Nominate Now: Social Media Nurse of the Year.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Social Media Nurse of the Year. Last year there were a total of 16 finalists who received a total of 2,577 votes. This year we have seen a huge increase in nurses leading the way in developing their online work. Work that has inspired, informed, influenced, entertained and educated. This is an opportunity for us to acknowledge those contributions from around the world who have helped in building an interconnected supportive, professional online nursing community. It also gives pause to encourage and inspire others to become active and find their own social media [continue reading this...]

emergency nursing #101.

Received the following question today from Sophie: Love your blog, been a follower for a long time! Just writing for some advice.. So I’m an EEN, studying B. Nursing (graduating next year) I’ve been hiding in Theatres for the last 5yrs doing Anaesthetics, I have just accepted a job at a major Sydney ED as I needed a little change.. Anyways, do you have any advice on textbooks, literature or anything that I can use to make me a half decent ED Nurse? As in ED Nursing 101.. I have played in ED previously, but that was a while ago.. [continue reading this...]

the Book of NURSES 2013.

Last year I ran a little project called “The Book of Nurses” in which I encouraged readers to answer a few questions about their experiences as nurses and showcased each nurse as an individual post. You can browse through them here. The response was fantastic. There were a total of 40 nurses (and 1 dog) that made a contribution. From Texas to Tasmania, from undergrad to way-way-overgrad. We were given surprisingly deep glimpse at the lives of some remarkable people. Book of Nurses 2013. This year I would love to repeat the project. Only this year I am asking you [continue reading this...]

Wear your nurse from the inside out.

Nurse. “What do you want to walk around wearing a T shirt that says nurse for?” “People will just start telling you their medical problems!” “Don’t you think that’s just a little unprofessional?” “But what if there is an emergency? You will just have to get involved” When we are not at work we sorta think we should hide it away. We sorta think Nurse peels off with our scrubs and sits in the laundry basket, to be cleaned and pressed before we nurse up for the next shift. But we all know that is not the way it is. [continue reading this...]

the ThunderBox Papers: Glasgow Coma Scale.

  The ThunderBox Papers are a set of short pithy one page information sheets. The idea is that you stick one on your toilet door for one week and commit to learning the information during each visit. A Thunderbox refers to an old Australian ‘out-house’ or outside toilet. These toilets were often nothing more than a small drafty wooden shed containing a seat over a deep hole in the ground. Toilet paper consisted of old pages from newspapers or magazines threaded together with string and hung on a hook. I will post a Thunderbox Paper here every week or so. [continue reading this...]

Sure we document...but do we communicate?

Nursing documentation is seldom read, until the the shit hits the fan…..and then it is read through with a fine tooth comb. At least this is my experience. Doctors seldom read our progress notes1, and even us nurses tend to read the doctors notes far more than we read our own colleagues documentations. But when something goes wrong it is inevitably the nursing notes that come under scrutiny. It is our documentation that is expected to provide the most meaningful measure of the standards of care delivery for the patient. So as nurses, we tend to try to reflect both [continue reading this...]

The ThunderBox Papers: Normal Values INR.

  The ThunderBox Papers are a set of short pithy one page information sheets. The idea is that you stick one on your toilet door for one week and commit to learning the information during each visit. A Thunderbox refers to an old Australian ‘out-house’ or outside toilet. These toilets were often nothing more than a small drafty wooden shed containing a seat over a deep hole in the ground. Toilet paper consisted of old pages from newspapers or magazines threaded together with string and hung on a hook. I will post a Thunderbox Paper here every week or so. [continue reading this...]

the ThunderBox papers: paediatric weight estimation formulas.

  The ThunderBox Papers are a set of short pithy one page information sheets. The idea is that you stick one on your toilet door for one week and commit to learning the information during each visit. A Thunderbox refers to an old Australian ‘out-house’ or outside toilet. These toilets were often nothing more than a small drafty wooden shed containing a seat over a deep hole in the ground. Toilet paper consisted of old pages from newspapers or magazines threaded together with string and hung on a hook. I will post a Thunderbox Paper here every week or so. [continue reading this...]

from silence to voice. read it. STAT.

  From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public. This is a book that EVERY nurse should read. It is that important to us. It is a clarion call for us to examine our profession and to find our own voices…. to break down stereotypical perceptions or misconceptions of our work, show what exactly it is we do, and define our absolute importance within the health system. This we need to do in the public arena, the media and with each other. Just do yourself a big favour and get your hands on it as [continue reading this...]

the Thunderbox Papers: Parkinson's Disease.

Our first guest presenter for the Thunderbox Papers! Many thanks to a nurse consultant colleague (Twitter: @Jin-shei) of mine for submitting this paper (and anyone else who would like to make a thunderbox would be most welcomed!). The Thunderbox Papers are a set of short pithy one page information sheets. The idea is that you stick one on your toilet door for one week and commit to learning the information during each visit. A Thunderbox refers to an old Australian ‘out-house’ or outside toilet. These toilets were often nothing more than a small drafty wooden shed containing a seat over [continue reading this...]

  • impactednurse.com will soon be gone. (3)
    • Zeke said: Are you keeping an archive of this site on the nurse path site?

    • jelly said: Just work a few more hundred Sundays!

    • matgrad said: Bye Ian will miss the site but as you say everything has its day. Good luck for the future.

  • Nurses are F*cking C*nts. Verbal abuse in our workplace. (32)
    • Rose said: I have read this article and found it very relevant to me and my own experience.Unfortunately a lot of people think that it is quite OK and acceptable to take out their anger and frustration against a sometimes inadequate health system on nursing staff. I also think that gender is an issue as I often feel that female nurses are...

  • Nominate Now: Social Media Nurse of the Year. (21)
    • Belynda Abbott said: I would like to nominate 3 amazing nurses that contribute to nursing and social media in many different ways: 1. The amazing Philip Darbyshire @PDarbyshire and http://www.philipdarbyshire.co m.au/index.php?option=com_easy blog&view=entry&id=44& amp;Itemid=13&utm_source=b uffer&utm_campaign=Buff...

  • When a patient leaves with cannula in-situ. (17)
    • Andy said: Good thinking! At my hospital the Oncology staff are trained/instructed to bleed CVADs before every use regardless, to remove potential clots, discard, flush, then use. Another excuse if you need it ;)

  • bully nurse. (40)
    • G Boucle said: This is not surprising at all to me! Nurses can and do bully patients, I was on the brunt of this after a surgery with spinal fusion on 5 segments! The pain was blinding, they bickered in front of me over who would change the cath bag on the floor already filled and looking about to burst, I found this extremely upsetting....

  • The art of bleeding. Art, insult…or just plain WTF? (6)
    • Contrarian said: I have seen at least one, maybe two live performances of the Art of Bleeding (they were performing at the periphery of other attention-immersive events). Of course the nurse-slut costume is a standard image, but they turn it on its head and dissect it. So, yes, as they say, while the nurse slut draws in the viewer, the viewer is...