A code blue is a terrifying experience as a nurse. It's stressful for experienced nurses and those on the code team, but even more for inexperienced or new nurses. Let's look at what code blue is and how to respond as a nurse so that you are prepared. What is a Code Blue? A code blue is called when a patient experiences unexpected cardiac or respiratory arrest that requires resuscitation and activation of a hospital-wide alert. These cardiac or respiratory arrests are handled by the … [Read more...] about Code Blue in the Hospital: What to Do as a Nurse
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Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) is an intestinal bacterium that has been wreaking havoc in hospitals and infection control departments. It is what is known as a nosocomial infection – an infection obtained while in hospital from infectious spread from other patients. One of the most significant challenges with C Diff is the delay in detection. Nurses are instrumental in early identification and isolation of infected patients decreasing the risk of transmission to more patients. Many nurses … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Describe the C Diff Smell
Dreaming of a career as a nurse? There many factors that may lead someone into the nursing profession, but the cost of tuition and the length of study can be significant factors in your decision. The longer the course of study, the less time you have available to work, and the more student debt you will accrue! Luckily there are many options available to become a nurse. You can choose to go straight to your desired level or slowly work your way up with part-time studies. The choice is yours! So, … [Read more...] about How Long Does it Take to Become a Nurse?
The road to becoming a nurse is long and laborious. If you're not sure about the path you're going to take, the process can be twice as difficult. You can even end up spending more money and time than you’re supposed to. If you’re not sure where to start, the guide below can teach you exactly how to become a nurse. How to Become a Nurse Learn everything about being a nurse Being a nurse isn’t always a good thing. You’ll be exposed to all types of body fluids, bacteria, and viruses. You’ll … [Read more...] about How to Become a Nurse
There any many celebrations and occasions that justify having an awesome cake. There are also some awesome nurse cakes if you do some looking. Here are a few reasons why a nurse cake is needed: Getting accepted into Nursing School Graduating from Nursing School Getting your first nursing job Getting a promotion into a administrative nursing job Coming off a 5 day stretch of 12 hours shifts Okay… so the last one may have been a little much, but there are still plenty of … [Read more...] about Super Cute Nurse Cakes from Pinterest
Degreestory.com is currently hosting a fantastic contest just for nurses! They are asking nurses to submit a story that answers the following question: 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 … [Read more...] about What is it Really Like to be a Nurse?
If you are are interested in advancing your nursing career, there single, most effective method, would be furthering your education. As nurses we have many assets that we utilize to provide patient care. These range from technical skills, knowledge, critical thinking skills, and leadership abilities. But we can always stand to have more tools in our nursing toolbox. To keep current on the fundamentals of nursing. To put this in perspective, I’ll offer an example. Being a nurse can be compared … [Read more...] about Education Adds to Your Nursing Toolbox
Being a nurse involved with social media certainly has its challenges. Once you get over the fear of losing your job for your blog or twitter account, there is a honeymoon period. During this time you feel empowered and exhilarated by your ability to have a voice and make an impact online. You use this voice to make an impact on the issues that matter to you and your profession. True advocacy means making a difference I’ve blogged about nursing students who are kicked out of the nursing … [Read more...] about Being an Advocate Means Being a Target
A new man-made virus has been created that is actually killing cancer. This lab created virus apparently makes a bee-line straight for the cancer-cells in your body and destroys them. Interestingly enough, this was not the original intention of the virus. The hope was that the virus would seek out the cancer cells and act as a transport system to get cancer killing medication to the targeted cells. Apparently the virus figured out what it's ultimate goal would be and just decided to forgo the … [Read more...] about Anti-Cancer Virus: Destroys Cancer, Creates Zombies
The search is on. I've been networking like it ain't nobodies business in an effort to meet the right people to get me that elusive IT nursing role. It really didn't expect it to be as difficult of a process as it has been so far. The nurses I work with level of technological expertise stops at their iPhones. They have absolutely no interest in working with technology and EMRs as a nurse. In fact, they really don't understand why I would want to leave beside care to work with computers. … [Read more...] about Nursing Informatics: It’s About the Bigger Picture
When I first started blogging I did so anonymously. Even after I came out of the nursing blog closest I was fearful to tell my coworkers about my blog. There is a lot of risk involved when you write about your work especially if someone already wants to put a bullseye on you. With so many healthcare providers on the fence about social media and the risks of liabilities associated with having an online presence, I wanted to take a some times to highlight some of the reasons why I don't run up … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons Why My Coworkers Don’t Read My Nursing Blog
If you've been looking for the Being a Nurse Means poem, then you've found it. Being a NURSE Means... You will never be bored. You will always be frustrated. You will be surrounded by challenges. So much to do and so little time. You will carry immense responsibility and very little authority. You will step into people's lives and you will make a difference. Some will bless you. Some will curse you. You will see people at their worst... and at their best. You will never cease to … [Read more...] about Being a NURSE Means…