Let's just get this out of the way, because you probably landed on this page by Googling "What does ICU stand for?" So here's your answer: ICU stands for Intensive Care Unit.When entering a hospital, you are immediately inundated with medical jargon, confusing terms, and many abbreviations. Before you know it your head is spinning and you need a medical dictionary just to … [Read more...] about What Does ICU Stand for?
Being a nurse is emotionally rewarding. You make a real difference in the lives of the hurting and sick people you interact with every single day. The money can also be pretty good, if you find the right career path. We've already talked about how much an RN makes. To give you some goals, here are some of the highest paid nurses so you can decide if one of the high paying … [Read more...] about What are the Highest Paid Nurses?
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 … [Read more...] about 5 Things Nurses and Nurse Practitioners Need to Know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D)
Thank you to AORN for partnering with us for this post.https://thenerdynurse.com/5-reasons-why-every-perioperative-nurse-should-attend-the-aorn-conference/#giveaway A perioperative nurse impacts patients at some of their most vulnerable times. For many patients, a surgery is a significant life event in which every aspect of their medical care can have a life-long impact. … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Why Every Perioperative Nurse Should Attend the AORN Conference
Looking for one of the best nursing stethoscopes? Choosing the right stethoscope for your work may turn out to be more difficult than it appears. That’s because choosing a stethoscope is like selecting a dish from a restaurant menu. Others’ recommendations are needed, but only you know what you’re comfortable with. The stethoscope’s weight, tubing material, angle of the … [Read more...] about 7 Best Nursing Stethoscopes
Like most nursing students, there came a point in my education where I literally slammed my textbook shut late one evening and yelled, “Why is nursing school so hard!?!”.The more people I talked to about my nursing school headaches, the more I find that so many people struggled during their nursing school years! I couldn’t help but wonder just exactly why nursing school is … [Read more...] about Why is Nursing School So Hard?
Sometimes as healthcare professionals, we are trained to look at the numbers. We run tests and examine the heck out of lab values and vital signs to discern how our patient is doing today. This is all very important, and ultimately it allows physicians to assist in determining what the patient’s official diagnosis is, or help nurses to paint a picture of a patient's condition, … [Read more...] about Subjective Data Vs. Objective Data in Nursing
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 … [Read more...] about 5 Work from Home Nursing Jobs
Nursing is hard! It doesn't matter if you are full time, part time, a student, or even an instructor. No matter what area you are in, you deal with death, disease and suffering, you work crazy long hours with an unreal amount of responsibility. You have to navigate relationships with patients, patient's families, doctors, and more. So how do you cope? With some good friends and … [Read more...] about Funny Nurse Memes to Brighten Your Day
We see nurse symbols around us all of the time, and we likely don’t think twice about them. The symbols are on nursing pins, medical jewelry, scrub tops, pens, and badge holders. Some of us may have even used them at our pinning ceremony without comprehending the reason behind them. We know that they indicate a nurse, but do we know where they come from? Do we know what they … [Read more...] about Nurse Symbols: The Origin and the History
You have been thinking and thinking about what career path to choose. There are so many options in the health field! You have finally made up your mind: you are going to be a nurse! It just makes perfect sense. You are kind, compassionate, empathetic, have great interpersonal skills and attention to detail. Another tough decision awaits you: LPN or RN? I have rounded up 10 … [Read more...] about Resources on the Differences Between a Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
If you were to ask me if I had a new and improved nurses week gift idea, I could give you a laundry list of suggestions. Every year, May 6th quietly approaches on the heels of Cinco de Mayo, and subsequently ushers in a new National Nurses Week. The ANA has designated 2017 "the year of the healthy nurse” with National Nurses Week getting a focus on wellness, as well. Their … [Read more...] about A New Nurses Week Gift Idea – The Art of Nursing
There is no denying the need for medical books. They offer a wealth of information and teach us valuable skills. However, there are times when the last thing we want to do is read a text book. For enjoyment, many nurses turn to medical fiction for enjoyment.I recently had the opportunity to interview Nurse Jamie Davis and talk with him about his journey to becoming a … [Read more...] about Becoming a Medical Fiction Author – Nurse Jamie Davis Shares His Story
We all know at least one famous nurses. But there are other nurses who’ve made an impact on the history of the nursing profession that deserve their story to be told. Suzanne Aubert (1835-1926) is one of those nurses. The History of the Nursing Profession Born to French bourgeois parents who considered a good marriage should be the pinnacle of their daughter’s achievements, … [Read more...] about The History of the Nursing Profession Goes Beyond Florence Nightingale: A Look at Suzanne Aubert
Scratching your head about what to get that nurse on your gift list? If you’re combing through the web, looking for the perfectly practical gifts for nurses, we’ve got you covered. Practical Gifts for Nurses Whether you’re shopping for a fashion-conscious nurse, a gadget freak or a shoe connoisseur, there’s something for every type of nurse in the list below. So check out my … [Read more...] about 7 Perfectly Practical Gifts for Nurses