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Multi-Tasking: Friend or Foe?
December 14, 2013 12:20 PM by Mia Ross
I can remember one of the first pieces of advice I was ever given as a nurse: A good nurse must be a fantastic multi-tasker. At the time, it made sense. Once I was thrown into clinical rotation, I felt constant, head-spinning pressures and demands. At Read More...
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National Anxiety Disorder
July 15, 2013 5:23 PM by Mia Ross
I spent an afternoon in the PACU at my hospital a few weeks ago and there’s been a nagging pain in my heart ever since. That day, we had an influx of young female patients: average age around 25, healthy, scheduled for smaller-scale orthopedic surgeries. Read More...
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The Art of Listening
May 13, 2013 8:13 AM by Mia Ross
I learned a valuable lesson at work last week. As an orthopedic operating room (OR) nurse, my manager constantly has to remind me that we have schedule to keep. I’ve only been working for a few months, but I’ve already been asked the question, “What was Read More...
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Managing the "In Between"
December 12, 2012 11:40 AM by Alexandra Cosan
Our unit is currently in a state of "in between." Every week we receive more medical oncology patients, but somehow still manage to fill beds with the classic thoracic surgery or other complicated surgical patients. On any given day one can find one third Read More...
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Confidence in an Emergency
August 7, 2012 10:38 AM by Alexandra Cosan
As of late, I have definitely been feeling more confident in my care. I do not know if it was the whole milestone "one year" idea that really helped it set in, but confidence was upon me. This was truly solidified when I recently had an emergency situation Read More...
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Instant Gratification
April 20, 2012 10:02 AM by Alexandra Cosan
A patient came back to my unit to visit this week and it was the most profound experience I have had thus far in my nursing career. I was in a patient's room when my co-worker waved me outside and explained that someone was looking for me. My immediate Read More...
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Role of the Charge Nurse
February 14, 2012 11:42 AM by Alexandra Cosan
There are days at work in which I can not fathom having the responsibility of the charge nurse. The ability to appropriately and effectively manage the budget, while first and foremost creating a safe work environment (and if possible pleasing the staff) Read More...
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Continuity of Care and Nurse Burn Out
January 13, 2012 12:34 PM by Alexandra Cosan
On my floor, we often have a patient or two at any given time that end up staying on the floor for more than two weeks. Because we are a thoracic surgical floor the situation is typically that the patient had an elective surgery and it was followed by Read More...
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How To Be Prepared for a Rapid Response
November 30, 2011 9:57 AM by Alexandra Cosan
I recently had my first experience calling a rapid response on my own patient. To be honest, I enjoyed the excitement of it and everything I was able to learn from the experience. If I were to break the situation down and evaluate myself I think I did Read More...
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Family Centered Care
September 7, 2011 8:43 AM by Alexandra Cosan
I learned about family and patient centered care in nursing school and understood the concept but, to be perfectly honest, in my clinical experiences over the years I never witnessed the textbook definition play out definitively. Now that I am working Read More...
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