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Mar
29

goutI have a friend that has gout and is in a lot of pain. He read the post from last week and told me to write about gout next time. I listen to my readers and so this week’s post is about gout. Gout is characterized by sudden and severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints, most commonly in the base of the big toe. The condition is a form of inflammatory arthritis and is most common in men. Women become more susceptible to the disease Read more…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sep
19

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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Aug
07

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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Apr
18

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