A Mixed Bag Of Goodies

TheCommuter, BSN, RN (145,078 Views) Senior Moderator

Obviously you've reached my profile page! I am a rehabilitation nurse with CRRN certification and four years of experience as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) prior to becoming an RN in 2010. I take pleasure in learning new tidbits on a regular basis. Please read my assortment of blog posts and articles, and feel free to comment if any content I've posted has sparked your curiosities.

How to Stay Organized at the Nursing Home / LTC Facility

To furnish a very brief background of my nursing career, I worked as a floor nurse in long-term care (LTC) for approximately six years before making a rather unceremonious exit from the specialty in early 2012. And believe me when I say that LTC nursing is a specialty in its own right! During my LTC days, I had thought of myself as a tremendously task-oriented nurse whenever I worked at the bedside to render direct care to my residents. When I used to work in the LTC/nursing home setting, I... Read More →

Organizing Your Nursing Shift for a Smoother Day

For starters, I am an immensely task-oriented nurse when I am working the floor. I now work as a house supervisor at a freestanding acute rehabilitation hospital, but my career as a rehab nurse actually started in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) setting nearly a decade ago. When I used to work in the SNF rehab setting, I almost always jotted my upcoming nursing tasks on a to-do list and crossed each task off soon after completing it. Since rehab nursing encompasses a hefty workload of ... Read More →

Inside the Dream: Martin Luther King Jr's Dream to End Health Inequalities

The aforementioned words were so very eloquently spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966, during an era when millions of American citizens of all races, shapes and genders lived outside the dream. Persons who lived outside the American dream subsisted in poverty and had unequal access to facets of life that many take for granted such as healthcare, education, voting rights, employment opportunities and safe housing. American society has made enormous strides since Dr. King spoke those... Read More →

Social Skills in Nursing (Part I): the Art of Validation

Before proceeding any further, here is a feasible definition of social skills. Also known as soft skills, relational skills or interpersonal skills, the term 'social skills' refers to the collective repertoire of intangible skills that individuals use to communicate, form connections, and facilitate interaction with other persons. Social skills are among the most important set of competencies an individual must develop because they influence success or failure in all aspects of life, including... Read More →

16 Common Nursing School Interview Questions & Answers

Are you planning to submit applications to one or more nursing programs in the near future? If so, you probably already know that most reputable schools of nursing will require you to undergo an interview with the nursing program director, assistant director of nursing education, nursing department chair, or some other similarly titled official. The interviewer essentially wants to attain a sense of your presence or lack of interpersonal skills, realism, problem-solving ... Read More →

Nursing School Won't Teach You These Things (Part 3)

Nursing students have the unique, amazing chance to immerse themselves in the art and science of nursing as they formally learn about the emerging profession. However, there are unspoken aspects of nursing that are very unlikely to ever be captured in any textbook or mentioned during any academic lecture. Two very dissimilar worlds of nursing exist. There's the textbook world of nursing where all procedural skills are performed meticulously and by the book, members of the multidisciplinary... Read More →

Ebola Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ebola? Ebola virus disease, formerly known as the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a contagious affliction that affects humans and some non-human primates such as monkeys. The disease, which is caused by the Ebola virus, was first pinpointed in 1976 and is associated with hemorrhage within the patient's body. No vaccine or immunization exists to protect populations against Ebola at the present time; therefore, medical treatment is primarily comprised of supportive care that addresses... Read More →

Western Governors RN-to-BSN: My First Six Month Term (Almost)

Western Governors University (WGU) is an immensely popular online virtual university because it offers an array of aspects that attract adult learners, such as reasonably priced tuition, nonprofit status, a respectable assortment of majors and concentrations, regional and national accreditations, and an innovational competency-based format that promotes expedient degree completion. I am an ASN degree holder and my first six-month term at WGU officially started on May 1, 2014. Even though my... Read More →

Online Nursing Study Tips: What Has Worked For Me

I have been enrolled in the Western Governors University online RN-to-BSN degree completion program since May 2014, and so far, I have greatly enjoyed the experience. Each passing grade on an objective assessment or performance task greatly enhances my sense of self-efficacy and causes me to realize that I can accomplish this feat. So can you! My inspiration for this post was prompted by a private message I received not that long ago from another member who started working on the Care of the... Read More →

Nursing Degrees: The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Registered nurses (RN), of which more than 3 million exist in the United States, are multifunctional professionals who have completed an approved nursing program and attained state licensure to care for patient populations across all stages of the life span. Some of the RN's duties and responsibilities include assessment, development of the plan of care, collaboration, patient advocacy, health promotion, disease prevention, psychosocial support, client and family education, documentation,... Read More →

Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)

Many acute care hospitals across the United States are following a trend of eliminating visiting hours altogether, and instead opting for 24-hour open visitation policies. Nowhere in most hospitals has this trend been experienced more profoundly than within the walls of the intensive care unit (ICU). Are 24-hour open visitation policies a bad idea? I think so. Although open visitation has its benefits, I believe the drawbacks certainly outnumber the good aspects. What is the case for open... Read More →

Networking in Nursing to Achieve Results

When hunting for a nursing job in today's ultra-competitive employment market, networking is an essential strategy that results in the desired outcome if utilized properly. In fact, the lion's share of positions are never brought to light on traditional avenues such as career websites or the employment ad section of the newspaper. According to the Peace Corps (n.d.), nearly 70 percent of all jobs are unpublished and are found through networking and personal referrals. Even if a job is... Read More →

Rehabilitation Nursing: Functional Independence Measure (FIM)

A patient's functional capacity refers to his/her ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs). Unfortunately, many acute illnesses, chronic disease processes and major surgical procedures profoundly impact the patient's ability to perform ADLs. Some of these afflictions might even result in temporary or permanent disability. Rehabilitative services are valuable for restoring independence, but how does the clinician capture the burden of care with certainty? For the rehabilitation... Read More →

Nursing Degrees: The Hospital-Based Nursing Diploma (RN)

A registered nurse (RN) is a multifaceted healthcare professional who has satisfactorily completed a nursing program and obtained occupational licensing to render care to patients across the life span. The RN has a myriad of responsibilities including collaboration, health promotion, patient advocacy, disease prevention, client and family education, and formulation of the plan of care. RNs who provide bedside care complete assessments, monitoring, documentation, reporting of changes in... Read More →

Nursing Degrees: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing (AAS)

The licensed practical nurse (LPN), also referred to as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the American states of Texas and California, is a highly valuable healthcare member of staff who has acquired basic nursing education, received training as a generalist nurse, and obtained occupational licensure to render routine care to medically stable patient populations with predictable outcomes. LPNs have been part of the US healthcare system for generations. Be cognizant that the LPN's scope of... Read More →