Sleep: Finding a Balance when Working Midnights
Aug03

Sleep: Finding a Balance when Working Midnights

Improving patient safety and care begins with you. As an integral member of the overall care team for any patient, your health and state of mind can – and do – directly impact the quality of care delivered to all of your patients. This is something that every nurse takes seriously. But it is also something that can become a challenge when working varying shifts week-to-week, or even just working the midnight shift over a long period...

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Technology Will Never Replace Human Caring
Jul27

Technology Will Never Replace Human Caring

It’s actually quite comical when you watch movies or TV shows such as Star Trek, where the “way” of the future is shown. In many cases, it’s an antiseptic and disconnected environment where efficiency and technology lead the way. In this world, people handle more on their own, knowing what powder packets to mix up to care for themselves. This will never be the future. That’s because the human in human nature will never be replaced by...

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Speak Up
Jul19

Speak Up

The job of a nurse is one full of responsibilities that can seem routine after being “on the job” for years. But it is the exceptional nurse who recognizes that there is absolutely nothing routine about the job. Why? No two patients – or their health issues – are identical With so many moving parts comprising the care team, every situation is unique Best practices change frequently as discoveries are made Each facility or health...

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Should You Care for Patients When You are Sick?
Jul13

Should You Care for Patients When You are Sick?

It’s the ultimate Catch 22. A conundrum that has no easy answer (hence, the use of the word: conundrum). But it is certainly a hot-button issue that must be addressed. Should you go to work when you are sick? For the majority of people in this world, going to work when they have a minor illness is left to each individual. If they come in to work when experiencing symptoms of the flu or a bad cold, they risk infecting coworkers. If...

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Creating Happy Patients
Jun29

Creating Happy Patients

Whether you work in the inpatient setting or at an outpatient clinic or office, most of your patients are not happy to be there. There are certainly cases where parents are bringing in their children for yearly well-child visits, which can be happy occasions. And when a patient returns for a follow-up visit that provides him or her with a positive prognosis, it is also cause for happiness. But in most cases, there is something wrong...

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