I recently married my boyfriend of 10 years. In our time together, he has learned to tolerate some of the things that come out of my mouth. My career as a nurse has shaped me into an individual that sometimes … Read the rest
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As I write this, I can’t help but appeal to you the reader as a nurse, but also as someone who is all too familiar with hurricanes. My hometown is in Florida. I have family and friends scattered all over … Read the rest
Bedside time management is something that just takes time to establish. Every nurse finds a routine that works best for them. I still draw little boxes next to each medication and lab that needs to be drawn and check them … Read the rest
Just as patients have a bill of rights when entering a hospital, so should every nurse and member of the medical team across the board. With increasing illness, violence, natural disaster, and terror in the country, hospital staff are inundated … Read the rest
I can spot a nurse from across a crowded room. Sometimes it can be simply in the posture. Other times it is the practical and organized way he or she approaches a situation. Maybe it is his or her shoes. … Read the rest
Breaks? Nurses, please try not to laugh. Please try not to shake your fists in anger. Please try to take your breaks and hold them dear and precious.
Many nurses have learned the hard way that you have to take … Read the rest
I have spent the last four weeks visiting friends and family back home in Florida. Since here, I have accompanied my 76-year-old father from consultations to surgery to follow up appointments with a few unfortunate complications along the way. It … Read the rest
Nursing ratios are the number one problem in the nursing profession today. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet to determine what the perfect ratio is.
Legislation has been proposed on the state and national levels to promote ratios, but some … Read the rest
I look forward to coming home and spending precious time with family. Life is short and in the end, these precious moments are all that matter. During a recent family dinner back home, the conversation turned to my niece-a bright … Read the rest
Since moving to another country nearly seven years ago, I have had the privilege of absorbing another culture entirely and in that time it has made me a better nurse and citizen of the world. It has taught me how … Read the rest