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    Applying Nursing Skills Outside of Work

    Applying Nursing Skills Outside of Work
    Last Valentine’s Day I decided to wake up early and make my beau a homemade chocolate chip cookie cake, all decorated with a cartoon picture of us. It was going to be perfect, but I had to get up super early to get started on it. The problem with that is: I am not a morning person. Nevertheless, I am mixing ...
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    Are You Better Than Your Boss at Her Job?

    Are You Better Than Your Boss at Her Job?
    In a recent Monster homepage poll, we asked, "Could you do your current (or most recent) boss's job better than he or she does?" Here's what you had to say: Of 3,032 U.S. respondents, 69.23 percent think they could outperform their boss (and more than half of those respondents would describe their boss as "incompetent"). And less than 12 percent think ...
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    What Your Workspace Says About You

    What Your Workspace Says About You
    If you spend a lot of time at a desk, personalizing the space makes sense -- whether it's a private corner office or a shared cubicle. But just as your clothes and body language make an impression on others, your workspace gives coworkers and clients a distinct impression about you. Plants, books, artwork -- even your name plaque -- transmit clues ...
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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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    Honoring Civil War Nurses

    The Civil War began 150 years ago this year. It was a bloody battle that forever altered the course of our nation. It also forever altered the profession of nursing. Prior to the Civil War, the prevailing ethos was that women belonged at home – and far from the battlefield. But nurses like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix worked on ...
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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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    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)

    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)
    Unsure whether you should keep your job or seek greener pastures? While a shaky economy shouldn't keep you in a job you can't stand, you can watch for these 10 signs that could tell you you're fine right where you are. 1. You're Happy We're not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you're happy, you're going to be more ...
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    5 Tips to Maximize Productivity in Nursing

    Everyone wants to maximize productivity — no matter the setting — and hospitals are no different than offices, classrooms, warehouses, or anywhere else where work is done. For those looking for an answer on the surface, "working harder" is often the most popular remedy for productivity concerns. But what if that isn't possible? What if everyone is working as hard ...
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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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    Bedside Nursing Care by the Numbers

    Bedside Nursing Care by the Numbers
    I think we all can appreciate the argument. Nurses feel overwhelmed when the nurse-to-patient ratio is extended beyond our means. Not only beyond our means, but also when it borders on compromising patient safety. That has always been the source of our angst and distress. Having one nurse care for additional patients in a single assignment becomes cumbersome and borders on ...
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    Who's Not Washing Their Hands?

    Cold season is upon us, and the constant advice you will hear from doctors and friends it to keep washing your hands. Everyone claims they do, but do they really? A recent study found that although most people claim to wash their hands after dirty activities, when you observe them in person, the story (especially for men) is a little ...
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    14 Favorite Moments in Nursing

    14 Favorite Moments in Nursing
    Nursing certainly has its ups and downs, but the happy moments make the profession worthwhile. Here is a collection of quotes from nurses as they reflect on the best moments of their career. 1. “The ‘ups’ of nursing are when a discharged patient and his family knock on the ICU door with heartfelt thanks to you and your team for taking ...
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    5 Shocking Stats About Doctors

    To most people, doctors are usually considered to be respectable, knowledgeable, impartial, and — above all — healthy. Patients go to doctors hoping to have their questions answered, their ailments fixed, and — most importantly — for peace of mind. When doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, they are promising to serve to the best of their ability but, at the ...
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    How to Deal With a Racist Patient

    How to Deal With a Racist Patient
    Patients come in all shapes and flavors. Sometimes that flavor is ignorant. America is a layered, cosmopolitan country comprised of people of various faiths and ethnicities. Most Americans would agree this is a positive and enlightening thing, but there are a few bad apples out there. Sometimes a closed-minded or culturally illiterate patient is going to wind up in one of ...
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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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    How Toxic is Your Workplace?

    How Toxic is Your Workplace?
    Nobody loves going to work all the time--but there's a difference between routine workplace hassles and a working environment that stresses you out to the point of illness, according to Linnda Durre, the author of "Surviving the Toxic Workplace." Durre suggests that hostile working environments typically have one or more types of dysfunction--how many symptoms does yours have? Unfairness [widget:a_day_in_the_life] You ...
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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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    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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