Brenda F. Johnson MSN

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  1. Increased Rates in Younger People Colon cancer rates have decreased over the past years in the older demographic because of increased screenings. However, there has been an upward trend in younger people being diagnosed with colon cancer. I work ...
  2. Mary Seacole, Harriet Tubman, Adah Belle Thomas; these are only three of the many Black nurses that spent their lives in service. They paved the way, changing lives and their community for the better. Most of us have heard of one or more of these am...
  3. Thank you for your input, and the links!
  4. Black History Month Inception The inception of Black History month was in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland with the formation of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. It wasn’t until 1926 that Woodson began the a...
  5. Oscar steadied himself on the large gray stone beside his barn. Breathing heavily, he cursed at everything and nothing. Turning, he sat down on the stone and tried to catch his breath. The dizziness had become more frequent, preceded by tightness in ...
  6. The past two years have changed our world in many ways. We have seen unsuspecting patients, family, and friends get sick, and sometimes die from Covid. The long-term effects of this virus have yet to be seen. With my job in the GI lab, I am abl...
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    Microvascular Thrombosis in the Bowel- Is There a Covid Connection?

    This article was focusing on the micro vascular aspect on colon health. As a GI nurse, I am seeing the ICU patients having severe problems that lead to ischemia
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    Microvascular Thrombosis in the Bowel- Is There a Covid Connection?

    Very interesting, and I'm sorry about your relative. My sister just went on a vent today. She is very compromised, so I don't expect her to live very long
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    How Has Covid Affected Nursing?

    Nurses have a larger portion of burnout than other professions which can lead to patient care issues. Some of the prominent contributing factors for nurse burnout are: lack of supplies necessary to do their job, psychological effects of taking care o...
  10. What is Artificial Intelligence? We all know the concept of Artificial Intelligence, and understand the use it has in our lives. Whether you appreciate it or not, it is here to stay and will only continue to weave it’s way into human life. There ...
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    Over 70% of Nurse Staff Turnover is Due to Bad Leadership

    Thank you for your comments. I couldn't agree more
  12. In our country, and specifically in healthcare, we are leadership deprived. It is difficult to lure good leaders into management positions due to the increased stress that they will have to deal with. Adding to that, younger nurses don’t want it eith...
  13. The evolution of nurses day or nurses week took many years to become official. The first official attempt was in 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare proposed a “Nurses Day” to President Eisenhower. She...
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    Medical Research: How Valid Is It?

    What is Valid Research? We use peer-reviewed research articles to base our nursing practice on, and it’s called Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). Peer-reviewed means that scholarly experts in the subject have analyzed the information for validity. ...
  15. Our bodies are immensely complicated from head to toe. We go about our daily lives without having to think about how our eyes adjust to different lighting, or how our digestive system allows us to taste, swallow, and digest food. We are fearfully and...
  16. About a year into getting my Master’s Degree, I wrote Getting My Graduate Degree: Is It Worth It? the article mentioned above about my experience up until that point. It wasn’t long after that, that my life turned upside down and inside out. School w...
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    I Did It! I Earned My Master’s in Nursing Informatics

    Informatics is not about automation, it's about streamlining computer programs so that they are more efficient
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    I Did It! I Earned My Master’s in Nursing Informatics

    Yes! The light at the end of the tunnel! You can do it!
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    What Can We Do About a Negligent Doctor?

    Respect For Doctors I’m afraid there may be more questions than answers regarding reporting physician malpractice. Things are certainly better than they were when I first started my nursing career in 1992 in relation to physician behavior. I reme...
  20. Yes, it does take a village doesn't it? I work in GI, but sometimes we go down to the OR. I am always amazed at the number of people setting up, etc. Each has a place and a role (thank God for all of them!)
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    How To Succeed With Your Online Nursing Courses

    I just finished my MSN online, I chose to do that but even so my Capstone was on my own because of Covid. I like the points that you make, it's important to stay on schedule and make a calendar for yourself so you don't get behind.
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    What Can We Do About a Negligent Doctor?

    OMG! The part about giving chemo to pt's who don't need it, or will benefit from it sounds very much like the second episode of Dr Death, the podcast. It turns my stomach. Maybe psych evals should be part of residency???
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    What Can We Do About a Negligent Doctor?

    Wow, thank you for your input! Amazing isn't it, that they risk lives to save a dime, unbelievable!
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    I Did It! I Earned My Master’s in Nursing Informatics

    You are so right, the informatic nurse tries to find ways to improve charting and data gathering so that we aren't charting the same thing over and over
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    I Did It! I Earned My Master’s in Nursing Informatics

    Nursing Informatics is about creating easier, safer ways to gather information and do charting for nurses, not automate jobs