First Clinical Shift.

I’ve honestly never felt so overwhelmed in my life entering the clinical portion of my program. Friday was my first day as a level 2 clinical student! I finally reached a big milestone in working with actual patients :O It’s crazzzzzy how much nurse’s know and the things that are expected of us. I mean I always knew it wasn’t an easy jbo, but when you actually see what goes on behind the scenes, it’s eye opening. Don’t get me wrong, I was completely excited by the opportunity to finally be in hospital, but i’m also so nervous to be…

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Tragic case of Robert Chu shows plight of Canadian medical school grads.

After he was passed over twice for a medical residency program, after he quizzed university officials and career counsellors about the reasons for his rejection, after exploring his legal options and shortly before ending his life, Robert Chu wrote a letter. It was precise, but penned with passion. It showed the persistence the 25-year-old medical school graduate had demonstrated throughout his accomplished life. But he also expressed his despair at what he believed is a flawed system used to match medical school graduates to residency programs — the final, obligatory stage in a doctor’s training. Each year, a growing number…

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The Secret Work of Nurses.

Recently, I admitted a patient in early labor and the first thing she asked me was when her doctor would be there. In my head, I laughed. I had not seen her doctor all day, even though I thought her doctor would make rounds in the morning. I knew there was a laundry list of reasons why she had probably not made it in by that afternoon: she had lucked out, and not a single one of her patients had delivered that morning, which would have forced her to come in. She had been unlucky before 7 a.m., and had…

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The story of Resuscitation Bed 1.

Here are 3 remarkable true stories about the very same bed space in our emergency department. Resuscitation Bed 1. The first story I wrote after an incident with a colleague at work. The second two were written responses to that story…… ——————– I was working with Nurse K in resuscitation today. K has only been working in ‘The Sus’ for a few shifts now, and as we chatted she mentioned that Resuscitation Bed 1 had some special significance for her. “Oh?” I said, “How come?” She told me that when she was 10 years old her mother came into our…

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Ontario to authorize registered nurses to prescribe drugs.

The Ontario government will soon authorize registered nurses to prescribe certain medications independently and to communicate diagnoses, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said Tuesday. “By introducing proposed amendments to the Nursing Act this spring, we will authorize RNs to prescribe certain drugs for non-complex conditions and to communicate a diagnosis for the purpose of prescribing, making it easier and faster for Ontarians to get the high-quality health care they deserve,” Hoskins said in a statement Tuesday. Hoskins said working with nurses is the latest among “significant improvements” the Liberals have made to Ontario’s health-care system since 2003. “Increased access to health…

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Bioethics Explored Through Manga.

Not going to lie, I would be pretty down to take this course permitted I wasn’t in the middle of midterms and didn’t have 1000 things to do already. Although I’m not a huge fan of manga, sometimes it’s nice to have visual context to some of the toughest issues facing our healthcare systems and society in general (ex. euthanasia, abortion, drugs and studying). For someone who isn’t too familiar with the topic of bioethics, it’s an interdisciplinary field focusing on the social, legal, and ethical implications of life science and healthcare decisions or topics. I know I am a…

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Reflections.

A few nights ago, I had a really heartfelt chat with someone I consider pretty close to me and someone I’ve grown to become protective over in making sure they were okay. It was in this conversation that the pointed out some of the qualities I have that I never really think about and why I do or express things the way I have. I never really gave my actions a second thought, but for me it’s a natural instinct to go over and check on people. To ask questions and to follow my gut feeling if something doesn’t feel…

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The Frozen Man.

A reminder that miracles do happen as the result of a relentless healthcare team who put in everything they had to save this young man’s life. Heartwarming to see he is now on the right track to recovery both mentally, emotionally, and physically. KINGSTON, ONT.—Tayyab Jafar walks through a gruel of slush coating the wide pier behind a King St. public works building. He stops and points to the place he died. “Right about here,” says the fourth-year Queen’s University student from Oakville. The spot is at the pier’s edge. Near a warning in long faded letters stencilled across the…

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Western University researchers develop concussion blood test with 90-per-cent accuracy rate

When Mark Daley first tabulated the results, he thought he might be wrong. They seemed too obvious; “like a lab exercise that I set for students.” And yet there it was – a way to tell if someone had suffered a concussion, and all it required was a drop of their blood. After two years of blood profiling, researchers associated with Western University have been fine-tuning a test that can determine if a person has suffered a concussion. The test comes with a 90-per-cent accuracy rate, a previously unheard count in the medical community working to unlock the mysteries of…

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Why I Became a Nurse Instead of a Doctor.

Since I’ve gotten into nursing school, many people around me have questioned one of two things 1) why did I go back to school or 2) why did I choose not to apply to medical school. Since I was a young kid, I always looked at hospitals with awe and aspired to somehow work my way in. Unlike some people who knew what they wanted to do since they were young, I never really thought about what it is I exactly wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that I wanted to be in a career that…

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Gleams of Sun.

For those close to me, many know the last few weeks have been bumpy for me. I have had plenty on my mind to think about and have sought the advice of those around me on how I have felt about a particular situation that’s been going on. Sometimes it really sucks to not only be intuitive but to also be empathic. I pick up on people’s thoughts and intentions really quickly, sometime to the extent I don’t even need to be in the same vicinity as them. I know for some that’s a completely weird concept to wrap their…

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The View From Bed Number 10.

A perspective we don’t always hear about whether as healthcare professionals or lay people. I highly encourage everyone to read the article, it’s not long but I think there is something for everyone to take out of it.Basic manners can go a long way not just in a professional setting but also in our own every day lives. It’s a disheartening reality to know that this kind of behaviour is not uncommon among healthcare professionals.  I think it goes to show a little can go a long way and I highly encourage people to take some time to read it. A…

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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 is to share some of the evidence based research I have come across. Working in my Problem Based Learning class I have come across a vast amount of literature pertaining to mental illness. I have decided to share some of the resources I have accessed…

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To All My Fellow Healthcare Professionals.

Yesterday I moaned and complained about having to go to my Community Service Learning class (albeit it’s once a month) because I felt it was completely redundant and useless. No other nursing school starts placement in the community until second year, so why did we have to sit through this? Shouldn’t this just be inherent knowledge? I mean it’s pretty obvious we’re all caring, intuitive, and kind individuals going into a profession that is often taken for granted. The truth is, no one in nursing school, healthcare aide programs, or even medical school teaches you the skills of compassion or…

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Hospitals as a Safe Space for Opioid Injections?

Interesting opinion piece I came across in the NY Times regarding the promotion of safe injection for opioid users in hospitals. In all honesty, I have the agree with the rationale behind this thought. As healthcare providers we can’t tell our patients to do something and expect them to follow through, particularly when battling addiction. What we can do as professionals is build trust, the foundation of any healthcare provider-patient relationship. It’s the one aspect we can control, by telling or restricting a patient from doing something because of fear, patients will rebel. It’s similar to telling a teenager they…

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Learning to Love What You Do.

It’s only the beginning of working towards my career as a nurse. Oftentimes, I question whether i’m good enough to take on such a large responsibility. Whether I have the capacity to love and care endlessly for all the patients that will come into and out of my life. But then I think about the adrenaline rush I get from reading about treating illness, the mysteries behind disease, meeting new people with interesting stories, and the feel of wearing a uniform that’s well respected. The first term of nursing school has been hard for many reasons. Going through a break…

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Sick Not Weak.

What an inspiring and fierce campaign that was launched by the SickKids Foundation. It’s empowering in a sense, in that there’s been a shift from sickness being seen as a weakness to battling sickness being seen as fierce.  Wonderful to see both patients and the staff who provide the necessary and often life-saving care presented in such a brave manner. From the traditional heart-string provoking videos using song’s like Fix You by Coldplay to draw more sympathetic emotions from viewers, it’s a bold move in my opinion to set the background music to the rap song “Undeniable” by Donnie Daydream. It’s…

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