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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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    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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    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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    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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    Demanding Health Literacy

    Demanding Health Literacy
    Patient teaching and patient education are big topics in nursing. Good preventative health education helps keep people from becoming patients and good patient education helps patients from getting worse or helps them manage their condition or illness. It used to be that nurses had time to sit down and discuss various issues with their patients, answering questions and generally providing support. ...
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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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    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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    Surviving Workforce Reorganization

    Surviving Workforce Reorganization
    Over the past several months there have been murmurs of budget problems at your facility. You are not overly concerned, having survived hard times in the past. The department director has requested a meeting with you for this afternoon. Upon entering the conference room, you are greeted by your director and the manager of human resources. There is a stack of ...
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    Should Nurses Have the Power to Unionize?

    Should Nurses Have the Power to Unionize?
    Should nurses have the power to unionize? The question is almost as old as the labor movement itself. Some nurses consider unionization unprofessional; others consider unions an essential tool to help ensure safe practice environments. The question, though, may soon be moot. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker has proposed a Budget Repair Bill that will strip public employees – including nurses ...
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    Nursing Evaluations

    Nursing Evaluations
    One of the hard parts about being a nurse manager is evaluating another nurse’s performance. Looking another nurse in the eye, who is your co-worker and sometimes even friend, and telling them how well, or bad, they perform can be difficult. I am working on two evaluations right now. One is an excellent nurse. She was hired as a new graduate ...
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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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    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 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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    Tips for Effective Patient-Provider Communication

    Tips for Effective Patient-Provider Communication
    Want better patient outcomes, more patient cooperation, fewer errors, greater job satisfaction and more effective use of your time? It's all possible by improving one key skill: Patient communication. "Communication is the most important medical procedure that anyone in healthcare can do," says Maysel Kemp White, PhD, president and CEO of Healthcare Quality and Communication Improvement, an educational and consulting group ...
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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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    Why Low-Tech Skills Still Matter in Nursing

    Why Low-Tech Skills Still Matter in Nursing
    Nursing today is definitely a highly skilled, high-tech profession. Smartphones, tablet computers, and a variety of easily accessible apps bring the world of technology to our fingertips, increasing the amount of information we can access and share in a very short time. But the so-called "little things" – listening to patients, touching them, spending time with family – still make a ...
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    How to Deal With Difficult Parents

    How to Deal With Difficult Parents
    Imagine finding yourself in an overwhelmingly stressful situation. Then imagine having no control over said situation. I have to keep this in mind each day that I venture to work and am faced with a difficult parent or family member. Working in a pediatric facility, I have the added challenge of not only caring for the ill child, but caring in ...
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    20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

    Celebrities. We love to hate them. We also love to watch their every move, laugh at their mistakes and scrutinize their decisions. Like them or not, their celebrity status means not only have they achieved career success, they’ve also got a hell of a lot to lose. And sometimes, whatever actions have helped catapult them to fame or rendered them ...
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    Malpractice Insurance 101

    Malpractice Insurance 101
    You can never be too safe. In no industry is that more true than in healthcare. No matter your job title, you are impacting patients' lives every day. You may think that medical malpractice insurance only applies to physicians and nurses, but in actuality, almost every healthcare professional can obtain some form of malpractice coverage either through your employer, a professional ...
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    Legal Nursing Issues Explained

    Legal Nursing Issues Explained
    *Q: How can I be responsible for a bad patient outcome when I barely knew the patient? Am I responsible for a patient's bad outcome when several others also took care of the patient? Why am I being sued when the patient was well and discharged from my floor a week ago? I am only the HMO "Call A Nurse", how ...
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