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Nursing

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

by Howard Gerber on November 29, 2010

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Nurses go above and beyond the call of duty every single time they enter their work environment. In a hospital, nurses don’t just administer medications or assist the patient’s doctor. They are the ones who spend the most time with a patient and who will notice if the patient’s condition begins to change. They are the ones who are responsible for notifying the physician of any abnormalities and getting the patient any addition care he or she may need. [continue reading…]

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3 Things to Never Say to a Patient

by Howard Gerber on October 25, 2010

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There are many resources that tell you what you should say to a patient, how to help a patient, or console a family member – and these are all good topics. However, there are some things you should not say to a patient or a family member, and these are equally important, if not more so. [continue reading…]

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Famous Nurses

by Howard Gerber on September 7, 2010

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Being a nurse is one of the most stressful careers an individual can choose. The hours are long, the results are often depressing, and yet the rewards one experiences when everything does go right are tremendous. Sometimes, however, it may be difficult to remember just why you are in this profession. Let these five nurses encourage and inspire you to continue in your chosen field.  [continue reading…]

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CNA Certification

by Howard Gerber on August 30, 2010

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A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, is someone who completes routine tasks and provides basic patient care under the supervision of medical staff and nurses. Responsibilities may include helping a patient dress, eat, or bathe. CNAs may also serve meals, change linens, and monitor a patient’s vital signs. Usually, a CNA will work in a hospital or residential setting, such as a nursing home, but they may also be employed by home health companies to give in-home care to patients. [continue reading…]

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What is the NCLEX?

by Howard Gerber on August 10, 2010

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Anyone who wants to become a registered nurse will quickly become familiar with the NCLEX. NCLEX is short for the National Council Licensure Examination. There are actually two versions, the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN. The NCLEX-RN is the test that a candidate must past before becoming a registered nurse and the NCLEX-PN is for practical nurses. These tests are the culmination of years of study and are the final step a nursing student must take before being admitted into the world of nursing. As with any licensure test, they are extremely stressful. Before you can register for the test, you must first apply with your state nursing board for your nursing license. They will then determine if you are eligible for the examination.

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Surviving Your First Year as a Nurse

by Howard Gerber on July 13, 2010

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Making the transition from a nursing student to a full time nurse can by very trying. You no longer have someone constantly watching your work to tell you if you are doing a good job or if you have messed up. You are entirely responsible for the comfort and safety of your patients and the stress associated with that responsibility can be substantial. Use these five tips to make your first year of nursing more enjoyable. [continue reading…]

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Choosing an OB Nursing Environment

by Angela Stevens on June 14, 2010

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It is amazing the things you can learn about people when you are watching them work. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a naturally inquisitive person. When I’m nervous or bored, that curiosity gets ramped way up. When I was pregnant, I spent a lot of time in my doctor’s office, and then quite a bit of time in the maternity ward. During this time, I chatted with the nurses that were taking care of me. I had quite a lot of time to chat as it turned out, especially with the OB nurses in my doctor’s office. I asked them what they liked about working in an office rather than in the maternity ward at the hospital, and I asked the opposite question to the nurses that worked on the OB floor of the hospital. The answers I received were quite enlightening.

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First, it was obvious that both types of OB nurses really enjoy working with pregnant women and their newborn babies. The biggest difference was the type of environment and amount they individually wanted to work. [continue reading…]

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