I am a proud, critical care nurse, and I have been in that specialty for the majority of my nursing career. Over the years I tried different areas to give them the benefit of the doubt, and I've worked anywhere from a rehabilitation center to hospice. But I've always gravitated back towards intensive care. I suppose it just suits me.
Some people are lucky enough to feel that they have a real calling toward one particular job or career field. Nurses tend to be these kinds of people. If you know someone with a profound desire to help others and a fierce work ethic and intellect to match, they just might work in nursing. But, while the job can be quite fulfilling, it's far from an easy career path.
Nursing school is difficult, no doubt, but it pales in comparison to the first year working as a nurse. New nurses face many obstacles they may not have even fathomed while in school. Whether you landed a position in your dream unit or had difficulty securing the first job, the first year out for any nurse is challenging.
Today, the nation's highest court will hear Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that will determine whether the state of Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state, placing countless women at risk of serious harm and forcing health professionals to provide substandard care.
It's labor, so everyone knows it's going to hurt, right?!? Wrong. Whatever our patients think it's going to be like, it's different. And every time they think it can't get worse than this, they're surprised, because it does get worse than this.
Celebrities dole out advice on a variety of topics, but when it comes to health and medicine, you may want to steer clear of some of their recommendations.
The Department of Health and Human Services also found that some urban ambulance services were billing Medicare for trips of more than 100 miles. The national average for an urban ambulance ride is 10 miles.
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Liz Di Bernardo