For the past week I have been trying to figure out how to make my website better for my readers. I give up! I’m really from the old school and have no idea what I am doing in the IT department. Finally a friend of mine said to stop trying to re-invent the wheel and get some help. For those of you who know me, it drives me bonkers when I don’t understand something. If it is related to medicine, business or law – bring it on! But this new era of search engine optimization, Meta tags, affiliate marketing, AdSense, etc. is rather overwhelming to me. So, long story short, I have hired someone to revamp my site – make it fresher, more crisp and friendly to any app you are using. The new site will be ready at the end of the month and I will start my newsletter June 1st. I also had an email from a reliable source that wanted to do a guest post on the drug Zofran and how it can harm those that are pregnant. That is something I want my readers to know about, and so I will allow some guest posts with prior approval. Continue reading


        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 Continue reading


Good afternoon all!  It has been awhile and I’m sorry for the delay – today’s post is actually a guest post by Maryanne Osberg and her contact information is included in the post.  Good to be back!  Stephanie


If you’re interested in medicine and would like to work in this field, perhaps becoming a nurse is the best way to go.  Sure it’s great to be a doctor, but you must spend at least ten years of your life in school before you get to practice medicine on a full-time basis.  If Continue reading


I’m so sorry to disappoint any of you that visit daily — I had a BAD virus that really played havoc with my computer and then when it was finally fixed I took my son to the lakes for a 5 day vacation that I had promised him.  So – with that said, I’m back and will stay on track – today’s post is actually a guest post by John Smith at Nursing Uniforms.  His site is listed at the end of this informative article.  Stephanie  

8 Tips for Finding a Travel Nursing Job

Finding a travel nursing job requires persistence. These are highly coveted positions that require skilled individuals to fill them. The hospitals and medical centers want to make certain Continue reading


     This was a guest post done by me for Sandra Stevens on 03/28/2010.  Sandra’s site addresses help and training issues for certified nursing assistants.  She posted as a guest here on 03/27/2010.  Often bloggers exchange information on one another’s  blog site.  If you would like to see the original, please visit Sandra’s site at:      

          Good morning readers.  By way of introduction, my name is Stephanie Jewett.  I have been a registered nurse for 30+ years in a host of fields and also hold a MBA from Regis University in Denver, Co.  I’m going to talk a little bit about how I got the idea to go into nursing school, some of the reasons I love nursing and other options for nurses that want to be out of the hospital setting.  In addition, I’d like to address why I think it is a good idea to obtain your CNA training and certification before you head off to nursing school.  I met Sandra via the Internet and observed her useful website – there is very good information here, so please frequent her site.  My site is somewhat different, in the fact that I share 30+ years of nursing experience and knowledge with nurses, students, caregivers, moms, patients and the general public.  Usually I address specific diseases and disorders, but often incorporate my nursing skills, administrative years and financial background in a variety of areas.  I just started blogging this year and welcome you to visit my site, Nursing Comments. 

          When I was younger, I was extremely close to my grandparents; they lived just down the hill from where I grew up (Iowa).  I believe nursing was always in my ‘blood’, as I would help my grand folks as they started to age.  I noticed little things like limping carrying in the groceries, a dirtier house than normal, older food in the refrigerator, less than perfect hearing, hair turning grey, naps during the day, a surgery for a temporary colostomy, oxygen to breathe, falling on the ice, and the list goes on and on.  After attending college at Iowa State University for two years, I came back to my home town to start a nursing program.  It was a three-year diploma program at the main hospital where I lived, and I was sure I had found my niche.  The studies were rather intense at first, but it helped that I worked part-time as a nursing student on various floors to learn more about the actual clinical duties.           

          The reasons I love nursing are many.  First of all, I can’t think of a more rewarding career than nursing.  Not only do you help the patient, but most times you help the family as well.  Your skills need to be sharp, every case is different, rotating on different floors gives you an excellent education on just about every disease process, educating family and patients about specific diseases gives you reassurance in your abilities as a nurse, working with skilled professionals always sparks your interest to learn more and the specialty areas (surgery, emergency room, intensive care, etc.) keep you on your toes and insist that perfection is a part of your job.  It never gets boring, as there is something new to learn everyday! 

          Throughout my career, I have developed several skills, in the areas of management, floor nursing and entrepreneurship.  Today you have access to so many areas and options where nurses can be consultants, entrepreneurs, writers, bloggers, etc.  A few weeks ago I did a post on many job opportunities for nurses that did not want to be in the hospital setting.  I came up with forty-two different job options.  I have done many of these, as I raised two sons alone and desperately needed flexible schedules, salary increases and extra income.  So, I have written two books that I sold on the Internet, had my own transcription business, have been a legal nurse consultant, a home-health care nurse, medical billing and coding entrepreneur, a school nurse, a medical and legal chart reviewer, a nursing recruiter and an administrator for a surgery center.  These were all in addition to the many fields of nursing that I did in the hospital setting. 

          Finally, I want to stress the importance of knowing that you really do want a career in nursing.  When I started school, there were not nearly as many courses offered for certified nursing assistants.  Nursing is not for everyone and it is a marvelous stepping stone to get your CNA training and certification before you start nursing school.  Sandra makes this a simple process, has a lot of information regarding the exam itself, how to renew or transfer a CNA license, salary and pay scale data, interviewing tips, a list of Nurse Aide registries by state and other helpful tips on obtaining this very important license before you make the choice as to whether or not you want to become a nurse.


Stephanie Jewett, RN, MBA

          As you recall from yesterday’s post, this is an interview with Jill Schaben, RN, BSN, and intensive care nurse at Nebraska Medical Center.  I’ve tried to ask her some specific questions as it relates to her job and hopefully these answers will address some of your questions Continue reading


         This year my oldest son went to the Orange Bowl in Miami.  Oddly enough, he had tickets to the game before he knew that the Iowa Hawkeyes would be playing in this bowl – we had guessed Iowa would be in the Fiesta Bowl.  Since we are from Iowa and he is a huge Hawkeye fan, it was a perfect scenario!  Anyway, while he was there, he met an intensive care nurse from Omaha, Nebraska.  This will be the first part of a two-part posting on intensive Continue reading


           Choking is a blockage of the upper airway by food or other objects.  This blockage prevents a person from breathing effectively and complete blockage of the airway can lead to death.  When the airway is completely blocked, oxygen cannot enter the lungs.  The brain is extremely sensitive to this lack of oxygen and begins to die within four to six minutes.  It is during Continue reading



            Ten years ago I practiced as a registered nurse in the field of in-patient and outpatient mental health.  The settings were both adult psychiatric units that dealt with a host of issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and phobia disorders, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, ADD, eating disorder, delirium, suicide attempts, etc.  It was truly a field of its own.  Mental health nursing can Continue reading



          I’ve often wondered what it would be like to travel as a nurse.  Many years ago, I graduated from a 3-year associate degree RN program, and it was unheard of in those days to accept anything but what was available at one of the two local hospitals, a long-term care facility or in-home nursing.  I’ve never been much of a traveler, accept to explore our beautiful 50 states.  How great it would be to pick a warm, sunny spot to mix Continue reading