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New Year Nurse

"Happy New Year!" The greeting was frequent as I walked the halls of the hospital on the first day of the new year. As I exchanged greetings with those I passed by, I began to wonder about making...

Working Holidays? 5 Ways to Make It Work for You

"The schedule is posted," my friend told me. Her tone indicated that she was not happy about it. When the holidays roll around, special events multiply as family, friends and co-workers gather....

Are You a "Fixer" Nurse? 5 Things to Consider

A friend approached me about caring for her elderly, increasingly disabled, parent. She told me about how her mom had become forgetful, slightly confused, and had a tendency to fall. Her worried eyes...

Should I Be a Nurse? 5 Things to Think About

Trevor stopped me in the hall at church. "I'm thinking about going to nursing school. I know you have been a nurse a long time. Do you think I should be a nurse?" Wow. I had to stop and focus....

What Makes YOU a Pro RN?

I sat talking Crystal, a senior nursing student, as we wrapped up our time together. She had been following me around, learning about what it means to be a Faith Community Nurse for six weeks. I...

Whatcha Know about Flo (Florence Nightingale)?

Florence Nightingale is famous for her pioneering nursing education, her development of statistical analysis and her improvements on methods of care delivery. She is also famous because she was "the...

Nurse Wubbels Stands Tall

"University of Utah Health supports Nurse Wubbels and her decision to focus first and foremost on the care and well-being of her patient," said Suzanne Winchester, the hospital's media relations...

Faith Community Nurse 101

This article is written in response to the query below which was posted in the thread Examining the role of a Parish Nurse. As a long time Faith Community Nurse, I hope to be able to answer this...

Driving While Elderly

Two stories, same basic question. Story #1: Elderly gentleman, kyphosis with limited neck mobility, oxygen dependent, severe COPD, walker dependent, very mentally sharp but medically fragile- refuses...

Can We Talk? End of Life Discussions

Jan busied herself at the bedside of her patient, a woman she had seen before during a similar admission for COPD. As the woman struggled to breathe, Jan could easily read the panic in her patient's...

Nursing Job Change: Jump Ship or Sit Tight? 5 Things to Consider

As we walked around the track together, my friend shared some of her nursing job frustrations with me. She had been in her current position for a little over 2 years. Long enough, she felt, to know...

Opioid Epidemic: Innocent Victims (NAS)

We have all seen the stories on television and online: infants struggling with a complex picture of symptoms including twitching, pain, seizures, diarrhea, abdominal cramps. These are babies born...

Accidental Pill Pusher

In the early 80's nursing education about pain management took a turn. Gone were the days of observing the patient for non-verbal signs of pain or of watching the clock to see when the next dose of...

The Unpredictable Work of Dying

"How long will it be?" my patient asked at the end of the admission process to hospice. She whispered the question as I leaned over to say good-bye. Hoarse because of recent radiation to her throat...

Disaster: Boots on the Ground vs. Sending Boots

When we see a disaster of the magnitude of Harvey, we all want to help. Especially if we are nurses. After all, that is what we do! But what can we really do? Should we drop everything here and go,...


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