The Notorious D.N.P.

Responsible Gun Ownership

Posted by in Patient Safety

You’re probably thinking to yourself what does a female nurse know about firearms. You’re right I can’t strip down a pistol with the speed and precision of a Navy Seal. Nonetheless, as a nurse I am trained to identify and eliminate threats to our health as well our as families. Not only am I a health care provider but I visualize myself as an advocate as well. Safety is a priority in all of our lives and with over half of the population being gun owners addressing a common threat…read more

Squatty Potty: In The Business To Help You Do Your Business

Posted by in Patient Health

Have you ever laid awake at night and thought about all the things in your life that you are doing wrong? Well I’m sure it comes as no surprise that you can now add how you go to the bathroom to that list. This information may come as a shock to many people and as a joke to others, but the proof is in the pudding (no pun intended). In fact, with the recent invention of a device called the Squatty Potty, how people all over the world poop has…read more

ADD/ ADHD: Treating A Growing Psychiatric Disorder

Posted by in Patient Health, Patient Safety

The prevalence of patients diagnosed with either Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has grown significantly since first being discovered in 1937. At this point in time, the diagnoses of ADD and ADHD did not yet exist. In fact, patients who presented with core ADD/ ADHD symptoms were recognized as having a hyperkinetic behavioral disorder. Over the preceding decades, clinical research studies have found that “ADHD is the most common neurobiological disorder in children, with a prevalence of 6% to 7%” (Connolly et al., 2015, p. 632). The…read more

Nurses Unite

Posted by in Nurse

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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Skeletal Disease: Osteoporosis

Posted by in Osteoporosis, Pathophysiology

Many long nights and treacherous hours were spent scouring the deep dark crevices of the web in search of a nursing journal that I hoped might dazzle me with its content. Likewise, any aspiring Doctor of Nursing Practice will tell you that they could only hope for the same. We dream of hitting the ever so envious nursing journal jackpot by finding just one article that actually pertains to our topic of interest. Needless to say, something like this rarely happens. In fact, this is more like a fairy tail…read more

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The Facade of Healthy Hospital Dining

Posted by in Diet, Hospital Nutrition, Patient Health

Hospitals are supposed to exemplify and emit an aura that promotes living a healthy lifestyle. Or so one would think. When most people go to the hospital, it goes without saying that their expectations are to not only receive excellent quality medical care, but also to leave healthier than when they arrived. In theory this concept seems to be a plausible one, however reality proves to be quite different. Case in point focusing specifically on hospital food. Most hospitals typically don’t focus their dietary goals around the premise of providing…read more

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?

Posted by in Nurse

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

Posted by in Fatigue, Nurse

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