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    How to Perform a Head-to-Toe Assessment

    How to Perform a Head-to-Toe Assessment
    This article describes the basics of a head-to-toe assessment which is a vital aspect of nursing. It should be done each time you encounter a patient for the first time each shift (or visit, for home care, clinic or office nurses). This assessment includes assessment of the physical, emotional and mental aspects of all body systems as well as the environmental ...
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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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    How to Manage a Complaint (and Protect Your Nursing License!)

    How to Manage a Complaint (and Protect Your Nursing License!)
    Did you know that anyone – your employer, a co-worker, a patient, even a jilted lover – can file a complaint against your practice? Handle it well, and you could turn it into a valuable learning experience. Handle it poorly, and you could lose your license. NursingLink spoke to a Sheryl Oakes Caddy, a nurse, nursing faculty instructor and an attorney ...
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    How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation

    How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation
    It happens every year. Nurses must write a self-evaluation when it's time to get their raise. No worries, right? Wrong! What you write can affect what your boss is willing to shell out of his or her pocket at the beginning of the fiscal year. Learn how to write a self-evaluation that will make your boss think you're the greatest nurse ...
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    How to Care for Patients Who Abuse Alcohol

    How to Care for Patients Who Abuse Alcohol
    Nurses often find themselves playing detective when caring for patients. You thought your patient was being straightforward with you when they shared their health history, but when unexpected physical and psychological symptoms cropped up, you wondered if they were telling you the whole truth. Keeping secrets with their medical history is an unfortunate reality, making it tough on the patient to ...
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    How to Be a Team Player

    To say teamwork enhances nurses' performance and job satisfaction almost sounds too obvious. Teamwork is a requirement in nursing, otherwise nothing would ever get done. Of course that isn't the case for any nurse, especially nurses who work busy shifts in a hectic hospital setting. However, it's a lot easier when it comes to teamwork to look at others who ...
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    Getting Around NursingLink

    Getting Around NursingLink
    So now that you've found your way to NursingLink, what exactly is there do? There are many ways to be interactive and if you need some ideas, this guide will show you exactly what there is to do in each section. Careers You can search our job listings to see who is hiring nurses. We've partnered with Monster.com to bring you ...
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    How to Upload or Change Your Profile Picture

    Learn how to upload a profile picture, or "avatar", to your NursingLink profile, or change your existing picture. 1) One your profile page, click the "Edit" link that appears next to your profile picture 2) Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the section labeled "Your Avatar." 3) Under this section, you should either see ...
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    How to Customize Your Profile

    Customizing your profile will allow you to choose what information you want public or private. Take a look at all the settings and adjust them to what feels comfortable for you. Step 1: Log into your account and click on the My Account tab. Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Privacy & Content. A ...
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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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    How to Deal With Overbearing Doctors

    All workplaces have people that you might not get along with. Hospitals and care centers are no different. The only difference is the stress levels can be even higher because you're dealing with actual life and death situations. For nurses who already have their hands full with multiple patients, long shifts, and the inevitable unexpected situations, the last thing they ...
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    How to Handle Difficult Patients

    How to Handle Difficult Patients
    They complain, criticize, shout, swear and may even try to hit you. Difficult patients are an unfortunate fact of life in healthcare. But knowing how to identify, understand and respond to them can make your work life safer and less stressful. *+Identify Difficult Patients+* It's sometimes possible to predict which patients will likely become difficult, abusive or violent. Alzheimer's patients, for ...
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    How to Deal With Over Demanding Patients

    How to Deal With Over Demanding Patients
    As a nurse, you’ll be expected to deal with various kinds of situations and many emergencies. However, while you might be prepared to deal with emergencies, dealing with difficult patients is what will tax your resources. You’re not alone in this. Every health care facility has its share of difficult patients. You dread seeing their names on your nursing schedule. The ...
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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 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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    How to Document Your Patient Assessments

    How to Document Your Patient Assessments
    The Case Description: Mr. James is a 57 year old gentleman admitted to room 224A two days ago for dehydration secondary to nausea and vomiting for three days. His sclera is slightly yellowed and his abdomen is distended and tender to palpation especially in the upper right quadrant. After two days of IV lasix therapy, he has 2+ edema in his ...
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    How to Handle Common Interview Questions

    How to Handle Common Interview Questions
    Every interview has a unique focus, but some questions are asked so often, it makes sense to do all you can to prepare for them. In order to be successful, you need a strategy -- not scripted answers. Your goal should be to emphasize the experiences in your background that best fit what each interviewer is looking for. In this series, ...
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    How to Deal With PTSD Patients

    How to Deal With PTSD Patients
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is commonly associated with veterans and combat stress; but this anxiety disorder can strike anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 7% to 8% of Americans are expected to have PTSD at some point in their lives, and an estimated 5.2 million adults have PTSD in ...
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    How to Handle Mental Health Patients

    How to Handle Mental Health Patients
    Do you remember the 1975 movie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? I saw it my junior year of nursing school when I was just about to enter my psychiatric rotation at an old veteran’s administration hospital that looked like it came straight out of that movie. To make matters worse, my teacher was an older, stricter version of Nurse Ratched. ...
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    How to Conduct a Pain Assessment

    How to Conduct a Pain Assessment
    If you ask 10 people to describe pain, you will get 10 different responses. Pain is a very individual sensation and it is interpreted differently depending on so many variables. For nurses, this means that not only do we need to understand the mechanisms of pain, we need to understand how pain is interpreted by others. Stub Your Toe, Do You ...
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