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Pulling for Sarah: A Unique Perspective on Lung Transplant Case
June 12, 2013 4:32 PM by Chuck Holt
My brother has a lung disorder related to rheumatoid arthritis which may eventually cause him to need a lung transplant. It’s as troubling to write about as it was to hear about a few months ago. Were my brother at the top of the lung transplant list Read More...
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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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Wanna Laugh? Check Out Bloopers from Medical Records
October 4, 2010 10:47 AM by Valerie Newitt
Exploring the Web for inspirational quotations pertinent to nurses, I tripped across Medi-Smart which listed, instead, "funny quotes from medical records." The site states, "The following quotes were taken from actual medical records dictated by physicians." 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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Nurse Jackie: Understanding All Patients
May 12, 2010 4:34 PM by Gail Guterl
I just finished reading Finding Frances, a book by Janice M. Van Dyck . Frances is Frances Baldwin, a lifetime heavy smoker who is dying of COPD. After suffering with the condition for some time, she learns there are treatment options for her; she can Read More...
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Nurse Jackie: To Suture or Not to Suture - What Would You Do?
May 4, 2010 12:33 PM by Valerie Newitt
On this week's episode of Showtime's nurse-centric hit Nurse Jackie , Jackie (Edie Falco) and BFF Dr. O'Hara (Eve Best) take it upon themselves to stitch up little Fiona's cut lip - right in Jackie's kitchen. Hmmm.... And exactly how clean is that kitchen 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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‘Nurse Jackie' -- How Real Is She? Have You Ever Known One?
April 21, 2010 10:05 AM by Valerie Newitt
Have you ever known a Nurse Jackie in your own life? You know the kind -- full of swagger and bravado, oozing with street smarts and clever comebacks, never one to turn away from conflict. Showtime , which aired the latest episode last night, recently Read More...
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Surviving the Tragedy
April 15, 2010 10:24 AM by Gail Guterl
I'm anxious to see what nurses think of the May/June ADVANCE Online Book Club selection Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King. While the book is about the strength of human resolve - detailing how one family 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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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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Take It Off, Take It All Off
July 29, 2009 8:20 AM by Valerie Newitt
Relax, the headline was meant only to get your attention. What I want all of us to take off is extra poundage. And yes, I know, I know... you don't want to hear one more holier-than-thou voice saying "you really ought to lose some weight..." or "you have Read More...
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