Do you struggle with your head to toe assessments? There is so much to remember and you want to feel competent around your patients. Here is a great overview of the body systems and what you should be paying attention to in your assessment.

Do you struggle with your head to toe assessments? There is so much to remember and you want to feel competent around your patients. Here is a great overview of the body systems and what you should be paying attention to in your assessment.

I absolutely love the doctors that I work with in my ICU. They treat all of the nurses with respect and value our opinions. I have, however, heard horror stories about doctors from other hospitals. I thought this was a clever cartoon that maybe, just maybe, could feel true if you were dealing with one of "those" doctors!

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

Nurse Caitlin Brassington wrote a post on Instagram and Facebook about a comment that she heard from an acquaintance about how she was "just" a nurse. I think until people have either personally been hospitalized or have had a loved one hospitalized, they don't realize how much nurses actually do! We wear many hats: pharmacist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and caregiver, just to name a few. We analyze heart rhythms, perform lifesaving CPR, help families through the loss of a loved one, and much more. Look at Caitlin's passionate note about how she feels about nursing.

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This will be the best two minutes you take out of your day!  Take a peek at these funny nursing e-cards.  I don't know that most people would think they were funny, but we (as nurses) definitely  have a "different" sense of humor. "So you admittedly smoke a pack a day and drink heavily, but haven't taken your $4 med for 3 months because you 'can't afford it.' Hmm." 

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I found this fascinating article from Star Tribune about the effects of marijuana on pregnant women. There is such mixed reviews on whether smoking pot is helpful for managing the discomforts of pregnancy or harmful to the developing baby. I guess for some it's just a matter of risk versus benefit...as are all medical treatments. I know that when I was pregnant I even avoided Tylenol (call me extreme) as best as I could; you just never know how it really affects your little bun in the oven!

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AuthorCourtney Tracy