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    Why Nurses Are Good at Everything

    Why Nurses Are Good at Everything
    As a nurse, do you find yourself getting asked to do pretty much everything? There's a reason for that, besides nurses generally having a ton of work to do (which they do): There's no other profession that asks its employees to wear more hats every workday. Why is this? What makes nursing such a multifaceted job, one that requires the people ...
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    The Ins and Outs of Exit Interviews

    The Ins and Outs of Exit Interviews
    Exit interviews are one of the last items on your to-do list as you leave a job. Though you might be itching to just finish the job already and say sayonara to a micromanaging boss or a position you've outgrown, human resources managers appreciate it when employees take the time to give a thorough and thoughtful exit interview. Here's how to ...
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    How to Communicate with Your Nursing Supervisor

    How to Communicate with Your Nursing Supervisor
    Maybe it’s the whiny colleague who makes your 12-hour nursing shift seem twice as long or the turf war raging between the nurses, physicians and technicians in your department. Or maybe you’re just tired of feeling overworked and underappreciated. Whatever the scenario, you sense that changes are needed before you lose your sanity or start looking for another nursing job. Whether ...
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    Minimizing Compassion Fatigue

    Minimizing Compassion Fatigue
    Having been a nurse for over 20 years, I have experienced burnout or compassion fatigue several times during this journey. Wikipedia describes the follow symptoms of compassion fatigue: "Sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, a decrease in experiences of pleasure, constant stress and anxiety, and a pervasive negative attitude. This can have detrimental effects on individuals, both professionally and personally, ...
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    6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You

    6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You
    "Everybody lies" is the mantra of Dr. Gregory House, and it's not just true on a fictional drama like House. Are your patients lying to you? As a nurse, you've come across your fair share of fibbing cases, and you know some patients will go to great lengths to cover up something they don't want you to know. Fortunately, nurses are ...
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    Hospital Personalities of the Year

    For a New Year’s treat, we asked Head Nurse Jo to give us the lowdown…and the highlights…of the people that you meet each day. She advised us, “These are in no particular order.” So, draw whatever conclusions you wish! Without further ado, THE LIST. Next: Attending Physicians >> Featured Author: SCRUBS MAGAZINE Scrubs Magazine is a lifestyle website 100 percent ...
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    Making the End-of-Life Decision

    Making the End-of-Life Decision
    Life is fleeting. We all know this. We only get one chance at it. I think it's safe to say that most individuals are very familiar with father time. As we get older, father time ‘visits' our life and all those around it quite often. No beating around the bush on this one – sooner or later we all die. Sorry ...
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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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    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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    Charting Vs. Patient Care

    Charting Vs. Patient Care
    Teresa Brown, R.N. wrote an article, featured in The New York Times, recently called, Caring for the Chart of the Patient, in which she discusses the very real challenge we face as nurses to document our care. She speaks about the mandates, and standards that we are forced to document on in order to satisfy one agency, insurance company, regulation, or ...
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    Top 10 Signs Your Patient May Be a Drug Seeker

    Top 10 Signs Your Patient May Be a Drug Seeker
    Let’s face it: We’ve all doubted certain patients’ complaints of pain. We’ve all wondered whether their “pain” was really a not-so-cleverly disguised cry for a cheap fix. So how do you know if your patient is in pain—or just wants drugs? In Part I and Part II of our Pain Management series, ER doc Brady Pregerson and Nurse Rebekah Child examined ...
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    10 Funky Hospital Smells

    You think garbage collectors have it hard when it comes to on-the-job smells? Well, they do, but at least in their case they're prepared and can even wear a mask. Plus, there's a lot of margin for error. They don't have to look at whatever's causing the offensive odor; they can just close their eyes and dump it into the ...
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    4 Career Lessons From Television

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vagueonthehow/ / CC BY 2.0 1. Once More With Feeling The Show: Glee Like any other classic tale of geeks banding together in the face of adversity, the outcast characters of Fox's Glee made drama and singing cool again. An aspiring Broadway starlet, the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, and the lowest of social misfits on the school ...
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    Dealing With Mandatory Overtime

    Dealing With Mandatory Overtime
    Once again, a coworker called in sick, and once again, you’ve been asked — no, make that required — to stay into the next shift. You’ve already worked 12 hours, you haven’t seen your kids all day and you have guests coming in tomorrow. Staying late was not in your plans. First, take a deep breath. Responding in haste isn’t going ...
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    Miracles at the Hospital

    Miracles at the Hospital
    What is a miracle? Among nurses, we may jokingly say it’s having a full roster of nurses on our shift or a shift without any “code browns,” but a true miracle—if there is such a thing—is much more than that. A medical miracle is one that can’t be explained by medical and scientific minds. They may have theories, but no one ...
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    5 Signs of Burnout

    5 Signs of Burnout
    Burnout can hit the best of nurses. In fact, research suggests that the best nurses – those detail-oriented, perfectionistic, deeply compassionate souls among us – are at the highest risk of burnout. Why? Because the realities of nursing don't always match up to their high standards, and the resulting stress and frustration, over time, leads the physical and mental exhaustion that's ...
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    The One Mistake Nurses Should Never Make

    The One Mistake Nurses Should Never Make
    So I know when you read the title all you could think about was ‘what is it??!’ Anyone who is a nurse or on their way to being a nurse can use this piece of advice! We live in the world of life and death. I don’t think anyone will argue with me on that. We can have many levels of ...
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    Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

    Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate
    The role of "patient advocate" is new and evolving. As the importance of patients' rights gains momentum, a group of healthcare professionals has banded together to stand up for the best interests of their patients. Because patient advocates are a new career path, many healthcare professionals declare themselves "patient advocates" after extensive experience in the fields. However, degree programs focusing on ...
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    Hospitals Can Be Deadly?

    Hospitals Can Be Deadly?
    Many of us think of hospitals as a safe haven from diseases. It’s a place where people “get better.” But would it surprise you to know that some of the nastiest, most difficult bacteria to conquer are found in hospitals, almost exclusively!!! According to recent studies, almost 2,000,000 infections per year are transmitted to patients in US hospitals, 90,000 of patients ...
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    5 Ways to Have Better Judgment at Work

    5 Ways to Have Better Judgment at Work
    While working at a bank many years ago, I approved a $10,000 fraudulent transaction. When the FBI showed me pictures of the man who had pulled a fast one on me, I didn’t even recognize him. In fact, the whole situation was kind of a blur. At some point, they pulled the footage from the branch security cameras and, as I ...
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