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  • 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
  • National Anxiety Disorder

    I spent an afternoon in the PACU at my hospital a few weeks ago and there’s been a nagging pain in my heart ever since.  That day, we had an influx of young female patients:  average age around 25, healthy, scheduled for smaller-scale orthopedic surgeries.  Our surgeries ended early, so after my morning in the OR I headed to the ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on July 15, 2013
  • Pulling for Sarah: A Unique Perspective on Lung Transplant Case

    My brother has a lung disorder related to rheumatoid arthritis which may eventually cause him to need a lung transplant. It’s as troubling to write about as it was to hear about a few months ago. Were my brother at the top of the lung transplant list and a judge decided to change the rules and give the next available donor lung to a little girl ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 12, 2013
  • Maximizing Transitional Care

    By Diane M. Goodman, APRN, BC, MSN-C, CCRN, CNRN Your patient is about to leave the inpatient facility for home, where they will need to manage approximately 3.4 chronic diseases (if they are a typical senior ≥ the age of 65, according to the CDC, U.S. Health Statistics). How do we assure patient readiness in our rush to find a wheelchair, a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 17, 2013
  • In Print or Online? It's Up to You.

    Editor's note: This blog was written by Elizabeth Rosto Sitko, managing editor of ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management. Last week, Newsweek published its final print issue. As a magazine enthusiast (I subscribe to many, I've studied them, and I work for one), I was saddened to hear the news. I remember a time when finding one ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 14, 2013
  • Benefits of Low Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

    (Editor's note: This guest blog was written by Suzanne LeBeau, BSN, RN, CLNC.) We all know the scenario. You're getting report on your sixth patient and the nurse who is giving report is spent, burnt out and just wants to go home to her cozy bed. As you may imagine, the conversation may go like this: First nurse: ''In room 320 is Mr. Jones, a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on December 12, 2012
  • Limited Access to Healthcare?

    By Diane M. Goodman, APRN, BC, MSN-C, CCRN, CNRN At a recent research conference, I listened to two colleagues battling back and forth about access to healthcare, and what the audience viewed as a ''two-tiered'' system; those who have insurance coverage versus those who do not. Government statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau (2009) place the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on December 10, 2012
  • Nurses Can't Seem to Escape Being Honest & Trustworthy

    As most everyone knows by now, nurses have for several years been ranked the ''Most Trusted Profession'' in an annual Gallup survey of Americans. But now a new study reveals nurses are also very good at assessing the quality of care delivered in the hospital units in which they work.  In short, it turns out nurses are not only trustworthy ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 9, 2012
  • Healthcare: The Changing Face of Quality

    Diane M. Goodman, APRN, BC, CCRN, CNRN, is in staff development at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL. Quality used to be an easier concept to define for nurses and healthcare providers. If the patient recovered during their length of stay and avoided the quagmire of hospital-acquired assaults such as pneumonia, urinary tract ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 31, 2011
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