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May 3, 2016 8:04 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

 A stethoscope and a pair of scrubs stimulated a national discussion on nursing several months ago during the Miss America pageant. You may recall Miss Colorado wearing these items while presenting a monologue about what it means to be a nurse. 

Daytime talk show "The View" made commentary about her stethoscope and scrubs.  It ignited dialogue and raised a swell of voices around one common ...


 
April 30, 2016 10:39 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I came out of the uterus knowing exactly what I was placed on earth to do. I was lucky. So few people are that fortunate. To solidify the deal, my Mom named me after a nurse, so by the time I hit the nursery, I was on the job.

Other babies were busy looking cute and cuddly and drooling, not me. I might have looked like a full term infant, but I was busy assessing Apgar scores. That blonde baby in the corner, ...


 
April 28, 2016 12:30 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

 

May has nurse's week...so I decided to speak to some nurses about what nursing means to them. I spoke to nurses who are close to retirement and too young, hopeful bright eyed and bushy tailed nurses, fresh out of University. And boy there was a huge difference in opinions. Strange how the circumstances of your work, where you work, how you're treated and have been treated and things you have experienced changes ...


 
April 26, 2016 3:55 PM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

It is an old axiom in psychology that beliefs are important to health.  Beliefs are the assumptions upon which we build our lives.  Beliefs shape how we make decisions.  Decisions determine our actions.  Our actions bring us results.  Results create the life we lead. 

Beliefs---Decisions----Actions---Results

If we are dissatisfied with the results of our life-if we are not happy-then ...


 
April 22, 2016 11:23 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Nursing can be tough, and at times disheartening. You feel a pull and tug on heartstrings that ache at the end of a long day. At times, it's hard to find time to put the "zing" and inspiration back in your step. That's where a cohort of nursing friends come in handy.

Nurses often find similar hobbies through social media or other nurses at work. We find our "quirks" are not so strange when viewed through the ...


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April 19, 2016 10:54 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

Imagine having this conversation with someone you are caring for, "Let me talk with you about keeping your skin healthy. It is just as important as your brain, lungs and your heart."  Unfortunately, it's not common nursing practice I've witnessed very often across the nation.  Skin in many ways is the forgotten organ of the body.  Utilitarian in its function, until it declares weakness or breakdown and ...

 

Telemedicine will emerge as a $34 billion market by 2020, according to research from  Mordor Intelligence, helping care providers improve care outcomes, enhance access and manage costs.  

Telemedicine's growth will also change how nurses serve patients and consumers in an environment shaped by value-based, accountable care and ongoing pressures to generate revenue, cut costs, and enhance patient satisfaction ...


 
April 4, 2016 10:55 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Mary Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN,  is the Marian S. Ware professor in Gerontology, director of New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health

Patients, family caregivers, clinicians and health care systems each play a significant role in achieving high value health care. The path to this goal is most challenging for vulnerable patient populations with complex health and social needs. Prominent among these ...


 
April 2, 2016 12:00 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Lately, there are movies  like The Hunger Games that take place in an alternative universe with unlikely heroes who strive against impossible odds. Nursing history is the ultimate alternative universe filled with heroes who strive against impossible odds.  Yet our history actually happened.

Susie King Taylor was such a hero. She was born into slavery in Georgia and escaped to freedom ...


 
March 29, 2016 2:23 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I am functionally disabled, but unless you examined me closely, you might not know. At first glance, I look completely "normal", whatever that word means.

My friends, family members, and close colleagues know, and perhaps those who shop with me. People ask me what it's like, because it's important that we teach patients with a disability or handicap to be prepared. According to the ADA, that's approximately ...


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Drones are far more than toys. Drones will transform diverse areas of life, including business, defense, education, entertainment, and, of course, health and medicine. Drones will also transform the role and function of nurses and other healthcare professionals. Just consider the possibilities: 

Education: Educators from diverse disciplines have incorporated drones in curricula and research projects. ...


 
March 8, 2016 3:42 PM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

After recently giving a presentation on Florence Nightingale, I mused on the changes nursing has seen through the ages. For example? In 1887, one rule for nurses stated that any nurse who smoked, used liquor in any form, got her hair done at a beauty shop or frequented a dance hall would "give the director of nurses good reason to suspect her worth, intentions, and integrity." I would have been kicked out of nursing ...


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March 7, 2016 2:08 PM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

 I work at a North Omaha Area Health, a free clinic run by two RNs, which free health screenings for everything from HIV to diabetes.  We work in the 3 zip codes that have the largest STD rates in the country. In an effort to promote health we offer a diet class through a program called the North Omaha Academy of Healthy Living which integrates spirituality into health behaviors. We offer free 8 week ...


 

Discussions about virtual reality (VR) often center on the technology; specifically, sophisticated headsets like Oculus Rift, which was showcased at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). While VR is still in its infancy, many innovations will surface in 2016, supported by conversations about VR's health and medical applications. Experts predict that the VR market will soar to $15.89 billion by 2020, ...


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March 3, 2016 12:39 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

All nurses are used to receiving feedback; it's become as natural to us as breathing in and out. We receive commentary from bosses, family members, patients, colleagues, and friends. Good, bad, or indifferent, we absorb and integrate it into our day, and then, hopefully forget about it. But what if it's our first review...and we receive feedback that, to us, barely makes sense?

This happened recently to a nursing ...


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March 3, 2016 8:14 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

In today's healthcare environment, workers are being asked to do more with less. See more patients in less time with fewer resources is a common refrain. As reimbursements grow harder to come by, hospitals are tightening their purse strings and looking for more cost-cutting measures.

Linda Boly, RN, an Oregon nurse with 34-years of experience, took a look at her hospital's time and cost-saving measures and ...


 
February 18, 2016 11:39 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Guest editorial by Michael LaFerney, PhD, RN, PMHCNS,BC, Abour SeniorCare in Haverhill, Mass.

2016 is not a good time to be a psychiatrist or psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in long-term care. Long-term care mental care is in crisis. Overregulation, nursing home politics, and ineffective medications are making practicing in this environment difficult. Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse prescribers ...


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February 15, 2016 10:32 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

We see it in Emergency Rooms everywhere, as I saw again this week. I was amused, thinking of sharing the story with colleagues, as inwardly, I rolled my eyes and sighed. Here was yet another "frequent flyer", one of the patients for which healthcare has identified no solution. She had just been discharged, but here she was, suitcase packed, ready for another stay.

Soon enough, she begged her husband to remove ...


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January 29, 2016 12:54 PM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Nursing is focused on Evidenced Based Practice. More so now than in any other time in our history, we look to research and the scientific method. You may think these methods fail us when we study spirituality. Can you imagine being a peer reviewer and being assigned an article entitled "God and Cholesterol: An underused intervention" I can just see the description of the research protocol. "A group of volunteers were ...

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January 21, 2016 12:35 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Anyone who knows me has seen me working at some point fueled by cups of strong coffee. Apparently, I am not alone.

It appears that recent research on the consumption of coffee beverages demonstrates the #1 and #2 spots are held by nurses and doctors, respectively. We understand the mathematics of working long hours with minimal breaks and maximum demands. It is similar to running a vehicle and plotting MPG's. ...


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Her name is Nadine. Developed by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, this human-like, or humanoid, robot can reveal personality, mood and emotions. Nadine's creators believe that social robots like her will soon surface in homes, offices and other environments that face worker shortages. 

But should nurses live in fear that Nadine's descendants will take control of the profession of nursing? ...


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December 28, 2015 1:38 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

We hear a baby's first gasp and cry and we are often the ones to witness the last gasp of the dying. We honor these sounds with our presence, never forgetting the blessing to be there at the beginning and end to life.

In between, sound plays such an important part to a nurse's life we almost forget the beauty of it, the wondrous nature and rhythm of what we hear. We know when it gets out of hand, and it's too ...


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December 21, 2015 12:29 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

As I sit and stare out the window of our tearoom, looking out at Table Mountain ,I cannot help and feel a sense of wonder and how I blessed I am to live in such a beautiful country.

I get a sense of pride. I think of how blessed I am for all I have and I smile and with that my mind changes course to all those that in this festive season don't have the same sense of pride that I feel. 

I wonder ...


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Healthcare has entered a new era of collaboration; specifically, interprofessional collaboration that engages professionals ranging from physicians, nurses, dieticians, and therapists to pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers and case managers. Stories on collaboration abound in the healthcare industry news. Consider these developments:

December 16, 2015 4:04 PM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

You can CAT scan a broken bone or a diverticula. You can scope a cardiac vessel in real time and watch the blood flow. But a change of character-from helpless to hopeful, from addict to recovery, from smoker to non, from overwhelmed with chronic pain to a person who copes well-is something that nurses know exist but which we cannot measure. Character, how you act on a long term basis, is the part of your personality ...

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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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