‘Star Trek’-style badge helps keep hospital staff in touch.

By: Tamsyn Burgmann Special to the Star When patients at Toronto East General Hospital need immediate bedside care, a nurse taps the “badge” clipped to her scrubs and gets instant voice access to Dr. Carmine Simone. As in a ‘Star Trek’-style badge, she can ask for instructions or bring him running. The cutting-edge tool making all this possible is called Vocera, a multi-purpose intercom that uses mobile technology. Fastened to the shirt or a lanyard strung around the neck, Vocera breaks down communication barriers by allowing people wearing the badge to speak to each other with the press of a button. Hands-free […]

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Making a difference in a demanding Nursing Career.

BY BARRY HORECZY, POSTMEDIA NEWS Gurleen Gill, a Toronto-based community nurse, has some straightforward advice for anyone thinking of going into nursing as a career. “Go into it for the right reasons and really pace yourself and know your limits,” she says. “It’s easy to get burned out in a nursing career. Understand how you much you should do. Find out what you love about nursing, get in touch with what your skills are and what you’re strong at and see if it coincides what it takes to be a nurse.” Gill, 28, just marked her five-year anniversary as a […]

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8 Ways to Become a Better Nurse

by Phil Baumann One of the benefits of being away from bedside nursing is that I’ve had time to reflect on my own performance. How could I have been better? What simple precepts would have helped? Being out of the “fog of war” has given me a clearer view of what’s right and what’s wrong in health care. Our culture doesn’t offer much positive encouragement for the nursing profession. That’s a costly shame, as many Baby Boomers soon will discover. To help out, I’ve come up with eight ways to become a better nurse. Pay attention to how you perceive your […]

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Creative expression in abundance

originally published by Canadian Nurse Lynda McLeod encourages nurses to practice self-care through art. She doesn’t mince words about the importance of art in her life. “Without it, I couldn’t be involved in nursing,” says the 54-year-old educator and artist. “I couldn’t take the pain and the sadness and the discord you encounter as a nurse without having a place to leave it all behind at the end of the day.” McLeod points to research showing that simply being exposed to art can provide a host of benefits for patients — among them are lower levels of anxiety, a reduced need for […]

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Nurses Smartphone Use in Practice Increases

BY JAMIE DAVIS Are you using a personal smartphone like an iPhone or android phone in your practice as a nurse? Nurses smartphone use in practice has increased and many nurses are doing so and it’s raising some concerns among hospital IT professionals. According to a recent study and report called Point of Care Computing for Nursing 2012, 69 percent of nurses are using their personal devices to fill gaps in clinical communication and care. Personal Mobile Devices Fill Gaps The nurses in the report call these gaps critical to patient care and they aren’t being filled by the hospital provided […]

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