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Brenda F. Johnson, BSN, RN 98,632 Views

Joined: Oct 13, '14; Posts: 211 (66% Liked) ; Likes: 776
RN at Gi Lab; from TN , US
Specialty: 23+ year(s) of experience in Gastrointestinal Nursing

Wood Alcohol Poisoning: An Era Gone By

In 1907 three men were found dead, their bodies forever frozen in clenched, distorted positions that depicted their harrowing deaths from wood alcohol. The archived article, “Wood Alcohol Kills...

Udderly Amazing! : An Era Gone By

Just opening old medical books is fascinating. The faded yellow pages and poor quality pictures allow us to see how nurses studied in the early 1900s. Again, flipping through the pages, A.S....

Masturbation Is a Bad Habit: An Era Gone By

Dorothy's hands shook as she prepared each item for her newborn's bath. The list of needed articles and instructions she received from the hospital was as long as her sleeve. After reading the paper...

The Smell of Death: An Era Gone By

The cold sticky wetness between Oscar’s legs stirred him out of his feverish sleep. His fingers brushed his thigh as he pulled the blanket over his shoulders. Opening one eyelid he tried to focus...

Don’t Hide Your Pregnancy With a Corset; An Era Gone By

“Open wide Mrs. Smith, I need to check your teeth. I don’t see any pus but two of your teeth need to be pulled. We can arrange that later. Today we will be doing a blood test called the Wassermann...

Don't Let Nursing Job Resumes Intimidate You

Your resume is like a snapshot; the person reading it will form an opinion from what they see. It is your first opportunity to impress a potential boss, so it should be taken seriously. It is my...

Not So Sweet; Fruit Bat Harbors Ebola

The idea of a killer virus penetrating the doors of our hospitals, offices, and clinics is a terrifying prospect. As scary as this seems, it has become our reality. Jumping continents, ebola has...

Biofilm: Undercover Assassin

A career in medicine can be a fascinating one. It provides a format for continual learning, especially for those who choose to read articles, go to conferences, participate in webinars, etc. Those...

Floating Kidneys: An Era Gone By

Although signs and symptoms of health problems have not changed, treatment and availability have. Comparing standards of care present day to that of hundreds of years ago, we can see the the...

Get Your Foot Off My Self Esteem!

She slapped my right hand just as I was about to inject the medicine. Startled, I looked back at her to see angry green eyes and thin lips pursed in disapproval. Knowing that the patient could see...

"I Know How to Wash My Hands": An Era Gone By

“It would be my pleasure to be David’s nursemaid. I have a year experience working for Mr. and Mrs. Jones before they moved to North Dakota. I do not have hospital experience, but I helped my...

Certification : I Did it For the Money.

Money is an excellent motivator, and when the hospital that I worked at offered two dollars more an hour for certification, I was excited. I had been thinking about getting my certification for...

Capture Your Heart's Desire: Finding the Job You Want

My family and I had been wanting to move from Florida to Tennessee for over eighteen years, so when our house sold this past May, I was beyond ecstatic. Having been in the same hospital since...


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