If you want to get better at auscultation and enjoy the convenience of documenting the sounds auscultated by transferring them to a computer using cutting-edge Bluetooth tech, look no further than Littman electronic stethoscopes. Digital stethoscopes have been here for quite some time now. As advanced instruments that are superior in quality to traditional stethoscopes, they are designed to drastically improve the accuracy of diagnostic procedures. Even though there is nothing fundamentally … [Read more...] about Is the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope better than other stethoscopes?
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
I remember when I first became a nurse and we would have monthly staff meetings to discuss various topics and issues that hospital administration had pushed down to us. I often grew frustrated with these meetings because the same topic kept coming up: HCAHPS scores. At which point the majority of the nursing staff would grumble and groan and complain about a standard that was unattainable due to ever-increasing workloads and complexities in the care they provided. Hospital administrators were … [Read more...] about Should Nurses Care about HCAHPS Scores?
In October of last year I bought my dream car: a Baby Blue, Turbo, VW Beetle Convertible Bug. I’ve wanted this car since I was 13 year old. As much as some may consider a new vehicle to be a foolish purchase and not the best financial decision, I think there are some decisions that you make for you in the now and not the you in the future. I bought my convertible because I wanted one since I was a little girl and knew it would make it happy. I can tell you now, that after exactly 6 months of … [Read more...] about 9 Reasons Every Nurse Should Drive a Convertible
Guest Blogger: Jenna To the lay person, a nurse's job may seem pretty simple: Nurses provide care for patients. But the word "care" is a bit complicated. In a medical sense, it means to tend to needed procedures, carry out instructions from physicians, and do the clinical things that are required for an ill or injured person. On top of all that scientific caring, there's sociological caring as well. That means providing an equal level of commitment to the emotional situation, making sure that … [Read more...] about Care Beyond Treatment
Guest Blogger: Jenna It's fall, which means that high school seniors can no longer put off the decision about where to go to college and what to study in school. Savvy high school students are probably already aware that most four-year degree programs generate thousands of dollars of student loan debt per graduating student, and that many college graduates are having trouble finding work in their fields. However, the health care field is booming. The Center for Health Workforce Studies states … [Read more...] about Advice to High School Seniors Interested in Healthcare
Guest Blogger: Jenna Patients who used to shy away from dental implants 4-5 years ago now consider it as an affordable and effective solution for missing teeth. This has been made possible due to advancements in dental implant technology allowing for easy integration and stability of the implants. The developments have also increased the efficiency of the healthcare providers and reduced the total time for dental procedures. According to Smiles, 3 million individuals in U.S. opt for dental … [Read more...] about 3 Dental Implant Developments That Improve Patient Care
When I discovered nursing informatics and healthcare informatics, it was like a dream come true. I was completing my BSN coursework, and I began researching options to further my education in nursing. I realized fairly quickly that I wasn't interested in most of the educational pathways that many of my nursing peers were following. Somewhere in the midst of that research, I stumbled onto "Nursing Informatics" and I knew it was for me. The stars aligned, the angels sang, and the fascinating world … [Read more...] about Becoming an Informatics Nurse: Going Beyond the Bedside
Are you looking for the best stethoscopes for nurses? You likely already know that nurses use many important pieces of equipment on a daily basis. Whether you're trying to obtain a blood pressure or listening to the chest of a little one with a cough, your stethoscope is a vital piece of nursing gear. Finding the best stethoscopes for nurses can be a challenge. While you want a top-rated stethoscope, it can often be difficult to find just the right one and at a great price. However, you now have … [Read more...] about 10 Best Stethoscopes for Nurses
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My experience in OB nursing has been somewhat limited. However, during a recent involvement with implementing a fetal monitoring system, I had the opportunity to talk with nurses and gauge their opinions on how best to deliver patient care to both the mother and the baby. The hospitals I had worked in had different areas for the birthing mothers, post partum mothers, and the babies. Sure the nurse would bring the baby to the room at routine intervals, but you could always send the baby to the … [Read more...] about Exploring the Benefits of Mother-Baby Maternity Nursing Units
Miracles happen. No matter what your spiritual believes are, there is no denying that sometimes the "impossible" happens. We are surprised with something wonderful and greatly hoped for. We want it badly, but we often assume that whatever our miracle is, it may not come to be. But sometimes it does. Modern medicine does not like miracles. There are no rationales for miracles. Miracles are scary and abnormal and don't fit the standards. Miracles don't play well with evidence based practice. … [Read more...] about The Case of the Vanishing Brain Tumor
Technology continually improves healthcare and our daily lives and telemedicine is imperative for reaching people that might not be able to get to a doctor. Telemedicine: How An Online Chat With A Doctor Makes A Difference Not surprisingly, almost everyone in America today has access to the internet, but not everyone has access to certain doctors, such as trauma surgeons, though there are apps for patients to talk to a doctor online. The video below is a fantastic example of technology saving … [Read more...] about Telemedicine & Online Doctors: Reaching the Unreachable
With the new year we make many resolutions to improve our lives. As nurses, we have the unique ability to improve the lives of others on a daily basis. However, there are many nursing issues that we as face on a daily basis. We should be focusing attention on these areas to make the nursing profession and more desirable one to be a part of. We need to band together to ensure the best patient care possible. While I cannot guarantee that every nurse would agree with these goals, I would hope that … [Read more...] about 7 Resolutions for the Nursing Profession
One of the projects I am working on in my informatics role involved overcoming an interface obstacle between EMRs. We wanted to accomplish something that had not been done, but it theory we knew should work. We were told to not get our hopes up, but the software vendor agreed to make the changes we needed in order to facilitate our desire. And we did it! We were able to document on patients we were previously unable to. We had a small victory and no one seemed to notice. I noticed. I cheerily … [Read more...] about High Fives in Healthcare: Taking Time to Celebrate Your Victories