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  • 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
  • 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
  • CNAs as School Nurses: A Good Idea?

    As students in Salisbury, MD, head back to the days of homework and bus rides, the Wicomico County school district has decided to replace three registered nurses with certified nursing assistants, leaving some schools without an RN to care for children with medical needs that can't be handled by a CNA. ''We've had to be very strategic with ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 31, 2011
  • Nurses: Unsung Healthcare Heroes

    Guest blogger Dennis H. Smith is director of the VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore Nurses are the ones who prepare patients for procedures. They comfort nervous patients, reassuring them everything is going to be alright. They work long hours on their feet, often performing an array of functions that people don't realize, don't ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on May 11, 2011
  • Why Is It So Tough to Quit Smoking?

    Smoking is a lousy, smelly, costly habit. Even worse, cigarette packs come lined with the foil of disease -- think emphysema, lung cancer, heart disease, COPD, and more. We all know smoking is bad for us. So do patients. Education is available and anti-smoking messages are persistent. So ... if a thinking, rational population knows all about the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 25, 2011
  • Pain Bias Toward Patients

    By Diane M. Goodman, APRN, BC, CCRN, CNRN Most of our healthcare providers believe they deliver professional, deliberate and unbiased care to patients no matter the ethnicity or socioeconomic status of the patient. This may be true. When the patient has had experience with pain, though, and/or is known to be a ''frequent flyer,'' eyebrows begin ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on March 25, 2011
  • Customer Service Challenge for Nurses

    By Diane M. Goodman, MSN-C, APRN, CCRN, CNRN There is no quicker method to increase anxiety among a group of nurses than to inform them they are scheduled for mandatory meetings related to improving customer service. Mumbling, side conversations and uneasy looks rapidly replace the typical caffeine-driven eagerness to ''get on with their day'' ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on March 14, 2011
  • Leading by Example: Obama Kicks the Habit

    That old contradictory adage, ''Do as I say, not as I do,'' doesn't cut it when it comes to helping people stop smoking. In 2009 President Barack Obama signed into law anti-smoking legislation aimed at keeping young Americans from the grip of nicotine. Yet the young president was himself lighting up. Tsk, tsk. However, it turns out ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on February 9, 2011
  • Assisted Suicide: What If It Were Me?

    I recently edited a compelling article on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) written by Lisa Siminski, BSN, RN, CHPN, staff nurse, St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem, PA.   In her report on PAS, Siminski points out straight away that the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses ''clearly specifies that nurses ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 23, 2010
  • Sight, Sound & Smell

    My husband says we can't remember everything about a book or a movie or a vacation, so our minds fixate on the most vivid impression and that's what we remember. I just finished reading Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina by Denise Danna, DNS, RN, and Sandra E. Cordray, MA, MJ. I set the book down with strong impressions of ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 16, 2010