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The Wrong Dose: A True Story of Medication Error

Safety Nurse sat down with Margo, a fantastic oncology nurse, who talked about the night she gave a patient too much insulin, and he coded. He lived, and Margo is still at the same job. The hospital where she worked supported her and included her in a Root Cause Analysis of the event. Margo is now a well-respected nurse leader at her place of work. In the interview, she opened up about how the error went down, and we talked about the inevitability of error.

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I've Been "Invited" To A Root Cause Analysis, Now What?

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The Origin Story of Safety Nurse: How I Got Here. Pt 1

I’m blogging for allnurses!

allnurses is the leading social-networking site for nurses and nursing students. People from all over the World come to allnurses to communicate and discuss nursing, jobs, schools, NCLEX, careers, and so much more.

Click HERE for an article about the origin story of Safety Nurse!

The origin story of Safety Nurse, who, garbed in turquoise scrubs, a white cape, a 50’s style nursing hat and sensible, orthopedic shoes, walks hastily through the galaxy providing assessment skills, education, wound care and safe medication administration!

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Healing from Trauma: Tapping/EFT with Rachel Durchslag

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An interview about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also known as tapping, with Rachel Durchslag. Rachel is one of the few practitioners in Asheville certified in EFT. Rachel talks about her business, Emerge Asheville, a healing practice dedicated to making energy healing work accessible to all. We discuss how EFT works, how to do it and Rachel even leads me through a mini session. She also shares how she came to be in Asheville, and talks about some of her passions which include supporting practitioners with healing, Mama Maisha (dedicated to reducing mother/infant mortality in Tanzania) and backpacking in the mountains. I like this woman.

You can read the BLOG POST on Allnurses.com HERE – lots of good discussion!

Resources

Emotional Freedom Technique – Wikipedia page

EFT Universe – free tapping videos, downloads and more

Emerge Asheville – Rachel Durschlag

Not in Our Name – Support for massage therapists

Mama Maisha – Safe Motherhood Intervention Project in Tanzania

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Stayin' Alive: A Teenager's Tools for Surviving in Dixie's Drug Culture

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Episode 11 is intense! I interviewed the 18 year-old daughter of one of my best friends. I have known Jane since she was 13 and played the trumpet in the marching band. Jane started smoking marijuana in middle school and has experimented with many other illegal/recreational drugs. I wanted to hear her perspective on the drug crisis. What do teenagers think about drug use? Where are they getting their information? Jane opens up about her experience with “Dixie” drug culture – from friends overdosing to an LSD freak-out in the woods. She is a smart, funny, “good” kid with opinions that may make you uncomfortable. I encourage you to listen to her story – I think it will give much needed perspective on why our kids are doing drugs and how we can keep them safe. Jane has stayed safe by journalling and talking to her parents whenever things get too weird. What does it take to create a relationship with your teen so that she/he will talk to you about the tough stuff like sex, drugs and…well you know?

Resources

Article on Uses and Benefits of Journal Writing

Journaling as an intervention for substance abuse

Journal Prompts/Journal App for your phone

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment

NIH Monitoring the Future 2016 survey of teens and drug use – really cool graphics

2012 longitudinal study of over 1000 participants shows neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife

It’s complicated – another study suggests that “The relationship between cannabis use by young people and psychosocial harm is likely to be multifaceted, which may explain the inconsistencies among studies. For example, some studies suggest that long-term deficits may be reversible and remain subtle rather than disabling once a person abstains from use.”

Macleod J, Oakes R, Copello A, et al. Psychological and social sequelae of cannabis and other illicit drug use by young people: a systematic review of longitudinal, general population studies. Lancet. 2004;363:1579–88.

Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use – NIH

Family Check-up: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

List of commonly abused drugs and how they work

What is LEAN? (Purple Drank)

MDMA/Ecstacy (Molly) – NIDA

More info about “suicide tuesdays”