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May 2014 - Posts

The Nurse Card

The Buck Stops...Where?!
May 31, 2014 10:24 AM by Diane Goodman
As a nurse, we should be presumed to be reasonably intelligent as purveyors of our own care, but what happens when you are stuck in the middle, as a chronic patient? This has happened to me more than once, so I've spoken up, and let ER physicians know Read More...
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Hit or Miss
May 22, 2014 12:34 PM by Diane Goodman
When you carry a nurse card, you learn to get used to a lot of abuse. Not from your peers, of course, but from the patients you see. Over the years, I've been punched, kicked, slapped, sat upon, pinched, pulled, dodged or worn body fluids on my attire, Read More...
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When Ouch Means Something Else
May 14, 2014 8:30 AM by Diane Goodman
It is the wise therapist, nurse or physician who agrees upon a pain plan prior to working with a patient. Whether the plan includes a hand signal that means STOP, or pause, it could make a world of difference to the patient. Let me explain via scenario. Read More...
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Why Nurses Make Miserable Patients
May 8, 2014 12:18 PM by Diane Goodman
OK, somewhere along the way, nurses got the idea we were supposed to be role models for how patients should act and respond, no matter what the procedure or disease process. I'm not sure exactly why this should be. We get tired and frustrated, sad, depressed, Read More...
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For Nurses Week: The Hands of Time
May 8, 2014 8:55 AM by Diane Goodman
I have always been one of those touchy-feely nurses, quick with a hug and sympathetic pat, which is funny, as I wasn't raised in an overly affectionate family. My hands have continually been swift to soothe and caress, even as a nervous new grad whose Read More...
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    Diane M. Goodman, APRN, BC, CCRN, CNRN
    Occupation: Clinical Educator
    Setting: Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, Ill

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