There are some nurses who think that after they graduate from a nursing school that the time for education has passed. They devalue the continuing education for nurses (CE) credits that they are required to complete (by their facility or their state). But, perhaps if they looked at CEs a little differently, there would not be such a great resent for this valuable tool in nursing practice. You owe it to yourself and the patients you serve to continue to enhance your nursing practice through … [Read more...] about 7 Benefits of Continuing Education for 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 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)
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
The practice of nursing is guided by certain state education laws, rules, regulations, and the code of ethics. According to these, nurses are morally bound to care for and treat all patients regardless of disease entities, socio-economic status, cultural views, religion and sexual orientation, and so forth. Nurses are to care for all people. My nursing school motto was, “Amicus Humani Generis” which translated to be, “ Lover of the Human Race.” Wouldn’t it be ironic to go against the core of … [Read more...] about Can a Nurse Refuse Treatment of a Patient?
This post has been made possible by a partnership with magnatag.com. The patient experience is an area of healthcare that can no longer be overlooked. Patients are routinely questioned about the care they receive through HCHAPS surveys. The results of these surveys can have an impact of the level of Medicare reimbursement a hospital receives. According HCAHPS to December 2014 summaries, 21% of patients did not feel like nurses always communicated well, 36% did not feel they were always … [Read more...] about Can Whiteboards Improve Patient Satisfaction and HCAHPS Scores?
Guest Blogger: Attorney Mary Beth Gettins Hospitals do a good job of educating on HIPAA policies, but there isn't enough focus on guidelines around HIPAA for nurses. With the focus on privacy and security, we have all heard a lot about security breaches, privacy violations, and what HIPAA requires. But, at the end of the day, how does it affect your job and how you do things. Here are a few dos and not to dos. HIPAA for nurses is an important aspect of nursing education that should not be … [Read more...] about HIPAA for Nurses – A Few Dos and Don’ts
Guest Blogger: Lisa Marie Walsh, RN, BSN, MSN(c) Safe staffing, or the lack thereof, is a challenge that almost every nurse has had to deal with. I recently encountered a nurse on my floor who respectfully told the charge nurse that she was not comfortable taking on a 7th patient. She had been floated to our floor and this was not her regular patient population. The house supervisor came to the floor to speak to her and she continued to maintain her position. She did not receive a 7th … [Read more...] about Safe Staffing: Are You Part of the Problem or the Solution?
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
As an informatics nurse, I am often presented with paper challenges that require digital solutions. I sometimes even find my own trouble and investigate inefficiencies in current process and workflow. More often than not, the most inefficient processes involve paper and a physical checklist. For some reason healthcare just has a hard time letting go of their paper. Paper dependence exists in many aspects of healthcare, but one place where an electronic solution is much needed, and sometimes … [Read more...] about Eliminate Paper and Improve Patient Care Across the Continuum with Tracked Clinical Competencies
I've been seeing Christmas trees made out of gloves for years but have yet to see a single "How to Make a Glove Christmas Tree" guide. So I decided to make one myself. Hey! After you make your glove Christmas tree why not decorate it with nurse Christmas ornaments? Nurses are creative individuals. You have to be to do the job. There’s no nurse around that hasn't had to get creative to dress a wound properly, manage time effectively, or appease a seemingly inconsolable patient. Creativity … [Read more...] about How to Make a Glove Christmas Tree
In my encounters with nurses over the years it seems that everyone of them is either loving or hating their career choice. They’re either driven to succeed and feel confident that they’ve made the correct career choice, or they are going through the motions hopeful that no one will notice how much the loathe taking care of patients. I’ve met a few who are somewhere in between these two states but with time these nurses usually choose “a side” and consequently choose to love or hate nursing. I … [Read more...] about Nurses: Are You Thriving or Just Surviving?
Your ability to perform medical tests with equipment you have on hand may mean the difference between finding a potentially life threatening ailment before it becomes a real problem. It could help identify some symptoms if a doctor isn’t present, and give you an idea of someone’s state of health. Whenever possible, you should seek real medical attention from a certified professional, but in a pinch there are a few tests you should know about... Heart Rate What you need: A watch and your … [Read more...] about Heart Rate and 3 Other Medical Tests You Can Do At Home
The future of healthcare is changing. To so this is a scary time because there is so much uncertainty in the future of healthcare and nursing This is especially the case in the United States were the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act are causing drastic change in the way healthcare facilities and providers are reimbursed for the care they provide and the requirements linked to documenting patient care. Nurses have the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of the patients they … [Read more...] about Why Nurse Empowerment is Import for the Future of Healthcare
Did you know that your physical health is very closely connected to your psychological health? Let's look at how to take care of both so you can have the best life! Importance of Physical Health Physical health and psychological well-being may seem unrelated. However, these two areas of health are linked in a number of ways. From mild mood disorders to cognitive illnesses, psychological health is greatly affected by physical well-being. The following explores the link between mental and … [Read more...] about How To Take Care of Both Psychological and Physical Health