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Reflux, Colic and Breastfeeding -- Oh My! How Two Different Nursing Experiences Changed My Perspective

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

Armed with the skills and confidence, I found nursing more natural (and fun) the second time around. Did I ever get to rockstar "second freezer" status? No. But I sure worked hard at it. Do I regret anything? No way. Each baby was different, each experience beautiful.

Antidote to Fear: Identify, Isolate and Inform

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Now is the time to continue to take swift, commonsense action to protect the public from Ebola and other infectious diseases. But first we must address another contagion spreading across the country. We must confront the epidemic of fear.

Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce: Holistic Admissions Makes a Difference

Santa J. Ono | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Santa J. Ono

Whether it's new tests, tools and treatments or the reforms in the ways people access and pay for care, health care is always evolving. Yet we're still struggling to change the health care workforce.

Oncology Occupational Hazards

Pamela Brill | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Pamela Brill

've learned a lot about life and humanity from working as a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology. Some of those lessons have undoubtedly made me a better person than who I was before I learned them. They shifted my perspective. They gave me insight I never would have had.

When Nurses See More Than Birth and Babies

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

Perinatal nursing is sweet and magical and everything you think it would be. But everyone only thinks of the birth and the babies. No one ever thinks or talks about the pain of pregnancy, the heartbreak of infertility or the difficulty of death.

Waiting for the Bat Signal: The Passing of a Parenting Legend

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Not a week passes that a breastfeeding mother is asked to cover up, take it to the bathroom, or leave a store entirely. But La Leche League is still normalizing nursing, still supporting breastfeeding rights

If You're a Nurse, Be Someone's Superhero

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

For any nurse out there -- whether you're the nurse that loves to take care of the mother, or the nurse that really loves taking care of those babies (the good ones, and ones that like a little drama!) remember what we are all working for. We all want healthy moms, we all want healthy babies, and our patients need someone to fight for this.

Every Single Patient, Every Single Day: Before Ebola and After

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I doubt there is any nurse out there that is just dying to take care of a patient infected with anything. But someone has to take care of them, and we will do so to the best of our abilities.

'I Want To Be a Labor Nurse'

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When people from the outside look at labor and delivery, they see birth and babies and happiness. And that's true... it's like the icing on the cake after a lot of really hard work. But sometimes, the birth isn't what we thought it would be.

I Cried And Nursed My Daughter

Rachel Joyce | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

Even in the midst of searing loss, nursing my daughter helped me to find my voice and my confidence in myself. She fully believed, despite all of my own failings, that my body would be able to provide for her what she needed.

Shades of Blue

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Shelly Lopez Gray

A part of me wanted to sit in the bed next to that patient and hug her until she could finally let go and allow herself to cry with sound that could give depth to her grief. I wanted to get hysterical. I was so angry that anyone could hurt someone so vulnerable. But I knew I had to stay focused.

The Beauty of OB

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When we see a baby born, we observe a flood of emotions from every single person in the room. At that moment, no matter what the situation is, that family's life changes forever.

Lessons From a Year as 'Just a Nurse'

Kateri Allard | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

We nurses are desperate to be understood but fall short of fixing the problem, so pick your head up, stop whining about long shifts, sore feet, and stunted emotions that come from the work you have chosen to do. Instead, find a way to share the pride you have in what you do.

My Complicated Relationship With Breastfeeding

Emily Hatch | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

What a wild ride breastfeeding has been. I've never been so determined to do anything, or so ill prepared.

The Nurse With No Empathy

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

he lived in a very rural area, and did not have much family here. Honestly, she was very young, very poor and very uneducated. But here she was in front of me, flushed, sweating and swollen. I was still a new nurse, just off of orientation, but even I knew that something was very wrong

Not Just a STAT Section

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Shelly Lopez Gray

Even though I was not working triage that day, I knew to follow every other labor nurse as they ran towards the room. As I made my way in, I saw a mother lying there, soaking in a pool of dark red blood.

The Secret Work of Nurses

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I distinctly remember thinking that if a few more minutes had gone by, he wouldn't have been holding a camera.

To The Woman In The NICU Lactation Room

Carissa K | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

While I never spoke to you or even met your eyes, I think of you often. Your presence is now a concrete part of a significant and sacred memory.

Hospice Healing: Care in the Palm of Your Hand

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

When Kei Okada maneuvered his bike through the streets of Manhattan one morning recently, he had a lot on his mind, including the vehicles whizzing ar...

If Men Nursed Babies

Vanessa Loder | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Vanessa Loder

If men nursed babies instead of women, there would be a pumping room on every floor of every office building with a flat screen TV playing SportsCenter, plush couches to sit on and lots of free food -- bowls of nuts, hoagies, along with two big coolers to provide plenty of water and Gatorade to keep everyone hydrated.

7 Differences Between Breastfeeding the First and the Last Baby

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

With your last baby, you whip out your breasts with abandon, like a college girl at Mardi Gras, but more frequently and with an even more appreciative audience (of one). You have nursed openly at restaurants, playgrounds, doctors offices, the frozen yogurt place and your kids' preschool.

The Last Days of Mommymilk

Andrea Meyer | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Andrea Meyer

I stopped breastfeeding my son when he was 2 years, 7 months and 12 days old. It wasn't easy.

The Frontline Caregivers of the Future Will Be Highly Educated, Skilled and Motivated Nurses

Jennifer J. Raab | Posted 10.06.2014 | College
Jennifer J. Raab

Increasingly, highly educated nurses and nurse practitioners will be providing primary care services, assuming many of the duties that were once the exclusive province of MDs.

Giving Birth in a Graveyard

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Bent over a wood-fired oven, drying the fish her husband caught yesterday, 29-year-old Leticia Sam blinks the smoke from her eyes, one hand stoking the fire, the other holding her swollen belly. Expecting her fourth baby, Leticia lives atop an old graveyard piled with trash, strewn with crumbling cinderblock homes.

The Heartbreak Of Weaning

Amy Wruble | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Amy Wruble

When it came time to have my own child, I knew breastfeeding was doctor recommended, so I put it on my to-do list, like getting the car seat installed or learning baby CPR. I had no idea I'd love it.