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
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)
This article shares work from home nursing jobs, many of which make great side hustles for nurses. 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 … [Read more...] about 13 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
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?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 3M for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. A few months ago, I wrote about a post titled "What is Visual Privacy and How to Avoid Visual Hacking." My goal was to define both visual privacy and visual hacking and offer solutions to protect sensitive data. I highlighted 3M™ Privacy Filters and how they can protect data both at home and on the job. This post is a followup to continue to dive into the issue of visual hacking, and how my 3M™ … [Read more...] about The Growing Concern of Visual Privacy
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?
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
We are excited to partner with Concordia University Wisconsin to bring you this post. I write frequently about the importance of continuing education for nurses. Although there are many courses focused on various aspects of nursing care, there are few focused on enhancing the writing skills of healthcare providers. As nurses we are often responsible for charting complex patient procedures, plans, outcomes, and progress. We are also sometimes tasked with creating proposals, writing papers, … [Read more...] about Free Writing Course for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals
Before discussing why nurses need to stand strong, we must first examine what it means for a nurse to stand strong. While there are many definitions, I think the one that most accurately captures the message of standing strong is to “do the right thing.” Nurses have the unique ability to advocate for people who are at their most vulnerable. They have the ability to advocate for their profession and colleagues to ensure the nursing profession is well represented. They have the ability to ensure … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons Nurses Need to Stand Strong
As a self-proclaimed nerd and an experienced clinical informatics nurse, I’m the first to advocate for the use of technology in the healthcare setting. However, I can admit that being passionate about technology can sometimes make it difficult to see the forest for the trees. So let’s examine whether technology actually improves the care provided by both doctors and nurses and determine whether health informatics is a sound career choice. Let's start by looking at what is nursing informatics. … [Read more...] about Health Informatics: Is Technology Improving Healthcare?
Customer relationships management (CRM) tools are used in many business settings to keep track of important client information. Healthcare facilities typically keep track of patient-centric information in EMR or EHR systems. This is an appropriate place for medical information about the patient, but how do healthcare organizations keep track of other information about patients? How do they access healthcare information from other organizations? What tools are used to provide more personalized … [Read more...] about Can CRMS in Healthcare Improve Collaboration Across the Continuum of Care?