Category Archives: Nursing

Feeling conflicted … what would you have done?

Walking into the library today 

I found a bottle of citaprolam on the 

I handed it to the security guard,

and he just put it an the counter beside 


where anyone passing by can see or pick 

it up……

The nurse in me cringed ,as the person’s 

name and personal information is clearly 

visible for the world to see…

I tried to indicate that this was not the 

right place for him to place it but  he just 

laughed at my shocked expression… 

On the end I just walked away, as I knew 

within myself that I hahdone the right 


Short Staffing NYC

I am a Registered Nurse and I  am writing this letter, because there is indeed a crisis in New York healthcare. The staffing levels in nyc is at a critical level. patients are not receiving the care that they deserve, need, and require for survival. The fact is that when a nurses are forced to work with high nurse to patient ratios, patients are at risk to die, they get infections, they get injured. They don’t get the education and teaching that they need.  Nurse understaffing in hospitals increases the risk and rates of hospital acquired pneumonia, shock, cardiac arrest, as well as failure to rescue, which climbed due to unsafe staffing. Unsafe staffing not only leads to death but also costs the hospital a significant amount of money. Understaffing of registered nurses contributes to increased Length of stay, urinary tract infections, cases of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, all increased due to unsafe staffing ratios.

I have practiced as a registered nurse in nyc for 9 years ,8 years in the AED of a Busy level one trauma center in the Bronx, and the last year has been spent in the medical icu of the same hospital. It has been my experience that the number of patients assigned tome has a direct impact on my ability to appropriately assess, monitor, and care for my patients. Safe nurse staffing reduces turnover in hospitals compared to understaffing, increased turnover and decreased patient satisfaction.

Turnover is expensive, the average cost to replace a registered nurse ranges from 82000 to 88000. Nurses are being burnt out and leaving the profession. I am no exception to this, you see I consider myself a good nurse but, I cannot continue to work under these conditions, and this is the reason that we are seeking your is said that If nothing is done, nothing happens, this is not true, if nothing is done patients die. In my hospital even though they are aware of the appropriate and safe patient ratios, they still have unsafe staffing ratios on a daily basis. For years, my RN colleagues have expressed frustration and concern when working chronically understaffed shifts. Safe staffing levels are key to patient safety and nurse retention

There is numerous evidence research to support the benefits of safe staffing ratios. For example, the journal of American medical association stated that hospitals that staff one to eight nurse to patient ratios vs one to four patient ratios experience an additional 5 deaths per year per 1000 patients. 1 avoidable death is too much, 5 per 1000 is astronomical. Patients go to hospitals to get better, not to be placed at risk and die.
We need your help in assuring the safety of our patients. Don’t force me to choose which patient is going to die if I am not present. I am only one person and can only be in one place at a time. Don’t force me to choose between a patient that has had a massive stroke and needs critical management vs my patient who is actively seizing and needs medication now vs my patient who is having an asthma exacerbation and also needs medication now to breathe. But this is exactly the decision that I am forced to make on a daily basis. Even in my current unit there is supposed to be a nurse to patient ratio of one nurse to two patients, with the exception of those patient who needs one to one nursing care, but the ratio and safety of the patients is blatantly disregarded by the healthcare facility and the ratio on some days is as much as one nurse to four patients.

For this reason, I am asking you to support the safe staffing for quality care act (S782 and A1548/8580). This legislation will ensure the safety of our patients by setting the maximum number of patients a nurse a nurse can care for at a time. Hospitals must be required to meet the minimum nurse to patient staffing standards. Help our patients receive the care they need and deserve, pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.

Who knew sage could do this!!!!!!

Everyone knows that herbs are used in the making of medicine 
 If you didn’t,now you do

well I got news for you guys 

sage !!!! Yes sage ….that we use to cook 

Is used to make medicine to treat digestive problems.

Studies have shown that sage is possibly effective for treating heartburn, gastritis,Alzheimer’s , improving mental clarity and improving cognition 

It’s also high in antioxidants and can help protect the body’s cells from damage
It can help in lowering blood glucose, and cholesterol levels, Improving alertness and mind performance

The list of potential benefits of this herb seems to be out of this world 
Why not incorporate a little bit in your diet?

But please remember everything in moderation 

Sage is possible unsafe when taken by mouth in high doses

Ok guys, this is where it got interesting for me: Apparently there is a chemical “thujone”in sage that can bring on a woman’s period so if pregnant; don’t take it due to risk of miscarriages 
It could lower blood sugar so watch out for signs of hypoglycemia 

Spanish sage apparently will elevate your blood pressure, while common sage will lower your blood pressure 
So the message here is proceed with caution !!!!

Safe staffing in nyc

I am calling on everyone 

Every man woman and child

Every one who has ever been sick 

Every one who has ever had a family member sick

Every one who has ever needed the care of a competent nurse 

: to give you care

 Advocate for you 

Medicate you

Do your dressings

Bathe you

Clean your 

Emotionally support you

Make you feel that everything’s going to be ok

The truth is that the nurses are your last line of defense 

If they don’t catch an error you’re dead

If they don’t have enough time to calculate your dosage you’re dead

If you don’t have enough nurses on staff, someone is dead

The nurses of NYC are trying to get a safe staffing bill passed 

This bill will ensure that the hospitals of NYC  have enough nurses available to give you the care you deserve and ensure the safety of the citizens of nyc and the family they love

Think about it, when you ring that call bell; who comes to answer?

The truth is, if your nurse didn’t respond, a majority of the time, it’s because she has more patients than she’s supposed to, and can’t come to your aid.

What happens when you work short staffed 

I have the answer : Errors happen 

The only difference is that in healthcare the error translates to someone’s life being lost 

The bill to support safe staffing is being debated on the assembly floor 

They don’t want NYC to have safe staffing 

Hon. Andy Goodell said no
Help the nurses

Tell these politicians to pass the bill

Tell the state senate to pass the bill!!!!!!

It will save lives

Things you should know part 1

Very important 

1.Never leave your house in dirty underwear 

 anything can happen to you, when you walk out of the safety of your home.

Just imagine  on a day that you’re just having the worst luck ever, you get hit by a car,or you’re in car accident  ,or you pass out for any number of possible medical reason, for example: a heart attack, a stroke, or your just really drunk.

There will be strangers in the form of EMS personnel, nurses and doctors undressing you. 

Yes ! they will be taking your clothes off; either in the streets, or in an emergency room with a room full of people!!!!!

Yes…they will try to maintain your dignity, and ensure your privacy as best as possible, but these conditions are emergent and your life depends on how quickly they gain access to your body to evaluate and treat your injuries

Meaning this is usually one of those times you will get to keep your clothes on…….. Because at the end of the day if you don’t get the treatment you need and end up suffering permanent injury or worse yet loosing your life …. You / or your family will be the same ones suing 

 No they will not mention your unmentionables, but if you’re awake to witness it, your embarrassment will be out of this world.

Same goes for taking showers, and attention to body odors …. They are not good, especially for that innocent person undressing you … Who now has to keep a straight face while tolerating these odors

These are things I guess that no one thinks  about…. But definitely something everyone should know 

Vitamin c!!!!!!

That Vitamin c helps with wound healing and is needed for growth and tissue repair.

Vitamin c is prescribed by doctors pre and post surgery to aid in wound healing 

And is given to hospitalized patients with poor/ fragile skin, especially those with bed sores to help with wound healing.

You always hear of its function of boosting immunity, did you know about this function?