All posts by Cindi Bell, RN

Registered Nurse and Subject Matter Expert for educational content created for nurses, specialized in emergency nursing, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and HIV Counselor, Post Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration and Informatics with certifications in Guided Care Nursing from John's Hopkins, ACLS and PALS, trauma, Neonatal Resuscitation and Pediatric Emergency Nursing, currently focused on Population Health, dabbled in Public Health, School Nursing, and Urology, Love all things created with passion and innovation!

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#vhd: Heart Valve Assessment

Like many focused assessments, a cardiac assessment requires a systematic approach–partly so we don’t miss anything indicating dysfunction, and partly because there are so many important components that give a complete picture of cardiovascular function. Following a review of patient...

/ November 13, 2018
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Thinking of Taking the NP Leap?

Are you thinking about going back to NP school but the entire application process seems overly complicated, and you’re just not sure where to start or what you will need? You are not alone! I almost didn’t apply to NP...

/ April 5, 2018

Eliminating Tuberculosis One PPD at a Time

Public health is a major focus of nursing practice–and for good reason. The overall strategy is simple: improve the health of an at-risk population by targeting factors that improve outcomes. Tuberculosis is a disease that all nurses learn a lot...

/ March 15, 2018
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Organ Donation & Transplant for Nurses

Even though many nurses may never navigate organ donation personally or professionally, nurses must learn to care for clients after organ transplantation, and have a solid background in the current approach to organ donation and procurement–the process of harvesting tissue...

/ February 13, 2018
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When A Parent Declines Vaccination: Advice From A School Nurse

There will be many situations in your career as a nurse–even after you have a lot of experience–that feel awkward, despite your best attempts. Advocating for shots to a parent who declines is definitely one. Thinking through responses and scenarios...

/ January 5, 2018
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Prevention Education 101: HIV Helps Nurses Tackle Tough Conversations

So you want to be a community health nurse? HIV disease is a good place to start. Prevention education is the cornerstone of public health, and there are some easy tricks that will ensure success. So let’s take HIV as...

/ December 1, 2017
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Nurses and Nursing Students Know Vaccines: Flu Shots

*Since vaccination by nasal mist (LAIV) is not recommended for anyone at this time, the following discussion involves only injectable inactivated flu vaccine (IIV4). Clinics Provide An Opportunity to Learn Many nursing students will have the opportunity to provide flu vaccinations...

/ November 27, 2017

Lateral Violence: How Nurse Bullies Affect Client Care

 Have you ever had to work with one of those intimidating nurses who makes you feel about three inches tall? You know the type. This is the kind of nurse who sends messages with body language and tone that you...

/ October 25, 2017
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Nursing School Survival Supply Guide: Tips From the Experts

Here is our list of must-have nursing school supplies for “clinicals” and beyond! Stethoscope Get a good one. Don’t spend a million dollars (the digital ones that are labeled cardiac are a bit over-the-top for what you will need so...

/ October 3, 2017
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NARCAN: Naloxone Know-How for Nurses

On November 18, 2015, at the urging of the public and many agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. FDA approved the use of naloxone nasal spray for the treatment of life-threatening opioid overdose. The legislation...

/ July 13, 2017