Salix Pharmaceuticals provided me with a stipend and paid for my travel and accommodations related to the event. However, all opinions are my own. The contents of this blog are not medical advice and should not be deemed as such. Finding an opioid induced constipation treatment that provides adequate and quick relief of symptoms may be important for patients and their providers. However, a recent online survey of 441 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older who were living with chronic pain, on … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About Opioid Induced Constipation Treatment Options
Let's just get this out of the way, because you probably landed on this page by Googling "What does ICU stand for?" So here's your answer: ICU stands for Intensive Care Unit. When entering a hospital, you are immediately inundated with medical jargon, confusing terms, and many abbreviations. Before you know it your head is spinning and you need a medical dictionary just to keep things straight! Medical and healthcare professionals like to use abbreviations and jargon to save themselves the … [Read more...] about What Does ICU Stand for?
Thank you to Salix Pharmaceuticals for sponsoring this post. The contents of this article are not medical advice and should not be deemed as such. Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) is a common disorder of the large intestine. IBS that causes increased diarrhea is often called IBS-D. Recently, I had an opportunity to learn more about the disease state and discovered many surprising facts. I’ve also collected a few strategies that nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians can use to ensure … [Read more...] about 5 Things Nurses and Nurse Practitioners Need to Know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D)
Working from home can really be a Godsend. Working in the convenient setting of your home, the ability to take breaks when you want to, no senior executive breathing down your neck to get the job done, the freedom to work the hours you want and all the while be there for your family when they really need you. Working from home is indeed an ideal situation. But is working from home possible in all professions, especially healthcare? To put it bluntly, are there ways a registered nurse can work … [Read more...] about 12 Work from Home Nursing Jobs
Thank you to Post-it® Brand for partnering with us on this post. Staying productive is always a challenge. In addition to working a full-time at a demanding day job in the healthcare technology industry, I run a nursing blog and manage a household. If I want to maintain my sanity, keeping tasks organized and being productive is an absolute must. Almost Everyone Struggles with Productivity I take small comfort in knowing I’m not alone in my productivity struggles. Post-it® Brand … [Read more...] about Productivity Challenge: Make the Household To Do List a Game with Post-it® Notes
I have had the pleasure of working in hospitals for a little over 10 years now. I’ll always be on the financial side of the business, but having various roles in my career has provided me the opportunity to work with every type of nurse there is to offer. Those on the floor, back in surgery, House Supervisors, Care Managers, Transplant Coordinators, ER staff, Nurse Managers, Nurse Directors - you name it, I’ve worked with them. My Favorite Little Known Secrets in Patient Finance And you … [Read more...] about Little Known Secrets in Patient Finance
Being admitted to the hospital can be a jarring experience. You start the day, living your normal routine, and before you know it you’re lying on a stretcher under intense fluorescent lights with people hovering over you, poking you with needles and talking in a language you’re not really familiar with. Sounds like a scene from a horror movie. Nursing Interventions for Anxiety But nope, this is what our patients go through. And now, as they lie there with all of this going on around them, … [Read more...] about Effective Nursing Interventions for Anxiety
I looked at my clock as I had been tossing and turning all night with stomach pains. 2:43am. What was going on? Appendicitis? I flip open one of my old text books..no not that. Did I all of a sudden become lactose intolerant? Do I have a gallstone? Was it a back injury? Was it just stress? And then, in typical nurse fashion, I started to ponder if this could in fact be that rare strain of the flu that a patient had. Panic. Do I grab my keys and head for the hospital, or do I talk to a doctor … [Read more...] about Talk to a Doctor Online- Anytime- Anywhere with HealthTap
With over 3 million nurses in the United States it’s not surprising to hear about ways they practice nursing that are a little less traditional. Nurses are becoming authors at an increasing rate and bringing quality content to a growing library of books for nurses. It’s not surprising that the best nursing books are written by men and women who have actually practice nursing and can identify with other nurses. And these nurse author aren’t just writing text books or “how to” guides for nurses. … [Read more...] about 5 Excellent Books For Nurses By Nurses
In medical career terminology, there are specific terms that are often used interchangeably. And while plenty of career fields have terms that people tend to mix up (for example, criminology and criminal justice), in the medical career field, interchanging can have consequences. Medical career terminology seems to be more confusing than most – probably because the average person, or student who wants a career in healthcare, simply doesn’t have enough knowledge. Two commonly interchanged terms in … [Read more...] about Is There a Difference between Healthcare Management and Healthcare Administration?
So you are a nursing practitioner and you are torn about which stethoscope to buy. Used by a great number of proud doctors, nurses and medical professionals around the world, Littman stethoscopes offer terrific acoustic response, exceptional value, and superior results overall. Best Littmann Stethoscopes In this roundup, we are going to take a look at some of the best from the Littman stable. 3M™ Littmann® Master Cardiology Stethoscope If you are looking to buy one of the best … [Read more...] about Best Littmann Stethoscopes
This post was created in partnership with Toyota. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Toyota. Healthcare facilities everywhere are struggling to do more with less. Patients are getting sicker and reimbursements are getting smaller. Even with new insurance laws on the books, many patients are uninsured or underinsured. Healthcare facilities have struggled to meet the rising demand of patients. For many healthcare organizations, this has created backlogs of … [Read more...] about What Can Healthcare Learn from Toyota?
IVs allow patients to get medications more quickly and efficiently than the oral route. They are a vital part of medical care, and many patients would suffer without access to the fast-acting medications delivered directly into their veins. In hospitals, IV poles are as common as patients, but, unfortunately, most of them are poorly designed and, in general, are a huge pain. Reasons Why IV Poles are a Huge Pain for Nurses IV Poles are Top Heavy and Difficult to Maneuver Nearly every IV … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Why IV Poles are a Huge Pain for Nurses
This post is brought to you by 3M Company. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Nerdy Nurse. As a healthcare professional I am keenly aware of how important it is to keep protected health information (PHI) away from prying eyes. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) dictates strict laws and fines associated with breaches of this protected data. In addition, as a nurse I care for patients that are in their most vulnerable state. It is my … [Read more...] about What is Visual Privacy and How to Avoid Visual Hacking
Healthcare providers in a variety of settings are challenged with balancing providing patient care and maintaining the knowledge needed to interpret data. Technologies are evolving and many new systems are finding their way into the hospital. The field of cardiology offers some of the most interesting and intimidating technologies. The cardiac pacemaker is a complex piece of technology that many patients rely on every day. These patients can be encountered in any healthcare setting, but are … [Read more...] about Learn Cardiac Pacemaker Concepts with the Pacemaker Power App