• Head to Toe Assessment

    A head to toe assessment involves assessment of the 11 body systems including Neuro, Respiratory, Circulatory, Integumentary, GI, GU, Reproductive, Muscular, Skeletal, Endocrine, Lymphatic/Immune systems. One of my most popular articles has always been the Head to Toe Assessment.   Student nurses and nurse educators have used this page quite often, and I have posted it on [UPDATED LINK] ANewNurse.com today. I have added a few recommended books at the bottom of the page for further reading on assessment skills for nurses. Photo: Dilated pupils by Kathy Quan

  • Why Should I Become a Nurse?

    Why should you become a nurse? Nurses are in demand and will be for many years to come due to a shortage of nurses as well as an increasing demand for more nurses. As the population ages and grows, the demand for health care is growing. Health care careers will continue to top the list of fastest growing professions well into the next decade. Registered nurses will be among the top of that list. This means job security, and nurses will be able to demand higher salaries and better benefits for many years to come. Consider a career in nursing! photo: Microsoft.com

  • Some Nursing Humor

    I received this in an email today from a dear friend and fellow nurse…enjoy! (author unknown) Did you hear about the nurse who died and went straight to hell? It took her two weeks to realize she wasn’t at work! You know you’re a nurse if… You would like to meet the inventor of the call light some night in a dark alley. Your sense of humor gets more warped each year. Almost everything can seem humorous…eventually. You know the smell of different diarrhea to identify it. You wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom. You can tell the pharmacist more about the medication they are dispensing than they…