Nurse Lifestyle

The Nurse Lifestyle is complex. We wear have different priorities, wear different clothes, and have a different perspective on the world than “normal” people. The Nurse Lifestyle category focuses on topics devoted to improving the lifestyle of nurses.

10 Differences Between a Public Not-For-Profit Hospital Verses a Private For-Profit Corporate Hospital

I work for a private, corporate hospital as a floor nurse. I am precepting at a public, independent hospital in an administrative role. The differences in the way things are done and the possibilities for change and innovation are astounding. As much as I am a loyalists, and would really love to stay where I am, as a nurse who wants to be a part of positive change in healthcare, this may prove to be more difficult than anticipated for many of the reasons which I …

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The Power of Cardizem and Being a Nurse

Modern medicine really amazes me. When telemetry calls me and tells me my patient is in SVT, and I just stepped out of the room, my initial reaction is “Are you sure it’s not artifact?”. Which is a natural response, even though I know she wouldnt waste her breath and energy on calling me if she wasn’t pretty darn sure there was a reason to. When I walk back in the room to assess the patient, she is fine, well, at least, she appears fine, asymptomatic …

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Patient Modesty: Yes, It is Very Important

Let’s chat about something that lots of nurses think, but few say out loud: patient modesty. Is it really important? Is medical nudity something nurses should be comfortable with, in every circumstance? Honestly, it’s complicated. But it needs to be discussed. The Importance of Medical Patient Modesty First, what is modesty? According to the dictionary, it is “behavior, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency.” Ok, so what is propriety? It is socially acceptable behavior. When someone is in the hospital, do social norms disappear? …

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Med Room Organization or Chaos

I have had the privilege to work on a floor with an organized med room. However, It appears that ours has been the only one in the entire hospital that stays organized. Stock gets low occasionally, but usually things we need are close at hand and someone will typically step up and replace things as needed. No one is designated or has a responsibility to manage the med room, or its supplies, but we do it out of respect for each other and honestly because it …

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What defines a Nurse Manager or Nurse Leader

In my RN-BSN class we discussed the difference between being a nurse leader and nurse manager. It was unfortunate that theses two titles are not always describing the same role/person. Ideally any manager should be a leader, but it is often not the case.Leadership should be a standard and a requirement in order to be a manger, but unfortunately middle-management is often too busy trying to appease the higher ups and quiet the staff, to be effective leaders. Managers should be seen as resources and advisors, …

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They made me put my socks on with a stick

They Made Me Put My Socks On With a Stick

I find it interesting how the most grumpy, disgruntled people react to kind gestures. It’s been my experience that usually someone with an attitude has a pretty good reason for it. There are the occasional crapheads who are just crappy for no reason, but usually there is some sort root cause for most meaness I experience in my nursing practice.

Nursing Student "Dismissed" for Facebook Photo’s Epic Battle Continues

Nursing school really is a circus, complete with clowns, ringmasters, lions, and flaming hoops to jump through. Johnson County Community College lawsuit. To hear their response, one might assure this girl expelled a fetus herself and was proudly poking it at it with a pair of hemostats. She didn’t. She took a picture, which her instructor allowed, excited to be participating in healthcare. I would really like to know what the “mother” in regard to said placenta thinks of this nonsense. Would she agree that the …

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Nursing School Politics and Social Media: Another Example of Nurses Being Bullies

There has been a lot of talk recently among the nursing blogs about a very unfortunate scenario involving an eager nursing student and social media. Those Emergency Blues Wrote about How to Get Yourself Arbitrarily kicked out of Nursing School. And Not Nurse Ratched talked about How A Nursing Student can be Expelled for a Facebook photo. The article in the Kansas City Star Discusses How Ms. Doyle Byrnes found herself expelled after posting images of herself and a placenta on Facebook. It really is an …

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The Ballet of V-Fib: A Glimpse into the World of a Cardiac Critical Care Nurse

“If you need anything for pain, please let me know. Make sure you keep lying flat, and don’t move your leg Sir. If there is anything you need, I’ll be right outside.” I said pleased with a successful, stress-free admission of a fresh Cardiac Patient with 2 stents. A young man with no health history, aside from being a frequent smoker, admitted for what he thought was stomach upset and indigestion has just has his world rocked, his life saved, and his heart opened by the miracles of modern medicine. The admission assessment completed, …

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Patient Interventions, Procedures, and Weird Accomplishments for Nurses

I must admit, I am a different person when I wear my nurse hat. I can do things, face things, see things, and smell things that I would normally not be able to. There is just something inside of me, a switch, if you will, that turns on and I get into nurse zone. In these moments I have learned that there are so weird experiences that offer some unique satisfaction to me, and I’m sure several other nurses as well. Although these are definitely not my favorite …

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