Monday, December 28, 2015

Great Books and Products for Nurses

I want to thank Nursing  for recognizing 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 who also nominated TheNursingSiteBlog 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 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 years ago were always the most popular there and many of those articles can be found on my website 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.

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Happy New Year!!!

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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 . Necklaces are currently available at pre-sale price on Kickstarter.

What a great idea for the gift-giving season.