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Are you thinking of becoming a nurse educator?

By cls376 - As a child, I learned how to kayak on the Lower Youghiogheny River in Southwestern Pennsylvania. In looking back at my lessons learned in kayaking, I can compare many of these lessons to that of becoming a nurse educator or nurse faculty member. If you are considering a full-time teaching position in nursing, read below for some insights, warnings, and positive outcomes. When I first wanted to kayak, I was only 13 and... Read More


The Stranger Within: It Does Get Better

By VivaLasViejas - On my computer desk stands a brightly painted wooden figurine of a toucan, a souvenir of a part of Mexico I've never visited and probably never will. His garish red, green, and pink feathers are reminiscent of a certain tank top I bought a couple of summers ago that I would have laughed at had I been in my right mind at the time. (I don't know where the garment is now; I'm afraid it'll leap out of the closet one night and try to... Read More


How to be the good patient and when to seek medical attention

By dwoolard - The flu epidemic has been causing overcrowding all over across the United States. In northern California the outbreak is no stranger and flu season is only half way done. Like every hospital we test for the flu and are required to ask every admitted patient if they want the flu shot to decrease transmission. It seems as though, every patient being admitted is wearing a mask and being ruled out for the flu. I received my flu shot this... Read More


Nursing Program Student to Pre-Nursing Student

By DeepBreath - This goes out to all the students who are pursuing a Bachelorís degree in nursing. Believe people when they say: IT IS GOING TO BE TOUGH. Because it will be. Now I know there are different perspectives but before I had entered the nursing program I was a 3.9 GPA student who had even worked two part time jobs before beginning. I thought with all of that under my belt, how bad could it be. Whoa, was I wrong. Nursing... Read More


Make a Child's Day While They are In the Hospital

By brian - Draw on the Exam Table One of the first things a child will see at a doctorís visit is the examination table, which can be intimidating to small children. To relieve their anxiety, draw a fun cartoon or colorful scene! Donít forget to personalize it with their name! Provide First Aid for Their Stuffed Animal Many children are so nervous when going to the hospital that often times they will bring with their favorite... Read More


The Answer That You Seek

By jadelpn - There is more than one way to ask a question seeking advice. In these times, it is a good reference to have other nurses who have been there, done that. Even more often, and quoting one of my favorite mentors on AN, defecation occurs. We clean it up and move on. But seeking the same advice in multiple questions, and we really need to ask ourselves, "are we ready to hear the hard answers?" Even in the most toxic environments in... Read More


Transitions: On becoming a nursing student

By secondlifen2b - We are no longer dreaming, applying, and simply taking prerequisites. As nursing school acceptance letters and emails begin arriving, thousands of individuals' lives step into a new, transitional stage in their lives: pre-nursing student status. We stand on the threshold between the worlds of "hopeful" and "nursing student." And because of where we are, we have the clear vision of what it has taken for us to get this close to our... Read More


Nobody likes me, Everyone hates me

By jadelpn - There has been more than one discussion about nurses who are feeling hated. That someone over them calling the shots are nasty, mean and give one all the "hard" patients. The behavior is such that it does happen. In many units, every day. But to tie an emotion onto it and project it as hateful serves little purpose than to drive a nurse mad. It is eye opening to get into the working world and realize that difficult people exist... Read More


Left Speechless

By WoosahRN - He had just turned 18 when he came into the ER with chest and shoulder pain. I walked into his room and introduced myself. He was polite and soft spoken. I asked him about his pain and the cough that accompanied it. He stated it was an 8/10 and braced himself as he coughed. When I asked him if anyone had been sick at home, he said no. Then, as I asked him more about medical history, he says, very matter of factly "Well, I have... Read More


Is Nursing Course Failure Always a Bad Thing?

By cls376 - In nursing programs, nursing students are expected to pass all nursing courses. Many nursing schools have progression policies that insist on a certain grade percentage for the student to pass and limit the number of courses a student may fail. In the nursing student's eyes, failing even one course is a bad thing but can this be the wrong attitude? Compounding this feeling are research findings. Frith, Sewell, and Clark (2005) found... Read More


How do you want me to remember you?

By JulieRomanoLee - My memories of the night I died and the nurses that helped bring me back to life! This true story is a time in my life that I remember as if it were yesterday. I was hit by a car and thrown 200 feet and found wrapped around a pole. My story is about my experiences in the hospital(s) I stayed in while recovering from a near death experience. The things I remember as if it were yesterday. *I want to thank the many nurses who brought... Read More


Nursing School Survival Kit

By brian - Now that you have been accepted into nursing school, you need to set yourself up for success by arming yourself with the following tools. While they do not guarantee straight A's, they will help you to meet the challenges in a more organized manner, and see you through to graduation. Planner Time management is the key to surviving nursing school. Make sure you are equipped with a top of the line planner! Carry your planner... Read More


Humor: The Most Essential Quality

By Ruby Vee - Someone asked me the other day what I thought was the most essential quality to being a good nurse. They then waited with bated breath, hoping for me to say something profound like "You have to have a calling" or "A sincere desire to better the human condition." I know they were hoping for me to say something like that, because they made no bones about their disappointment with my response. I have never been one of those who... Read More


Keeping the End in Mind

By thywillbedone_ - After going through my first semester in nursing school (now in my second), I've realized that not a lot of students are keeping the end in mind. What I mean by this, nursing students have become so stressed about "getting the A" instead of saying, "I need this knowledge for NCLEX" or "I want to learn so I can become a better nurse to provide the best care for my patients." And unfortunately, we won't always get the "A," but that's... Read More


Top 10 reasons we get fired!-Poor Performance

By madwife2002 - Continuing with the series of ĎTop ten reasons we get firedí Number 4 comes in as "Poor Performance" at work. Problems with performance can result from any number of factors. Organizational change, new technology, inexperienced nurses, issues outside work or even a run of "bad luck" can all affect performance, even for the most assiduous of professionals. Managers should be able to say that they have the right person in the... Read More


How Nurses Are Like Olympians

By brian - Nurses Train Like An Olympian Before an athlete can enter into the Olympic ring, they must do years of extensive training. The same is true for nurses. They take rigorous prerequisites, nursing courses and clinicals, before they can enter the nursing field. Nurses train to go into many environments. Just like not Olympians take their talents to the slopes, nurses train to take their skills and knowledge into many different arenas.... Read More


Choosing the 4th Option

By NutmeggeRN - As a school nurse for 20 years, I have had more than my fair share of kids who have been diagnosed with cancer. I have had kids win the battle and lose the battle. Some had intensive therapy regimes, with every side affect possible and some blew through treatment with little side affect. Some have survived and some have not. I live in a little town that is seemingly overwhelmed with pediatric cancer diagnosis but when I try to clarify... Read More


ER: A Family's Emotional Well Being

By AMS7958 - The nurses took report on both patients and prepared the trauma bays for a couple in their 80's who had been T-boned when the husband pulled into an intersection. No current life threatening emergencies were reported. Each patient was assessed and stabilized. A recurring theme was each spouse asking about the other spouse. After the hustle and bustled settled down we reassured each patient that their spouse was fine. We opened the... Read More