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Computerized Medication Systems

By tracelane - This might not fit in but I thought it was interesting: A topic which has been on the top of the list at all of our hospital administration meetings is medication reconciliation and errors. It seems when patients are admitted, nurses arenít verifying home medications consistently and physicians arenít verifying the list before the patient leaves. This has been a problem for a very long time. The problem is only made worse by staff... Read More

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Do you recognize abusive behavior in your unit?

By cmo421 - Abuse, neglect or exploitation of a patient or resident of a care facility is a crime. I am sure all reading are thinking that they would never tolerate any such behavior. But do you? Think of the unconcious post op that comes in with bizarre tatoos or piercings. Remember that head patient screaming, fighting,spitting and punching their way out of the semi coma state. How about the new spinal injury with priapus? The... Read More

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Beginings and Endings

By End Game RN - Beginnings and Endings Through the glazed windows of my soul I watch as the scene played out before my eyes. I stood quietly observing the final hours of my patient and her family. Throughout my career I have supported and counseled families facing the prospect of losing someone they love or whose family member is facing pemanent disability and loss of independence. Shadows danced on the walls in the room where she lay. Sun light... Read More

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War Veterans...

By psalm - In my five years as a registered nurse I have met many interesting patients. Some occupy my memory because of their convoluted medical histories and diagnoses; some because of their positive demeaners through a difficult time; and others because of their past lives. During my time working in long term care, one of my lady patients who was very demanding and "by the rule" used to frustrate me to tears, until one day I noticed the... Read More

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Changes in Healthcare and How it Affects Nurses

By Bugaloo - I wrote this article and was unsure whether to post it or not. But after seeing this thread and this thread, I have decided to go ahead and submit it. It is ironic that I wrote about my feelings concerning the changes in health care and the affect that it is having on nurses, and then logged in for my daily dose of Allnurses and there are two common threads echoing my sentiments. So to all my fellow nurses, this is for you! For two... Read More

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What I have learned from Nurses

By drea3751 - I am a pre nursing studnet bogged down with the thoughts of choosing a nursing school. Concerns include whether or not I can afford it and the most important thing, will I have to repeat any classes fo I have been going parttime for a long time. I have expressed this and asked questions of nurses, both LVN and RN, who are already in the field. They all say the same thing; "school is nothing like the real work world." That always... Read More

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Diversions

By NurseKymba - Have you ever had a coworker die on you? Yes, really die while at work with you? I have, more than once. Each and every one of them stayed dead despite our best efforts - until today. Once or twice the death was Mother Natureís way of reminding us who was boss. The other times it was narcotic diversion by a coworker; after all, how many professions have access to narcotics while working? Nurses, Docs, Law Enforcement and similar... Read More

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Art of Nursing

By NurseKymba - Nurses are old and young, tall and short, skinny and wide. We come from all walks of life. Some choose to enter the nursing profession for job security, others to help those around them. Throughout our schooling, we are taught and tested on the science of nursing. Our primary focus is the ability to recall important facts, to think ahead of the current situation, and to understand interactions between the patient and the interventions... Read More

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Putting A Face On Mental Illness: A Personal Story

By Bugaloo - I was just a baby when my mother's little brother, Bob, tried to take his own life. He was 18. My grandpa was the one who found him, lying unconscious in a haze of exhaust and carbon monoxide. He pulled him from the garage, saving his life. As I grew up, my brothers and I spent a lot of time with uncle Bob. He was fun to be around. He would strum a song for us on his guitar, making the words up as he went along. He also was a gifted... Read More

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Defining Delegation

By classicdame - Defining Delegation Every nurse is a manager. Nurses manage patient care, their own time and each other. Managing others is called ďdelegationĒ and is defined by the Nurse Practice Act of the state in which the nurse practices. The Nurse Practice Act specifies expectations related to authority, responsibility and accountability. Ignorance of these expectations is not an excuse. Patient outcomes are at stake and, perhaps, your own... Read More

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Reasons to be a Nurse

By corne - People have different reasons why they choose to become a Nurse. Some people see it as a tool to go to other countries. Some people uses it as a preparatory course for medicine, while others take it as an alternative course if they canít afford to go to medical schools. Some people where forced by their parents to become nurses because itís an opportunity to go to countries like UK, Canada, and USA. Some people see it as a profession... Read More

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Pediatric Burn Case

By sanctuary - As a student nurse, I was assigned an 18 month old burned boy. My instructor thought that the extra care and attention might be helpful to getting fluids and the like into him. This was in the 60's and non-flammable clothing was not yet mandatory for children. Well, this little fellow was in a sleeper, playing in the back yard while his dad burned yard rubbish. Somehow, he fell in or got close enough for the sleeper to catch fire. It... Read More

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The Path

By End Game RN - The Path of smoke and ashes It was the end of Nurses' week 2007; I had just parked in the North garage and was heading toward the hospital. I walked down the short set of stairs leading to the cobblestone path in front of me. I looked towards the West, drawn by the unusual orange glow streaking across the late afternoon sky; following the curve of the Earth. The sun continued its descent silhouetting the wisps of the pale grey... Read More

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Taking the person but leaving the body behind

By HeartsOpenWide - My grandfather was a brilliant man. Many children may say that they want to be a firefighter or an astronaut when they grow up, but not very many of them live up to their young statements. My grandfather however, at the age of five, knew he wanted to be a Veterinarian when he grew up. And so he did. In fact, my grandfather skipped two years of school and graduated high school at the age of sixteen. He went straight on to... Read More

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Saying Goodbye

By walk6miles - SAYING GOODBYE I don’t know about you, but I never spent much time worrying about losing my family members; I just went happily about my business, trusting that they would always be there. I had one career in the field of administration and finally found my real calling - nursing. Nursing became my passion. All the time I was establishing myself in my new-found career, I managed to keep one eye on my personal life and one eye on... Read More

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Suicide

By NurseKymba - During my illness, I received word that my Great Auntie had died. In the next sentence I learned she had taken her own life. She did this the week before her husband's scheduled memorial service. *sigh* I am still grieving her loss. Tomorrow is their joint memorial... one I really wanted to attend. But since I just had surgery last week, I can't travel. I dropped my parents and brother off at the airport yesterday, after... Read More

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I Don't Know Nothin' 'Bout Birthin' No Babies

By Ms Kylee - My very pregnant sister in law called me one day and said "I'm being induced on October 15. I'd like it if you'd be there since you keep talking about going to Nursing School." I hesitated. I took a deep breath. I really wanted to be there, but was it really my place since I knew my brother would be there, and I was sure she would want her Mom there, and my Mom as well. I clutched the phone. "I don't know nothin' 'bout... Read More

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Going into Nursing... and the Proverbial Kick in the Butt that got me started

By Ms Kylee - I've wanted to be a nurse since I was five years old. On my first day of Kindergarten, I announced at the dinner table that I wanted to be a Nurse when I grew up. I continued along the path until high school, and then decided to go for Practical instead of Registered because I could get done sooner and be out in the world giving excellent patient care. I got talked out of Nursing. I heard from practically everyone that offered... Read More


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