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    Calculating I.V. Drip Rates with Confidence

    Issue Date: October 2006 Vol. 1 No. 1 Originally published on American Nurse Today - see original article here. Click here for PDF version. While you're working your shift on the progressive care unit, the physician phones in an order to start a patient's I.V. dopamine infusion at 5 mcg/kg/minute. As you hang up the phone, your mind starts to race: ...
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    The Great Med-Surg Debate

    The Great Med-Surg Debate
    Another clinical rotation has finally finished! ICU was a great experience, actually, it really surprised me. All those pre-conceived notions I had in the beginning were just nerves. Now that it’s over, I’m finally realizing that I only have 9 months left of this program…and then I will finally get to sign, “Ani Burr, RN, BSN!” It seems so surreal, and ...
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    The Soldier Nurse

    The Soldier Nurse
    Nursing can be one of those fascinating careers that always brings with it new experiences. There can be plenty of drama, surprises and emotional highs and lows. Talking with Bernardino Ramos, the head nurse at a Veterans Affairs clinic and a veteran himself, it’s apparent that for those working in the military, the extremes can be even greater. After earning his ...
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    Stuck in a Nursing School Rut?

    Stuck in a Nursing School Rut?
    I’m having flash backs. I’ve been here before. This rut of feeling like, “oh my gosh, how am I ever going to get all of this done!?!” The panic is setting in and despite having a ton of work sitting in front of me, I can’t quite figure out where to start. Everything I need to work on is top priority ...
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    The Standardized Standard

    The Standardized Standard
    I’m not sure if it’s a requirement for all nursing schools, but it seems that all of the schools I have heard of have some type of standardized testing system to test our knowledge. Our school uses ATI testing, others use HESI or other testing companies. Part of me understands the importance: we’re going to be responsible for all the information ...
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    Two Qualities for Every Nurse

    Two Qualities for Every Nurse
    Today I volunteered to help out at the senior class pinning ceremony. It’s hard to believe that the upperclassmen that lead our orientation two years ago are now heading out into the real world to become actual, shot-giving, trach-suctioning, care-giving, working nurses! And even harder to believe is that it will be my class going through the same traditional ceremony in ...
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    Go to Nursing School With a Full-Time Job

    Go to Nursing School With a Full-Time Job
    The alarm goes off at 5:30 am, and you could swear you went to sleep five minutes ago. First a quick shower, followed by the finishing touches on that homework assignment due tonight over coffee and breakfast — if there’s time. Then it’s off to work, a solid eight-plus hours of time where you’re busy with charts, rounds and other assorted ...
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    5 Fun Facts About Nurses

    5 Fun Facts About Nurses
    Have you ever wondered how many nurses make up the entire country’s population? Or which country provides the U.S. with the most nurses? We’ve rounded up the answers below. 1. Nurses could take over a country…hypothetically. Nurses who actively work in nursing in the United States make up 0.76 percent of the U.S. population. That’s about the entire population of the ...
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    You Know You're a Student Nurse When…

    You Know You're a Student Nurse When…
    What makes us student nurses stand out from the crowd? The good, the bad and everything in between, you know you’re a student nurse when: 1. You’re walking around looking like a marshmallow in your stiff, unstructured, stark-white scrubs. 2. You are more excited about drawing blood than all the vampires in Twilight put together. 3. Prepping an IV piggyback is ...
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    Florence Nightingale: Lady With the Lamp

    Florence Nightingale: Lady With the Lamp
    I really didn’t know a lot about nursing and its amazing history when I started school, but I remember one hospital I went to really showed me how great our past is. This hospital has a whole hallway dedicated to its nursing program that was founded in the early 1900s. It was amazing to see these life size pictures of early ...
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    Recommitting to Nursing School

    Recommitting to Nursing School
    I am in my second year of a three-year BSN program, and yesterday our Health Promotion instructor posed an interesting question to our class. We were discussing various change theories and ways we can go about helping our clients make decisions. She wanted us to experience what it’s like for a client to use a structured tool to make decisions, so ...
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    10 Dos and Don'ts of a Travel Nurse

    10 Dos and Don'ts of a Travel Nurse
    So you’ve thought about becoming a traveling nurse. You’ve imagined yourself basking under the desert skies of Arizona, frolicking on the sun-soaked beaches of Los Angeles — and not just for a vacation, but as your lifestyle. But wait. Forget the exotic travel for a minute — what is the job really? Being a nurse brings enough of its own challenges, ...
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    Why Every Nurse Should Be on Youtube

    Why Every Nurse Should Be on Youtube
    I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all love those teachers who challenge us to see a different side of nursing that we’re not familiar with. The ones that are passionate about what they do (and what we want to do), and help us find ways to utilize the tools and information at our fingertips to help us get ...
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    Live-Action Nursing Simulation

    Live-Action Nursing Simulation
    So you’re sitting in the classroom chatting with friends before class starts, when the door swings open. At first glance, you think it’s your professor, she has the same body shape, same height, same stature. You turn away and then something makes you look back. You realize this person has on a horrible black shaggy wig, and so many layers of ...
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    Does Nursing School Equal No Life?

    Does Nursing School Equal No Life?
    I recently helped out at school at the new-student orientation for the incoming nursing class. My friends and I were passing down advice to the “newbies,” all the while finding it hard to believe that we were in their shoes only a year and a half ago. So among the sage advice of “don’t wear colored underwear under your white scrubs,” ...
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    Breaking Through Assumptions About Nursing

    Breaking Through Assumptions About Nursing
    I had been awake and working for almost 32 hours. I’m an organ procurement coordinator and we frequently work 24-hour shifts, but this day had pushed me past my limits. I was beginning to think that I wasn’t cut out for the world of organ donation, that I was too old for what is clearly a young person’s game. At 35, ...
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    The Trouble With Getting Clinical Experience

    The Trouble With Getting Clinical Experience
    In my clinical experiences, I’ve found that it’s really hard to get the opportunity to perform a new skill. Picture it: New patient admitted to the floor, assigned to the nurse you are following, and needs an IV started. You (the student nurse): Can I start the IV? Nurse: Have you done it before? You: I’ve performed it several times in ...
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    Using Conferences as Continuing Education

    Using Conferences as Continuing Education
    This past weekend I attended the annual conference of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) in Indianapolis, Indiana. For those of you that have ever attended a conference before, you know what it is like. Several days of sitting in lectures, networking and collecting free pens from all the exhibitors. I have been to a few different ones in my ...
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    Become a Nurse Practitioner

    Become a Nurse Practitioner
    If nursing is your passion, why not go back to school? It seems every other nurse is doing just that, and it’s no surprise. An advanced education offers many benefits. For instance, here are five ways that going back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner can take your career to the next level. 1. Open doors to new opportunities: An advanced education ...
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    The Human Body as a Subway Map?

    The Human Body as a Subway Map?
    What if the systems of the human body were depicted as a subway map? It would look something like this amazing map by illustrator Sam Loman. See the entire map, body, system here. Are You Good to Your Body? Take the Quiz!
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