The Notorious D.N.P.

If There Is No Risk, There Is No Reward.

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As a potential future business owner there a number of things that one must always keep in mind. When faced with the topic on whether or not it is ethical for business owners to earn much higher profits than they pay their employees I find myself a bit torn. With this being said, I do ultimately think that it is ethical for a business owner to earn a higher profit/ salary compared to what they pay their employees. To elaborate, the business owner is the one who took the initial…read more

Nursing Life Hacks

Posted by in Fatigue, Nurse

Here are a few things that help me conquer a long demanding shift at the hospital. Wear comfortable shoes. Stay hydrated: I keep a 1 liter water bottle on my cart which I’m constantly refilling. Eat Breakfast your body needs fuel. Organization: This includes de-cluttering your mind. Focus on the present. Have patience (patients and families can get on our nerves but we must remember that they are in a position of fear and angst). Multi-task: Balancing patients, doctors, etc. can be a load. Work smart not fast. Haste makes…read more

Nurse Staffing

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The hospital can feel like a war zone at times a never ending battle against sickness and injury. That’s why it’s important to have the right amount of soldiers with the right skill sets to get the job done. In the case of this blog post these soldiers are nurses. An optimal nurse to patient ratio is crucial when considering patient outcomes and duration of hospital stays. Nurses are like the worker ants of the hospital scrambling from room to room providing treatment, care, and even doing the dirty work….read more

My Journey Into The Role Of Becoming A Family Nurse Practitioner

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This semester has been nothing short of exciting to say the very least. When I look back and reflect on the past few weeks, I am amazed by the shear amount of new information I have learned. My thought process behind performing a complete physical examination has drastically changed from a nursing perspective to that of a primary care provider. To elaborate, I have been practicing different physical exam strategies on my patient’s at work in an attempt to fine tune and perfect my assessment skills. In addition to practicing…read more

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Nurses Unite

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Recently, the nursing profession has been depicted in a very rude and ignorant manner by the women who host the talk show ‘The View’. These women had no remorse when they publicly voiced their opinions mocking the talent chosen by Miss Colorado, a nurse who is in the running for the title of Miss America. For her talent, Miss Colorado performed an innovative and touching personal monologue that she wrote describing an interaction she had with a memorable patient. It is in moments such as the one she spoke about,…read more

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On A Scale From 0 to 10, Please Rate Your Pain

Posted by in Ethics, Nurse, Pain

This phrase, I’d venture to say has the capacity to be interpreted in a countless amount of ways. As a nurse, we ask this question multiple times per day, everyday. As one would expect, we almost always receive some variation of the ‘standard’ pain scale that attempts to offer an explanation for our patients perception of their pain. Once we have this information, we are then tasked with attempting to keep an open mind and not formulate a biased opinion based on the numerical value given by our patients. At…read more

To Take A Sick Day? or Not To Take A Sick Day? That Is The Question

Posted by in Ethics, Nurse, Patient Safety, Sick Day

Whenever an individual’s health or lack there of is in question, common sense tells us that most people would turn to someone in the health care industry for either advice or to seek treatment. This mainstay of what the majority of us do when we feel like we are coming down with something is surprisingly not the same for those very same people whom we reach out to for help. Remember when you were growing up and certain adults would always drop the phrase, ‘do as I say, and not…read more

When Was Your Last Bowel Movement?

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We all know how important it is to have a bowel movement, and if you think that you don’t pay attention to that stuff…then you’re wrong. On a daily basis, I find myself asking my patients the question of when they last had a bowel movement more than any other.  Once they get over the blunt shock of the words that just came out of my mouth and their presumptive shyness to the subject matter, they reluctantly divulge the information. You see, the patients whom I care for are predominantly…read more

Effects of Shift Length on Nurse Fatigue

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Clearly this topic comes as no surprise to the majority of nurses currently working long laborious 12-hour shifts, however the repercussions of these seemingly ‘normal’ work days goes far beyond what we originally thought. To an outsider (i.e. anyone who is not a nurse) the proposition of working only 3 days a week seems like a dream in conjunction to having the alleged 4 other days off. This fantasy schedule that the majority of society perceives us to have is all but a mirage. Yes, some nurses do only work…read more