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Trick OR Treat?! The TRICKS to avoiding food allergies and how to TREAT them

Halloween can be a nightmare for kids with food-based allergies and the parents who have to monitor for them. This seemingly simple holiday is not as easy for some as a knock on the door and getting...

From Student Nurse to Nurse Influencer Rockstar - Meet Kati Kleber BSN, RN, CCRN-K

For many of us who know of Kati Kleber, it's as a nurse on a cardiac med-surg step-down unit, the author of several books including Becoming Nursey, or as a speaker, blogger and podcaster...

"Is it Just Like Grey's Anatomy??" Our Doctor/ Nurse Love Story

I am a nurse...married to a Doctor. That notion seems to spark a lot of interesting conversation and questions in the non-medical public. The title of this article being one of them. "Oh wow....is it...

"Dancing Doc" Video....Just When You Think You've Seen It All...

To all of us health professionals (professionals being the key word here), this one will leave you speechless. I am sure by now many of you have seen the viral youtube video of an Atlanta...

Nurses and Stink Bugs???

Nurses and Stink Bugs??? Just Stay With Me Here... Tonight I read my kids a story about a bug who got mugged, robbed, beat up and left for dead on the side of the road. So far sounds like a lovely...

"Safe Injection Houses"- What's This?

A "safe house" for drug users to use drugs with clean equipment and trained professional supervision using public funding.....what the what????!!! Am I reading this correctly? This instantly...

My Sweet Daughter's Smile

Let me start by saying that I am a Nurse and my husband is a Physician and neither one of us go anywhere near Pediatric patients in our professions. We don't even pretend to know what's up with that...

My First Mammogram - A Comedy

Somehow, much to my surprise, I turned 40 a few years ago. I don't know how it happened, but I double checked my birth certificate and sure enough...40 years old! Shortly after this shocking...

"When Minutes Matter" - Thank You Emergency Nurses

About 5 days after our daughter was born, she stopped breathing during a bath. I had been a cardiac critical care nurse for a number of years at that time. You would think that I would know exactly...

Well Kiss My Grits Flo!

Well Kiss My Grits Flo! Hurricane Florence: A Tale from a nurse in Eastern NC I stole this title from a boarded-up restaurant window that I saw today in our small town in Eastern North Carolina....

School Nurses - Does Their Compensation Match Their True Worth?

This article is featured in the July 2018 edition of our allnurses Magazine...Download allnurses Magazine Now! School nurses have always been one of the most diverse and unique subspecialties in...

Oh How I Miss School Nurses

I have wanted to write this article for some time and was pulled back to it after a statewide march at our capital for teachers and school advocacy. One of the major points focused on our lack of...

Am I Still a Nurse?

Am I Still a Nurse? The Question I Am Asked Too Often I will start by saying, "Yes I am a nurse and I have been one for 21 years".......after that, things get more convoluted. I don't remember...

ER Nurse's "Funky Flu" Video Goes Viral

We've all had these moments after working a particularly insane shift. We have to vent. Your brain is still reeling, you are exhausted yet still in overdrive. Sometimes it's related to coworkers or...

Alene Nitzky, Ph.D., RN, OCN

I have been blessed to interview many nurse innovators and entrepreneurs over the past several months, but none have had as unique a path that leads them to their current career as Alene Nitzky,...


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