Ashley Hay's Nursing Blog

Ashley Hay, BSN, RN 18,429 Views

Joined: Aug 3, '16; Posts: 88 (77% Liked) ; Likes: 343
Freelance Healthcare Writer & Pediatric Oncology RN
Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Oncology

Travel Nurse Turns to Career in Functional Medicine

Her compassion for oncology patients was clear, however, exposure to a nurse practitioner program with a focus in integrative medicine began to change her course. After dedicating the first twelve...

Are You Doing it Right? Taking Accurate BPs

In my personal healthcare experiences, I've noticed several healthcare providers (HCPs) taking blood pressures quickly and often inaccurately. I'm sure you have too. This simple task can sometimes be...

When You're the Patient

A wonderful example of this was discussed in a recent article detailing one oncology nurse's blog post. It was written as an apology letter to her past patients. This after she, herself was diagnosed...

Addressing the Language Barrier - Medical Interpreters

A language barrier can add even more complexity to the situation. However, ensuring proper translation between you and your patient is crucial to all involved in the conversation. It is imperative...

At Home Office Essentials for Freelance Writers

When I began writing from home, I had a sluggish ten year old laptop and my tiny desk was shared with my less than organized husband, the conditions were not ideal. The funny part is, at the start, I...

Tools to Beat Writer's Block

I love the freedom (and income) of being a freelance healthcare writer. When bedside nursing full time was no longer an option for me, writing healthcare content satisfied my desire to remain working...

The Underestimated Benefit of Ancillary Staff

Having worked in multiple healthcare settings, many of us have seen how differently each unit can function. While no two units will be the same naturally, differences can be attributed to many...

Both Sides of the Bedrails

Hearing the struggles these young patients sometimes face with school, bullying, relationships and their health can be heartbreaking. What they don't know is that the nurse they have today, has been...

Nurses - Increase Your Productivity

When my productivity was declining (but I felt as though I was hustling hard all day) I knew it was time to find a new way of accomplishing my daily goals. I very much enjoy my freelance lifestyle...

Meet Justice Steed, BSN, RN

Steed saw a need for improvement in the way recruiters and job seekers connected. He created a mobile platform that gives health professionals more control over their desired assignment, while...

Meet Maureen Bonatch, MSN, RN

You're probably wondering, how did she get to this point of multiple ventures in her career? Let's find out! Bonatch has over 20 years of nursing experience. However, she graduated highschool with...

To Keep or Ditch Past Certifications?

So, is it worth it? Benefit Becoming certified in your area of expertise has many benefits to both the nurse and his/her patients. Obtaining certification demonstrates to your peers, management...

Ways to Unwind

Self care is certainly not a one-size-fits-all scenario. You may find these are even more effective in a personalized combination effort. Maybe you're well versed in these too, but if not - try...

What Are You Thankful For?

With the fall season in full swing, themes of pumpkin flavored everything, brightly colored foliage and crisp mornings are all around us. While I will not deny my undying love for pumpkin spice...

Hypernatremia: You are "FRIED"

According the Cleveland Clinic, "Hypernatremia is defined as a serum sodium concentration greater than 145 mmol/L. It is most commonly caused by the loss of water via the skin, urine, or...


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