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Nurses Rock in 2014 and Beyond

By TheCommuter - Isn’t it funny how quickly time flies? New Year’s Day 2013 seems as if it took place yesterday! The year 2014 is approaching us at the speed of light, and by the time some of our fabulous members and curious lurkers get around to reading this piece, the new year will already have arrived. Many of our forum members are nurses with differing levels of experience, proficiency and activity, while others are nursing students who eagerly... Read More


Food Insecurity and Child Malnutrition in the United States

By TheCommuter - Children and the elderly are at increased risk for malnutrition, an affliction that takes place when a patient's body is deprived of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed to sustain healthy tissue and organ function. Unfortunately, millions of children in the United States reside in households where food insecurity is a constant issue. The problem of food insecurity has gotten worse in the years since the official end of... Read More


Learning from the Past - Resolutions for a Better Year of Nursing in 2014

By tnbutterfly - Thousands of people will soon gather in Times Square in New York City to watch the big ball drop....... Millions around the world will celebrate as 2013 draws to a close and we usher in a brand new year. This is the time many people start thinking of resolutions for the New Year. With the New Year, comes limitless possibilities for change and your professional and private lives. What changes would you like to... Read More


How do I start a new topic on

By Joe V - Before posting any topics we do ask that you abide to our Terms of Service. Any topic/post in violation of our Terms of Service will be removed. This is a waste of your time and ours. You are free to submit any topic you wish. But, we ask that you keep text/chat speak to a minimum. We make this request to ensure that your topic gets the attention that it deserves. What is a topic? A topic is a subject of discussion. It could be... Read More


Cranky Old Man - What do you see nurses?

By brian - This poem has been passed around for decades, some nurses say they saw it back in the 70's. However, it's a great reminder especially with the new year near approaching. as the story goes...When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its... Read More


Hanging It Up

By VivaLasViejas - It seems almost unreal: in six days, I will don my scrubs, put my name badge on, and go to work at the nursing home like I have almost every weekend since last July. I will pass meds, listen to hearts and lungs, change a dressing or two, greet visitors, answer questions, and do admission assessments in much the same manner as I have for the past sixteen-and-a-half years. Only this time, it will be for the last time. After many... Read More


Exit Strategies For Nurses Who Deal With Overly Talkative Patients

By TheCommuter - “I am a nurse who deals with multiple patients during the course of each shift. Sometimes I’ll get a patient who simply talks too much and won‘t let me leave the room. Sometimes a family member will be the one who is talking too much, keeping me in the room and hogging my limited time. My question is this – how do I remove myself from overly chatty people like this without being rude? I am busy at work and have other things to do, so I... Read More


Academic Rejection is a Positive Thing

By TheCommuter - Every person in existence deals with the issue of rejection — both as the rejecter and the rejected. There are several kinds of rejection. We are all vulnerable to rejection professionally, socially, romantically and academically, which translates into many opportunities to be stung during our lifetimes. Rejection can sting the psyche and bruise the ego like nothing else we’ve experienced. We are going to focus on the topic of... Read More


Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurses (LPNs / LVNs)

By TheCommuter - In the nursing profession, LPN is a commonly utilized acronym that stands for licensed practical nurse. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a licensed practical nurse is defined as a person who has undergone training and obtained a license to provide routine care to the sick. 48 states in the union and virtually all of the Canadian provinces utilize the LPN title. The two most populous states in the union, California and... Read More


Death, Abuse and Alcohol

By madwife2002 - As 2013 draws to a close all over the world we need to stop and think about what this night means to many families, friends and the Emergency Room. Many of us are planning a night of celebration, which involves loud music, games, copious amounts of food and of course lots of Alcohol. New Year for me has been very mixed over the years, full of emotion but I am one of the few who really doesn’t pay much attention to it. Often I would... Read More


Behavior That Just Shouldn't Fly

By jadelpn - There's something to be said about being professional. That one's conduct as a nurse is appropriate. There is a tremendous amount of undue stress and drama when a co-worker is less than stellar in action or words. To learn and apply what to do in these situations is difficult. More often than not, an earnest nurse with good intentions will transfer, or sever employment all together in response to being a target of a co-workers... Read More


Welcome to

By Joe V - allnurses is about you. The nurse that craves knowledge. The nurse that wants to expand their career. The nursing student who wants to pass the NCLEX. The retired nurse with vast experience who desires to interact and share with others. allnurses is about helping you become a better nurse. Here's what a long-time member said about How makes you a better nurse... We do not offer medical advice. We do not provide... Read More


Homeless Patients: Considerations

By TheCommuter - Jacob, a 23-year-old, patiently lays on the bed in a semi-private room on the medical-surgical floor of an urban county-run hospital. The doctors, nurses and other staff have seen him many times previously because he is one of those ‘frequent flyers’ who is admitted every couple of months or so. His form renders him notable: his sandy blond hair falls halfway down his back, a ruggedly handsome face brings forward a pert nose below a... Read More


What She Couldn't Tell You

By CountryMomma - We've all met this type of mom before. It's 2330, her 8 year old daughter is struggling to breathe, and you know for a fact you saw them two weeks ago for the same thing. You also know for a fact you gave her a prescription for an inhaler, a follow-up appointment with a pediatrician for asthma, and got the information for applying for state aid for medical assistance. Yet, there they are, the child anxious and pale, the mother unable... Read More


Nursing Degrees: FAQs Concerning MA-to-RN Mobility

By TheCommuter - Numerous medical assistants thoroughly enjoy their jobs as workers in the allied healthcare field and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Other MAs feel trapped inside a circular vortex where rude doctors, routine tasks, rigid hours and low pay trigger their desire for another career that still involves patient care, procedural skills, and interaction in a healthcare setting. For many MAs, a career switch to nursing seems like a... Read More


Perceptions Equal Results

By Emergent - How a patient perceives her care can create healing all on its own. The human touch is often ignored in this world that demands evidence and hard facts, but it's arguably the most important part of what we, as nurses, do. If we make the patients feel cared for and acknowledged, and meet them where they are, then we can get great results. If we let them guide the process, we can find out what they need from us. When they perceive that... Read More


Affordable Care Act Users Guide for Nurses

By JB85 - Understanding the basic workings of the Affordable Care Act is the responsibility of the bedside nurse. This guide will help you to address patient's questions and concerns.Sentiments run high regarding the Affordable care Act, but whether one supports the new law or believes it to be a case of government over-reach, the fact is that the ACA is now the law and as nurses we are obligated to make sure that patients and their families... Read More


My Most Memorable Patient - Geraldine

By saramoss04 - My most memorable patient was a lady whom I cared for for only a few hours one day. She is from up north and immediately told me how much she loved seafood and asked if I would like to have dinner with her one night at a restaurant here in town. A few months later I found her contact information and thought why not give her a call. Since that time we have remained good friends. We talk weekly and up until a few months ago when she had... Read More