Approximately 50 percent of the total American population and about 87 percent of those being covered by Medicare suffer from at least one chronic medical adversity such as cancer, osteoporosis, chronic health or lung disease or chronic neurological disorders among many others. What’s worse is that more than half of these people are suffering from at least two....more
I remember the nurse – after the surgery where we learned the cancer had already spread – who brought blankets and pillows so I could sleep in the recliner next to Hubby’s hospital bed. Because I didn’t have the courage to go home and sleep alone in our bed that night....more
Karon Gibson RN, CCM is the producer and host of the television show, Outspoken with Karon on cable and on the Internet at Usteamtv.com (Enter Outspokentvshows) or google Karon Gibson RN or Karon Gibson to find topics. Topics include: health, safety, business, beauty, travel, dining etc. Interviews with authors and books are featured as well as innovators and innovative and healthy products. Karon Gibson is the President of AmericaNurse and the co author of Nurses On Our Own, the story of two Independent Nursing Practicioners who challenged the medical system and won....more
I read the physician's order carefully, looked up the medication in the nurses’ drug book, and consulted with our pharmacist before I gave it. While signing the medication administration record (MAR), I read the order again, and I did not see the same dose I had read the first time.
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On weekends, the clinic where I work closes when all of our patients are discharged. Sometimes we work a full eight-hour shift, but today, it means that we closed shop around lunchtime. This gift of a weekend afternoon causes mild distress, however, because I have to decide whether to spend it plinking out a new post for this blog, or playing hooky. Getting home without window shopping, and staying home instead of going for a run along the river doesn't solve the problem....more
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