You don’t automatically graduate nursing school automatically knowing everything you need to know. One of the most commonly forgotten med math conversions is “How many CCs are in an ounce.” When you forget seemingly simple things, it’s frustration, but you’re not alone. An anonymous guest blogger shares her experience with forgetting a common med math […]
by Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP The Inspiration Nurse. Richard N. Bolles, author of the iconic What Color is Your Parachute? wrote the foreword for one of my nursing career books a few years back. Having once worked as a hospital chaplain, he frequently interacted with nurses. He recalls a nurse who said to him: “Home. […]
I talk to nurses all the time who have dreams of running their own business as legal nurse consultants (LNCs). The want to move from being a nurse to being a LNC. They want financial independence; they want control over their hours, schedules and work environments. And they don’t want to be a prisoner of […]
Diversity in Nursing is a popular topic in the world of Nursing. But, why is diversity an issue and what can we do to make improvements? I have noticed people and some nurses; really do not understand the issue of diversity in nursing. In addition, why is diversity in nursing the elephant in the room? […]
If you’ve ever search a hospital job board for an ICU nurse job description, you’ll likely find something very different than what the job actually entails.
Critical care is a an area that is constantly challenging you as a nurse. There is such a wide variety of responsibilities changing from patient to patient. From code browns to code blues, there is always some patient in need of a nurse to help them. It is not always the most glamorous job when dealing with an alcoholic going through withdrawals, but it is well worth it. It dawned on me one day that every patient that comes to the ICU would die without whatever intervention we were performing. Who doesn’t want to be an instrumental part in saving someone’s life?
Being the night shift nurse is a grueling job. Though, it is the shift most nurses start on in their career. I have worked as a labor and delivery nurse for the last 10 years, 8 of them on the night shift. I have come up with these 5 tips that helped me get through it with two kids, a husband, and a dog.
The practice of nursing is guided by certain state education laws, rules, regulations, and the code of ethics. According to these, nurses are morally bound to care for and treat all patients regardless of disease entities, socio-economic status, cultural views, religion and sexual orientation, and so forth. Nurses are to care for all people. My nursing school motto was, “Amicus Humani Generis” which translated to be, “ Lover of the Human Race.” Wouldn’t it be ironic to go against the core of this statement?
The nursing profession requires a ton of heavy lifting – figuratively and literally. Unfortunately, this means those who practice it tend to be prone to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as back injuries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that, as of December 2014, nursing assistants have some of the highest incidence rates of MSDs, totaling about 393 across private, state and local government sectors.
I just wanted to share about my NCLEX experience.
I graduated June 21 and took my NCLEX shortly after. I put a lot of time and effort into study but still struggled with recognizing many of the medication names/classes along with their actions/side effects and with several other big areas. I could have postponed, but I just wanted to get it over with.
The history of nursing is a relatively complicated tale filled with twists, turns, and not to mention a few hurdles creating a drastically different landscape from even a decade ago. The lamps have been put away, and white caps are gathering dust under beds. We now wear scrubs made of awesome flexible and stain resistant fabric, obtain PhDs, and travel. Bullying, on the other hand, seems to be cemented into the foundation of nursing. Despite increasing awareness and numerous measures to combat it, peer bullying (often referred to as lateral or horizontal violence) remains a part of nursing and exists within all levels of the profession. The question of why remains. Why has nothing we have tried succeeded in eradicating this issue?