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Measles, Mumps, Rubella... Forgotten but NOT Gone

By janfrn - To immunize or not to immunize... that is the question. When I was growing up, there really wasn't any controversy - when we were in certain grades, we were all lined up at school and the public health nurse either gave us a shot in the arm or a little pink drop of sugary liquid on a plastic spoon. I have a nice, circular scar on each of my upper arms just below my shoulders that signify my immunization against smallpox, the only... Read More


Selecting A Nursing School, Part 1

By AOx1 - As a nursing student, my primary focus was to excel at my pre-requisites and to gain admittance to nursing school. As many of you know, nursing school admission is competitive, and I was focused on only one thing: getting in. And yet, with increasing tuition prices, the average college education costs significantly more than most things you will buy over your lifetime, with the exception of a home. You would think that with the rising... Read More


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

By TheCommuter - 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... Read More


5 Types of Nursing You May Never Have Considered

By brian - Registered nurses are, without a doubt, in some of the highest demand nationwide. As the need for professionals to fill these open positions continues to grow, there are a LOT of specialties that warrant some consideration. All of them demand a particular aptitude or stamina...and some of them aren't what you'd expect. Here's a snapshot of a few you might not have thought about before. 1) EMERGENCY ROOMS The Emergency Nurses... Read More


Running the Spring Marathon

By fetch - I used to work at a theme park, and the 2 weeks around spring break were unofficially known as "marathon" because we went from weekends only to daily operation. But since most of the high schoolers only have one week off, and a lot of summer people haven't been hired yet, everyone winds up working 60+ hour weeks. Pay period weeks ran from Monday through Sunday, with only one mandated day off per pay week, so it was common to work more... Read More


Rehabilitation Nursing: Functional Independence Measure (FIM)

By TheCommuter - 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... Read More


End of Life and Difficult Discussions Part I

By traumaRUs - As APNs, most of us have had to deliver bad news to families and sometimes patients. Whether it's the fact that 95 year old Grandma isn't going to recover from her latest bout of CHF or that your infant actually died three or fours hours ago and we are running this code for you now. Or, that intubation of the chronic COPD patient isn't going to help them survive. All these discussions and more take a certain finesse and knowledge. ... Read More


Spirituality and Caring: Dialogue and Inquiry with Literature Review

By ShannonRN1981 - Spirituality is a personal, abstract component in peopleís lives that can have different meanings based on different life experiences. Oneís own experiences help to shape what spirituality means to oneself. Spirituality can be a very personal subject, and I was very lucky that Leslie Lobel, a social worker at my place of work, shared her personal views on the subject with me. Although religion and spirituality are not the same,... Read More


FAQs For First Generation College Students

By TheCommuter - A first generation college student (FGCS) is first individual in the family of origin to attain a college education. Many non-first-generation students arrive on campus with valuable knowledge of the unspoken processes of college life, while first generation college students must frequently overcome an uphill learning curve to figure out how the system works. This piece lists various questions that are frequently asked by first... Read More


Nursing Degrees: The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

By TheCommuter - 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,... Read More


Nurturing Confidence In Nursing Students

By AOx1 - As I work on my latest research, one common theme is evident in nursing students. Many lack confidence. Among several areas of research interest, I am most passionate about several issues: nursing students and bullying, predictors of nursing student success, and the relationship between a studentís expressed level of confidence and their ability to persevere in nursing school. As a child, I saw a comic strip called Pogo, and the most... Read More


"A Case of Bad Blood"

By juan de la cruz - CJ is a 65-year old female who tripped and fell inside her home landing on her right side. She felt immediate excruciating pain in her R hip and couldnít manage to get herself off the floor. Fortunately, she had a mobile phone in her housecoat pocket and she was able to call her son who arrived in her home within ten minutes. She was taken by ambulance to the ED where an x-ray revealed that she had sustained a hip fracture. CJ is... Read More


The Growing Number of Men in Nursing

By brian - Picture the following scenario. You're waiting in a clinic room., and you've just been told the nurse will be in to see you shortly. Who walks in to take your vitals and ask you questions? A man? Frankly, the chances are high that the answer is no. However, many of those in the field would like to see that change. A quick history lesson - Back in "the day," the role of the nurse didn't actually fall to the "fairer sex." In fact,... Read More


Networking in Nursing to Achieve Results

By TheCommuter - Did you know that almost 70 percent of all job openings are not openly advertised? Most positions are filled through word of mouth, and the individuals who know how to effectively network are often hired into these roles. Networking is the practice of cultivating and maintaining connections with a circle of people who can render assistance, boost your professional prospects, share their valuable knowledge and 'put in a good word' for... Read More


End of Life and Difficult Discussions Part II

By traumaRUs - This is Part II of the difficult discussions we must often have with our patients and/or families. This never gets easier and in reality, should it? These discussions should be difficult as they are often the catalyst to pursuing advanced care, resuscitation and/or placing a patient on life support. These are some how to's for discussing these topics. This is a continuation of my last article and these are tips that have worked for me.... Read More


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

By TheCommuter - 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... Read More


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

By TheCommuter - 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... Read More


Western Governors University (WGU) Intake Interview

By TheCommuter - Western Governors University (WGU), an online school designed for adult learners who already have some experience with collegiate level coursework, has become exceptionally popular in recent years. The reasons for WGU's explosion in popularity can be traced back to several appealing attributes. Some of these alluring attributes include very affordable tuition, regional and national accreditation, nonprofit status, a myriad of... Read More