Author: Catherine

Nurse’s Facebook Post About Flu Shots and Autism Sparks Controversy (video)

It’s a fine line. What is posted online, is there to stay, and most importantly it cannot be ‘unsaid’. With the dawning of the digital era, social media has become a controversial topic within the nursing community over the last few years. Hospitals have been compelled to put systems in place and have crafted stringent social media policies for nurses to adhere to. The National Coalition of State Boards (NCSB) has formulated guidelines advising nurses on the professional use of social media – on what is, and what is not acceptable. Yet, despite the measures put in place, there...

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Nurses use their bedside experience to improve and develop medical products

Nurses gather a wealth of experience in their daily rounds in the hospital wards. They see what works well, and experience the frustration when things don’t always function as they should. And in this profession, there is very little margin for error. IV Safe T developers Melinda Watman (left) and Maggie McLaughlin have spent about $5,000 to make a prototype. Last year, at Tufts Medical Center, Maggie McLaughlin’s path from nurse to entrepreneur began unknowingly when an IV tube unhooked from an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit, causing the child to begin bleeding unexpectedly. This incident left...

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Tell me, what does it look like in heaven? Is it peaceful? Is it free like they say? (video)

‘Angel’ nurse sings to dying patient. Tell me, what does it look like in heaven? Is it peaceful? Is it free like they say? Does the sun shine bright forever? Have your fears and your pain gone away? Dancing in the sky Danny and Lizzy It is an extraordinary privilege to be a nurse. At a time when people are most vulnerable, they let nurses into their lives. It is usually at a time when they are ill, and feeling powerless and frightened. These stricken human beings come to a hospital and must put their trust in complete strangers. Every...

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Virtual tour simulates feelings of dementia for nurses.

Caring for someone with dementia is daunting, but it may not be as challenging as you expect. As a nurse, approaching your role with knowledge and understanding is crucial to ‘success’ when dealing with these patients. MADISON, Wis. – Meriter Hospital has introduced the successful running of a virtual dementia tour program to train every nurse in their system. The idea behind this system is to equip them with a better sense of what patients with dementia deal with daily. Carrie Bennett, a geriatric clinical nurse specialist, and coordinator of the training says: “It is hard to understand what they are going...

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Do animals have a place in hospitals to help heal children who are ill?

Animal lovers already know how good it feels to interact with their pet. But when it comes to animals in hospitals, opinion remains divided even though research has shown that this positive effect can also be applied in a therapeutic setting. Leveraging the power of pets is becoming a vital tool in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions and disorders in spite of mixed opinions. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said that dogs and other animals should be allowed into hospitals to help patients recover. For more news, views and funny stuff follow Trending Nurses on Facebook:...

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