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  1. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has become more aware of just how amazing nurses are. An image like the open above can certainly tug at the heartstrings and be extremely inspiring. Whatever the case, we want YOU to share your best caption with us! Look at the photo above and submit your caption in the contents below and you could be the winner of $100 from Carson Newman University! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  2. Nicole Innvar

    The Most Priceless Gift I’ve Ever Received

    Especially in recent times, everybody around the world has been hailing nurses as “heroes.” However, what happens when a nurse needs a hero of their own? What constitutes a “nurse hero?” What Inspired You to Become a Nurse? I only graduated from nursing school in May 2019, so my memories are still quite vivid. One of my vivid memories is, almost every semester on the first day of classes, my professor had my classmates and I tell the class what inspired us to go into the profession. A lot of times, my peers said they had a family member or friend who was a nurse and they looked up to them, which is what brought them to nursing school. I could not relate, as I did not even know anyone who was a nurse (or, might I add, even in the healthcare field). But, I always thought it was pretty nifty. Knowing someone made it out alive and was successful with a career, someone you could turn to for help if needed...deep down, I kind of wished I had someone like that. I quickly realized I would need to hold my own, and tried to push away the nagging feeling that I was an underdog. I’m sure others who were in a similar position could relate. New Nurse Trials After the trials and tribulations every nurse endures in school, I happily graduated, and passed the NCLEX. By September, I started a job in an ambulatory surgery setting. I had no idea what to expect, as the only experience I ever had consisted of my clinical rotations in hospitals and my part-time job at a doctor’s office. (This was one of those times I wished I had someone to ask questions to). Co-workers to the Rescue Just as I expected, it was completely different! But before I knew it, weeks turned into months. Recently, I thought back to how much I’ve learned and grown, both professionally and personally. I then realized I couldn’t have done it without all the help from my experienced coworkers who are always willing to teach me something. They answer my questions (even if it means interrupting what they are doing), and willingly listen to my rants. I was deployed in a hospital for part of the COVID-19 pandemic, and my coworkers constantly texted and called to check up on me. Which brings me to my title...the most priceless gift I’ve ever received is the time of any nurse who has supported me in any way. I finally have nurses to look up to as role models...just like I had wanted years ago. Being a 22-year-old with no one older and experienced in your profession to talk to is not easy, which is why I’m so thankful for now having these people in my life. They are the nurses that I want to be like when I am older. I also have to thank my best friend, who is about to go to nursing school, for listening to my stories about the nursing world (I sometimes even throw in re-enactments for dramatic effect). They are all my nurse heroes. Teamwork and Resilience A healthcare setting would not be able to function without the core of teamwork and resilience brought by nurse heroes. By building this, it makes the hospital or facility run smoothly. I have even witnessed firsthand how it makes patients feel at ease. Many patients in the recovery area tend to exclaim: “Everybody seems so nice here!” “This seems like a friendly place to work!” “I was so nervous about this surgery, but you guys made me feel so comfortable.” My own personaI favorite was one day in the recovery area, I was discharging a patient. She stood up and quickly took my hands in hers. I got nervous and asked if she was dizzy. Instead of answering my question, she gave me a kiss on the cheek and said that I, along with everybody else who had taken care of her that day, was wonderful. She even said we were all “linda”(Spanish for “beautiful”). I immediately knew working as a team with my nurse heroes is what gave her that warm feeling. I guess one can say I feel a lot differently these days than I did even one year ago. I have more pride, more confidence, and very importantly for me...I know I have a strong support system from my “nurse heroes.” ...I guess I’m not “alone” anymore after all.
  3. There has been a lot of talk about the amazing, dedicating, and hard-working ER and ICU nursing teams during the COVID-19 health crisis in the United States. Through the media, we are hearing the stories of the ER and ICU nurses working long, sometimes double, shifts to provide care and compassion to all of those unfortunately affected by COVID-19, and the beautiful touching stories of holding patients hands when their family can not be at their side. We are hearing the stories of the risks involved in their health due to the limited PPE available, and the gut-wrenching stories of nurses emotionally supporting waiting family members. We, fellow nurses across the nation and even the world, are hearing and listening about these nurses, and we must say that we are all proud to be a member of the nursing world at this time. I have never been more proud (and yet scared) to be a nurse at this time. However, we can't forget another group of nurses that are suddenly finding themselves working harder than ever - our Hospice Nurses. Dealing with the Rise in Hospice Admissions and Deaths Hospice Nurses are having a sudden increase in visits to patients, having to manage end-of-life symptoms, and are providing support and education to families of hospice patients. Hospice nurses are also getting busier with new admissions onto hospice services which is increasing their census. Hospice Agencies across the nation are suddenly seeing a rise in Hospice admissions and a rise in Hospice deaths since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rise in new admissions include patients with a weakened immune system or advanced cancer that have found themselves suddenly positive with COVID-19. These patients are electing NOT to go to the hospital, not to seek treatment, and are wishing to maintain their comfort at their home. And, there is also another group of hospice patients keeping the hospice nurses busier than usual: Those hospice patients that were on hospice services before the introduction of this new virus into our world, are declining and dying at an alarming increased rate, particularly those living at facilities. Change in Hospice Nurse Role The new hospice patients that are being admitted onto hospice services that are testing positive for COVID-19 are electing comfort measures only (either they are making that decision independently or the Activated Power of Attorney is making that decision on their behalf). Hospice nurses have been busy helping to provide comfort and symptom management for these patients in their homes through pharmacological interventions or nonpharmacological interventions. Symptom management medications used in end-of-life have greatly increased, and pharmacies throughout the nation are reporting low supplies of these medications, including oral Morphine concentrate. Unfortunately, many of these COVID-19 hospice patients are living in facilities where there are NO VISITOR policies. These facilities are also limiting hospice team members such as Home Health Aides, Hospice Social Workers, and Hospice Chaplains - all critical members of the hospice team. Without these team members providing visits, this leaves the Hospice Nurse as the sole provider of care for end-of-life. Hospice Nurses are suddenly finding themselves in the role of nurse, social worker, chaplain, and aide. Lack of Social Interactions Equals Decline in Condition The other hospice patients that have an increase in needs have been those hospice patients that were on hospice services before the COVID-19 pandemic, that are not showing signs or symptoms of this virus, but that are living in a facility where there are limits on visitors. Hospice nurses are seeing a decline in the condition in these patients because, we hospice nurses believe, the lack of social interactions is affecting their overall health. These facility patients are unable to participate in the planned, organized activities in facilities (as they have been cancelled), they are eating alone in their rooms, they are not getting regular visits from families or loved ones or volunteers, and they are not being stimulated mentally regularly. We are seeing facility patients becoming lonely, withdrawn, sleeping more, spending more time sitting or lying down, increase in sores, and having a decrease in appetite/intake. There has been an increase in hospice deaths over the past 6-weeks in facilities, not from COVID-19 but instead from generalized decline in condition. Thus, an increase in hospice nursing visits to facility-based patients to provide end of life symptom management and pronouncement of deaths. Now, as of lately, there has been an increase in hospice admissions at facilities. Not patients who are positive COVID-19, but patients who are declining in overall health and we believe it is from the lack of social interactions. We have had more and more families contact our hospice agency requesting information about hospice services, qualifications guidelines, and many family members concerned about the declining condition of their loved one who is living in a facility. Hospice Nurses are Working Hard During this Time of COVID-19 They are working to ensure that patients are comfortable, addressing symptom management issues, helping to make sure that the patients are safe, and they are advocating to help patients understand their choices and then receive their end of life decisions. It's a wild time to be a nurse during this pandemic, especially with all the risks involved with providing nursing care. But, Thank Goodness for Nurses - THANK GOODNESS FOR ALL THE NURSES OUT THERE WORKING RIGHT NOW. Where would these patients be if it weren't for the caring, compassionate, dedicated nurses who are with them right now, helping them, caring for them, fighting for them, and advocating for them? Although the media is focusing on the ICU and ER nurses during this pandemic, there are other nurses that are out there too working just as hard, including the Hospice Nurses. Thank you ICU Nurses, ER nurses in the forefront of this pandemic. Thank you Hospice Nurses on the back end of this pandemic. And, Thank you to ALL of the nurses in between during this pandemic. There are good things in all of this -- The Nurses.
  4. Much has been made and said about heroes in the past weeks. In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more true than ever before that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and professions. Whether it’s the people stocking the shelves at your favorite grocery store, the hard-working food delivery folks keeping America fed and keeping restaurants alive, or the always present nurses who are risking their lives more than ever before to keep people alive; heroes are everywhere. In honor of the hard work of nurses, we are having a rather unique article contest. We want your story about your inspiration in becoming a nurse. Your impactful story about your inspiration could make you a winner of one of our prizes! The top 5 winners will each receive an Eko CORE Digital Stethoscope Attachment($199 value) Stuck for an idea? Here are a few suggestions: Who in your nursing profession has been a hero to you? What is your definition of a nurse hero? Was there a hero in your life which prompted you to become a nurse? What inspired you to become a nurse? When did you know that you wanted to be a nurse? Who Can Enter? The contest is open to all – even if you’re not an experienced writer! Whether you’re a nurse or a student, we want to hear your story. Everyone has a nurse hero story to share, what’s yours?!? Rules of Submission We are so glad you wish to submit an article. Hero articles should be posted in the Nurses Rock Forum. Rules of submission: Article tone and content must comply with our rules and Terms of Service. No solicitation. Articles must have a minimum of 600 words. No plagiarism - Your article must be written in your own words and cannot be posted on other websites, blogs, etc. prior to posting on allnurses. Articles will be reviewed and approved by staff for consideration before displaying publicly. Articles must be unique and should not be listed on other websites, blogs, article sites, etc. prior to posting on allnurses. Once your articles have been published on allnurses.com, you are welcome and encouraged to share them on your other sites and social channels. If you have created your article in a document, you must post all content from that document in the text box as outlined below. DO NOT POST THE DOCUMENT LINK ONLY You may submit multiple articles. You grant permission to allnurses.com rights to publish in magazines, books, etc. You will be notified and credited if published. Keep personal formatting choices such as font choice and size to a minimum - use only for headings. Check grammar, punctuation, and spelling before clicking SUBMIT. How to Submit Your Article To submit an Article, go to the Nurses Rock Forum and click the green tab on the right: ADD NEW TOPIC When that loads, click, "Article?". Then, click the dropdown menu that reads: "Yes I'm Submitting An Article". Follow the instructions to complete all required fields (TITLE, ARTICLE SUMMARY, and CONTENT), scroll and click SUBMIT TOPIC. Once you have submitted the Article, it will be reviewed and approved by Administration. If Administrators have questions, they will contact you for additional information. Only Articles containing 600 words or more will qualify for the contest. If you have questions about Article submissions, please contact the Admin Help Desk Don't Wait Get your article submitted now. We need to hear some uplifting stories right now. The sooner you submit your article, the sooner others will be reading your inspirational nurse hero story. Who knows...You could be one of the lucky ones enjoying a new Eko Stethoscope. CONTEST ENDS 11:00 PM EST MAY 29, 2020. Good luck to everyone! We are looking forward to reading your articles. NURSE HEROES ROCK Brought to you by: The Eko CORE Digital Attachment attaches to your own stethoscope and enhances auscultation through 40X amplification, active noise cancellation, and powerful free software that allows you to visualize, record, and save heart and lung sounds. The CORE supports wireless auscultation & telemedicine to help keep nurses safe from infectious pathogens. Learn More About Eko!
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  6. ChelseaOCN

    Intangible Nurse Superpowers

    OB/GYN nursing is not for me. After living the delivery experience twice with my own children, I nearly fainted when I watched a birth during my clinical rotations in nursing school. A CNM, however, showed me exactly the type of nurse that I wanted to be. She was an amazing advocate who spent time teaching and empowering me during my own pregnancy. My daughter was delivered VBAC into this woman’s arms. Being heroic by being exemplary deserves profound respect She was fully present at every encounter that I had with her. Through this experience, I learned that good nurses are competent but great nurses are fully present. While working on my BSN, I volunteered at a local hospice. Knowing that I would encounter death in all nursing specialties, I needed to test myself. I needed to know that I could handle this ever-present aspect of nursing. Introduction to oncology Through the experiences I had volunteering for this hospice, I was introduced to oncology. Over time, I would learn that this is my passion in nursing. I value the human to human connections built during intimate and vulnerable times – just like those that I experienced with my CNM. Still in nursing school, I was hired as a CNA at the same hospice. My first visit was to the home of a person entering the active dying phase. This was my very first morning on my very first day of the job. I was shadowing an experienced CNA as she diligently cared for the list of patients assigned to her team. The sun beamed down on my crisp new turquoise scrubs as my preceptor and I walked into a well-kept brick home. That day I cared for the same CNM who delivered my daughter. She was young. She was beautiful. She was talented and I had so much respect for her. And she died – peacefully in her home – but she died. We are not omnipotent and our superpowers are intangible Cancer has a way of re-writing life stories and creating waves of emotion. The scars, the side effects, and the stings don’t make it easy. The pathway through can be confusing – gibberish words and time that moves fast and slow at the same time. This is certainly true for the person diagnosed with cancer and it can be true for anyone – including the nurses – involved in the experience. Cancer challenges who you are as a person and where you fit into the world. That day – my first day of work in healthcare – I learned that nurses are human. We are not omnipotent and our superpowers are intangible. Our heroics are best observed within the human to human connections that we build between ourselves and others. Carrying the wisdom that I absorbed from the connections between myself and this CNM, I finished nursing school and became an Oncology Certified Nurse. Caring for people diagnosed with cancer involves and intricate network of support. It requires that everyone within the network is fully present. Mentioning that I am an oncology nurse often evokes sad sentiments, crinkled faces, and downward inflections. To which I respond, “There are success stories!” Even in death, the CNM succeeded. She died peacefully. Successes come in all sizes and forms – patients recover from cancer, they go through treatment with well-managed side effects and death can come peacefully. My inspiration The CNM inspired me to value showing up, doing my best, and being a fully present nurse. By embodying these qualities, the CNM was memorable, conveyed her knowledge, and significantly impacted my nursing practice. Throughout my career, I have connected with countless nurses doing the same thing – they show up, do their best, and work to be fully present nurses. These are the things that make nurse superpowers tangible.

    ER Nurses. Read This!

    After circling the drain with compassion fatigue, I stumbled upon this article that was published in the ACEP: read it and tell me you don't feel proud! Guest Editorial ACEP News September 2006 By David F. Baehren, M.D. For a generation or two, we have lamented the loss of role models in society. As parents and individuals, we naturally seek out others we would like to emulate. Sadly, a serious search through the popular culture leaves us empty-handed and empty-hearted. Thanks to a long list of legal and moral shenanigans, many entertainers, politicians, and athletes long since abdicated this momentous position of responsibility. We usually look afar for heroes and role models, and in doing so overlook a group of professionals who live and work in our midst: nurses. And not just any kind of nurse: the emergency nurse. There are plenty of people involved in emergency care, and no emergency department could function without all of these people working as a team. But it is the emergency nurse who shoulders the weight of patient care. Without these modern-day heroes, individually and collectively we would be in quite a pinch. This unique breed of men and women are the lock stitch in the fabric of our health care safety net. Their job is a physical, emotional, and intellectual challenge. Who helped the paramedics lift the last 300-pound patient who came in? Who took the verbal lashing from the curmudgeon giving admitting orders over the phone? Who came to tell you that the guy you ordered the nitro drip for is taking Viagra? The emergency nurse has the thankless job of sitting in triage while both the long and the short buses unload at once. With limited information, they usually send the patient in the right direction while having to fend off some narcissistic clown with a zit on his butt. They absorb the penetrating stares from weary lobby dwellers and channel all that negative energy to some secret place they only tell you about when you go to triage school. Other kinds of nurses serve key roles in health care and attend to their patients admirably. However, few function under the gun like emergency nurses do. It is the emergency nurse who cares for the critical heart failure patient until the intensive care unit is "ready" to accept the patient. The productivity of the emergency nurse expands gracefully to accommodate the endless flow of patients while the rest of the hospital "can't take report." Many of our patients arrive "unwashed." It is the emergency nurse who delivers them "washed and folded." To prepare for admission a patient with a hip fracture who lay in stool for a day requires an immense amount of care--and caring. Few nurses outside of the emergency department deal with patients who are as cantankerous, uncooperative, and violent. These nurses must deal with patients who are in their worst physical and emotional state. We all know it is a stressful time for patients and family, and we all know who the wheelbarrow is that the shovel dumps into. For the most part, the nurses expect some of this and carry on in good humor. There are times, however, when the patience of a saint is required. In fact, I believe that when emergency nurses go to heaven, they get in the fast lane, flash their hospital ID, and get the thumbs-up at the gate. They earn this privilege after being sworn at, demeaned, spit on, threatened, and sometimes kicked, choked, grabbed, or slugged. After this, they go on to the next patient as if they had just stopped to smell a gardenia for a moment. Great strength of character is required for sustained work in our field. The emergency department is a loud, chaotic, and stressful environment. To hold up under these conditions is no small feat. To care for the deathly ill, comfort suffering children, and give solace to those who grieve their dead takes discipline, stamina, and tenderness. To sit with and console the family of a teenager who just died in an accident takes the strength of 10 men. Every day emergency nurses do what we are all called to do but find so arduous in practice. That is: to love our neighbors as ourselves. They care for those whom society renders invisible. Emergency nurses do what the man who changed the world 2,000 years ago did. They look squarely in the eye and hold the hand of those most couldn't bear to touch. They wash stinky feet, clean excrement, and smell breath that would give most people nightmares. And they do it with grace. So, here's to the emergency nurse. Shake the hand of a hero before your next shift. Dr. BAEHREN lives in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, and practices emergency medicine. ER-Nurses-Read-This.pdf

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