Michael M. Heuninckx

Michael M. Heuninckx

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Michael M. Heuninckx specializes in Emergency Department.

I never thought about the paths that my nursing career would have led me down, but so far, they have been more rewarding and exciting than I ever could have imagined. My experience as a Registered Nurse has all been in the arena of the Emergency Department. Here I have had the pleasure to care for individuals from all walks of life and from every age group across the lifespan. Through this time, I have gained a new perspective on life. I have learned that anything can happen to anyone at any time. We all are blessed with every day we are here on this earth, and this should never be taken for granted. This is best summed up with a quote by Augusten Burroughs, "When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all." My experience in the Emergency Department has lead me to continue my education and pursue an advanced nursing degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. My mission as a Family Nurse Practitioner will be to connect with the community about the importance of health promotion, prevention and safety. It is my hopes that through this my patients will: have a longer and increased quality of life, decrease the number of preventable visits to the Emergency Department and they will be motivated to take an active role in their overall health. In the midst of all of this, I started writing for the nursing website allnurses.com. There I am able to spread words of wisdom, encouragement and experience to fellow members of the nursing community. To me, it is amazing that my writings will be able to be read my nurses around the world. I am excited to see what the future holds for my current projects along with the future when I pair my Family Nurse Practitioner education with my entrepreneurial spirit. Only time will tell, but I could not be more excited for the journey. -------- Michael is also the host of, The Household Health Podcast. A free, on-demand resource for families, delivering quality healthcare information focusing on disease prevention, health promotion and safety education. To learn more, visit the podcasts website, www.householdhealthpodcast.com

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  1. 8 Nursing Tips When Caring For Geriatric Patients In The ER

    I agree that it is refreshing to care for those who are genially sincere and grateful for the care as nurses we provide. Michael M. Heuninckx RN-BSN
  2. As ER nurses it is imperative that we recognize our geriatric patients as both a unique and vulnerable population. Yes, they are adults, but given their age, the type of care they require is different than the general adult population. Below are some...
  3. 9 Tips For Surviving Nurse Practitioner School

    Currently in my program we are using the latest edition of Margret Fitzgerald's NP exam review. Something though that the director of my program is recommending to us as well, is a review course by the Advanced Practice Education Associates: A Nurse ...
  4. 10 Tips for Staying out of the Nursing Office Hot Seat

    1. Don't be late There is no way around it, late is late, one minute or twenty. Also there is no wiggle room around the facts and everyone is held to the same standard. If this is a problem for you, really take the time to identify what factors a...
  5. 9 Tips For Surviving Nurse Practitioner School

    1. My go-to appsUpToDate- I live in UpToDate. Any question I have, UpToDate is my go-to resource for the most current information and guidelines. Everything can be found there, in one, easy to use place. Also, if you are researching a possible diagno...
  6. Pediatric nursing is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Every day we go to work; it is to help children who need care for a vast range of medical illnesses. Their illnesses vary in severity, but no matter how ill the child might be, ...
  7. Did Grey's Anatomy Get It Right With The Superhero Pose?

    Indeed! I do think though that Amy Cuddy would change the wording a little bit as she did in her TED Talk. Amy states "don't fake it till you make it" "fake it till you become it" Michael M. Heuninckx RN-BSN
  8. Did Grey's Anatomy Get It Right With The Superhero Pose?

    As I was catching up on this past season of Grey's Anatomy, Amelia Shephard is about to start a marathon of a surgical procedure. Right before she is about to go into the operating room, she clenches her fists, places them on her hips, puffs up her c...
  9. 67 Medications Every New ER Nurse Must Master!

    I knew that after the list was posted that there would be, I was guessing about, 3 medication that I would later kick myself for not including in the list. Thank you for brining up Adenosine! It is given all the time and defiantly should be on the li...
  10. 67 Medications Every New ER Nurse Must Master!

    In my Emergency Nursing career I have only used Romazicon once. With that being said, when ever I am orientating a new nurses to the ER, and we are discussing medications, I always focus on drug classes of medications they are administering. Along wi...
  11. 67 Medications Every New ER Nurse Must Master!

    Are you a brand new nurse that just obtained the first job in the Emergency Room? Or an experienced nurse that has decided to master a new specialty? Well, which ever boat you might be in, here is a head start for you. Below is a list of medications ...
  12. Why You Need an Elevator Speech

    A resource every nurse should have in their back pocket! Michael M. Heuninckx RN-BSN
  13. 7 Social Media Posts That Will Destroy Your Nursing Career Before It Begins!

    From first hand experience, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge by interacting with other healthcare professionals on social media. Given all of the negatives that have been pointed out in the article, and in this forum, lets not forget ab...
  14. 7 Social Media Posts That Will Destroy Your Nursing Career Before It Begins!

    This most certainly is a valid question. One actually that I get frequently and have no problem answering. A life goal of my has been to write a book. I never knew what that book was going to be about, but I knew that I wanted to write one. Once I gr...
  15. 7 Social Media Posts That Will Destroy Your Nursing Career Before It Begins!

    I am intrigued by this statement. In what ways can you see not having a social media account being harmful to your career? Michael M. Heuninckx RN-BSN