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No Sadder State: Living With Chronic Nonmalignant Pain
February 8, 2013 12:34 PM by Guest Blogger
By Diane Goodman, APRN, BC, MSN-C, CCRN, CNRN Recent statistics demonstrate that approximately 15% of adults in the U.S. live with various types of chronic nonmalignant pain (median percentage point prevalence, Pain Physician , 2009). Whether this pain Read More...
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Obesity in Nursing
January 30, 2012 10:21 AM by Pam Tarapchak
Twelve-hour shifts have gotten some bad press. They've been linked to medical errors, nurse burnout and, now, higher rates of obesity in nurses. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, surveyed 2,103 female nurses and Read More...
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Healthcare: The Changing Face of Quality
October 31, 2011 1:34 PM by Guest Blogger
Diane M. Goodman, APRN, BC, CCRN, CNRN, is in staff development at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL. Quality used to be an easier concept to define for nurses and healthcare providers. If the patient recovered during their length of stay 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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Not So Sweet?
May 3, 2011 4:21 PM by Candy Goulette
Last year, through a combination of hard work and no food, I was able to lose 60 pounds. I was lighter than I had been in years and felt great. I got rid of all my “fat” clothes and got some new duds more fitting for the, well, more fit me. Unfortunately, Read More...
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PTSD Through a Child's Eyes
July 14, 2010 10:20 AM by Gail Guterl
It's been all over the news for a week now. Veterans of war no longer have to prove a specific event led to their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In his announcement of the change in Veterans Administration policy, President Barack Obama said, Read More...
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Assisted Suicide: What If It Were Me?
June 23, 2010 12:26 PM by Chuck Holt
I recently edited a compelling article on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) written by Lisa Siminski, BSN, RN, CHPN, staff nurse, St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem, PA. In her report on PAS , Siminski points out straight away that the American Nurses Read More...
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Alzheimer's, From the Inside Out
April 14, 2010 2:55 PM by Valerie Newitt
When I was a kid, I used to walk my great grandmother ("Gramma" to me) around and around the yard, then up and down the front path. Nearly blind, she couldn't see where she was going; she only knew it was quite a distance. "You're a very nice girl, and Read More...
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Are You Addicted to Junk Food?
March 29, 2010 10:07 AM by Rich Magda
Heaviest woman in all the land. This is how Donna Simpson wants to be known. The New Jersey woman, already the heaviest to give birth, requires a mobility scooter to go shopping and still spends $750 on food each week. She would love to weigh 1,000 pounds, Read More...
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Swine Flu: Lots of Hype or Did the Hype Save Us?
February 3, 2010 4:18 PM by Ainsley Maloney
With the peak of flu season behind us, as swine flu cases drop and, as a result, European countries cancel millions of swine-flu vaccine orders , the World Health Organization (WHO) is facing tough allegations of "faking" a pandemic for the benefit of Read More...
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Drummer Boy Delivers Exceptional Gift to Father
December 28, 2009 4:19 PM by Valerie Newitt
There has never been a heart attack in my family, at least not within the boundaries of my memory. Family members have succumbed to cancers of various types; for counter balance, a fortunate handful have made it well into old age. But a couple days before Read More...
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Prescription Drugs: A ‘Perfect Storm' That Almost Became a Killer
October 29, 2009 3:10 PM by Valerie Newitt
My mother, despite her 92 years of age, maintains the mind of a brilliant, life-loving 30-year-old. Unfortunately, her physical self never sipped from the fountain of youth. Her sight has dimmed, her mobility is nil, and she's done battle with cancer, Read More...
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Flu-id Thinking: Do Your Part to Educate
October 26, 2009 5:48 PM by Valerie Newitt
A friend called me the other day and read an H1N1 memo that had been distributed to the approximately 120 employees at her Southeastern Pennsylvania office. It read: Workers are expected to be at their work stations. If you have been exposed to H1N1, Read More...
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Take It All Off, Part 5
September 2, 2009 11:59 AM by Valerie Newitt
Ah, the seduction of food. That's right, you heard me. Seduction. There is absolutely an unspoken attraction to a firm mound of mashed potatoes and a pool of satiny butter. And there is no doubt that a warm apple pie, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream Read More...
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'That One'
April 23, 2009 12:00 PM by Karin Lillis
I used to like my doctor -- until she told me to lay off the chips and ice cream. Recently, I had my annual physical. I already knew my jeans fit tighter than they did a year ago. I had a lot more energy then, too, and I didn't get winded from a simple Read More...
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