Category: Notes from the Bedside

The Newbie.

Unless you’re in healthcare, I don’t think a lot of people understand what it’s like for the first time to come across reading a patient’s chart. I’ve never related to something so much, it’s crazy how far i’ve come along though in being able to decipher much of the medical lingo that is used by […]

The Small Things.

I can’t believe how quickly the term is wrapping up. I’ve almost completed my 13 week stint in general medicine and I can definitely say there’s a drastic difference from that first week student nurse. I am not only more confident in my skills and assessments, but more aware of what is actually going on […]

7 Things Nurses Deal with that Make Others Freak Out.

By: Lee Nelson Being a nurse involves seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and dealing with some of life’s not-so-pleasant things. Nurses face it all from the grossest to the most stunning situations that would make the normal person squirm or run. They build up an immunity to it, but it’s still something that can make them very […]

A New Shift.

It’s been an incredibly busy term, so I haven’t had much time to keep up with my blog or really not think about anything outside of school. Since i’ve come back from my trip in the UK i’ve felt like I had to hit the ground running trying to keep up with all my work. […]

Cultural Competence in Promoting End-of-Life Care for Muslim Patients.

Just a little infographic I put together last term as part of my learning plan. Cultural competence is essential in providing patient centred care. As healthcare providers we need to be aware of our patient’s backgrounds as it often has a direct influence on promoting well-being in our patients. It can relate to why our […]

Delirium, Dementia, and Depression in Older Adults: Assessment and Care

One of the things I am most proud of in being a McMaster student is being taught in an evidence based manner. All the course work we are given, lectures, and clinical case studies are all based off of current evidence. Therefore, one of the new goals I have in advocating for mental health issues […]