A 62-year old male is admitted through the Emergency Department (ED) with a fifty-hour history of worsening sore throat, cough, and increased work of breathing.
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Blog Description: This site understands that learning is a lifelong process and the blog aims to provide readers with up-to-date educational information that is relevant to those in the medical profession. The blog, which is written by Dr. Rachel Silva, NP, provides information about how to move ahead in your nursing career, medical case studies, video interviews with experts, reviews of books that are of interest to nurses, and more.
About Dr. Rachel Silva, NP: Rachel Danford Silva, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), and Family Nurse Practitioner, is the Founder and CEO of Accessible Healthcare Institute™ LLC. In addition to running and blogging for her website, she hosts and produces The Nurse Practitioner Show™ podcast and works as a Professor of Nursing.
Blog Description: This site’s blog is written by Beth Boynton, RN and a variety of guest contributors. It aims to discuss real issues and true stories related to healthcare. They touch upon a number of important, and sometimes controversial, topics including professional burnout, workplace violence and patient safety. The site also includes link to informational YouTube videos.
About Beth Boynton, RN, MS: Beth Boynton holds an MS in Organization & Management from Antioch New England Graduate School, a BS in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire, and an AD Nursing degree from New Hampshire Technical Institute. In addition to having more than 20 years of nursing experience, she has published several books and papers, and holds adjunct and contributing faculty roles at several schools.
Blog Description: This blog, which aims to provide “support that uplifts and inspires nurses to thrive,” is an excellent resource for nurses who wish to advance in their careers. Written by Nurse Joyce, it is geared mainly toward nurses who have migrated to the United States and minority nurses, but the information provided is useful to all nurses. Find a wide range of useful tips from how to maximize the effectiveness of your resume to health and wellness tips. The blog also includes occasional articles by guest bloggers who share tips about nursing, health and working in the medical industry.
About Nurse Joyce: Joyce Fiodembo, RN is an author, public speaker and founder of International Nurse Support. She has extensive nursing experience working in the ICU, OR, and ER units and as a Travel Nurse and Wellness Nurse. She is also the author of The Foreign Nurses’ Guide to Settling in America and Reflections and Prayers for Nurses.
Blog Description: Looking for a holistic approach to handling your health and career? Look no further than this blog written by Nurse Keith. His blog aims to “help nurses and health care professionals create vibrant, healthy and satisfying personal and professional lives.” His articles provide useful advice about such topics as embracing change, networking, remaining defiantly optimistic, handling an overscheduled workload, and more. This blog has been featured on a number of nursing websites, and with good reason.
About Nurse Keith: Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, has been working as a nurse since 1996 and is currently the Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Nursing for a home health agency in New Mexico. He is also a certified Swedish massage practitioner, a Kripalu yoga instructor and a laughter yoga leader. In addition to running his Digital Doorway website and blog, Nurse Keith is also the co-host of RNFM radio, a podcast for nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Blog Description: This blog, written by Nurse Beth, has the tagline, “whatever you think or feel… you are not alone.” The articles are about real issues, problems and inspirations that nurses may experience on the job, as well as some fun and humorous entries. Topics range from bullying in the workplace to dealing with patient deaths to failing certification exams. There are also links to useful video tutorials, contests for inspirational stories, and a forum where you can connect and discuss relevant topics with other nurses.
About Nurse Beth: Beth Hawkes, MSN, RN-BC, HACP is an acute care Staff Development Educator and a career columnist who writes the Ask Nurse Beth column at allnurses.com. She also works as a public speaker, a role in which she aims to provide humor, advice and inspiration and to help nurses find joy in their professions. She started her Nurse Code blog in September of 2014.
Blog Description: The tagline on this blog by Kati Kleber says it all: “humor, honesty, nursey shenanigans.” Indeed, this fun blog is a go-to for many nurses looking to relax with a bit of humor unique to their profession. So why the name? According to Kati, “If you’ve been a nurse for 10 minutes, you’ve done a ‘nurse eye roll.’ You know… when you’ve spent 20 minutes meticulously changing a dressing and the doctor comes by, pulls it off to look at the wound, and leaves.” The blog is fun to read and a great site to visit at the end of a long day at work.
About Kati Kleber: Kati Kleber is a critical care nurse who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She admits that when she was new to nursing, she felt pretty clueless about a lot of the nitty-gritty bedside stuff that goes along with the job. She created her blog to talk about the stuff she has learned on the fly, and she does so with honesty and humor.
Blog Description: This blog was not created with the purpose of making money. In fact, the author of the blog articles funds the site out of her own pocket. The site aims identify ways in which to bring Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN’s) such as Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM’s), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s), and Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP’s) to the same peer level as physicians and other doctoral level professionals. If you are an APRN or are aspiring to become one, this site may be a wonderful resource to aid you in career advancement.
About Sally Villaseñor, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, DNP-s: Sally Villaseñor has nearly 20 years of nursing experience, about 10 of which have been spent working as a nurse practitioner. She started her blog as “Sally’s Silly Space” on a free platform, but has since moved into more serious blogging territory. She takes pride in the information provided by her site and personally reviews all links before posting them as resources.
Blog Description: This blog, by Sarah Beth Cowherd, RN, provides a unique, and sometimes humorous, perspective on healthcare. The author, Sarah Beth, writes about her personal experiences as a nurse dealing with her own chronic illness. This blog provides a lot of insight that may be useful to medical practitioners who wish to provide their patients with compassionate care. Her site is visited frequently by doctors, nurses, patients, caregivers, and other bloggers. She has also been featured on The 30 Best Nursing Blogs.
About Sarah Beth Cowherd, RN: A graduate of the University of Virginia, Sarah Beth began her career as a full-time cardiac nurse to a young woman with a severely debilitating illness. Shortly thereafter, Sarah Beth was diagnosed with CIDP, a rare autoimmune disease, and autoimmune autonomic neuropathy. “Living with a chronic illness is hard,” she writes. “Some days, navigating the healthcare system is harder. I am a nurse, looking at healthcare from the other end of the stethoscope.”
Blog Description: With the Tag-Line “Nurses Make a Difference in Someone’s Life Everyday,” this blog by Kathy Quan includes articles on a variety of subjects including contests currently open to nurses, inspirational stories, relevant current events, new products created specifically for nurses, and more. This blog was recently nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award and has been featured on the Ultimate List of Nurse Blogs and Social Media.
About Kathy Quan: Kathy Quan, RN, BSN, PHN has more than 30 years of nursing experience, mostly in home health and hospice care. She is the author of six books including The Everything New Nurse Book, 150 Tips and Tricks for New Nurses, and The Everything Guide to Caring for Aging Parents. In addition to The Nursing Site Blog, Kathy also manages and writes for HouseCalls Online, Home Health 101, and About Aging Parents.
Blog Description: This blog, created and maintained by nurse practitioner, Brett Snodgrass, is written specifically to address a number of different health concerns and treatment options. It can be used as a handy resource or recommended to patients who are looking for a trustworthy website to turn to for medical advice. It includes useful information about treating a number of different ailments from acne to diabetes to hypertension.
About Brett Snodgrass: Wife and mother of two, Brett Badgley Snodgrass is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Memphis, TN, who specializes in family practice, pain management and palliative care. In addition to her work, family life, and maintaining her blog, Brett is President of her own consulting business, the current Tennessee State Representative at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and a member of the Academy of Pain Management, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Tennessee Nurses Association.