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Another Refusal to Draw Blood

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Recently in Dallas, Jonathan Moore was involved in a crash killing a former councilwoman and her daughter.  The police were able to obtain a breathalyzer which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.00.  However, Moore failed 6 of 6 field sobriety tests and did not have normal use of his mental and physical faculties.  The Police believe that the man […]

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The Failing Culture of Safety in Healthcare

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Guest blog by Sandra Risoldi MSN Ed., DNP, RN, CLNC Some say nursing violence is a part of the job, while others refuse to believe being punched, spit-on, kicked, or verbally assaulted with insults is normal.  The subtle increase in violence is affecting not only the morale of nurses and other healthcare workers but also their mental health and safety.  […]

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The Worrisome State Of Our Health Care System

I am deeply concerned about the status of our health care system.  Massive nonprofit hospital systems pay no taxes as they have tax exempt status and they put the profits back into the system to continue their growth. Health care was originally designed to provide medical care to citizens in our community.  Churches and counties then owned the hospital to […]

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The Number One Thing That Keeps Nurses Stuck

  We all have our comfort zone of 72 ̊.  When the temperature rises, the air conditioner kicks on.  When the temperature drops, the heat kicks on. We also have the same set point for our weight.  While we gain some weight, we lose it to get back to our set point or if we lose weight, many times we […]

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The Fallout Of Violence Against Nurses

In 2018, Tina Suckow, LPN, a nurse for over 30 years, had been working at a mental health hospital in Iowa for the four previous years.  One day, patient became violent and she was brutally assaulted.  She was severely injured and required multiple surgeries.  After her FMLA and accrued medical leave had been exhausted, the facility fired her.  What a […]

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Do You Know A Stepford Nurse?

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Have you seen the eerie movie titled “The Stepford Wives”?  The original 1975 film takes place in a small community where all the wives are p-e-r-f-e-c-t!  They look great, keep the home looking immaculate, make fabulous meals and, most obviously, provide their husbands with exceptional care. The reason for the ladies’ perfection is that they actually weren’t ladies at all […]

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You Have All The Time You Need To Start Your Business Now

Nurses often tell me that they don’t have time to start or work on their business.  Well, let’s talk about this.  We all have time to eat our meals, time to brush our teeth and to do all the things that are important to us.  Each and every one of us has the same 24 hours in a day.  That […]

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Raises For Nurses

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Ballard Health, located in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia, announced during Nurses Week that it was putting a massive investment of 10 million dollars to increase the wages for all direct patient care nursing and supporting back wages for acute care registered nurses, licensed practice nurses and nursing assistants with primary responsibility in providing direct patient care.  The announcement read: […]

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Are You Hungry?

Many have dreams of starting their own business.  Some act on those dreams while most don’t.  The ones who act may send out some mailings a couple of times, not get the results they seek and then quit.  That is not hunger, it’s called desire. In order to have a successful business, you have to be hungry.  You have to […]

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The Nursing Shortage Is Exploding

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Nurses comprise the largest workforce in the hospitals and are highly trained.  Yet, in your practice, I’m sure you feel that the nursing shortage is not only here but is with us in full force.  We are asked to do more with less. Mandatory staffing initiatives that went before a number of state legislatures were struck down due to creative […]

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