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    30 Reasons New Nurses are Awesome

    Many unflattering assumptions are made about new nurses, and although this can cause a chuckle in more seasoned nurses, is it fair to paint all new nurses with the same brush? While it is true that new nurses sometimes have quirks, the humor is often lost on the nursing community, especially with the risk of lateral violence and nurse bullying. With that in mind, here are some reasons why it is great to have a new nurse on your unit. 1. New nurses are eager and enthusiastic. 2. New nurses can make more seasoned nurses remember why they joined the profession. 3. New nurses have new ideas that can improve…

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    11 Words That Made Me a Better Nurse

    I’ll never forget my first day as a nurse after I passed my NCLEX. It was a very overwhelming day to say the least, but the thing I will never forget is what one of the facilities most veteran Nurses told me. “Good nurses inspire themselves. Great nurses inspire others.” I have thought about that quote over a thousand times during my nursing career. I have taken a lot of advice from more seasoned veteran nurses and let me tell you, talk to them! They have seen and been through almost everything. Here’s a few words that I haver learned that I feel have made me a better nurse. 1.…

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    8 Reasons Nurses Can’t Eat Healthy

    It’s good to eat healthy, right? Yes. Do you eat healthy? We try our best. So why is it so hard for us to do it? Here’s 8 reasons: 1. Stress! We have stressful jobs. We’re not Walmart Greeters (no offense to Walmart Greeters). What we do on the job makes a difference: legally and physically. There is no room for mistakes. And…what relieves stress better than eating? Just about nothing. 2. Everyone Donates Junk Food: Why is it that the large majority of foods people like to donate to staff are sweets? Donuts, chocolate, cookies, and even candy seem to always appear when you most need it (or rather,…

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    New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses

    It’s a new year, and you may have decided that it is time to turn over a new leaf in your life.  While you may pledge to hit the gym more or spend more time with family, you can make some resolutions about your nursing life, as well. Some resolutions, we just can’t get.  For instance, vowing to never work overtime in the coming year could be bad for you financially and may put your job at risk if it is required. However, some resolutions we can make about our careers, about nursing, and about how it impacts our lives.  Here are four, but feel free to make up your…

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    The Crazy Language of a Nurse

    Nursing has its own distinct language. Aside from the normal medical jargon, such as MI, BID, QID, and HOB, we have our own way of communicating to each other that those outside of the profession just wouldn’t understand. Code Brown – We all know what a code blue is, but a code brown can be worse in some cases. This is when a patient’s BM reaches epic proportions and requires a dedicated crew to clean up. CTD – This stands for circle the drain, and it is often used in critical care areas. Essentially, it means that a patient is progressively getting worse and that their death – or crash…

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