Mar
23

I remember years ago when I was a medical/surgical nurse, I had a acute pancreatitispatient with acute pancreatitis. The pain was just incredible for this individual and I hoped that I would never experience that pain. The pancreas is located in the abdomen – just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas produces chemicals called enzymes, which are needed to digest food. The main functions of this gland are to secrete chemicals that help break down food in the small intestine and to produce insulin Read more…

Mar
15

CHFMy father just got out of the hospital with pneumonia. I just hate to see him age and luckily he was running a slight fever, which made me think he might have pneumonia. His symptoms were shortness of breath (particularly with walking), swelling in the ankles, feet and legs and just plain tired. I finally insisted that he go to the hospital, as he also has congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease. All of these problems are common with aging, but Read more…

Mar
06

        I apologize for my delay in blogging for quite some time. Unfortunately, I have been doing some medical-legal work and was recently laid off due to the famous “lack of work” scenario. After a much needed vacation in Florida for the past ten days, I decided that there is not a lack of work right here at home sweet home, and I am going to commit Read more…

Mar
13

Years ago I was a dialysis nurse and I could not believe what I learned about these little organs in your body and how they actually work.  First let’s note that these are bean-shaped and about the size of a fist.  The kidneys are located near the middle of the back, on each side of the spine.  Kidneys, if healthy, are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they are like a built-in water treatment plant!  Their main job is to filter the blood – to maintain a balance of water and chemicals.  Every day Read more…

Jan
14

GOOD EVENING READERS – GETTING BACK INTO THINGS AND HAVE A NEW PROJECT ONGOING….. THE TITLE IS REMOTE CODING, RN VS CCS – IF YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO TAKE A FEW TESTS, NO MORE THAN AN HOUR OR TWO OF YOUR TIME, PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE A CCS, RHIA OR RHIT WITH YOUR CREDENTIALS AND RECEIVE A $100 PRE-PAID VISA CARD IMMEDIATELY AFTER SUBMISSION OF THE MATERIALS FOR YOUR TIME.  WLL POST MORE LATER ON THIS PROJECT AND THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION. STEPHANIE

Jan
02

**** This is a guest post by Kathryn Norcutt.  She has been an active member of the health care community for over 20 years.  During her time as a nurse, she has helped people from all walks of life and ages.  Now, Kathryn leads a much less hectic life and devotes most of her free time to writing for RN Network, a site specializing in travel nurse jobs.

It’s no secret that nurses of all types are worked to the bone. With the combination of long hours and a shortage of medical practitioners as well as a seemingly endless supply of patients, nurses have their work cut out for them. For anyone on the outside of the industry, it may seem that nursing is more about giving shots and administering medication than it is about (literally) backbreaking work. The reality is that nurses have a lot of duties that involve repetitive motions, long hours on their feet, and all types of heavy lifting. 

The nursing injury cheat sheet. (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent reports on workplace injuries in the US)

  •      Nurses are 48% more likely to have wrist, back, and/or ankle sprains or strains on the job, compared to ALL other occupations
  •      60% more likely to report chronic soreness Read more…

Jun
22

Good morning all!  By way of introduction, my name is Stephanie Shore Jewett, a proud nursing graduate of Mercy Medical Center (class of 1977), a registered nurse with Mercy for over 20 years, a mother of two great sons, ages 17 and 25 AND a new grandmother to Anson Jewett, age 5 months. Further, I am the great grand-daughter of F.E.V. Shore, the 4th Chief of Staff of Mercy, who was also instrumental in bringing Mercy to Des Moines, Iowa.  Both my grandfather, Gerald A. Jewett, Sr. and my father, Gerald A. Jewett, Jr. have been very active in serving on several of the Read more…

Mar
12

        Diplopia is a very strange sensation! Commonly referred to as double vision, diplopia can actually have many causes.  It can be due to a diverse range of infectious, neurological, autoimmune, ophthalmologic and neoplastic causes.  Most of these include damage to the third, fourth or sixth cranial nerves (those which control eye movements), cancer, trauma, MS, botulism, Guillain-Barre syndrome, drunkenness, sinusitis, brain tumor abscess, orbital myositis, Read more…

Feb
04

       There are numerous cardiac arrhythmias, but the most common is called atrial fibrillation, A-fib for short.  Any arrhythmia simply means you have an abnormal heart rate.  Approximately 0.4% of the population, increasing with age, will develop this cardiac problem.  It appears that A-fib involves an interplay between electrical triggering events and the myocardial substrate that permits propagation and maintenance of the aberrant electrical circuit.  The most popular focal trigger of A-fib is located between the cardiac muscle that extends into the pulmonary veins.

       Today atrial fibrillation accounts for 1/3 of the hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbances.  The most common symptoms include Read more…

Oct
31

I’m just checking in, as I have now been at my new job for a full 6 weeks and I’m loving it!  If you are a registered nurse and you are tired of the politics, etc. wherever you are working, I’ve got a wonderful company for you to check out.  Please BE CERTAIN to use Stephanie Jewett as the person that referred you.  Health Data Insights out of Las Vegas, Nv. is the company and you need to look at their website to get a clear understanding of exactly what they do.  Next, go to the career section and apply right online.  They are still hiring at least another 50-100 nurses within the next year. Normally the utilization review nurse salary Read more…