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July 2011 - Posts

ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

What's Your Story?
July 25, 2011 11:15 AM by Chuck Holt
Great ideas come in many forms. And sometimes great ideas are forms. Take for example, the idea for a "Stages of Surgery" form brought to our attention by its creator, Kevin Visitacion, BSN, RN, an OR nurse in Chicago. The aim of the form is to keep patients Read More...
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Lessons Learned
July 18, 2011 6:54 PM by Candy Goulette
As I write this, I'm preparing to go back to Michigan (from California) for my 40th high school reunion. In addition to thinking about seeing old friends (pun intended), I've been taking stock of some of the lessons I've learned in the last 40 years. Read More...
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Nursing in Post-Flood Ravaged Minot
July 11, 2011 8:18 PM by Robin Hocevar
Minot, ND, is no longer featured on the nightly news but, in the aftermath of a record-breaking flood, nurses need encouragement now more than ever. Though Trinity Health in Minot, ND, was itself out of the danger zone, staff spent more than 2 days preemptively Read More...
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The Benefit of RNs Providing Labor Support
July 8, 2011 10:25 AM by Linda Jones
Cynthia M. Palmer, RNc,CNS, APN-BC, works at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. I believe that most women who are in labor desire the continuous support of professionals to assist them throughout the birthing process. Labor support is the provision Read More...
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Body Image & the Young
July 5, 2011 5:25 PM by Lisa Brzezicki
A couple of weeks ago I turned on Good Morning America while getting ready for work and was struck by a report about Taylor, a 6-year-old girl in Houston who had come home from school and asked her mother why her tummy was so fat. "A girl in the bathroom Read More...
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The Evidence Says 12-Hour Shifts Are Risky
July 1, 2011 2:27 PM by Linda Jones
I'm back on my 12-hour shift soapbox. I've written previous blogs and forum discussions on the safety risks of 12-hour shifts. The benefit to the nurse is personal - more days off in a row, less commuting. I get that. Nurses also claim better continuity Read More...
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