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Nursing Safe Harbor Rule

By TheCommuter - All nurses who either create or assume responsibility for patient assignments should always look at the big picture and factor safety into the equation first and foremost. However, a gray area sometimes exists in different areas of nursing where individual nurses may hold inconsistent views regarding what counts as 'safe' and 'unsafe' practice. Nursing staff members in Texas have the right to invoke Safe Harbor if they think certain... Read More

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Do Not Over-Share!

By TheCommuter - I first met Toni in the summer of 2010. Toni (not her real name) was an average-height woman in her late 40s with a medium build, gray eyes and dark brown hair that fell several inches below her shoulders. She was a floor LVN at the same specialty rehab hospital where I still work. And she was one of the most proficient, highly skilled nurses I had ever met. With nearly 30 years of experience, this woman was a valuable resource who... Read More

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Death Happens. Get Used To It!

By TheCommuter - Here's a truthful horoscope for you: we're all going to die! Before we get started, ask yourselves the following question: What exactly is it about death and dying that disturbs you? Once you pinpoint the source of your fears, keep in mind that other people who once had the same reservations have moved on to become stellar nurses with solid careers in the nursing profession. If you cannot identify what it is about death that makes... Read More

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Ambulatory Care Nursing

By tnbutterfly - The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses (AAACN) defines professional ambulatory care nursing as: ...a complex, multifaceted specialty that encompasses independent and collaborative practice. The comprehensive practice of ambulatory care nursing is built on a broad knowledge base of nursing and health sciences, and applies clinical expertise rooted in the nursing process. Nurses use evidence-based information across a variety of... Read More

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Public Health Nursing

By DidiRN - Public health nurses are licensed Registered Nurses. Most have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Some may continue with graduate studies focusing on a masters of public health or other relevant graduate degrees. Education in public policy, epidemiology and health administration can be helpful if the nurse wishes to continue their education. Work Environment Public health nurses primarily work for government health... Read More

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Nursing School Won't Teach You These Things (Part 2)

By TheCommuter - A student’s experiences in nursing school might produce a mixture of emotions such as joy after finding out you’ve been accepted to the program, dismay upon discovering you’ve failed a quiz, hostility toward the annoying classmate who won‘t shut up during lecture, and triumph as your graduation date approaches. Student nurses are inundated with different theories, introduced to hands-on skills during clinical rotations, and tested... Read More

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Private Duty Nursing

By DidiRN - Many decades ago, private duty nursing was the primary employer of nurses. Patients and their families hired their own nurses to care for them during periods of illness in the home or in the hospital. In fact, early schools of nursing trained students for this as opposed to a more acute care focus. It wasn’t until the 20th century when employment avenues shifted to hospital and long term care facilities. Despite the large drop in... Read More

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Certified Nurse Midwives - An APRN Specialty

By sirI - The Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who is a graduate of a nurse-midwifery program and is nationally certified. Many states recognize this specialty and some do not. There are 4 APRN specialty areas: The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) The Nurse Practitioner (NP) The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) The Certified Nurse Mid-Wife (CNM) Read More

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Infusion Nursing

By DidiRN - Work Environment In the hospital setting, infusion nurses may be part of an IV team that places IVs for the floor staff or they may only assist with difficult access. They can also be a part of a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheters) and midline access team. Hospital infusion nurses can also train new graduate nurses in intravenous therapy. Outpatient clinics employ infusion nurses where patients may come in... Read More

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10 Things You Should Know About the First Semester of Nursing School

By lorirn2b - 1) Even if your family says they understand, they really don't. You may as well tell them, and your friends too, that you are being deployed for 2-4 years, depending on your program. Because you will be MIA every. single. weekend. And most nights too. 2) Buy stock in Georgia Pacific. Because as much copy paper as you will use, you may as well own part of the company. 3) While you are at it, buy stock in Canon or whatever inkjet... Read More

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A Bathroom Reminiscence

By tokebi - I love nursing. No, I am not one of those who find self-worth through the notion of “helping others.” It’s actually the opposite, as I get helped by those I nurse whether they know it or not. Their vitality, their spirit, their dedication to living, replenish my otherwise colorless inner world. So often people tell me, “Oncology! That must be so depressing!” Only if they knew… I know what depressing is. My work is anything... Read More

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Medical Assistants

By VickyRN - Medical assistants are medical support staff who perform routine administrative and clinical duties under the direct supervision of a physician or other licensed healthcare provider. Nearly three quarters work in physicians’ or other health practitioners’ offices. Medical assistants are employed in outpatient/ ambulatory care facilities, medical offices and hospital-affiliated clinics. Their duties vary according to location,... Read More

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Flight Nursing

By DidiRN - Flight nurses require a Registered Nurse license with several years of experience in critical care and/or emergency nursing. Some RNs may already be required to have or plan on obtaining paramedic certification/license. Certifications in BLS, ACLS, NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support) are usually required. Other certifications that may be mandatory... Read More

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Black Friday, Code Blue

By decembergrad2011 - Friday was just a sad day overall. One of my patients, a woman who I have taken on and off since I was 20-something weeks pregnant, seized and coded and had to be intubated and taken down to the ICU. Since it was Black Friday, all of the staff there were the B team. I was the most experienced nurse on my side of the floor. The other two nurses on my side included a travel nurse who is supposed to be seasoned but really has a LOT to... Read More

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School Nursing

By tnbutterfly - “The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate normal development and positive student response to interventions; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide... Read More

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Travel Nursing

By tnbutterfly - The concept of travel nursing began as a solution to provide additional nurses to areas/hospitals experiencing a nursing shortage. Over the years this has become a very popular option for those wanting to change locations and assignments regularly and have the benefit of vacationing where they work. Travel nurses are RNs who travel to other parts of the country where there are not enough trained nurses to handle the workload. They... Read More

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Correctional Nursing - A Multi-Tasked Specialty Area for Nurses

By sirI - The Correctional Nurse wears many faces. They are primary care nurses, security nurses and in some correctional facilities, the nurse dealing with those who are critically ill. It takes a special type of individual to take on these tasks without prejudice, remain impartial, and treat the inmate humanely. This type of nursing is not for everyone for the Nurse must keep their personal feelings at home. They must not cross borders... Read More

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Self-Care for Nurses during the Holidays

By tnbutterfly - Nurses face challenges year round, but we all know the extra stresses that the holidays bring with all the special preparations and activities. With many nurses working stressful jobs having to deal with the health challenges of others as well as their own personal stresses and hectic schedules, the added demands of the holidays can lead to emotional and physical exhaustion. The workplace usually feels more festive this time of... Read More


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