Nursing is an art; and if it is to be made an art, it requires as exclusive a...– Florence Nightingale (via ghiliveribarra)
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Noradrenaline, a Filter and a Vent
theitunurse: Despite all this I’m still a tad bored. My patient is very stable (not that that’s a bad thing) :).
Three Strikes and You’re Out, and By Out, I Mean...
This story was plastered above the fold in yesterday’s print edition of the Toronto Star: Gleb Alfyorov thought he was going to a hospital for help. So did the judge who ordered a 30-day psychiatric evaluation of the Pickering teen. “I want you to be with a team of specialists — nurses and doctors who can meet with you and talk with you about things,” Judge Susan MacLean told the troubled...
Adjust Your Attitude to Boost Your Memory
If you often find yourself calling people “what’s his name”, or the thing in your hand a “whatchamacallit”, you may want to change your attitude. In a series of new experiments, researchers are finding that your preconceived views about learning can affect what it is you hope to remember. Memories, in part, seem to grow stronger or fade away based on where you stand...
If Pharmacology teaches me one thing...
white-coat: It’s that there are way too many drugs on the market and whoever names these things needs to stop. That’s the truth!
4,000 hepatitis C patients may need liver...
28 July, 2011 | By The Press Association More than 4,000 people in England may need a liver transplant by 2020 because of hepatitis C, experts have warned. Data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) suggests around 4,200 people could need a transplant owing to serious damage to their liver, with many unaware they have the condition at present. Experts estimate around 216,000 people in the UK...
World Hepatitis Day
Today is the first World Hepatitis Day marked by the United Nations bringing much needed attention to the disease that affects almost 1 in 3 on earth. Viral hepatitis is one of the most prevalent and serious infectious diseases in the world. Hepatitis C, spread through infected blood, can range in severity from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to a serious, lifelong chronic condition that...
TSK: Why Cranquis has a headache today
Cranquis: So little Anna's rash is still there, ever since I saw her for this rash 2 years ago?
Anna's Mom: yes, it won't go away.
Cranquis: Did you do the treatments and over-the-counter creams that I recommended?
Cranquis: Did you take her to see the dermatologist that I recommended to you at that visit?
Cranquis: I see. (reiterates all the same information, writes it all down, gives a prescription med to use also, gives the dermatologist's phone number, discharges patient)
Nurse: Doctor, Anna's mom is at the front desk to see you as you requested yesterday.
Cranquis: Huh? I didn't tell her to come back here.
Nurse: She said you told her to go buy all the creams and treatments that you wrote down, then come back here so you could explain them all to her... Um, Doctor, you're gonna hurt yourself if you keep head-butting the doorframe like that.
There's no cure for stupid...those of us who work in healthcare see a lot of stupidity and noncomplience. We can't help those who won't help themselves!!
Don’t Cling to Tradition: A Nursing Student’s Call... →
By Medora McGinnis. Medora is a student at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia, and the 2011-2012 Imprint Editor of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). This is her first post for this blog.
White Coat: Answer: →
white-coat: A 4-year-old girl is brought in with coughing, and you are told by her mother that she had been playing with some beads and had apparently aspirated one (gotten it into her airway). Where would you expect it to most likely be? A.) Apicoposterior segmental bronchus of left lung B.) Left main…
My Strong Medicine: HbA1c Predicts Cardiovascular... →
mystrongmedicine: Hemoglobin A1c level was a better predictor of the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than simply using a diagnosis of diabetes to establish risk, a new analysis of two large cohort studies showed. HbA1c had a greater impact on predicting CVD in women (P<0.001), but prediction also…
The benefits and risks of social media for nursing... →
Difficult Patients? Tips for Keeping Your Sanity
It is easy to become frustrated when dealing with dissatisfied patients on a daily basis. Due to their heightened emotions, patients automatically become stressed out, and it takes an experienced nurse with a lot of patience to cope. When I first started nursing, coming home stressed was a daily occurrence because I let people get to me too often. Fortunately, over the course of many years, I...
Nurse remanded over hospital deaths | News |... →
The secret in caring for the patient is to care...
Erik’s wife had warned him many times, “Stay off ladders dear, leave it to someone younger.” Erik though was a pretty spry 72 years old and had been cleaning the gutters for many years. He had a sturdy 25 foot extension ladder, had years of experience as an athlete, and wasn’t about to slow down for no good reason. It was an unusually bright crisp November day in Seattle, when Erik laid the...
White Coat: In Soviet Russia, Krokodil injects... →
white-coat: We all know drugs can make people do crazy things. If you grew up in a middle class suburbia like me it was standard issue to watch ‘Requiem for a Dream’ before the age of 21, like some kind of depressing indie-film right of passage. The ugly truth of it is when your neuro-receptors are addicted… Lately we’ve had a few patients in MICU after taking a new drug like...
Vinegar better than urine for jellyfish stings →
cranquis: Wish my dad had known this when I picked up a stranded Portuguese man-o-war off of a Caribbean beach. I have a vivid memory of myself, an embarrassed 10-year old, holding out my hand while my younger brother, at dad’s instruction, PEED ON MY HAND AS EVERYONE ELSE ON THE BEACH WATCHED. (Jeez dad, couldn’t you at least have gotten bro to pee into a bucket or something? You guys just...
The alphabet soup of nursing care →
mystrongmedicine: This post over at Scrubs pokes fun at what we nurses consider normal conversation. Nurse jargon feels like alphabet soup I rather like the ‘You know you’re a nurse’ blog posts. It definitely pokes humor at the unique nature of our profession. While Acronyms sure aren’t exclusive to the nursing profession, we sure do see our fair share of them! Heck, I’d dare say we see too...
Chronic Lyme, Tic Borne diseases and Enzymes →
I had a tick on me today after walking the dog at the lake and I thought I’d share this article from a few years ago.
Being a NURSE means…
You will never be bored. You will always be frustrated. You will be surrounded by challenges. So much to do and so little time. You will carry immense responsibility and very little authority. You will step into people’s lives and you will make a difference. Some will bless you. Some will curse you. You will see people at their worst… and at their best. You will never cease to be amazed at...
awesomenessash: B.Sc. Nursing “has been chosen as the TOUGHEST course among all the courses including MBBS, BCOM , Bca, IAS , IPS and ENGINEERING ; by the Guinness Book of World Records , on 18 MAY 2011 . It has 64 university exams + 130 series exams + 174 assignments within 4 years (max 1000 working dys). All BSN nurses post this on your dash & be proud to be a BSc nurse degree holder....
lalala-l0laa-deactivated2012090 asked: I love your blog! I just graduated lpn school and I'm taking my boards next month. your posts give me little reminders on why I love nursing so much! keep it up <3 :)
14 pieces of advice for a new nurse
mystrongmedicine: 14 pieces of advice for a new nurse http://ping.fm/rBIb4 One more from me…”if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”!
Why Would Anyone Choose to Become a Doctor? -... →
My nursing notes.: Why would anyone want to be a... →
nursling: “You hear it all the time from doctors — they would never choose medicine if they had it to do all over again. It’s practically a mantra, with the subtle implication that the current generation of doctors consists of mere technicians. When I first started in practice, I found such comments…
Male infertility linked to protein invisibility... →
ohyeahdevelopmentalbiology: Sperm wears a protein coat that helps it sneak past the female immune system – or it should. Going coatless could be a major cause of male infertility, as it leaves sperm less able to penetrate the female’s cervical mucus and fertilise the egg. Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse, affects 10 to 15 per cent of...
Facebook warning for Nurses →
ncah: Social networking is landing Australian nurses in hot water. The Australian Nursing Federation has warned nurses to keep privileged information off social networking sites, such as Facebook, as increasing numbers of nurses face disciplinary action over inappropriate postings. ANF federal secretary Lee Thomas said growing numbers of Australian nurses are being reprimanded as a result of...
Nclex questions on critical thinking →
Intestinal Bacteria Can Influence Brain... →
ohyeahdevelopmentalbiology: gmdrake: I know this is from “Science News for Kids,” but it reminded me of a talk I heard recently that included discussion of this research. For every cell in your brain, bones, organs and blood, there are 10 bacteria. They’re not going anywhere, so you might as well get used to them. Not new news, but still interesting to think about. Even more interesting...
Call a code →
A new nurse shares the story of her first code.