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Private vs. Public Nursing School

I cannot express to you enough that it is not about the letters after your name or the privilege of attending a fancy school. It is about your grit, passion, determination, and love for the profession. There will be some nurses who attend private schools who will do extraordinary things, but there are plenty of nurses who attend public schools who will also do extraordinary things. Choose what is right for you, your budget, and your life, and you cannot go wrong.

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A Love Affair for FIGS Scrubs

I have good news for you all! Do you remember when I posted the Instagram story about my first pair of FIGS scrubs? Well, I’m teaming up with FIGS to provide a discount for my followers. I have never promoted any product on my blog before and I’m happy that FIGS will be the first. Before I really get going, if you want to receive 20% off on FIGS apparel, click and enter the code – FIGSxNurseAbnormalities – continue reading to find I why I am obsessed with FIGS.

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The Never Fail Report Sheet for ICU Nurses

However, most importantly, it is empowering to be able to give an accurate report and have the necessary information on your patients at all times to tell to various providers. For instance, a patient is crashing and you need to intubate. The physician wants to use succinylcholine for rapid sequence intubation and asks, “What is the patient’s potassium level?” You will know because you have it on your report sheet.

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The Life of a Single, Working, DNP Student

This may be one of my favorite life lessons. Listen, don’t judge, validate, love and you’ll get along better with all kinds of folks. Life is complicated for everyone these days, single or married, kids or no kids, grad student or not. So be nice and save the envy for another day.

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Letters from an ICU Nurse: Dani

Dani’s favorite word, also happened to be my favorite word – fuck. I found this so hilarious. I never heard Dani speak, other than in videos, because she was intubated and trached while I cared for her, but when she finally opened her eyes, they proclaimed nothing but, “fuck this mother fucking cancer.”

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Suicidal Ideation in Healthcare

Then, the thought of suicide creeped into my mind. Yes, I said the dirty word; did it make you squirm a little? I quickly regained control of my emotions and scolded myself for allowing that poison to overtake me for a very brief moment.

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Is ICU Nursing the New 2 Year Career?

Also, there is a nostalgic part of me that cringes at the thought of leaving bedside nursing behind forever – have I given up on a career I love so deeply? When I work my PRN shifts in the general ICU they go one of two ways. They either remind me of why I love nursing so much, or remind me of why I went to NP school. There is no in-between.

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Sleep 101 for the Night Shift Nurse

Over the years, I have compiled a decent list of sleep tips I would like to share. Some are research driven, some are just my own advice – take what you can, leave the rest, and share any tips of your own.

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The Down and Dirty on the DNP

This is what worked for me because I have made it work for me. Have I made mistakes? Yes, about 10,000. Could I have done things differently and made the transition smoother? Yes. Would I change it? No.

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6 Ways to Make Your Chronic ICU Patient Smile

Since becoming an ICU nurse, I have always sought simple ways to humanize life in the hospital for my chronically hospitalized patients. The following are several ways to better your patient’s life in any hospital setting.   Sunshine Therapy Many ICU patients and...

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Healthcare Welcomes the Human Race

We do not judge them for their stories, because one does not trump another. And deep down we realize in trying to help those different from ourselves, they are in turn, helping us.

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Letters from an ICU Nurse: Johnny

It was then I realized, in the scheme of things, we simply don’t get all the answers. I will never know why Johnny died so young or why people who deeply care for each other sometimes do not work out. Furthermore, even if reason transpires, it does not always entertain an elaborate and dramatic story, it just is what it is.

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Achieving Balance in Nursing

I’m not sure balance actually exists. I think some people are givers and some people are takers; in the end, there is more of one than another. The reason hospitals survive is because of the givers, the nurses, who sway the ratio of givers to takers ten fold.

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