• When Nurses Go Home

    It’s the elephant in the room. And honestly, I’d rather keep this space all light and happy for the most part, but sometimes, we’ve got to tackle the dark stuff. SO. Covid-19… we’re coming at you from the MSC blogosphere. Basically, if there was someone who ever doubted that nurses were true heroes, that someone would have done a 180 at this point. Nurses and medical professionals are literally at the front lines of […]

  • The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Any Medical Professional In Your Life

    I’ve done this to you once before. In 2017 to be exact. And I do it to myself every single year, since the very first time I joined the ranks of ‘old enough to start gifting others.’ In fact, I’m hard pressed to believe that this will be the case till the end of time. In case you haven’t figured it out, I wait till the very last second to shop for my own […]

  • Diabetes vs. The Holidays

    Here’s a not so lovely fact. According to the American Diabetes Association, 30.3 million people in the United States have a diabetes diagnosis. That’s a whopping number and can lead us to safely assume that as a nurse you’ve encountered your fair share of diabetic patients. November is actually National Diabetes Awareness Month. November also kickstarts the holiday season. Put two and two together and you’ve got an equation that doesn’t make much sense. […]

  • A Happy and Healthy Halloween

    Here’s a horrifying fact. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey, American’s are expected to spend $2.6 billion dollars on Halloween candy this year. Yes, that’s billion with a B. What’s more, thanks to the excessive eating and drinking that has somehow been justified since it’s ‘holiday season,’ the average American gains between 1 and 4 pounds between October 31st and Jan 1st. I would even venture to say that number is higher […]

  • The Fountain of Youth

    There are few things as sure in life as aging. Aging healthfully and gracefully, though?? That’s entirely up to you. (Unless of course, you’ve been blessed with what they call, ‘good genes;’ in which case I hate you and you can skip this post.) In any case, while it may seem to be a rather morbid topic to bring up on a glorious day like today, when life looks good and we’re all going […]

  • How to Stay Fit as a Nurse 

    Nurses face a lot of difficulties when trying to stay fit and healthy. What they are excellent at is keeping their patients in top shape, but when it comes to their own health, workouts, meals and work breaks often get neglected. But, if you want to be a super nurse and always be there to help your patients, you really need to start paying better attention to your own fitness and well-being. Luckily, that’s not […]

  • Top Summer Reads Take Two

    I can’t speak for you, but my idea of a summer soiree is an ice-cold glass of lemonade and a great book. Which is why we are officially rounding up my latest top 5 nurse reads for the SECOND time! I have a lot of questions, though. Is it considered a follow up to my last ‘Top Summer Reads’ blog post if it was a solid 3 years ago? Also, do I suddenly get […]

  • To A Better Night’s Sleep!

    Adults are a sleep challenged sub-sector of the human species. Nurses, even more so. Think rotating schedules, night shifts, over time, and high-pressure workdays. And here’s the thing; there is no magic pill to make these ‘challenges’ disappear and thus thrust you into a world of early bedtimes, sweet dreams, and easy wakeups. In fact, it is HARD to get quality shut eye as a nurse, let alone any sort of sleep at all. […]

  • Trust a Nurse

    I’d like to pose a question. If you had to choose one profession to rank as the No. 1 most trusted profession, which would it be?? Think about it… I can’t read your mind, but I can tell you that this question is asked to millions of people each year, and the nursing profession consistently ranks highest. Why, though? Why is it the nurse, as opposed to the doctor who is the one creating […]

  • Nutrition for Nurses

    Did you know that according to a health risk appraisal conducted by the American Nurses Association, nursing students and RNs have an average BMI of 27.6? That is in the overweight range, and that is a problem. The funny thing is that we’re talking about nurses. Nurses know what to do. In fact, nurses very often are the ones creating and implementing patients’ nutrition plans; which begs the question. What is happening here; why […]

  • Self-love is the Best Love

    Valentine’s Day came. Valentine’s Day went. Maybe you had a date. Maybe you didn’t. And while everyone was hung up on their relationships (or lack thereof), I couldn’t help but think that perhaps we’re all neglecting the one relationship that is universal to all of mankind and that needs the most nurturing. In fact, it’s the one relationship that establishes the foundation for all other relationships. I’m talking of course, about one’s relationship with […]

  • Staying Healthy in the Hospital

    The question begs to be asked; how do doctors and nurses remain healthy and well when a large portion of their waking hours is spent in a hospital setting with not so healthy people? HOW?? What exactly is the secret for not catching every cold and strain of flu? In honor of National Staying Healthy Month, I’d like to share tips and tricks from the experts. Follow along! Keep Your Hands to Yourself: Yes, […]

  • New Year, New You

    Cliché title? Maybe… Ok, fine; definitely! But that’s ok. This post is all about said cliché, as basic as that may sound. Picture this- It’s New Year’s Eve the world over, and as the clock strikes twelve in each respective time zone, champagne bottles POP as people toast to a better and brighter future. And yes, this scene repeats itself year after year. In fact, it’s quite fascinating what the opportunity to start anew […]

  • Layered Up & Ready

    You know those days when you walk outside and a blast of cold air hits you in the face? Ouch! That’s when I know that it’s time to layer up, with booties, leggings, a warm scrub jacket, and cozy underscrubs. This winter is going to have a lot of those frigid days, and who knows better about the importance of layering up in cold weather than an experienced nurse? Seriously, we nurses have got […]

  • Are You Thankful or Are You Grateful?

    Every fourth Thursday for the last 397 years, we, the good people, have been celebrating Thanksgiving by gathering with family and close friends to offer up thanks for all the positivity in our lives. Year in and year out… Year after year… This year being no different. And believe me when I say that I set out to write the requisite Thanksgiving piece about having an attitude of gratitude and all that fuzzy, feel […]

  • Staying Cozy This Season

    Today was the first time in a little while that I opened my front door, and a blast of cool air blew past me. Sweater weather! Yup; fall is upon us in full force! And when I think of autumn, what comes to my mind is hot coffee, cashmere scarves, and cozy scrub jackets. It’s great that the hospitals are kind of cold, so that the germs stay far away, but every nurse knows […]

  • Trick or…Trouble?

    I’ve confirmed it; with my weather app, that is. Fall is here to stay! And while you may be thinking pumpkin spice lattes, cozy Uggs, and cute sweaters, I’m thinking… BOO!! That’s right; I’ve got Halloween on my mind! Now you do too:) Halloween is great fun for the kiddies, but who are we fooling?? Kids + pounds of sugar disguised as innocent treats + costumes + a twilight adventure on the streets = […]

  • Go Gold for Childhood Cancer

    Meet Oscar. Your average, energetic 4 year old, Oscar loves the great outdoors, running, climbing, swimming, and his big sister Isla. A sudden onset of stomach pain and vomiting which cleared up rather quickly, was then followed by another bout of pain and vomiting. This time, his Dad discovered a large lump in his stomach. What was initially diagnosed as appendicitis, turned out to be Burkitt’s Lymphoma stage 3B, when a mass from his […]

  • Feet Talk

    The age old adage goes, ‘Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.’ If you plan on judging a nurse, though, make that 4 miles. Don’t believe me? Well then hash it out with MEDSURGE Nursing! A study involving 146 nurses, concluded that in a 12-hour shift nurses clock in an average of 4-5 miles. *Currently picking jaw up off of floor* And let’s just say that regular folk walk an […]

  • Summer Staycation

    Everyone needs a vacation. Period. You go too long without one… you crash and burn. Or to be more accurate, you end up sprawled on your couch in days old pj’s crying a river over a tub of Ben and Jerry’s. True story. Bottom line is, life is full of stressors. And if we don’t take time to decompress, we suffer, and the people around us suffer. Let’s take you for instance, the happy-go-lucky […]

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