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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I recently read an article about a woman in Pennsylvania who asked her nurse to raise her son if she died from epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, a rare cancer that she was being treated for at Community General Hospital in Harrisburg. (You can read the article here.) The two women had formed a strong bond and the nurse ended up taking both the woman and her son into her home. What do you think of this story? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sepsis is one of the most challenging diagnoses we see as nurses. September is Sepsis Awareness Month, so I'm sharing a list of articles
provides an overview of care for the adult patient with sepsis, focusing on sepsis identification and the first six hours of goal-directed treatment according to current guidelines. - See more at: http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/Static-Pages/Static-Pages/Sepsis.aspx#sthash.x8ClgwDc.dpuf
provides an overview of care for the adult patient with sepsis, focusing on sepsis identification and the first six hours of goal-directed treatment according to current guidelines. - See more at: http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/Static-Pages/Static-Pages/Sepsis.aspx#sthash.x8ClgwDc.dpuf
focusing on sepsis identification and the first six hours of goal-directed treatment according to current guidelines. - See more at: http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/Static-Pages/Static-Pages/Sepsis.aspx#sthash.x8ClgwDc.dpuf
focusing on sepsis identification and the first six hours of goal-directed treatment according to current guidelines. - See more at: http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/Static-Pages/Static-Pages/Sepsis.aspx#sthash.x8ClgwDc.dpuf
that focus on sepsis identification and the first 6 hours of goal-directed treatment according to current guidelines. Share your thoughts on treating sepsis below!
 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I recently saw a video from Jefferson University Hospital where practitioners have a bit of fun parodying a Michael Jackson song to emphasize the importance of hand hygiene (you can watch the video here). What do you think of these kinds of videos? Do they get the point across in a fun way or are they making light of something serious? Do you think they work in educating the public? Share your thoughts below!

Thursday, August 28, 2014
It’s a pretty safe bet that most nurses have no patience with their personal health issues. I’m no exception as I try to manage a persistent bout of vertigo that occurs only when I walk a distance. I’m fine otherwise. Yes, I’m seeing a specialist. Fortunately, it appears related to vestibular and inner ear function, not something scarier. However, this problem has made getting from place to place in my hospital and community a challenge. As my physician sorts out the situation, I’ve come up with an effective adaptive strategy: trekking poles.
 
I’m a long-distance trail hiker. For nearly 20 years I’ve hiked with two trekking poles for improved balance on rough terrain, knee stability when carrying a heavy load, and upper body strength. They’ve journeyed with me on 100-mile section hikes of the Appalachian Trail and on more than 100 miles of the Coast-to-Coast Walk in England’s Lake District. So when I started hanging onto walls and handrails at work because suddenly my world tipped, out of the closet they came. They gave me ambulatory freedom—something I’d clearly taken for granted.
 
First, as a nurse leader, I had to get over feeling like I looked ridiculous walking down the hall in my hospital with rubber-tipped trekking poles. It’s indeed an unusual sight, one that’s inspired some interesting commentary and personal insights. A physician colleague smiled genuinely and exclaimed, “You are a trooper”— for keeping on keeping on, I guess. Another colleague looked at me askance and asked, “Why are you here?” Without breaking stride, I politely replied, “Because I enjoy my work.”
 
Several coworkers shared how they’ve been inspired to purchase trekking poles for aging parents with back, hip, knee, or balance problems who’ve self-limited their mobility due to fear of falling or not wanting to be seen with a cane. I know of at least one older couple who decided to take up traveling again. I’ve even bought a set for a previously active 80-year-old relative who started confining herself to her home after a bad fall. She now feels more confident about venturing out.
I’m glad some good has come from this bump in the road and my rather nontraditional approach to dealing with it. My advice for dealing with adversity? Don’t stop...adapt.
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
A recent hospital-wide study in an Australian hospital found that noisy nurses were the main culprits of patients losing two hours of sleep a night. What does your facility do to help keep noise levels down and improve patient comfort? Share your thoughts below!
About the Author

Linda Laskowski-Jones
Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, FAWM, is editor-in-chief of Nursing and vice president of Emergency, Trauma, and Aeromedical Services at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware.