Category: Primary Care

Addicted ?

On the forefront of nursing care, we are now challenged to relieve pain and suffering while preventing narcotic addiction. This is an overwhelming goal for all healthcare staff. Let’s take a look at the problem. In the 1990s, the pain...

/ December 13, 2018

A Tale of Two Deaths

So many healthcare advances, targeted immunotherapies for cancer, robotic surgeries, and so much more. Yet, here we are, still making life-altering and life-ending errors in the profession of delivering healthcare services. How can this science be so advanced and still...

/ December 6, 2018

Happy Holidays?

No one goes into bedside clinical care with the notion of having every holiday off. Healthcare is a ’round the clock business, after all! Early in our nursing career, we have to accept that “Yeah, it is Friday!” has no...

/ November 21, 2018

Concept Mastery: Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis means the liver is scarred beyond repair. This normally rubbery, vascular, filtration organ, the liver, becomes so scarred that it cannot carry out its duties. In addition to not being able to perform correctly, a cirrhotic liver causes many...

/ October 11, 2018

Brain injury basics

The brain contains nerve cells that manage thoughts, behaviors, sensation, and movement. The brain is divided into two hemispheres lobes, each with specific tasks to control. The cerebrum, cerebellum, and the brainstem communicate with the spinal cord and nerves to...

/ October 4, 2018

No one knows everything.

Sick of hearing about evidence-based practice? The idea has always been there: check your facts before you do a thing, right? Otherwise we’d all still be using old-wives tales to provide care. Old-wives tales include not allowing a pregnant woman...

/ June 28, 2018

Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Non-communicable conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory illness cause over half of the deaths every year worldwide, according to the WHO. It’s almost a certainty that most of your clients will have not...

/ June 21, 2018

“Not in Kansas Anymore”

National Nurses week is a time for the nurses to celebrate the profession they’ve chosen.  The ANA (American Nurses Association) has taken as its theme for the 2018 celebration “Nurses inspire, innovate, influence. ” In my real nursing life, working mostly...

/ May 10, 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