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    Survival Tips for Every Nurse

    Survival Tips for Every Nurse
    Survival is in our nature. In fact, surviving is not an option, it's an expectation. The difference between surviving and drowning is how well you ride the ‘wave'. Only my fellow nurses will understand what I mean by the ‘wave'. You know – it's that feeling you got when you first decided to become a nurse. It was then that feeling ...
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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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    6 Things Male Nurses Should Know to Survive

    6 Things Male Nurses Should Know to Survive
    How does a man survive in a woman’s world? Here are some down-and-dirty survival tips that every ‘male nurse’ needs to know in order to survive in the wilderness of women. Learn the ways of the Venutians Men are truly from Mars, and yes Women are from Venus. We live on two different worlds, but we do occupy the same solar ...
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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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    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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    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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    Make or Break Your Nursing Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Nursing Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food from the hospital cafeteria and go on with your shift. However, lunch at the hospital is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has ...
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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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    The Role of Men in Nursing Today

    The Role of Men in Nursing Today
    Many people are surprised to know that the first nurses throughout the world were actually men. The first nursing school was in India in about 250 BC and only men were felt to be pure enough to be nurses. During the Black Plague in the 1300's, a group of men formed one of the first hospitals to care for the victims. ...
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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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