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I work in an ER on the coast of Florida, dance, write, and go to the beach nearly every day off to soak up the healing energy of the ocean.

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    Ripe for Exploitation

    Ripe for Exploitation

    Nursing consistently tops the polls as the most trusted profession. In a cruel twist of irony, some of the same qualities that consistently win us first place on the most trusted chart also make us ri…

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    Holding Hands with AI (Artificial Intelligence)

    Holding Hands with AI (Artificial Intelligence)

    Artificial intelligence has amazing potential for shaping our workplace. Our fragile love-hate relationship with AI will evolve, and we will surrender more autonomy. Until AI becomes like us, “only be…

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    "You're the Best Doctor."

    "You're the Best Doctor."

    I don’t know what causes patients to fall back to the doctor title when expressing their appreciation at the end. Maybe it’s because they are subconsciously elevating us to what they perceive to be th…

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    Case Study: "Her face pulled to the left."

    Case Study: "Her face pulled to the left."

    An interesting case study: The triage note reads possible stroke, facial droop and dizziness. The husband says, "Her face just pulled to the left

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    An allnurses Fix On Healthcare

    An allnurses Fix On Healthcare

    Several months ago, many of you responded to a thread about fixing healthcare, collectively providing a wealth of well-thought-out ideas. You were asked simply what you would do to fix US healthcare, …

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    Just Wrong: Three Simple Fallacies

    Just Wrong: Three Simple Fallacies

    Several articles have been published in the past the few years highlighting myths about nursing. Some are silly, like “all nurses marry doctors.” Some might be more believable to those on the outside,…

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    Knaves, Fools, and the Pitfalls of Micromanagement

    Knaves, Fools, and the Pitfalls of Micromanagement

    Our environment is extremely fluid with rapidly changing priorities vying for limited resources. Staff nurses need enough autonomy to nimbly focus our collective energy to do what is best for our pati…

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    Taming Naso-Gastric Tube (NGT) Torture

    Taming Naso-Gastric Tube (NGT) Torture

    Hated by most patients and many practitioners who have to insert them, NG tubes are great candidates for the top spot in the “most detested procedure” column. Here are six simple steps I’ve found to b…

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    A Tale of Two Deaths

    A Tale of Two Deaths

    While I don’t judge those who believe differently, I won’t try to hide my bias as I share the stories of two of my patients, each representing opposite extremes in decision making about the end of lif…

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    I Broke Rule # 1

    I Broke Rule # 1

    When an intubated patient gets wild in CT, I forget rule # 1 and learn a valuable lesson.

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    Insulted: Medical decisions are controlled by non-medical people.

    Insulted: Medical decisions are controlled by non-medical people.

    Doctors readily admit that they’ve abdicated the throne. Healthcare used to be their kingdom. Now, healthcare is controlled by business. As medicine evolves into a “paint by number” model, doctors con…

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    Nursing Intuition, Part 2: The Seizure Girl

    Nursing Intuition, Part 2: The Seizure Girl

    All nurses have intuition. Sometimes it acts more like faith or an energy that takes us to the right answer well beyond reason. (This two-part series is connected to a giveaway in celebration of Nurse…

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    Nursing Intuition, Part 1: The Visitor is . . . Dying!

    Nursing Intuition, Part 1: The Visitor is . . . Dying!

    All nurses have intuition. Sometimes it acts more like faith or an energy that takes us to the right answer well beyond reason. (This two-part series is connected to a giveaway in celebration of Nurse…

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    The Nurse at the Bedside

    The Nurse at the Bedside

    I’m the nurse at the bedside. You might see me as an underachiever, someone who didn’t have what it takes. . . For those who assume I stopped and stagnated here, settling for “something less,” because…

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