Brenda F. Johnson's Nursing Blog

Brenda F. Johnson, BSN, RN 100,091 Views

Joined: Oct 13, '14; Posts: 217 (66% Liked) ; Likes: 801
RN at Gi Lab; from TN , US
Specialty: 23+ year(s) of experience in Gastrointestinal Nursing

The Public is Responsible!: An Era Gone By

We live in a world where we expect our hospitals, doctor offices, etc to be clean. But imagine a time when that wasn't the case. Standards haven't always been in place to make sure institutions kept...

Deadly Water: An Era Gone By

Dark clouds moved over the farm, casting shadows on the grass. The birds sang and fluttered among the tree branches. A calm settled over the fields while the dogs ran in circles around the cattle. ...

Overmedication: The Silent Killer Of the Elderly

The healthcare system in America has developed into one with the ability to prolong quality of life. When it comes to the older population who often take multiple medications due to chronic issues,...

Cancer Vaccines/Immunotherapy - The Future of Cancer Treatment

Our Amazing Immune System When our body detects an abnormal cell or a microbe that can make us sick, then the white blood cells, or leukocytes jump into action to fight for us. When cancer cells...

"You Have Uterine Cancer, Go Home and Make Final Arrangements": An Era Gone By

Reaching up to pin the last corner of the sheet to the rope, Margaret stopped short. Her hand dropped the clothespin as she leaned over, her knees buckling. A hot breeze whipped the laundry, causing...

Tryptophan and IBS: The Connection

We need protein in our diet to keep us strong and healthy. New research presents the idea that a diet rich in protein is good for IBS as we will see in the article, "Protein-rich diet may help...

Do You Have a Toxic Boss? (eyeroll)

We all have had moments when we have been in charge of a group of people, so we understand how difficult it can be to try and accomplish what needs to be done and keep everyone calm and cooperative. ...

Why Should I Go To A Conference?

Whatever your specialty is as a nurse, there is probably an organization that you can get involved in. From the American Nursing Organization to American Forensic Association, there is one that you...

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 began asking the usual questions for...

New Research - New Recommendations for Blood Pressure

As nurses, learning how to take a blood pressure is one of the first skills we learn. We are very familiar with the numbers, knowing immediately if the numbers are too high, or too low. It never...

The Destroyer of Germs - Fresh Air and Sunshine: An Era Gone By

Nursing focus and objectives were the same in the early 1900s as they are now, however elementary in comparison they may seem. Safe patient care and treatment are of utmost importance and has been...

What is Nux Vomica? State Board Questions From the Turn of the 20thCentury: An Era Gone By

New England turned out the first formally trained nurse, Linda Richards in 1873 from New England Hospital for Women and Children Training School for Nurses. In 1873 the first nursing school in the...

Menopause? *The Doctor recommends Freedom From Responsibility: An Era Gone By

Picking up her heavy skirt, Evelyn entered the threshold of the doctor's office. The wood squeaked as her heels clicked against the floorboards. A heavy sigh mixed with the swishing of fabric could...

Under the Covers: My Experience With Post-op Pain Control

As nurses, we are used to being in control. We help manage our patient's medications, their diet, and activity. No matter where nurses work, we have to organize our day in order to get everything...

Is Your Circadian Rhythm Longer Than Average? Night Owl Versus Morning Person

Have you ever wondered why one person thrives on night shift while another can't stay awake and feels horrible? I have. Research shows that there may be personality traits, and genetic factors that...


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