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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
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • Green Swimming Pools and Medicinal Hickey: The Surprise of Rio

    If you're a nurse, you spend an enormous amount of time explaining the unusual and uncommon events of everyday life, especially when those events might be concerning the health or safety of our Olympics team. This year, we were so busy focusing on mosquitoes and Brazil's ability to handle the crush of possible terrorism/mass casualties that we ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on August 24, 2016
  • Nurse, Heal Thy Spiritual Self

    Last month, I shared with you a very personal story that jump-started my quest to further understand why nurses are emotionally tired. I wanted to understand how today's environment spiritually impacts the practice of nursing. I dove into the research and literature like they were a cool pond on a hot August day. I researched with gusto, hungry ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on August 19, 2016
  • Multi-Tasking: Friend or Foe?

    I can remember one of the first pieces of advice I was ever given as a nurse:  A good nurse must be a fantastic multi-tasker.  At the time, it made sense.  Once I was thrown into clinical rotation, I felt constant, head-spinning pressures and demands.  At every junction, I was thrown in three directions.  And, as promised ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on December 14, 2013
  • Five Ways to Avoid Distraction at Work

    One overlooked endeavor of being a nurse is finding a way to avoid the gossip that permeates any and every hospital unit.  Since I’ve started working, I’ve seen 300-bed hospital shrink to the size of one unit.  I've seen a world reduce itself to the confines of one hallway. Once you start working on a unit, it’s ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on June 24, 2013
  • Not on My Watch

    By Diane M. Goodman, APRN, BC, MSN-C, CCRN, CNRN A group of nurses had gathered to inhale a quick lunch. The topic for the day was medication safety. We reviewed a recent article (posted online) that discussed the importance of minimizing interruptions to nursing workflow, particularly during medication administration. In the posted scenario, a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on May 23, 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
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