In search of a safer ER

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After 22 years of employment with a local hospital, Barbara LaPierre’s life changed dramatically one April night in 2010. While working... Read more

Lessons learned on violence at St. Mary

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In September 2005, Charles Kunkle was paged to the St. Mary Medical Center emergency room (ER) to find that a patient had shot and killed one... Read more

Different setting, same violence against a nurse

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Two weeks ago, I posted the story of an emergency room nurse at a center city hospital, who was attacked by a patient. Today, a similar tale... Read more

Violence not part of a nurse's job description

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“I was assaulted by an intoxicated 20-year-old male as I took the patient to the phone to call his mother for a ride home. He passed... Read more

Every month should be Heart Disease Awareness Month

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The call came from a distant neighbor on a beautiful Friday night in September 2004. 7:22 p.m. I was giving a report at work after a busy... Read more

How best to tell hospital staff what's going on

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Communication breakdowns in healthcare are often the leading cause of serious mistakes reported to the Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event... Read more

Where to get money for advanced nursing degrees

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Christmas debt, endless bills, a suffering economy and paying for higher education will stress anyone. If you know where to look, there is... Read more

Tis the Season, Out with the Nursing Caps … in with the APPS !

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Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. Chances are that a nurse may be on your holiday... Read more