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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 ...
Most nurses have heard stories or experienced how unpleasant some patients or their families can be. How about the doctors they work with? Almost everyone in the medical industry has a story to tell about how doctors harass the nurses, insulting them and having screaming matches in the operating room.
As nurses, we experience different types of ...
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 ...
Nurses across the country have watched in shock and consternation as the amount of violence and brutality escalates in cities and communities. Hardly a day has gone by without an additional, heartbreaking tragedy being broadcast over every category of media.
We've passed beyond shock. Our heads are bent and bowed with worry. Some of us have ...
In today's healthcare environment, workers are being asked to do more with less. See more patients in less time with fewer resources is a common refrain. As reimbursements grow harder to come by, hospitals are tightening their purse strings and looking for more cost-cutting measures.
Linda Boly, RN, an Oregon nurse with 34-years of experience, ...
By Sam Osei, RN
In my opinion, I do not think the body of nursing has done
enough to acknowledge the presence of males in the nursing profession in this
21st century. Low interest in nursing for men contributes to the lack of gender
diversity in the profession. As a result, stereotype of nursing as a “female
profession” persists. Men make ...
By Casey Hill, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, who
is a nurse educator in
Recently I attended a nursing orientation at a hospital, composed of
both new graduates and experienced nurses. As a nurse educator, I enjoy being
in this type of setting, seeing former students grow into their new role as a
registered nurse. Yet, like my ...
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 ...
(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 ...
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 ...