MAY: reasons to celebrate

There’s a lot of reasons to love the month of May. The weather is warmer, flowers begin to burst into bloom and here are a few occasions to celebrate this month. 1. National Nurses Day is May 6 ,a day to honor the 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States. This year’s theme is:…

Today’s inspiration…

In case you missed it just like I did, spare a few minutes and watch this short video on how a 15 year old  freshman in high school developed a paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes for as little as 3 cents.     There is hope in the…

Celebs have them too…

….vascular access devices, that is! Yes, just like our patients, many celebs have had a vascular access device placed to receive medical treatments. As an infusion nurse, I have made mental note of celebs who have publicly admitted they’ve had a PICC line or any other central venous access devices (sad, I know). And the…

Cheaper at the Doctor’s Office

I came across this interesting article on a study that shows chemo costs less in doctor’s offices. Chemotherapy Treatment in Hospitals Costs 24% more than Treatment in Physician’s Offices The study found that care for patients treated in a physician’s office is less expensive regardless of the length of the chemotherapy duration. The average chemotherapy…

I got a blood return…but

…it burns when you flush my port! In case you missed it… “The Case of the Painful Port”  a very interesting article published by ONS Connect and  shared by a twitter colleague @ONSmark.  Read article here… This case is a very good reminder for us nurses to stop and listen to what our patients are…

In case you missed it….

…some latest news and initiatives on infection prevention and safety….. “Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients” – CDC is launching a new program called Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients, featuring tools to help both clinicians and patients prevent infections. CDC worked with partners to develop a Basic Infection Control and Prevention Plan for Outpatient Oncology Settings, which…