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April 23, 2014 12:59 PM by Frank Visco of New to Nursing

It's been almost seven weeks since I passed the boards, and I'm still hard at work on the job trail. I've filled out quite a few applications, and have gotten a lot of rejections in response. There are a ton of jobs out there, but it seems everyone wants nurses with experience.

Still, I'm in good spirits. Keeping busy has certainly helped with that. I'm the best man in a wedding a few weeks from now, so I've been ...


 
April 19, 2014 11:07 AM by Linda Jones of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Earth Day is April 22. It's a time to give back to the earth to protect it, maintain it, clean it or celebrate it - whatever it is you believe the earth needs from you. But what you shouldn't do is feed it drugs.

Nurses can play an important role by educating their patients of how to properly dispose of unwanted medications - and it's not flushing them down the toilet. If it's flushed, it ends up back in your water ...


 
April 18, 2014 10:49 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Most hospitals have a policy regarding IV starts that "allow" for two sticks per provider. As a patient, I'm a challenging stick, which is why I eventually obtained an implanted port. However, I've been in a few situations (long before I gained a port) when an intravenous line was required. Most of the time, I kept quiet, determined to be a good patient, and not to kick up a fuss if the procedure proved taxing or ...


 
April 15, 2014 11:22 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Karen Pischke, BSN, RN, CCRN, RMT, CHT, TTS, is a regular contributor to ADVANCE, and is a Reiki practitioner.

"There but for the Grace.... " 

April 15, 2013, I was making a bee-line to the finish line when I looked back over my shoulder and paused. I took a few steps back to the corner of Hereford and Boylston, taking photos of runners coming around the bend to cross the finish ...


 
April 15, 2014 7:46 AM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Lauren Petrillo, MSN, RN-BC

As nurses, we are charged with the responsibility of ensuring patient safety and improving patient satisfaction. Although at first it may seem like another ...


 
April 15, 2014 4:17 AM by Lorenzo Ortega of New to Nursing

This week I attended our first custom building session for our hospitals EMR system. As an independent community hospital, we had pushed off the hospital-wide EMR mandate until we were financially ready to commit to a dependable product. With our state deadline approaching, we selected a system a few months ...


 
April 14, 2014 5:58 PM by Barbara Smith of Infection Control & Patient Safety

I know there are mixed opinions about the flu vaccine but I'm curios to hear nurses' reactions to the recent measles outbreaks here in the United States, partially associated with undervaccianted people.

Through aggressive immunization strategies, measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. That means we had eliminated continued transmission for longer than 12 months. However, there are more than ...


 
April 14, 2014 9:46 AM by Linda Jones of Nurse on the Run

Posted on behalf of Dansko

Shift after shift, week after week, we know you work hard and we want to recognize you! Tell us why you celebrate Nurses Week. Share your story for a chance to win a Dansko Appreciation event - shoes and lunch for you and your nursing team! (See rules and regulations on the Dansko site.)

Deadline is April 28; winners will be announced ...


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April 10, 2014 9:59 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

I often find myself witnessing different specialties of nursing tear each other apart. The ED nurse curses the home care nurse or the long term care nurse for not recongizing a problem before it became an emergency. Inpatient, ICU and OR nurses grit their teeth in frustration because the ED nurse isn't able to provide details about the patient's history or related health issues. Finally, home care nurses and long ...


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Ten years ago seniors accounted for just 12% of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2050, that figure will grow to more than 20%. Americans are living longer lives, but not necessarily healthier lives. Old age continues to bring chronic disease.

So severe is the crisis that by 2030, 170 million Americans may have to cope with chronic disease, forecasts the CDC.  Addressing the needs of this ...


 
April 9, 2014 11:42 AM by Frank Visco of New to Nursing

I'm almost three months into fatherhood, and it's been an awesome experience thus far. I'm not going to be one of these people who say their life didn't start until they had kids - I enjoyed my first 28 years very much - but I will say that my little Cassandra adds a great deal of joy and excitement to life.

It's amazing how being a parent has affected the nursing side of my life and vice versa. Of all the classes ...


 
April 8, 2014 11:53 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Everyone understands what nurses and providers think of patients who enter the system claiming multiple allergies, or asking for a specific analgesic by name. Compassion isn't the first thought they begin to form when this occurs. In fact, patients may later recount episodes when they perceived they were treated as drug-seeking or with disdain when providing details of their medication history, especially if their ...


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April 7, 2014 8:08 AM by Mia Ross of New to Nursing

As a nurse, I've grown accustomed to asking the difficult questions.  It wasn't always easy.  When I first began my career, I thought my well-honed social skills would be enough for me to connect with patients.  I thought my charming smile and eloquent style would be the perfect combination to induce patient ...


 
April 3, 2014 2:15 PM by Robin Hocevar of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

If there's any question about our collective dependence on cell phone, Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, anesthesiologist and director of critical care medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, created a symptom checklist. You may recognize the questions, ...


 

I am a supporter of the Affordable Care Act. I have waited a very long time to see the availability of reasonably priced insurance come to pass. I never actually believed it would happen, so I tried not to get my hopes up. It did happen, though, and I am very happy, even though I am worried.

What has me worried is the fear that it will be taken away just as quickly as I got it because of people stereotyping those ...


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March 31, 2014 4:21 PM by Linda Jones of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

As a primarily female industry, nurses should have a lot to say about the movement to ban the word bossy as a way to "empower girls to lead."

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, claims that when used to describe young girls, bossy is a negative put-down that prevents girls from pursuing leadership. Sandberg has gotten support from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez, ...


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March 30, 2014 8:38 PM by Lorenzo Ortega of New to Nursing

After seeing patients with open heart surgery, hemo/peritoneal dialysis, and multiple amputations during my last year of work, it can be somewhat frustrating to work in a cardiovascular ICU. It is very sad to think that the personal responsibility these patients needed to promote their own health unraveled ...


 
March 27, 2014 12:26 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Yes, I am one of those seemingly intelligent individuals who believe their canines have "human" attributes, whether it be by pretending to assist me in blogging, or by staging my wardrobe selections. Additionally, they seem to enjoy watching the same type of cable TV programming (murder mysteries, home improvement, and cooking shows). However, this is exactly where the lines of true anthropomorphism and the use of ...


 
March 27, 2014 9:38 AM by Lorettajo Kapinos of Nurse on the Run

I believe everyone wants to do a good job. Maybe I'm a fool, but I can't imagine ever saying, "Today, I am going to do something terribly wrong, on purpose."  Usually there's a reason people diverge off the path. Maybe they need something they aren't getting. Maybe they are seeking to hide something. Maybe they are desperate or frustrated or overwhelmed.

But most often, I think people stray ...


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March 25, 2014 6:28 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By Anny Su, BSN, RN

Approximately 45.3 million people smoke in the U. S. (CDC, 2008) Many of these smokers seek employment in healthcare institutions. Within the past 6 years, ...


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March 20, 2014 1:44 PM by Frank Visco of New to Nursing

After years of schooling and weeks of intense study, I finally sat for my boards, and I'm happy to report I passed. I was scheduled to take the test over a month ago, but snowy conditions caused a cancelation that pushed everything back ...


 
March 19, 2014 1:37 PM by Mia Ross of New to Nursing

Although the daylight has started to lengthen, you may still be suffering from The Winter Blues. Essentially, The Blues is an offset of seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, what an appropriate acronym!). If the lack of sunlight and frigid weather seem to impact you more than normal, you may be part of the 15% of the population who suffer ...


 
March 18, 2014 3:12 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

 By Kimberly Raines, professor in the nursing program at American Public University

When I first began teaching nursing some 16 years ago, I saw that nursing students are frequently overwhelmed by the fast-paced events that make up the daily reality in our complex and demanding healthcare environment. There is little time to stop, take a breath, put the puzzle ...


 
March 17, 2014 9:32 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

There are few more telling situations than those involving a mother. Mine was no exception. She was intelligent, she was stubborn, she was an avid reader, and she was an equally proud parent. Try hiding any vocational attributes from her (sigh). It might have been easier to change eye color or DNA! She was proud of her offspring and made certain everyone knew it, especially near the end of her life.

As she became ...


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March 12, 2014 8:15 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

Oncology nursing artfully combines complex scientific knowledge and skills with altruistic caring relationships to improve the well-being of patients diagnosed with cancer and their families. Nurses are respected members of the healthcare team whose clinical judgment is valued and impact on patient outcomes is acknowledged. The honor to serve those faced with life-threatening illness provides limitless opportunity to ...

 

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