Ashley Hay's Nursing Blog - page 2

Ashley Hay, BSN, RN 16,950 Views

Joined: Aug 3, '16; Posts: 88 (76% Liked) ; Likes: 346
Freelance Healthcare Writer & Pediatric Oncology RN
Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Oncology

IV Placement Hacks

We all have our strong suits. What's yours? Maybe it's code management, mediport access, or another technical skill that requires just the right amount knowledge and finesse. There's always that...

Your Patient is Neutropenic - Now What?

Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell needed for fighting infection, especially bacteria. While many ranges can sometimes differ slightly with certain laboratories, generally a normal count is...

Day in the Life of a Peds Onc RN

The shift begins with assessing the ratios and assigning staff to various roles for the day ahead. Do we have enough nurses to provide exceptional care to each child and their family? Unfortunately...

Bloodletting: *Is This Archaic Practice Still Being Used?

History Blood letting or venesection was a practice used in many civilizations throughout history including the Egyptians and Romans. It involved the use of lancets, cupping or leeches. In most...

Questions to Ask Employers

Do Your Homework It is important to do your homework and research the employer/company. Being knowledgeable of the company's mission statement and history can provide a great jumping off point...

The 5 S's - Side Effects of Steroids (Nursing Mnemonic)

Corticosteroids can be used for a plethora of conditions including autoimmune disease asthma, allergic reactions, and even assist in preventing organ transplant rejection. The list goes on and on....

Transfusions 101 - Everything you need to know about blood products and administration

"Transfusions 101" Everything you need to know about blood products and administration Many patients require transfusions of blood products for acute or chronic issues. Here, we'll discuss an...

"Dreams for the next chapter of my career" And how those dreams keep changing...

I wanted to be a nurse forever. I remember the adrenaline rush I got the first time I was on the hospital floor for my clinical rotation. The smells (not all great), the sounds (I heard IV pump beeps...

Infected: The Fast Spreading Virus of Low Nursing Morale

Change is a constant in the nursing profession. However, it can be difficult to maintain professional flexibility in a field with ever changing policies, procedures, and daily routines. Many changes...

Interview with Brett Wilson of Walking Miracles Family Foundation

With the recent passing of National Cancer Survivors Day on June 4th, his incredible journey seemed like the perfect one to explore. Read on and get to know Brett and how he turned being dealt a bad...

Tools for the Freelance Writer

Connect If there's a new avenue you'd like to try in your career, chances are someone is out there doing it already - and well. Find them and learn from their experience. Despite my original...

PAASS - What to Know Before Giving Medication

P - Purpose What does this medication do? What ailment or disorder is it meant for? Knowing the purpose of the drug you're about to give is the most basic yet vital piece of information. It holds...

"What made you get in to this field?"

I grew up realizing life is not necessarily promised to all. My Dad was lucky to be alive - beating the odds for osteosarcoma in the early 80's was rare. Sure, I saw his struggle everyday. He was a...

Becoming a Healthcare Writer - My pursuit of a role beyond the bedside

Becoming a Healthcare Writer My pursuit of a role beyond the bedside There's something you should know about me. I bore quite easily. The thrill and freshness of change is something I constantly...

IV Nurse Day - January 25th

Happy IV Nurse Day! Thanks to infusion specialty nurses, patients are able to receive a wide array of much needed intravenous medication. They are also responsible for maintaining central venous...


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