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  • Why We Dislike Labels

    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, we may not think twice about their use, except for the harsh glare we give when we hear ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on December 14, 2016
  • Pay it Forward

    SOS Children's Villages South Africa builds families for children in need and in doing so, we help them shape their own futures. We have cared for over 24,000 children since the opening of our first village in 1982. I have the privilege to be a sponsor for a little girl at the SOS Children's Village here in Cape Town. Her name is Aphelele, ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on December 13, 2016
  • Mean Nurses, Where are Your Manners?

    Every day in our nursing career we meet a lot of diverse types of people. But handling different types of nurses at work can be a dismaying task. It can be very challenging working with lazy, difficult coworkers who don't pull their weight. If you have been in this profession for any length of time (22 years for me), you know who I am talking ...
  • Sam's Gift

    As a pediatric intensive care nurse, I dreaded the holidays because tragedies were even more poignant and painful due to the time of the year. This one particular Christmas proved me wrong—not because of the lack of human loss but because of the greatness of the human spirit.  I first met Sam when the lab called in a panic about her ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on December 1, 2016
  • MacGyver Nurses Among Us

    I cannot remember the first time I heard the term ''MacGyver Nurse.''  For those of you that do not remember watching MacGyver, the show is back. The main character could settle any crisis, it seemed, from world war, invasions of aliens, or out-of-control spaceships with duct tape, his Swiss pocket knife, and gum.  Okay, I ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on November 17, 2016
  • An Exceptional Mantra for Nurses

    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 unfortunate habit may kick in shortly after we articulate the Florence Nightingale pledge—when ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on October 12, 2016
  • Small Talk Can be a Big Deal

    There are so many instances where small talk is practiced regularly in the various nursing units. Small talk is unescapable: in the elevator, in the lobby, in the café... everywhere. The real benefit to small talk isn't what's said; it's when relationships are built over time. If your shift starts at 0700, then chances are you are going to see ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on October 7, 2016
  • The Infamous Colonoscopy: Tips for Prepping

    A colonoscopy: At some point in our lives, we all will have one, either because we have reached the screening age of 50 or because we are having issues with our GI tract. Having undergone my colonoscopy and being under the age of 50, with having a strong family history of colon cancer, I too was dreading the evil prep. Going through the ...
  • 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
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