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Nurses Can Issue Doctors' Report Cards on CareSeek.com by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I’ll bet there’s not a nurse out there who hasn’t chosen a doctor for him or herself, or for a family member, based on witnessing a doctor’s performance. Observing a docto ... Read on »
No Surprise--More Money Needed to Increase Nursing Ranks by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Two years ago I interviewed a highly esteemed professor of nursing, considered to be an expert regarding the critical nursing shortage that we are experiencing now and whi ... Read on »
Let's Use Good Sense and Use No Scents by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing When I was in nursing school, students were often reminded (adamantly!) not to wear perfume in the hospital. At that time the concern was for the patient. Anyone whose con ... Read on »
Bringing Nursing Back by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Has anyone seen the 5-minute video, “We’re Bringing Nursing Back,” on YouTube? Made by nursing students at Binghamton (NY) University, it is intended as a recruiting video ... Read on »
Happy Nurses are a Shot of Adrenaline by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing In a fluke of scheduling, I recently interviewed four RNs—three by telephone, one in person—back to back for articles I’ll be writing. The enthusiasm exuded by each of the ... Read on »
Small Acts of Kindness Reap Rewards by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing On December 26, 2004, Nate Berkus, the host of Oprah’s new TV show The Big Give, was vacationing at a beach resort on Sri Lanka when earthquake activity at the bottom of t ... Read on »
Insurance Companies Get Failing Grades from Hospitals by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The country’s largest health insurers have taken it upon themselves to rate hospitals on quality and cost and, then, make their findings known to the public. The insurers ... Read on »
Are You a Good Samaritan? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Our local newspaper has a daily feature, snidely referred to as the Whine Line, whereby readers may call a number and comment on any subject they like. The caller doesn’t ... Read on »
Veteran Denied Admission Due to Family's Bad Behavior by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing There is almost always more to any situation I read about in the newspaper than is revealed in the article, but I am troubled by an item that appeared yesterday in my loca ... Read on »
Want to Trade Places With a Nurse in Baghdad? by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I recently read an account of an American RN who accompanied her freelance writer husband on his one-year assignment in Baghdad and her attempt to find work there as a nur ... Read on »
Medicare Says No Bread for Blunders by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Medicare has announced that as of October 1, 2008 it will no longer reimburse hospitals for extra patient care costs brought about as the result of certain oversights and ... Read on »
The Need to Keep Aging Nurses in the Work Force by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Baby Boomers, those born from 1946 to 1964, make up 29-percent of the American population. There are about 75 million Boomers in the United States and they comprise the co ... Read on »
Double Standard in Dealing with Incompetence by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I admit I wasn’t a fly on the wall in the labor and delivery suite of Kaiser Permanente Hospital-Fresno, where a series of negligent decisions and actions by a perinatolog ... Read on »
Parent-Shift Options Lure Inactive RNs by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Nursing, particularly hospital nursing, has long been viewed by working moms and dads as an ideal job for giving them the flexibility to pursue a career and to spend time ... Read on »
Knowledge Gives Our Patients Power & Confidence by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I have touched upon the subject of health illiteracy here before and mentioned the vastness of the problem. And, because of that vastness, the problem has no single soluti ... Read on »
Kids Explore Nursing in Summer Camp by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Remember summer camp? A day of homesickness, followed by a week or two of new friends, craft classes, sports and the requisite tears when everyone parted and headed home? ... Read on »
The Importance of Health Literacy by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing How often do we as nurses rattle off medical jargon to our patients who, simply put, don’t speak the language? How many times have we instructed a patient to take a medica ... Read on »
Nurse Survives as Patient by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I am happy to report that all is well in the world of nursing. That is true, at least, in a certain Colorado hospital where I recently had surgery and spent one blissful n ... Read on »
Mentoring New Nurses--Well--is Vital by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The subject of new RNs being set adrift in their first jobs, not exactly rudderless but with insufficient guidance, has been popping up in a number of journals and online ... Read on »
The Laying on of Hands by Glenna Murdock Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I want you to reach out and touch someone today. And, I want that someone to be one (or more) of your patients. As a young ER nurse I was fortunate to work with a wise you ... Read on »