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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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    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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    The One Mistake Nurses Should Never Make

    The One Mistake Nurses Should Never Make
    So I know when you read the title all you could think about was ‘what is it??!’ Anyone who is a nurse or on their way to being a nurse can use this piece of advice! We live in the world of life and death. I don’t think anyone will argue with me on that. We can have many levels of ...
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    It’s About the Patients, Stupid

    It’s About the Patients, Stupid
    My apologies to James Carville. I plagiarized his tagline because the insurance industry has forgotten about sick people during our national healthcare debate. I remember when nurses and insurance companies use to get along with each other. Back in the 1960s, these nurses even took time out of their busy schedules to pose for one of their ads. We took care ...
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    A Translation Guide for Physician-Speak

    A Translation Guide for Physician-Speak
    Are you a new nurse? Do you find yourself bewildered by doctor-speak? Don't panic! Auntie Jo has your translation guide right here. Physician: "This will feel like a pinch." Translation: "This will feel like I'm shooting you with a small-caliber handgun in slow motion." Physician: "The patient presents with an interesting medical history…" Translation: "Way too much to go into here; ...
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    Best Practices for Charting

    Best Practices for Charting
    Providing excellent patient care is the most important aspect of nursing. Moreover, taking credit for the care given is also an important responsibility. Most nurses hate the paperwork more than any other aspect of their job, but it’s critical that it be done, and be done well. As with every aspect of quality patient care, charting should be exceptional; it should ...
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    An RN’s Tale: Our Little Hospital Ghost

    An RN’s Tale: Our Little Hospital Ghost
    It was 11:30 p.m. on a rainy Friday night. I had just given in to my scheduler’s pleas and agreed to cover a night shift in Pediatrics. The secretary looked up from her computer as I approached the nursing station. Then: “You’re late,” sneered the charge nurse. Before I could answer, she shoved a packet of papers in my face. My ...
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    Dealing with a "Code Brown"

    Dealing with a "Code Brown"
    As much as we may like nursing and the fun parts of our jobs, like talking to patients and getting to do procedures (yes, this is fun for us students!), there are the parts that make us feel sort of like the “Dirty Jobs” guy. Cleaning up after our patient’s is definitely low on my list of “why I love nursing,” ...
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    How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation

    How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation
    It happens every year. Nurses must write a self-evaluation when it's time to get their raise. No worries, right? Wrong! What you write can affect what your boss is willing to shell out of his or her pocket at the beginning of the fiscal year. Learn how to write a self-evaluation that will make your boss think you're the greatest nurse ...
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    Should Nurses Believe in Ghosts?

    Should Nurses Believe in Ghosts?
    How many night nurses have you met who swear they have, at one time or another, seen or heard something during their shifts that can’t quite be explained? According to a CBS News article in 2005, 22 percent of Americans believe they have seen or felt a ghost and 48 percent said they believe in ghosts. As healthcare professionals who deal ...
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    When a Patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse

    When a Patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse
    Look at this lucky man: He has a whole flock of young student nurses standing by to meet his every need. I bet this gentleman loved every single nurse in that picture. Enjoy his adoration, ladies; sometime during your nursing career, someone isn’t going to want you as their nurse. It happens to everyone and it feels like a slap in ...
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    The Role of Nursing at the End of Life

    The Role of Nursing at the End of Life
    Although discussing end of life care is often avoided in the general robust working population, working in the healthcare industry has made me highly aware of the importance of making these difficult decisions before it is too late. Typically, when a patient is admitted to the hospital, options for advanced directives are presented and decisions about said directives are encouraged. As ...
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    10 Words of Wisdom for New Nurses

    [photo:174206] I got a request for a post about role confusion (that awful feeling that comes from being a new nurse), and it sounded like a good idea. The transition from student to preceptored nurse isn't as hard as you'd think; you still have to show up on time for various classes and lectures, you still have somebody following you around, ...
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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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    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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    The Intern Survival Guide

    The Intern Survival Guide
    I wrote this post a long time ago when I first started blogging. I’m recycling the post because this information bears repeating. I’ve been seeing some behavior lately that is inappropriate, and I’m telling you this stuff for your own good. Please, never roll your eyes at a nurse who is old enough to be your mother. She may be going ...
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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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    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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    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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    Top 10 Traits of an Effective Nurse Manager

    Top 10 Traits of an Effective Nurse Manager
    Editor's note: To commemorate National Boss Day (October 16th), Scrubs sent out a missive to nurses asking: "What makes your boss great?" One particularly enthusiastic nurse not only responded immediately, she and a colleague developed a list of wonderful things their manager does that wins universal adoration from her unit. Terri Engelman, LPN wrote, "I just talked with my co worker ...
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