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By tnbutterfly Admin

Thanks for visiting my allnurses page. I live in TN and have been a member of allnurses 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. I am the Community Manager for allnurses. Please read the articles in my blog.

The following are articles I have written and shared with the nursing community. If you enjoy an article please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Help....I Can't Take it Anymore!!! - Nurses Coping with Stress

We all know that nursing is a stressful profession. We don’t own the market on stressful jobs. But the source of our job stresses come from a different source that may elevate us higher up the ladder. The consequences of us missing a deadline can be much greater than a business person who misses a deadline with a report. We are dealing with human lives. We may forget the various levels of stress that nursing places on our bodies. Physically, our job can be very demanding with stresses... Read More →


allnurses Reaches 800,000 Member Milestone

In a press release published today, it was announced that allnurses.com reached a major milestone this past weekend. We have now exceeded 800,000 registered members! I know all of you will join me in expressing congratulations and appreciation to Brian, who had the vision almost 20 years ago to create a site where nurses and nursing students can network, share, and learn from one another. While the site has undergone many changes since the early days, this goal and mission has remained... Read More →


Academic Nursing Research Requests

allnurses.com is an excellent platform for nurses of all backgrounds and levels of work experience to exchange ideas, concerns and solutions regarding patient care and nursing practice. For these reasons Allnurses is a great place for nurses and students to learn and seek assistance in exploring and achieving future nursing career goals. As a registered member, nurses and students are permitted to use allnurses.com to post academic nursing related research (surveys targeted for nurses),... Read More →


Learning from the Past - Resolutions for a Better Year of Nursing in 2014

Thousands of people will soon gather in Times Square in New York City to watch the big ball drop....... Millions around the world will celebrate as 2013 draws to a close and we usher in a brand new year. This is the time many people start thinking of resolutions for the New Year. With the New Year, comes limitless possibilities for change and adventures......in your professional and private lives. What changes would you like to make in 2014? Stop smoking, lose a few pounds, become more... Read More →


Hospice Nursing - Compassionate Care at the End of Life

One of the realities of health care is that not all patients can be cured. The time comes for all of us when we face death. For some it comes quickly and unexpectedly. For others, a terminal illness or condition is diagnosed, giving more time to consider end-of-life care. In this case, as the patient’s health declines, the care of a hospice nurse can be very effective in making the end days more tolerable. The goal of hospice care is to allow patients to live as fully as possible, while... Read More →


Another Year of Blessings

No....this is not an early New Year’s story filled with resolutions. Today is my birthday and I have been thinking back over events of this past year. Birthdays are good times to celebrate....not just with cake and presents, but celebrate life itself. Life is a blessing that we sometimes take for granted. We just assume that life will continue....that tomorrow will come and the sun will shine. But as we get older, we see things differently. I’ve been a patient in the Emergency Room... Read More →


Ambulatory Care Nursing

Ambulatory Care Nurses care for individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings outside the hospital. Ambulatory care nursing is a nursing specialty with its own professional society, standards of practice, certification, performance measurement criteria, and body of literature for evidence-based practice. With patients living longer with chronic diseases, complications, and comorbidities, patient care is shifting to the outpatient setting, bringing sicker patients into the... Read More →


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 →



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