Category: Clinical

Nurse to Nurse Report

Pssst…  Dear soon to be and new nurses, Stick with me a moment here, and you’ll get a leg up on something that will make a big difference in your outlook on nursing, your new professional peer relationships, and your...

/ May 17, 2018

Bad mistakes, I’ve made a few

A few times a week, I spend about an hour happy stamping. I use that term because “stair stepper” sounds boring. Target heart rate gets established and the glistening starts. My earbuds were in, and dialed to the fitness center...

/ March 29, 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

Concept Mastery: CBC and Anemia

Aside from knowing essential lab value ranges, a nurse has to have a solid idea how to interpret those values, even though nurses don’t diagnose or prescribe. In this article, we will discuss the complete blood count (CBC) and interpretation...

/ March 8, 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
Colosseum in ROME

Concept Mastery: Acid-Base Balance

Understanding acid-base balance and imbalance can be difficult. Here is a simple overview covering normal ABGs, acid-base alterations, compensatory mechanisms, client complications and symptoms, simple nursing interventions, examples from experience, and tips for novices! While in R.O.M.E. be sure to...

/ January 26, 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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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
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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

Why the Nursing Soft Skills Matter, Too. 

But I haven’t started my first IV yet! If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve only started an IV on a manikin and are wondering when you’ll get a chance “in real life”. The ability to start...

/ July 19, 2017