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    • Nurse Shares What Delivering Babies Is REALLY Like
      by Pat Magrath on January 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Labor and Delivery Nurses will appreciate this post. My only problem with it is that she keeps saying “I’m just the Nurse…”. The word “just” is where I’m having difficulty. Perhaps she’s using the word to be self-deprecating? I’m not sure. What do you think? […]

    • Legislative Updates For Nurses in 2017
      by Pat Magrath on January 18, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      If you’re looking for an update on legislative measures for Nurses, please read this article. Some information is by state, such as legislation in CA to prevent workplace violence which is referred to as “a regulation landmark and a model for other states and the country. It requires every health care provider to develop a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan.” […]

    • Healthcare Boards Have Many Reasons To Embrace Nurse Leaders
      by Pat Magrath on January 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Nurses are smart, compassionate individuals with excellent training and creative ideas. With that said, why aren’t there more Nurse Leaders on the board of their place of employment? We know boards are always looking at the bottom line, ways to save money, and grow their business. But think about it, some Nurse Leaders have extensive business experience in addition to their healthcare background. They bring a unique perspective because of their education and experience. They know what’s important to patients and also… what isn’t. […]

    • Being A Magnet Nurse
      by Pat Magrath on January 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Magnet certification. You’ve heard the term, but do you really know what it means and how difficult it is to achieve Magnet status? Did you know that only 6% of all US hospitals are Magnet recognized? To work at a Magnet hospital brings pride to their Nurses because it’s something they’ve worked hard to achieve. […]

    • When You Have The Choice of Dying
      by Pat Magrath on January 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      The day I had to put my dog down was an incredibly difficult day. I remember telling my sister-in-law about it and her response was “too bad we can’t do it for our human loved ones”. It was such a strong statement, but I knew where she was coming from. Her mother suffered from Alzheimer’s for close to 10 years and the last few years of her life, she had no idea who any was, not even her beloved children.&nbs […]

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