ICU, trauma, gerontology, wounds


About Teresag_CNS

Teresag_CNS has 34 years experience and specializes in ICU, trauma, gerontology, wounds.

RN since 1982, mostly in critical care. I completed my PhD in 2004. Now I lecture around the U.S. on trauma, critical care, and gerontology. My practice is in hospice, mainly skin and wound care. I have a passion for improving care of older adults in the the ICU. Also passionate about undergraduate nursing education.

Latest Activity

  1. There is a contemporary pamphlet about the hospitals available here: http://libcdm1.UNCG.edu/cdm/ref/collection/WWIPamp/id/1738 With photographs! An interesting peek at nursing history.
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    allnurses Defeats Test Prep Firm in Defamation Lawsuit

    Glad to hear the good news!
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    Introducing #SilentNoMore

    While we may never eradicate violence in the health care workplace, that is not a reason to give up. Nurses deserve good security in our workplaces. We deserve the right to prosecute patients and visitors (and coworkers) for assault. We deserve admin...
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    "That's a myth about nursing"

    "There is a shortage of nurses willing to work under current bedside nursing conditions." AMEN!
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    You Know You're A Nurse If...

    What a sweet story! Is he still with you?
  6. I was interviewed two days ago by NBC news reporter Elizabeth Chuck regarding sexual harassment of nurses. She wants to hear from others. My interview lasted about 15 minutes. We need to tell these stories. Thank you for speaking up, nurses!
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    Order that says "Don't call MD for pain meds"?

    Acetaminophen has been shown to be little better than placebo for musculoskeletal pain. Since nurses spend the bulk of the time at the bedside, we deserve a rationale for such an order. Fractures hurt. Several people here have speculated, but you ne...
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    Nursing is Just a Job - Common Myths in Nursing

    I think it's important that we nurses not allow employers to define us. Although they may treat us as a necessary evil (and I believe that is true), we don't have to embrace that misrepresentation of our profession. Nursing is a profession. Employer...
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    Nursing is Just a Job - Common Myths in Nursing

    I may have misunderstood what you meant by "Nightingalish," but it sounds like you're not familiar with her life and career. Florence Nightingale defied her parents as a young woman to study the nursing profession because she felt strongly about devo...
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    HELP! Threats to call BON!

    Speak directly with your board of nursing. Tell them what's happening. He is probably making empty threats, but if you contact the BON first, you're much less likely to appear guilty. Tell them the facts and ask for advice. Also, your state nursing a...
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    What We Don't Measure

    Nineteen-eighty-two was the year I began nursing, associate's degree proudly in hand, in a community hospital's coronary care unit. My excitement about practicing in critical care was tempered by the fear of inadequacy familiar to many new nurses. Ea...
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    I think I will give negative feedback

    Definitely. This is inappropriate. They were speaking above you, as if you weren't there.
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    New RN having the worst time

    First, those who say a nursing home gives you no experience are flat-out wrong. Your practice is complex, as your dilemmas illustrate. What is the best way to prevent and treat skin tears and UTIs? How is delirium best managed? How to make decisions ...
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    Regret becoming a nurse....

    I think you're expressing the same frustrations that many nurses experience. I agree with those who suggest a change of practice area; maybe outside of the hospital? Hospitals pay best, but they also have the least sense of why we became nurses, in ...
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    The View From Under the Bus

    A year ago I got a certificate in the mail celebrating my 30th year of certification as an intensive care nurse (CCRN). I smiled to remember how proud I was when I attained certification, 30 years younger and just 2 years into my nursing career. Bu...

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