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Peace of Mind for Family is Priceless by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing In my last blog I addressed the issue of lengthy ER waits. Staff shortages, combined with increased patient use, have stretched the average ER visit to slightly more than ... Read on »
Consistent Communication Increases ER Patients' Satisfaction by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Anyone who has ever spent any time in the ER knows that emergency departments can be volatile places. For one thing, it can’t be predicted how many patients will come ... Read on »
We are All Proud to Say We're Nurses---Aren't We? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I don’t know how to begin this; I don’t have a smooth segue into a story that lacks an earthshaking quality because it deals with a common emotion—embarrassment. But, it i ... Read on »
Communication is Key: Let's Give it More Effort by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Communication is an art, a skill, an all-around tricky thing and vital to effective patient care. As nurses, we’ve all received some measure of training in how to communic ... Read on »
End of Life Patients Benefit from Knowing their Life Expectancy by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing You’ve just received news that hit you right between the eyes—hard! Your doctor has delivered a diagnosis with a potentially fatal outcome. Treatments might help or they m ... Read on »
Motivational Interviewing is an Effective Way to Connect with Patients by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Because my job doesn’t involve direct patient contact, there are times when I come across what I believe to be a new bright idea for improving patient-nurse interaction th ... Read on »
Nurses Give Their Best to Those Injured in a Divisive War by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I urge all of you to find a copy of the American Journal of Nursing (May 2008), turn to page 7 and read the editorial by the journal’s editor-in-chief, Diana Mason, RN, Ph ... Read on »
Make a Difference--be an Advocate for the Nursing Profession by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing If you are a RN or LPN, passionate about your career and enjoy talking about it, do I have a gig for you! Our nation’s nursing shortage, predicted to reach a shortfal ... Read on »
Job Resignations can be Difficult and Emotional by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I just read an essay written by a nurse sharing how the job she loved changed into one she dreaded. Budget cuts, staff reductions and excessive paperwork finally caused he ... Read on »
Are We Asking or Avoiding Questions about Domestic Violence? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Nurses have an opportunity, or, more accurately, an obligation, to make a difference in curbing domestic violence. Doing so requires only a simple action—just ask. I see t ... Read on »
Nurses Week Gifts Both Appreciated and Scorned by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing What did you get for Nurses Week? That was the question posed recently by the moderator of an online forum for nurses. There was plenty of feedback, with some nurses ... Read on »
Martha Stewart: She's a Good Thing by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I am not a regular viewer of Martha Stewart’s daily hour-long TV show. I have nothing against Martha or her show; rather, at the time it airs I’m usually running hither an ... Read on »
Welcome, New Grads, to the Best Profession in the World! by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Graduations are special events. It has been more than a few years, but I remember the excitement of my high school graduation. It wasn’t so much a feeling of relief to hav ... Read on »
The World Needs to Know: Nurses are Smart, Skilled and Saving Lives Daily by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing This week belongs to us. Yes, this is National Nurses’ Week, a week set aside to honor our profession and bring attention to what we do. National recognition is a good thi ... Read on »
Let's Get Back to the Basics We All Learned (or should have) by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing As I’ve mentioned here a few times before, my nursing school experience occurred in the mid-to-late 1960s. Back then, a list of duties expected of a nurse 40 years before ... Read on »
Big Hearts, Warm Hearts---Always a Good Thing by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing We’ve heard all the cliché terms: compassionate care, random acts of kindness, going above and beyond. In the past several weeks a plethora of stories have popped up in th ... Read on »
Medical Errors--Is There Anyone Who Hasn't Slipped Up? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I wonder if there’s a nurse out there who hasn’t made some sort of preventable medical error. Does that nurse exist? If so, I am not that nurse. When I first started ... Read on »
Want to Look Professional? Scrubs are the Answer! by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Ordinarily, I agree with the opinions of the Center for Nursing Advocacy, (CNA) the watchdog group that keeps an eye on how nurses are portrayed in the media and takes to ... Read on »
Does Hospital Adverstising Really Work? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing A fellow RN told me about a recent conversation that took place in her hospital unit in a highly respected facility that's part of an equally respected hospital system. ... Read on »
Patients Get the Chance to Voice Opinions by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing It appears that our government cares about our perceptions and opinions regarding hospitals and the care we get when confined to one. The results of the first ever (w ... Read on »