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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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    What Other Nurses Really Think About You

    What Other Nurses Really Think About You
    I love 80% of the people with whom I work. Seriously. I think everyone tries to do a great job and everyone (myself included) has an off day where you just can’t get anything right. However, we all have the co-worker who drives us nuts for various reasons. Consider the following types: 1) The Spiritualist: This person is super nice. Super ...
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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 Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
    Earlier this month, the Institute of Medicine released a report about the role nursing will play in health care in the near future. Because nurses comprise the largest portion of the health care industry in the U.S., they are key players in implementing the directives of the Affordable Care Act. But before they can act effectively, nurses need to take certain ...
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    Clowning Around on Halloween

    Clowning Around on Halloween
    For a change of pace and with Halloween happening tomorrow, I thought I would write about one of my favorite nursing/ER stories from Halloween a few years ago. I was recently off orientation at a new Level I ER. It was Halloween night, AND the night of the Insane Clown Posse concert. Most of the crowd at these concerts is teenage ...
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    Liking a Patient... Or Not!

    Liking a Patient... Or Not!
    How does "liking" my patients affect my nursing care? Well, frankly, it doesn't. I'll admit that in my new job, because I am working with such a different demographic of people, I have been struggling to "like" my patients. For some reason, liking my patients and feeling needed has provided a lot of job satisfaction for me. Because I am an ...
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    Angry Male Nurse Myth?

    Angry Male Nurse Myth?
    This one always humors me. Do I get angry because someone called me a ‘male nurse’? Some of the other versions of this story are when patients ask me, “How long have you been a male nurse?”, or “How bad is it being a male nurse?”. It honestly has everything to do with the tone of their voice when asking the ...
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    Understanding Healthcare Literacy in Patient Education

    Understanding Healthcare Literacy in Patient Education
    One of the most important roles for all nurses is patient education. As we move forward with the healthcare reform, that role is going to continue to expand in action and importance. A big concern plaguing the new reform act is the high cost of medical care. Through education and information, nurses can help patients learn more about their health status ...
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    Addressing the Needs of Staff Nurses

    Addressing the Needs of Staff Nurses
    Working conditions have always been a big issue for nurses. Floating to another unit can be one of the most irritating things nurses have to deal with on a fairly regular basis. Itʼs not just hospitals where nurses are most likely to float. Nurses in home health, clinics, and other ambulatory settings may also need to help cover other nurseʼs responsibilities ...
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    Nurses and Patient Modesty

    Nurses and Patient Modesty
    Perhaps it is because nurses are consistently voted as the most trusted profession, but some patients and their family really do let it all hang out. Not that I don’t want my patients to be completely comfortable with and all procedures that we encounter together, but there is something to be said for an effort to maintain modesty. We owe it ...
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    4 Reasons to Be a Whistleblower

    4 Reasons to Be a Whistleblower
    As a nurse, one of the most unsettling things one can face is seeing a doctor do something incorrect, incompetent, or unethical. Luckily, the vast majority of doctors don't cause a problem in this area. They're well educated, conscientious, and completely trustworthy. But doctors are human, and there are situations when nurses see things from doctors that trigger the questions no ...
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    The Dark Side of the Shift

    The Dark Side of the Shift
    I’ve always envied those who can flip flop back and forth between day shift and night shift. How do they do it? I think I’ve nailed down some of their secrets, and in so doing have been able to work both day shifts and night shifts in succession. Happily! Nights are often a more peaceful time in the hospital and it’s ...
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    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Hospital

    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Hospital
    You spend countless hours taking odd shifts every week, so you can assume that that nature will call at least once during your day (or night) shift. Besides your patients' hospital rooms, the bathroom is where you might spend the most time during the workday. You deal with a lot of unsanitary situations as a nurse. Why take that to the ...
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    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader

    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader
    For almost everyone, having a job means working on teams. But not all team leaders know how to create successful teams--by building consensus, setting agendas, meeting deadlines, encouraging good ideas, and so on. In fact, many team leaders are thrown into the role without training in any of these areas. If your leader seems to be less than fully competent, there ...
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    Hospital Peer Reviews

    Hospital Peer Reviews
    Peer review: an evaluation tool that gives you an idea of what your co-workers (peers) think of you as a fellow co-worker (and nurse). The concept of the peer review is a relatively new concept for me. I think I was introduced to peer reviews approximately four years ago. It was used as a monitoring tool during my orientation on a ...
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    How to Get Through a Crazy Shift

    How to Get Through a Crazy Shift
    Crazy is as crazy does sir. You know crazy don’t you? It’s a garden variety day for most staff nurses. ‘Crazy’ is probably the only constant thing that happens at work. It’s a guarantee that the ‘you-know-what’ will hit the fan inevitably. The question isn’t ‘if’ it will happen, the question is ‘when’ it will happen (more than likely at the ...
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    Getting Over Embarrassing Work Moments

    Getting Over Embarrassing Work Moments
    Years later, I still remember that sinking feeling, just after I'd hit the Send button after writing an email complaining about an editor. My worst virtual fear was quickly confirmed: Yes, I had sent my bit of snark to the editor instead of my friend--and no, the editor wasn't amused. Although he initially refused to work with me again, he eventually ...
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    Practice What You Preach

    Practice What You Preach
    I have this problem with our health care profession. Wait, let me re-phrase that. I have this problem with some health care professionals. (Beware of impending rant to follow) We should practice what we preach. Or better yet, we should practice what we teach. Patient education is a corner stone of the health care profession. No matter what your medical specialty ...
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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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    The Euthanasia Argument

    The Euthanasia Argument
    All it took was an injection to cause relaxation of the muscles, followed by another to stop the heart, and his suffering was over. No more pain, no more suffering. The tearful couple in the room caressed his well-loved face before saying good-bye and leaving the room. He was no longer in pain. The "he" in this case was Rox, a ...
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