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Nurses Advocate for Safer Staffing, Patient Safety, and Quality Care
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Nurse Beth

Nurses Advocate for Safer Staffing, Patient Safety, and Quality Care

Is Your Patient Assignment Too Heavy? Nurses are stressed. Nurses are exhausted. And now nurses are speaking up for patient safety and against unsafe working...

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Mandated Nurse-Patient Ratios
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Mandated Nurse-Patient Ratios

Ashley sank into a chair in the breakroom on her MedSurg unit in a large hospital in Florida. It was 0330, 8 ½ hours into her shift. She had not yet taken a break...

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To Suction or Not To Suction, End of Life & Hospice Patients
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To Suction or Not To Suction, End of Life & Hospice Patients

I've been an ICU RN for 15yrs, so I have dealt with End of Life Care plenty. I was always taught to either oral suction or deep suction with a suction catheter if...

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Case Study: "Her face pulled to the left."
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Case Study: "Her face pulled to the left."

It's 11:34 a.m. The triage complaint is listed as possible stroke, with dizziness and facial droop listed as secondary complaints. A fifty-six-year-old female still...

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Jake's Choice
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Jake's Choice

"He's had a few close calls this past week," I was told has I prepared to visit this man who lived out in the mountains. "He's a crotchety fella and not too keen...

ANCC National Magnet Conference® - Denver, CO Oct. 24-26, 2018
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ANCC National Magnet Conference® - Denver, CO Oct. 24-26, 2018

Provided by ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center This year's event in Denver will mark the 16th year ANCC has hosted the Magnet Conference. Join over 10,000...

I Met A Patient Who Along With His Family Impressed Me Beyond Words.
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I Met A Patient Who Along With His Family Impressed Me Beyond Words.

He was shaken to his core but he faced the surgery with remarkable equanimity and had the amputation knowing that he would have to learn how do things very...

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Which nurse do you want for your Little Johnny?
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Which nurse do you want for your Little Johnny?

Healthcare institutions want to be profitable businesses, but few take advantage of their true strengths. It's understandable that management tries to reduce...

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A Haunting Thought
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A Haunting Thought

It was 1976, and winter at Fort Carson,Colorado. Pike's Peak was snow capped and a dry chill wind nipped at my face as I struggled with my field jacket. I was...

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Investigating  Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
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Investigating Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Knocking on the door, I paused a second before opening it. Inside were two people, the young man who was the patient, and his mother. I introduced myself and...

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Protecting Your License – Notes from a Nurse-Attorney
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Protecting Your License – Notes from a Nurse-Attorney

Nursing licensure has been on my mind lately. I just taught an NCLEX test prep course to some recent RN grads, and there are always test questions on licensure and...

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Parish Nurse in Transition
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Parish Nurse in Transition

The Parish Nurse in Transition When Granger Westberg started Parish Nursing back in the mid-80's, medicine was very different than it is now: EMRs were unheard...

Alarm Fatigue: Patient Safety in Today's Healthcare Marketplace - A Four Part Series
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Alarm Fatigue: Patient Safety in Today's Healthcare Marketplace - A Four Part Series

As nurses, we are bound by our oath to give quality care to every single one of our patients. As we enhance the delivery of our healthcare practices with high tech,...

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Damaged Goods
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Damaged Goods

So one year, I ruined Thanksgiving. Not on purpose. It's just that I worked Thanksgiving Eve, which means my work shift rolled into Thanksgiving day. And there we...

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Tips for Finding Evidenced-Based Sources in Nursing
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Tips for Finding Evidenced-Based Sources in Nursing

Do you cringe at the idea of having to look for "evidenced-based research" for assignments or work? The term itself can be confusing and finding it can be...

Knaves, Fools, and the Pitfalls of Micromanagement
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Knaves, Fools, and the Pitfalls of Micromanagement

In his brilliant little poem, "The Right Kind of People," Edwin Markham beautifully portrays the power of expectations. A traveler approaches a prophet sitting at a...

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Realign, Reframe and Rediscover Your Joy Being a Nurse
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Realign, Reframe and Rediscover Your Joy Being a Nurse

Just like tires of a car that are out of alignment, our jobs may be leaving us feel we are having a bumpy ride each day. One day you are not the new nurse anymore....

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Tears Trials and the Importance of an Open Heart
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Tears Trials and the Importance of an Open Heart

The sky was a clear and bright blue as I turned the wheel of my truck onto the small dirt road. The trees were not yet turning from green to gold but the air held a...

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