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Hospice Nurse's Moving Adele Rendition Goes Viral For All The Right Reasons

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 07.25.2016 | Good News

Hospice patients in eastern England were moved to tears by an assistant nurse’s touching rendition of an Adele song. Emma Young gave an impromptu pe...

The Big Red Balloon

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 06.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

The greatest irony in hearing Ms. Arianna Huffington speak about her best-selling book "The Sleep Revolution: Transforming your life, one night at a t...

80 Hours And A Medical Advocate

Jeanine Russaw | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jeanine Russaw

"If you want something badly enough you will get it. If you don't, you won't." It was eight o'clock on a Friday evening during the summer of 2014 and...

Be the Antidote

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Where positivity remains, love, peace, and acceptance are certain to follow. While hatred and negativity whisper in corners, encouragement and optimism make their presence known. So press forth. Walk on. Rise up. Stand tall. Toxic energy can only move outward: it makes no upward elevation.

The Business of Being a Bitch

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 05.04.2016 | Women
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

It goes without saying that being a female has its challenges. Sure men struggle at times, but the ladies win all sorts of, "What the hell did I sign up for," battles: bleeding and birthing; wage gaps and "thigh gaps;" our safety and security during times of uncertainty, just to name a few.

A Sea of Me Time

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Never mind the method. No need to make the means. Spare no expense on your inner self: Me Time doesn't cost a penny yet it will always make you richer. Make your Me Time droplets a cup then a bucket; a bucket then a pond; and eventually you'll create your own Sea of Me.

The Beauty of Resilience

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

And then resilience enters the room, the most elegant of emotional beings; glowing; refined; a reminder that even a flicker of light glows amid the darkness. And we can save our tiny ship of troubles from life's stormy seas once again.

How Will You Protect Moms and Babies From Zika?

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

Avoiding exposure is best. When traveling to areas where Zika has been reported, take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites including the use of EPA-approved bug spray with DEET, covering exposed skin, staying in air-conditioned or screened-in areas and treating clothing with permethrin.

A Nurse and a New Year

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Because as a nurse in the intensive care unit, I've learned -- while I'm relatively young, I possess an old soul -- that nothing in this life is promised. We have no guarantee. We cannot push off what we crave today unto tomorrow, because there is no certainty that tomorrow may come.

The Holiday Warriors

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Tube feeds and turkey. Sepsis and stuffing. Code blues and "thank you's" and teamwork and tears. I am a holiday warrior -- I am an ICU nurse. Even when my feet are sore and my belly is hungry -- every holiday, every shift -- my heart is full.

A Letter To The Family Of My ICU Patient

Brie Gowen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Some people love us. Some people hate us. I can promise you that you do not want to be a patient in my unit. If you are then that means you're really sick. But I can also promise you that if you end up here you will get stellar care by a team of the best health care providers available.

A Letter to the Baby Nurses

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Right now, there is a baby nurse who is searching online and deep inside for an answer. There is a brand new member of the profession who is questioning her calling. Dearest baby nurse, don't let this scary new world drag you down

A Nurse Did That

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

The one who sat next to me the first night, as my newborn was whisked away and a medical team swarmed like honeybees around him. The one who passed tissues, held my hand, rubbed my back. Without her, my tears and I would have been alone as I whispered fervent prayers for my son's life to be spared. A nurse did that.

Why This Nurse Still Has a View

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

Don't worry, you don't have to worry about this nurse banning your show. After all, I'm the nurse that works 13 hour shifts at two different jobs, the nurse that volunteers once a week teaching prenatal classes to underserved women, the nurse that is still in school (for my Doctorate in NURSING Practice) so I can do better for my patients and my nursing profession.

10 Warnings for All Working Parents

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.16.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I've said this before, and I'll say it again, you don't know what tired is until you're a parent. Exhausted doesn't even begin to describe it. It's kind of like every ounce of energy has been sucked out of you, leaving you fighting a constant state of exhaustion.

19 Pet Peeves Every Nurse Will Understand

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Nurses are pretty much unstoppable, but every so often, they get pissed off like the rest of us. Endless hospital shifts, vomiting patients and not en...

A Nurse to My Own (Part I: Are You Okay?)

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Today I am feeling quietly concerned but calm. Yesterday I was motivated to overcome the challenge at hand. Tomorrow? Who knows. Every single day will be punctuated by a different emotion, a different version of the woman who I am.

What You May Not See When You Look at Your Nurse

Brie Gowen | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Nurses perform their duties with a smile, with an air of efficiency, and often what seems to be an indifference. You will not see their calm expression falter even as the feces hits the fan. You might see them stoic while you cry, or even laughing later in the hall.

30 Truths Your Nurse Wants You to Know

Brie Gowen | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

We don't usually have to work five days a week. We're so lucky. Instead we work a string of grueling, exhausting 13 hours days. We also work most holidays with little to no compensation for the fact.

Help Others for a Living? Here Are 5 Ways to Care for Yourself So You Can Care for Others

Nancie Vito | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancie Vito

Remember, the more care you take of yourself, the better care you can take of others. It's not selfish and it isn't taking anything away from others. On the contrary; it allows you to give the best care you possibly can, without suffering for it.

Unapologetically A Nurse

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

I will never be the same. I border on crazy. I'm slightly irrational. I'm absolutely neurotic. I'm completely invested. I'm a woman. I'm a wife. I'm a daughter. I'm a friend. But through it all, I am unapologetically a nurse.

If Nurses Could Talk To You Like They Talk To Their Kids

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

Disclaimer! I am a labor and delivery nurse. I'm just kidding around... kind of.  Like, 90 percent kidding, 10 percent not.  Well, maybe 80/20.  Just remember, if we didn't joke around sometimes, we'd be miserable!

Astoria Characters: The Woman All Set for Success

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.11.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The fingernails on Jamuna Gurung's hardy hands are just the right length: Short enough to do work, long enough to be stylish.

Inside The Quiet Culture Of Pregnancy Loss

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

Every word used to describe the way you feel after a miscarriage epitomizes everything you are in that moment... empty, hollow, exposed -- but none of those words describe what you really are... overwhelmed, devastated, and incredibly sad.

The Worst Things I've Heard as a Nurse in Labor and Delivery

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 07.16.2016 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

"Put in an extra stitch." From a father talking to the provider AND from a provider talking to a father. Yeah, 'cause that didn't make me just throw up in my mouth.