Earlier this year, I made an announcement that may have made a few people think I was half a bubble off level.  I’m leaving CCU. I’ve worked in CCU (and CVICU) for 14 years.  5 years ago I had a baby, and reduced my hours to one day per week. It took me just about all of those 5 years to fully comprehend that one just can’t keep up with all there ...

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So, Megen at Not Nurse Ratched wrote post recently about therapeutic presence.  The following passage really caught my attention: "Question is: are there more things in nursing, Horatio, than science can explain? Can we touch patients and zap them with calmness or take away their pain? Can we, by our mindset during our provision of care, substantially affect our patients’ outcomes? Can any of this be taught? Can we ...

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We have to crush pills sometimes.  Either the patient (through aversion or physical limitation from stroke) can’t swallow whole pills so we crush them and put them in applesauce, or the patient gets their pills through a tube, so we crush them and dissolve them in water. When I started nursing, we had a mortar and pestle. The expensive progression of pill crushing technology   Anyway, this is what we used ...

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Ready to learn more about nurses who work beyond the bedside?  Nurses who work in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab (CCL) play an important role in cardiac care.  Amy Sellers, RN blogs at Nursing Influence and graciously agreed to give us a peek at what a nurse is responsible for doing in the CCL. Amy has worked in the Cath Lab for about 6 months now.  She previously worked in cardiovascular intensive ...

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Like many other parents of kids with allergies, I was very dismayed to see this article, titled, Allergic boy, 7, suffers two heart attacks after teacher hands him chocolate nut in class, last week.   It seems a boy of 7 was accidentally given a chocolate candy containing a hazelnut, to which he is allergic.  After biting into the candy, he realized immediately that he shouldn't have it and ...

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