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Landau "Making Lives Better" Nursing Scholarship
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Are you a nursing student or recently been accepted into nursing school? Are you excited about becoming a nurse but worried about the costs of education? If you are, don’t miss out on an amazing opportunity coming on February 4, 2014! Landau Uniforms is reaching out to current and aspiring nursing students interested in furthering their education to offer them the opportunity to win one of four $2,500 scholarships through the Landau “Making Li...

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Boston Hospital Works to Reduce Alarm Fatigue
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We’ve talked about it before. Alarm fatigue happens when a doctor or nurse becomes desensitized to the sounds in a hospital, thus sometimes missing the sounds that are important – like critical alarms lost amid the beeping of machines.
Boston Medical Center (BMC) recently underwent a 6-week studye where they effectively decreased the number of alarms that could be heard beeping. As a result, was less alarm fatigue and more effective patient ...

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Spitfire again
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Spitfire's blood sugar continues to be totally out of control, and so we found ourselves in my office waiting for someone to pick her up due to high ketones yet again. My belly has become the elephant in the room to her, so it wasn't long before conversation turned to my future baby.  Spitfire: "So are you having a boy or a girl?" Me: "I don't know, it's going to be a surprise." Spitfire: "How do you not know?! What kind of parent ARE you?!"...

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Drugs are bad, kids.
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Scene: Young woman comes in after a near-respiratory arrest following a night of fancy heroin indulgence. A dose of narcan brought her back to the land of the breathing. Coworker: Ma\'am, were you trying to hurt yourself tonight? Patient: Fuck no, I got a little kid at home to think about! We moved her into the hallway once it became clear she was going to be just fine, to watch her before she could go back to her little bundle of joy at the house. She w...

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Hospital midwifery: Ideal practice vs reality
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Ideal practice as a midwife --- I have unlimited energy and endurance.  I power nap and feel refreshed.  I can stay by your side to help you through each contraction in your labor.  Every mother and baby have a happy ending that culminates in a picture perfect birth.  I cheerfully answer pages and triage questions at all hours of the day and night.  I help educate women in their birth choices and can provide women with that experi...

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Voice of Dissension: When Nurse Teamwork and Patient Safety Diverge
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Julianna Paradisi, RN, OCN, writes a monthly post for this blog and works as an infusion nurse in outpatient oncology. The illustration of this post is by the author.
The term “voice” gets thrown around a lot these days, usually in reference to creative content. Visual artists, writers, musicians, and actors rise to their unique place in the art world on the originality of their voice, not merely for mastery and talent.
In nursing, voice is ...

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More Than a Headache: Migraines and Stroke Risk for Women
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By Karen Roush, MS, RN, FNP, clinical managing editor
I used to think I was lucky. Most of the women in my family have migraines—awful, vomiting for three days, intense pain migraines. Not me. Oh, I have migraines. But no pain, no vomiting, just a visual aura—squiggly lines and loss of part of my visual field for about 45 minutes and then I’m good to go.
I was thankful that I just had the aura instead of the pain and vomiting. But now t...

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so ya wanna be an ER nurse hahahahaha
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Top ten characteristics of an ER nurse: 1) toughness - be able take being called a racist bitch, a fat cow, be swung at, etc 2) Strong stomach: I have seen every color of everything that can come out of a person and everything that can be done to the human body and had to smell it too 3) Sales ability: you have to be able to sell ice to an eskimo in order to talk people into you doing painful or uncomfortable things to them 4) Acting ability 1: you hav...

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Can a Nurse be Introverted?
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I came across this interesting thread on the topic. I found it interesting because although it predated the Cain book, a few of the nurses were very aware that introversion does not mean shyness, or a lack of confidence; rather it involves levels of social stimulation. Some suggested that ICU, OR, or even school nursing would be tolerable for introverts.
But all of these suggestions don’t take into account that just about any nurse job involves bein...

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Nurses Need A River
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A funny thing happened after that. I found that PixelRN got very little traffic from alltop. And as much as I thought the concept of alltop was great, I never found myself visiting it. I used Alltop here and there, but for some reason I just never found it a satisfying experience.
The idea of the stream (like twitter or facebook timeline) replacing the RSS reader was starting to emerge. I was skeptical. My twitter stream was still full of people tweeting ...

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Top Mobile Apps for Nurses
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1. Epocrates RX
The basic features of Epocrates RX are free. They include a drug guide, pill identifier, drug interaction checker and medical updates. Health plan formularies and medical calculators are also available in the free version, which is downloadable for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. Upgrades range from $99 per year to $199 per year, and give nurses access to infectious disease guides, diagnostic and lab tests, medical dictionaries, the latest...

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How does a 10 year old react to being told he has cancer?
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In March 2001, when he was 10-years-old, my son Max came home from school complaining of hip pain. We thought it was growing pains. His pediatricians thought it was loose joints. Pain went on for months and finally they sent us to the rheumatologists at CHOP. The docs there thought it might be Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and ordered an MRI to confirm their diagnosis. But that wasn’t what they found. What they found was cancer. It was neuroblastom...

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Night Shift Tips For Nurses
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Many new nurses start off working the night shift, and while some may eventually opt for a different schedule, others choose to remain as night-shift nurses for as long as possible. While this may seem odd, working the night shift has its benefits if you have the right tools for managing your time wisely on and off duty. As a new nurse, one of the most helpful skills you can master is how to navigate the ups and downs of the night shift. Here is a short li...

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Great Reasons to Be a Nurse
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Work for a corporation as an employee health nurse.
Job opportunities overseas.
Experience the thrill of helping a baby being born.
Work in a doctor’s office or public health clinic.
Many financial aid opportunities for nursing school.
Nurses can switch days or shifts with co-workers.
Nursing is a challenging and stimulating profession.
Help new mothers with breast-feeding issues as a lactation nurse consultant.
Get involved with wellness and...

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First time for everythng
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This month was the first time in 8 years that I took a day off sick - pesky Christmas cold. 
Last week I misplaced my car key twice - that's a first (preoccupied?)
Last Friday I ran a red light for the first time in my life on the way to the hospital.... to be told I had breast cancer... guess what!....
Hi - my name is Sue and I'm in the very early stages of my battle with cancer.
 
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Calm before the storm
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It's nearly 2 weeks since my diagnosis and it feels like the calm before the storm. I had a CT scan today to check my other lymph nodes. The only unpleasant part was having the plastic tube put into my arm to administer the dye. The wierd bit was that it makes you feel like you've wet yourself but you haven't. And that happens within a couple of seconds of the dye going in.
My mastectomy and auxillary lymphnode clearance is booked for Thursday 13th Feb. I...

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CT scan results
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I received an arranged phonecall this morning to ask me to visit the hospital at 2pm to hear the results of my CT scan. That was a longggg 5 hour wait. The results thankfully showed the cancer hasn't spread. It also showed the lymph nodes had a large cancer mass which they want to shrink with chemotherapy before the surgery. So my operation that was scheduled for tomorrow will now be in 6 months, after the chemo has finished.
It is a huge r...

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Rain Rain Rain
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Not wet enough to get on the news but good snow high up so hills should be good. Thursday has next scan and in Evening Brain Tumour Trust holding a talk on painting. makes wonder can I turn the hills that make me so happy into a picture that is worth more than a fire lighter.
 
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Life back on track
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I went to see the nurses that looked after me while I was in hospital and the trial nurses I used to see when on out patient,it was great to be able thank them for all there hard work and to let them know that because of there care, I am also able to return to my job as a health care assistant and the job I had the interview for I got and start in novemeber. The next chapter in getting my Life back together is on full forward and e...

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The waiting game.....
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Once more into the breach dear friends.....or rather, once more into the humongous revolving doors at the frontage of Guys Hospital.  If they ran a loyalty card scheme and awarded me a cup of coffee beans on each visit, I’d have enough to open a medium sized Starbucks.
 
The dreaded 3 month scan.  September’s trip through the futuristic rotating chamber, from which emanates a noise not unlike a passenger jet as it increases pow...

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