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July 29, 2014 8:40 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

A hospice patient in Oklahoma City is being denied his medications to treat his COPD, while coping with a diagnosis and treatment for tongue cancer.  In Cadillac, Michigan a patient struggling with colon cancer is being denied insulin to treat his diabetes and is in danger of diabetic shock.  

Due to a recent and poorly thought out 


 

I find myself spending large amounts of time in airports, arriving early to get through strict security, or passing time in terminals due to weather or mechanical delays. During those periods, I seek refuge at a quiet boarding gate that has a high concentration of power outlets or Internet access. Finding these spots is often a challenge, as I peer under seats, circle support columns and poke around vending machines. ...

 
July 25, 2014 11:02 AM by Mia Ross of New to Nursing

The recent grilling of Dr. Oz in front of the US Congress sparked great debate.  It was important reminder for all healthcare providers:  Practice what you preach.  As a nurse, you have more than just a professional license.  You have signed an oath to practice healthcare safely, responsibly and effectively.  You have signed on to be a lifelong supporter of science, evidence and progress.  ...


 
July 24, 2014 1:17 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

My brother recently complimented me on my ability to keep the past alive and our remembrances ongoing by the gift of my words. This caused me to reflect and wonder...do nurses have better words? Are we born with the ability to comfort and soothe via the spoken word, or is this an acquired trait that requires experience and time? Do we learn the language concurrently, as we learn the nature of our craft?

As ...


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July 23, 2014 11:34 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

When nurses receive report on their patients do they think much about patient and family centered care? I believe that nurses are the closest at achieving this concept but we are not there yet. This model of care delivery implies that the patient and family are treated as one unit according to the patient's definition of family. It means that healthcare professionals consider the unique needs, experiences, and wishes ...

 
July 22, 2014 10:45 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Judy Blair is senior vice president, clinical services, and chief nursing officer, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, Calif.

As I round and ask what is going well on this unit, I often hear, "Our unit has great teamwork."

What are the characteristics of great teamwork and how do we continue to enhance it? I'd like to ...


 
July 17, 2014 11:20 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I was shopping with a friend recently, and we noticed customer service discrepancies and policy variations from store location to location. Suffice to say the rudeness barometer was out in full force that morning, everywhere we went! Our observations could have been somewhat silly if we weren't both in healthcare. We were also concerned about the treatment of less physically and ...


 
July 16, 2014 3:54 PM by Catlin Nalley of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

The prevalence of social media outlets allows us to share every detail of our life in real time, but it also begs the question, how much is too much?

It has become commonplace to share details of your work day, but for social media savvy healthcare providers a seemingly innocent post could actually be a breach of not only a patient's privacy, but also their trust.

Katie Duke, a New York City nurse, found ...


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I was visiting with my nephew who mentioned that he was gearing up for The Talk with his 11 year old son. I admit I was saddened by the news. I think so much innocence is lost afterward. But then again, it is necessary information, especially now when kids hit puberty so much earlier then they used to.

I had one child, a son, and as a nurse, I was very open about the body and human sexuality. My son often ...


 
July 13, 2014 1:40 PM by Lorenzo Ortega of New to Nursing

Well it's crazy to say, but now I have 5/6 first-day post-op open heart recovery orientation. After my next orientation shift I will be able to recover these patients from surgery on my own. It's a thought that makes me quite nervous, but I feel as though I am ready. My last patient was an aortic valve replacement and I was able to work the patient towards extubation during the night. We successfully extubated in ...


 

It has occurred to me recently that many nurses feel powerless to address daily issues that affect patient safety and nurse satisfaction. I often hear grumblings ranging from difficult nursing assistants who do not give baths to medical teams who do not address end of life issues until the time of an impending code.

The phrase "that's the way it is" implies that nurses are powerless to change behaviors that ...


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July 7, 2014 9:02 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Elinor Abraham, MSN, APRN, BC, Nurse Coordinator, Federal Occupational Health Unit, Program Support Center, National Courts Building, Washington, D.C.


 
July 3, 2014 3:31 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I apologize for being "away from my post" a few weeks. I have been tending to one of my Chihuahuas, who has been putting up a gallant fight to overcome a nasty infection that has settled behind her right orbit. She has had surgery, and numerous full doses of broad spectrum antibiotics, but so far, the infection seems to be winning. So much so, that we came to the realization, as most of us in healthcare, ...


 
July 2, 2014 8:47 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

I have always been an expressive person. There are many adjectives to describe that part of me. Some of them are positive, but not all. When I was younger, I thought my passion was bad. I ignored it, denied it, suppressed it. Ultimately, I made myself feel pretty awful. Eventually, ALL of my thoughts would explode, causing massive destruction. After, I would back down into my silence and the cycle would begin again.

Then, ...


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June 30, 2014 5:01 PM by Frank Visco of New to Nursing

While looking for a full-time job, I've been working for a home health care agency. I've been working an every-other-weekend case for about three months, and it's gone well enough that I'm readying to take on another case.  

I recently oriented on the new case, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't intimidating. My case manager warned me it would seem that way. The nurse I trained with acknowledged ...


 
June 25, 2014 11:45 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

Last night, I held a Manager's Forum meeting as the Pioneer Valley Chapter President of the Emergency Nurses's Association. Our topics included crucial conversations, sharing difficult conversations with your manager and how to advocate for yourself without whining.   The premise was to offer a safe place for managers and staff ...


 
June 21, 2014 8:34 PM by Lorenzo Ortega of New to Nursing

Recently on my unit we have been receiving a great deal of patients post MI and related interventions. We certainly are a cardiovascular ICU, but it was strange how almost every one of our beds was being taken by a traditional heart patient. All of these patients have provided our unit with a large census of CABGs and balloon pumps. I had my balloon pump orientation and took care of the patient independently. ...


 
June 21, 2014 8:06 AM by Mia Ross of New to Nursing

One of the most difficult aspects of my jobs has been learning how to let go.  It's easy when the day runs smoothly.  When I'm not accosted with the sorrow behind a tragic story or the euphoria accompanying an epic feat, it's easy to go home, unwind and sleep soundly.  However, as nurses, there are many days which don't end up perfunctory.  It is my challenge on those days to learn to let go:  let ...

 
June 19, 2014 3:45 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Theresa Conejo, RN, cardiovascular nurse at Nazareth Hospital, Mercy-Health System in Philadelphia. She is also a You're the Cure Volunteer Advocate for the American Heart/Stroke Association. Her passion is helping children and adults learn the importance of healthy eating and an active lifestyle. 

As nurses, we know eating too much salt leads to high blood pressure and puts ...


 
June 17, 2014 1:43 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

The following is a statement released June 17 by Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Robin Robinson, PhD. 

This week, our nation reached a milestone ...


 
June 16, 2014 1:54 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

If you carry a nurse card, you might be guilty of hoarding. It has a tendency to go with the territory. Most of the time, it begins with a few alcohol wipes and band-aids carried in the pocket, to avoid repeated trips to the central station. Then, of course, there is a tendency to hoard linens and wound supplies in patient rooms, usually stacked conveniently in the windowsill for ready access. These are typically ...


 
June 16, 2014 10:54 AM by Linda Jones of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

To those of you who earned an ADN several decades ago and believe you can nurse circles around today's new grads (and I don't doubt that's true), let me say, before you write a letter,  that I understand you are a good and valuable nurses. I don't question your skills, especially at the bedside, and I don't think you should have to go back to school to earn a degree if you have years of experience. That said, I ...

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June 16, 2014 10:14 AM by Barbara Smith of Infection Control & Patient Safety

The annual APIC conference was held from June 6 to June 9 in sunny Anaheim.  Thousands of professional from around the world attended. Each year the conference is increasing the use of technology. In recent years, certain sessions are broadcast on the web for anyone to watch. Last year's topic was infection control involvement in disasters - namely the earthquake in Japan and Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. One ...

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June 13, 2014 10:01 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Lee Helstein

As I reflect upon the significance of Father's Day, I am reminded of why I decided to pursue nursing in the first place. The birth of my ...


 

"Learning cultures" within hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations across the care continuum are rooted in the practices and policies of schools, colleges and universities. This blog explores how nurse educators can use supportive learning environments created within schools and colleges as a foundation for creating positive learning environments in healthcare organizations (HCOs).

Nurse educators ...


 

ABOUT OUR BLOGS

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.

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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.