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How To Successfully Carry Code of Ethics for Nurses

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Aubrey (Flickr)

Photo by: Aubrey (Flickr)

We are bound by our nursing code to work in tandem with other medical professionals effectively and ethically.

How to Successfully Carry Code of Ethics for Nurses

We nurses are all bound by a code of ethics. This code holds us to a specific set of standards by which we should disseminate our patient care. Our patients and their families rely upon us to provide the tender loving care necessary to facilitate proper healing. It can sometimes be hard, however, to maintain a positive attitude and loving nature when you've been duty for extended hours; nurses get tired too. Here are some ways you can maintain the nursing code of ethics even when you've had a bad shift.


A History of Feminism and Midwifery

January 31, 2014
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The word midwife comes from Old English, with the prefix "mid" meaning with and "wif" or "wife" meaning woman. The word itself means "with woman" and a midwife is a woman who assists a pregnant woman throughout and during her pregnancy. 

The word also signifies bringing something forth, such as the new baby. Attempts to license or regulate midwifery in the U.S. began as early as Colonial America, though the role of the midwife dates back to antiquity. Midwifery was a common practice in ancient Greece, China, and Rome as well. Modern midwives are trained professionals who have undergone certification and licensing through an established or approved curriculum.


What Is Right and Wrong When It Comes to Posting Medical Pictures Online?

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: kcxd (flickr)

Photo by: kcxd (flickr)

It's not always appropriate to post medical imagery online.

What Is Right and Wrong When it Comes to Posting Medical Pictures Online?

As a medical professional, you deal with confidential information every day. People come in for a medical exam because they are concerned about a health-related issue. They might be concerned about something shameful or embarrassing, but they are led to believe that they can trust their medical professionals with any concern whatsoever. Imagine a patient's horror when he or she finds out their medical professional posted pictures of them online. I wish I were kidding, but I am not. This has happened, and in some cases, it shouldn't.


A Guide to Understanding Alzheimer's

January 20, 2014
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Alzheimer's disease is an incurable form of dementia that progressively becomes worse and eventually leads to death. The disease typically affects seniors over the age of 65, but may strike those younger; this is referred to as early-onset Alzheimer's. 

Approximately 35.6 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and knowing the early signs and symptoms, following the latest medical breakthroughs and advancements in medicine, including clinical trials, and understanding the role of nurses and health care practitioners are all part of understanding this disease and its implications.


What Are Normal Sexual Averages?

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo By: Richard Foster (Flickr)

Photo By: Richard Foster (Flickr)

Sexual health is an important part of a healthy adult lifestyle. Having sex is good for us; our bodies were designed for sex. People are caught up in averages, however, and fear that they are not adequately “equipped.” This causes undue stress and a subconscious reticence to engage in healthy sexual activity. This fear is completely unfounded. To prove my point, let's look at some sexual averages.


Why Your Team Losing May Be Affecting Your Health

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo By: Triple Tri (Flickr)

Photo By: Triple Tri (Flickr)

You've managed to get through the holidays without overdoing it too much, I hope, but we have yet another impending junk food trap: the Super Bowl. Ah, Super Bowl Sunday. The rivalries, the ads, the food and drink. Nothing is more exciting than a good football game to bring family and friends together in a celebratory feast; that is, until your team loses. Have you noticed that you get indigestion from more than just a bad score? You're not alone. Studies show that a losing sports team actually affects its fans' health.


A Kid's Guide to Health

January 12, 2014
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Do you know how important your health is? Many kids today aren't aware of just how important good health really is. It's easy to make bad choices, and chances are you know someone who may not make the best choices when it comes to their health. 

It's important to remember that every choice you make today can affect your life later. For instance, if you don't take care of your health, such as practice good hand washing habits, you can become sick later. If you don't eat the right foods, your body can become weak, sluggish, and you can feel tired.


Surviving Mandatory Overtime

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo By: COD Newsroom (Flickr)

Photo By: COD Newsroom (Flickr)

All nurses face mandatory overtime. It is often a necessary part of the job, especially if there is an unanticipated emergency in your hospital's jurisdiction. We have all worked shifts far longer than we should have, and perhaps some of us have made patient errors as a result. I hope you haven't, but the reality is you probably have; I know I have. This brings about a very important question that everyone in our vocation asks: How do I survive mandatory overtime?

Before I answer this question, however, let's go over some statistics I reported a few blog posts back that discuss exactly how many nurses work mandatory overtime when on duty. A shocking 43 percent of nurses, when polled, reported that the amount of overtime they work in their jobs has increased. In fact, 77 percent of nurses put in twelve-hour shifts. Because of extended shifts and heavy patient loads, nearly 100 percent of nurses complain that they are already fatigued before they begin their shift.


Evolution of the Stethoscope

January 5, 2014
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A stethoscope is a medical instrument used to listen to the sounds produced by the heart, lungs and chest. The word is derived from the French and Greek as the Greek word "stethos" means chest and the French word "scope" means to look at or watch.

A stethoscope allows physicians to watch, or listen to the sounds in the chest. The early form of listening to chest sounds was known as percussion and auscultation. In its earliest form, auscultation (the act of listening) was performed with the ear. Medical practitioners learned early on that the sounds of the body could be indicative of the conditions of the body.


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