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July 25, 2016 10:00 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

By virtue of a chronic illness, I have a dual perspective on healthcare. As an occasional patient, I am able to more closely understand both the provider and the utilization side of care. As a result of my experience, I have learned that bedside communication can be enlightening, perhaps representing a barometer of how a particular institution may be doing overall.

Does the staff seem stressed, stiff, or ...


 

Summer is here! Living in New England, our summers tend to be short, but so is staffing.  For most of us, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and beach days. Many employees already have summer and vacation on their minds; after all, it's been a long winter and the staff is ready to get away from it all and get some much needed R&R. Research has shown that taking time off is critically important to avoid long-term ...

 
July 19, 2016 8:34 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

Suddenly there it was-a lack of compassion. Or was it?

She was only 29-years-old when the phone rang with news no one wants to hear. She didn't believe it at first, and neither ...


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July 18, 2016 10:33 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Nurses across the country have watched in shock and consternation as the amount of violence and brutality escalates in cities and communities. Hardly a day has gone by without an additional, heartbreaking tragedy being broadcast over every category of media.

We've passed beyond shock. Our heads are bent and bowed with worry. Some of us have lived through times similar to these before-the devastation of 9-11, the ...


 
July 14, 2016 8:37 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

"Is the glass half full or half empty?" is an often asked question. What is not often asked is how do you feel about your glass? Do you mourn the loss of half of your water, or are you happy to have as much water as you do? What are you willing to do to gain back the other half of your glass?

These are not meaningless questions. Rather, this is very important. Pretend the glass is actually a measure of health ...


 
July 13, 2016 5:09 PM by Nicholas Nicholson of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

As a college professor and registered nurse, I have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to walking into a patient's room (or a classroom). However, nothing could have prepared me for the fact that one day, someone would decide to put up a billboard on I-84 East in Waterbury, CT, near exit 25, portraying a shirtless man with a stethoscope around his neck. "Who's caring for your mom?" asked the question printed ...


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July 13, 2016 4:16 PM by Jasper Tolarba of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

I chose nursing as my profession because I truly believe it is one of the few callings that transcend gender, race, socio-economic status and religion. It is ignited by one's motivation to care for other people-a desire that is consummated every time a patient's health and well-being is restored. Sure, there are times a patient's outcome may not be what everyone hoped for; but part of the sanctity of this vocation ...


 
July 13, 2016 3:53 PM by Michael Madrid of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

Unbelievable! As far as the healthcare industry has come, as far as the nursing profession has come, and as far as we as human beings have come-and still, here I was, in shock and disbelief as I drove by   Cheshire Regional Rehabilitation Center's latest billboard, which is located near Exit 25 on I-84 East in Waterbury, CT.  It poses the question, "Who's Caring for Your Mom?"

This organization's ...


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July 12, 2016 9:30 AM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

How do you decide which program is the best fit for you?

If you are asking every program the same questions, every program will be the best.  If you are reaching out to a variety of BSN programs and asking questions, document the responses. Next, take this information and develop a tool to share with your colleagues.   It will be one less step for the next person getting started, and you can use the ...


 

How many of us have returned from maternity leave with aspirations of pumping every 3-4 hours to keep up our milk supply to meet that goal of nursing our babies for the first 12 months of life?  How quickly did we come to the realization that it is difficult to leave the floor 3 times in a 12 hour shift to pump?  How soon did the guilt begin about asking our peers to watch our patients so we could pump (yes, ...

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The remote patient monitoring (RPM) revolution is here. RPM uses technology to collect data from an individual in one location-a patient at home, for example-and then transmits that information to a healthcare professional at another location. 

The RPM market will surge in the coming years due, in part, to the aging of the population, chronic lifestyle-related conditions and pressures ...


 

Being a nursing manager these days, people automatically assume means being dressed in a suit with a lab coat, rarely venturing out to patient care areas and a having a nice big office. The biggest complaint that I hear is that managers forget about being nurses and are not clinically involved and lack clinical credibility.

Reality check. I manage an extremely busy pre-operative day surgery facility. We do ...


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June 20, 2016 11:06 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

As the morning sun comes up over Table Mountain and I climb the final steps up Lion's Heads hiking trail, I get a sense of just how small I actually am, looking around at all the majesty of God's artwork. How blessed am I not to be able to experience this, see and feel it, touch and taste it. How often do we forget to be thankful? Even for the little things we receive on a daily basis?

I had the opportunity ...


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June 16, 2016 3:44 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

During the previous week, the country has seen about as much tragedy as anyone could bear, especially within the city of Orlando.

Through the rapid-fire response of media, many have been quick to respond, with global outpourings of sympathy and expressions of support. Unfortunately, the opposite has also been true, as politicians and citizens have posted critical, irresponsible messages on social media, with ...


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My last blog was October 1, 2014.  Why the long hiatus?  I suppose it was the complexity of life. Jumping in head first into my first real nursing leadership role, I became involved in every quality project that I could find.  I spent my time drafting research and grant proposals, applying for graduate school, and leading teams.  I rushed from work to pick up the kids, take them to ball games, cook ...

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June 15, 2016 10:57 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Read this quote below first as a caregiver and then as a scientist and we will see the debate about spirituality in the scientific literature

"This is the first resting-state fMRI study demonstrating altered functional connectivity in the DMN among meditation practitioners.  In the current study, meditators showed heightened activation of the DMN in the MPFC. This finding is consistent with previous studies ...


 
June 14, 2016 10:29 AM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

Research ranks money, as one of the biggest barriers as why ADN and diploma nurses are saying they are not completing their BSN.  It is possible to complete your degree and do it with no money out of pocket.

Does your facility offer a tuition reimbursement program?  If you are unsure, call your human resource department or speak to your department manager.  Review the policy, qualifications, and frequency ...


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June 10, 2016 12:18 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

As new nurses, we manage our careers carefully, knowing we might get attached to patients and families easily. Policy and procedure manuals warn us about boundaries. We know not to spend time with patients or families other than in our professional status. We follow those rules to the letter. We don't want to form relationships with patients where boundaries get murky.

But somehow, in a nursing career, those ...


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May 29, 2016 9:20 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I'm sure as all nurses starting out, I had a dream. I was young, vulnerable, and naive', but I had plans. I wanted to be the best nurse I could become, AND I wanted to be a mother.

As anyone could tell you, once plans have been made, things can go awry. Many years, miscarriages later, with heartbreaking pain, I had to scrap the idea of becoming a biological mother. Plans for adoption weren't as easy at that ...


 
May 22, 2016 9:31 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

We live in one of the more volatile times for nursing, whether it is through aggressive political discussions, or the rising violence in cities across the country. Each day brings additional concerns, whether it is the latest statistics on the spread of Zika through pregnant Moms in the U.S., or the latest city/shooting/potential spread of terrorism.

So it is easy to understand the astonished looks I receive ...


 

Population health management (PHM) and the emergence of accountable health communities will revitalize nurses' career options. Healthcare organizations (HCOs) will seek nurses with the knowledge, skill and experience to tackle PHM and engineer behavior change. Among the positions nurses will seek within provider, payer, community and government ...


 
May 17, 2016 2:30 PM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

It was fall of 2010; the Institute of Medicine released their recommendations for the future of nursing. One recommendation they made was to increase the ratio of BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020 to help meet the increased demands in nursing to care for the increasingly complex patients.

By 2011, like many other facilities across the nation one large rural hospital in upstate New York started to make changes. ...


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Two of the guiding principles in modern American culture today can have a devastating impact the success of nursing teams and their ability to provide safe, effective care if we overlook them. The two philosophies are individualism and minimalism which lead to the attitudes "What's in it for me?" and "What is the least I have to do to get by?" Realistically, these thoughts are human nature, but we must acknowledge they ...

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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 ...


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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, ...


 

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