Co-workers describe Laurie Ketterl, a nurse manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as someone who continually challenges her peers to think outside of the box in order to provide excellent patient care. Ketterl jumped into action earlier this year when a premature baby, born at just 29 weeks, and his critically ill mother were in separate Intensive Care Units. Since the mother had never seen her son and would soon undergo a life-saving surgery, Ketterl arranged for the mother and baby to see each other for the very first time via a video call using two iPads. When the mother kissed her child on the forehead using the screen, surrounding staff watched in amazement as the baby responded with a kick. Thanks to Ketterl’s innovation and exceptional care, the hospital’s foundation has since funded iPads for the NICU.
Unfortunately, working holidays is also a big part of the nursing game. One holiday that many nurses find particularly difficult to work is on Christmas. So many nurses miss the time with their families and familiar traditions.
But there’s no reasons to let working holiday’s completely bum you out. There are plenty of ways you can spruce up your work setting and making even create a few new holiday traditions, like perhaps a glove Christmas tree.
Christmas just seems to come earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it? And if you’re like most nurses, there’s a big chance that you’re going to have to work at least one holiday this season. It just comes with the career, unfortunately. But turn that frown upside down and reward yourself for your ability to devote yourself to a profession where you know there will be sacrifices. Buy yourself sometime extra special for Christmas this year for the Code Happy Holiday Pop-Up Shop for Nurses.
What is it really like to be a nurse?
There are so many people who get into nursing without having any idea what it is really like. And while we all know that you have to live it to even being to know if you will love it, wouldn’t it be nice to share your knowledge with a new generation of nurses? Oh, and as a huge bonus, you could win a ton of money to spend on Amazon.com.
If you are a nurse practitioner, it means that you’re going to have to hire some more office staff to help you process the Medicare and Medicaid claims to make sure you get reimbursed for the treatments you offer. Hopefully, the number of new patients you see will equal the amount of money you’re going to have to pay out of pocket in expanded staff!
I want you to get up tomorrow and the first through in your brain to be “Today is going to be a great day!” I want to you think this throughout your day and see how much better life treats you. I want you to look for good and you will find it. Because I want you to be happy. I want you to be fulfilled. I want you to thrive.
Your ability to perform medical tests with equipment you have on hand may mean the difference between finding a potentially life threatening ailment before it becomes a real problem. It could help identify some symptoms if a doctor isn’t present, and give you an idea of someone’s state of health. Whenever possible, you should seek real medical attention from a certified professional, but in a pinch there are a few tests you should know about…