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Typically Registered Practical Nurses (or RPNs) work on the frontline, caring for a wide range of patients at all stages of life. If you live in Ontario your title is RPN but if you’re anywhere else in Canada you practice under LPN (short for licensed practical nurse). RPNs and LPNs are basically two different names for the same role. So, how much is an RPN salary in Ontario? As sources vary slightly we’ve gone ahead and...
LPNs work under the supervision or NPs, RNs and doctors and care for a wide range of patients - at all stages of life. As an LPN you’re likely to take vital signs, collect samples, make sure your patient is comfortable and administer any medication. So how much does an LPN make in Canada? Of course, i t all depends on where you live, how much experience you have and exactly what facility or location you’re working at...
Whether you’re a brand new nurse, a seasoned veteran or work in a hospital - there are certain nursing items that are great to always have handy. These are things that will make your shift either easier or more enjoyable which can help you focus on what matters most - caring for your patients. TOP NURSE ESSENTIALS Some of the links below are affiliate links but we only recommend products we truly stand...
In Canada, it’s estimated that 1 in 100 people are living with schizophrenia . While at first it might seem like a low number, the burden of the disease is far-reaching thus affecting more than the person who is diagnosed.  Cardinal symptoms of schizophrenia include the presence of hallucinations, delusions, social withdrawal, reduction of executive functioning, disorganized speech and the presence of mood symptoms...
The immune system is essential in the body’s ability to heal. A healthy immune system can aid in the body’s ability to heal by reducing the risk of infection. When a wound becomes infected it affects the progression of wound healing.  This  article goes over what factors affect wound infections and wound healing as well as nursing interventions to ensure optimal healing. In order to be able to understand the...
The two chronic respiratory diseases that you’ll almost definitely encounter in your practice is Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It’s estimated that over 3.8 million Canadians are living with Asthma and 2.0 million Canadians are living with COPD.  Challenges with breathing can lead to a significant reduction in physical function, exercise ability and conditioning. This leads to downstream...
Depression in the elderly population (occurring in patients who are 60 years and older) although quite common -  doesn't mean it’s normal. Most elderly that suffer depression often don't receive treatment.  This is mainly due to how symptoms of depression present themselves in the elderly. Symptoms can be masked by the effects of cognitive defects, multiple diseases, and the mediation to treat them .  Depression can...
In Canada, it's estimated that there are 11 million people living with pre-diabetes or diabetes; a number that is steadily increasing. Diabetes has implications on cardiovascular health, eye health, kidney disease, foot and skin infections and neuropathic pain . Given this information, regardless of the specialty you choose to work in, it's very likely that you will be providing care to patients with diabetes or managing complications...
How exciting! You’re ready to make a big change in your career and looking for a new challenge . You’ve got the support of your colleagues and your family but perhaps feel some trepidation. You may be asking yourself, Is this really what I want? What questions will they ask during the interview? How should I prepare? Do I have the right skill sets? These are all important questions and you’ll want to spend some time...
Aging causes more than just wrinkles and gray hair. It affects the whole body from teeth to the immune system. These changes affect how health professionals assess and screen illnesses, from infections to mental health.  When working with elderly patients always remember how the various systems in the body start to change . Here’s a quick overview: Cardiovascular Stiffening of the blood vessels, and arteries making it...
Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) is a collaborative clinical practice involving pharmacists, doctors, and nurses.  A doctor will diagnose a patient and select the drug to treat the disease.  A pharmacist will determine the dosage schedule often using weight and kidney function. A nurse will administer the drug as well as draw the blood at designated intervals to determine the drug concentration. A pharmacist and physician will...
In a recent post in the Nurse Avenue Networking Group we asked what experts they’d like to interview. One of those experts was Teepa Snow, a leading expert and educator on dementia and the care that accompanies it. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Teepa and asking her a few questions on how to properly care for people living with dementia. Here’s her answers: Teepa Snow Interview Tell us about your...