Elaine Puricelli, RN, BSN

Elaine Puricelli, RN, BSN is a frequent contributor to RN Journal with 4 articles published to date.

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What’s the Deal With Being Unprepared?  Patient’s Should Know...

What’s the Deal With Being Unprepared? Patient’s Should Know...

Tags: cardiac emergency emergency department emergency room ER experiences

My husband has had 2 chest pain events within a week. As a nurse working primarily in cardiac nursing most of my career, I knew that any family member entering the arena of chest pain treatment would bear the wrath of my watchful eye. This has been An eye-opening, untoward (in my opinion), experience and an experience that can become a learning moment for many, as my skilled eye in emergency room settings can cause “jading” of an experience, but the perception should carry forward.

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Let’s Look Back, at TEAM Nursing!

Let’s Look Back, at TEAM Nursing!

Tags: nursing assistant patient care patient identification Team Nursing

Team nursing while working as a new nurse meant 3 sets of eyes on our patient load. The RN was required to start I.V.’s, take off doctors’ orders and administer I.V. push medication, but the RN was ENGAGED directly in patient care under this style of nursing! The nursing assistant and the RN worked side-by-side to provide outstanding care to the patient without the RN (myself, in this example), feeling chained to the medication cart and having the feeling that taking time out for patient care would make me late for a medication pass. Perhaps other nurses in my era didn’t appreciate this style of nursing care, but in more recent days, primary nursing is the paradigm.

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Weighing In On a Decade-old Subject

Weighing In On a Decade-old Subject

Tags: cardiac cardiac telemetry unit Code Blue nursing assistant opinion response

This writing addresses a subject of great interest to me. I unearthed an article written in 2011, by Ms. Tamekia L. Thomas, MSN, RN, PCCN, as per the time of a publication article dated Spring 2011: “Who’s Watching the Cardiac Monitor? Does it Matter?” (Nursing: Spring 2011- Volume 41) A quick background in my interest, is that I have recently retired after graduating as a registered nurse in 1988. One of the greatest joys of my nursing work, aside from the obvious patient contact and, hoping to make a difference to my patients’ experience, was working in telemetry. In several job locations, I worked telemetry intermittently, when assigned, though other duties notwithstanding.

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So... How Can We Better Learn CPR?

So... How Can We Better Learn CPR?

Tags: cpr Nurse Education

An essay on how I think teaching CPR for the benefit of the science of CPR is more valuable than having nurses learn CPR online followed by manikin practice thereafter.

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