Julie Reyes's Nursing Blog

Julie Reyes's Nursing Blog

Julie Reyes, DNP, RN 56,235 Views

Hi! I am Julie, a pediatric nurse who recently became a CPNP-AC and a DNP.

The Leap to Crusty Status

by Julie Reyes - I have been after this guy for a long time. I spotted him last Christmas at my cousin’s party. He was with some buffoon of a girl – but I did catch him glancing at me a few times. Over the last 12...

The Life You Save May Be Your Own ...or your coworker’s

by Julie Reyes - The infant was fretful and screaming after she gave him his injection. Since she did not bring the portable sharps container to the isolette, she quickly recapped the used syringe, and in her haste,...

Tuberculosis (TB) - The Unseen Villain

by Julie Reyes - TB - what is it? Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis - or TB) is an airborne disease carried in airborne particles (droplet nuclei 1-5 microns in diameter). Inhalation of the TB droplet...

The Controversy: Mandatory Flu Vaccines

by Julie Reyes - First, let me just go over some of the symptoms of the flu, and then we will get down to business on the controversy surrounding the push to create mandatory flu vaccines for healthcare workers: ...

The Light in Their Eyes

by Julie Reyes - I am a clinical instructor for Med Surg 1 students. I absolutely love this position. I eagerly arrived at the hospital the day before our clinicals began to meet my students for the first time and...

We Are a Team!

by Julie Reyes - I have heard it said that nurses who work with children have big hearts - but I think EVERY nurse working anywhere is truly gifted with a “big heart”. Every nurse is unique in their personality, and...

PSSSST!!! murmur, murmur, murmur

by Julie Reyes - What is a murmur? A murmur is a “whoosh” sound heard with a stethoscope. Normal hearts make the “lubb-dubb” sound (or Lubb-dupp) when the heart valves close. Murmurs make a “whoosh-whoosh”...

Doctors Don't Always Listen: Bridging the Communication Gap

by Julie Reyes - “Emily” was in the nurse’s office at her school when her mother was called. She had thrown up again. The nurse and the mother were both perplexed - the mom had taken her to the doctor three days in...

Merry Christmas, Little Angel

by Julie Reyes - Born with a cardiac anomaly, the family immediately noticed something was “wrong” with their child, but they did not know what. Thus began their journey to another country - our country - our state...

Cover for me! I need to pump!

by Julie Reyes - There are thousands of new mom nurses out there who may not be aware of their right to have a break during their shift in order to go and pump (i.e., express milk). In fact, this right is protected...

Study tips: Ten of the #1’s ‘Top Ten’ Study Habits

by Julie Reyes - Smartharvardadmissions.com (2015) cites three must-have skills in order to succeed in school. The first is to know and embrace your learning style. For example, some people need absolute quiet...

Taboo - 10 Things Nurses Should NEVER Say!

by Julie Reyes - As nurses, we have learned the hard way to never say certain statements. Why? Well, that could be because the first time we said it - or heard it said - we got the “evil eye”. Think back to the...

The Boy Who Loved Justin Bieber

by Julie Reyes - He lived in the hospital more than he was able to spend time at the home provided for his sister and him through foster parents. His “family” were the the nurses and staff on the floor where he was...

Chalk it up to Experience. Ch 11

by Julie Reyes - Honestly, the first time I did discharge instructions on my own was a disaster. I don’t know why I felt like I was giving a speech in front of 10,000 people, when in reality it was a young mother...

NCLEX: Like a Deer in the Headlights. Ch 10

by Julie Reyes - I was fortunate to land a job at the children’s hospital where I became a student nurse tech. I never even applied anywhere else, which is ironic, since I never wanted to work with sick kids. Yet...


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