How to Deal with Interruptions
Oct24

How to Deal with Interruptions

It’s a great metaphor. Nurses aren’t a spoke in the wheel of care for patients. They are the wheel. Think about the care of patients coming into a physician’s office, in urgent care, the ED or the hospital. The ones who get the ball rolling and keep it rolling are the nurses. But we know that, right? What you may be unaware of, however, is how often you are turned to by office staff, the doctor, the patient or even auxiliary staff to...

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Keep on Top of License and Certs
Sep07

Keep on Top of License and Certs

By nature, nurses are very organized people. They have to be, considering the amount of balls they have in the air on any given shift or any given day in the office. But nurses tend to be “in the moment” kind of people as well. This is important for their careers and the care they deliver. Because every patient is different. Every diagnosis is unique, in some way. That means every care encounter must also be different and tailored to...

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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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