From the category archives:


Choosing an OB Nursing Environment

by Angela Stevens on June 14, 2010

No Gravatar

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.


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…]


Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

by Angela Stevens on April 13, 2010

No Gravatar

Working in the mental health field, I have been privileged to meet a number of exceptional doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, and other mental health specialists. As health care costs continue to rise, and budgets to shrink, I’ve noticed more and more psychiatric nurse practitioners in the mental health facility. It seemed a greater number were being employed while fewer doctors were available.


I thought this might hinder patient care at first, but after getting to know the nurse practitioners, I realized they were not only capable, they were also competent and caring. [continue reading…]

{ 1 comment }

Nursing in a Correctional Facility

by Angela Stevens on April 7, 2010

No Gravatar

When most people think about becoming a nurse, they think of working in a hospital or doctor’s office. Once they begin their training, they realize there are numerous other locations where they can practice nursing, such as schools, clinics, and nursing homes. There are also specialties within the field of nursing a nurse may wish to focus on such as geriatrics, pediatrics, obstetrics, or surgery.


I have not yet met a nurse who began his or her nursing education with the idea of becoming a nurse in a correctional facility. [continue reading…]


The Difficult Decisions of an ER Nurse

by Angela Stevens on January 18, 2010

No Gravatar

I’ve known a few ER nurses over the years, and all of them have told me that, no matter how much training they have had, how their teachers and textbooks tried to prepare them, and even how much experience in other fields of nursing…nothing prepared them for the reality of working in an emergency room. When choosing any nursing specialty, it is important to test drive the environment before making a final decision. This can easily be accomplished by taking a position as a traveling nurse and visiting different areas of the country as well as different nursing environments. In fact, one of the girls I went to high school with did this, and she found her great love was in pediatrics. Janey, the friend who became a pediatric nurse, actually did a stint in an emergency room for several months and told me some of the hardest things she had ever had to do occurred during that time. Don’t get me wrong, she said that the heartbreak in pediatrics could be excruciating, but that – more often than not – it was a happier place to be.


One of the difficulties she faced in the emergency room was not being able to make a personal connection with the patients. [continue reading…]


What is a Nurse Anesthetist?

by Angela Stevens on December 28, 2009

No Gravatar

Nurse AnesthetistI had never heard of nurse anesthetists until a few years ago. After doing a bit of research on the topic, I realized that few people probably had. It seems to be a profession known well in the medical community, but not as well amongst the general population.

A few years ago, a colleague of mine was discussing his wedding plans. He indicated that he was going to become a stay at home dad to his son and the baby he and his future wife were expecting. I found this to be uncommon, so I asked him about his situation. He explained that his fiancé was an Army nurse anesthetist, and she made almost triple his salary. When she retired from the military, she expected to make even more in the private sector. Because her job was obviously able to support the family, they decided he would stay home and be the homemaker. All of this had me wondering exactly what a nurse anesthetist was. [continue reading…]


The Highs and Lows of Being a Nursing Home Nurse

by Angela Stevens on November 9, 2009

No Gravatar

I learned a lot about nursing homes during my grandmother’s stay at our local nursing home. She actually was a resident on several occasions for different reasons. This was the first glimpse I had at the extreme versatility of a nursing home nurse.


[continue reading…]


Neonatal Nursing – Highs and Lows

by Angela Stevens on October 26, 2009

No Gravatar

Working in the mental health field with children, I have come to realize that any work with children who are ill is quite stressful on the caregivers. Doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, and mental health staff all have stressful jobs to begin with, but when that profession focuses exclusively on children, it seems the stress factor increases exponentially.

sunbelt-neonatal-nursing-highs-lowsWhile working with children, I have made numerous friends in the medical field who specialize in pediatrics. One lady in particular stands out – Debbie. For many years, she was a neonatal nurse before she began working with me to help older children. Over lunch or coffee, she would often tell me about some of the highs and lows of being a neonatal nurse.

[continue reading…]


Page 19 of 20« First...10...1617181920