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To Document or Not, That is The Question

Usually, inspirations for my blogs come from either my own past experiences or recent news items.  However, the one I’m about to share here came to me from Nurse Erica by way of Facebook Reels.  She had been hearing of a director in Houston who directed their staff not to document any provider’s name nor to quote what the provider […]

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What If Time Was Money?

I loved the 2011 Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried film titled “IN TIME”.  If you have not seen it, you can catch it on Amazon Prime and I highly recommend you watch it. In this sci-fi thriller, people stop aging at 25 when a device on their arm notes they have 2 years left to live.  If you work, time […]

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Can A Nurse be Called A Doctor?

  A doctorly prepared nurse practitioner, Sarah Anne Erny of Arroyo Grande, California, has been fined for publicly referring to herself as “Doctor Sarah” or “Doctor Erny” in contradiction to that state’s laws. Now, to be sure, there are many doctorly prepared professions in which a person may call themselves “doctor.”  For example, look at the First Lady who earned […]

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Why I Think Nurses’ Day Should Be Everyday!

I’ve told you more than once that I believe nurses are the hardest working people on Earth! You cannot pay most people enough money to do what nurses everywhere do every day and with a smile on their face. Nurses should be celebrated every day because they made it through nursing school. Nursing schools are one of the most difficult […]

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Surprising Findings From Nurse Practitioners’ Professional Liability Exposure Report

  Nurses Services Organization (NSO) and CNA recently published their claims data report which tracked malpractice claims against nurse practitioners (NP) as well as claims for violations of the Nurse Practice Act.  The data shows that malpractice costs are on the rise! What this report showed is that the number of claims against nurse practitioners had settled for an amount […]

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Does One Bad Apple Spoil the Whole Bunch?

I recently watched a movie on Netflix, THE GOOD NURSE, which is based on a true story. Have you seen it? If you have not and plan to, please be warned this article contains spoilers. What I liked about this story is that it focused on the good nurse, Amy Loughan, rather than her fellow nurse, Charles Cullen, who we […]

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The Little Engine That Could…Couldn’t

We all know the story of the little engine that could where the small locomotive was climbing a hill chanting, “I think I can … I think can …I know I can … I can … I know I We all know the story of the little engine that could where the small locomotive was climbing a hill chanting, “I […]

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Nurses Killed in the Line of Duty

I was sickened in learning of the death of psychiatric nurse practitioner June Onkundi who had started her job at the Freedom House Recovery Center in Durham, North Carolina only 3 months ago. Ms. Onkundi, married with 4 children, was fatally stabbed while doing the work that she loved by the patient, James Gomes, a man who spent half of […]

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Nurses In Dire Need

You’re a charge nurse on a Saturday night in a short-staffed (5 nurses) Washington state emergency room with 45 patients in the waiting room!  What would you do? One brave nurse finally had enough and decided to call 9-1-1 to ask for help from the fire and rescue team.  Two firefighters went to the hospital and for almost 2 hours […]

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The Criminalization Of Nursing Care Keeps Coming.

DonQuenick Joppy was a good nurse who received three Daisy Awards while working at the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado where she was the only black nurse on staff.  Sadly, she was frequently humiliated and ignored by many of her coworkers and was denied growth opportunities. At the Center, Ms. Joppy was assigned three patients in the ICU where […]

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