• Changing focus from withdrawal of care to comfort care

    With so much death and debility caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 over the past 9-12 months the terms “withdrawing care” or “withdrawal of care” have become notorious in health care. They’re such harsh terms for such a sacred path. The end of life should be calm and comfortable and peaceful and not feel like a dark and suddenly hopeless change of focus. Death is not an uncommon factor with COVID-19. Over 356,000 deaths have occurred in the US alone, and the staggering rate of new cases has reached over 200,000 every day in the last weeks of December and continues to rise in 2021.  Nurse burnout is skyrocketing with escalating…

  • Product Review:New Butter Face Mask Friction and Lip Balm

    I was recently provided the opportunity to test and review a product for mask friction and lip balm from Butter Face USA. I was reluctant at first because my skin is hyper sensitive and although I do wear a mask at work and whenever I’m out running errands, I don’t wear one as much as hospital nurses do. But with the Santa Ana winds in So. CA, and the associated lack of humidity, my skin has been super dry despite applying moisturizers. I began to notice some friction and irritation and decided to give these products a good try. The balm quickly healed my irritation and softened my skin within…

  • How Can Nurses Protect Their Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of nurses in every country of the world. Indeed, due to the very nature of their work, nurses are usually among the first to witness the tragedies caused by this disease. Moreover, they also risk being exposed to infection whenever they treat a patient with the coronavirus. In many cases, nurses lack the appropriate protective equipment, such as PPE equipment . No wonder many of them are experiencing anxiety and emotional distress. Although these feelings are completely natural, nurses need to find ways to keep their spirits up despite the dire situation. Keeping in touch The COVID-19 crisis, particularly in its initial stages,…

  • How to Navigate COVID-19 as a Travel Nurse

    Guest post from Debbie Swanson Travel nursing was already complicated to begin with, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has only made it even more complex. Some nurses were swamped with assignments while others’ work dried up. Moving became vastly more difficult, and hospital best practices change seemingly every day. In the midst of this, travel nurses are more important than ever, and they’re helping to fill in the gaps at overwhelmed facilities in COVID-19 hot spots. Learning how to navigate COVID-19 as a travel nurse is essential. Before you pack up your cotton scrubs and comfortable nursing shoes, here are seven things you need to know about navigating COVID-19 as…

  • Tips for Photographing Wounds

    Photographing wounds is an essential part of documenting quality care, complications and healing progress. A picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to accurately depict the status and progress. Hopefully, you will never regret not having that level of documentation to support your care. A photograph can serve to visually describe a wound. It can be annotated to point out any areas of concern such as infection or hyper granulation. Pictures can also show greater progress towards healing in one area and not others. As you can see in the pictures below, consistent photos taken over a period of time can help document the healing process. Considerations for…