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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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