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Dr. Elisha Atkins
647 doctors shared insights

Nurses (Overview)

Nurses are a type of healthcare professional that can provide a variety of health services.


Dr. Elisha Atkins
647 doctors shared insights

Nurses (Overview)

Nurses are a type of healthcare professional that can provide a variety of health services.


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What is a nurse extern?

What is a nurse extern?

under supervsion: Nurse externships occur while a student is still in nursing school. They are meant to give the nursing student more clinical experience and confidence prior to graduation. Nurse externs work under the supervision of an experienced registered nurse serving as coach. Nurse externs may also have the opportunity to take nursing workshops and attend conferences during the extern period. ...Read more

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Why won't my baby nurse?

Why won't my baby nurse?

Many possibilities: There are physical baby issues, mom physical issues, social issues, environmental issues - many possible reasons why babies might have difficulty nursing. See your pediatrician and/or breastfeeding consultant asap. ...Read more

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How often should I nurse?

How often should I nurse?

Every 2-3 hours: If you just had your baby, you should plan to nurse at least every 2-3 hours, with a goal of about 8-12 feedings per 24 hrs. It is a good idea to keep track of your feedings in the first week of life. Once your milk supply comes in and your baby starts to take more milk at a time, the feeding frequency declines. This is something your pediatrician will be able to provide further guidance on. ...Read more

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What is a nurse practicioner?

What is a nurse practicioner?

Advance R Nurse: Is an advanced practice registered nurse who has completed graduate-level education (either a master of nursing or doctor of nursing practice degree) nurse practitioners treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. Nps can then diagnose certain diseases and provide appropriate treatment for the patients. ...Read more

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Why are nurses in such high demand?

Nurses: All doctors need nurses, to help out with patients, procedures, exams, scheduling, monitoring, and many other duties, especially in institutions and busy practices. ...Read more

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What can nurse practitioner do?

What can nurse practitioner do?

Provide some care: A nurse practitioner (np) is usually a registered nurse (rn) who has additional training and experience in taking are of certain simpler medical problems and diseases, under the supervision of a physician. What a nurse practitioner can do depends on what the supervising doctor is comfortable allowing him or her to do. There are usually state laws that limit what np's are allowed to do. ...Read more

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What can nurse practitioners do?

What can nurse practitioners do?

Depends on state law: The scope of practice for arnp's depends on the state where they practice, and they generally have to work in coordination with an md. Here in washington state, they are under the purview of the nursing board, not the medical board so that provides a degree of flexibility. I work with several very talented nurse practitioners and they fill a valuable role. ...Read more

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How can the nurse assess for dvts?

How can the nurse assess for dvts?

Needs imaging: Although for the diagnosis of DVT there is always the need of an imaging study such as a venous ultrasound a health care professional such as a nurse can identify a patient at high risk for DVT. A properly trained nurse can use a pretest probability scoring tool (Wells Score System) to aid in the diagnosis of DVT; however this score is mostly used by physicians. ...Read more

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What does a nurse practitioner do?

What does a nurse practitioner do?

Patient care: Nurse practitioner operate under supervision of registered nurses and doctors. They provide general aspects of patient comfort and care but depending upon the jurisdiction do not generally give out medications or perform injections. They are a useful, albeit lower paid, part of the health care team. ...Read more

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Can a nurse provide tubal feedings?

Can a nurse provide tubal feedings?

Yes: Yes, nurses are qualified to be trained to administer tube feedings. There are many different formulations of nutrition solutions as well as routes of tube feeding -for example a tube placed in the stomach vs small intestine, vs through the nose. Some feeding regimens also require use of an "IV" type pump, which nurses can be trained to deliver. ...Read more

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Can a nurse give insulin injections?

Can a nurse give insulin injections?

Injections: Certainly, but so can you, your husband, your family. I started giving my dear departed mother insulin injections daily beginning at age 8. Took some time to get used to but soon OK. FYI, in those days we checked blood sugar levels in the urine and the different colors had no effect on the dose. Not pleasant to do but turned out OK for me and Mum. ...Read more

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Can a nurse give rectal suppositories?

Why yes...: ...that is within their scope of license and expertise. ...Read more

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What's a certified nurse practitioner?

What's a certified nurse practitioner?

Nurse practitioner: Np can perform physical exams and write medications for physical illnesses which are co-signed by a physician. ...Read more

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How can I become a nurse practitioner?

How can I become a nurse practitioner?

Check:: http://www.rncentral.com/nursing-library/careplans/100_really_useful_web_sites_for_nurses

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How do you become a nurse practitioner?

See: http://www.rncentral.com/nursing-library/careplans/100_really_useful_web_sites_for_nurses

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Why is a "nurse-patient ratio" important?

Patient care: I would compare this to a teacher:student ratio in classrooms for simplicity sake. It just allows for more attention and care to details - whether it's a smile or setting the forks on the dinner tray (on top of the clinical responsibilities that most patients will remain oblivious to). ...Read more

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What are the duties of a home health nurse?

What are the duties of a home health nurse?

HH Nursing: In order to receive home health paid by medicare (or your insurance) you must have two things: a skilled need and you must be home bound. Skilled needs can include all kinds of things: wound care, physical therapy, medication monitoring, intravenous medications, etc. The hh nurse is responsible for creating a plan of care and monitoring which includes weekly visits, at the minimum. ...Read more

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How many times per day should new moms nurse?

8-12: Newborns feed every 2-3hours, which is about 8-12 feedings in a day. You should nurse whenever your baby is showing hunger cues, such as sucking motion, opening mouth or rooting. ...Read more

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Do nurses give prostate digital rectal exams?

Specialty training: A specialty urology nurse, nurse practitioner or general nurse practitioner performing a screening physical can perform a digital rectal examination. Dres are important in assessing the rectum, prostate, pelvic floor disorders and stool for blood. ...Read more

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What common conditions do neonatal nurses see?

What common conditions do neonatal nurses see?

Premature babies: Neonatal nurses care for sick newborns and premature babies and hence are often exposed to common problems associated with prematurity, such as low blood sugar, breathing difficulties, infection, etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the nurse assess for dvts?

Needs imaging: Although for the diagnosis of DVT there is always the need of an imaging study such as a venous ultrasound a health care professional such as a nurse can identify a patient at high risk for DVT. A properly trained nurse can use a pretest probability scoring tool (Wells Score System) to aid in the diagnosis of DVT; however this score is mostly used by physicians. ...Read more

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What are dangers of being a chemotherapy nurse?

Oncologists: With current precautions (gloves, mixing under a hood, careful technique) you shouldn't have any more risk than any other kind of nurse. ...Read more

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Can a nurse force you to have a catheter placed?

Can a nurse force you to have a catheter placed?

No: Nobody can force you to do anything with your body as long as you are in a right mind. ...Read more

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Please tell me exactly what a neonatal nurse is?

Newborn nurse: A neonatal nurse is a nurse who specializes in the care of newborns. Some of them specifically care for premature infants, who may need a lot of special care. Some of them may have advanced training in the care of premature infants. ...Read more

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What would happen if I took night nurse medicine?

PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HCL: Day & Night Nurse capsules contain Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride. It is a nasal decongestant. Did you use it for recreational purposes? That is a higher amount than is directed. If yes, you can call poison control 24/7 at 1-800-222-1222. ...Read more

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Can nurse practioners (aarn's) prescribe medication?

Can nurse practioners (aarn's) prescribe medication?

State by state: In many states, nurse practitioners can diagnose and prescribe appropriate medication treatments, some with physician supervision, some without. In other states, they can't. ...Read more

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What's the first step in becoming a wound care nurse?

What's the first step in becoming a wound care nurse?

WOCN: The first step is to become an rn. Then you will be eligible to train as a specialized wound ostomy and continence nurse (wocn). For more information, go to: http://www.Wocn.Org/?Page=become_a_woc_nurse. ...Read more

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