vadushkas_nurse's Nursing Blog

By vadushkas_nurse

Joined Mar 23, '08. Posts: 17 (59% Liked) Likes: 64

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.

How about...a HUMAN CULTURE

adj. transcultural - extending through all human cultures; "a transcultural ideal of freedom embracing all the peoples of the world" :heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat you know, i had to look up the definition of transcultural before i could even think of an appropriate story to write about it. :typing it seems like a catchy new phrase that is used, but probably not fully understood. using the above definition, the first thing that popped into my mind was my relationship with my fiancé,... Read More →

My funny experience gaining experience with a "great learning opportunity"- SOAP SUDS

As a new student, I was always eager to gain EXPERIENCE....:nurse: Opportunities to practice skills often came in waves with proclaimed “learning opportunity” attached to tasks that others didn’t want to do. I was ok with this approach because I really wanted to learn and help out. So the days came where it was my turn PRACTICE and LEARN the skill of SOAP SUD ENEMAS via RECTAL TUBE:p. This opportunity was bestowed upon me for a patient in much discomfort. I had somehow gotten through... Read More →

The Case Of The Missing Dentures

My funny nursing experience occurred a few years ago when I was a new grad. I had been working in the ER fulltime and was on one of many long and dreaded night shifts. One of my patients was an older gentleman from a nursing home. During my initial assessment I went to introduce myself and check on him, he had only one concern to voice; “Where are my denture”?!?! :D :confused: I attentively and carefully searched everywhere in his room, through his belongings and of course in the bedding... Read More →

"Us" and "Them" ... It Could Mean Trouble

:nurse: "US" and "THEM" :rolleyes: IT COULD MEAN TROUBLE :argue: The more I think about stories about patients… the more this thought comes to mind. I finished my nursing education in Dec. 2004 and since that time I have noticed a major shift in the health care ideologies. :confused: I figure the best way to do something about it is to recognize it, discuss it and find solutions or underlying causes for it. :saint: What I have noticed, is an “us” and “them” mentality, growing... Read More →

A Lesson And Story - Human Nature At Its Best

The topic of patients changing my life doesn’t stir up particular stories for me. However, lessons patients have taught me :bow: and heartwarming moments shared with patients :loveya:does revive memorable moments of my nursing career. :nurse: VALUABLE LESSON LEARNED FROM PATIENTS I have learned over time how important it is to actually LISTEN to patients and their closely tied visitors. :up: It is these people that frequently deal with the patient, and their struggles of navigating an... Read More →

Learning a Life Lesson, The Hard Way

Finding balance as a RN For me learning to strive for balance in my life is utmost important. :heartbeat I didn’t know this when I finished my BScN in 3 ˝ years and rushed into my first career choice. :dance: I started out full time as a new grad in the ER department and casually on a nephrology unit. The completion of a long time goal was finally there and I was awe struck, contemplating what my next goals would be. I loved the experience, meeting new people and making a difference in... Read More →

The Blue Gown Syndrome

I am almost four years into my career as an ER nurse and now concurrently working through the obstacles known as graduate school. I am constantly being torn between two very different worlds, that of reality nursing and that of academia. :banghead: This professional battle often leads me to reflect on how my learning will impact patients. :loveya:More so, this reflection time allows me to acknowledge gaps and become a stronger bedside nurse as well as a fellow leader. There are many areas... Read More →

Tips for Human Nursing

The list of things that I would share with new staff or those that may have forgotten why they became a nurse. :p REALLY LISTEN AND REFLECT, THEN YOU WILL LEARN: First of all I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to complete a grad initiative in acute care. This was an experience where I am paired with staff RN’s for six months and in a way be mentored by them. At the time, having a new RN with me every shift was somewhat stressful until I opened my eyes and realized that I was... Read More →

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