Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Have you heard about “Law & Order for Nurses” book giveaway?



Every year thousands of nurses are disciplined because they don’t understand the law. If you don’t want to become one of them you must learn how to protect yourself…but that’s easier said than done!

I have great news for you! Nurse-Attorney, Lorie Brown wrote a fantastic book, “Law and Order For Nurses: The Easy Way To Protect Your License & Livelihood,” with practical tips you can use every day in your career. This Thanksgiving she’s giving it away at no charge!

Here’s the link where you can order your copy:


Here’s just a few of the important things you’ll learn:

ü  How to get a second chance and why all nurses deserve representation
ü  How not to let technology put your gut instinct on autopilot
ü  How to avoid the top three reasons nurses get fired
ü  How to speak up and ask for help
ü  How to avoid nursing malpractice (and how to decide if you need insurance)
ü  And so much more!

Don’t waitthis book sells for $24.99 on Amazon but it’s yours for free from 11/25 to 11/30. Grab your copy here: http://yournurseattorney.com/freebook.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Donna


Monday, November 23, 2015

Exceptional Nurse is giving thanks with a free book offer Thanksgiving weekend!



Guess it is no secret, I LOVE nurses! 

Disability advocacy wasn't my initial goal in life. 

It all began with my daughter, Lauren, who is significantly disabled due to autism and related challenges. My advocacy for Lauren moved far beyond her life--and evolved into research, a dissertation, creation of a nonprofit organization; and writing books, and articles about nurses with disabilities.

I am thankful for so many nurses with and without disabilities who continue to work, improve the lives of patients and advocate and help other nurses and nursing students. It takes a village!

This Thanksgiving day through the weekend (November 26-29), you can get a free ebook copy of "The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities".

Please take advantage of this gift and share with others. Read it on your Kindle or other device.

With thanks for all you do!!

http://www.amazon.com/Exceptional-Nurse-trenches-resilient-disabilities-ebook/dp/B00MMG9YUC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1447945036&sr=1-1


Donna

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"Heartbuds" may replace stethoscopes: Is this good news for nurses with hearing loss?


On November 11, 2015, CBC News reported the following information about "Heartbuds".

"The traditional stethoscope, commonly seen draped around the necks of health-care providers, could someday be replaced by devices that incorporate smartphone technology.

A group of cardiologists in Florida has developed what they call HeartBuds, a device that plugs into a smartphone and operates with an app.
HeartBuds record internal sounds, like a beating heart, producing a file that can be stored and shared.
It's not the first device of its kind, but the five doctors on the team from Orlando Health have outlined why the technology makes more sense than using traditional or disposable stethoscopes.
They presented their findings at the American Hearth Association's Scientific Sessions that wrapped up in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday."


Better than disposable stethoscopes: tests

"The group compared HeartBuds' sound quality in 50 patients with the sound from a standard stethoscope, a disposable one and a digital one.
They rated their device as comparable in sound quality to the more traditional and electronic models that have the Y-shaped tube that feeds into the doctor's ears.
Results of the study showed that the HeartBuds performed just as well as the more expensive and more commonly used stethoscopes in detecting heart murmurs and carotid bruits, which are sounds in the neck that indicate moderate to severe blockage of the carotid artery.
However, the doctors found that the disposable stethoscope performed worse when it came to detecting heart murmurs and carotid bruits.
"That's very disconcerting," said study author Valerie Danesh. "Many facilities have started using disposable models after several studies, particularly overseas, showed there can be a 30 to 40 per cent potential risk for transmitting harmful bacteria through stethoscopes," she said. "These findings may cause some to reconsider that practice."
"Because the HeartBuds device doesn't have earpieces, we no longer have to worry about that," said Arnold Einhorn, a cardiologist and one of the developers. "This device is much less expensive to produce and offers a safer alternative to both traditional and disposable models without sacrificing sound quality."
The device sells for around $50 US and is being marketed primarily for use by expectant mothers and athletes."

Will this new device replace our traditional stethoscope? Will it be helpful to nurses and nursing students with hearing loss? It is used with a Smartphone. What about bacteria carried on Smartphones? 

Love to hear your thoughts!

With thanks,

Donna



http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/smartphone-heartbuds-instead-of-stethoscope-1.3313926

https://www.facebook.com/orlandohealth/videos/10153428238524737/?fref=nf

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151111092446.htm




Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Today, we celebrate Lisa Lobdell RN, a Veteran and Exceptional Nurse



"In December 1995, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from California State University Long Beach. About a year before graduation a recruiter visited our nursing program. After her visit I decided that I would join the military. I came home and called my friends and family.  What an adventure it would be!! I went to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to visit. I was taken to the Officers’ Club where I felt I was stepping into the filming of “Top Gun”. I did not need any further coaxing. I signed without reading all of the fine print."


"On April 6, 1996 off I went joyful that I would meet my own Tom Cruise. I spent three years on active duty and my rank prior to leaving the US Air Force was 1st Lieutenant, for which I feel honored, proud and grateful. The things that I loved about the military are the many close friendships, the leadership skills I developed and confidence gained in my nursing skills."


This is an excerpt from a chapter written by Lisa Lobdell in "The ExceptionalNurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities". http://tinyurl.com/qg9l49y

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

For National Epilepsy Awareness Month: Let's celebrate Erica Laney RN, a nurse with epilepsy!


For National Epilepsy Awareness month, I "chatted" with Erica Laney, a nurse/mentor with ExceptionalNurse.com. Erica was diagnosed with epilepsy at 11 years old. She has grand-mal seizures and has been practicing as a nurse for four years. Here is some of what we discussed.


DM: Did you need accommodations in nursing school? Were you met with discrimination?

EL:"I tried to be open in nursing school and yes I was met with discrimination and resistance.  Initially no accommodations were needed.  I actually had a seizure during clinicals during my second year; and after that was required to have a "shadow" during clinicals for the safety of my patients."  

DM: Did you require accommodations on NCLEX?
EL:"No accommodations were needed".

DM: While working as a nurse, do you need accommodations?
EL:"No accommodations are needed for work; if I am sick or have an "episode/aura" I call in and go home."

DM: Where do you work? Did you disclose? Accommodations? Challenges?
"I currently work as a Hospice nurse at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.  I go to people's homes/and assisted living facilities and mostly work from my car.  I didn't disclose immediately, and actually didn't do it until I had an episode at a patient's house.
The only accommodation they have made for me is to allow my husband to drive my vehicle for me. I am working on getting my driver's license back."

What has contributed to your success?
"I chose to stay positive, think outside the box and stay away from the typical "floor" nursing role. I knew I couldn't leave a hospital floor if I needed to." 

DM: Finding the right niche is so important for nurses with disabilities. 

DM: What would you say to another nurse or nursing student with epilepsy? Advice? suggestions?

EL: Stay positive!!! There is hope! Evaluate your type of epilepsy. Do you have an aura? Warning signs? Try to be as honest as possible with your co-workers if you feel comfortable. It's better to disclose and have people around you aware of your situation instead of being surprised! Epilepsy doesn't have to be a burden; I use it often to connect with patients and even co-workers. 

DM: Your positive attitude shines through!

EL: "Epilepsy may change your life--but that isn't always a bad thing!"

DM: Erica, thanks so much for sharing your story with us. We celebrate you and others with epilepsy this month. You are a role model to others and have demonstrated that nursing with epilepsy is possible!