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Benefits of Low Nurse-to-Patient Ratios
December 12, 2012 1:25 PM by Guest Blogger
(Editor's note: This guest blog was written by Suzanne LeBeau, BSN, RN, CLNC.) We all know the scenario. You're getting report on your sixth patient and the nurse who is giving report is spent, burnt out and just wants to go home to her cozy bed. As you Read More...
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Nurses Can't Seem to Escape Being Honest & Trustworthy
October 9, 2012 2:19 PM by Chuck Holt
As most everyone knows by now, nurses have for several years been ranked the "Most Trusted Profession" in an annual Gallup survey of Americans. But now a new study reveals nurses are also very good at assessing the quality of care delivered in the hospital 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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Nurses: Unsung Healthcare Heroes
May 11, 2011 11:31 AM by Pam Tarapchak
Guest blogger Dennis H. Smith is director of the VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore Nurses are the ones who prepare patients for procedures. They comfort nervous patients, reassuring them everything is going to be alright. They work long hours Read More...
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Why Is It So Tough to Quit Smoking?
April 25, 2011 3:08 PM by Valerie Newitt
Smoking is a lousy, smelly, costly habit. Even worse, cigarette packs come lined with the foil of disease -- think emphysema, lung cancer, heart disease, COPD, and more. We all know smoking is bad for us. So do patients. Education is available and anti-smoking Read More...
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Pain Bias Toward Patients
March 25, 2011 2:46 PM by Guest Blogger
By Diane M. Goodman, APRN, BC, CCRN, CNRN Most of our healthcare providers believe they deliver professional, deliberate and unbiased care to patients no matter the ethnicity or socioeconomic status of the patient. This may be true . When the patient Read More...
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Customer Service Challenge for Nurses
March 14, 2011 10:35 AM by Guest Blogger
By Diane M. Goodman, MSN-C, APRN, CCRN, CNRN There is no quicker method to increase anxiety among a group of nurses than to inform them they are scheduled for mandatory meetings related to improving customer service. Mumbling, side conversations and uneasy 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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Sight, Sound & Smell
June 16, 2010 11:09 AM by Gail Guterl
My husband says we can't remember everything about a book or a movie or a vacation, so our minds fixate on the most vivid impression and that's what we remember. I just finished reading Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina by Denise Danna, Read More...
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Sometimes We Need Inspiration
April 22, 2010 12:02 PM by Gail Guterl
The other day, while tidying up, I picked up a book, Inspired Nurse by Rich Bluni, RN, and leafed through it. My first reaction: How did I miss this book? My second: Wow, what a great book to tell nurses about, especially in this stressful time and especially 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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A Lone Ranger Tweets for Blood
November 17, 2009 10:55 AM by Valerie Newitt
Some people scoff at the younger generation's seeming dependence on social media. "Who needs text messaging or Facebook or MySpace? What's wrong with picking up the phone and calling someone?" ask some old-schoolers. And they'll further the attack with, 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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