Knowledge is the Foundation of a Rewarding Nursing Career - page 88

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For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

By VivaLasViejas It's taken me a dozen years to get here, but I have finally decided that I'm no longer a "new" nurse. I'm not sure if it's because I was a good deal older than many of my classmates when I graduated from nursing school and found out very quickly that I was nowhere near as smart as I thought I... Read More

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Nurses Coping with Personal Grief

By tnbutterfly How many of you have felt helpless or guilty when caring for a seriously ill or dying patient? How many become overwhelmed with emotion after a particularly “bad death”, or the death of a patient you have allowed yourself to become attached to? What should nurses do to avoid the pain that such... Read More

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Socialised Medicine the myths and the facts

By madwife2002 Having worked in a country which has socialised medicine I can certainly see the pit falls and the benefits. What I dont understand is the fear behind having socialised medicine In my opinion socialised medicine has more positive benefits than negative benefits. The first and the most obvious... Read More

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"How Can You Stand It?"

By VivaLasViejas If I had a nickel for every time I've had to answer that question, I'd be able to retire tomorrow. It is a question I am often asked whenever I meet new people. After the how-do-you-dos are said and the subject inevitably turns to "what do you do?", I almost always get sympathetic looks and... Read More

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My study guide for HESI -passed on first try!

By sisph I took the HESI test today and thankfully passed with a 946. My school was allowed to take a ‘practice HESI’ test last semester. I scored in the low 600s. A lot of my classmates didn't pass and we only get three chances. I sometime check the forums but not periodically and noticed there weren't a... Read More

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Oops, I Did It Again: Dottie

By VivaLasViejas ..........I went and lost my heart to yet another hospice patient. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson after caring for my old friend in that same room and witnessing her inevitable decline and death, but nope---this one had me from "Hello". Her name is Dottie, and she is 85 pounds of... Read More

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It's been a long time...

By traumaRUs Burn out in the ER or why its been a long time since I wrote in this blog…. I always loved the ER from the very first day in 1996 when my preceptor told me not to worry, I would get the hang of having patients that were very ill from who knows what, had some unknown object in some weird oriface,... Read More

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Cheating in the Classroom

By VickyRN cheating is always a potential problem in the university or college setting. it is very problematic for students, in that their learning is being circumvented. cheaters will be less competent as graduates. would you want, for instance, an accountant performing audits in your office who cheated his... Read More

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Driven

By cuteinpinkNS If someone asked you to answer the question, "Are nurses made or born", what would you say? I believe all nurses are made through knowledge and experience, but people are born with the personality to care, love, and nurture. Those are many of the qualities a nurse carries and it takes someone... Read More

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Novice: The First Stage on Your Journey

By VickyRN the novice stage - we've all experienced it. it's a time of stretching and rapid personal and professional growth. the stretching can be humbling and painful, as shortcomings in our performance are inevitable. if we learn from our mistakes, however, we will eventually grow to proficiency in our... Read More

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Do I Love Nursing? What Day is it?

By Purple_Scrubs There have been many threads recently on AN along the lines of nursing: love it or hate it. I think about this often, and have realized that my responses to these threads are colored by the events of the day. So, here is a true account of how I feel about nursing, for anyone who is interested. ... Read More

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Should I Carry Malpractice (Liability) Insurance?

By sirI This question comes up frequently and is asked of me quite often, "should I carry malpractice insurance?" Many nurses are covered under their own individual liability insurance carrier. Many more are not. I am.......... Are you?? Nurses can be sued at any time, for any reason. Often,... Read More

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Pointers for Success in Nursing School

By VickyRN you just received your acceptance letter into nursing school. how exciting! you are about to embark on a life-changing journey, a wondrous career and an entirely new culture and way of thinking. what are some pointers to increase your chances of success? the most important thing is to maintain... Read More

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LUCKY! to have a job

By madwife2002 During these hard financial times, I have heard management repeatedly tell staff 'you are lucky to have a job'. Now whilst we appreciate we are indeed fortunate to have employment being told this repeatedly to control a bad working environment is in my opinion bullying, in truth they are getting... Read More

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How to be an APN in ten easy steps....or how to spend oodles of $$ on your education

By traumaRUs How to become an advanced practice nurse in ten easy steps! My very different educational path has probably furnished some professor with a new BMW or Lexus. I am not endorsing this route but rather explaining why you should look before you leap…we have to start in the beginning… I am now... Read More

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Real Nursing

By Angie O'Plasty, RN Nursing interventions are created moments. To me, "real nursing" is a moment created to identify and intervene, to connect with a patient and influence that patient to modify a behavior or an erroneous thought that holds them back from healing. It's one of the most satisfying activities that my... Read More

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Giving Nursing Students a Taste of NICU

By SteveNNP So today I was wondering..... how well do we as NICU nurses best represent what NICU really is to nursing students? Too often, nursing students are abruptly dropped off at the NICU door, handed a scrub sponge, and abandoned by their nursing instructor, who is equally petrified of what lies... Read More

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The Extent That You Will Go For Your Pt

By mwinstea The Extent That You Will Go For Your Patient Ok, so picture this. Brand new nurse, in the 1970's, in her little white uniform with her long hair severely pulled back into a bun in order to bobby pin her white cap with one black stripe in place. And of course there is a caduceus stick pin at the... Read More


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