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Moving Forward After Loss
January 26, 2017 9:34 AM by Diane Goodman
Nurses deal with sorrow and loss on a frequent basis, so much so that it becomes an occupational hazard for some specialties. Yet we never quite get used to the feeling. Whether professionally or personally, grief can feel staggeringly overwhelming. It Read More...
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Planning a Nursing Career through the Long and Short Haul
January 5, 2017 1:52 PM by Diane Goodman
Determining to pursue a career in nursing may be the easiest decision you make in life. As you may have been told, nurses are in great demand! There are also many types and thresholds where an individual can “get their feet wet” while deciding which type Read More...
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Why We Dislike Labels
December 14, 2016 10:03 AM by Diane Goodman
We utilize descriptive terms nearly every day, whether during handoff or when reading through charts. "An elderly, well-nourished, white male, appearing his stated age, was admitted for a complaint of increasing shortness of breath." Labels. Professionally, Read More...
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Buyer Beware!: Practicing Caution with Pharmaceutical Ads
November 8, 2016 9:18 AM by Diane Goodman
If you spend any time watching your favorite televised programs or leafing through a popular magazine, you may be surprised by the increased number of pharmaceutical advertisements targeted at consumers with chronic conditions. The "patients" are generally Read More...
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Why You Cannot Possibly Leave Nursing
September 14, 2016 2:28 PM by Diane Goodman
I've reached the age where a few of my peers have dropped off fulltime status in nursing. Their husbands are retiring, they have beautiful grandchildren popping up here and there, and holidays are looming. They're tired. They no longer wish to pull weekend Read More...
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Green Swimming Pools and Medicinal Hickey: The Surprise of Rio
August 24, 2016 8:22 AM by Diane Goodman
If you're a nurse, you spend an enormous amount of time explaining the unusual and uncommon events of everyday life, especially when those events might be concerning the health or safety of our Olympics team. This year, we were so busy focusing on mosquitoes Read More...
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Ready or Not, Zika Has Arrived
August 10, 2016 8:23 AM by Diane Goodman
We may have believed we had more time to prepare. Health officials and Congress had discussed allocating funds for research and planning, but Zika seemed so far away. The Presidential election, the Olympics, gun control, a sudden surge in violence, even Read More...
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Going Off Script
July 25, 2016 10:00 AM by Diane Goodman
By virtue of a chronic illness, I have a dual perspective on healthcare. As an occasional patient, I am able to more closely understand both the provider and the utilization side of care. As a result of my experience, I have learned that bedside communication Read More...
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When Violence Begets Further Violence
July 18, 2016 10:33 AM by Diane Goodman
Nurses across the country have watched in shock and consternation as the amount of violence and brutality escalates in cities and communities. Hardly a day has gone by without an additional, heartbreaking tragedy being broadcast over every category of Read More...
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Nursing In Tragic Times
June 16, 2016 3:44 PM by Diane Goodman
During the previous week, the country has seen about as much tragedy as anyone could bear, especially within the city of Orlando. Through the rapid-fire response of media, many have been quick to respond, with global outpourings of sympathy and expressions 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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