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  • When is Suffering Senseless?

    Oncology nurses provide care to cancer patients and their families across the continuum. They are there from the life-changing moment of diagnosis to the frightening, yet hopeful, treatment phase. Such treatments may make patients feel worse than they did before treatment, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on September 23, 2016
  • When the Personal and Professional Realms Collide

    There is an interesting perspective a nurse (or a nurse's loved one) who is a patient has. First off, it's not easy to be a patient-it's especially not easy to be one when you are a nurse. It's even more difficult when you teach nurses how to take care of others as there are certain expectations of care that should be provided. So, naturally, when ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on August 12, 2016
  • Going Off Script

    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 can be enlightening, perhaps representing a barometer of how a particular institution may ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on July 25, 2016
  • The Cost of Caring

    Suddenly there it was—a lack of compassion. Or was it? She was only 29-years-old when the phone rang with news no one wants to hear. She didn't believe it at first, and neither did her family. Then it became reality-more doctor appointments and finally surgery scheduled for a double mastectomy. She had ductal carcinoma, highly aggressive, but ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on July 19, 2016
  • Boundaries of Care

    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. We follow those rules to the letter. We don't want to form relationships with patients where ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on June 10, 2016
  • Charmed, I'm Sure

    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 of Zika through pregnant Moms in the U.S., or the latest city/shooting/potential spread of ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on May 22, 2016
  • Staying Inspired

    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 come in handy. Nurses often find similar hobbies through social media or other nurses at ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on April 22, 2016
  • I Saw a Ghost Today

    Today, my unit secretary called me and said there was someone there to see me. I went out to the nursing station to find a man a woman vaguely familiar yet I could not place who they were. The woman standing there said, ''You probably do not remember me but you saved my life 2 years ago.'' She held a card in her hand and as she handed it to me she ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on September 11, 2014
  • The Language of Nursing

    As a nurse, I’ve grown accustomed to asking the difficult questions.  It wasn’t always easy.  When I first began my career, I thought my well-honed social skills would be enough for me to connect with patients.  I thought my charming smile and eloquent style would be the perfect combination to induce patient compliance and ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on April 7, 2014
  • Resolutions for a New Nurse

    I must be honest:  I’m not too fond of New Year’s resolutions.  They’re too heavy to carry for 365 days.  There is too much pressure to resolve the many things that we all could do better.  Instead, I like to think of the New Year as a time to go inward, to reflect and re-charge.  I like to take this time to remind myself ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on December 30, 2013
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