ElizabethStoneRN's Nursing Blog

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Hello! I'm a staff nurse in a pediatric emergency department, and also work as a clinical instructor for a BSN program.

Magnet Designation: What's the Attraction?

Simply put, Magnet designation symbolizes "nurse-driven excellence in patient safety, quality outcomes and patient satisfaction" 1. So what exactly does this mean? To better understand the meaning...

Nursing: I Almost Gave Up...Before I Even Started

In 1988, as a teenager in my first year of college, I still suffered from the crippling insecurities of adolescence. Although I always worked hard and made good grades, I sold myself short. Gina,...

Lessons Learned as an Expert Nurse Witness

I never planned to become an expert nurse witness for medical cases. I didn’t go to any class to do this. I’m a pediatric ER nurse and a clinical instructor. However due to my expertise in...

ABC's of Pediatric Respiratory Assessment: The Basics

Respiratory issues represent a significant proportion of pediatric illness and hospitalizations.1 Viruses such as the common cold, croup, and RSV, while often benign, can wreak havoc when, for...

Lessons Learned During Our First Semester Of Clinicals

This was my first semester as a Clinical Instructor for brand new nursing students during their first clinical rotation. I looked forward to introducing the newbies to the world of nursing through an...

Skilled Connections...the Heart of Nursing

The fall semester is about to begin, and I prepare to take a new group of students into the hospital for their first clinical experience as student nurses. I still recall my first semester as a...

"What I Learned From My Preceptor" words of wisdom from the senior nursing students

Many nursing students make the transition from regular, group clinical rotations to working one on one with "real nurses", or preceptors, during their senior year. Preceptors put a lot of time,...

ABC's of Pediatric Respiratory Assessment, Part 2: Respiratory Distress

This article, the second in a series, presents a brief review of pediatric respiratory distress and summarizes some of the nursing interventions which can help prevent respiratory failure. The...

The Gifts of Nursing

It is better to give then to receive...those classic words of wisdom ring especially true for those who chose nursing as their profession. Many of the "gifts" of nursing, for me, have actually been...

Ebola: What About The Children?

​A wake up call spurs many questions With the recent news of a 5 year old in New York being tested for EVD, many questions are now raised for emergency nurses nationwide, because the...


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