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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Why Wear Scrubs?

Nurse Scrubs

Any medical staff member that comes into physical contact with a patient and patient’s bodily fluids is required to wear scrubs for the purpose of hygiene. Traditionally, medical scrubs comprised of a short sleeved wrap style top and loose elasticized cotton pants, pulled on by doctors as part of the ‘scrubbing in’ process for OR. These scrubs were meant to be worn only in OR so that the spread of germs and possible infections would be restricted.  Nowadays, scrubs are worn by different medical professionals during their shifts, and don’t change into their regular clothing till it’s time to go home.

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