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  • Remember When We Were Nursing Students
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    I remember, as most nurses can, their days in nursing school, feeling anxious and scared going to clinical rotations to take care of real living patients and not just the mannequins in the lab. Most us can also recall how the floor nurses treated us as students engrossed in our clinical rotations. There were nurses who made a positive impression on us and unfortunately there were nurses who did not make a positive impression. Terms such as “Incivility”, “Bullying”, “Vertical Violence” and “Internal Violence” have become too familiar in today’s nursing literature. As an Associate Professor of Nursing, it is a shame to have to include such terms in nursing lectures and worse of all trying to explain reasons this may be happening among nurses and just may happen to them as nursing students. According to Luparell (2011) “Because today’s student are tomorrow’s colleagues, conversations regarding incivility and bullying should include specific aspects of nursing academia and the preparation of new nurses”.
  • My Nursing Career A Whole New Appreciation 
    Mary Ellen Buechel Holbrook, RN, BA, TNCC
    Not a day goes by, without reading in the newspaper and hearing over the radio or TV about the rising rate of unemployment in our country. It is this reality that has given me a whole new appreciation for being a nurse.
  • The Blessing: A Nurse’s Story
    Mary Ellen Buechel Holbrook, RN, BA, TNCC, CPAN
    It was nine o’clock pm and I was walking briskly out of Recovery Room, knowing I had to be back the next day at six am. Though in a hurry, I purveyed the family waiting room to see if there were any visitors who needed help after the patient representative had gone home. I immediately noticed a lone woman with an anxious look on her face. As it turned out, her daughter-in-law had just been transferred to Intensive Care. Instead of waiting for one of our transporters, I decided to take her up myself. As we headed down the hall, she stated: “I bet you’re trying to leave, aren’t you?” I affirmed her observation. I added that, it was quite all right. We arrived at the particular ICU where her daughter-in-law was transferred, and upon talking with the patient’s RN, I was able to let her in right away. She turned to me and said: “Thank you; you will be blessed.”
  • Effectiveness of Sexual Health Promotion in Adolescents
    Larissa McLaughlin, BSN Eleanor Broer, BSN
    The authors illustrate the importance of sexual health promotion in the adolescent population through school-wide and community based efforts through a literature review composed of peer-reviewed, primary sources.
  • Applying Ethical Standards to the Assessment of Pain
    Connie Boehman, BSN RN Indiana Wesleyan University MSN student
    A nurse's role and responsibility is to ensure that our patient(s) receive adequate care and our assessments are comprehensive and thorough. One of the methods of assisting with pain assessment is applying ethical standards.
  • It Is Time to Openly Assess & Discuss Mental Illness
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    With the prevalence of mental illness on the rise, nurses in all healthcare settings are going to be tasked with providing care for patients with a mental disorder. Thus, it is necessary to provide nurses with the skills necessary to care for patients with mental illness.
  • Mental Health Need Assessment Tool
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    Patient assessment is the first step in the nursing process. Assessing for mental illness is necessary in order to provide safe and competent care. Using a tool that incorporates Maslow's hierarchy of needs to assess if a patient feels that their needs are being met or not met is a good first step to begin assessing the mental health status of our patients.
  • A Thank You to Nurses
    Natalie K. Bridges, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.
    A brief look into the daily trials and joys of the intensive care unit.
  • The Cardiac Diagnostic Interventional Symposium (CDIS), 2013
    John H. Balcom; RN, BScN, BHA; staff nurse, Creator and Chair of CDIS
    The symposium focused on nursing and allied healthcare professional education.
  • Effects of Music Therapy in Pediatric Mental Health
    Kelsy J Addington
    Whether it is the simple melody of a lullaby to the crashing drums of rock and roll, music evokes an emotion in all of its listeners. Music has been around for centuries creating an environment of healing. When working with pediatric mental health patients, pharmacological interventions are often the solution to manage symptoms and negative feelings.
  • Do We Really Know Who Our Patients Are?
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    The profession of nursing has become so task orientated that we often forget to ask, "Who is our patient? ”What was their life like prior to becoming ill?" With advances in technology and the business atmosphere of healthcare nurses are often not able to provide patients with one of the most fundamental core competencies of nursing, caring.
  • Challenges in Nursing Informatics
    by Crystal Dee Fuller RN, DNP, CRNP Faculty of Central Alabama Community College CoosaValley Schoolof Nursing
    As the use of technology explodes into the health care industry, its effects have the potential to become destructive elements to the nursing profession. This paper will discuss the evolution of nursing documentation, the immergence of health information technology, and the challenges it creates for the nursing profession.
  • Response to "I quit my RN job yesterday"
    Richard Stilp, RN, MA, FPEM
    I have attempted to respond to an article written by Linda Ritter called "I quite my RN Job yesterday". It is a very moving article and wanted to give her my input an overall situation.
  • HIV Crisis in Africa 
    The Valley of Death or Causes for New Hope? by Stacey White, MSN, MSHA,CRNP Auburn University Montgomery School of Nursing
    The human immuno-deficiency virus/acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is of pandemic magnitude. The World Health Organization has declared AIDS as a global health emergency. Awareness of the serious global impact has climaxed, taking its place with the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages. The worst is yet to come, for there are 36 million infected and 22 million deaths from this disease.
  • RN oncology
    Diana Trent
    Want to submit article on oncology.Revised article since sent one prior to this one.
  • The 12 Days of Christmas: Revisited
    Deborah Emord-Netzley
    A comedic take on the classic Christmas song from an Obstetric Nurse's point of view.
  • Health Care Reform: One Nurse's Story
    Keturah Tracy MSN, RN
    Commentary. Personal account of impact of health care reform.
  • Using Theory to Guide Nursing Practice
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    Educational theories can be useful in designing education for nurses. The Andragogical theory (Knowles, Holton, & Swanson, 2005), identified six assumptions about adult learners. These six assumptions were used to develop an AD educational program for nurses at the hospital.
  • Do We Really Know Our Patients?
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    The profession of nursing has become so task oriented that we forget to simply ask who are our patients, what were their life's dreams and ambitions.
  • Early vs Later Rhythm Analysis Quantitative Critique
    Lacy Lewis
    The critique of the study Early versus Later Rhythm Analysis in Patients with Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest evaluates strengths and weaknesses in relation to the generalizability of the study. The significance of the study is assessed, as well as the literature review, purpose, hypothesis, findings, and limitations. The study provided information regarding protocols on performing CPR on out-of-hospital patients. Although the findings were not clinically or statistically significant, the study did offer useful knowledge that both methods of rhythm analysis with CPR provide similar outcomes. This study failed to provide additional knowledge on the topic. Ultimately, further research should be completed on the best treatments for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
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