When I attended CES I had the privilege to meet up with the Honeywell folks. They make some amazing products, one of which I was ask to review: The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. I’ve had the amazing little thermostat for a few weeks and have had a great time with it so far. Product Description Per Amazon: Wi-Fi Thermostat allows for remote access via smartphone or computer: Free smartphone app for iPhone, iPad and Android operating systems; Voice Control allows you … [Read more...] about Get Smart About Your Heating and Cooling with the Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat
Movies like Demolition Man, The Fifth Element and iRobot just make my nerdy little heart skip a beat. What’s so GREAT about these Action Flicks? Well, first of all, they are AMAZING masterpieces of cinematography. Second they feature Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Will Smith. And third, they have self-driving cars. I Want a Self-Driving Car, Like Yesterday I long for a car that drives itself. Even before I could drive, I was dreaming up ways to make cars maneuver the road without … [Read more...] about Self-Driving Cars: Putting the Auto on Autopilot [Infographic]
At CES I got to see so many cool technologies. They feature innovative and exciting products to simplify your life. One of my favorites is was this USB wall outlet. One of those innovations happens to be this nifty wall outlet with USB ports right along side of the traditional power sockets. The Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet is a safe and ultra-convenient way to charge your gadgets. While you’re probably not going to need or want to replace every power outlet in your home, this would be a … [Read more...] about USB Built Right in Your Wall Outlet in this USB Wall Outlet
A post over at ProBlogger, Act Like a Pro, clearly lays out something that was touched on in many of the sessions at Blog World Expo: Be confident in your area of expertise. You are an authority, so own it. Why I Started Blogging Forrest Gump said "Now, it used to be I ran to get where I was going. I never it thought it would take me anywhere." Blogging is to The Nerdy Nurse like Forest Gump it to Running. When I originally started my blog, I knew that it had potential to do things for … [Read more...] about Act Like a Pro: Owning Your Expertise Confidently
So you need to get an Ultrasound? No need to line up an appointment, doctor's order, technician, and pay some enormous fee. Nah... There's an App for that! Ok. Well maybe not yet, but soon that could be a very real possibility. John Cook at GeekWire writes about a company called Mobisante who "is looking to transform the industry with a new technology that turns a smartphone into a miniature ultrasound device". Ultrasounds are so bulky and expensive, you know. We need a version that anyone … [Read more...] about Need an Ultrasound? There’s an App for that!
Attractive electronic medical tools always fascinate me. Sometimes they even excite me. Tonic Health is one of those fascinating and exciting technologic wonders that gets my nerdy little heart all-a-twitter. So what is Tonic Health? Tonic Health is the first data collection tool designed specifically by and for healthcare. We're revolutionizing the industry by providing a platform that is regulatory compliant, more patient-friendly and less chore-like. This translates into more patient … [Read more...] about Tonic Health Refreshing Medical Data Collection
The HandStand is a bit of an innovation in iPad cases because it addresses something that most cases do not: the need for a hand strap. I've reviewed one other iPad case that had a hand strap, and it was one of my favorite features of the case. However, the HandStand for iPad delivers it's promise when it states "The revolution is at hand." And why is that? Well the darn thing swivels around a full 360 degrees, so literally, the iPad makes a revolution in your hand! So is it Really … [Read more...] about HandStand for iPad and iPad2 Holder Case Review
The new 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape is a product that really has the patient at it’s center of attention. It is the easiest to remove tape I have ever had the pleasure of using. It also has a soft feeling to the touch, and presumably would be much more comfortable to keep on for longer periods of time. A great advancement in wound care, I look to many clinicians to eagerly embrace this great new tape. A video to demonstrate functionality: Video Review The tape is gentle, reliable, … [Read more...] about 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape: A Hands on Review
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
Fifty-Six Year-Old to Give 25 Year-Old Her Uterus It's a little much to grasp, and it's applicable in a double sense. It's the 56-year old's womb, in the sense that it's her uterus, and she will be "sharing" it with her daughter. It's the 25-year old's womb in the sense that it was where she was conceived, and she will potentially be sharing it with her child. How very perplexing. Mother ’s love their children deeply and often spend their entire life giving to them. They … [Read more...] about Uterus Transplant: Sharing Your Womb With Your Child?
What kind of nerdy nurse would I be if I wasn't an advocate of the newest nurse charting - Electronic Medical Records (EMR Charting)? Not worthy of my title, at the very least. As a nerd, I am pretty much required to preach the glories of my geeky infatuations. Not only to justify my obsessions but also to promote more growth and innovation in the tech world. Us geeks need new tech to satisfy our cravings. A slight digression, yes, but you have no doubt grown accustomed to those in my little … [Read more...] about EMR Charting: The Frustration of Duplication for Nurses
Over at KevinMD.com there is an article about Evolution of tablet devices for the hospital and of course this is music to my nerdy litttle nursing ears. David Ahn, MD, makes some very interestting points about how he avoids using his iPhone too much in the view of patients and nurses because it can make you appear distracted. Because obviously, all us nurses and doctors could ever be doing is checking our facebook or updating our twitter. Nope, we couldn't possibly be using any of the … [Read more...] about Tablets Evolving to be used as Efficient Medical Tools
Over at Nursetopia, there is discussion about implementation of a new dress code policy that the nurses aren't too keen on. Keep the People Impacted by the Plan Working on the Plan « Nursetopia The Ottowa nurses that are impacted by this change are upset because of the new uniform policy which was enacted by administration as part of a "service excellence" initiative. Nursetopia says that you have to include nurses in these decisions if you want them to be successful, and I AGREE 100%. I am … [Read more...] about Change my Uniform, Change my Attitude
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 have listed: What I have noticed … [Read more...] about 10 Differences Between a Public Not-For-Profit Hospital Verses a Private For-Profit Corporate Hospital
Throughout my profession and personal journey, I have always attempted to better myself. It is not so much that I am unsatisfied with my current state, but more so a desire to do something more and to be a part of something bigger than myself. It is the reason that I started writing and being involved in social media and nursing and writing about lateral violence. It is also the reason that I am a contributing editor to MyRealityTech.com. It seems only logical that I do the same in nursing and … [Read more...] about The Transition from Bedside Care to Administration in Nursing