As a nurse, you may encounter an array of mobility issues across a span of different kinds of patients. In fact, the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control says that almost 40 million adults in the U.S. experience some degree of difficulty with physical functioning, with over 17 million reporting being unable to walk a quarter mile.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

Here in New Mexico we have many rattlesnakes slithering around. Have you ever encountered one of these in your path? I once cared for a patient who had a rattlesnake on her front lawn and she tried to shoo it away. Obviously this didn't go well because she became my patient later that night! What do you do if someone has been bit by a rattlesnake?

As a nurse, one common infection you will encounter with patients is bound to be urinary tract infection (UTI). Studies suggest that upwards of 40% to 50% of all women will contract UTI at some point in their lives and that over 8 million people visit a healthcare provider each year for UTI. Understanding its causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment can help you provide even better care to your patients who may develop one.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

The process of declaring brain death and then donating organs is one that is very interesting to many nurses (including myself).  How exactly is brain death declared?  How does the process of donating organs work? I interviewed Tony Hume, a nurse from New Mexico, who has a great deal of experience with these situations to help answer these questions.

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My first experience with death in the hospital was quite traumatizing. Helping families cope with the death of a patient can be a very intimidating (and scary) task.  Hear about my experiences with death in the ICU and what I've learned to become a better nurse. 

There are multiple types of bone fractures that can occur in your patients. Do you wonder which type of fracture they have? Jessica from www.ViveHealth.com wrote a great post that can be your guide to identifying common types of fractures. 

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which the bones of the skull prematurely fuse.  This causes skull to develop an abnormal shape and can cause cognitive issues if severe enough.  Interventions include either endoscopic or open surgery. Why would you choose one over the other?

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AuthorCourtney Tracy