A Guide to the Nursing Care Process

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

One major focus of nursing school is on developing and writing elaborate care plans. For some students it’s an easy process yet for others it may take several clinical rotations before the light goes off and care plans become an easy thought process. Even so, there is a lot of work to be done to…

Nurses are Mandated Reporters – Not a Judge or Jury

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Nurses are mandated reporters but what does that mean? For nurses being a mandated reporter means that it is a nurse’s responsibility to report any suspicions of child or adult abuse or neglect. If the story just doesn’t fit, the nurse needs to be suspicious. If the child or adult suggest they have been abused,…

Caring for Patients with Dementia – What Should a Nurse Do?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Patients suffering from various stages of dementia can be some of the most challenging to deal with. This holds true for loved ones as well as nurses and health care workers caring for dementia patients. Loss of short-term and/or long-term memory can cause an abundance of other symptoms including cognitive abilities, depression, anorexia, gait abnormalities,…

Disaster Planning for Nurses

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Disaster planning is a major process in health care, and it’s become more urgent now than ever before. For some it’s not new; they’ve been planning for blizzards and tornadoes and hurricanes for years. Earthquake survival kits have become a multi-million-dollar business.  However, as the climate changes and the oceans warm, the weather is changing drastically,…

Your Ultimate Guide to Free Nursing CEUs

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Lifelong learning is in your future, even if you just completed your nursing education and passed the NCLEX or are a seasoned nurse. The medical field is not an exact science and it never stays stagnant. The best practices for all nurses including LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and APRN all require continued learning whether it…

Nursing CEU’s vs Contact Hours: What’s the Difference?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

With the eye always on improving quality of patient care and outcomes, the healthcare industry has focused on a lifelong learning process. The philosophy of Continuing Education is to enhance professional practice as well as to learn about advances in healthcare all in the interest of professional development to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes.…