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Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Psych Patients

by rn/writer - Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Psych Patient? Whenever I tell people I use to be a psych nurse, I usually get one of two reactions. "That's so interesting--tell me more." Or, far more...

Show Up On Your Own Radar

by rn/writer - One of the many misconceptions about nurses is that we are selfless, half-angelic creatures who live to meet the needs of others at our own expense. We can juggle twelve acute care patients, answer...

But I Feel So Doggone Guilty

by rn/writer - If possession of a Y chromosome leads to scratching and spitting and an inability to find things in the fridge, then a pair of X chromosomes must lend itself to remembering birthdays, matching socks...

How Do I Toughen Up At Work? Part 1

by rn/writer - How do I grow a thicker skin? How do I toughen up at work? How do I keep from crying when someone says mean things to me? These are questions that new--and sometimes not-so-new--nurses ask...

Those Darn Diabetics

by rn/writer - Those Darn Diabetics! Do you ever wish difficult type 2 diabetics weren't your headache? Your wish has been granted. They aren't your problem anymore. You read that right. They are...

How To Spot a Workplace Bully, Part Three

by rn/writer - Dealing with a bully is a challenge for members of both sexes, but women are especially bad at it. In an article in the New York Times, Mickey Meece says male bullies outnumber females sixty percent...

How To Spot a Workplace Bully, Part One

by rn/writer - You go to the ED with chest pain. The medical team puts you on oxygen, draws blood for labs and gives you aspirin, Plavix and morphine. And then you get a battery of tests ranging from an EKG to a...

Am I Nursey Enough For You?

by rn/writer - In the US, the definition of a nurse is a simple one. A registered nurse is a person who has passed the appropriate NCLEX exam and who holds a valid license in his or her state. The same is true for...

I'm Freaking Out and Frantic! Please, Help Me!

by rn/writer - "I gave the wrong med, and I'm just sick about it." "Today at work I dropped a full specimen container. My co-workers think I'm a total idiot." "I make all kinds of little mistakes. Now...

The Amazing Explosion of "Excellence"

by rn/writer - Some of you probably remember the old Ken-L-Ration commercial that had a kid singing, "My dog is better than your dog!" That's a popular refrain these days, only instead of pups and their chow,...

How Do I Toughen Up At Work? Part 2

by rn/writer - People who don't have a strong sense of themselves tend to let others march all over them. They're afraid they aren't as good as their peers and having to stand up for themselves will reveal just...

Something Smells (And It's Not the Roses)

by rn/writer - In my job as a postpartum nurse, I take care of moms and newborns. This is a happy place to work. The rooms are filled with proud parents, beautiful infants, and picture-snapping relatives. Cute...

The Dirtiest Word in Chronic Health Care

by rn/writer - The Dirtiest Word in Chronic Health Care Our treatment of patients with chronic health conditions often looks more like a wrestling match than a collaboration. But what are we supposed to do with...

How To Spot a Workplace Bully, Part Two

by rn/writer - The protracted tension a bully creates takes a physical toll. Adrenalin ramps up. Muscles tighten. The mind races long after the shift ends. The longer a targeted employee is exposed to abuse,...

Bullying--The Other "B" Word

by rn/writer - Not long ago if another nurse rolled her eyes when you gave report, cut you off while you were asking a question, or ignored you when said you needed help wasting a narcotic, she would have been...


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