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  • Sep 20

    How does one get the responses to "register"? There is no submit button.

    Edit: Never mind. See that I have to scroll for more survey!

  • Sep 8

    As the hurricane comes, please know that your nursing colleagues in the mainland are thinking of you, your families, and communities in Puerto Rico and the other islands in the Caribbean. Stay safe out there, you are in our prayers, and we look forward to help in whatever ways we can as the recovery process begins.

  • Sep 5

    July 31 2017, guy fleeing police crosses median and slams into truck and dies. The truck catches fire severely burning the innocent driver, Mr. Gray, who was taken to SLC University. Police later showed up demanding to the UNCONSCIOUS innocent patient's blood. RN Alex shows them the policy requiring consent, arrest, or a warrant. Hospital administration back up RN Alex. Police aggressively arrest RN Alex and removes her from the hospital. Officer body cam insanity released today:



    NEWSPAPER ARTICLE:
    Video shows Utah nurse screaming, being dragged into police car after refusing to let officer take blood from unconscious victim - The Salt Lake Tribune

    Long video body cam: Nurse shares police video of 'crazy' arrest by S.L. officer I Deseret News - YouTube

    In this video, the aggressive officer can be heard saying that he will ensure all the "transients" are brought to this hospitals ED since they won't cooperate after being told the administrators and privacy officer are on their way.

    Original Crash (graphic): Police Dash Cam Fatal Head on Collision Utah Highway Patrol - YouTube

    Interesting note about Alex, she was a 2x Olympian, US Ski Team member, and national champion is Slalom and GS.

  • Aug 29

    Are you a high school student who has decided to pursue a nursing career or someone who is thinking about changing career paths and looking at nursing as a new career? Or maybe you are a seasoned nurse who is going back to school to obtain an advanced degree. However you arrived at this point, choosing a school is challenging. What do you look for? What is important to you? How much will this cost?

    We want your input about factors that are important to you when selecting a nursing school or program. We will share this information with nursing schools across the country to give them valuable insights from those who are interested in attending their schools or are already enrolled as students or are alumni. Our goal is for nursing institutions to use this information to improve the nursing school experience for current and future students.

    The data collected and shared will not contain identifying information.

    Thank you for participating in this survey. If you enter your email address upon completion of the survey, you will be entered in a drawing to win one of five Amazon Gift cards worth $100 each.

  • Aug 29

    It’s Back to School time for nursing students. We know that nursing school is very challenging for many. One of the biggest challenges is learning how to make the most of your time and developing excellent study habits. For this contest, we are asking our members to submit study tips that they have found helpful during the course of their nursing studies.

    The contest rules are as follows:

    • Tips approved before publication.
    • Articles are recommended but not required.
    • 50 words min; 700+ words is BEST.
    • Contest ends October 30th

    Five winners will each receive a $100 Amazon Gift card.

    Submit your tips on our Study Tips for Nursing Students page

  • Aug 29

    Ersilia Pompilio RN, MSN, PNPStoryteller, Educator, Producer, Nurse, and Super Cool Lady!
    I can’t wait to introduce Ersilia Pompilio to everyone at allnurses! As her subtitle reads, she is a nurse innovator and entrepreneur, that has found a niche using many of her talents, interests and strengths combined with her passion for nursing.

    Ersilia Pompilio is the Creator and CEO of Rogue Nurse Media 501c3 whose mission is to empower nurses to tell their stories. “I teach and develop innovative educational tools focussed on healthcare that are in alignment with current trends in social media, mainstream media, art and technology. The goal is to abolish fake news in healthcare and change the stigma around how people see nurses and patients in the media. My goal is also to encourage nursing schools to change their curriculum and bring them more into the mainstream technology using social media.”

    Ersilia has several tools and productions that are moving her mission forward:

    • The Well Written Nurse: Writing workshops that teach nurses storytelling, screen/ TV writing, journalistic writing, memoir writing, blogging, and how to get published. Ersilia and her team are set to launch a screen/ TV writing workshop in November of 2017 called Mapping the Story of Genome, A Screenwriting Workshop for Healthcare Professionals. The workshop will focus on the character developement of the healthcare professional...nurses and patients.
    • Nurses and Hypochondriacs Storytelling Show: a storytelling show where real Nurses, Patients, and Hypochondriacs take the stage and tell true, unscripted comedic stories.
    • Nurses and Hypochondriac Podcast: Nurse experts, patients, and hypochondriacs come together to discuss hot topics in healthcare.

    Since Ersilia has a teaching background, she was able to get her courses approved by the California BRN for CE’s!

    How this all got started!?!

    Ersilia admits that she loves to tell stories. “When I was working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner on a busy pre surgery unit, I often had many nurse friends from around the hospital that I knew stop by to ask: ‘Got any new dating stories?’ They loved my perils of being single in Los Angeles and dating wacky men. I attracted a certain type of guy in my dating world. My HIPPA attorney friend and fellow writing buddy affirmed in the middle of a story one day: ‘You sure do date a lot of hypochondriacs!’” So it was born!

    Due to “burnout” from teaching nursing and working as a nurse practitioner, in 2008, Ersilia started taking writing classes at a boutique writing school in downtown Los Angeles’ Art District. She found writing healing and cathartic, and soon published her first short story, “Our Little Hospital Ghost”.

    This opened a creative portal, and Ersilia started to gather a team of creative writers to help her produce her one woman show The Nurse and the Hypochondriacs. After 3 runs of the show, she “put it to bed”, feeling deflated and defeated, until a few audience members told her how much they learned through the show.

    Ersilia “resurrected” the show in 2015 and made a few changes, turning it into a storytelling show called Nurses and Hypochondriacs. She produced 5 productions for the Hollywood Fringe Festival with 20 storytellers. The show was a slow hit, but once again the audience affirmed how much they learned through the show.

    At the end of 2015, Ersilia had one of Oprah’s “ah-ha moments” and she got to work developing Rogue Nurse Media 501c3. While writing an article for Working Nurse Magazine on Nurses in the media, it all came together, the only way to change the stigma of nursing is to teach and empower nurses to write and change it for themselves!

    Barriers

    Moving from the Health Care Nurse Practitioner world into the creative unknown was very intimidating to Ersilia. She learned that she needed to listen to the voice inside and trust that her intuition was leading in the right direction! Her motto (from Field of Dreams) was "Build it and they will come!"

    So, Ersilia jumped in head first creating websites, working with graphic artists, hiring and firing people, working with ensues for shows, directing and coaching storytellers, and now learning to podcast!

    Advice to Give Aspiring Nurse Entrepreneurs

    The best advice that Ersilia would give to aspiring nurse entrepreneurs is ”not to listen to your co-workers and the naysayers! Follow your gut and create. Spend lots of time outside of your ‘Nurse’ box! Do fun stuff like go to museums, take art classes, watch stage shows etc….do something that makes your soul sing and dance! Read books that teach and inspire you! Journal, meditate, and write!”.

    When asked what the best way to prepare and nurture dynamic innovators for the future of healthcare practice, Ersilia offered that nursing schools need to start offering creative classes for innovative nurses. “Your career needs to be malleable to what your personal needs are! Nursing schools need to start teaching that!”

    Career Role Models and Inspirational Persons

    “I recently attended a one act play at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017 called Mary’s Medicine. It was an adaption of Mary Seacole's autobiography. Mary Seacole was a Scottish-Jamaican Nurse who invented ginger beer. She married a Scottish man who was sickly. She too was a hypochondriac magnet. Mary was a great inventor, entrepreneur, nurse, and pioneer. I related with her character and her story in the play. I have faced and currently still do face many of the same challenges she did. Creating something unique and empowering nurses and patients to tell their stories through storytelling and podcasting has brought about much scrutiny from people in the profession who are used to runnings on the same treadmill of life and are afraid of getting off and doing something different!”

    The Single Most Important Issue For Nurses to Address in the next 2 years

    Ersilia feels that most important issue that the profession of nursing needs to address is the image of the profession itself. “We have nurses getting their Ph.D.’s and DNP’s yet the mass population still sees us as the bedside nurse. Nurses are great innovators and educators. The public needs to understand that...the only way to do that is by telling and educating the public about what we do as nurses through our stories!”

  • Aug 28

    (images provided by weather.com)

    Nurses!

    Right this very second there lives being destroyed in Texas.

    And, like you, I wish I could go out on the front lines and help the relief efforts.

    But, I can't up and leave my life.

    I made a video to help spread the message about the Hurricane devastation and to encourage our fellow nurses to consider donating.

    Check it out here:



    Since we can't leave our lives, donation is the next best option.

    There are a TON of relief organizations and efforts.

    Simply pick one and consider even donating a single dollar.

    Anything makes a difference.

    Let's stand up!

    Tag your nursing buddies to get the word out.

    Let's do what we do best and make an amazing difference in these Texan's lives.

    Donate to the Red Cross

    Donate to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief

    Donate to the Samaritan’s Purse Hurricane Harvey Landing Page Hub

    Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund

    Donate to the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Fun Disaster Relief Overview | NAMB

    Donate to Heart to Heart International

    Donate to Americares & the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund

    Donate to Global Giving---Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

    Donate to Fundraiser by Chris Young : Hurricane Harvey Relief

    Donate to the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group

  • Aug 16

    CONGRATULATIONS, cardiacfreak!!!

  • Aug 16

    I have always carried personal liability insurance. I wouldn't trust a facility's malpractice insurance to not throw someone under the bus. I've already encountered some shady business to try and manipulate documentation on events to shift focus of blame. Thorough documentation and malpractice insurance is a must.

  • Aug 16

    Must have and it's cheap

  • Aug 15

    I am currently working in the OR and I used to work on the floor. After 3 months of the OR training, I am already sick of the verbal abuse from both surgeons and anesthesiologists.

    I am wondering what will be the best job in nursing that...

    1. I don't have to be on call
    2. I don't have to work nights
    3. I will have regular day shift hours
    4. I will get Sat and Sun off
    5. I don't have to take care of 7 patients and break my back
    6. I don't have to stay 2 hours extra every day to chart
    7. I will feel that I have accomplished something at the end of the day
    8. I will not be yelled at by some doctors or surgeons

    I feel like I am in the wrong field. What should I do? Do you feel the same as I do? I am depressed most of the time and I drag my feet to go to work. I want to call in sick all the time.

  • Aug 14

    I fell in step with my friend Terry, as he walked down the hospital hall carrying big bags of peritoneal dialysis fluid. Arms full, he responded to my question about where he was headed, indicating a room near by. “Just getting that patient all set up.” When he finished up, we talked for a few minutes, and I asked more questions about being a dialysis nurse and what was involved.

    How did you get into the field?

    I started as an aide and worked my way through school. Once I became an RN, I worked in the ICU, the PACU, the ER and even wound care before starting to work the hemodialysis unit in the hospital. I eventually moved to outpatient dialysis where I now supervise and coordinate the hemodialysis center along with the home peritoneal dialysis (PD).

    What do you recommend for someone that might be interested in working with dialysis patients in some capacity?

    Start out by getting some critical care experience—that is sort of a good starting point. It’s really a great field for people who like or need stable hours—especially the dialysis center work. Many places you can start early and finish up early. It requires staying up-to-date with continuing ed. And the pay tends to be good. There are clinical ladders, special certifications and a variety of ways to move up. It’s also an ideal field if you enjoy seeing the same patients repeatedly and getting to know them. With the hemodialysis centers, patients come in three days a week and often you can really get to know them long term.

    What are special challenges for nurses working in the hospital hemodialysis centers?

    In the hospital, you have the patients who are already on dialysis that need to have their treatments while receiving care for whatever their diagnosis is, and you also have patients who have emergent needs related to trauma. These short term dialysis treatments can allow that injured kidney to heal and hopefully, it doesn’t turn into a chronic dialysis situation. As you would expect, when patients are sicker—as they usually are in the hospital—everything is more complicated and requires the nurse to be on top of a more critical situation.

    How long are patients usually on dialysis?

    It can be for a number of years. It really depends on them and how compliant they are with their diet and fluid intake and other metabolic parameters. We see our patients in the center three times a week and our home PD patients two times a month. If they are compliant, they do well. Otherwise, you watch them fade away. But it can be as much as 20+ years. We keep track of their fluid, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, blood chemistry and other co-morbidities such as diabetes or hypertension. The main thing sounds simple but is so true: they have to keep showing up. That is really hard to do long term. A certain chronic fatigue with the whole process can set it. And, of course, we always work toward the ultimate cure for dialysis: the transplant—helping them get where they need to be so that can happen.

    [According to the latest U.S. Renal Data System Annual Data Report, more than 660,000 Americans are being treated for kidney failure, also called end stage renal disease or ESRD. Of these, 468,000 are dialysis patients and more than 193,000 have a functioning kidney transplant.]

    Since Medicare pays for hemodialysis and they are encouraging more people to change to home dialysis. What is that like for patients?

    Patients can do very well. Often it depends on if they have a caregiver or health partner situation that is positive. The more support they have, the better they will do with any type of dialysis. We do CAPD (continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis) and CCPD (continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis) more and more often; we are also moving into home hemodialysis and that has been increasingly popular for patients. Home dialysis can be significantly cheaper—maybe 40% cheaper—and also more convenient for patients. But whether or not they are good candidates for it really depends on many factors.

    With CAPD, sometimes patients can develop a fistula or a membrane failure and will need to take a break from that routine.

    With home hemodialysis, it takes 2.5-3 hours and 45 minutes setup and take down each time. They do it 5x per week instead of 7x for CCPD.

    What would you want to tell a nurse that is considering entering the field of dialysis nursing?

    It’s a little intimidating and technical at first. But as with most nursing jobs, after a while, it becomes familiar and more accessible and less stressful. Working in this field we have special infection control concerns, especially with the amount of body fluid that we are always around: potential exposure is always a risk. The work involves being on your feet a lot and we are always, always teaching. Each visit, whether in the center or at home, we are going over access care, infection control, diet, fluid management.



    Learning more about nursing in the dialysis field brings up questions about others’ experiences in caring for patients with kidney disease. If you work in this field, what is that that you love? What is particularly challenging for you? Would you encourage other nurses to pursue training to become dialysis nurses?

  • Aug 8

    Review done! My college experience was absolutely exceptional! Unfortunately, there are those students who were not prepared or motivated for online learning and as such, did not succeed in the program. It is my strong belief that the complaints of these students contributed somewhat to many of the recent changes that the program has undergone. Not everyone will fit in every situation. But as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, those program-specific 'unfit' students will cry "FOUL!!", and a method that has been tried-and-true for DECADES will be forced to change its operations.

    Sadly, some of those same folks couldn't handle the changes, either. If 'one' was part of an old program and could not succeed, but then became part of the new program and still could not succeed, then the problem must be within the 'one'. Be careful what you ask for...

    Just my opinion..

  • Aug 8

    Hi everyone!

    I just wanted to update you all who are may be anxiously waiting. I was contacted by my original advisor and she has the results on application statuses. What had happened was, I have been getting contacted by the main Chamberlain branch. They then directed my call to Sac. Lo and behold I heard a voice that sounded familiar.

  • Jul 20

    nursing student- "C's get degrees"
    malpractice attorney- "sips tea"


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