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In our acute care setting, we deal with death and dying on a
daily basis. It truly amazes me, the differences in between patients' reactions
when facing a ''death sentence.'' I'm sure this can be noted in all walks of the
healthcare system, as well, but it's by far been most noticeable to me in the
Take Mr. G, for example. He's ...
The time has come! I've passed boards, obtained my state license and I am scheduled to have ''temporary privileges'' at my facility next week! This is such an exciting time for my family and me! We've worked so hard for so many years and this is it.
The really amusing thing? I opened the mail a couple of weeks ago when my license came through ...
Over the past month I have had some very challenging
patients. I will often question, why and how did someone end up here at the
correctional facility? I believe it is better I do not know. Actually, it is
none of my business; it keeps the care unbiased and pure and it does not impact
how I treat them. If one of the inmates upsets the ...
It's ironic that I wrote my last post on October 15, 2012,
the 1-year anniversary of my one and only job as an NP.
What a year! Or, rather, what a year and a half! The worst
of times, yes (the end of a 30-year marriage in June 2011), but also the very
best of times (Duke MSN/FNP in May 2011, certification in September 2011, dream
job in ...
Have you visited our blogs lately? Last week, new NPs and nurse veterans battled on the value of floor experience. Our NP & PA Student blogger Terry Clarke, currently enrolled in a fast track NP program, expressed his views on what experienced nurses have going for them and what they still have to learn. Here are a few of the comments your ...
There was a disturbing incident
that occurred a few weeks ago. I also look at this experience as an eye-opener
for me. I have long come to this realization, but it was never more evident
than when the incident happened. First, let me start off by stating, prior to my
opportunity to work in corrections, I was judgmental and biased and I ...
I was before, but now I am an even greater advocate of the
pill box. Every patient with a lackluster memory, or taking multiple
medications, or time sensitive medications should own one. There is nothing
better than a physical reminder to keep a body on track.
I was recently confronted with an HIV positive patient on a
cocktail of ...
Lately it seems a rash (no pun intended) of patients have
asked me how it was that they contracted their Staph infections. Some had MRSA,
others MSSA. Some suffered from bacteremia, others osteomyelitis, and others
still were challenged by skin/soft tissue infections in the form of painful and
unsightly abscesses. Some had recently undergone ...
''America has spoken'' says Nick
Cannon from America's Got Talent and the winner is: The American People! This
is the feeling of many when the Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is constitutional. Are the American people
really winners? Absolutely!
As the healthcare reform unfolds, nurse ...
My contact with pain patients was extensive during my
residency in Aurora, North Carolina, a coastal town of about 400, with a
patient population compromising of retirees, commercial fisherman and
above-ground miners from a phosphate mine. I knew from that experience that
even if I never found a job as an NP, I would not choose to do pain ...