UM Review RN's Nursing Blog

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Real Nursing

It's one of the most satisfying activities that my job entails. Last night, I noticed that an A-Fibber had refused Coumadin. That's bad, because A-Fibbers are at a very high risk for stroke and...

The Value of Transfer Boards

When I asked why they were not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, I was told that a sliding board is a tool that helps the caregiver 's back more than the patient. While it is true that a transfer...

Positioning for Pain Control

Proper positioning of a patient in pain has nearly become a lost art with the advent of patient-controlled analgesia and the focus on pain as the 5th vital sign. However, proper positioning, used as...

Things That Go Boooop In The Night

I figured something out last night. The maker of grocery carts changed jobs. You know, you grab a grocery cart, the wheels start shimmying like four strippers with thongs full of loose change? Yeah,...

Just One Person

My feet started aching just thinking about it. Here at the nurse's station, the tele monitors were blocked by people trying to pick up their assignments. I decided to get report first, then come back...

My First Nursing Instructor

I was in my teens when I started work in a local nursing home. This was eons before HIPAA, way before the nursing home industry was regulated. This was when nursing homes were true hellholes, where...

Lest We Forget

Later in the shift I had to discharge a patient who was very difficult to care for. The patient was very demanding, very miserable and made sure that we all knew it. The family was worse, if that was...


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