This is a guest blog post written by fellow nurse, Nick Angelis, CRNA, MSN. History In the 1950’s, promising research showed that alcohol addiction could be treated with the psychedelic LSD. (I planned to define every term I use in this article, but I started boring myself, so instead I’ll answer questions in the comments.) […]
Top Tips for New Nurses Working With Ventilators – From a CRNA!
Periwinkle is a lovely color. A soft, subtle blue, it looks best as Helen Hunt’s eyeshadow in 1995 or on an Easter egg. It looks worst on your patient’s skin. While waiting for the respiratory therapist to come bail you out, understanding some common sense and troubleshooting will keep your patient pink, or in my case, healthy brown instead of sickly green
Are you a Nurse Bullying Target…or a Snowflake?
We had to quickly use the word “snowflake”, because it is so overused and abused that it won’t mean anything within the week—it already refers to anyone with a different opinion than you do, as opposed to referring to someone easily hurt. Nurse Bullying doesn’t necessarily take place when someone gets offended or disagrees with […]
7 Financial Ideas for Nurses Planning for Graduate School
Today we have a guest blog post from Nick Angelis, CRNA MSN, about a topic that is near and dear to my heart – financial planning. I know it’s a weird thing to be passionate about, but I believe any and everyone should be able to get a higher education without going into financial ruin […]
Guest Blog Post: A Mother’s Goodbye
Just like I’ve done one hundred times before, I recently held a young patient’s hand while we withdrew life support and they passed away. We have to stay in the rooms throughout the passing in order to administer the pain medication and anti-anxiety medication, and to ensure they are comfortable and calm in their final […]
Assisted Suicide: A Nurse’s Perspective
Let’s look at assisted suicide, what it is and the legal issues surrounding it.
Giving a Voice to the Silent Sufferers
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, I wanted to feature a guest post about the topic. It’s important that we, as nurses, are keenly aware of the prevalence of domestic violence, how to identify it, what to do, and how to care for ourselves. If you have a personal nursing experience related […]
How to Survive in the ICU
This guest blog post comes from Natalie Bridges, RN. She’s a critical care nurse who jumped into ICU nursing straight out of school. Below is her guest post about ICU survival for newbies. After my first shift in the Intensive Care Unit, I thought to myself, “maybe this was a mistake.” Not knowing any […]
Guest Blog Post: A Wedding in Intensive Care
A few days ago, a Twitter bud of mine, @Terimedwards tweeted: Y’all. We had a wedding in the ICU so a man could see his grandson get married before he dies. #beautiful @NurseEyeRoll And this immediately made me emotional. And immediately made me want her to tell us the story! Teri was gracious enough to […]