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The Pelvic Exam: How often do you need one?

The annual pelvic exam. No one likes it. It’s quite unpleasant. It may even prevent patients from seeking a yearly well-visit. So is it really necessary?

The American College of of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) seem to think so. They still recommend a yearly pelvic exam, despite the fact that there is no evidence to support its efficacy as a screening process. And they also acknowledge that the evidence neither supports nor denies its value. Read more

Low FODMAP Diet for IBS

Nurses need to stay current in the latest nutrional trends, and how they relate to the treatment of GI disorders. With that in mind, here is everything a nurse needs to know about using the low FODMAP Diet for treating IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome.) Read more

What PPE should be used when caring for an Ebola patient?

There’s been a lot of chatter on twitter as far as whether hospitals are doing enough to protect nurses who come in contact with an Ebola patient. I’ve also seen the sentiment that we shouldn’t be spreading fear, because Ebola isn’t an airborne virus. And the rallying cry that, “Protocols work if we follow them correctly!” There’s no question that these discussions are needed. There seems to be much confusion over what we should be doing. Read more

So You Want to Quit Nursing

You’ve tried being a nurse in different care areas. You’ve tried changing your attitude. Meditation, spiritual guides, life coaches, self-help books. And alcohol, lots of alcohol.

Despite all of these interventions, you’ve come to the conclusion that you aren’t really feeling the love anymore. You’re ready to to quit nursing. Read more

A Quiet (Loud) Voice in Nurse Blogging

I’ve been inconsistent about following nurse blogs lately. But last week the domain name for NurseRiver was up for renewal and I asked myself, is it really worth the money for the 4-5 people who visit it each week? I was leaning towards no, but then I came across Amanda Anderson’s post, “A Nurses Day Present: I Bought My Blog.” Read more