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    Patient Boundaries in Nursing

    Patient Boundaries in Nursing
    Do you recognize anyone in this picture? The one wearing the nurse’s cap is yours truly. The cute little gentleman was my patient. This picture appeared in my nursing school yearbook, circa 1977. (Did we all have bad hair like that back then?) I remember loving my little geriatric patients. Yes, all patients need support and understanding, but nurses must know ...
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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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    22 Goofy Hospital Chart Bloopers

    22 Goofy Hospital Chart Bloopers
    Our Favorite Mistakes Made in the Pursuit of Care 1. Discharge status: Alive but without permission. 2. The patient has no previous history of suicides. 3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital. 4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night. 5. Patient has chest pain if ...
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    Dealing With Compassion Fatigue

    Dealing With Compassion Fatigue
    Have you ever found yourself: - Feeling overwhelmed with challenging patients? - Struggling to manage the emotions that arise from patient deaths? - Constantly asked to do more, get patients discharged more quickly and respond to the demands of doctors, family members and supervisors? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. Many nurses find themselves feeling ...
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    How to Make a Successful IV Stick

    How to Make a Successful IV Stick
    Everyday as a nurse is an opportunity to experience little victories. These are small moments when you accomplish a task, fix a problem, or even when you complete a standard intervention. There are a few things in nursing that fail to get your endorphins pumping and don't make you feel accomplished. And one of those little victories is a successful IV ...
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    How to Get a Flexible Work Schedule

    How to Get a Flexible Work Schedule
    Men and women are feeling the squeeze: on one end from child care, for which, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 15 percent of workers had access to employer assistance in 2006, and on the other end from elder care as demographics shift toward an aging population. With these dual responsibilities in mind, some are looking to flexible ...
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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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    Funny Quotes From Pediatric Patients

    Funny Quotes From Pediatric Patients
    True to the claims of the old TV show "Kids Say the Darndest Things," surround yourself by children each and every workday and that statement becomes not only true but very endearing. It would be an unusual occurrence for me to end my workday without a funny/cute/smile-provoking story about one of my patients, whether it be something they said or did ...
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    Culturally Competent Nursing

    Culturally Competent Nursing
    Many nurses might regard a patient who refuses to take a certain medication, constantly has a roomful of visitors or demands that a family member feed him as noncompliant. However, nurses who dig deeper may discover these behaviors are a product of the patient's cultural beliefs and values - deep-rooted ideologies that nurses can preserve or accommodate. "To be a true ...
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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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    Speak More Assertively as a Nurse

    Speak More Assertively as a Nurse
    If you deal with daily staff meetings and interactions with doctors and patients, you know just how important it is to speak assertively and get heard! But what exactly does “assertively” mean and how do you speak your mind without coming across as rude? These are important questions, as communicating effectively — not to mention politely — is pivotal to your ...
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    How to Handle Bullies in Nursing

    How to Handle Bullies in Nursing
    Did you know that bullying affects at least half of the American workforce? According to a study published in 2010, back in 2007, 35% of workers in the U.S. reported having been bullied, while another 15% witnessed workplace bullying. That’s half the American workforce who admitted to experiencing or witnessing bullying behaviors. Bullying goes beyond the playground; it's more than just ...
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    10 Tips for Starting a New Job Off on the Right Foot

    10 Tips for Starting a New Job Off on the Right Foot
    Starting a new nursing job is a time filled with promise and expectations, but it's also tinged with uncertainty. To help assure your success, heed the advice of experienced nurses. They can help you steer clear of potential missteps and suggest strategies that can help ensure a smooth transition to your new environment. 1. Leverage Your Orientation Take advantage of every ...
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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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    Death by Natural Causes Explained

    Death by Natural Causes Explained
    One fact in life is certain; we will all die from something. Simply put, death by natural causes is a death that is not unexpected. It is not from an accident, a natural disaster, a homicide or suicide. It is also one that is not preventable. A disease process that has progressed and caused organ failure is usually the root of ...
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    When Nurses Should Argue With the Doctor

    When Nurses Should Argue With the Doctor
    Most of our daily problems, including common annoyances such as arguments with coworkers, are dismissed as not life or death. However, when nurses and doctors are involved, it can be a matter of life or death. Egos need to be left outside the hospital by the professionals entrusted with the health and safety of the patients they care for, which sometimes ...
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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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    Body Language Cues for Nurses

    Body Language Cues for Nurses
    As a healthcare provider, you know that a patient’s body language often tells you more than her words do about how she’s feeling. At the same time, you’re sending your patients messages with your own body language. Rarely do we think about what message our body language might be sending. If your body language is relaxed and confident, you can help ...
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    6 Annoying Things Doctors Tell Their Patients

    6 Annoying Things Doctors Tell Their Patients
    Visiting the doctor can be a stressful ordeal, and not just because it's often related to some sort of medical issue. Between all the forms to fill out and spending more time in the waiting room than you do actually interacting with your physician, the amount of time spent can seem like a major hassle. While in reality the vast majority ...
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    Top 10 Pocket-Essentials for Nursing and Clinicals

    Top 10 Pocket-Essentials for Nursing and Clinicals
    Every nurse (and student nurse!) carries around the essentials, here’s my “Top Ten” pocket-essentials for nursing and clinicals! 1. Pens – There’s something magical about nursing – nurses can make pens disappear into thin air! Make sure you keep extras near by, but always have a black ink pen on hand. Even if your hospital has gone paper-less, you’ll need it ...
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