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**** 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…

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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…

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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…

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I just returned from a week of training in Las Vegas and I am happy to report all went well; I’ve found the perfect match with a GREAT company.  If you are a registered nurse with utilization review experience, I’ve got the best dream job you can imagine!  You MUST use my name (Stephanie Jewett, RN, MBA) as the person that referred you; this company Read more…

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I was getting my son’s physical for school the other day and the doctor talked to us about HPV.  What is it?  HPV, or humanpapilloma virus, is a very common sexually transmitted virus.  In fact, it is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States today.  More than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some time in their lives.  The good news is that there is now Read more…

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          When I was in nursing school, it was very hard for me to differentiate the types of lung sounds.  I guess you can’t just hear rales or rhonchi anytime you want to – you have to wait until the patient and the particular illness presents itself.  To start with the basics, breath sounds are the noises produced by the structures of the lungs during Read more…

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This is a guest post by Maria Rainier, a freelance writer and blogger.


While not heavily studied or well-known, Meniere’s disease can be a debilitating, painful, and dangerous condition of the inner ear.  Named after 19th century French physician Prosper Meniere who studied the inner ear, it is a chronic condition most often found with varying symptoms in people in their 40s and 50s but not unheard of in other age groups, even children.

Maria Rainier

While symptoms may be relieved via various treatment methods, this chronic condition can leave lasting marks on one’s life if left untreated.

Causes and Symptoms

Although physicians don’t know for sure what causes Meniere’s disease, the most obvious hint is the presence of an abnormal volume of fluid in the inner ear. 

In detail, the inner ear is made up of a cluster of cavities and passages appropriately dubbed a Read more…

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This is a guest post by Catherine Bynes. Catherine is a career/ educational blogger and she writes mostly about CNA Training and Certification over at her blog.


Choosing to become a CNA as a career option can be a good choice if you enjoy helping others and want to start an entry-level healthcare position.  If you work as a CNA, you will provide assistance with activities of daily living for patients, monitor vital signs and provide other basic care services for your patients.

A career as a CNA can be a good option if you know you want to work in the medical field, but if you do not want to spend a great deal of time in training.  Most nursing assistant Read more…

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          I remember as a child, a friend of mine had a disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.  It sounded so awful and I thought she was really sick.  However, she had the acute form that disappeared and she was fine.  The blood disorder, referred to most commonly as ITP, is characterized by an abnormal decrease in the number of platelets in the blood.  Platelets are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding.  So, an individual Read more…

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