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Global Celebration of The Nurse.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the year 2020 as “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”. It also coincides with the 200th birthday of our modern mother, Florence Nightingale. This global occasion is important for the nursing profession for two reasons. First, it gives us the opportunity to engage in dialogue about our diverse roles and responsibilities.…

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What does a nurse do?

According to the American Association Colleges of Nursing, there are 3.8 million nurses in the U.S., making up the largest group of healthcare professionals. Nurses play a pivotal and foundational role in healthcare, but have you ever wondered what nurses actually do?  Although it varies from facility, specialty, & department, registered nurses have so many different jobs and duties. We here…

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Why I became a nurse.

Jasmine Bhatti PhD(c), MS, RN This playful photo is one of the fondest memories I have. It sits on my fridge and reminds me of happy days on the beach, being silly and dancing under the stars, and driving with the ocean breeze blowing in my face. It reminds me of Sophie- my maternal grandmother. She is my “why”. Sophie,…

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What Are Some Medications My Nurse Might Give Me At The Hospital?

If you had surgery, or are in the hospital, your nurse might administer the following medications to help reduce discomforts associated with having surgery or with unfavorable symptoms that arise from pain-relief medication administration: Stool softeners and stimulant laxative  Acid Reducers Anti-Emetics Stool Softeners & Stimulant Laxatives Stool softeners and gentle stimulant laxatives such as Miralax are used to help…

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8 Most Common Surgery Medications

Have you ever wondered what medications are used during surgery? How do surgeons and anesthesiologists know which medications to use, and does everyone get the same medications? There are a variety of medications that may be used before, during and after surgical procedures. It can be confusing trying to remember them all, but hopefully this blog post will help you…

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What a hug can do for your care team.

I like to believe that anyone who assumes a role in healthcare has benevolent intentions. When you survey those who work in our industry, they will most often respond that they choose their profession because they “wanted to help others.” People choose to work in healthcare because they care. They care so much that they spend years developing their skills…

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Nipping the Vape in it’s Tracks.

Jasmine Bhatti, PhD Candidate, RN Vaping. This topic is now the subject of much dialogue among people around the world. The uncertainty circling it is creating a stir, and it is with good reason. We don’t know exactly what is happening and we don’t know what is to come.   For a proper full disclosure, I am guilty of having special…

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(dedicated to nurses with extraordinary visions and those who support them) Forget parties- here are the top ten reasons why a nurse should run the most powerful country in the world. 1. We are skilled communicators. Nurses are extraordinary communicators. And I am not just talking about verbal communication. We have a way of communicating with our eyes and our…

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The Superpowered Nurse.

A few years back, the American Nurses’ Association coined a well-received slogan, “I am a nurse, what is your superpower?”. In truth, there is nothing superhuman about what nurses do. We simply exist as an amalgamation of honesty, innovation, compassion, astuteness, intelligence, ethics and advocacy. However, there are a handful of nurses who have true superpowers. They experience things which…

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Everyday is your legacy.

Today, a photo memory popped up on my Facebook feed from a few years back. It pulled me to a time and place among an informal circle of influential nurses. It is a circle where titles don’t matter and where everyone is stripped to the basic element of being human. It’s a safe place. A place where we stop and…

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