Even though there are more women in technology than ever before, the annual CES conference has not caught up. We need to ensure that there is equal representation at this huge tech showcase. And that the ladies who are on the floor are knowledgeable and informed about the products and services they are representing. This is the second year I have attended CES and things just seemed significantly different this time around. I am not sure if the industry is changing, there are just more people … [Read more...] about More Women in Technology Doesn’t Mean CES Has Caught Up
Guest Blogger: Ann W. Smith LMFT Those of us in the helping professions often feel that we are expected to be perfect but realistically we know from experience that it is not possible. If we have an inborn tendency to be perfectionists on top of that, we may struggle with trying to be the best at everything we do. After all, there is a great deal at stake when others are counting on us to help them. Perfectionism is a trait that gives us a preference for order, organization, timeliness, people … [Read more...] about Perfectionism and the Helping Professional: Are You Too Good for your Own Good?
Guest Blogger: Jenna Many women struggle with various infertility issues and treatments. Some of these women use donor eggs, fertilized and implanted through IVF, to help carry successful pregnancies to term. Donor eggs are growing in popularity, but very little is said about the women who contribute these donations. Most egg donation companies keep donors anonymous, meaning we rarely hear egg donor stories straight from the women who make it a possibility. However, I was at a college … [Read more...] about Ever Considered Being an Egg Donor? Hear Lisa’s Story
The health and prosperity or your family is without a doubt one of your primary concerns. You want to make sure their needs are met and they have financial stability. This is the reason we work, pay our bills, and maintain our investments. We aren’t just looking out for ourselves, we have our family in the forefront of our thoughts. Here are a few tips to keep your family’s health and financial stability on target. Health Insurance Having individual health insurance can really help to protect … [Read more...] about Protecting The Health and Financial Stability of Your Family
Guest Blogger: Jenna According to recent reports, more than two million birth injuries are known to have taken place in the last few years alone. This figure is definitely appalling knowing that medical science continues to grow and has is now better than ever. In such a scenario, it’s not surprising to have so many parents and parents-to-be confused about the the type of preventive measures that they should be taking to avoid birth injuries. The following article outlines a few effective … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Birth Injuries
My experience in OB nursing has been somewhat limited. However, during a recent involvement with implementing a fetal monitoring system, I had the opportunity to talk with nurses and gauge their opinions on how best to deliver patient care to both the mother and the baby. The hospitals I had worked in had different areas for the birthing mothers, post partum mothers, and the babies. Sure the nurse would bring the baby to the room at routine intervals, but you could always send the baby to the … [Read more...] about Exploring the Benefits of Mother-Baby Maternity Nursing Units
There has been a recent rise in Indian surrogacy. Many celebrity parents decide to use surrogates for various fertility and personal reasons. For example, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have children born of a surrogate along with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. What is Indian Surrogacy? Indian surrogacy is the act of having a woman in India carry a baby that is not her own in exchange for healthcare, room, and board, and usually some small payment for her time and inconvenience. … [Read more...] about Indian Surrogacy: Is it OK to Outsource Pregnancy?
Thanks to The Millionaire Nurse Blog, and My Strong Medicine, I found the following infographic. I find it every interesting and eye-opening. Just a few weeks ago I was talking to my husband about how I wasn’t quite sure why we actually needed sleep. Our bodies are in a constant state of repair and renewal. So why exactly do we need to sleep? Well, because it boils down to sleep or die. See the following infographic for an explanation as to why we all need sleep to function well. … [Read more...] about Nurses Listen Up: Sleep or Die [Infographic]
I’m ruined. Yep. My blogging career is over. Wordpress is going to corrupt my database. Studio press is going to take away my Genesis theme. ICANN is going to take away my domain name. The Nerdy Nurse will die a bitter death in the nursing blogosphere. (ps. that was total sarcasm, in case my tone didn’t leap of the page at you… sometimes I have to spell these things out. I’ve been told I can be perceived very differently than I intend. So now that we’re clear on that one at least…") HAH… … [Read more...] about You’ve Figured Me Out: I Blogged About Nurse Amanda Trujillo’s Cause for Personal Gain
By now you’ve hopefully heard the buzz among the nursing blogosphere and the social media community about Amanda Trujillo, the registered nurse who was fired by Banner Health after educating her patient on hospice options. Banner Health also took action again Ms. Trujillo’s nursing license and she has been unable to practice nursing for the past 10 months. Nurses everywhere are standing with Amanda Trujillo and coming together and putting their money where their blog is…. or something. The … [Read more...] about Let’s Pin Arizona Board of Nursing and Banner Health: Support Amanda Trujillo Buttons
Unfortunately, Amanda Trujillo cannot get back to doing what she loves yet. She just wants to take care of patients. The Arizona State Board of Nursing has delayed her case for 2 months in order to get a full psychiatric evaluation. When I heard this, I totally thought: “For the Doctor, right?” But alas, it is unfortunately for Ms. Trujillo, who has no doubts about her competence and abilities to pass the exam with flying colors. I don’t doubt her abilities either. I know we’re … [Read more...] about Arizona Nurse Amanda Trujillo’s State Board of Nursing Hearing Delayed for a Psychiatric Evaluation
Nursing Interruptions are a frustrating part of patient care. They can impact safety and cause stress for both caregivers and patients alike. This post, PART I: Interruption Awareness is More Complicated than Meets the Eye, examines interruptions for nurses and shares additional information and strategies on how to address them. Guest Blogger: Beth Boynton, RN, MS Like many change efforts, the first motivation for doing something different involves a sense that something isn’t working. … [Read more...] about Nursing Interruptions and Interruption Awareness in Nursing Practice
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
I had the opportunity to screen the film Puncture. Puncture puts the very real risk that healthcare workers face everyday, needle-sticks, in the forefront of the media. Every day nurses risk exposure to deadly and devastating diseases from HIV, AIDS, hepatitis B, C, and other deadly bloodborne pathogens. Nurses risk their own lives to save the lives of others. Based on a true story, the film follows the dramatic legal battle faced by two budding lawyers who take on the biomedical … [Read more...] about Puncture: Feature Film Showcases Risk of Needlestick Injuries for Nurses
I need to first start by saying I am terribly disappointed that nurses do not make the list of service professionals that get included in this program, but I will have to let that pass in order to share a fantastic opportunity with those of you who have loved-ones who fit the bill. If you are a police officer, firefighter, EMT, or teacher then U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a fantastic opportunity to help you own your very own home. The Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) … [Read more...] about HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program: Firefighters, Teachers, Police Officers and EMTS Listen up!