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Posted Tuesday September 21, 2015
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ABC’s ‘The View’ got a lot of nurses riled up last week after comedians Joy Behar and Michelle Collins made dismissive comments about Miss Colorado, a Miss America contestant who shared a monolog about the impact of her job as a nurse while dressed in her scrubs and stethoscope for the talent portion of the beauty competition.

January 31, 2014
midwifePhoto Source: Library of Congress

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.

January 20, 2014

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.

January 12, 2014

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.

January 5, 2014


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.

December 28, 2013

Many people around the world associate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with soldiers returning from war. The horrors that soldiers experience on the battleground often do cause PTSD, but the disorder is not limited to soldiers. 

Anyone who has experienced trauma in their life can suffer from PTSD. Luckily, doctors have developed a comprehensive way of diagnosing PTSD and are able to provide effective treatments. Military personnel usually develop PTSD because they witness extreme violence during battles. Violence can also cause PTSD in children and non-military adults. For instance, a physically abused child or woman could display similar symptoms as a soldier returning from war.

December 18, 2013
As communities become more diverse, nurses have to learn how to work with different groups of people. That includes children, teenagers, and adults living with autism. Autism, however, presents a complex set of symptoms that can make it difficult to choose an appropriate intervention.
Disability nurses should have the skills to meet the needs of these patients. That way, they can offer medical treatments while making the autistic patient feel as comfortable as possible.


WWII_NursePhoto by: US Navy


World War II changed the world in many different ways. One of these way involved the medical field, or specifically, nursing. Nursing is a key element of healthcare and during times of war it can be the difference between life and death for a wounded soldier. 

During World War II, this important fact became more obvious than at any other time in the history of war. Not only did the number of female nurses increase significantly during the war, but the roles that nurses played became more critical. In 1941, the Army Nursing Corps had a severe shortage of nurses with fewer than seven thousand nurses, leading to the need for nurses to volunteer to serve. In order to join the Nursing Corps, a woman had to meet certain criteria. Naturally, she had to be a citizen of the United States and she had to be a registered nurse.

December 8, 2013

Whether a person is injured, sick, bringing new life into the world or in the end stages of their life, he or she will often end up in the hospital.

While hospitals are now a mainstay in healthcare, it was only a few centuries ago that none of them existed in the western hemisphere, until the Hospital de la Purísima Concepción (Hospital of Immaculate Conception) was created under the orders of Hernan Cortes.


When becoming a nursing student, you will be faced with learning a massive amount of crucial information within a couple of years. Glancing at the course outline isn't going to give you the tools necessary to be the best nurse possible and will not be enough to help you pass your exams; however, there are some study tips that can aid you.

A fantastic start to simplifying nursing school is to make sure you absorb as much of the important material as you can while you are in class. Make sure your professor / instructor knows who you are from day one. His or her exam and teaching methods should also be paid close attention to. Sitting in the front row will help you stay awake, even through the most boring of lectures. Taking detailed notes can also help you get through your classes. When it comes time to study for exams, try using index cards with tests, treatment, signs and symptoms, along with other details. You can use highlighters when color-coding notes.

linda_richardsPhoto By: Unknown

Linda Richards pioneered the way for individuals interested in the field of nursing. Despite being christened Malinda Ann Judson Sinclair Richards after a missionary, she found her niche with taking care of others and transforming nursing into a career. 

In a time when nurses were often considered just one step above a common house maid, Richards took learning to a new level and opened up doors that still exist today for those ready, willing, and able to aid others in the medical industry. From the time she was young, she saw firsthand what different health issues could do to the body. Within less than a decade, she had lost both her parents to tuberculosis. After taking care of her mother, at the age of 13 she began to accompany Dr. Currier, a local family physician, to house calls. While this training was informal, she could easily set up a splint and clean up wounds. It was here that she began to take an interest in medicine.

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