Many nurses are apprehensive about having to titrate a Cardizem drip. Patients who require Cardizem are usually facing life-threatening conditions like A-fib and this can be very stressful to a nurse who doesn’t typically deal with this sort of condition. Depending on your floor there may actually be policies that state that you should transfer patients to critical care or intensive care units if they require titration on a Cardizem gtt. You should make sure that you are familiar with your … [Read more...] about How to Titrate a Cardizem Drip
As nurses we are given such trust and responsibility. Often people’s lives are in our hands. We a allowed to care for people in their most vulnerable states. And depending on your license level, becoming a nurse is as simple as completing a couple years in tech school and pass a computerized test. Somehow in that short amount of time and with a few electronic questions a computer screen, we are deemed competent to be a nurse. I imagine that we just assume that people who want to be nurses have … [Read more...] about The Importance of Removing Fear and Promoting Honesty and Integrity In Nursing
The potential for social media to impact and improve healthcare is staggering. This is especially prominent now that consumers are stepping up and confirming that a healthcare providers online presence will impact their decision to seek care with them. Benefits of Social Media for Healthcare Organizations If hospitals utilize social media for their marketing benefits alone, the impacts would be substantial for them. But imagine if healthcare organizations were to truly embrace social media, … [Read more...] about Hey Hospitals, Patients Are Looking For you Online!
Receiving admissions at shift change is one of my biggest pet peeves in nursing. The reasons for this could fill pages upon pages, but I will try to be relatively brief. Reasons Why Admissions at Shift Change are Awful When a patient arrives at shift change, responsibility for the assessment is unclear. Is it me? Is in the oncoming nurse? What's the cutoff? 6:55? 7:00? 7:05? Paging physicians to notify of arrival to the floor can become a fiasco especially when you are busy trying to … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons Why I Hate to Get Admissions At Shift Change
“With great power, comes great responsibility”. As cliché as that phrase may seem, I feel it lends itself quite well to the nursing field. I have been a nurse for over two years. While I feel I have some experience, I know that I have so much more to learn. There are days when I go to work and feel like an imposter. When going in and out of patients rooms, giving medications, changing dressings, and seeing people at their most vulnerable it still often seems unreal to me. Everyday I see people … [Read more...] about Nursing: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.