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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...] about How To Take Care of Both Psychological and Physical Health
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 … [Read more...] about Care Beyond Treatment