Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Everything New Nurse Book Honors

Many thanks to Brittney Wilson, The Nerdy Nurse for including The Everything New Nurse Book in her compilation of 5 Excellent Books Written For Nurses By Nurses.

I'm always humbled and honored to listed in such good company especially when it comes from peers. Check out all of these books. They are all terrific (and also make great gifts for new grads.)

The Everything New Nurse Book is at #9 on the Amazon Best Seller's in Nursing Issues, Trends and Roles list this week. There is also a second edition, and a 2014 updated version titled as The New Nurse Handbook, also available on

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, 2011

It started out just like any other day. Then in an instant, everything changed on a dime! It was surreal, it was unbelievable, it was sad beyond comprehension. And the world stood still in disbelief. We will all remember where we were and how we heard the news. And we will Never Forget!

If you've not been to the site, I highly suggest it. It's a life-altering moment. I had visited the World Trade Center many years before. I hope someday to be able to visit the memorial, but I've stood at Ground Zero and seen the devastation.

The world came together to comfort one another and to work towards peace fro quite awhile afterwards. Let us always remember that as well especially in these days of turmoil.We proved we can all get along. Let's don't forget that either!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Listed as one of the Top 25 Nursing Blogs of 2016 has compiled a list of the "Top 25 Nursing Blogs of 2016."

We are honored and grateful to be listed along with all these fabulous resources for nurses and those who aspire to become nurses.  They also listed! Thanks for the double recognition!

Please take the time to check out this site and to look around at all the great sites in this list. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Wound Care Specializion Role in Nursing Care

Wound care is a rapidly growing need in the nursing community. As the population ages, more focus is on older people who are more sedentary and often chair or bed bound making them more vulnerable to rapidly deteriorating pressure wounds and deep tissue injuries. These can become life threatening in a very short time if not treated appropriately.

Hospitals, nursing homes, and home health and hospice agencies often rely upon wound care specialists to lead the charge in prevention and treatment education of other staff. As we are discovering quickly there is a tremendous shortage of specialized nurses with wound care education and experience. This is a great way to expand your resume and expertise for your nursing career.

The College of Long Term Care offers 2 dates for wound care certification for RNs, LV/PNs, nursing home personnel and other health care professionals. See announcement below:

(Continuing Education Credit & Certification Offered In This Growing Area of Care)

August 26-28, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA (Weekend Course) at the LA Convention Center

October 5-7, 2016 – New Orleans, LA

The growing problem of pressure wounds is especially challenging for nursing homes that have had to send their residents to specialty clinics and hospitals for treatment,” said Bardia Anvar, M.D., founder of Skilled Wound Care and the College of Long Term Care. “This is especially costly when you factor in ambulance transportation, lifting and moving patients in delicate health, admittance to the hospital and surgical care. Also, the simple act of transporting patients can lead to the onset of additional pressure wounds. By teaching staff how to prevent such wounds and identify them at the earliest stages, we can reverse these troubling statistics.”

The courses sponsored by the College of Long Term Care will reveal these basic facts about caring for wounds:

  • Avoid excess baths (should only bathe for 3-5 minutes 2-3 times per week)
  • Keep water temperature lukewarm – not hot
  • Add bath oil
  • Do not use most soap products as they contain detergent (Dove is the exception)
  • Do not use washcloths
  • Pat dry
  • Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing and reapply 4 times each day
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Avoid caffeine, spices and alcohol

To enroll or for more information, call (866) WOUND-80 or visit

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ladies in White Ringtone for Apple Products

Several years ago I was honored to make the acquaintance of Pete Dowan on Facebook. He hail's from Canada and he's a musician who has written many warm and heartfelt songs often based on his life experiences.

Pete has spent a considerable portion of his life in the hospital and under the care and supervision of doctors and nurses. He developed a strong affection and respect for nurses and one of his songs is a tribute to The Ladies in White

Pete has received many requests for the song to become a RINGTONE, and today he notified me that this has come to fruition. So far it's ONLY available for Apple "iProducts" such as iPhone, iPad. You can get your ringtone here from the iTunes store. (NOTE: You MUST access this link directly from your iPhone or iPad to be able to access the ringtone. We in the U.S. will have to be patient. It should be available soon. Canadians can enjoy it now. UPDATE : it's available NOW. I bought mine today 6/19) Enjoy!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Top Rated Nursing Blog Honor

When an accolade comes from a peer it's so very special. Again The Nursing Site Blog has been honored by Brian Clark, RN, BSN, MSNA, CRNA, Program Director at United Medical Education
as one of the "Top 5 Nursing Blogs That Deserve a Visit In 2016." Proud to be among such great company!!! Thanks Brian!!

Please be sure to return the favor and check out this article and the website. There is a lot of very good information for nurses and nursing students there.  It should be one of your mainstays for nursing information.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Two Great Books From Nurse Authors

It's catch up time on Friday.....

I have read a couple of great books by nurses recently and have to share them with you. The first is The Patient's Resource and Almanac of Primary Care Medicine by Agnes Oblas, ANP-C.  In her private practice in AZ, Agnes "does not just treat the medical symptom that her patients present to her. She works together with her patients to help resolve issues impacting the problems and to ultimately help find ways to alter risks for future illnesses."

That is a huge challenge for any practitioner, and this book shows the effort she puts forth to provide her patients with the tools to do just that. In plain English and with some terrific illustrations, Agnes describes common illnesses, medications and other treatments, and bodily functions for the lay person to easily understand. Just a few of the topics include earwax, bunions, COPD, Tuberculosis, Antioxidants, Hypertension, Headaches and Glycemic Index. She also talks about eggs, peanut butter, sugar and butter and some of the myths and truths about how they affect the health status. ANd she shares some of the famous people who have had conditions such as TB.

This book also has a chapter for the Saavy Healthcare Consumer with tips to make the most of your visit with your practitioner. It provides valuable teaching tools for the nurse as well as down to earth information for the consumer with great points to discuss with their practitioner.

Patient education is so important to preventing chronic disease and complications as well as improving the health status and to containing the skyrocketing costs of health care. Thanks Agnes for this fantastic patient teaching tool.

The second book is from well-known nurse writer/blogger, Donna Wilk Cardillo. This time she shares her own life struggles and how even though things were falling apart at various points in her life, she recognized they were actually Falling Together.

This book is well written and from the heart. It's dark, it's heartbreaking, it's funny, it's uplifting all in one easy-to-read examination of the heart and soul. It will inspire the reader to find their way no matter how lost through nurturing and self-awareness.

Learning to use our darkest moments to motivate and fuel a rebuilding is one of the greatest gifts this books offers. Finding ways to make things better and to move forward are so important to maintaining a healthy body and soul. Donna shares her ups and downs and helps us to examine our own journey to find balance, become happier, more creative and to enjoy our lives. Thanks Donna for this great book!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Why I Became a Nurse and Not a Doctor

As many of you probably don't know, my mother passed away in late April after 3 weeks on hospice. I finally got Kaiser to make the referral! But that's a story for another day.

Mom lived with us during her last 3 years of life and it was often a struggle for all of us. But in those last few hours I was afforded the opportunity to share with her why I had become a nurse. She never understood why I wouldn't want to be a doctor instead. Her (much older) cousin had indeed been one of the first women doctors in the U.S. and my mother had considered medicine herself, but after a social life ended her first stint at college with very poor grades, she returned and focused on journalism. It was a decision I think she often regretted. I was always surprised that she didn't pursue nursing. It wouldn't have been looked on with disapproval from family.

I tried so many times over the years to explain my reasons to her and she acknowledged them, but always with a hint that someday I would change my mind. In those last hours when I sat at her bedside and the only person talking was me, I had the chance to show her why.

She had had a series of TIAs and strokes and was now unable to talk and required total care. Her body was shutting down. Her arthritis had riddled her body with awkward stiffness and pain. Her heart had caused her multiple syncopal episodes that left her fatigued and eventually her existence was bed to chair.

In the final days the haldol finally eased the terminal agitation and hallucinations. She was no longer frantically trying to climb out of bed. Nor was she ordering me to stand in the bathroom and see why the house was flooding and the house was going to break apart! I tried to play along, but that only made her more adamant and angry! I tried so hard not to laugh because she was soooo confused and angry. It was just silly.  I had talked so many families down from this as their loved ones transitioned. These would be the longest and perhaps most challenging hours of our lives; and yet the shortest!

It finally made sense that the oxygen concentrator bubbles sounded like water slowly flowing around her. The previous concentrator had been so noisy you couldn't hear the gentle sound of the water bubbling. Reluctantly, with her "You're always right," attitude she calmed down. But I knew she was bracing herself for the flood, the house to crack and the "I told you so" moment to arrive!!

That final stroke left her unable to move any extremity but her hands were no longer stiff. They were soft and relaxed. She required morphine and haldol to ease her transition. That last night she stared at me with her beautiful bright blue eyes and I knew she wanted to know what was happening to her and why?

I was moistening her lips and feeding her a very few ice chips just to ease the dryness in her mouth. (She chewed the toothettes and spit them!!!) I applied some Vaseline lip ointment that she hated, but I knew it worked on her.  I rubbed her legs because they hurt despite all the pain meds --just tired of being in bed.  I starred back into her eyes and told her it would be OK now. Her body was shutting down after 3 strokes and a possible MI, but we would do everything possible to keep her comfortable! I would see to that!!! That had been her end-of-life wish.

And then I held her hand and looked at her and said, "you know Mom THIS is why I became a nurse! Because nurses sit and hold your hand and tell you the truth. They tell you it's OK to go now. They wipe your eyes, and moisten your lips and pad your sunken cheeks from the oxygen tubing. They make sure you get your medication to keep you comfortable. Doctors don't have the time nor the artful skill set to just be with patients. That's why I did NOT want to be a doctor. I only wanted to be a NURSE!!!"

She stared harder like she was trying to say something. Her face softened and she smiled ever so slightly and closed her eyes. I think she finally knew what I meant and it was finally OK with her. And now she knew what was happening to her. A few hours later she was gone.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nurses Week GiveAway Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered our Nurses Week GiveAway contests. We had an overwhelming response and we have a lot of winners to announce. I also want to once again say a BIG THANK YOU all of our wonderful sponsors for their generous donations to make this a successful celebration of the nursing profession.

Please be sure to check out all of their websites and follow their social media to show your thanks and support to them as well.

Remember the American Nurses Association 2016 Theme for Nurses Week is Culture of Safety, It Starts with YOU. Always do your part to uphold the safety of you, your staff and your patients. Learn more at the ANA website.

I hope everyone had a great Nurses Week! Nurses are always overworked and underpaid and token thank yous can easily be tossed aside. But even the smallest of tokens should be respected. Employers realistically cannot afford to provide huge gifts and some don't even bother to recognize Nurses Week at all so if you received even just a thank you from your employer, please be grateful. Perhaps next year you'll get involved in the process to help your employer present a better recognition. Note too that some people are just NOT party planners and have no clue how to put on a celebration. So those of you who are so talented in this aspect, please step forward. It isn't always that they want to neglect the celebration, they just have no clue.

So without further ado here are the randomly picked out of the hat names of 2016 Nurses week GiveAway Winners from The Nursing Site Blog:

GiveAway #1 Autographed copies (2) of Exploring The Home Health Experience: a Guide to Transitioning Your Career Path
Nurse Born Products
Kali Kunkle (for most entries she gets 2 prizes)

GiveAway #1 Time Management Skills for Nurses
Clai Rreyy
Nurse Mo
Astronaut Momma

GiveAway #2 Compression Socks (2 pair)from Vim & Vigr
Theresa Wilmet
Jimswims (Julie Smith)

GiveAway #3 Illumivein Vein Finders
Krista Quintana
Suzanne Lukawski
Kali Kunkle

GiveAway#4 Sugar Wish
Katrina Brokovich

GiveAway #4 Art Print from
Correy Kusten

GiveAway#5 #Maevnscrubs from Maevn Uniforms
Josette Stegmair

GiveAway #6 Nanotex scrubs
Diane Bethe
Amanda Vickers

GiveAway #7 $50 gift card from Uniform Advantage
Joey Zeller

I have tried to contact each winner through the links in their comments or tweets. If your name is here and you didn't get notification, please contact me ASAP. Thanks again to all the entrants and to the sponsors who generously donated these GiveAways.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nurses Week GiveAway #7 - $50 E card from Uniform Advantage

Nurses Week comes to a close today, May 12, as we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day.

Again this year we are pleased to have a generous donation of a $50 E card from Uniform Advantage for our final Nurses Week Give Away. Follow the Rules to enter to win this E card for UA merchandise.

"Uniform Advantage is a premier supplier of medical apparel and accessories. We strive to provide the best selection of scrubs and nursing uniforms with the highest quality products by listening to what you, the medical professional, need and desire in a uniform.
This year, we have partnered with Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, RN, to help recognize nurses for the invaluable work they do. Kelley's caring heart, passion for philanthropic work, and love for nursing aligned so perfectly with our values here at UA that we couldn’t wait to create a partnership! Kelley is excited to be part of our Nurse’s Week Campaign."

Purchase your own #nursesunite T shirt. It's comfy and fun and shows your support for our profession in a campaign that grew out of criticism of the ignorance about nurses and the profession from ABC's The View cast members after the Miss America Pageant in which Miss Colorado, 
Kelley Johnson, RN spoke about her experiences as a nurse in the talent portion. What was a nasty experience sprung a silver lining of nurses uniting and working together and showing respect and support for each other. Happy Nurses Week!!!
 #uniformadvantage #adayinscrubs #nursesunite

And get 20% Off  from Uniform Advantage on select scrubs until MIDNIGHT (PST) today 5/12/16.

Thanks again to all of our supporters for their generous donations and I hope you have all had a great Nurses Week celebrating the difference you each make in someone's life everyday!