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    The Nurse's Guide to Charting Efficiently

    The Nurse's Guide to Charting Efficiently
    Despite a wealth of technological advances, we all still spend more time charting than we'd like. But what if you looked at charting as something other than a chore? Instead of seeing it as one more thing to cross off your to-do list, what if you considered it a vital means of communication? After all, isn't that the original purpose of ...
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    The Great Vaccination Debate

    The Great Vaccination Debate
    Want to see a bunch of people get up in arms? Recommend a new vaccination. While vaccines were once accepted as a medical miracle (no more polio!), today's parents closely examine the risk/benefit ratio of any and all recommended vaccinations. And who can blame them? With a ton of scary stories linking vaccinations with autism (never mind the fact that numerous ...
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    10 Best and Worst Nursing Bosses

    We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped her toenails at the nurse's station. Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. Different leadership styles can lead to different results for each nurse. But certain styles seem to be good ...
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    Who’s to Blame for MRSA?

    Who’s to Blame for MRSA?
    Once again, the dynamic ER duo Dr. Brady Pregerson and Nurse Rebekah Child are back and ready to compare notes on the superbug MRSA. But first, they release some of the tension surrounding this very serious issue with a frank and open discussion on the experience of treating ‘abscess al Kahuna.’ Is MRSA the most repulsive epidemic to find its way ...
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    How to Give an IM Injection

    How to Give an IM Injection
    When it is necessary to inject medication, the route is determined by the chemical make up and viscosity of the medication. Many times the route will be intramuscular (into the muscle) known as an IM injection or "shot' as opposed to subcutaneous or intradermal injection. The injection site will be determined by the volume of medication to be injected. Other considerations ...
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    Overcoming Orientation Nerves

    Overcoming Orientation Nerves
    As a new nurse with a (very small amount) of experience under my belt, I’m about to start a new job and once again I have the orientation-willies. Since I’ve already undergone a lengthy orientation as a brand-spanking-new nurse, I have a healthy fear and respect for orientation and also have in place a good set of coping skills (read someone ...
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    How to Deal With a Patient's Death

    How to Deal With a Patient's Death
    One of the first patients I lost was an elderly man who had sent his wife home to get some rest after they shared his meal tray together. His concern was for her health and well-being, but as he began to feel his own death approaching, he called me in to his room and asked if I could sit and hold ...
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    22 Goofy Hospital Chart Bloopers

    22 Goofy Hospital Chart Bloopers
    Our Favorite Mistakes Made in the Pursuit of Care 1. Discharge status: Alive but without permission. 2. The patient has no previous history of suicides. 3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital. 4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night. 5. Patient has chest pain if ...
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    Nurse Case Manager Dan Blasini

    Meet Dan Blasini, a Nurse Case Manager for Hanger Prosthetics. After serving in the Army, Dan was looking for a way he could help injured soldiers lead independent lives after returning from war. He posted his resume on Monster, and it wasn't long before he found himself at his dream job at Hanger Prosthetics. Now, Dan is happy with a career ...
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    Patient Care: Check Your Feelings at the Door

    Patient Care: Check Your Feelings at the Door
    Saving the life of a murderer? Caring for a gang member? A prisoner? Treating a pedophile? Check your personal feelings at the door? All of these scenarios are very real, and can happen to you being a nurse. In fact, for me, they’ve happened. We all are trained, educated, re-trained, and re-educated on the standard of care. It’s called discrimination and ...
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    How to Deal With a Slow Preceptee

    How to Deal With a Slow Preceptee
    It seems that your preceptee hasn’t quite mastered the art of time management and, well, efficiency. You have three patients assigned to you and it’s 10 a.m. and your preceptee has yet to even see the third. Come 6 p.m., there are two patients whose charts have been empty since 12 hours prior, and you have to wait around an hour ...
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    Meet Nurse Roberta Gately, Humanitarian

    Meet Nurse Roberta Gately, Humanitarian
    It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words; but to a nurse and humanitarian worker like Roberta Gately, a picture can change a life. Gately's life started changing back in 1986, after returning home from a busy day at work in the emergency room. It was hot outside, so she turned on the air conditioner and opened up ...
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    5 Strategies to Cope with Compassion Fatigue

    5 Strategies to Cope with Compassion Fatigue
    "I get so attached to my patients that I just can’t get them out of my head when I go home." "Every week I find myself getting distraught over a new favorite patient who isn’t doing well." Is this you? As a nurse, you witness the fear, pain and suffering of others every day. But when you get too immersed in ...
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    How to Be a Good Preceptor

    How to Be a Good Preceptor
    So, you’ve been asked to be a preceptor. It’s a challenge you’ve been waiting for and now it’s time to do it. So, what does it take to be a good preceptor? Being a good preceptor isn’t easy; doing the job well is invaluable. Do you remember when you were a student? Do you remember how you felt learning new things ...
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    How to Determine Needle Size

    How to Determine Needle Size
    There are several factors which need to be considered in choosing the size of a needle to use for an injection or “shot”. They include such issues as: • the type and viscosity of the medication • the size and age of the patient • the mobility status of the patient • the desired absorption rate for the medication In general ...
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    5 Things You Need to Give up to Get a Nursing Job

    It’s time for the reality check. America is in a recession and nursing jobs are fewer while competition is greater. It takes even more hustle, dedication, and tenacity to land a job today than it did for your parents. Having a degree isn’t always enough and, sorry to break it to you, but you aren’t likely to get your dream ...
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    10 Things You Should Stop Complaining About in Nursing

    Work isn’t perfect, right? But if you're lucky enough to have a job right now it pays to remember that millions and millions of Americans don’t think you have a thing to complain about. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s unemployment rate is hovering around 10%. Even more troubling, The New York Times reports that unemployed ...
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    4 Rules for Answering Tough Interview Questions

    4 Rules for Answering Tough Interview Questions
    From blatant – "Greatest weakness, weakest attribute, most significant failure." To soft – "What might your previous employer say?" Even softer – "You certainly seem to have a lot of strengths, but we understand no one is perfect." The question will come one way or another, everyone knows it, yet still befuddled by it. There have been many Rules of Thumb ...
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    6 Crazy (and Real!) Hiring Practices

    From the downright crazy, to the just plain fun, hiring practices sure are getting interesting. Some companies turned to virtual reality to recruit new employees, while others weeded out weaklings by raising the stakes – literally. But do some of these new hiring methods cross the line? Are HR departments taking advantage of a sour economy and desperate job seekers? ...
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    Top 10 Reasons to Work an Overtime Shift on the Weekend

    Top 10 Reasons to Work an Overtime Shift on the Weekend
    Been asked to stay late — again — on the weekend? You lucky duck! Here are 10 humorous ways to see the silver lining! 10. Think of all the weight you'll lose from not getting to eat because of short staffing. 9. Think of the closeness you'll develop with your coworkers after being knee deep in Code 10s, Code Blues and ...
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