INSULIN . . . Life Saver or Life Taker | Understanding How Insulin Works
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Jon Haws - RN
1d ago
Does insulin save lives, or does it take lives? Bodies that don’t produce enough insulin shut down, but if too much insulin is in the system it can be just as disastrous. As nurses, we are often tasked with administering insulin to our patients. When done incorrectly it can be life-threatening.  For years I was a member of the code team, and count WHEN I was a new nurse I remember trying to keep track of the patients and insulin action times and the dosage times and everything else . . . I felt like I was drowning trying to keep it all straight in my head - I was both stressed and scared ..read more
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Nursing Prioritization and ABCs | How I Almost Killed My Patient
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by Abby Rose
1w ago
I almost killed my patient. In the days after my scary event I spent hours and hours thinking through what I had done.   I knew my ABCs, I had prioritized everything I was supposed to, how could things have gone so horribly wrong…   See our full lesson on Prioritization at NURSING.com.   And I realized that I had overlooked a very important part of my ABCs.   It wasn’t the A - airway, the B - breathing, or the C - circulation  What was left, what did I miss? What I violated was Safety.  That small little “s” at the end of my ABCs - Safety    And I l ..read more
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"i don't know . . ."
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Jon Haws, RN
1w ago
Them: "How can we help?" Me: "I don't know . . ." This is a conversation I've had countless times over the last year.  If only I had some sort of ailment that could be SEEN and FIXED . . . why can't it be a broken arm?  A simple cast would "fix" the problem in just a matter of weeks.  With mental health, you read the books, you do the checklists, you take the meds, you attend counseling . . . but at any moment . . . around any corner . . . there it is - ready to crush your hope and happiness.  Each time you start a new medication you feel hopeful . . . "this time it will wo ..read more
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My first day as a "REAL" nurse
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Jon Haws, RN
2w ago
My first job out of nursing school was in the Neuro ICU at a very large hospital in downtown Dallas.     In this particular hospital, new ICU nurses complete a 13 week internship partnered with an experienced nurse (called a preceptor).  My preceptors name was Vanessa, she was the typical ICU nurse type - a hardcore, type A nurse.   She trained me well . . . but . . . those 13 weeks came to an end and it was time for me to be all on my own - no safety net to fall back on, no babysitter to make sure I did everything by the book - it was just ME.    To be hones ..read more
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4 words saved her life . . .
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Jon Haws, RN
3w ago
Just 4 words saved her life . . .    “You CAN do this”   In 2018 as a nursing student, Heather found herself in a very dark and lonely place.  But those 4 words brought her out of that darkness and gave her hope.    I was there with Heather when a nursing student asked her, “Will I make it through this?”   ========   Here is her response:   “You WILL make it through.    When I got back from Iraq in 2008, I suffered from PTSD.    And when I first found NURSING.com, I didn't think I was going to make it through. I felt like a failu ..read more
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I failed the NCLEX 3 times, but then . . .
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Jon Haws, RN
3w ago
[After graduating from nursing school with a 3.8 GPA, Ashley failed the NCLEX 3 times.  This is her story.] Learn more about NURSING.com: https://nursing.com   First one was a knife to my chest.   I was miserable. I really honestly thought this was my calling for so long. Nursing is what I wanted to do. For four years, I had worked so hard and I was unsure, should I change my career? Should I do something else?    The first time I failed, I decided I would run 10 miles, and I cried the whole time.  I remember, thinking, I want to die. I just don't understand. I th ..read more
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We Need More Nurses Who Care . . .
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Jon Haws, RN
1M ago
Working as a nurse in the ICU, I cared for many patients who are burned into my mind and heart forever.  I would like to share with you the stories of two patients that I will remember forever and whom shaped my life and nursing career forever.  People NEVER forget their nurses.  The rest of their hospital stay will be a blur, but their NURSES will be in their minds forever.  It's okay to CARE as a nurse. We went into this profession because we want to ease human suffering. We need more nurses who CARE. Thank you for choosing this profession. I started NURSING.com  ..read more
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What is your "WHY"? (and my personal stories)
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Jon Haws, RN
1M ago
During my first semester of nursing school my son was born and he had a couple issues that required him to stay in the hospital during his first couple weeks of life.   My wife and I were sleeping at the hospital. I would go to nursing school and then come back and be with him. But there was one night where we were extremely tired, and so we went down to the hospital cafeteria to get some food.   And when we came back a few minutes later after eating his nurse, her name was Tracy (I still remember her name 12 years later) was sitting there giving him a bath and cuddling him and keepi ..read more
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NCLEX Decoded: Strategies for Success
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Sandra Haws
1M ago
Today's episode is a must-listen for anyone gearing up for the NCLEX: "NCLEX Decoded: Strategies for Success.”   The NCLEX can feel like a giant puzzle. It's a test designed not just to quiz you on knowledge but to assess your decision-making and critical-thinking skills. Understanding how the exam works is the first step in conquering it. We can help you put those puzzle pieces together, by giving you a real practice NCLEX Simulation:  SIMCLEX.   You can take a free sample today at https://nursing.com/simclex We also have a VERY special offer happening today until January ..read more
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Mastering the Art of Efficient Study in Nursing School
Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
by Sandra Haws
1M ago
In today's special episode, "Mastering the Art of Efficient Study in Nursing School," we're diving deep into strategies that will transform your study habits. Plus, I have an exclusive offer on our Lifetime Membership that you won't want to miss. https://nursing.com/lifetime For more info on mastering efficiency in studying, we have a whole lesson that you can enjoy at https://nursing.com/lesson/test-01-01-time-management ..read more
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