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Is Nursing Your Life’s Purpose?

When I was 10 years old and at an overnight camp, I was horseback riding and fell off the horse.  Fortunately, I was wearing a helmet, but I still lost consciousness.  When I came to and opened my eyes, I could make out a woman bending over me, all dressed in white with the sun shining behind her, like a halo.  I wasn’t sure if I had died and this was an angel, but she calmed me by telling me she was a nurse.  She promptly scooped me up and drove me to the hospital to be checked.  This was my … [Read more...]

Life Lessons For Nurses From Yoga

In February, I participated in a “yoga challenge.”  Now, mind you, I am not the yoga type, but as I only recently started practicing it, I found that I absolutely love it. I used to dread exercise, but it’s really true that finding something you like to do makes such a difference.  I don’t necessarily like how I feel while doing yoga, but I love how I feel when I’m done. After that shivasana (the rest at the end to allow your body to integrate the practice), I feel great. For the yoga … [Read more...]

Lorie Brown Interviews Rachel Overfield of American Hospital in Dubai

Lorie Brown, R.N.,M.N., J.D. of YourNurseAttorney.com and EmpoweredNurses.org interviews Rachel Overfield, Chief Nursing Officer of the American Hospital in Dubai, UAE. They discuss the differences in healthcare and nursing in the U.K., United States and the Middle East. … [Read more...]

The High Rate Of Nurse Suicides

A study was released last year that found nurses are 23% more likely to take their own lives than the general population.  Adding to that shocking statistic is that nurses are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than people working outside of the medical field.  This is all so tragic and sad. Nurses have access to lethal medications, which makes it easier for them to act on their self-destructive thoughts.  I am always saddened when a nurse comes to me who has contemplated suicide.  I … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Nurse

Years ago, when I was practicing nursing, I had a young patient who said she “didn’t feel quite right.”  Her vital signs were good, and her assessment was normal, but I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was going on.  I knew in my gut something was wrong.  Then she started screaming, “God, I’m coming!” as we rushed her off to ICU where we found that she was suffering a stroke. Before her outburst, my gut told me that something was seriously wrong, but I was afraid to call the doctor.  We … [Read more...]

Patient Satisfaction Scores

I have wanted to write an article on this for a while.  I was surprised to learn that the government has chosen to include patient satisfaction into the mix of hospital reimbursements! Let’s realize that we are dealing with a population (patients) comprised of individuals who are ill to begin with.  When one is ailing, they are distracted by their discomfort to the degree that they are unable to accurately gauge whether the care they are receiving is good. Imagine a patient who is a … [Read more...]

Patient Rapes Nurse At Gunpoint

On May 13, 2017, an inmate at the Kane County Jail in Illinois was taken to Delnor Hospital after he ate a jail-issued plastic sandal and drank a liquid cleaner.  He had surgery to remove the plastic and liquid from his stomach and was recovering when the guard left him unshackled after the inmate had used the restroom. After being unsecured for about a half hour, the inmate grabbed the gun of the officer who then ran down the hall and hid in a room.  The inmate then went to a nearby office … [Read more...]

NURSES ARE AGAIN THE MOST TRUSTED PROFESSIONALS

For the 16th consecutive year, the Gallup Poll found that the most trusted professionals are … nurses!!!  Nurses surpassed military officers by 11% and doctors by 17%. I love seeing these statistics because they are true.  Nurses are amazing in that they take care of people’s health, well-being, psycho/social needs and even their property. Interestingly, pharmacists have declined some this year, possibly related to the opioid crisis.  Members of Congress received negative readings, more or … [Read more...]