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A nurse's journey
I became a nurse at age 19 when I was a high school graduate with nowhere to go. I saw an ad in the local newspaper that said, "Paid training for nurse aide." I did the paperwork and was accepted into the program. I worked as an aide for two years, then applied for an LPN program and financial assistance from the government. I did 12 months of intense study. Then my employer paid me to participate in an RN-to-AD...READ MORE »
Brighter future
The article "Nurses ensure brighter future," (Nurse.com/Article/NY/Brighter-Future) discussed an enlightening reality at Pediatric Cardiology in Hackensack (N.J.) UMC. As a graduate nurse, these stories are very inspiring to me. In America, a safer healthcare system has to be established because of the poor quality of patient care. Most often nurses are blamed for the poor quality of care, but the issue is more...READ MORE »
Violence in the ED
I read with interest the April 2014 article "Danger at work" on nursing assaults, as I have been assaulted by patients. I believe by changing the medication over objection laws, some of these assaults will decrease. In New York, it takes up to two weeks to have newly admitted patients placed on medication when they object to medication administration. These patients often arrive on the unit violent and difficult to...READ MORE »
A moving message
I read Sophie Flatz Murray's End of Shift article in the March 24 issue (Nurse.com/EOS/Hard-Lesson) and was definitely moved by it. I had the pleasure of knowing her when she worked at Pascack Valley Hospital. She was always very professional and a very kind woman. Her kindness and compassion shows through her article. I took care of a severely disabled little girl recently and thought of Sophie's words. I shared...READ MORE »
Pertussis education
The pertussis continuing education article in the March 24 edition (www.CE.Nurse.com/Course/CE707/Pertussis) clearly explained the importance of vaccination against this preventable disease. I was pleased to see the author included the importance of family vaccination in the protection of newborns. Our hospital offers the Tdap vaccination to postpartum mothers who need a booster vaccine, as well as family,...READ MORE »
The future of education
Regarding the March free CE course "Teaching Tomorrow's Nurses: What's Happening in the Classroom" (http://ce.nurse.com/course/ce595/teaching-tomorrows-nurses), I want to thank you for focusing on the value of technology in education. People learn in a variety of ways, and no two students learn exactly the same way. It is for this reason that educational uses of technology are so important to nursing students....READ MORE »
From a mother's heart
Jill Wall's End of Shift article (www.Nurse.com/EOS/Just-Perfect) was touching. Often being a nurse and a mom is contradictory. When healthcare providers really listen to the moms, amazing things happen. Moms just know more that we as nurses could ever understand. As a mother of a disabled daughter, I often do not want to let her healthcare givers even know that I am a nurse. Why is that? Take the nurse away and...READ MORE »
A moving article
Jill Wall's piece (www.Nurse.com/EOS/Just-Perfect) about her daughter Tana gave me chills, because it was so beautiful. This is the epitome of a life well-lived, and we all can learn from Tana's grace. We can also learn from Jill's awareness that her lovely daughter has been her teacher. Thank you for a truly inspiring story. -Sherry Stewart, RN Jacksonville, Fla.
In support of IENs
Regarding Dana Perez's letter in the March issue about foreign-educated nurses (www.Nurse.com/Letter/Foreign-Nurses), internationally educated nurses are taking and passing the same national RN exams as she and others take. IENs are graduate nurses who already have practiced as an RN, only in a different language. To answer her doubts in the statement, "The expectations of this country's healthcare workers are...READ MORE »
Retail clinic limitations
I would have to agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics stance on not using retail clinics for primary care (www.Nurse.com/Article/Retail-Clinics-Advisory), as this will lead to fragmented care if there is not a formal plan for communicating findings with the child's primary care provider. Regardless of who staffs the retail clinic, or urgent care clinic for that matter, these care settings are not meant to...READ MORE »
From hand-washing to hand hygiene
There has been an emphasis on the importance of proper hand-washing for healthcare providers since the Nightingale era. As recently as the middle of the 20th century, however, proper hand-washing often entailed little more than the use of a water basin outside the room of a patient who was on isolation precautions. I remember taking care of a teenager with meningitis in such a room when I was a student in a large...READ MORE »
Potential void in the OR
Regarding the February End of Shift "Rekindling the Spirit" (www.Nurse.com/Article/Rekindling-the-Spirit), I would like to congratulate both the author and the editor for publishing this extremely important article. Why is it so important? Seemingly all the important activities so well-documented in this article take place when a patient is most vulnerable and at risk because he or she is consciously sedated or...READ MORE »
Tear-jerking 'perspective'
The March End of Shift piece by Anne Cassidy Szal (www.Nurse.com/Article/Perspective-From-Grief) was so well-written, I felt the tears well by the fourth paragraph. Where I swallowed the hook was when she described the at-risk, older mother's tattoos and gave voice to this mom's subsequent comment, "I'm not a biker mom." Tissues were in order as I quickly finished the article. When tears are shed, awareness for that...READ MORE »
Perioperative nurses shine
Regarding the February End of Shift "Rekindling the Spirit" (www.Nurse.com/Article/Rekindling-the-Spirit), what an amazing, inspiring story. As a perioperative nurse for more than 20 years, I can relate to Elizabeth's story. I have had similar experiences throughout my career. I remember as a novice nurse in the OR, my instructor would tell me, "Paula, imagine that everyone in the room is talking to you." This skill...READ MORE »
Less smoking among RNs
Regarding the March News & Trends article "RNs show biggest decline in smoking rates among providers" (www.Nurse.com/Article/Healthcare-Smoking-Rates), these data indicate that more nurses will enjoy improved health and less disability. In addition, nurses who quit are often more comfortable and willing to counsel their tobacco-using patients, which most likely will result in increased quit attempts and less...READ MORE »