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It finally happened. It was a day filled with code after code after code. The day started out great. I, an LPN, was relegated to the role of primary nurse this day. I was on a team with two competent RNs. We shared the two shock rooms between us and 8 other rooms within the ED. I scored every IV. During a code STEMI, I got two 18G IVs which really made me happy and hung some heparin while the RNs did their assessment and gave report to the heart hospital next door...
This article is about a patient that had an effect on me as a new student nurse. When I was new to the game, I had a chip on my shoulder, and like many students, I have my moments of being stressed. This patient changed me that one day. He helped me hide the chip on my shoulder, he helped me gain appreciation for the little things in life. His courageousness made me better.
Have you been on vacation lately? Did you find yourself thinking of work or your career? Do you miss your patients or coworkers?
I would like to pursue a career in Home Health. However, most institutions require 1-2 years of experience prior to working in this field (HH). For preceptorship, I may choose to work in the ICU (medical or surgical) or med-surg unit. Which would you recommend? I'm leaning toward a nursing home (because I prefer this atmosphere), but am wondering if there a particular area that would make my resume look good to a Home Health Agency?
This article reviews SCALE, a topic that is just beginning to be researched. A common manifestation of SCALE is the Kennedy Terminal Ulcer. Not all pressure ulcers are avoidable at end-of-life, especially the Kennedy Terminal Ulcer.
As nurses in LTC facilities, we care for the residents in many ways. Beyond that, we care about them. But is the caring really one sided? Or do our residents care about us too? We are important to our residents, not just for what we do for them as nurses. In many cases, they see us more than their own families. We're not just that person who passes out medications, we are people they care about. Perhaps...it goes both ways.
During my ED round we had a female patient who was a drug seeker. Complaining of abdominal pain when no cause was found. Dr did every work up imaginable and was quite patient with her. Problem? She brought her 8 year old daughter into the ED with her and every 10 min her daughter would come to the nursing station and say, "My mom needs her nurse" or "My mom is in pain, can she have medication?" finally, after repeatedly tending to the mom...
Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is the first drug to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce the risk of contracting HIV among adults at higher risk of acquiring the AIDS-causing virus.
What's your favorite part of your job? Least favorite? This is for everyone, doing all kinds of nursing! I would love to hear.
I am a new grad and its starting to irk me how many times people say: "Have you found a nursing job yet?" followed by "Why haven't you? Theres a nursing shortage out there." Other things I've heard is - "Theres tons of hospitals in the city, you have so many choices."
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