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"It isn't your mother; it's the disease"

I wish I had a dollar for every time my mother's or my mother-in-law's bad behavior prompted a nurse or a CNA somewhere to tell me that. Mom curses at me and tells me I'm ugly and stupid -- the...

Martha, The Helpful Ghost

It's been my experience that every hospital has a ghost or two . . . although it seems that only certain people ever see them. I think part of it is you need to be open to seeing them and maybe part...

Alzheimer's: My Mother's Approval

I was one of those little girls whose mother didn't like her. She liked my sister just fine -- thought she was perfect in every way. Me -- not so much. For most of my life, there was nothing I...

Ethics in Nursing -- Ethics in Life

Starting in a few years, my state is going to requiring background checks and fingerprints as a condition of license renewal for all nurses. Whew! What a pain in the posterior! I mean, I’ve been a...

Compassion: A Dirty Word

I'm beginning to feel as though the word "compassion" is a dirty word. Maybe it's the way people use it these days. It doesn't seem to be about an actual feeling of empathy toward a patient, family...

How To Tell If You're A Bully

are you a bully? i’m getting fed up with some of the threads on allnurses.com. there’s a 2000+ post thread on “do nurses eat their young?” and the majority of the posters seem to claim that they...

Night Shift For Newbies

Most of us don't get much choice over whether or not we work nights, although we might get a choice about when. We also get a choice about how we handle our night rotations. There are pluses and...

Alzheimer's: Communicating in Pictures

it started as a lark -- i got a free all-in-one printer with my new computer. mom's photo album was just sitting there in my dining room, waiting for me to decide what i wanted to do with it, so...

Ghost Building

Ghost Building I've always wondered what happens to the ghosts that haunt a building once the building is demolished. Do they go off into oblivion once the building is gone? Or do they stay at...

Rehab's Ghost

I've come to the conclusion that every hospital -- and probably nursing homes, funeral homes and assisted livings -- have their ghosts. Certainly I've encountered many of them over my decades of...

Rudeness in the Workplace

"There's no excuse for rudeness in the workplace. Those who try to justify it are probably rude bullies who eat their young." "I'm always pleasant and professional and I always treat everyone the...

The Trouble With Women . . . .

ok, most of you who know me are going to be shocked when you read this header . . . ruby? talking about the problem with women? no way! and you're right. no way. but if i entitled this article...

The Ethics of Managing Your Personal Time

There's a lot said about ethics in nursing, and much of it -- most of it, probably -- pertains toward the ethical treatment of patients. Not charting meds you haven't given or procedures you...

Precepting the Preceptor

If you believe everything you read on allnurses, preceptors, by and large, are awful people put on earth to torment new grads. Since I genuinely believe that most preceptors honestly try to do the...

What To Do After You've Made A Mistake

Nursing school doesn't really teach you how to be a nurse, it just gives you a glimpse into the world of nursing and the nclex gives you a license to learn. If you're smart, you'll learn something...


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