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The Nursing Home Dilemma: Should We, or Shouldn't We? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing For as far back as I can remember I have heard elderly and not-so-elderly relatives try to elicit promises from family members that a nursing home will not be in their fut ... Read on »
Are Nurses Adquately Prepared to Communicate Adverse Drug Effects to Patients? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Believe it or not, there is still controversy regarding whether to inform patients of possible adverse drug effects (ADE) when a new (to the patient) drug is prescribed. W ... Read on »
Goodbye to a Nurse of the Highest Caliber by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing On September 15 I posted to this blog the sad story of my beloved sister-in-law’s recent cancer diagnosis. The worst case survival scenario was five months—the best, a ye ... Read on »
Elderly Caregivers are Desperate for Respite by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I recently sat in on a meeting of administrators of various care programs and facilities for the elderly, a few family member-caregivers and social workers. I came away di ... Read on »
Online Medical Advice: The New Prescription of Choice by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The Internet seems to be turning everyone into pseudo-medical experts, as a matter of necessity as much as anything else. Physicians are busier than ever and the patients’ ... Read on »
Digital Mammography is Less Clinical, More Comfortable by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Here in Colorado the aspen leaves have turned from quaking green to shimmering gold, signaling that the calendar page has changed over to October—and if it’s October, it i ... Read on »
I Had Hoped I Was Immune, but I'm Not by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Since my childhood, I have been told by adults, “Oh, you’ll see plenty if you live long enough.” And they didn’t necessarily mean good things. Illness is one of those not ... Read on »
Losing Weight for the Good of Others by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I am a believer in Weight Watchers (WW). The food plan has evolved over the years and, while it has always been sensible, it is now flexible, easy to calculate and doable ... Read on »
Professor of Nursing Writes a Guide for Student Success by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing My goodness, what took so long? Lots and lots of years after I graduated from nursing school, a professor at Rutgers College of Nursing in New Jersey has written a 256-pag ... Read on »
And, You Think Yours is a Long Commute! by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I suppose because it is something out of the ordinary, I am fascinated with the idea of nurses traveling long distances to their jobs. And, I mean long distance to the ext ... Read on »
New Legislation Tackles the Nursing Shortage by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing We’ve all done it. Some issue that has caused us to fret, fuss and fume for awhile, results in the frustration bubbling to the surface and, then, whoosh!, it all spews out ... Read on »
Why is the Public Unaware of the Nursing Shortage? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The nursing shortage began a decade ago and, although statistics reveal an improvement in the situation recently, the projected deficit in the numbers of nurses needed and ... Read on »
Puzzling: Nurses Admired by the Public but Fewer are Entering the Profession by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The nursing profession has long been highly regarded by the general public, as evidenced by the results of polls through the years which continue to show that, where respe ... Read on »
Choose Your Words Carefully by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing "Here’s your pain medication, Mr. Smith." Change the patient’s name and that is a phrase I’ve spoken countless times in my nursing career. Most of us have, I’m sure. It ne ... Read on »
Think About Who Might be Listening by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Perhaps you were walking down a deserted hospital corridor, discussing in quiet tones the details of a patient’s care with a fellow RN. Maybe a similar discussion took pla ... Read on »
Bad Behavior in Medical Facilities Revisited by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Has anyone else noticed that a certain subject will be covered in a magazine article, for instance, and then over a span of several days the subject will be covered on TV, ... Read on »
Practicing Medicine Without a License by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I suppose at one time or another every nurse has been called upon to dispense medical advice to family and friends. Even though I haven’t had hands-on patient experience i ... Read on »
Do Correct Pronunciations Matter? I Vote Yes! by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Yesterday, while scanning a nursing-related forum, I came upon a thread that deals with mispronunciations of medical terms. Well, it started out as medical term errors but ... Read on »
Hospital System Awards Nursing Scholarships to Combat the Nurse Shortage by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The projected shortage of nurses in the next decade is a hot topic in the health care realm these days. A number of ways to attack the problem are being bandied about, but ... Read on »
Respect Among Hospital Employees is a Benefit for the Patient by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Does your hospital have a problem with bad behavior among its employees to the extent that the staff is required to attend classes to learn proper conduct? To her ast ... Read on »