Tuesday, February 9, 2016

7 Healthy Snacks for Nurses on the Go

From Jennifer E. Landis
Health Journalist

Few jobs are as physically demanding as nursing. You’re on your feet all day long, and when your patients need you, it’s hard to find time to take a break for lunch or a snack.

When you’re pressed for time, it can be tempting to reach for convenience foods, but junk food doesn’t give you the nutrition and energy you need to make it through the workday. Instead of grabbing a candy bar, try these seven healthy – and delicious – snacks instead.

Steamed Salads

Raw veggies are fast, but sometimes they’re heard to digest. Try steaming healthy vegetables like carrots, broccoli and cauliflower and tossing them together for a unique salad. Top with a warm mustard dressing and zap for 15 seconds in the microwave to reheat for a delicious, wintery take on the typical salad.

 Mixed Skewers

When you don’t have time to cook, fruit and cheese skewers are a great way to get your fiber and protein in one great snack. Small fruits like grapes, strawberries or cubed melon hold up to being impaled on a skewer. Alternate fruits with cubes of your favorite cheeses. Cheddar, Gruyere and Monterrey jack all work well.

DIY Snack Mix

Mix up a bowl of your favorite nuts, dried fruits and granola for a personalized snack mix that you can munch on whenever you have a minute. The trick to a great snack mix is a balance of salty and sweet elements. Try adding wasabi peas for an extra kick, or toss in some chocolate or butterscotch chips for a sweet surprise.

Mexican Popcorn

Lighten up your popcorn by eating it Mexican style. Instead of dousing it in melted butter, add a squeeze of lime to lightly salted popcorn just before you eat it. The flavor is out of this world, and there’s no added fat.

Pita Pizzas

Who says you need an oven for a pizza? Try a cold take on take-out by stuffing mini whole-wheat pitas with fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and some fresh basil. You can also add olives or red pepper flakes to kick up the flavor a notch.

Chocolate Apricots

Dried fruit is a power-packed snack, but it can get dull. Pep up dried apricots by dipping them in melted chocolate – semisweet chocolate chips melted over low heat are perfect for this. Allow them to cool on a piece of wax paper and store in a Ziploc bag until you’re ready to eat them.

Celery Crudités

Remember ants on a log? Celery sticks still make a great base for delicious snacks, even if you don’t use peanut butter and raisins. There are lots of combinations of healthy spreads and toppings you can try. Get creative with hummus and olives, or try sunflower seed butter with dried cranberries for a change of pace.

Eating on the run doesn’t have to be boring. When you plan ahead to pack healthy ingredients, your lightning-fast snack sessions at work can give you the energy you need to care for your patients all day long.

Jennifer E. Landis
Health Journalist

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Great Nursing Tips From the Experts

I am honored to have been asked by OnlineNursePractitionerPrograms.com  to submit a few tips for this fabulous article, 101 Nursing Tips From the Experts, filled with tons of valuable information for nursing students, new nurses and experienced nurses alike.

The tips are tidbits from a cross-section of expert nurses about surviving nursing school and taking/passing certification exams. There are great suggestions for new nurses. And there are some wonderful tips for all of us to help us with our own self-care which is something we all tend to neglect.

Career fulfillment is an important aspect for every nurse to work on and there are some really good tips in this section to help you make your career rewarding and empowering. And finally to round out the list there is a section for Bonus Tips with even more valuable information for nurses in all stages of their education and career.

Check it out!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Read Some of the Best Nurse Blog Posts for 2015

Brittney Wilson at the Nurse Blog Carnival had a terrific idea to ask nurse bloggers to share their Top 10 blog posts for 2015.  See mine here.

Beth Hawkes at Nursecode.com compiled them and shared links to all who participated. It's well worth checking out the post and reading some of the finest postings from great nurse bloggers. Such diverse posts. Happy reading!! Good way to start off 2016.

If you'd like to follow or participate in the Nurse Blog Carnival, check it out.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Great Books and Products for Nurses

I want to thank Nursing Experts.com  for recognizing TheNursingSiteBlog.com as one of their Top 25 Nursing Blogs in 2015. You have to scroll down past the list of nursing schools, but well worth the effort. There are some really terrific blogs in the list and I'm humbled to be listed here.

And many THANKS to Keith Carlson from Digital Doorway also nominated TheNursingSiteBlodg for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks Keith!

Next---Catching up on a few things I've tried to work in for several weeks now..... Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN has written a fantastic educational and teaching tool for nurses: Just the Right Dose Your Smart Guide to Prescription Drugs & How to Take Them Safely. The book is thorough and easy to understand. It's a MUST for the nurse's toolbox and a great resource for patient education. Very down to earth and easy to follow information.

Next, A Nurse s Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role written by Cynthia M. Thomas, Constance E. McIntosh, and Jennifer S. Mensik who are all RNs with many years experience and extensive education and advanced degrees.  The book is full of great information and tips for nursing students and new nurses.

Written with the flavor of a textbook, it is also a great resource for anyone needing to research the professional nurse's role.

Designing and Integrating a Disaster Preparedness Curriculum: Readying Nurses for the Worst 
by Sharon A.R. Stanley and Thola A Bennecoff Wolanski two nurses with years of experience and multiple advanced degress, who are dedicated to helping nurses develop curriculum to educate them in how to handle disaster. "We live in a world where disaster incidents are on the rise. From natural disasters to war and conflict to infectious diseases, being prepared for such events takes tremendous preparation and practice. Nurses are on the frontlines of disaster relief and care, but too few are trained in disaster prep, response, and recovery." This book cites examples of some of the worst disasters and what went right and what went wrong in the response process and how to better prepare nurses for the future.

Some nurse inventions and nurse made products to check out:

 Safety Medicine Cup
IrisJane at Etsy
Nurse Born Products

Until next time.... Happy Holidays, have a safe and Happy New Year!!


Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Year in Review for The Nursing Site Blog

Here's my list of top viewed posting on The Nursing site Blog for 2015. Although some of them are from previous years, they still rank among the top-viewed postings for 2015.  It has been an eventful year, and looking back there are a few surprises to this list, but welcome ones indeed.

The one post that remains constantly in the Top 10 blog posts for the year is How to Perform a Head to Toe Assessment. I have also given you some documentation tips for how to describe your findings.

Jennifer Johnson at Nurse Practitioner Schools shared a post 101 Blog Posts Every New Nurse Should Raed that garners a lot of traffic for The Nursing Site Blog. 

The next post that seems to hover at the top of the list is the Forum for Home Health Nurses. Although the original links for that post are no longer active, I find that I get a lot of FaceBook likes for my HomeHealth101.com page. I hope to work on this more in 2015 as intermittent, skilled Home Health care is one of the fastest growing fields for nurses. So it also didn't surprise me that my post for my latest book, Exploring the Home Health Care Experience was among the top postings for 2015 as well.

Becoming a Nurse- What Does it Entail? is a guest post that has had some significant traffic this year. My posts on About.com years ago were always the most popular there and many of those articles can be found on my website TheNursingSite.com today.

Documentation is always something nurses struggle with and my post for Sample Documentation seems to continue to ride high on the list of blog posts here. I'm going to be doing some workshops in 2016 on the topic especially for home health care, and plan to put together a You Tube video and other tools.

The Top 5 Interesting Facts About Medical Equipment is another guest post that has scored some big traffic. There are some interesting and not well-known facts to discover.

Health Insurance for ER Nurses was another guest post with a different twist. It gets lots of page views and offers some good thoughts about this more dangerous niche for nurses and other healthcare workers.

Not Your Doctors Stethoscope is a guest post from the designer of  a very nice piece of jewelry for nurses. The phrase gained popularity in response to the disparaging remarks about nurses on The View after the Miss America Pageant. Nurses continue to show great ingenuity with a variety of products.

And finally, surprisingly, my rant about SPAM in Comments has seen a lot of traffic too. I merely spelled out the rules and told spammers they would be reported to Google. Comments should be reserved for open discussion of the blog post topics among nurses and those interested in a nursing career and not those who want to spread SPAM about miracle cures for herpes and the likes!

Thanks for taking this look back with me. Hope to have you stop in often in 2016 and see what's happening in the world of TheNursingSiteBlog.

Don't forget to follow us on FaceBook, ask to join our FaceBook Group and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest as well. Don't forget the Check out all the articles on TheNursingSite.com

Happy New Year!!!

This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival. More posts on this topic can be found at NurseCode.com. If you are interested in participating find out more details and sign up.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Not Your Doctor’s Stethoscope

 By Kathleen Suta, RN BScN

There has always been controversy surrounding the ever-evolving role and public image of nurses. The confusion is understandable, since nursing has such a vast number of facets it shines in a multitude of clinical settings including high paced emergency rooms, demanding neonatal intensive care units, high acuity research centers, the expansive public health sector and countless more. The important thing to remember is that we all have the same basic goal, to assist in the betterment of mankind.

The idea behind Heart a Nurse is to empower nurses, unify all areas of the profession and express the key aspects of any nursing role: knowledge and compassion. The heart and the stethoscope featured on our flagship necklace symbolize these core attributes.

Our Heart and Stethoscope necklace will not only support nurses at home, but a fixed portion of each retail sale will be given to NGO healthcare endeavors in developing countries.

Find out more at heartanurse.com . Necklaces are currently available at pre-sale price on Kickstarter.

What a great idea for the gift-giving season. 


Friday, November 27, 2015

Exploring Home Health Care

Home health care is the fastest growing field in health care. With mandates to reduce costs and a need to educate patients and family members in how to prevent and manage complications from chronic diseases such as diabetes, lupus, MS, COPD and other respiratory diseases, CHF and other chronic heart conditions, kidney disease and more.... home health care fits right in to this niche.

As a home health and hospice nurse for 35+ years I have had the opportunity to mentor and help many nurses, therapists (PT, OT, SLP) and social workers become fabulous home health care professionals. It's not an easy transition and many are scared away from the mounds of paperwork! But if you understand the system and why it's necessary to have all this documentation, you too can find a rewarding career path in home health care.

My latest book, Exploring the Home Health Experience: A Guide to Transitioning Your Career Path is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

If you'd like an autographed copy, please email me your shipping address and who you'd like the book signed to. I will invoice you through PayPal for $19.99 and send it via Media Mail. You can pay using PayPal or use your credit card.

Monday, November 23, 2015


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Friday, November 13, 2015

Top 5 Interesting Facts about Medical Equipment You Might Not Know

By John Pritchard

There are some interesting things regarding medical equipment that many practitioners, patients, and consumers simply may not know. While the face of medical supplies and devices is ever-changing and new technology is always on the horizon, there are some simple facts that everyone should be cognizant of.

Five interesting things that you might not know about medical equipment include:

1. Used medical equipment can be as safe and effective as new devices
Buying used medical equipment may seem like a shaky option, but typically this is a pragmatic solution that saves every one a bit of money and hassle. When insurance companies balk at the cost of a medical device, they may be more open to the prospect of a reprocessed or used option. When a piece of equipment is reprocessed, it goes through an arduous cleaning and sterilizing process before a series of trials to deem it ready for dissemination and use. Don’t dismiss the benefits of used medical devices until you have spoken with providers, distributors, and patients to evaluate if the situation warrants such cost-effective measures.

2. ‘Single Use’ stickers don’t mean squat
Many may be familiar with the stickers often found on medical equipment and devices that identify the items as being intended for “single use.” You should know that these stickers are put on by the individual or business distributing the item and that putting these stickers on a piece of medical equipment is at the manufacturer’s discretion and may be for financial gain rather than patient safety reasons. As long as particular items are reprocessed professionally, cleaned and sterilized to meet FDA guidelines, multiple utility of most devices is perfectly fine and safe. Talk with your practitioner or distributor to determine if this is a viable option.

3. Anything you can buy, you can lease
If you think about it, leasing makes sense for doctors, medical practices, and patients. Medical equipment can be expensive, and depending on the need and the device, insurance may not cover the associated costs. Did you know that you can lease pretty much anything that is available for sale? This could mean good news for those individuals seeking short-term use of things such as oxygen concentrators or hospital beds. Be sure that the items you endorse or use are cleaned, sterilized, and reprocessed by the manufacturer and distributor before using, and that you are leasing from a reputable medical supply business.

4. Batteries can make all the difference in performance
There seems to be exciting new battery technology emerging for medical equipment and devices. In fact, the chemistry of these new-and-improved batteries, as lauded by battery manufacturer Duracell, attest to extending the lifespan and utility of modern medical devices. This could mean more efficacy, increased convenience, and easier use for providers, patients, and consumers. The new advancements seem to come from a compatibility and dual-purpose within the battery itself, whereas the ion and cathode work together harmoniously and efficiently to create a boost of power and extended lifespan which could be life-changing for those depending on battery life to operate their medical equipment and necessities.

5. Reprocessed medical equipment is a win-win
Refurbishing and reusing medical equipment is not just a viable alternative for consumers, but it is also good for the environment. It is estimated that tons of medical equipment is deposited into community landfills every year; this carbon footprint looks even worse over time for those concerned with the environment and stewardship. Talk to practitioners about ways that you can curb the waste and toll that these devices present when they are no longer useful.

Put your new knowledge to good use! 
These are just a few of the fascinating facts surrounding medical equipment that are pertinent for both practitioners and patients. Having a sense of what is available, what technology is forthcoming, and the impact that these devices have after they are no longer needed could be key in making such equipment accessible, affordable, and environmentally conscientious for others.

John Pritchard is CEO and Sales Leader of Venture Medical, a leader in the nation’s medical equipment industry. He is passionate about educating those in the medical industry on the importance of high quality medical equipment and supplies. His transparent business techniques and strategies for low-pressure sales and marketing are core values in building relationships.

Thanks John!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Please Support Legislation for NP's to Order and Oversee Care Plan in Home Healh Care

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015, a measure aiming to permit nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives to sign off on home health care plans and authorize Medicare patients for home health benefits has been gaining momentum in the U.S. Houses of Congress.

The Senate Bill is S578 and the House Bill is HR 1342. The bills are identical and support has been growing in recent weeks due to a new wave of bipartisan support.

Many people rely on NPs and PAs as their primary care providers making this crucial legislation to reduce costs and improve outcomes for patients with a more rapid response for home health care needs.

The National Association for Home Care (NAHC) recently said "the bill could reduce Medicare spending through a shift in physician billings to nurse practitioner billings, which are reimbursed at 85% of the physician payment rates for certification and care plan oversight."

Please contact your legislators and ask them to co-sign and support S578 or HR 1342. Take action by finding your Representative and Senators. Many have Twitter accounts. Search for them on Twitter. Call, Tweet, or email them TODAY

Thank you!

This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival. More posts on this topic can be found at http://yourahi.org/NProle. If you are interested in participating find out more details and sign up.