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October 15, 2014 9:27 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

It's impossible to turn on the television, radio or look at the internet without the virus EBOLA staring you in the face.  And now, two health care workers have been infected at the same hospital.

Blaming the nurse was the first reaction . It was assumed the nurse broke protocol. Now, workers are coming forward with reports that the hospital did not provide the ...


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October 14, 2014 10:24 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I was mortified to read that one of our peers had contracted Ebola from providing care to her critically ill patient. I was even more dismayed to read early press coverage of the event, for not-so-subtly written between the lines was a clear suggestion of blame. HAD the nurse somehow breached protocol? Or was the CDC hoping to squelch widespread panic by pointing fingers, rather than hinting that their procedures ...


 
October 13, 2014 9:11 AM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Martie Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ, chief nursing officer, Medline Industries Inc.

Who would have thought that the tools you count on every day to do so much for you would become the center of incredible tension within the care delivery system? 

In many ways, these tools are a perfect example of Polarity. Polarity Management teaches us that it is not black and white, nor is it gray. It ...


 
October 10, 2014 11:23 AM by Barbara Smith of Infection Control & Patient Safety

I'd like to acknowledge the dedicated nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian who cared for the recently deceased Mr. Duncan. They, along with the nurses at Emory University in Atlanta and Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha who cared for patients with Ebola, deserve our admiration.

Nurses working in many different areas are appropriately concerned with exposure to Ebola. Of course, nurses in emergency departments ...


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October 3, 2014 9:56 AM by Chuck Holt of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and 33 other members of the House of Representatives recently sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking her "to adopt recommendations that would adequately reimburse Medicare providers for having voluntary discussions about end-of-life ...


 
October 2, 2014 3:25 PM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

My friend and I were supposed to meet for a walk one night. But a text popped up on my phone that she had an extended doctor's appointment that included an emergency ultrasound after an annual mammogram. The word "emergency" always makes me feel uncomfortable, but I'd been through a series of breast cysts and knew that mammograms sometimes take longer when they find those types of things.

Later that ...


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October 1, 2014 8:00 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

As most of you know, I have spent my entire career in oncology nursing. I have cared for women diagnosed with breast cancer who have undergone mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation with a variety of outcomes. Some have overcome breast cancer yet later developed leukemia or heart failure as a result of the toxic chemotherapy the received years ago. Others women I have encountered return for surgery after their breast ...


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What are the first thoughts that come to mind when you read the term: "social media"? Do you think about your tween's Myspace page or your own LinkedIn account? Maybe when you hear the term, visions of unending kitten videos posted to Facebook come to mind? Perhaps you drew a blank when you read the term because you still refuse to even ...


 
September 29, 2014 10:47 AM by Pam Tarapchak of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

One in five. That's how many new nurses choose to change their job within their first year of nursing. One in three leave within two years. Given that new grads often struggle to find their first positions, one study shines a light on this interesting trend -- and why it might not be a bad thing.

These statistics were based on a study in the current issue of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, that ...


 
September 29, 2014 7:32 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

Nurse turnover is a complex phenomenon that directly affects patient outcomes and healthcare costs. When new graduate nurses accept new positions on or before one year of hire, the institution loses a significant amount of money that they invested in their training. This affects the bottom line (which equates to nurse-patient ratios), but I am concerned about the larger impact. I have seen new graduates ...

 
September 25, 2014 10:17 AM by Pat Veitenthal of Nursing: You Wanna Know What I Think?

In the same week, I heard of two different ways nurses were horribly mistreated. The first was a viral web story about an office nurse with cancer who was laid off by her physician employer in a handwritten letter, stating, "You will not be able to function in my office at the level required while battling for your life. Because of this, I am laying you off without pay as of August 11, 2014." The doctor stated it was ...

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Big data promises to have a big impact on nurse education and training, including the performance and success rates of nurse learners, whether they happen to be young Millennials or retirees who've just re-entered the workforce.  

But it will take time before big data and analytics transform the experiences of learners, educators and trainers and reshape how learners develop skills, knowledge and ...


 
September 21, 2014 11:43 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

In our diverse society, patients want to discuss what they see surrounding them on social media, whether it be spousal abuse, unemployment statistics, or racial unrest. They trust nurses to listen and to offer a comforting ear for their concerns. If necessary, they may choose to vent, to unleash fears and frustrations they feel about an uncertain diagnosis, under-treated pain, annoyance over the multitude of lab sticks ...


 

The med/surg unit is an operationally intense care environment with typically two out of three hospitalized patients residing in this area. The acuity of patients in this setting is escalating, along with rising co-morbidities and patient age. In parallel, the hospital's patient population is shifting more toward outpatient care, increasing the number of short-stay patients. Short-stay patients are those who stay in ...

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September 15, 2014 9:20 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

When I was in nursing school, the movie Outbreak (1995) was released. That prompted me to read a book with the same name, Outbreak (1987). Though the story was different, the epidemic concept was the same. I was also taking a microbiology class.

 I ...


 

Video games aren't just for kids anymore. The earliest gaming consoles kept players stationary and sedentary, and became an object of concern in a world of rising obesity rates, diabetes and other health scares. But then came games that required players to move - to participate ...


 
September 11, 2014 10:23 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

Today, my unit secretary called me and said there was someone there to see me. I went out to the nursing station to find a man a woman vaguely familiar yet I could not place who they were. The woman standing there said, "You probably do not remember me but you saved my life 2 years ago." She held a card in her hand and as she handed it to me she told me her name. I immediately remembered the frail woman whose room ...


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September 9, 2014 10:29 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

Nurses often think that what they do every day is ordinary. My goal is to capture the small gestures that make an extraordinary impact. Here is a glimpse of the amazing things I see from bedside nurses:

Any given day on the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery unit, this nurse can be seen playing her acoustic guitar and singing songs of inspiration for her patients and their families struggling to cope with ...


 
September 8, 2014 2:22 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Priscilla Ngo, BSN, RN, a staff nurse on critical care staff unit in Philadelphia and Family Nurse Practitioner student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.


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September 6, 2014 10:07 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Once we begin to label our patients "chronic", their care takes on another dimension, as if they have transitioned from simple to the frustratingly complex. This can be analogous to pain which has stubbornly refused to subside after a period of three to six months, and is then classified as chronic nonmalignant pain. Imagine how the patient feels when they are first given a label deeming them "chronic"? ...


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September 3, 2014 9:55 AM by Barbara Smith of Infection Control & Patient Safety

We've had some summer for infectious diseases - chikungunya in the Caribbean and of course Ebola in West Africa. When a friend was diagnosed with Babesia, I thought I'd learn more about this tickborne disease often occurring during warm months.

Babesiosis is carried by the Ixode tick that lives on deer mice and other small mammals. The babesia parasite travels from the deer mouse attaches itself to a person ...


 
August 24, 2014 9:54 PM by Lorenzo Ortega of New to Nursing

When people told me in nursing school that the first year of working as a nurse would be hard, they were right. Even after the first year there have been many challenging days on the job. Somewhere around month 9 or 10 you begin to make connections between nursing school and the repetition of patients you have cared for. A great deal of growth begins based on past experiences. When one year comes ...

 
August 22, 2014 3:09 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Sandra Ann Evans, DNP, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, CCM, patient care services, Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Nurses, let us critically think about nursing leadership. Leadership, is it nature or nurture? While most would agree that a person's charisma plays a role, I suggest that leadership skills are developed over time through learning. Those of us who are educated in the area of science readily accept that science ...


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I cannot believe the wide spread changes in healthcare since my retirement. The advances continue faster than I can keep up. Many of the meds I took for years are no longer available because better ones have been created. There are even new specialties that I never heard of before. But I really got my eyes opened to just how wide spread the advances are when I recently had to utilize some veterinary medical services. ...

 
August 19, 2014 12:37 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I carry a nurse card, so I should be skilled at dealing with loss, particularly after years of experience. I'm not. In fact, while the world was rocked with the sudden, agonizing death of Robin Williams, I was trying to deal with a smaller loss of my own. I lost one of my chihuahuas, after a taxing summer of treatment. Grace had been chronically ill for months, and it was obvious she was slowly deteriorating. ...


 

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