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.

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Fearing Zombies and Being a Nurse

So why zombies?

Well, honestly, I encounter the dead a lot more frequently that most members of society. Its not terribly often, mind you, in fact, its usually less than one a year. However, that is still more than I would if I were not in this profession.
Every time I have performed post-mortem care I am on pins and needles. I can’t get over the nagging sensation that at any moment they could moan, groan, vomit, or leap off the bed in a feverous attempt to eat my brains.

What a Nurse Does in Low Census: PRN opinions

Nothing.Well not if she gets the privilege to work. If the privilege to work is granted, that you are to do so with no tech, a bigger patient load with higher acuity patients, and often are pulled to other departments. Being pulled to me is often a nice change of pace, so that I do not mind. What I do mind is being pulled and yet still having an understaffed department that is unfamiliar to you. I’ve been lucky in that the nurses are almost always …

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Respect and Dignity: A Nurses Guide to Bullying in Nursing

Bullying in nursing isn’t a new phenomenon. Nurses experience it in alarming numbers whether they’re new to the profession or the job. It happens to young and old nurses alike. My Nurse Bullying Experience Lateral violence is a soapbox of mine here. It is the reason why I started this blog in the first place. I was severely bullied by an experience LPN on my nursing unit. This nurse sought to destroy every ounce of confidence I had along with my professional reputation. As a new …

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Code Brown, not Nearly as Exciting, but Often More Enlightening than the Blue Variety

How much poop can an old man poop if an old man hasn’t pooped in a week? A buttload. It was inevitable, don’t you think. I am after all, a floor nurse. Many of my patients have had bowel surgeries, or are attempting to avoid them. How long could I have possibly gone without writing at least one post about poop? In  my experiences as a nurse I have had the pleasure, and sometimes disappointment, of dealing with a wide range of characters. I have learned …

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Nurse Staffing Math Doesn’t Make Cents

What does a low census mean? For us it means high acuity patients, low staffing, and horribly busy nights. I must say, I am a bit apprehensive about my impending shift. Apparently the less patients you have, your patient to nurse ratio increases, and you don’t get a tech to help do vital signs. Once I’ve finally gotten everyone settled, its been 4 hours, I have to go around, wake everybody up, and start the process all over again. I try my very best to chart …

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APA Formatting is the Scholarly and Professional Way

I hate formatting a research paper. The research portions and drafting of a paper, of any sort, have never bothered me much. What I hate is the absurdly strict punctuation and citation rules associated with them. By the time I am done with most of my papers, they look more like algebra equations than scholarly works. I also have a pretty big disdain for not being able to include myself in my work. By that I mean, no opinions, just the facts, and attempting to leave …

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“There is nothing Golden about the Golden years”

“There is nothing golden about the golden years”. These words are softly spoken to me as I attempt to start an IV on a very confused, agitated patient.  His wife stands beside the bed, looking exhausted and remorseful. They’ve been married for 25 years. He has no idea who he is or where he is at and she is overwhelmed at his current state. I calmly caress his arm, I tell him where he is and who I am. I tell him I am here to …

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Lateral Violence in Nursing : Nurses Being Bullies

This sounds absurd, doesn’t it? I wish I could tell you that the myths that nurses eat their young are just myths. But sadly, I cannot tell you that. I wish I could tell you that your coworkers will be supportive of you and your patients and helpful and considerate. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you that either. I wish I could tell you that my first years as a nurse were wonderful, happy times, and I learned a lot. Two out of those three are wrong …

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The Incompetent, List-Worthy, Stupid Nurse – Strikes Again!

I’m gonna save the build up for you. I’m the stupid nurse referenced in the title of this article. Also, before I get your hopes up, let me just say, the title is pure sarcasm. Women hold a grudge. This is no real secret. Most of us ladies know we tend to remain resentful, pessimistic, and guarded around certain people and situations. However, most of us can at least pretend and be professional enough to function appropriately in the workplace if said grudge happens to involve …

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Are Nurses Professionals

Professionalism is not about the letters behind your name, it is about the respect you have for your role in what you do. I also think that every LPN would disagree as well. According to hrsa.gov, as of 2008, 45.4% of Registered Nurses are Associate Degree prepared nurses. 20.4% have a diploma level degree, while only 34.2% are BSN prepared.

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