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July 14 cover
Thank you for the wonderful cover. It brought an instant smile to my face. It certainly is an inspiration. - Victoria Meckel, RN, RD, Ellicott City, Md.
Patient satisfaction
As mentioned in the article "Trust in us" (Nurse.com/Article/Trust-In-Us), a hospital's financial stability is a direct consequence of the nurse-patient relationship that is formed immediately upon admission. The article outlines the importance of this relationship and how it has become the forefront of hospital culture, with facilities initiating changes to various factors such as reimbursement equations, in the...READ MORE »
Beth Israel graduate
I came across the article with the picture of Ruth Merdinger, a 1951 Beth Israel graduate in New York. I was very delighted to see one of my favorite instructors who was instrumental in my nursing career which started at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn. I have often thought about those wonderful nurses and wanted to thank them. Thank you for allowing me to see her again. - Joyce Morris (Johnson), MSN, RN-BC...READ MORE »
Experience matters
Why would anybody hire a four-year nursing student over a nurse with more than 30 years of experience and a two-year degree? That is an extremely faulty decision. The industry should have grandfathered in people with at least 10 years of proven experience. My wife has decades of experience, teaches CPR and attends many seminars - plus works on furthering her education, but it's all by choice, which shows her passion...READ MORE »
Perseverance
Thanks to Stacie Stopen, RN, for her article "Nothing worth having comes easy" (Nurse.com/Next-Shift/Nothing-Worth-Having) about her perserverance in succeeding on the NCLEX and her nursing career. I'm a 37-year-old nursing grad who just finished school in May and had a previous career as a crime scene analyst. I took the NCLEX twice and failed. Stopen's testimony of perserverance and hope really encouraged me to...READ MORE »
Keep learning
I have been a nurse for more than 40 years and am working on my PhD. I've worked in several cities, and learning and doing new things is what keeps me going. Nursing has afforded me great experiences. Currently I work as a neonatal clinical nurse specialist. I teach, publish, do research, go on medical missions and still work at the bedside. Teaching and precepting new nurses is so rewarding. And there is still so...READ MORE »
Infection control
I am interested in reading about immunosuppressed individuals and immunizations. Currently there are so many of these individuals in our communities, and as far as I can determine there is no way to get them the immunizations they need. Any discussion by Nurse.com would be greatly appreciated. - Carol Cenci, RN, BSN Sonoma, Calif.
Missing symptoms
As an RN for more than 50 years I have seen a lot of approaches come and go. One thing is for sure: Today's patients do not have a primary care provider. Physicians take 15 minutes to discuss problems with patients. If RNs aren't trained to pick up on missed symptoms and given the time and resources to initiate the nursing process and develop trusting relationships with clients, healthcare in this country is in real...READ MORE »
Comment on Next Shift articles
Empathy and Empowerment connect nurses with patients and help put them at ease. - Melissa Solomon, RN, BSN, Pittsburgh
Dealing with PTSD
I was an Air Force active duty nurse deployed to Balad, Iraq, in 2008. I went there thinking I was tough, but within one week I realized the world was more different than I had ever imagined. I think it's a hard thing to understand that people want to kill you, and given the chance they would. I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2013. Since that time, I've been improving and seeing a psych MD at my local VA. I'd appreciate...READ MORE »
Ambulatory care
I read the article "Dream teams" (Nurse.com/Article/Dream-Teams), about ambulatory care and smiled. Ambulatory nurses do great work across the continuum. It really does take a village. Nurses are the "translators" for physicians and patients/families and understand well how chronic disease progresses. Nurses focus on teaching self-management skills and how to cope with health changes. Thank you for the frequent...READ MORE »
Dream teams
Thank you for highlighting the description and importance of ambulatory nursing at this juncture in healthcare reform. The description of ambulatory care nursing across all our organizations inspired me. - Kathy Mertens, RN, MN, MPH Seattle
Words of wisdom
Nurses, make hospice an option from the initial plan of treatment - not as a last resort. When used appropriately, it gives extra support for the patient and family. Second, always be your patient's advocate. Educate, take time, don't ever lose focus. God will bless you as you bless others. - Annemarie Walsh, RN Collingdale, Pa.
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 »