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Welcome to Mother-Baby Musings!

By Elvish - I'm excited about blogging from the trenches of mother/baby. "Why 'trenches?'" you might ask. From the outside it seems as though mother/baby nurses have a cake job and in comparison to some jobs, we just might. But this is nowhere near 'easy.' Spending twelve hours caring for new families, getting/keeping breastfeeding going well, showing new, tired, overwhelmed parents how to care for their baby, making sure said new baby stays well,... Read More

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The Role of the Legal Nurse Consultant

By sirI - Here are frequently asked questions about the role of the Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC). (1) Realistically what type of person/personality does it take to be an LNC? One must be dedicated and persistent. Possess the ability to interpret accurately, the medical record. Be willing to spend countless hours pouring over a medical record (one of merit) searching for the commonality that links the 4 parts of the medical malpractice... Read More

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A Lick and A Promise

By nursejoy1 - I had a wonderful Grandfather growing up. He had handsome snow white hair, big, bushy, white eyebrows and clear sky blue eyes. And thanks to a workplace accident and a blood clotting disorder, he had only one leg. He lost the leg when my mother was pregnant with me and they told him he probably wouldn’t live to see me born. He died in 1990, when I was eighteen and a half years old. Six months after Pa-Paw’s death, I went to... Read More

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The Legal Nurse Consultant and Liability Insurance

By sirI - Many LNC's are inquiring, "Should I purchase the coverage?" In many cases nurses have been advised, for whatever the reason being, not to receive liability insurance. This advice can come from fellow colleagues, educators, employers, attorneys, and well-meaning friends. Personally, as an RN and APN, I would never consider practicing without it. But, that is yet another topic.....;) In saying the above, it stands to reason that... Read More

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The direct admit, a funny story.

By oramar - This incident happened in the early 1980s, my face still gets red when I think about it. Early one morning I received notification that Dr. So&So was sending a patient, a female to our unit and that the charge nurse had assigned a room for her. The only other information I got was that the woman was a "direct admit", which means that she is coming from the doctor's office thus bypassing the ER. A little while later someone... Read More

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My Funniest Nursing Story....I Gotta Learn to Speak the Language!

By skwlpn - Ok everyone has one of those days when things just aren't going well. You know the one, where everything was routine yesterday is now like a foreign and no one really makes sense. Very early in my nursing career, I had a patient with a known seizure disorder who was admitted for...a seizure. He was an elderly man with an elderly wife who had been taking care of this gentleman for years. She had his meds down in her own personal... Read More

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An Unbeating Heart

By General E. Speaking, RN - I woke to what was supposed to be a usual work day. How could I have known that in approximately 6 hours I would be standing 4 feet from an open chest staring at an unbeating heart? “The monitor tech is sick. We are in a bind. You will be the monitor tech today” the house supervisor casually told me as I was searching for my assignment on the white dry eraser board on my Telemetry Unit. I have only been an official RN since... Read More

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Chocolate anyone???

By NurseAlwaysNForever - Walking down the hall one Valentine's day I hear a little old lady calling out, "Chocolate anyone? Anybody want some chocolate?" I entered her room and found her sitting there in her wheel chair with a brand new box of chocolates her nephew had brought her. She was wearing a red dress and was the picture of an elderly valentine queen. Maybe she would win the contest at the nursing home. I smiled when I saw her, she had chocolate... Read More

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The day you died.........

By NurseAlwaysNForever - The day you died your daughter came running outside as I pulled up in your drive. It was around 3 pm. She was wearing the same clothes she had on the day before you died, her hair was wild, and she had tears streaming down her face. “Daddy needs you. I don’t know what to do.” We made our way up the sidewalk, my heart thudding each step of the way. I knew you had been declining. I had even talked to your daughter about your... Read More

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Night Nurse II: I Tawt I Taw A Puddy-Tat!

By VivaLasViejas - Just when you think you've seen it all............well, that's when you realize how much there is out there that you HAVEN'T seen. Being the veteran of several years on Med/Surg, I figured that I'd encountered just about every type of patient and family. There was the 99-year-old who'd never been in a hospital in her life, and her sixteen relatives who occupied the room throughout her entire stay. The 22-year-old frequent flyer who... Read More

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Orientation Day LPN to RN

By 99percentangel - Wow! 955,000 miles, almost 500 months and 15,500 days after I became a LPN, I'm finally a student nurse again. I'm getting my associates degree in nursing so I can sit for state boards and work as a registered nurse. A dozen new vibrant colorful textbooks decorate the kitchen table and a quick peek into several reveal that they are written in English and the information is not all Greek! These are my study guides for the... Read More

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Litigious Areas of Nursing and the Nurse's Liability

By sirI - the areas of nursing most vulnerable today are anesthesia and midwifery. rns in ob (l and d), those working solely in monitoring capacities (fetal heart, telemetry, etc.), and medication administration (including long term care) are also included in highly litigious areas. of course, the advanced practice nurse (apn) other than crna and cnm are subject to increased litigation, but the latter two more so. and, the neonatal nurse... Read More

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Mid shift shower.....

By NurseAlwaysNForever - All names have been changed and some words are misspelled for pronunciation purposes and curse words have been changed or left out. Nellie was an 80ish year old lady with Alzheimer’s. She wore red lipstick and big sun glasses, even just sitting in her room. She had no children, no family so to speak of. She had been married to one man, her entire life. His name was Chuck, however, she rarely spoke of Chuck or acknowledged his... Read More

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Night Nurse: Just Call Me "Grace"

By VivaLasViejas - I once destroyed a patient room in less than five minutes. I'm not kidding. Now, I have been blessed with a good many talents, but the ability to walk and chew gum at the same time is not among them. My mother used to say I could trip over smoke. I'd walk over to a window to look outside and knock myself half-senseless when my forehead got there a split second before the rest of me. I once even lost my balance in an outhouse and... Read More

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Anniversary Interrupted.......

By NurseAlwaysNForever - I once had a husband and wife couple. It was my first week at the job and I was a brand new nurse working the night shift. My CNA was on her lunch break. I often made rounds while she was out, just to catch the call lights and keep an eye on everything. That night I was making my rounds and could hear someone moaning. I found him lying in the hospital bed moaning and grasping the lower part of his abdomen. He appeared to be in... Read More

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The Mystery of the Denture Bandit(s)……

By NurseAlwaysNForever - We once had a denture bandit at the nursing home I worked at. Several patients dentures came up missing, usually about a pair a week, and a few days later they would show up back in the denture cup. I had no idea what could be happening and had begun checking all trays before they were being picked up and questioning the laundry if they were finding any. Nope, no one had seen any dentures in any unexpected places. This went on... Read More

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Funny Nursing related Stories

By nursejanefw - Okay, my fellow nurses…….let me share my story. I only share this, mind you, so there may be a smile upon your face, the next time you are faced with a similar situation, and so you know that we are not alone. It is only after ten years plus, that I am able to tell the tale, without dying of complete embarrassment. I was a brand new GVN, nineteen years old, and working in a nursing home. Of course, I was working night shift, and... Read More

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Hospice Nurses The Good the Bad and the Ugly

By hissteps4u - Hospice: A program that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patient's home.Care for Terminal patients is becomming a booming business as the Boomers come of age,being one myself I can tell you that Nursing care f and about or these patients will only become more critical as shortages continue in the nursing field, even as new nursing... Read More


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