Physician and Nurse Suicide: A Dire Reality in Need of Attention

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

Physicians and nurses provide invaluable services to society and are subject to significant work-related stress. Healthcare would be impossible without an enormous medical and nursing workforce consistently repopulated by earnest students seeking to enter these respected professions.  However, when exploring the stress experienced by nurses and doctors, it is elucidated how suicide among these professionals…

Tending to the Elderly’s Specific Needs During COVID-19

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

The elderly patient population perpetually faces great challenge in most every aspect of life, health, and well-being, and the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted seniors in ways that are still being studied. As empathic, clinically savvy, and highly skilled clinicians, nurses who interface with senior citizens can truly make a difference in the lives of…

Should Nurses Receive Hazard Pay During COVID-19?

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, hazard pay is defined as “additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship. Work duty that causes extreme physical discomfort and distress which is not adequately alleviated by protective devices is deemed to impose a physical hardship.”  In terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses and other…

Nursing Like You Mean It

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

Nursing is a profession that calls for grace under pressure, calm amidst the storm, critical thinking, the art of caregiving, and a scientific mind. For nurses who feel the call, other aspects that reign supreme include collaboration, empathy, communication, and emotional and relational intelligence. So when we consider the concept of nursing like you really…

Cultural Competence and the Nursing Care of the LGBTQ Community

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

Nurses encounter vulnerable populations daily, and the LGBTQ community warrants a high level of cultural competence, sensitivity, and evidence-based knowledge in order for nurses to meet these patients with compassionate professionalism.  Context and Perspective Long before the gay rights movements of the late 20th century, homosexuals, bisexuals, lesbians, and those identifying as transgender were pathologized, shamed,…

Staying Focused as the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some economies are opening rather quickly even as infection rates and deaths spike in new and previous hotspots. Reports of crowded parks, bars, and beaches are disconcerting amidst simultaneous reports of crowded hospitals, and even partisan divides exist where members of a certain political party are more apt to wear masks…