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The Nurse Card

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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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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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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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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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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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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Changing Fields, Changing Directions
May 29, 2016 9:20 AM by Diane Goodman
I'm sure as all nurses starting out, I had a dream. I was young, vulnerable, and naive', but I had plans. I wanted to be the best nurse I could become, AND I wanted to be a mother. As anyone could tell you, once plans have been made, things can go awry. 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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Fueled by Coffee
January 21, 2016 12:35 PM by Diane Goodman
Anyone who knows me has seen me working at some point fueled by cups of strong coffee. Apparently, I am not alone. It appears that recent research on the consumption of coffee beverages demonstrates the #1 and #2 spots are held by nurses and doctors, Read More...
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The Nursing Card; Let’s Get Acquainted
January 2, 2014 4:29 PM by Diane Goodman
As we get to know each other, it will become apparent I'm a nurse. You would know this by reading my biography, but you wouldn't know I was placed on earth to be a caregiver through and through. By the age of 3, as I could articulate my needs more eloquently, 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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