After prostate cancer, bladder cancer is the second most common cancer of the genitourinary system. It accounts for 2% of cancer deaths in the United States and 4% of approximately all cancers. The Am . . .
Psychiatric NPs, or psychiatric nurse practitioners, are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who have advanced training and a master's (MSN) or a doctoral degree program (DNP) with a specializ . . .
Nurses from the Philippines have a long history of playing a crucial role in addressing nursing shortages overseas, particularly in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and va . . .
Bile acid sequestrants, also referred to as bile acid resins or BARs, are medications classified under antihyperlipidemic agents. They are primarily utilized to decrease lipid levels in the bloodstrea . . .
Welcome back to our ongoing exploration of skin lesions. If you found our previous discussion on primary lesions enlightening, you're in for another informative treat. Our skin, our body's protective . . .
The practice of injecting solutions into the veins has occurred since the 1600s, but the ideal practice of injecting intravenous (IV) solutions is not even a century old. Lack of modern science and av . . .
In recent years, the healthcare community has witnessed a concerning uptick in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) incidences. This condition, characterized by withdrawal symptoms in newborns exposed t . . .
Let's continue exploring the skin – the body's largest and most sensitive organ. With its remarkable complexity, the skin is a frontline defense against external factors and a canvas for age-associate . . .
Let's dive into the fascinating world of skin. As you may know, the skin is the largest organ system in the body – making up approximately 20% of our body weight. Beyond its protective role, the integ . . .
As nurses, we do what we can to help others heal. When we have family who are sick or injured, we have our heart that is affected as part of that injury – something like a second victim. This feeling . . .
With a historical background shrouded in myth, stigma, and dread, leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is a bacterial illness that has recently made headlines in the news. Though mostly eradicated . . .
Pursuing a career in nursing is an enriching and demanding path that calls for unwavering commitment, empathy, and ongoing education. As a new nurse entering the profession, you are about to embark on . . .
As we continue our journey of reviewing fractures, this post will focus on an essential category: complete fractures. These fractures involve a break in the continuity of a bone, and by delving into s . . .
Welcome back to our continuous fracture education series. In this blog post, we shift our focus to incomplete fractures, delving into their methods of injury and common locations. To fully grasp these . . .
Today, we begin reinforcing our foundational nursing knowledge, focusing on fractures. Throughout this series, we'll delve into various essential topics, covering various aspects of nursing without ad . . .
The world of nursing is ever-changing, and recent events, such as the pandemic, have brought significant transformations within the medical field. These changes have underscored the importance of cont . . .
Our country is full of many racial and ethnic groups that make up the cultural richness of diversity in our nation's landscape. Each corner of our country is an amalgamation of traditions, values, lan . . .
Nobody asked for the pandemic to hit the healthcare field, and it took us all by surprise. What came at the front-line nursing staff couldn't have been more stressful for us. Not just the fear of the . . .
A large portion of the Sunshine State comprises natural wetland habitats that create a soggy, swampy environment – perfect for breeding pesky mosquitoes that enjoy the warm, humid weather in the summe . . .
Picture this: You were recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. You have accepted the diagnosis enough to show up for the first round of chemo. Maybe you have already had surgery and are still in pain . . .
As we live in a fast-paced, appearance-focused society, the prevalence of eating disorders has become a growing concern for many globally. At least 28.8 million Americans will have an eating disorder . . .
Giving birth to a newborn is an exciting time for expectant parents, especially when it’s the first time. As expecting mothers-to-be, you want to ensure the best possible care and environment for you . . .
As healthcare professionals, nurses play a vital role in patients' well-being, delivering quality care, and advancing the nursing profession as a whole. Setting goals is a fundamental aspect of person . . .
Regardless of if you're at the end of your first pregnancy or your third, self-care is crucial to your recovery and mental and physical well-being. Most new mothers find it challenging to make time fo . . .
When a child is officially diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, there's a lot for their parents to process and accept. Every parent wants their child to be happy and well-adjusted, and for people . . .
Nursing is a career choice with a wide range of possibilities. It can give you the flexibility to work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other health-care facilities as well as in private prac . . .
A recent study published in The American Journal of Medicine looked at the amount of time nurses spend with patients versus the assigned physician. The study determined, unsurprisingly, that nurses sp . . .
Life can be overwhelming, filled with feelings of sadness, anger, and doubt. For children especially, these feelings can be so strong that suicide may seem like the only way to make them stop. No matt . . .
Any nurse that regularly interacts with student-athletes needs to be aware of how to identify a concussion. School nurses are especially important when it comes to evaluating and treating head injurie . . .
First aid is a fast, reactive medical response to accident or injury. Knowing simple first aid can prevent the loss of lives, especially when waiting for medical professionals to arrive. Having a basi . . .
Proper food handling safety means knowing how to purchase, store, and prepare food so that the chance of catching or spreading bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.
Nurses are an integral part of patient care, especially for pregnant patients. Many nurses have the opportunity to form strong bonds with patients during the many monthly checkups, labor and delivery, . . .
Depression and anxiety are two conditions that affect a large part of the population. One survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that 8.4 percent of ad . . .
Have you ever had this weird and unusual pain going through your hand and/or fingers when you are picking something up or opening a box? Well that tingling, numbness, or burning sensation that you mig . . .
At first glance, camping probably sounds like a relatively safe activity. However, being out in the wilderness has its shares of risks, and it's best to be prepared for accidents and mishaps. Bring al . . .
If you work in the emergency room, there probably isn’t much that you haven’t seen before. Although it’s an emergency room where each case is different and you have to be ready for whatever comes thro . . .
You may have known someone who experienced a complication during their pregnancy and delivery called Preeclampsia. And hopefully, whoever that person was, received the proper medical care they needed . . .
Occupations make up our daily lives. As children, these occupations include playing, learning, and socializing. However, sometimes, children struggle with those skills for one reason or another and ne . . .
During the COVID-19 crisis, nurses are heroes. It is crucial that these healthcare workers, who are vital to society, carve some time out for self-care. After all, you cannot pour from an empty cup. H . . .
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Anxiety and depression disorders affect 40 million adults in the country. While these disorders are treatable, they can sign . . .
ADHD, short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a mental health condition that may be diagnosed in children or adults, so it's important that it be included in education for nurses who wo . . .
There has never been a more important time where critical thinking skills are needed in the medical and nursing profession than today. Now more than ever, it’s important for nurse professionals to dev . . .
We often get so consumed with the excitement and joy that a newly born baby brings us that we forget that there’s an entire recovery process women must go through after giving birth. It’s common to he . . .
While the nature of Lyme disease symptoms makes it difficult to know exactly how many people get Lyme disease each year, the CDC reported that there were 23,453 cases in 2019. Lyme disease frequency m . . .
It’s never too late to start healthier life habits, especially when we live in such a fast-paced world where life comes at you fast and it’s difficult to slow down and take time to put your health as . . .
Although it sounds like it should be the name of the next hero or villain that enters the Hollywood scene, Omicron has become the next coronavirus variant to make its way around the world. It’s still . . .
Sometimes, horrible and terrifying injuries happen from accidents that leave us a stone’s throw away from death, and a trip to the emergency room is the best bet to staying alive. When you work in the . . .
Maintaining a good balance of work and everyday life can sometimes be a difficult task, especially in today’s world where the Internet has made it easy to keep a steady stream of emails popping into o . . .
Although RSV has been around for quite some time and might seem like just another cold, it’s been recently making national headlines due to climbing rates of cases around the United States. RSV, or re . . .
One of the fastest growing job opportunities seen in the nursing industry lately has been centered on working at nursing homes and long-term care facilities. As the elderly population continues to gro . . .
As if one strain of the coronavirus wasn’t enough, recent headlines have swept the nation about a “Delta variant” and possible other variants of the Coronavirus going around. This highly contagious st . . .
When we live in a society that works to make a living, it’s difficult to take a day off – let alone taking it off to focus on yourself. Working a job can be consuming, especially when you work long sh . . .
As we age through life, one of the most common medical problems we may experience is having some type of back pain. Whether it’s acute pain that suddenly happens and only lasts a few days or it’s chro . . .
With the summer season inching closer, you’ll probably find yourself spending more time outside under the heat of the sun. While school is out, swimming, boating, camping, hiking or just enjoying the . . .
About a year ago, millions flocked to their closest grocery or convenience store in a hurry to buy up bottles of disinfectant, cleaning wipes and supplies, and – oddly enough – toilet paper. As news b . . .
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on millions of people, businesses and societies around the world for over a year now, causing global implications and a never-ending feeling of getting back . . .
Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States? Sadly, it’s true. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to protect and prevent yourself from becoming pa . . .
As society continues to evolve, so does our understanding of how certain disorders impact the way we function in life. We have come a long way in recognizing disorders such as autism and are better ab . . .
Having your blood pressure checked and monitored by a medical professional is an essential part of your general health. When you go for a check-up or appointment, getting your blood pressure checked i . . .
Have you ever been prescribed a medication that brought on unpleasant side effects? We’ve all been there, right? We’ve all experienced an upset stomach, diarrhea, dry mouth, excessive sleepiness, etc. . . .
Recently, a mental health condition known as bipolar disorder made front headlines when an “A-list” celebrity came forward and made his diagnosis known to the world. And although it’s been around for . . .
Although breastfeeding is said to be one of the best ways to give your precious little one the right nutrients he or she needs, it can sometimes be the most difficult. For many different reasons, moth . . .
In recent days, social media and the 24-hour news cycle has paid more attention to a horrendous act sweeping our country that’s impacting children around the world. Although human trafficking has been . . .
Have you ever known someone with two left feet? They can’t seem to walk through the bedroom without tripping on the rug, stepping on the dog’s tail and then bumping into the dresser and knocking every . . .
REM cycles are fundamental to achieving healthy and refreshing sleep. REM stands for rapid eye movement, which is apparent by the eyes tendency to rapidly move in multiple directions during this impor . . .
Up until now, the majority of Neisseria meningitidis cases in the United States have been successfully treated with antibiotics. It has now been discovered that meningococcal cases that contain a blaR . . .
Have you ever heard the phrase – “you are what you eat?” Well, there’s a solid reasoning behind that saying that helps people make better decisions when it comes to food and eating healthier. In today . . .
We just finished with the month of April, which might have felt like one of the longest months of the year. Many nurses and healthcare professionals were placed on the front lines, battling something . . .
If you are a healthcare professional, or work in an industry affected by the global pandemic, you may be feeling the effects from a long month of social distancing, stressful work environments and jus . . .
While many Americans, and people around the world, have been asked to stay home in self-isolation to combat the ever-spreading coronavirus or COVID-19, healthcare workers have been placed on the front . . .
As adults are living longer, we are beginning to see a shift in how long life expectancy has an affect on a person’s health, and how it affects those around us such as people caring for the elderly. L . . .
It is fairly common for women to become pregnant and remain working at their full-time jobs. However, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do, especially when you have a job that requires large amoun . . .
If you’ve been paying attention to the national news lately, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard someone talking about the Chinese Coronavirus. It’s a potentially deadly virus that has sickened mo . . .
Although it’s part of the cannabis (cannabaceae) family, the ingredient cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is becoming increasingly popular among new health trends and healthy living topics around the gl . . .
The HIV/AIDS epidemic, 30 years ago, was an interesting time filled with much uncertainty for people working in the healthcare industry. At the time, there was little known about what exactly caused t . . .
Getting diagnosed with leukemia can be a scary time in anyone’s life, especially when hearing the startling fact that over 60,000 Americans are estimated to get the cancer-related disease by the end o . . .
With all the sweet treats, scrumptious meals and holiday traditions that center around this precious time of the year, it’s tough to be conscious about maintaining an adequate weight and healthy lifes . . .
If you’re like the average “vaper” or e-cigarette user, it’s most likely that you picked up the habit after hearing it was a potentially better alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, recent news . . .
There’s no secret when they say, “dogs are man’s best friend”. Whether it’s providing some type of therapy, becoming a traveling companion, or even sniffing out cancer-related illnesses, our canine fr . . .
As more and more women are affected every day by this extremely common hormonal imbalance and metabolism disorder, it’s good to know that you’re not alone in your fight against Polycystic Ovary Syndro . . .
You’re only as old as you feel. And as time progresses, that old, feel-good saying might become more of a reality as new technology and research emerges to help people in old age live healthier lives. . . .
By now, you’ve probably encountered a friend or family member who’s tried the famous “keto” diet, right? Or maybe you’ve tried the diet yourself? Either way, it’s a popular, trending diet that has mad . . .
For nurses, especially working in the critical care unit, experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event during a shift can be fairly common. In fact, a recent study showed that as many as 48 percent of . . .
Near the end of a long, demanding shift, do you ever contemplate why you got into the nursing profession in the first place? Sometimes, it’s good to reflect on your life and make sure that you’re taki . . .
Over the last few decades, the disappearance of long-term care facilities and psychiatric beds has escalated. This trend toward the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients began in the early 20 . . .
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that primarily affects the part of your brain that’s responsible for movement, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. People living with this disea . . .
Adolescents pose a challenge to health care professionals. Whether it be stubbornness or unwillingness to accept that their actions have consequences, or difficulty to communicate clear and factual in . . .
Essential oils have been all the rage, especially within the last several years. So, what exactly are they and what makes them so great? Don’t worry, we will delve into their history, how they are bei . . .
A nurses, is in a key position to help reduce America’s opioid epidemic. From education related to drug abuse to being an encouraging factor for patients to properly dispose of unused medication, the . . .
It’s a nurse’s duty to care for patients and improve the overall health of others, but how often do you stop to think about your own health? If you’re in the majority of nurses, you don’t focus on you . . .
More than 30 million people are living with diabetes, a chronic disease where there is a high level of sugar in the blood. Of those millions, nearly 28 percent do not know they even have this disease . . .
Im just trying to do what Im supposed to do. That’s all. Spoken by Utah nurse Alex Wubbels moments before she was arrested, these words echo a fundamental truth about nurses. Nurses are supposed to pr . . .
Within a month of landing on the beach in Korea in 1950, nurse Margaret (Zane) Fleming and her fellow nurses with the 1st Mobile Army Surgical Hospital were attacked. The group of 13 Army nurses was t . . .
At the very least, postpartum disorders interfere with a mother's ability to care for herself and her child. At the most severe, they're life-threatening. With one in nine women experiencing postpartu . . .
According to the CDC, 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one healthcare - associated infection on any given day.
A rising mice population results in a surge in the number of Lyme disease cases diagnosed.
In 1956, Majors Francis Smith, Helen Smith, and Jane Baker arrived in Saigon to serve with the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group’s Medical Training Team. Their assignment was to train t . . .
Polypharmacy, or taking multiple prescription medications to manage just one health issue, is becoming an epidemic in elderly patients.
Although gluten free may be a household term, most aren’t aware why such a need for wheat-free products exists and why it’s important for those living with celiac disease to manage its effects.
Whether you are a male nurse or work by their side, here are a couple helpful reminders that break the all-too-common stereotypes about men in nursing.
Abuse affects all of us in some way, so we must be more alert. CEUFast offers multiple courses on how to recognize and treat abuse in children, adults, and the elderly, but here are a few introductory . . .
Working with pint-sized patients is rewarding, but it does require a few tricks to get the job done. Here are four strategies that are sure to bring big results when treating your smallest patients
Treating patients facing the twilight moments of their lives shares a valuable perspective with those who care for them. If you desire to learn how to live life more fully, take some lessons from peop . . .
Difficult patients are nothing nice to deal with as a nurse, but it isn’t easy for patients to deal with cold, indifferent health professionals either.
A new day, a new patient; no two patients are ever the same. In fact, one patient might not seem like the same person from one moment to the next. While it can be something as simple as a temporary re . . .
Getting your license is one of the most exciting moments of a new nurse’s life, but that’s obviously just the beginning of your career. There are many ups and downs you will face, and mistakes you wil . . .
Do you know many nurses making over $100 an hour? It’s not something all that common, but if you’re a nurse who happens to love babies, you may want to consider jumping on the “baby nurse” career path . . .
September is breast cancer awareness month, a condition that many nurses have treated. But did you know that working the night for an extended period of time increases your chances of developing bre . . .
A lot has changed since the HIV epidemic hit the United States in the 1980s, but nurses have always been at the helm of treating these patients since the beginning. Nurses have worked all over the U . . .
Being a nurse is challenging enough, but if you’re a nurse with ADHD, it’s a real bear. With ADHD, you have a list of tasks to knock out when your mind has a hard time staying focused on one thing.
Maybe a car crashed, or perhaps someone was walking when they got hit by a bus. He might have accidentally swallowed a bone, or she may have come down with a mysterious illness. Either way, the pe . . .
Nurses who specialize in wound care are dedicated to treating the most difficult, non-healing wounds. About half of patients who develop a diabetic foot ulcer will die within five years, according to . . .
When you look at your face in the mirror, you recognize your skin, your eyes, your imperfections, and your smile, because it’s you. But could you imagine looking at your reflection one day and having . . .
A patient walks in and tells you she is struggling to breathe. Her chest is tight, she may have a dry cough and her skin is losing color. She’s starting to wheeze, there might be mucous secretions and . . .
In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a global health emergency. As of May, 49 countries reported new infections and the number of Zika cases are continuously rising, particul . . .
The Center For Disease Control says about 2 million people get sick from a superbug each year and 23,000 die from super bugs. So imagine how frightening it is to learn that 1 in 4 senior citizen pat . . .
Being a nurse is satisfying work, but it can also be hard. Thankfully, nurses are resilient, resourceful and creative when it comes to creating solutions that can make life easier. Here are a eight g . . .
As health professionals, many have heard a lot of buzz about the Zika Virus. It’s a disease that’s not exactly new, but the details as to “where” the virus is showing up and “how” it’s transmitted tr . . .
We all know the holidays are generally a happy-go-lucky, celebratory time of the year where family and friends get together to celebrate, but for many people, it can be a dark and painful time. Depre . . .
Nurses work hard to take care of their patients every day. Unfortunately, many of them pay for it with back pain. Nursing is a physically demanding career, and with the lifting, transferring and repo . . .
Exercise is widely accepted as a healthy, necessary activity that keeps weight under control and prevents a myriad of diseases, but when it comes to pregnant women working out, it makes a lot of peop . . .
Hospitals across the nation are filled with some of the most educated, brightest minds in medicine. So sometimes, it’s a bit baffling that something as simple as washing hands is a huge problem for ma . . .
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 t . . .
From debilitating injuries to crippling cancers, millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain.
If there’s one thing that every nurse will come across in his or her career, it’s a difficult patient.
As nurses, you dedicate your lives to taking care of others, so you know first-hand just how easy it is to ignore your own health and make poor food choices.
You may be working in the healthcare profession, but that doesn’t mean you always take care of your health. But believe us, we aren’t judging, with long work hours and a laundry list of things to do, . . .
In a continued effort to keep nurses safe when treating patients with Ebola, the Center for Disease Control recently updated their personal protective equipment procedures.
When the 2014 outbreak of Ebola began to wreak havoc in West Africa back in February, multiple reports stated that health care givers attempting to treat patients became infected with the disease them . . .
One of the most natural things to a new mother and her infant is breastfeeding, yet many of America's mothers do not breastfeed their newborns.
Even if you are the most dutiful of patients who schedules your physical like clockwork every year, you might not be getting the most out of your annual checkup.
Night shift nurses might be the envy of some of their colleagues if they receive increased pay, but I can assure you that being a night shift nurse comes with a high cost: your health.
One of the most important things we must know when working in healthcare is how to identify child abuse and neglect. You might be thinking that child abuse is easily identifiable, but it isn't, not al . . .
There is tremendous debate surrounding the benefits of prebiotics and probiotics in a person's overall health care routine. This debate is also fueled by the media, which commercializes health benefit . . .
Children are notoriously fussy eaters, often preferring sweets to greens. I can't say that I blame them. At times, a candy bar sounds much better than a plate
I have yet to come across a patient who gets excited about a colonoscopy. In fact, most patients avoid them like the plague, even
Learn to recognize the signs of PTSD so you can get help if you need it.
No matter who does the prescribing, dosing, and administering, make sure you know all there is to know about the medicines you are taking!
For the most part, I think all of us nurses love what we do. We wouldn't have become nurses in the first place if we didn't.
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 youn . . .
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
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 . . .
All nurses face mandatory overtime. It is often a necessary part of the job, especially if there is an unanticipated emergency in your
World War I was a profound event that played an important role in the placement and future advancement of women within the military. It demonstrated not only that women were capable of duties supporti . . .
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 dis . . .
As nurses, we know that one of the most critical lifesaving tools we need at our disposal is blood. Whether the patient is in need of
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.
We all suffer from the winter blues every once in a while, but many people suffer from a more severe form of the winter depression called
As I look back on the AIDS pandemic over the last 32 years, I’m amazed at how far we have come in finding treatments for this horrible disease
Recovering from knee surgery can be a long and arduous process, but replacing the joint is far better than suffering from the debilitating
There are many concerns facing the healthcare industry today, but one of the greatest ones is whether there will be enough nurses
Alright ladies, do not make me come over there! Nothing in women’s health is more important than breast self-exams. Period. Okay, well, there
The phrase 'health care' is very important to nurses. We got into the health care industry because we 'care'; it’s definitely ...
One of the saddest things I currently see in health care is America's childhood obesity epidemic. Our children are suffering from...
Tired of working long hours at the hospital and not seeing your family? Well, I have news for you. You can have an RN career from the comfort of your own home.You may have thought work at home opportu . . .
Imagine your patient’s joy in being able to actually see his or her family! Nurses think about continuing education all the time. We just ...