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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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CNAs as School Nurses: A Good Idea?
August 31, 2011 11:10 AM by Pam Tarapchak
As students in Salisbury, MD, head back to the days of homework and bus rides, the Wicomico County school district has decided to replace three registered nurses with certified nursing assistants, leaving some schools without an RN to care for children Read More...
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Introducing the Bedbug Registry
September 15, 2010 12:23 PM by Joe Darrah
Let me apologize up front if you're one of those people who are more comfortable with having not known about a potentially uncomfortable (not life-threatening) situation as opposed to knowing about it, having the opportunity to gauge your exposure and 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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Striking Nurses: Do Ends Justify the Means?
April 7, 2010 1:28 PM by Valerie Newitt
When nurses go on strike, it can be a thankless undertaking. They may be fighting for an ideal of better patient care, while at the same time walking away from the patients for whom they are caring. It's a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. Read More...
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Voice from Haiti: Injuries, Efforts, Needs, 'Please Pray for Us'
January 15, 2010 10:11 PM by Valerie Newitt
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature." -- Helen Keller That apt quote is provided by Marcia Lane, director of Haiti Nursing Foundation , as she faithfully passes along an Read More...
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Haiti Update: Nursing School Dean Found Alive and Providing Care
January 15, 2010 9:43 AM by Valerie Newitt
Yesterday I blogged that Dean Hilda Alcindor, RN, of FSIL School of Nursing , the first BSN nursing program on the island of Haiti, was among the missing. Amidst the tragedy came good news: The dean is alive and well. She is, however, mourning the loss 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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Take It All Off, Part 4
August 27, 2009 8:50 AM by Valerie Newitt
Just when you least expect it, great advice pops up. "The Association of Weight and Health Promotion Practices of Middle Aged Women" is the erudite title of the doctoral dissertation of Ann Townsend, DrNP, MSN, APRN-BC, RN and director of Our Lady of Read More...
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Got Something to Say? Go Public
August 5, 2009 11:35 AM by Valerie Newitt
I saw an item from the Mason County News, Mason County, Texas. It offered snakebite tips to readers who probably have seen more than their fair share of rattlers, water moccasins and copperheads. But what caught my eye was the fact that the tip sheet Read More...
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HIPAA be damned? Celebrity death fuels debate about privacy rules in healthcare
July 13, 2009 5:49 PM by Lyn A.E. McCafferty
If you think the fictional Nurse Jackie and HawthoRNe are bad for nursing’s image, just wait until you hear about one real-life nurse in California. Like many, I could not escape the media frenzy following Michael Jackson’s death. Internet, TV, newspapers, Read More...
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When Plump Isn't Pleasing
March 5, 2009 1:09 PM by Valerie Newitt
How important is physical conditioning for nurses? A recent ADVANCE article about Jessica Henry, BSN, RN, resident care supervisor at Luther Crest in South Whitehall, PA, detailed her staggering weight loss of more than 125 pounds in under a year. In Read More...
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