Many nursing students dream of getting their first job in the ICU or Emergency Room. These places are action-packed, full of excitement and considered “cool”. Some students know they want to advance their degree and become Nurse Anesthetists and truly need at least one year experience in a critical care unit – cool or not. However, the job market today isn’t as open to hiring new graduate nurses into critical care environments.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
This is a wonderful time of year for many nursing students. You can smell graduation in the air! The ceremonies are planned, dedications are written, and families are making travel plans. How exciting! The long and hard (sometimes almost impossible) journey to become a nurse is almost complete.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I’m sure you’ve experienced the following situation: A COPD patient drops his sats. You’re about to start him on oxygen yet someone shouts, “Wait. This patient has COPD. Don’t give oxygen!” Hmm…is that true? Maybe – maybe not.
You’ve just experienced the great oxygen debate! What do you do?
To provide the very best care to COPD patients and "win" the debate, you must first understand what stimulates the body to breath.
Actually, we have two stimuli:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I get emails and messages from nursing students, new and experienced nurses asking for advice on a variety of topics. One of my favorite things to do is to help nurses succeed through problem solving. I especially love it when I get a question that involves an ethical dilemma like the following on cheating: