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  • Nursing Holds the Heart of America, But…

    Nursing has once again been voted the most trusted profession in America. Merriam-Webster defines trust as the ''firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.'' We, as nurses, hold the firm belief of the American people in our abilities, reliabilities and, foremost, in our integrity and truth telling. ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on February 8, 2017
  • Spirituality and Breast Cancer

    As of today, I am not one of the 2350 men who will get breast cancer this year.  The only man that I have seen who had breast cancer was a heavy marijuana user (not a risk factor they tell you about in Colorado.)  Yet I have been affected by this illness.  A non-English speaking woman asked me to attend her weekly chemo treatments ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on September 29, 2015
  • Painfully Aware of Breast Cancer

    As most of you know, I have spent my entire career in oncology nursing. I have cared for women diagnosed with breast cancer who have undergone mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation with a variety of outcomes. Some have overcome breast cancer yet later developed leukemia or heart failure as a result of the toxic chemotherapy the received years ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on October 1, 2014
  • How Will You Handle Being Sick?

    Yesterday, as I was experiencing my first cold of the season, I had a difficult time admitting I was ill.  The symptoms were all there:  intense nasal congestion, watery eyes, sinus pressure, but it wasn’t until this evening I let myself say it:  I. am. sick.  Ugh, I thought, I hate being sick!  I eat so many ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on October 8, 2013
  • No Sadder State: Living With Chronic Nonmalignant Pain

    By Diane Goodman, APRN, BC, MSN-C, CCRN, CNRN Recent statistics demonstrate that approximately 15% of adults in the U.S. live with various types of chronic nonmalignant pain (median percentage point prevalence, Pain Physician, 2009). Whether this pain stems from diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, disk disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on February 8, 2013
  • Obesity in Nursing

    Twelve-hour shifts have gotten some bad press. They've been linked to medical errors, nurse burnout and, now, higher rates of obesity in nurses. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, surveyed 2,103 female nurses and revealed nurses with long work hours were significantly more likely to be obese compared with ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 30, 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
  • Lessons Learned

    As I write this, I'm preparing to go back to Michigan (from California) for my 40th high school reunion. In addition to thinking about seeing old friends (pun intended), I've been taking stock of some of the lessons I've learned in the last 40 years. Some have been helpful (learning how to drive a stick shift) while some have been ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on July 18, 2011
  • Not So Sweet?

    Last year, through a combination of hard work and no food, I was able to lose 60 pounds. I was lighter than I had been in years and felt great. I got rid of all my “fat” clothes and got some new duds more fitting for the, well, more fit me. Unfortunately, through a combination of factors not entirely under my control (Thanksgiving, Christmas, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on May 3, 2011
  • PTSD Through a Child's Eyes

    It's been all over the news for a week now. Veterans of war no longer have to prove a specific event led to their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In his announcement of the change in Veterans Administration policy, President Barack Obama said, ''I don't think our troops on the battlefield should have to take notes to keep for a claims ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on July 14, 2010
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