Julie Reyes's Nursing Blog

Julie Reyes, DNP, RN 63,904 Views

Hi! I am Julie, a pediatric nurse who recently became a CPNP-AC and a DNP.

END IT! - SLAVERY!!!

February 22 is National Red X Day. This is called the "End It" movement; it is an effort to help victims of human trafficking escape. The US State Department estimates there are approximately...

A note about Healing after Harvey

I knew it was coming, but I didn't ever dream it would be this bad. I have been in hurricanes before. Where I live, the wind always is strong, so tropical storm winds are equal to spring time...

Merry Christmas, Little Angel

Born with a cardiac anomaly, the family immediately noticed something was "wrong" with their child, but they did not know what. Thus began their journey to another country - our country - our state...

Cover for Me! I Need to pump!

There are thousands of new mom nurses out there who may not be aware of their right to have a break during their shift in order to go and pump (i.e., express milk). In fact, this right is protected...

Study Tips: Ten of the #1's ‘Top Ten' Study Habits

Smartharvardadmissions.com (2015) cites three must-have skills in order to succeed in school. The first is to know and embrace your learning style. For example, some people need absolute quiet while...

Taboo - 10 Things Nurses Should NEVER Say!

As nurses, we have learned the hard way to never say certain statements. Why? Well, that could be because the first time we said it - or heard it said - we got the "evil eye". Think back to the time...

The Boy Who Loved Justin Bieber

He lived in the hospital more than he was able to spend time at the home provided for his sister and him through foster parents. His “family” were the the nurses and staff on the floor where he was...

Chalk it up to Experience. Ch 11

Honestly, the first time I did discharge instructions on my own was a disaster. I don’t know why I felt like I was giving a speech in front of 10,000 people, when in reality it was a young mother...

Critical Thinking

I wish someone would have explained exactly what it meant to "think critically" when I first started nursing school - it sure would have saved me a lot of time trying to figure out how to answer my...

The Leap to Crusty Status

I have been after this guy for a long time. I spotted him last Christmas at my cousin's party. He was with some buffoon of a girl - but I did catch him glancing at me a few times. Over the last 12...

The Life You Save May Be Your Own or Your Coworker's

The infant was fretful and screaming after she gave him his injection. Since she did not bring the portable sharps container to the isolette, she quickly recapped the used syringe, and in her haste,...

Tuberculosis (TB) - The Unseen Villain

TB - what is it? Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis - or TB) is an airborne disease carried in airborne particles (droplet nuclei 1-5 microns in diameter). Inhalation of the TB droplet...

The Controversy: Mandatory Flu Vaccines

First, let me just go over some of the symptoms of the flu, and then we will get down to business on the controversy surrounding the push to create mandatory flu vaccines for healthcare workers: ...

The Light in Their Eyes

I am a clinical instructor for Med Surg 1 students. I absolutely love this position. I eagerly arrived at the hospital the day before our clinicals began to meet my students for the first time and...

We Are a Team!

I have heard it said that nurses who work with children have big hearts - but I think EVERY nurse working anywhere is truly gifted with a “big heart”. Every nurse is unique in their personality, and...


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