body, Mind, and Soul - page 2

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Welcome to my allnurses page. I am the Community Manager for allnurses and have been a member since June 2006. As a BSN RN for more than 35 years, I have experience in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nursing, Home Health, Psych, and Parish Nursing. Please don't hesitate to contact me about questions or comments regarding the site. Read my articles and let me know if you like them.

School Nursing

Nurses began working in schools in the 1800s to identify and quarantine people with communicable diseases. Today's school nurses not only deal with the typical bruises and tummy aches that have always been part of school life, but must now contend with a student population that is increasingly more medically fragile. Now, their main responsibility is to provide nursing care and health counseling to students with increasingly complex medical conditions and chronic illnesses, disabilities,... Read More →

Travel Nursing

The concept of travel nursing began as a solution to provide additional nurses to areas/hospitals experiencing a nursing shortage. Over the years this has become a very popular option for those wanting to change locations and assignments regularly and have the benefit of vacationing where they work. Travel nurses are RNs who travel to other parts of the country where there are not enough trained nurses to handle the workload. They work temporary assignments in one location lasting 8 to 26... Read More →

Self-Care for Nurses during the Holidays

Nurses face challenges year round, but we all know the extra stresses that the holidays bring with all the special preparations and activities. With many nurses working stressful jobs having to deal with the health challenges of others as well as their own personal stresses and hectic schedules, the added demands of the holidays can lead to emotional and physical exhaustion. The workplace usually feels more festive this time of year with added holiday decorations, Christmas cards, parties,... Read More →

Occupational Health Nursing

We are all familiar with OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Since its creation in 1970, this governmental agency has been charged with the mission of "assuring safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance." This is a major task that affects millions of workers and employers in the United States. What role do nurses play in the efforts ensuring that these... Read More →

Operating Room / Perioperative Nursing

Perioperative nurses are the nurses who are with the patient as they go through all levels of surgery. They are there to greet the anxious patient and their family upon arrival to the preoperative area. They remain with the patient throughout the surgical procedure, always keeping patient safety in the forefront. They are the nurses who will be with the patient in the postoperative area, carefully monitoring and caring for the patient's needs. Throughout the surgical process, perioperative... Read More →

Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nursing

"Formerly known as Enterostomal Therapy (ET) nurses, Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) nurses are registered nurses who specialize in the care of patients with wounds, ostomies, or continence disorders. WOC nurses' primary responsibilities are to direct, coordinate, and evaluate patient care in the area(s) of their expertise. Specific functions include direct patient care, consultation, staff and patient education, and maintenance of an evidence-based practice through use of and participation... Read More →

Happy Birthday to the World's Most Famous Nurse

Upon graduation from nursing school, we all probably remember reciting the Nightingale Pledge, a modified "Hippocratic Oath" composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit, Michigan. The pledge is as follows: I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take... Read More →

Nurses - The Unsung Heroes

Once again it is National Nurses Day and the start of National Nurses Week, which always begins on May 6 and goes through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This is the week set aside to recognize the contributions and commitments nurses make, a time to educate the public about the significant work they do, and a time for showing appreciation to all the nurses. There are many types of activities planned throughout this week which include banquets, recognition dinners, and... Read More →

Stopping the Emotional Bleeding Following a Disaster

Last week, our nation experienced two more tragic events. The bombings in Boston and the explosion in West, TX left many people dealing with feelings of anger, anxiety, and fear. There have been several catastrophic events over the past decade and a half, natural disasters as well as man-driven attacks. Katrina, 9-11, Newtown Columbine, Aurora, Virginia name a few. The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long lasting, and... Read More →

Life after the Boston Marathon Bombing - Coping with the Trauma

As thousands gathered on Monday, April 15, "Patriots Day" to participate in or cheer on runners in one of America's well-known events, the Boston Marathon, little did anyone know that the sunny day would soon be darkened by senseless acts of terrorism. While thousands were focused on crossing the finish line and completing the race, two brothers had another goal in mind. The horrific drama that gripped Boston, the surrounding area, and the world for more than 5 days, began when two... Read More →

Be the Nurse You Would Want as a Patient

If you have had the misfortune of being a patient in the hospital, what stands out about your experience? No matter the specific reason for your admission, I'm sure it was an experience you would rather not have had. What was it that made your experience a good one.......or a not so good one?? Was it the care you received......... or the care you did not receive?? Nurses do not have the ability to change your reason for being in the hospital, but they do have the capacity to make your... Read More →

Munchausen by Internet: The Lying Disease that Preys on the Heart

For decades, people have heard of Munchausen syndrome, a disorder characterized by people taking extraordinary measures to fake illnesses or psychological trauma for the sole purpose of attracting attention and sympathy from others. Munchausen sufferers will do almost anything to validate the delusion of their illness. Another variation of this disorder is Munchausen by proxy, in which people physically or psychologically harm loved ones to gain attention and sympathy. In more recent... Read More →

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly; Christmas Traditions in Your Workplace

"Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly"......... "Tis the Season to be Jolly"....... Sure we all are excited and making preparations for the holidays. There are signs of Christmas everywhere.....lights, trees, ornaments, Christmas songs.......everywhere? Even at work?? Sure.....we can all whistle the songs of Christmas while we work. But do you deck you workplace halls for the holidays? What about parties and mini events? If your workplace happens to be in a hospital, chances are you have... Read More →

Thanksgiving Came on Monday

Monday was a particularly busy day......... one filled with a few unexpected blessings The first half of the day, while busy, was filled with my normal Monday, start-of-the week tasks. Nothing really out of the ordinary. It was later in the day when the surprises began. I am on a community-related committee that was sponsoring a fitness event that afternoon involving kids from the community. The special guest was a 23 year old Paralympic medalist who received a silver and bronze... Read More →

How Would You Rate Your Pain????

I was with a friend recently who was awaiting a craniotomy. We were in the OR holding area when the nurse came in and asked him "How would you rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten with zero being no pain and ten being the worst possible pain you could imagine?" Now my friend has a sense of humor, however at this moment he was definitely not trying to be funny when he tried to give his answer. He was very perplexed. "What do you mean? How would I rate my pain? I am not having any... Read More →