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...I think it's time to switch to disposable, hospital-provided stethoscopes, here...:P

(Look what I found on Pinterest :P)
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A measles case has been confirmed in Washington, DC

The Last Person You'd Expect to Die in Childbirth

The emerging and often drug-resistant fungus Candida auris continues to spread in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

(the above two articles are from Medscape, free and quick registration required)

Court case highlights nurses' duty to follow EMTALA

When Nurses Make Fatal Mistakes

Support for the Second Victim: Caring for Our Own, from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses

(Support the Second Victim: Health professionals suffer distress after poor patient outcomes, even if no error occurred.)

...and if anybody is interested in my comments about any of these, let me know, I'll share...:P ;)
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Burnout in Critical Care – A Critical Situation The co-published document reports:

  • Up to 45 percent of critical care physicians reported symptoms of severe burnout syndrome, while those specializing in pediatric critical care were at 71 percent.

  • Approximately 25 to 33 percent of critical care nurses manifest symptoms of severe burnout syndrome, and up to 86 percent have at least one of the three classic symptoms.

  • The high burnout syndrome rate in critical care professionals can be attributed to the especially stressful environment in the ICU due to high patient morbidity and mortality, challenging daily work routines, and regular encounters with traumatic and ethical issues.

  • Burnout syndrome in critical care health care professionals may result in posttraumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse and even suicidal thoughts.

  • In nurses, burnout is associated with reduced quality of care, lower patient satisfaction, increased number of medical errors, higher rates of health care associated infections, and higher 30-day mortality rates.

See this article from AACN for more info

According to another, 2015 article, the other two areas of healthcare with the highest rates of burnout are pediatrics and oncology (also unsurprising).
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When I introduce myself as “Betsy Braud, the jazz nurse,” people ask what I do and why I call myself a jazz nurse. I explain that nursing is my profession; that I incorporate music into my nursing and nursing into my music; and that I serve my community as a performer, presenter and arts educator.

Growing up in Louisiana, music has always been a part of my life. I began studying music when I was 8 years old, beginning with piano lessons and then switching to flute when I was 10. As an adolescent, I played flute in the school band and church and played with hippies in the park. As a teenager, I used music to manage grief. I lost my father, an uncle, a brother and a dear friend all before I turned 17. I lost another brother two years ago. If not for music, I don’t know where I would be.

I believe in the healing power of music. There are mounds of literary references that tout the benefit of music and mounting evidence that demonstrates how music can heal. I have experienced it for myself, up close and personal.

Genetically predisposed to being a healer, my first career track was music therapy. My parents were both physicians and four of my siblings are either physicians or nurses. I was studying music therapy when I decided to pursue a degree in music performance. My life changed in 1977 when I heard Alvin Batiste, a legendary clarinetist and educator, perform magic on his clarinet in New Orleans. Upon learning that he was an instructor and director of the Jazz Institute at Southern University in Baton Rouge, I relocated and began my mentorship with Batiste. I studied classical flute and completed my music performance degree while I immersed myself in the world of jazz.

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Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell.

~ Cass Canfield

And here's more upon the subject, from The NY Times: The ICU is not a pause button
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Snacking on the Psych Unit

Posted on September 3, 2014 by cassidydoolittle in Nurse Stories


I had come from working a year on night shift at the pediatric unit to second shift on the mental health wing. Needless to say, I had a huge learning curve.

I loved it from the first day when “Lester” swung his invisible sword over my left shoulder to protect me from an invisible dragon attack.

He was one of the sweetest men I’d met. But as I quickly found out, many men were not as kind.

When mental illness, medication reactions, or withdrawal affect a person, often incredibly shocking and unsavory things get flung the nurses’ way.

And with me being the youngest on staff and infuriatingly prone to blushing, I became a really easy target.

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So how many of you watch NY Med and saw Katie Duke get fired for her instagram post? If you haven't seen it, you can find out more here.
The article says her employer, NY Presbyterian said it wasn't a HIPAA violation, but I disagree.

'Man vs 6train' gave identifying information to the public about a patient (she said it was the man who was hit by the 6 train; she didn't need to post his name as the media will have already taken care of that); her account identified where she works (thereby identifying that the person is being treated in her hospital - can't release that info to anyone unless the patient or family consents - doubt she got a release) and the actual picture showed the type of treatment the patient received (any person with reasonable medical knowledge can figure out what kind of tx the pt received). They all sound like HIPAA violations to me.

I have been amazed at the number of posts by nurses that I have seen on social media saying this is not a violation of PHI; many of them are arguing that because the media released the name, it's ok. Well, that last time I looked, the media was in a different business. We as licensed healthcare professionals are held to a higher standard by licensure and ethical / legal standards such as HIPAA.
What's your take?

(reposted from the FB page of "The Cruise Academy--Continued education for nurses)

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MTV Reschedules, Edits 'Scrubbing In' After Nursing Orgs Condemn The Show

MTV will be scrubbing out certain elements of " Scrubbing In," after nonprofit nursing organizations decried the reality show's sudsy depiction of nurses both in and out of the field. Not only will the net be editing the remaining "Scrubbing In" segs to include more clinical scenes that highlight nursing skills, but MTV has also moved the show from its primetime lineup to midnight, where viewership will be decreased.

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Please sign the petition by the Wisconsin Nurses Association to have this show canceled (I did):
(you don't have to be a nurse or a resident of the USA to sign)

MTV Photo Gallery

October 29, 2013 at 10:30:02am
Chris Picazo
The Badger Herald--UW-Madison's Premier Independent Student Newspaper — since 1969.

Nurses outraged over MTV’s new show

A new MTV show that follows a group of nurses sparked backlash from professionals across the state who say the show is “offensive” to the profession and perpetuates negative stereotypes.

“Scrubbing In,” which premiered Thursday, follows a group of nurses who leave their homes to work at a hospital in Orange County, Calif. and adapt to a new city.

In a statement released Friday, the Wisconsin Nurses Association said the program reinforces sexist and negative stereotypes concerning nurses.  The program “may potentially damage the high regard” the nursing profession currently has for its viewers and patients, the statement said.

“There wasn’t a lot of respect for the educational preparation and intelligence of how nurses are compared to what they were focusing on which was more physical,” Gina Dennick-Champion, executive director of WNA, said. “The content of the show was pretty offensive and I felt it was in the best interests of nurses to file a complaint.”

Karen Daley, president of the American Nurses Association, said in a statement she was disappointed with the depiction of nurses on the new show.  The negative portrayals of nurses could prove damaging to recruitment efforts, which could eventaully lead to a shortage in the future.

Joan Herwick, spokesperson for ANA, added the the show portrays negative stereotypes by displaying the image of “naughty nurses.”

See the trailer (just over a minute):

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10 Funniest Explanations Your Patients Have Given You

from Scrubs Magazine; some good ones there...


Feb. 17th, 2012 05:58 am
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Swiped from Nina Quinlan on FB
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  • Centenarian's nursing career lasted more than 70 years
    Following the advice of her grandmother, 102-year-old Helen Crossley began studying nursing in 1927, and after graduating three years, later maintained her license until she was 96. Her career included work with anesthesia, and years as a school nurse and a duty nurse. "Nursing is so different. I keep in touch. I feel like I have been nursing forever," said Crossley, who will turn 103 on Aug. 24. (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The other Athena

A Nurses Week tribute to Florence Nightingale

By Joy Shiller
Athena, goddess of wisdom in ancient Greece, was symbolized by the owl. But there was another Athena. Born on 5 June 1850 (Verney, 1970), she was the devoted and constant companion to one of the most prominent figures in Victorian history.
Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 to an extraordinarily wealthy British family who lived primarily at Embley, a manor house in Hampshire. The family spent summers at Lea Hurst, a mansion in Derbyshire. During the high social season, they stayed at the luxurious hotels of London. Despite her privileged existence, Nightingale suffered from bouts of depression. In 1849, following a seven-year courtship with Richard Milnes, she declined his marriage proposal. She became so despondent that her family’s close friends, the Bracebridges, invited her to join them on an extended vacation to Egypt and Greece.
Chameleons and tortoises
Nightingale always had a passion for animals, finding solace in their presence. While vacationing in Egypt, she had two chameleons that slept in her bed. In Greece, she acquired two tortoises (Mr. and Mrs. Hill) plus a cicada named Plato (Woodham-Smith, 1983). One day, she was visiting the Parthenon in Athens and saw a baby owl being tormented by a group of boys. She bought it with a few coins and named her Athena.
Initially, the owlet fought and scratched at everything that came close to her (Verney, 1970).  Athena even ate Plato (Woodham-Smith, 1983). She was so ferocious that the only way Miss Nightingale could coax her into a cage was to mesmerize her using a method she had learned from Richard Milnes.  Eventually, the mischievous bird calmed down, acquired some manners and ate from Nightingale’s hand (Verney). Nightingale traveled everywhere with the owl in her pocket (Woodham-Smith) and taught the bird to bow and curtsy to anything near her (Greyfield, 2005).  Athena had become a “balm to [Nightingale’s] wounded psyche” (Gill, 2004).
After 10 months of vacationing with the Bracebridges, Nightingale returned to Embley. While sitting on the sofa between her mother and sister Parthe, she pulled a bag from her pocket. To their surprise, Athena’s little head peered from the bag (Verney, 1970). With this latest addition to the estate, the butler was given the additional responsibility of supplying mice to accommodate the owl’s diet (Nash, 1936).
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(From RNL [Reflections on Nursing Leadership], the blog of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society,
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Night work increases risk of type 2 diabetes, study of women finds
Women who work night shifts face a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association. Experts said the odds of having the disease -- after adjusting the results to account for obesity -- were 6% greater in those who worked night shifts for three to nine years, 9% greater for 10 to 19 years and 20% for 20 or more years. HealthDay News (6/27)
Technology disinfects with "fog" of peroxide
Irvine, Calif.-based Advanced Sterilization Products says its GLOSAIR Healthcare Environmental Decontamination system can ward off health care-acquired illnesses by disinfecting nonporous surfaces with a fog of 5% hydrogen peroxide. United Press International (6/28)
According to research done by the National Student Nurses Association, about 45% of the 2010 nursing graduates still don't have jobs because of cutbacks in hospital hiring of new nursing grads.

(From ANA)

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THE NURSE'S QUALIFICATIONS.---The qualifications required to be a successful nurse are necessarily of a high order, and this applies not only to the trained nurse, but to her embryo sister who wishes to adopt nursing as a calling.

In the first place she must be not only physically, but constitutionally strong. She must be not only well formed, but must have certain powers of resistance. A girl, for example, who is subject to sick headaches, or who readily "knocks up," will never make a good nurse. The best type of nursing girl is one who is tall and strong, and who has a certain suppleness of movement. One who is accustomed to play lawn-tennis, who can ride, and skate, and row, makes the best material. If she can dance, especially if she is an enthusiastic dancer, it is a great advantage, for graceful carriage is a thing to be cultivated, and nothing is more distasteful in a sick-room than a suspicion of clumsiness. If in addition to being well formed she is favoured with good looks, it is all in her favour, for doctors readily recognise the influence of an attractive person in the management of refractory patients.

A nurse who aspires to rise in her profession should have a soft and evenly modulated voice, for harsh notes jar on the ears of sensitive patients. With regard to her general education she must be able to speak her own language correctly, and if she has a smattering of French and German so much the better. She should be able to write a good hand, and should have an elementary knowledge of how to keep accounts. Respecting her moral attributes, it may be said that a girl who has been brought up in a country parsonage, and has had little experience of the world, is hardly fitted for hospital work. In the wards she will be brought in constant contact with people of various modes of thought, and if she is unable to adapt herself to her surroundings, her novitiate will of necessity be a very uncomfortable one.

(Lots more here: )
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Best, worst depictions of nurses in media are named
The nonprofit group Truth About Nursing listed "Nurse Jackie" and "Mercy" as two of the best media portrayals of nurses, saying the shows illustrate nurses' efforts to provide quality patient care. "Grey's Anatomy" and "House" were cited as some of the worst nurse portrayals because the shows depict nurses as "irrelevant to serious care," the group said. (1/6)


Dec. 6th, 2010 03:05 pm
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Survey: Nurses are the most trusted professionals
A Gallup survey of 1,037 people showed that 81% said that nurses had "high" or "very high" honesty and ethical standards, putting them at the top rank of the most trusted professionals for the 11th time since 1999. "It's extremely gratifying to know that the public continues to hold the profession in such high esteem," ANA President Karen Daley said, adding that the high regard for nurses puts them in a good position to play a key role in health care reform. (12/3) , (12/3)


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