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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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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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An Exceptional Mantra for Nurses
October 12, 2016 8:33 AM by Diane Goodman
I'm not sure when exactly it starts, but I DO know that across the board nurses are very similar in one personality trait. We're universally hard on ourselves while being, inversely, very forgiving of others. We set our own bar unbelievably high. This 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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Boundaries of Care
June 10, 2016 12:18 PM by Diane Goodman
As new nurses, we manage our careers carefully, knowing we might get attached to patients and families easily. Policy and procedure manuals warn us about boundaries. We know not to spend time with patients or families other than in our professional status. Read More...
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Charmed, I'm Sure
May 22, 2016 9:31 AM by Diane Goodman
We live in one of the more volatile times for nursing, whether it is through aggressive political discussions, or the rising violence in cities across the country. Each day brings additional concerns, whether it is the latest statistics on the spread Read More...
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Staying Inspired
April 22, 2016 11:23 AM by Diane Goodman
Nursing can be tough, and at times disheartening. You feel a pull and tug on heartstrings that ache at the end of a long day. At times, it's hard to find time to put the "zing" and inspiration back in your step. That's where a cohort of nursing friends 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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