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July 30, 2015 8:02 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I am so saddened whenever I read of another loss of life, particularly when the beauty of life is described as "cut short following a grueling battle with (fill in the blanks) cancer, heart disease, respiratory failure, drug addiction, etc., etc. We love to use the word battle in this country when describing medical intervention. He fought hard against the affliction, but succumbed in the end. She battled ...


 A patient enters a clinic with symptoms of a serious infectious disease. A nurse fails to ask the patient where she "lives, works and plays" and if she is prepared to fill a fairly expensive prescription. This is healthcare of the past-a time when clinicians addressed patients' symptoms with small regard for the consequences of the disease or condition on community, surrounding populations and public health.     ...

July 20, 2015 2:39 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you wonder to yourself, "Did I make the right choice?"

Lately I have been wondering just that. Am I where I am supposed to be? Why did certain things have to happen to me? Have I listened enough and made the right decisions? Did I do enough in my life? Strange questions I know, but I have realized in the last year that life is so fleeting. We aren't assured that ...

July 18, 2015 3:31 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

We pry ourselves from bed and force our bodies out into work...rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine. Statistics demonstrate we tend to work more fatigued and drained than ever before, often when ill, or perhaps even feverish or contagious. We barely skim the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy, not because we choose to do so, but because we are nurses. It is the nature of the gig.

In light of all this sacrifice, we could ...

July 17, 2015 11:58 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Editor's Note: This guest post is written by Kathy Eliscu, BA, RN, who worked more than 30 years as a nurse in maternal/child health, office nursing, school nursing, and psychiatry at a major mental health clinic.

After 30-plus years in nursing, I've accumulated plenty of stories. You get it, if you've been in nursing for a while. Like for at least a week.

In the first decade, nursing ...


Healthcare organizations (HCOs) will benefit from involving nurses in health information technology (HIT) planning, implementation and optimization. The process begins early. Nursing schools, colleges and universities must build students' informatics awareness, knowledge and skills, as well as their drive to innovate and transform their work in healthcare via HIT.

Some academic programs already prepare nurse ...

June 28, 2015 11:48 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

We pass them once in awhile in the hall, coming or going after hours or before beginning our shifts. Well-dressed consumers, suited-up, successful, concerned, peering into every corner of the hospital as if they are Sharks on an episode of Shark Tank. They act like owners with a vested interest in the operations of the coffee shop, the smile of the cashier handing them coffee at 0600, and whether the nurse they pass ...

June 25, 2015 3:18 PM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

It seems every nurse I know is working under staffing stressed conditions. Many are working extra hours that are insanely challenging.  Experienced nurses are hard to find and even harder to keep. So many people I know are working with  no fuel in their tank.  And yet, an amazing thing keeps happening. These nurses return to work day after day, mostly happy and often ...

June 22, 2015 2:57 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

Being in nursing college is really teaching me, not only valuable professional skills, but also, life skills. As I am going through my general nursing work, I am realizing what is expected of us, what rules we must adhere to, what the government expects from us as nurses. But are we actually practicing the one fundamental rule or right that all these legal instructions tell us to do?

Do we as nurses stand ...

June 17, 2015 9:23 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Editor's Note: This guest post is written by by Nancy C. Lee, MD, deputy assistant secretary of health - women's health, and director of the office on women's health at the Department of Health and Human Services and Ana N. Fadich, MPH, CHES, vice president, men's health network.

Each year we ask women and men to take two weeks out of their routines to make their health a ...

June 15, 2015 3:19 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

 Editor's Note: This guest post is written by Christine W. Clarke, RN, MS, ONC, educator, Houston Methodist Orthopaedics

When I reflect on the elements which persuaded my decision to become a nurse, I cannot ignore hereditary influence. Between my maternal grandfather's aunt serving with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War and three of my aunts graduating as diploma nurses after ...

June 13, 2015 9:54 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

There is very little that can frighten seasoned nurses. They stare death in the face, and function effortlessly with multiple victim trauma cases without breaking a sweat. They don PPE and bathe infected wounds that would scare the pants off most physicians. But ask them to publish their work, and they scurry. Why?

It isn't because they can't do the work.

Physicians have been publishing for decades, ...

June 8, 2015 12:00 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Corina Wilkin, BSN, RN 

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) recently held a 'Day of Dialogue' to discuss how incidents of violence are currently addressed in hospitals. AONE includes lateral violence, or bullying, between colleagues (e.g. nurse/nurse, doctor/nurse) in their definition of workplace violence. According to the Workplace ...

June 8, 2015 9:27 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Editor's note: Guest blogger Samer Koutoubi, MD, PhD, is program director and faculty member, public health at American Public University

The health and well-being of Americans should be the ...

June 3, 2015 3:31 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Ronda McKay, DNP, CNS, RN is chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Community Hospital, Munster, Ind.

My recent article - Using Technology to Enhance Nurse Safety - generated quite a bit of response from members of the nursing ...

May 30, 2015 4:36 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

During the month of May, we revisit two important milestones, Nurses' Week and Mother's day. Nurses typically excel at both events, glorifying in the intersection of their professional and personal lives. For a few of us, however, the days may be filled with sorrow or pain. Fortunately, we have learned through our craft, to redefine mothering, turning heartbreak into hope, for that is what nurses do.

Hidden ...

May 28, 2015 2:45 PM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

This time of year always throws me into a reminiscent mood. Flowers are blooming. Temperatures are rising. And all over the country nurses are graduating from school. I often hear new nurses asked where they expect to be in five years. Personally, I don't ask that because I had no clue back then.  All I knew was that I finished school and wanted to start a career.  And every year around this time I pause ...


Virtual learning environments (VLEs), typically defined as online systems that allow nurse educators and trainers to share information with nursing students and learners via the Web, are growing in popularity. The reasons are understandable. Following are just some of the benefits:

Communication: VLEs increase the number of available channels for nurses to learn through forums, discussion threads, polls and ...

May 20, 2015 1:13 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

Okay let me start by saying; "I have new found respect for Registered Sisters."

I have started my first official block period at college, and okay I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park to do this Bridging Course, but I did not think it would be this overwhelming, either. I don't know if it is the fear of the unknown; or the fact that I am actually on my way to one day-not so far away- being a Registered ...

May 18, 2015 1:58 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Editor's Note: This guest post is written by Stephanie Noblit, MLS(ASCP)CM, who blogs for our sister publication ADVANCE for Laboratory.

Earlier this May, at ASCLS-Pennsylvania's state meeting, I attended an educational session entitled, "When Professionals Meet: Bridging the Gap between the Laboratory and Nursing." Like most medical laboratory ...

May 14, 2015 8:57 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Jamil King, National Sales Manager, Panasonic

As the role of nurses has evolved throughout the years, so too have the mobile computing tools they depend on in the fast-paced healthcare environment. Being on the front lines of patient care, nurses have often been the early adopters of different technology to aid in delivery of patient care - from beepers to "computers on wheels" to PDAs. As faster ...

May 7, 2015 5:57 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Recently, a young woman by the name of Brynn Duncan made the news for two reasons. Brynn is only 21 years old, but she suffers from a horrible condition called mast cell disease, which means she is essentially allergic to just about everything in life. She requires frequent use of an Epi pen, as well as multiple visits to the Emergency room for lifesaving care. The second reason she made the news was financial; she ...

April 30, 2015 6:55 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

As an experienced nurse with a pain management certification, I believed I knew a thing or two (or three) about complicated pain assessment techniques. These techniques were particularly helpful with geriatric patients, or those who were non-verbal or physically/mentally challenged. As useful as my skills had become with human patients, however, they were pathetic when one of my chihuahuas became acutely ill.

Nurses ...


Nursing informatics has come into own, according to the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey. Announced at HIMSS15 and supported by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, the survey documents the impact of informatics nurses on health information technology (HIT), ...

April 21, 2015 3:36 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

Well to start off let me say this, nursing is not at all as it is portrayed in Grey's Anatomy. If you think you will look as fresh as a daisy at the end of a 12-hour shift and meet Mr. McDreamy, I have really bad news. That rarely, if ever happens at all, ladies and gents. Nursing has so many challenges that we have to face on a daily basis.

Being a student has its benefits and struggles. You are and will ...



Technophobes and uberusers will learn from a group of bloggers who are immersed in healthcare informatics, technological development and implementation.

From our work environment to our homes and schools, our society is riddled with the catastrophic impact the lack of infection prevention has had in our communities, particularly in the facilities where we as nurses work. Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN, and Barbara A. Smith, MPA, BSN, RN, CIC, will share their expertise and experience in infection control, and hope this space will give you an opportunity to share your opinions and comments as professionals who deal with this important topic each and every day.

Read along as a group in various stages of their nursing career share their stories.

The ADVANCE for Nurses editorial staff will discuss issues in the nursing profession, current events in healthcare and offer their two cents for your enjoyment.

Nurses face unique challenges every day. This blog is one experienced nurse's way of integrating work, personal life and passion for writing, all while training for her first half-marathon.

We use our specialized knowledge and skills to provide quality care, educate, and save lives. We use our hearts to encourage, comfort, and support. When cure is not possible, we gently walk alongside patients and their families at the end of their journey. Oncology nursing is an honor. Cancer patients trust us with their lives, invite us into their fight, and depend on us to preserve their hope. That is making a difference....

Do you ever feel the need to pull rank as a professional? Nurses may shy away from disclosure until absolutely necessary. They may sit with a family member in the hospital, and "pretend" to be a layperson, until the family member is in pain, the IV is infiltrated, and the bedsheets are growing stale. Using "The Nurse Card" may prove appropriate or embarrassingly inappropriate for the nurse involved.