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12 Most Insane Celebrity Insurance Policies

Surely you've heard of celebrities insuring their most precious assets for incredible amounts. Some do it for publicity, while others truly do need the protection. Whatever the case, these 12 celebrity insurance policies are simply amazing.

  1. Mariah Carey's billion dollar legs: When Mariah Carey won the Legs of a Goddess Award, she insured her gams for a billion dollars. Carey is not alone; she's joined by Mary Hart, Tina Turner, and Jamie Lee Curtis, who each have policies on their legs as well.
  2. Merv Hughes' mustache: Merv Hughes is one of the most recognized cricket players in the world, thanks to his $370,000 mustache and playing ability.
  3. Dolly Parton's breasts: Dolly Parton insured her two national treasures for $300,000 each.
  4. David Lee Roth's Sperm: David Lee Roth was not concerned with his sperm failing, but rather that it would do too good of a job. His insurance policy protected him from groupie paternity suits.
  5. Bette Davis' waistline: Weight gain was such a concern for Bette Davis that she shopped around for insurance quotes and took out a $28,000 policy in case she lost her waistline.
  6. Gene Simmons' tongue: Gene Simmons' tongue is a trademark of both the man and Kiss, so naturally, he had it insured when he had it extended surgically.
  7. David Beckham's legs and feet: Soccer star David Beckham insured his legs and feet for $70 million.
  8. Ben Turpin's eyes: Back in the 1920s, silent movie star Ben Turpin was the first in the celebrity insurance trend with a policy on his crossed eyes.
  9. Marilyn Monroe's drugs: At least three movie studios protected themselves against losses in case of Monroe's drug usage. This set a precedent that allowed studios in the future to protect themselves from the Robert Downey Jr.s and Lindsey Lohans of Hollywood.
  10. Tom Jones' chest hair: Tom Jones took out a $7 million policy in case of a freak accident that might cause him to lose his chest hair.
  11. America Ferrera's teeth: Ugly Betty's beautiful smile is insured for $10 million, thanks to advertiser Aquafresh White Trays.
  12. Bruce Springsteen's voice: All-American singer Bruce Springsteen has a voice valued somewhere in the range of $6 million.

What Doctors Want You to Know About the Web

What's the first thing you do when you start feel a cold or illness coming on? If you're like many Americans, you probably don't pick up the phone and make a doctor's appointment. Instead, you're probably more likely to go online and Google your symptoms. But no matter how much you rely on the Internet for school or work, you shouldn't trust the Internet quite as much when it comes to your health. Why? Keep reading for the risks and benefits of using the web, according to doctors.

The Bad

  • It's hard to separate fact from fiction: You probably know by now that you have to double check your sources when researching something on the web. There is a lot of valid, authoritative information out there, but there are also a lot of rumors, sensationalized stories, and even fraudulent websites written by inexperienced individuals. If you find something that catches your eye, you'll need to verify it with your doctor or at least a trusted source, like a newspaper or public health site.
  • Patients often misinterpret the advice they find online: Another tricky part about trusting health information found on the web is that you're the one interpreting the information and not relying on your doctor to guide you through all the details. While the information about a medical study, new drug or symptoms may be accurate, the way you interpret the information and relate it to yourself might be off base due to your lack of technical education and experience.
  • The Internet can't replace clinical judgment or experience: Although the Internet can be a great place to find information, it can't replace your doctor's practiced clinical judgment or experience in dealing with certain problems and your own medical history.
  • Patients may jump to scary conclusions unnecessarily: Health care reporter and patient advocate Trisha Torrey writes on her About.com page that individuals Googling their symptoms "may scare themselves with the information they find" online, often unnecessarily. Lots of drugs have unwanted side effects, for example, but your doctor can help you determine the real risks — something the Internet won't do.
  • Patient research skills aren't as accurate as doctors': No matter how great you are at looking up old friends or finding rare items on eBay, your ability to dig up very specific, accurate information about health care is probably not nearly as good as your doctor's. Just because the right information is somewhere out there, doesn't mean you'll be able to find it, so it's best to trust your doctor to deliver the information to you.
  • It's a nightmare for hypochondriacs: Some doctors and medical professionals feel that the Internet is one big enabler for hypochondriacs, and can turn normally reasonable, healthy people into paranoid self-medicators for no reason. You can spend endless hours online searching your symptoms, misinterpreting the severity of your condition, or even imagining that your headache is actually a brain tumor. Sometimes too much information is damaging.
  • Symptoms can mean many different things: Sites like WebMD have invented great interactive tools for checking your symptoms, but again, it's easy to misread the signs. Back pain, a stuffy nose, sore throat and nausea are signs of all types of illnesses and conditions, at varying levels of severity. There's a reason doctors go to medical school: that's where they learn to make the right conclusions about your symptoms.
  • Online information may be out of date: Be honest: how many times do you read a blog post or even news article and look at the date? "Breaking" news stories that you read online may actually be from three or four years ago, and a lot changes in the science and medical fields in just a few years or even months. Always make sure you're checking the most current information available to the public.
  • Social networking with doctors can lead to unethical relationships: Besides all of the challenges of weeding out bad information on the web, there is also the issue of medical ethics. Doctors and nurses are on social networks too, but that doesn't mean they want to be friends with you on Facebook, swapping personal photos and messages. Serious ethical questions may be raised if you engage in a relationship online with your doctor, so don't even try it.
  • Fraudulent doctors are online, too: Social sites and Q&A forums can be a helpful starting off point for researching a health question, but be careful who you trust. Anyone can create a username and pretend to be a doctor, nurse or expert in the field, but you have no way of knowing if you're getting accurate advice or not.

The Good

  • Even doctors use Google: Despite all the risks about patients Googling their symptoms, doctors want you to know that they sometimes turn to the search engine themselves. A 2006 report published on the British Medical Journal website found that doctors were able to use Google to diagnose diseases. As we said before, there is a lot of helpful information on the web, but you just need to know exactly where to find it and how to interpret it.
  • The Internet provides a good foundation for health care education: Going to the doctor can be a terrifying experience if you have no basis of understanding anything that your doctor is telling you and have no health care education. But if you were able to conduct a little preliminary research on your own from quality sources, you will be better able to hold a conversation with your doctor about your family's health.
  • Official support groups can be helpful: Along with Twitter and Facebook, several niche online networking have popped up for those suffering from terminal diseases or illnesses that greatly impact daily life. Sites like Young Survival Coalition and Diabetic Connect offer support 24/7 when doctor's offices are closed.
  • Sites like .gov or .org are best: Just because there is a lot of junk online doesn't mean there isn't a wealth of valuable information out there, too. Doctors recommend looking for .org or .gov sites when researching health information, as these are usually the most authoritative.
  • You can look up medication ingredients: Another benefit that the Internet has given patients is the ability to look up drug information and ingredients in medication. If you want to know exactly what you're putting in your body or get help picking out over-the-counter medications, use a website like the FDA Drugs page.
  • Internet research is a good starting point: Although checking symptoms online isn't a fool proof way for diagnosing yourself or your family, it can be a good starting point, especially if you are looking up mild symptoms. Since you have such little time face to face with your doctor during an appointment, doing some online research first and then taking your notes with you to the office can be a big help.
  • You can keep up with health news and studies: If you want to keep up with the most current health news and medical studies, subscribe to a news feed, follow a Twitter feed, or just check back with a respected website periodically. Google News Alerts is also a helpful tool for finding quality news and data.

This Is Why You’re Fat: 10 Really Surprising Reasons

We all know that eating too much and exercising too little are sure-fire ways to get fat and unhealthy. But did you know that things like your marital status, coffee, and pesticides can influence your weight, too? Here, we'll take a look at 10 surprising reasons why you might be overweight.

  1. You're not sleeping enough. You may be gaining weight due to a lack of sleep. Your body experiences stress from not getting enough sleep, which causes you to store fat more efficiently. Little sleep also contributes to stress, which may make you turn to food for coping.
  2. You're married. Many couples gain an average of 5 pounds within two years of marriage. Together, your food choices are compromised, and your eating habits change. When you have someone to eat dinner with every night, you're more likely to have a large meal with multiple courses rather than skip it or just have a salad for dinner.
  3. You're taking prescription drugs. Certain drugs can cause weight gain, fluid retention, and increased appetite. Read the fine print on your prescription and talk to your doctor about how your drugs can impact other areas of your health. If you must take a prescription with these side effects, talk to your doctor about what you can do to balance them out.
  4. You're stressed out. As you cope with life's demands, you may also be adding to your waistline. Many people reach for food to deal with stress. Additionally, the fight or flight response that happens with stress triggers a process that causes our bodies to store fuel and slow down metabolism.
  5. You drink too much. Even infrequent binge drinking can contribute to abdominal fat. Four or more drinks on one occasion, even just once a week will likely cause weight gain. People who drink small amounts more regularly are significantly less susceptible to weight gain from alcohol. Hard liquor drinkers are especially at risk, so next time, just stick to wine if you've got to have more than one.
  6. You gave up coffee. So, you cut out caffeine for your health, but now you find you're packing on the pounds? That's because caffeine acts as a stimulant and lessens your appetite. It also acts as a diuretic, flushing out water weight. If you stop drinking coffee, be prepared to watch your portion control and be a little more hungry than usual.
  7. You're starving yourself. Although eating less food is a good way to lose weight, taking it to the extreme is harmful. When you deprive yourself of food, it is counterproductive. Starvation causes the body to store food and slow your metabolism, which in the long run will cause you to gain weight. Instead, you should eat small, regular meals.
  8. You weren't breast fed. At this point, there's nothing you can do about it, but bottle-fed babies (who grow into adults) have an increased obesity rate. You can't change your past, but if you decide to have children, you should breastfeed them if you are able.
  9. You're going through menopause. As women reach menopause, they experience a natural slowing of metabolism. Menopause's hormonal changes can also bring on depression, hunger, and insufficient sleep. Estrogen favors weight gain in the lower body, so with a loss of this hormone, women going through menopause often gain more weight in the middle.
  10. You're ingesting "obesogens." Obesogens are chemicals that alter your metabolism hormones and cause us to gain weight. They are also known as "endocrine-disrupting chemicals." Common obesogens are Bisophenol A, found in plastic, can linings, and baby teething toys; PFOA and PFOS on non-stick pans, stain-resistant clothing, carpets, and more; phthalates in soft plastics, fragrances, and other consumer products; as well as pesticides found in food and other products.

100 Best Blogs for Parenting Advice

Parenting is likely one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding jobs anyone can do. While it takes experience to find your way as a parent, there will certainly be times when you seek advice from those with a little more experience than you. Thankfully, there are plenty of parents and experts willing to share their advice via their blogs. Take a look at these blogs to strengthen your parenting education when you need some advice, or pass these resources to parents you may meet in your professional practice.

General Parenting Advice

These blogs offer great advice on parenting in general, with topics that range from pregnancy to teens and everywhere in between.

  1. Child Caring. Parents write in with their parenting problems and get sound advice from these two experts.
  2. Advice for Parenting Blog. If you've wondered about communicating with your child, what to carry in your diaper bag, or how to help a child cope with grief, this blog answers this questions and more.
  3. Ask Moxie. Moxie answers parents’ questions that range from newborn sleep issues to moms traveling for work.
  4. Picket Fence Post. Meredith O'Brien posts real parenting issues here that include topics such as bribing kids for grades, bullying, and privacy issues with teens.
  5. EmpoweringParents Blog. This blog covers everything from parenting a child with ADHD to dealing with divorce to implementing tough love with teens.
  6. Multitasking Mommy. This mom offers suggestions based on her own experience for healthy meals, getting back into shape, and juggling motherhood.
  7. dooce. This blogger doesn't hold back any punches when she tells it like it is as a parent in her popular blog.
  8. FreeRangeKids. This mom's parenting style is to give children the chance to live without holding them back and has garnered quite a bit of attention. She offers suggestions for other parents who also seek to rear free-range kids.
  9. The Parents Zone Blog. This blog features resources such as fun things to do with your children, discussions on working from home alongside your children, and discipline techniques.
  10. Mom Blog Network. This site is full of moms sharing their tips and experience on topics ranging from balancing career and family to adjusting to a newborn to dealing with teens.
  11. Supersisters. These three sisters share their experience of motherhood in this blog on PBS Parents.
  12. Toni's Treehouse. Nutritious family meals, links to other great blogs, and activities for babies are all featured here.

Expectant Parents, Babies, and Toddlers

Pregnancy and starting on the parenting journey fills many with tons of questions. Get your questions answered with these blogs.

  1. Best Birth. Written by an RN and childbirth educator, this blog provides lots of great information for expectant parents.
  2. The Cradle Crush. This blog offers reviews on products just for pregnant moms and families with babies and small children.
  3. Do as I Say, Not as I Do. With a 3 year-old and a baby, this mom shares tips and experience with teething, toilet training, and more.
  4. Parenting & New Baby Advice Blog. Find tips for things like planning a baby shower and newborn care here.
  5. Ali's “A” List. Ali posts reviews of items just right for parents of little ones and also includes plenty of great interviews with celebrities from the children's world.
  6. Gagazine. These posts cover issues such as introducing solid foods, breastfeeding in public, avoiding harmful plastics in bottles, and childproofing your home on a budget.
  7. Mama Knows Breast. Breastfeeding moms will find a ton of information and news about breastfeeding here.
  8. Let's Talk Babies. Get handy tips for expecting and new parents on this blog.
  9. Pregnancy & Baby. This blog deals with issues like the unspoken ambivalence mamas sometimes feel to tips for going green with baby.
  10. The Fun Times Guide to Pregnancy. From dispelling breastfeeding myths to recommendations for books for new dads, this blog covers everything a new parent could want to know.
  11. Pregnancy Blog. Expectant moms will find the information here a lifesaver if she is wondering how to dress for a wedding while pregnant, worrying about the transition to motherhood, is going past her due date, or any other concern or question she may have.
  12. a little pregnant. Moving from infertility to parenthood, this mom infuses her posts with humor.
  13. The Dear Dr. MOZ Baby Blog. Focusing on newborns, this blog offers advice, news, and product recommendations.

Parents of Older Children and Teens

Advice for parents of older children and teens looks much different from the advice for parents just starting out. See what these blogs have to offer for more experienced parents.

  1. A Household Blog. Carol Band offers her version of parenting in bite-sized blog posts here that may offer support to other parents as much as advice.
  2. Denise's Parenting Teens Blog. With years of experience as a “professional parent” to teens as well as a parent to her three children, Denise has tons of great advice for parents of teens that she shares on this blog.
  3. Teen Mental Health Blog. Parents interested in nurturing their teen's mental health will enjoy reading the information in this blog.
  4. Please Stop the Rollercoaster!. From curfews to the social web, parents will find tons of great advice on parenting teens here.
  5. Teen Health 411. These posts cover everything from sexual health to violence in PG-13 movies.
  6. Safe Teen Driving Blog. Teens and parents can benefit from the information contained in this blog all about safe driving.
  7. Connect with Your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology. If you are struggling to find a way to connect with your teen, try the advice in this blog that advocates connecting through the latest trends in pop culture and technology.
  8. By Parents For Parents. This blog features advice for parents of teens in an effort to clear the air on confusing topics.

Specific Parenting Issues

These blogs feature specific parenting issues such as finding a healthy work/family balance, rearing adopted children, and nurturing the relationship of girls or boys.

  1. Mama PhD. These moms work in academia and blog about their methods of finding a good balance between work and family.
  2. Mothers in Medicine. Balancing a career in medicine and family, these moms share their experiences here.
  3. They're All My Own. This mom, who is adopted herself, has two birth children in college and two adopted children in elementary school. She shares her perspective on raising a family with a unique make-up.
  4. Raising Boys. Sarah Sain is a mom to three young boys and posts lots of great parenting advice based on her experience.
  5. Blogging 'Bout Boys. The issues discussed on this blog are written by a mom of four boys.
  6. Raising My 4 Sons. With baby #5 on the way, this busy mom of boys shares lots of experience on her blog.
  7. Dads and Daughters. Dads and step-dads looking to improve their relationships with their daughters will appreciate the advice in this blog.
  8. ParentingGirls.com. Dr. Janet Rose offers advice for parents hoping to empower their daughters to become strong, healthy women.
  9. Daughters Blog. Nancy Gruver's blog features advice for parents of girls raising them in a media-saturated environment.

Father's Advice

Find out what these fathers have to offer about parenting from the male perspective.

  1. Family Man. Gregory Keer is father to three boys and offers advice on his blog as well as in major publications such as Parenting magazine and the New York Times.
  2. DadLabs Blog. This popular site, shows, and blog feature real parenting with a good dose of humor.
  3. Modern Day Dad. Find topics on parenting today's children from a modern dad's perspective.
  4. DadTalk. This dad shares his parenting adventures and the experience he has gained along the way.
  5. Daddy Types. Readers will find both high-tech baby gadgets and down-to-earth parenting advice on this blog.
  6. DadCentric. From bullies to books to baseball, this collaborative dad blog covers it all.
  7. Rebel Dad. While this dad isn't staying at home any more, he remains current with the state of stay-at-home dads in today's world.
  8. Playground Dad. Read profiles about dads doing great things while discovering what other dads have to share for creating fun, enriching time with their children.
  9. Thingamababy. This dad writes about dad's interaction with babies and toddlers.
  10. Dear Spike, Love Dad. A touching blog, this one is written as letters of advice from a father to his daughter.

Activities to Do with Your Kids

From getting out in nature to crafting with your kids, these blogs feature lots of advice for activities you can do with your children.

  1. Polliwog on Safari. This educator and children's book writer blogs about getting children involved in nature and understanding other cultures.
  2. Creative crafts for creative kids. Find tons of great ideas for crafts you can do with kids of any age and any skill level.
  3. The Siblings' Busy Book Blog. Based on a book written by twin sisters, this blog provides great activities for siblings to do together that will strengthen bonds while educating.
  4. Craftivity Corner. This former preschool teacher provides tons of great ideas to do with your children, including gardening, book recommendations, and craft ideas.
  5. Creative Play Plus. Get advice on ways to do creative play with your children from babyhood to teen years.
  6. Teaching Tiny Tots Blog. The activities featured here are just for the younger set.

Nutrition

Learn how to feed your family more nutritiously when you read these blogs.

  1. Sweet Pea Chef. This busy mom writes about ways to feed her family healthy meals and includes lots of great kitchen tips, too.
  2. Bless Her Heart. Blogging about the food she and her family make, this mom shares how the meals are made and includes photos for even more inspiration.
  3. Nourishing Thoughts. Get advice on ways to help your children stay healthy through proper nutrition and exercise with the posts here by a nurse and mom.
  4. Nourish. Find nutrition and fitness advice for the whole family when you read this blog.
  5. A Life Less Sweet. This mom is eliminating high fructose corn syrup and revamping the way her family eats. Get advice from her experience.
  6. Goddess of the Garden. Get vegan eating tips for the whole family from this blog.
  7. Raising a Healthy Family. The posts here feature healthy eating and other safety issues for the family. Find plenty of meal planners too.
  8. The Pioneer Woman Cooks!. Blogger Ree Drummond posts tasty and healthy food ideas for the family that are accompanied by awesome photos.
  9. Healthy Child Healthy World. Parents will find advice to improve nutrition for the whole family.
  10. Super Parents Talk. This blog focuses on many nutrition and healthy eating topics as well as other subjects relevant to parents.

Natural Parenting

If you parent with an eye on doing things naturally and organically, then you will find plenty of great advice here.

  1. Green Nursery. Jesse Johnson writes about ways to keep families safe from toxic substances in everything from nursery furniture to food.
  2. Natural Parenting. The advice here is for parents who choose to breastfeed, cosleep, wear their baby, or other attachment or natural parenting methods.
  3. The Good Human. Find out where to get safe baby table mats to ways you can grow your own food if you live in an apartment on this green blog.
  4. Nature Moms Blog. See what this mom is doing to help her family live more naturally.
  5. Natural Moms Talk Radio. Read this blog and listen to the podcasts that offer tons of information on raising a family naturally.
  6. Green Baby Guide. Parents can find information on topics such as making your own baby food, traveling with cloth diapers, and storing breast milk.
  7. The Tranquil Parent. This blog is all about going green and growing happy and healthier families.
  8. Happy Mothering. The goal of this blogger is to help other parents live more simply and naturally.
  9. Hobo Mama. From making the decision about circumcision to choosing a baby carrier, this blog covers some of it all.
  10. Earth Mama. This British mama shares her experience and information on gentle pregnancy and parenting as well as natural childbirth.
  11. Attachment Parenting Blog. This blog is written by a father of three who practices attachment parenting.

Health and Safety Advice

Learn how to keep your children healthy and safe with the advice found in these blogs.

  1. Conversations with Dr. Greene. Read this popular pediatrician's blog to find out about healthy nutrition, keeping kids safe, and dealing with illness.
  2. SafetyClicks Blog. With posts about safe usage of social networks, keeping the family computer safe, and more, this blog offers tons of advice to keep your family safe while on the Internet.
  3. Food Allergy Living. This blog not only features information and recipes for families dealing with food allergies, but also includes other health information important to families.
  4. School Kids Healthcare Blog. Parents can eavesdrop into this blog's conversation that is meant for health care professionals involved at schools and campuses and shares lots of good information for keeping kids healthy.
  5. Dr. Thompson's Blog. Dr. Thompson writes about topics ranging from autism awareness to suicide prevention.
  6. Dr. Gwenn Is In. Dr. Gwenn posts information on nutrition, health, and wellness for parents and their children on her popular blog.
  7. Dr. Nabong's Pediatric Blog. This pediatrician and mother blogs about everything from biting to signs and symptoms of specific diseases.
  8. Momma Data: Dishing Up Child Research. This mom is a former research psychologist who keeps her eye on health issues making the news and tells how these issues impact families.
  9. Healthy Living at Home. Amidst the giveaways many parents won't want to pass up, Dr. McNealy also posts about family health issues.
  10. Pediatrics Blog. Dr. Vincent Iannelli writes about health topics such as sun screen usage, supplements, and allergies.
  11. Center on Media and Child Health. Get the latest on issues making the news that pertain to the effects of media on child and adolescent health.

Homeschooling Advice

These homeschooling family blogs offer plenty of advice on successfully managing family, education, and more.

  1. Learning Curve. Find out what this mom and her two daughters are working on in their homeschool education.
  2. HomeSchoolOnline. Mimi Rothschild offers information and advice for families incorporating the Internet into their homeschooling.
  3. Homeschooling in the Rose Garden. Photos accompany the text of what this family does in their homeschool studies.
  4. Handbook of Nature Study. The photos on this blog document one family's exploration of the Handbook of Nature Study.
  5. Apples and Jammies. Find resources for homeschooling families on this blog.
  6. Alasandra's Homeschool Blog. Alasandra offers tons of resources and links to other homeschool blogs here.
  7. Barefoot Voyage. See what this mom and her two sons are doing with their Charlotte Mason activities and lessons posted here.
  8. The Homeschooling Blog. Wendy posts everything from lesson plans to freebies to helpful resources on this blog.
  9. A Day in the Life. Homeschooling four children, this mom shares tips for homeschooling as well as book reviews and other information.
  10. Raising Olives. Find everything from cooking from scratch to tips for managing a busy homeschooling family.

100 Best Blogs to Help You Find Happiness

Happiness can be an elusive thing, especially when you're trying to balance nursing school with work, family and having a personal life. Yet, however hard it may be to attain, happiness is always in the end worth the effort. Not sure where or how to begin your journey to a happier life? That's where these blogs can come in handy, offering a wide range of tips, ideas and inspiration to help you change your life for the better.

Happiness

Read through these blogs to learn more about how to attain more happiness in your life.

  1. The Happiness Project: Here, author Gretchen Rubin shares her personal quest to find more happiness in her life.
  2. Happiness Blog: Visit this blog to get some secrets to a happy life from blogger Michele Moore.
  3. How of Happiness: Look at happiness from a psychological perspective on this blog.
  4. Powerfull Living: Learn new ways to pursue happiness and success in your life here.
  5. CheerfulLiving: This blog will teach you a myriad of ways to add happiness, cheer and joy to your life.
  6. Matthew Ferry: On this blog you'll find some great life-coaching tips that are designed to help you find more happiness and success.
  7. Good Life Blog: This blogger shares tips and ideas for living a happy life here.
  8. Radical Happiness: Read through this blog for ideas on how to get in touch with your spiritual side and live in the now.
  9. Feel Happy: From positive thinking to self-improvement, this blog is full of ideas on how to live happier.

Simplicity

These blogs offer advice on paring down your life to the essentials.

  1. My Simpler Life: On this blog, a simple-living educator shares her tips on leading a simpler life.
  2. Zen Habits: Learn how to pare down your life and focus on the things that truly matter on this popular blog.
  3. Remodeling This Life: Try out this blog for tips on clearing out your emotional clutter and living simply.
  4. Your Life. Organized: A cluttered and disorganized home can be an endless source of unhappiness. Learn how to get it under control here.
  5. Simpler Living: Check out this blog for ideas on living well with less.
  6. Modern Simplicity: On this site you'll learn how to live greener and use less.
  7. More Minimal: This blogger will teach you that living simpler is a great way to save the Earth.
  8. Frugal and Simple Living: Read through the posts here to get some great ideas on simplifying your life.
  9. Living a Simple Life: These bloggers wanted to live a simpler, more basic life and share their experiences here.
  10. Neat and Simple Living: Learn how to bring your clutter under control and simplify your daily life with help from blogger Ariane Benefit.

Productivity

For many, getting more accomplished can be a big source of happiness. These blogs can help that happen.

  1. 43 Folders: Those who want to be more productive, especially in creative matters, will find all kinds of good pointers here.
  2. Dumb Little Man: This site isn't just great for productivity but for tips on all aspects of life as well.
  3. Steve Pavlina: This productivity guru is a great person to look to for advice on personal development.
  4. Simple Productivity: Here you'll find productivity ideas that stick to the basics.
  5. Productivity 501: Through this site you'll find posts on how to be more productive with everything from money to technology.
  6. Open Loops: Learn some great time management tips from this blogger.
  7. Thinking Faster: Read through this blog to get ideas on getting more done at home and at work.
  8. Black Belt Productivity: This classic productivity blog has been around for awhile, offering great advice on saving time and doing more.
  9. Learn This: Improve your life through the tips found on this blog.
  10. Productivity Cafe: Blogger and professional Susan Sabo offers help building your personal skills and putting them to best use here.

Self-Improvement

Learn how to become a better, happier person through the guidance of these sites.

  1. Someday Syndrome: This blog will help you learn to stop putting off your goals and start getting to them.
  2. Stratejoy: Gen Y women will find this blog all about creating more happiness and success especially helpful.
  3. Stepcase Lifehack: Improve yourself and your life with articles found on this site.
  4. Dimitar Nikolov: This blogger offers posts on all topics related to personal development and happiness.
  5. Marc and Angel Hack Life: From making the world a better place to making yourself happy, this site is a great resource for self-improvement inspiration.
  6. Personal Development Pro: Learn how to make yourself happier and more awesome through this blog.
  7. Life Optimizer: On this site you'll find a great collection of posts to help you grow personally and start living life to the fullest.
  8. Life Reboot: If you don't like where your life is now, read through this blog to get ideas on how to change it.
  9. Steve Olson: Find inspiration and motivation to make personal changes on this site.
  10. You Already Know This Stuff: Here, you'll learn how to use what you already know to make a change in your life for the better.
  11. The Self-Improvement Blog: With articles on topics like confidence, starting over, goals, fitness and more, you'll find loads of self-improvement help here.

Attitude

Use these blogs as motivation to change how you see the world.

  1. The Positivity Blog: Learn to see the positive aspects of your life with help from this blog.
  2. Greater Good: This blog is an interesting read on the psychology of positive thinking and doing good.
  3. Make It a Great Day: Choose to life each day in a good mood with help from this blog.
  4. Optimism Apps: This blog will teach you to start looking at the bright side of things.
  5. Persistence Unlimited: Giving up in the face of resistance isn't usually the path to happiness. This blog offers advice on facing obstacles and conquering goals.
  6. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Read this blog to learn how your thoughts may be making you unhappy or holding you back.
  7. Moment-to-Moment Optimism: Find new ways to be an optimist through the posts on this blog.
  8. Illuminated Mind: Here you'll get tips on finding passion, fulfilling potential and more.
  9. Self-Help Daily: Learn how to be your own best friend when it comes to changing your life and your attitudes on this blog.

Balance

Make sure you have the right balance of work and fun in your life with help from these bloggers.

  1. Quest for Balance: This blogger posts on a range of topics related to finding balance in everyday life.
  2. Simply Enough: Learn how to give back to the world in proportion to what you have through this blog.
  3. Experiments in Lifestyle Design: This blog by Tim Ferris will teach you how to work less and play more.
  4. Urban Monk: Create a more balanced environment in your life and find bliss and love with help from this blog.
  5. Soul Meets World: Empower yourself and find the balance you've been seeking here.
  6. Pursuing a Balanced Life: This blogger shares his experiences trying to live a more balanced life.
  7. Healthy Joyful Living: Read through this blog for ideas on living happier and healthier.
  8. One Balanced Life: Share in the personal experiences of this blogger as she attempts to live a more intentioned and balanced life.
  9. Wheel of Life: These bloggers want to help you achieve a balance of all aspects of your life.

Relationships

Humans are social animals and connecting with others is a big part of what makes us happy. Learn to be better in your friendships, relationships and even at work with these sites.

  1. Communication Nation: Gain valuable insights on improving your communication skills here.
  2. Parent Hacks: Those who are parents can find interesting articles on becoming a better parent on this blog.
  3. Kinsey Confidential: Read this blog to get advice on all things relationship and sex related.
  4. Mira Kirschenbaum: This licensed therapist shares her insights on relationships here.
  5. David Wygant: If you're floundering on the dating scene, this blog may offer the help you need.
  6. Marriage Counseling Blog: This blog shows that there's no shame in trying to talk out your issues in counseling.
  7. The Friendship Blog: Irene S. Levine, PhD, shares her tips on mending broken friendships on this blog.
  8. Love and Relationship Advice Blog: On this site you'll find tips that can help make your love last.
  9. Marriage Secrets: Get ideas on how to spice up and improve your marriage here.

Health

It's hard to feel good mentally when you don't feel good physically. These blogs offer advice on tuning up your body and steps you can take to live healthier.

  1. Everyday Athlete: No matter your level of fitness, you can learn to move with purpose on this blog.
  2. Laughing Yogini: Learn more about yoga and doing it to improve both your mind and body here.
  3. Out of Bounds: Give your thoughts a nice place to call home with this blog focusing on brain health.
  4. Inspired Health and Happiness: You'll find great recipes and tips on living a healthier and more joyful life here.
  5. Dawn's Memories: From detoxing to skin care, this blog will show you how to take care of your whole body.
  6. Eat This!: Learn more about the foods you're putting into your body on this blog.
  7. Complete Running: Whether you're a new or veteran runner, this blog can help you learn how to get the most out of your exercise.
  8. Fit Buff: Get all kinds of tips on this blog that can help you whip your mind and body into shape.
  9. A Weight Lifted: If you'd like to lose a few pounds, this blog can show you how to do it the healthy way.

Life Coaches

Get a little expert advice on improving your life through these blogs.

  1. Tony Robbins' Blog: This renowned motivational speaker offers some great advice on getting your life in shape here.
  2. Coach TIA: Check out this coach's blog to learn how to take inspired action.
  3. Contemplate Life Coaching Blog: Marian Kerr offers her expertise on this blog.
  4. Lose the Excuses: On this site you'll find posts from coach Karyn Beach.
  5. Self Help Goddess: Learn how to help yourself with a little assistance from this blogger.
  6. Martha Beck: Use this site to find inspiration and advice on appreciating life.

Motivation and Inspiration

If you're in dire need of some get up and go these blogs can come to your rescue.

  1. Thinking Park: Ruminate on issues that can have a big impact on your personal happiness here.
  2. Inspiration and Motivation Blog: Find all kinds of helpful inspirational articles on this blog.
  3. Goals Success: Learn how to set, and follow through with, your goals with help from this site.
  4. Ricky Spears' Blog: On this blog, Ricky Spears offers readers ideas on how to get where they want to be.
  5. Motivational Speaker: Craig Harper: Get motivated with the advice of Craig Harper on this blog.
  6. Pick the Brain: This site will help you master your mind and find new ways to move forward.
  7. Motivational Memo: Peter James Sinclair offers motivational messages on this blog.
  8. Jerry Kennedy's Motivation 101: Read through this site to learn how to kick your butt into gear.
  9. Modern Motivation: This blog will show you how to make the most of your time, set goals and more.

Career and Money

While money may not be able to buy happiness, it sure doesn't hurt to have a little. These blogs will teach you how to improve your net worth and find greater happiness at the job you do to earn that money.

  1. Get Rich Slowly: Learn how to take your financial future slow and steady for the best results on this blog.
  2. The Daily Mind: On this site you can get advice drawn from Eastern philosophy on how to make work more meaningful.
  3. The Simple Dollar: Get financial advice that doesn't require a degree in finance here.
  4. Wise Bread: This blog will teach you to spend and save wisely.
  5. Lazy Way to Success: Read this blog for ideas on how to make your work go further so you have to do less of it.
  6. The Daily Saint: Explore the spiritual side of work on this blog.
  7. Ian's Messy Desk: Learn how to get the most out of your time with help from this blogger.
  8. Chief Happiness Officer: This blogger aims to show that the workplace can actually be a happy place.
  9. Free Money Finance: On this blog you can get ideas on how to manage and grow your net worth.

50 Best Blogs for Midwives

In America, midwives often don't get the respect they deserve or the recognition for the opportunities they offer expectant mothers. Of course, that doesn't mean things aren't changing as more and more women are looking for alternative, more natural ways to give birth. These blogs offer some great advice, perspectives and information for those who are currently working in the field and those who are still in nursing school or training to be a midwife.

Blogging Midwives and Students

Check out these blogs to hear from women learning how to be or working as midwives.

  1. The Midwives of Bethany Women's Healthcare: On this blog, you'll hear stories and information from the nurse-midwives of Bethany Women's Healthcare.
  2. Hands for Catching: This midwife-in-training shares her experiences in nursing school and learning about birthing babies on this site.
  3. Minority Midwife: Check out this blog to read posts from an African-American woman who's training to be a nurse and midwife.
  4. Bloody Show: This midwifery student explores issues of health, sex, gender, sexuality and more through her blog.
  5. Meconium Happens: Here you'll find a midwife who has a lot of experience, having her own eight children, to share with clients.
  6. PinkyRN: Visit this blog to read about the trials and tribulations of this midwife student.
  7. Navelgazing Midwife: This blogger is a professional midwife in San Diego who shares her experiences via her blog.
  8. Jan Tritten's Blog: Found on Midwifery Today, this blog talks about a number of issues that midwives will find interesting.
  9. Spinning Babies Blog: Gail Tully, a home birth midwife in Minnesota, shares her thoughts on optimal fetal positioning and more on this blog.
  10. Radical Midwife: This midwifery professional specializes in water and breech birth, but posts on a variety of topics here.
  11. Birthworks: Follow news and updates for midwives from blogger and professional midwife Stacey Haugland on this blog.
  12. Salem Midwife: This midwife owns a practice in Oregon, which can you learn more about by reading her posts.

Midwife and Birth Organizations

These organization's blogs are a great place to find information on midwifery.

  1. Midwife Connection: Follow midwifery as it is in the news and learn about opportunities to promote the profession on this blog.
  2. Citizens for Midwifery: This blog is home to the Citizens for Midwifery organization.
  3. International Caesarean Awareness Network Blog: Learn how to prevent more women from having unnecessary Cesareans with help from this organization's blog.
  4. Ethics for Midwives: Read through this blog to learn about the importance of a solid book of ethics for your practice.

Birth Blogs

These blogs embrace natural, educated and woman-centered childbirth.

  1. Birth Sense: Also called the Midwife Next Door, this blog offers simple, helpful advice for having a normal and healthy birth.
  2. Empowering Birth Blog: This midwifery student shares tips and experiences on how to make birth a more empowering experience.
  3. Enjoy Birth: Help your clients learn to enjoy and worry less about their pregnancy and birth with help from this site.
  4. First the Egg: Check out this blog for a feminist, empowering look at pregnancy, birth and women's health.
  5. Preparing for Birth: You may want to recommend this site to clients to help them to prepare for every step of their pregnancy and birth.
  6. Woman to Woman Childbirth Education: This blog focuses on passing childbirthing education from woman to woman.
  7. Science and Sensibility: This blog posts the latest research about healthy pregnancies and births.
  8. Instinctual Birth: Here you'll find a range of posts all about natural childbirth.

International

Check out these blogs from around the world to learn about being a midwife abroad.

  1. A Midwife's Muse: This community midwife lives and works in the UK and shares her expertise in the field here.
  2. VillageMidwife: Check with this blog regularly to learn more about midwifery issues in Australia.
  3. Homebirth: A Midwife Mutiny: This site talks about midwifery and homebirth in Australia.
  4. Watts in Nigeria: Here you'll find posts from both the UK and Nigeria from a woman working as a midwife.
  5. Gloria Lemay: This Canadian blogger is a childbirth activist, editor for Midwifery Today Magazine, an Advisory Board member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network and a midwife herself.
  6. Private Midwife: This Sydney-based midwife helps women to give birth at home and in the hospital.
  7. Missionary Midwife Mama: This midwife decided to take her expertise to Thailand, and you can read her blog to learn about her experiences there.

Doulas

Learn how to connect with doulas or make them part of your practice with these helpful blogs.

  1. Birthing Beautiful Ideas: This mother and philosophy PhD is also a doula and lactation educator.
  2. Dou-La-La: Visit this blog to read posts from this postpartum doula, birth advocate and midwife in training.
  3. Musings of a Montreal Doula: Lesley Everest shares her experiences and thoughts on supporting women in birth and parenting on this blog.
  4. Vancouver Doula: Find advice and inspiration on helping women give birth naturally from this blogging doula and midwife.
  5. Bellies and Babies: Follow the life of this midwifery student and doula through this blog.
  6. Radical Doula: Get a different perspective on being a doula from this pro-choice, Latina, and queer doula.
  7. Holistic Doula NYC Blog: Holistic RN, doula, and former labor and delivery nurse Andrea Crossman posts to this blog that helps moms-to-be find the help they need.

Other Birthing Health Care Professionals

These blogs track nurses and doctors working in labor and delivery and obstetrics.

  1. At Your Cervix: Check out this blog to read about the experiences of this labor and delivery nurse.
  2. Sarah Stewart: This blog is all about providing education to health care professionals involved in midwifery or birthing.
  3. The Skeptical OB: Harvard grad Dr. Amy Tuteur is a great resource of knowledge for birthing and OB information as well as the medical field at large.
  4. Birthday Nurse: Here you'll find a nurse working in the labor and delivery ward at the same hospital where she was born.
  5. OB/Gyn Kenobi: Follow the life of this Texas OB through this fun and informative blog.
  6. Midwife With a Knife: This site is home to the personal and professional observations of a Midwestern obstetrician.

Women's Health

Check out these sites to learn more about news and issues in women's health.

  1. Women's Health News: Maintained by a medical librarian, this site attempts to post the latest news and research in women's health.
  2. Our Bodies, Our Blog: Keep up with news and women's issues through this organization's blog.
  3. Birth Change: Learn more about the birth culture in the US and efforts to change it on this site.
  4. Women in Charge: This blog promotes women taking charge of their bodies through childbirth and beyond.
  5. Women's Health Zone: Visit this blog regularly to learn about new research in women's health.
  6. Well Woman Blog: Find wellness tips for women on this site.

100 Reasons to Become a Nurse

Becoming a nurse is a great decision for anyone interested in the field of medicine as it can be a rewarding career, both personally and financially. If you're thinking about enrolling in nursing school, check out our list of 100 great reasons to become a nurse.

altruismAltruism Becoming a nurse means that you can feel good about what you do.

  1. You want to make a positive contribution: You care about your fellow man, and want to make a positive impact on peoples' lives.
  2. Do something that matters: As a nurse, your work matters to your patients and their families.
  3. You can save someone's life: As a nurse, you may have the opportunity to save someone's life.
  4. You want to take away pain and suffering: Become a nurse to help stop the pain and suffering of others.
  5. You'll bring hope: You can be a giver of hope to your patients.
  6. See miracles: You can see miracles happen every day in nursing.
  7. You can uplift morale: As a nurse, you'll be able to improve the morale of patients and their families.

Education Here we'll take a look at the educational perks of nursing.

  1. It's easy to get started: Registered nurses can get started with a 2 year associate's degree and licensing exams.
  2. You'll be able to spot problems: Even in your daily life outside of work, you can see problems in bacteria, infections, and more.
  3. Completing a bachelor’s degree offers even more: For better pay and hiring opportunities, it's easy to complete additional education for a BSN.
  4. You can help family and friends: As a nurse, you'll be able to help support the people you care about in their health.
  5. Now is a good time to go to school: It's a great time to further your education with a nursing degree.
  6. You'll be more aware of your own health: Studying and working in healthcare can help you better focus on your own health.

Rewards These are some of the rewards that come along with nursing.

  1. Seeing patients cured: The reward of seeing someone return to good health is a great reason to become a nurse.
  2. You can be proud of your work: Nursing is a career that you can take pride in.
  3. You'll do good deeds for a living: When your job is helping people, you will do good for a living.
  4. You will value life more than ever: Becoming a nurse will help you better understand the value of life.
  5. Hugs: One of the perks of working as a nurse? Free hugs from patients and their families.
  6. Changing people's lives: Become a nurse for the satisfaction of changing people's lives.
  7. Personal growth: Nurses often experience strong personal growth and satisfaction.
  8. Respect: Nurses are well-respected in society.
  9. Medical TV is more exciting: When you live what other people only watch, medical TV shows are more interesting.
  10. Free consultations: When you work with doctors, much of your medical advice is free.
  11. You may learn how to decipher doctor handwriting: As a nurse, you just might earn a skill that others don't have-the ability to read what doctors write.
  12. Free lunch: Often, pharmaceutical reps bring in free lunches for doctors and nurses.
  13. Self esteem: Working as a nurse, you can feel good about yourself knowing that you're helping people.
  14. You'll get satisfaction from stopping suffering: When your patients recover, you'll enjoy seeing their suffering reduced.
  15. You can quickly earn vacation time: When working long hours at a time, you'll be able to earn vacation days quickly.
  16. You will be appreciated: Although not all patients will recognize your importance, many will be very appreciative of your hard work.

Practical These are some of the very practical rewards you'll get from nursing.

  1. Benefits: Many nursing jobs come with great medical and dental benefits.
  2. Free housing: Many travel nurses are given free housing.
  3. Retirement: You'll generally find nursing positions with retirement savings plans.
  4. Bonuses: Many nursing positions come with sign on bonuses and special pay for taking on certain positions.
  5. Overtime: You can be paid well for time worked over your regular hours.
  6. Incentives: Many employers offer sign on bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and more.
  7. You can take days off: When you work long hours, it's easy to create a schedule where you have a number of off days grouped together.
  8. Life insurance: You'll generally find life insurance as a part of a nursing benefits package.
  9. You can have weekdays off: With a nurse's schedule, you may often end up with weekdays off to run your errands.

careerCareer Here you can examine some of the great things about a career in nursing.

  1. You'll always have a job: There's always a place for nurses to work, so nursing will give you a guaranteed job.
  2. You can work anywhere: Medical professionals are needed everywhere, so you can work wherever you'd like.
  3. Job satisfaction: Job satisfaction among nurses is very high.
  4. Nursing is recession proof: Although markets can fluctuate, people will always get sick.
  5. There's good pay: Even new nurses will earn a generous paycheck, and those who fill shortages can earn even more.
  6. You'll have a flexible schedule: You can create a flexible schedule with a variety of different shifts.
  7. You'll be connected to technology and humanity: Nursing offers a science to technically caring for people.
  8. You can work on the road: Many nurses find success in travel nursing.
  9. You can change your specialty: You can take on opportunities in new specialties if you'd like.
  10. There's lots of variety: The possibilities are endless when it comes to nursing-you can work in a hospital or clinic, work in pediatrics, insurance, or schools.
  11. You can take on expanding opportunities: As physicians spend less time with patients, nurses can take on opportunities that offer more hands-on interaction.
  12. Nursing offers transferable skills: As a nurse, you'll learn skills that are great for any career in health care.
  13. There's plenty of room for growth: Your nursing career can grow into much more with further education.

traitsTraits Do you have what it takes to be a nurse? Check out these traits.

  1. You'll get over bodily functions: You will no longer have any problems with other peoples' toilet use and bodily functions.
  2. You're detail-oriented: You must be able to remember, write a lot, and be organized as a nurse.
  3. You are empathetic: Sharing empathy with others is essential for becoming a nurse.
  4. You have the skills: If you have the ability to communicate and instill trust in people, you have the basic skills for becoming a nurse.
  5. You're emotionally stable: As a nurse, you have to be able to deal with a roller coaster ride of emotions.
  6. You can deal with blood: If you're faint of stomach, you'll have trouble with nursing.
  7. You're able to adapt: Every day will be different, so being able to adapt is essential for nursing.
  8. You can prioritize: Nursing is fast paced and needs constant prioritization.
  9. You have physical endurance: Nurses often work on their feet all day with minimal breaks.
  10. You're dedicated: Nursing is not just a job-it's a lifestyle.
  11. You can think quickly: If you're able to think on your feet, chances are you can keep up with nursing.
  12. You have a commitment to learning: Nurses are constantly learning, so if you love to learn, nursing is a great profession.
  13. You have good judgment: You should be able to judge quickly and accurately.
  14. You're caring: As a nurse, you'll care for people every day, so caring for others is a must.
  15. You're hardworking: Nursing is never ending, and needs hard workers.
  16. You're willing to work hard: Nursing is hard work-if you can handle long hours in exchange for rewarding work, nursing may be good for you.
  17. You're tactful: Nurses need to be able to deal with doctors, patients, and coworkers in a tactful way.
  18. You're good at multitasking: Multitasking is an essential skill for nurses.
  19. You have a sense of humor: As a nurse, you have to be able to let things slide off your back.
  20. You like a challenge: Nursing will stretch your limits, in a good way.
  21. You're dedicated: Nurses take on their vocation to dedicate their lives to helping others.
  22. You're courageous: Nursing can sometimes be a scary job, so if you've got courage, you may have what it takes to be a nurse.

People See how people can make your work as a nurse worth it.

  1. Interaction: You'll be able to interact with different people every day.
  2. You'll work with patients and their families: You will spend time working with not only patients, but their families as well.
  3. You'll be a mentor: Nursing allows you to mentor patients, families, and other nurses.
  4. You'll work as part of a team: You will interact with lots of other health professionals as a nurse.
  5. You'll enjoy camaraderie: As part of a health care team, you will enjoy camaraderie with your fellow workers and patients.
  6. You'll educate people: Much of your job as a nurse will be educating patients, their families, and the general public.
  7. You can become more than a caregiver: Long term care can take a personal turn with patients you really care about.

lastAdvantages Over Becoming a Doctor These are a few reasons why nursing may be better than becoming a doctor.

  1. Fewer educational requirements: You'll study for 2-4 years instead of 12-14.
  2. You have less liability: Doctors are responsible for malpractice insurance, while nurses are not.
  3. You can spend more time with patients: Doctors do not generally get to spend a lot of time with patients-but nurses do.
  4. You'll take care of patients, not the disease: As a nurse, you can treat the whole patient.
  5. There's more flexibility: Once doctors pick their specialty, they generally have to stay in it, but nurses can move from one area of medicine to another.
  6. You can have a life outside of work: Although you will work strange hours, your life will not be completely devoted to work.
  7. There's less of a commitment: You do not have to own a practice, employ staff, and stay in one place as a nurse.
  8. You won't start your career in a massive amount of debt: Most doctors start their careers deep in debt from years of education, while nurses tend to have limited debt or none at all.
  9. It's difficult to get into medical school: Being accepted in medical school is not easy, but nursing school is easy in comparison.
  10. You won't have to be on call constantly: Doctors normally have to spend certain hours on call, while nurses don't.

Environment Here you will learn why a nurse's working environment is great.

  1. Nursing is exciting: Every day at work is different for nurses.
  2. You can embrace change: Even if you work in the same hospital for 25 years, you can change specialties, hours, and more to switch things up.
  3. You'll avoid the typical 9-5: You can avoid working typical business hours as a nurse.
  4. Flexibility: Nursing offers lots of flexibility.
  5. There's lots of variety: You'll be able to work in lots of different settings and positions.
  6. Nurse staffing agencies are useful: If you'd like to earn high hourly wages with lots of flexibility, you may want to look into working for nursing staffing agencies.
  7. You can use all of yourself: A career in nursing uses your mind, body, and soul.
  8. It's easy to move: Nurses can work anywhere, so moving to a new city is not a problem.
  9. Nursing is intellectually stimulating: As a nurse, or nurse educator, you will work in an intellectually stimulating environment.
  10. Nurses can work in a variety of settings: Nurses can work in hospitals, clinics, offices, schools, homes, and more.

10 Scariest Celebrity Malpractice Cases

According to the Institute of Medicine, approximately 1.5 million patients are the victim of some sort of medical mistake. The results lead to an estimated 98,000 deaths a year.

If you thought only the “common” people are victims of this, think again. Below, we have gathered the ten scariest celebrity malpractice cases. They include some of the most famous celebrities and the most heart-breaking stories.

1. Michael Jackson Dies From Drug Poisoning : The world mourned the loss of one of its most noted entertainers in 2009. The cause of death? A myriad of drugs including Propofol, a sedative used during general surgery, and two other related drugs were found in Michael’s system even though he didn’t need them. Because he was under the care of a physician, the case has gone beyond malpractice. The physician who oversaw Michael will now be charged with manslaughter.

2. James Woods’ Brother Dies In Hospital : Forty nine year old Michael Woods went to the hospital in the afternoon in 2006 with a sore throat and vomiting. Three hours later he suffered a heart attack and died. Instead of being put on a heart monitor as ordered after an electrocardiogram showed an abnormal heartbeat, he was taken to x-ray and then left on a gurney in a hallway where he experienced his fatal heart attack. Three years later James Woods and family were awarded 1.25 million to create the Michael J. Woods Institute at Kent Hospital.

3. Dennis Quaid’s Newborns Given Accidental Overdose : In one of the scariest malpractice cases involving celebrities, it was the children who were harmed. In November of 2007, Dennis and his wife Kimberly gave birth to two healthy twins. The joy soon turned to horror when the babies accidentally received a massive overdose of a blood thinning drug. In an insane error where the comma was placed three digits over, the twins received 10,000 units of Heparin instead of ten. This error happened when the pharmacist restocked the different vials in the wrong place and the staff didn’t catch it. The Quaids eventually settled with the hospital for a reported $750,000.

4. John Ritter Dies of Aortic Dissection : He continues to make us laugh in reruns of “Three’s Company” and many other shows and films. That is why it was such a tragedy when he died in 2003 from a tear in his aorta, also known as an aortic dissection. His lawyers alleged that a denied chest x-ray two years before would have led to the correct diagnosis. Instead he has treated incorrectly for a heart attack. The family ended up settling in 2008.

5. Kanye West’s Mother Dies From Surgery : In 2007, Donda West died at age 58 from complications due to a tummy tuck and breast reduction. The doctor who operated on her suspected that the cause of death could have been a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or massive vomiting. The scary part is that the doctor had two malpractice suits filed against him that ended in payouts and was arrested twice for driving under the influence, according to medical board records.

6. Freddie Prinze Commits Suicided : The only mental health malpractice suit to make the list, this one involved Freddie Prinze, Sr. He starred in the popular television series “Chico and the Man” in the seventies. After several problems with drugs, he sought the help of a psychiatrist. Believing that the Qualludes prescribed helped cause the suicide, a court settlement was reached in the amount of one million dollars for his surviving family.

7. Throat Operation Ends Julie Andrews’ Singing Career : With the lyrics “the hills are alive,” Julie forever changed the way we see musicals on the screen. In addition to “The Sound of Music,” she sang in such classic works as “Victor/ Victoria.” and “Mary Poppins,” for which she won an Oscar in 1964. In 1997, she had throat surgery to correct voice problems. However, the result left her with hoarseness and permanent vocal damage. She ended up settling in a New York court with the hospital.

8. Dana Carvey Undergoes Botched Bypass Surgery : We all know him as the SNL favorite who brought us Garth from “Wayne’s World” and did an unforgettable George Bush 41. However, he wasn’t smiling in 1998 when he underwent a double bypass operation. When the chest pains continued with no improvement, Carvey again returned to the hospital. After undergoing an angiogram, it was discovered that the wrong artery had been bypassed. Luckily, he ended up having the correct surgery and settling his 7.5 million dollar case out of court.

9. Ed McMahon Leaves Hospital With Broken Neck : He entertained for decades at the side of the legendary Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” However, in 2008 the now deceased Ed McMahon went to the hospital after a fall and was discharged without x-ray. Ed would later allege he had suffered a broken neck and two subsequent botched spine operations. He would later go onto to settle with the hospital for an undisclosed amount.

10.  DJ AM Dies of Drug Overdose : After surviving a brutal plane crash with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker that left others dead, DJ AM would later go onto die of a drug overdose. His mother then amended a wrongful death suit against the plane company. She alleges that as a result of medication he received at a hospital, he again became addicted to drugs. Barker settled separately with the plane company.

With healthcare and TORT reform at front stage, it is unlikely that the above ten scariest medical malpractice cases are will be the last. One of the best ways to avoid becoming a victim yourself is to get educated. Know which drugs you are taking, how much, when, and why you are taking them. Be sure and check the containers yourself. If feeling ill and going to the hospital, have a family member or loved one join you to make sure orders are carried out quickly and correctly. If you have any other concerns about scary malpractice cases, consult your physician for other tips to avoid them.

Top 10 Medical Movies of all Time

Are you home sick with the flu or maybe you or someone you care about are suffering from something more serious? Then grab the remote, a DVD, and check out the top ten medical movies of all time. They will make you laugh, cry, inspire, and best of all: believe.

  1. The Song of Bernadette
    Made in 1943, this medical movie was nominated for twelve Academy Awards. It tells the story of a young girl who stumbles across a miracle in her hometown of Lourdes, France. The site of this vision is still visited by people from all over the world to this day. With an opening line of “For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation is possible”, the film is a must for all those who believe in, or need, a miracle.
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    This is one of the few movies in history to take all five major Oscars including director, screenplay, actor, actress, and film. Made in 1975, a young Jack Nicholson stars as a mental patient who inspires the others to fight back against the totalitarian and now infamous “Nurse Ratched.” If you want to learn more, visit the website, which is used as a study guide.
  3. Erin Brockovich
    Another Oscar contender, this movie centers around an underdog’s fight against a corporate giant. The true life story of Erin Brockovich and the law firm she worked for is especially compelling in the true life stories of the hundreds of victims. A must view medical movie for seeing what can happen when people stand as one against all odds. A visit to the website can also tell you more from Erin herself.
  4. A Beautiful Mind
    This 2001 picture won four Academy Awards, including for best picture. Russell Crowe plays John Forbes Nash, Jr., a brilliant mathematician and economist. His life was forever changed when he developed schizophrenia. See what can be achieved despite illness in this moving film. The website also has more on Nash’s work and even brain teasers.
  5. Philadelphia
    In the early days of AIDS, society knew little about the disease and less about how to treat those who do have it. Tom Hanks plays a lawyer in this award winning film whose disease and sexual preference are suspected of leading to his termination. He then hires a lawyer to fight for his rights, while simultaneously fighting for his life. An excellent medical movie for showing that the ill still have rights.
  6. MASH
    Before it was a ground breaking show, “MASH” was an award winning film. The war/comedy movie follows the doctors and nurses at a surgical hospital during the Korean War. Proving that war is indeed hell, this group of misfits do what they both can and have to survive and keep their sanity.
  7. Article 99
    Although it didn’t perform well at the box office, this film is a medical movie must for its portrayal of doctors going above and beyond their already large call of duty. Ray Liotta and Kiefer Sutherland star in this 1992 medical thriller about a band of renegade doctors at a VA hospital who decide to help patients, even if the top brass says “no,” with harrowing results.
  8. The Doctor
    Ever had a doctor who didn’t make eye contact and seemed to care little for his patients? Then you’ll recognize the main character in this medical movie. After contracting cancer, he switches roles from patient to doctor, with life changing results. A standout for any patient who wants to see an indifferent doctor get a taste of his own medicine.
  9. Florence Nightingale
    One of the most famous nurses in history, she is also known as “The Lady of the Lamp.” During the Crimean War in Great Britain, she became famous for lobbying the government to better the horrible conditions of the hospitals on the battlefield. This 1985 film stars Jacyln Smith as Florence and shows how one nurse can achieve anything. Available to watch for free by clicking the link.
  10. Extraordinary Measures
    Inspired by the true life story of John Crowley, this film is about a man who defied the odds and risked a lucrative career to work for a cure for his children’s life threatening disease. Together with a brilliant and unappreciated scientist, they form a biotech company. See the lengths they are willing to go to in order to accomplish their goals by checking out this film.

Whether a patient, doctor, or other health professional, there are tons of inspiration to be found in these top ten medical movies of all time. They are especially useful for getting a sense of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.

Bonus: If you’re too sick to go to the video store, try a site like Netflix. With a simple registration and monthly plans starting at $8, you can have your favorite medical movie delivered to your mailbox within two business days.

101 Blog Posts Every New Nurse Should Read

Nursing requires almost superhuman strength, stamina, and compassion. And due to its nature, none involved in the profession practice in a vacuum. Both students and recent graduates preparing to enter into their studies or career should look to the experiences of their predecessors for information and inspiration. Some have plenty to say about the profession and their particular specializations. Others prefer discussing the education and exams that lead into a nursing career. And still others take to activism and patient advocacy to ensure the needs of the community and their patients are met. All of them have valuable perspectives to offer those starting to dip their comfortable shoe-clad toes into the field.

1. “Uh oh” at code blog

One nurse shares her very first professional experience after graduating, which involves how she dealt with a patient’s relentless requests for excessive pain medication. Those new to nursing ought to ponder over the myriad different patients they will encounter in their careers.

2. “Flight Nurse: A Life of Training and Trauma” at CRZEGRL, FLIGHT NURSE

This guest post by John C. Lee, Jr., SRN reflects upon the responsibilities and experiences of working as a nurse on Lifeflight helicopters. It is one possible career path for nursing students and recent graduates to consider.

3. “The Travel Nursing Cost of Living Calculator” at TravelNursingBlogs.com

All careers – not just nurses – can benefit from this extremely valuable tool, which helps people understand how much they need to make in order to maintain a certain standard of living when transitioning from one city to another.

4. “Advice for future nursing students” at Windows Live

Receive some sage wisdom from a professional nurse before even committing to attending school. Beyond the 9 pieces of valuable advice on the blog post itself, the comments section swarms with supplements and even more useful tips.

5. “Virtual Nurse Might Help Real Nurses” at nursingjobs.org

Almost every entry at nursingjobs.org’s highly informative blog brims with resources and advice for nursing students and recent graduates alike. This one looks into the role technology may play in the future of the profession.

6. “New York Guide To Recognizing and Acting Upon Signs of Nursing Home Abuse” at New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

In spite of the blog’s main and post title, the signs of nursing home abuse apply to elder care facilities worldwide. Nurses focusing on older patients interred in these homes ought to keep themselves alert to ensure their coworkers or fellow healthcare professionals are genuinely caring for their patients.

7. “Is There Room For Dr Nurse?” at The Happy Hospitalist Blog

One of the more common complaints nursing blogs seem to discuss is the lack of respect from the doctors they associate with. Those hoping to enter the profession must barricade themselves against damages from possible (though obviously not universal) condescension and understand both sides of the issue – which are not-so-succinctly reflected in the comments section.

8. “Front Lines” at A Nurse Practitioner’s View

Family nurse practitioner Stephen Ferrara shares his views on two of his contemporaries and their admirable, inspirational work in isolated or impoverished areas of the United States. Both of them really shed light on healthcare issues in America that many people still do not fully know about or understand.

9. “Speaking of Degrees…” at Emergiblog

The BSN degree has caused something of an uproar within the nursing community, and one experienced ER nurse discusses how the additional education changed her both professionally and personally. Anyone still trying to decide what diploma they would like to obtain should use this as a supplement to their research.

10. “Painful Language Barrier!” at It shouldn’t happen in health care

This humorous story looks at one frequent occurrence in the nursing world – not being able to communicate with a patient due to language differences. Blogger “Max E Nurse” looks at how even regional changes in the same dialect can put up walls and stand in the way of a proper diagnosis.

11. “Tips on dealing with the demented patient in the ER” at about a nurse

Language is not the only barrier between nurse and patient, and this useful blog entry offers great, practical tips on the best way to handle ER cases involving dementia due to age or substance abuse.

12. “Why Nurse Stereotypes Are Bad for Health” at The New York Times

RN Theresa Brown offers up an insightful, no-nonsense glimpse into how prevailing media stereotypes regarding the nursing profession actively damage patient care. It is an indispensable resource for everyone with or without a medical career, as it dispels many potentially dangerous myths about nurses.

13. “Mother Jones- RN” at Nurse Ratched’s Place

A psychiatric nurse offers up the tragic story of one patient at her facility who complained of pain, only to be treated as if the suffering was purely psychosomatic in nature. He died of pancreatic cancer two weeks later. She looks to one of the most famous nurses in history and upholds her as a role model for everyone seeking the utmost compassion and fairness in the healthcare system – regardless of their political leanings.

14. “Mistakes” at Mediblogopathy

Every medical professional – nurse and doctor alike – will make a mistake during his or her career. It is an inevitability, and while mishaps can be staved off or prevented with intense diligence and attention, they cannot be eradicated altogether. Learn how to best deal with these trying situations as well as the importance of the medical community keeping its eye on one another to minimize possible harm to patients.

15. “The Last Minute of Life” at Midwife for the End-of-Life

One RN eloquently reflects upon the nature of mortality as a patient dies almost completely alone at the age of 44. Death, like mistakes, can never be removed from the reality of working in the medical profession.

16. “What Does it Really Take to be a Good Nurse?” at PixelRN

Join a part-time RN on her daily rounds as she analyzes everything that factors into her professional success. She also offers another voice in the debate regarding shifts in nursing education as well.

17. “Handmaidens, Helpmeets, and the Problem of Nursing” at Head Nurse

This necessarily blunt blog post educates readers on the very real challenges that nurses face as a result of social stigmas and misconceptions regarding their work. Anyone even remotely considering nursing school must read this and understand exactly what the profession entails.

18. “7 Habits of Highly INeffective CNAs at Nursing Assistant Resources On The Web

Between this entry and its companion piece, “7 Habits of Highly Effective CNAs” , anyone aspiring for the position can learn everything they should and should not do in order to succeed.

19. “As A Nurse, Could You Take Care Of This Person With Unconditional Love?” at Nurse Healers by Kate Loving Shenk

A challenging blog post focusing on an issue that many nurses will have to face in their careers. It poses questions regarding the ethics of treating criminals – in this case, the terrorist responsible for the attempted plane bombing on Christmas Day of 2009. Readers are left to ponder whether or not medical compassion ought to be administered to individuals overflowing with rather obvious hate.

20. “Online Nursing Degree” at The Nursing School

Aspiring nurses with time or location limitations may want to explore their online schooling options. This post briefly discusses a few different available programs as well as the role of internet-based educations in the profession.

21. “SERVICE EXCELLENCE in a bottle!” at 5 West Nursing

The premise may sound a bit silly, but the analogy makes sense. Nursing in an understaffed facility as a peanut butter spread on a sandwich – a reality the majority of participants will experience at least once in their careers.

22. “Issues in Nursing – Look out administrators!” at Young and Restless Nurse

Business and nursing collide as one professional shares information on questions and concerns raised during her graduate work with the American Nurses Association. Take a peek at some of the major problems nurses take with their careers and the people they encounter.

23. “Change of Shift” at 20 Out Of 10

A handy, incredibly detailed resource for anyone hoping for or currently working in the medical profession, blogger and RN Braden shares all the different types of nursing careers to help future, current, or graduating students choose the path that best suits their needs and interests.

24.“Textbooks” at WardBunny’s Coffee Break

The author admits that taste in literature and what one does and does not consider useful is subjective, but she nevertheless offers some great textbook ideas to help guide nursing students down the right path – perhaps supplementing the content already covered in their classes.

25. “Interventions – refusal” at At Your Cervix

Consumer and patient issues take the spotlight here, as one nurse responds to the questions of a respectful commenter. She specifically discusses pregnancy and natural childbirth, but the post serves as a wonderful reminder of nurses’ responsibility to help their patients both physically and in the area of becoming better-informed about health issues and medical facilities.

26. “Crucial Conversations” at Trauma Diva

Learn a little bit about the best way to handle extremely difficult talks with a third-party recommendation of the Crucial Conversations seminar and books. The blogger believes it to be a valuable tool in telling people things they really do not want to hear.

27. “Idealism vs. Realism” at Blissful Entropy

A must-read for all current and hopeful nursing students, blogger and ER nurse Erica addresses the fine line between the rose-tinted picture of nursing and the actual career itself. It debunks many common perceptions, so those curious about entering into nursing ought to use it as one potential tool for analyzing whether or not it is really what they want to do.

28. “tips for new nursing students” at the loco days of locolorenzo

Inspired by numerous other blog posts for new nursing students, another professional RN weighs in on his opinions. Number 6 is particularly helpful for all future (and current!) nurses.

29. “Death, NGTubes, Kindness & Spanish” at Blog PRN

At the time of the blog post’s writing, an RN in Pennsylvania was just beginning her first forays into her work in an emergency room. Here, she places readers in her shoes as she recounts a stressful week – which includes many of the very real issues nurses must face on a frequent basis.

30. “Untitled” at EDNurseasauras, Still in the Trenches

Learn about one 33-year veteran of the ER nursing profession’s experience with having a family member enter her workspace for reasons other than a social visit. Fortunately, the story ends positively, but it does express the many emotions that run through a nurse’s mind upon seeing a loved one in need of medical attention.

31. “Test Patterns” at Paging Dr. Nurse

This quick blog post illustrates the yo-yoing emotions that often accompany nursing school.

32. “Do’s and Don’ts of Nursing Documentation” at free and free to try downloads for nurses

In spite of the visual clutter of the website, the article remains a handy checklist for nurses when it comes to writing down important information. Those new to the profession will particularly appreciate this resource, as it will help them eventually grow into the habits necessary for proper documentation.

33. “Blogging is a lifesaver” at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop!

Any current or future nurses interested in launching a blog of their own would do well to read one of the community’s reasoning behind keeping one. Be sure to stay within HIPAA guidelines, of course, out of respect for patient confidentiality.

34. “The Witching Hour” at Nurse William

Walk through the crazy hours of one nurse’s ER shift hectic night. Almost every bed in the facility filled up, and diverse emergencies began filtering in. This is the reality, and it is intense.

35. “resuscitating granny” at madness: tales of an emergency room nurse

Any and all nurses need to keep abreast of issues in their field, and this one looks at predicted staff shortages, healthcare reform, and how society could possibly deal with it. This does, of course, only offer one perspective of the issue – all people should look at multiple sides before coming to their own conclusions.

36. “Nurses need to unite and organize” at Nurses Uniting

This blog tracks the progress of nurses taking on active roles in healthcare reform. Obviously everyone will hold a different opinion on the matter, but there is a broader lesson to be learned here. If healthcare professionals feel strongly about a subject that relates to them, they should band together and fight for changes that best suit their patients and their careers.

37. “Refusing Nursing Care & Hurling Insults” at HealthcarePOV

Patients resistant to care and unopposed to rudely cutting down the people who try to care for them are a sad fact for many – if not most – nurses. Learn the reality of what they have to face and how one RN dealt with the barbs.

38. “Has Anyone Claimed the Body Yet?” at Travel Nurse Aim

Hear the tragic story of a man dying alone in a rehab hospital after no visits from family members or friends for 2 months. Tales such as this are the norm for nurses, and those who cannot handle exposure to such sadness may want to consider a different career path.

39. “Jean Watson’s Theory” at Nursing Research: Show me the evidence!

For as no-nonsense and tough as nurses are, the vast majority of them propel themselves professionally forward due to almost superhuman levels of compassion. Take a brief peek into the psychology and sociology behind Caritas Process Five, a conjecture regarding the nature of empathy, sympathy, and love.

40. “Disruptive behavior commonplace, survey finds” at Health License Defense

Although the blog focuses mainly on issues as they relate to healthcare and medical law in Texas, this particular post takes a national look at the darker side of nursing.

41. “Planning To Become A Nurse..any Advice?” at VirtualNurse.com

A high school student asks the nursing community for advice on the proper schooling and tips for a successful career. Several professionals weigh in with their opinions and experiences.

42. “Having a Boring Student Rotation?” at The Nursing Site Blog

Almost everything author and RN Kathy Quan has to say on this wonderfully detailed blog can be of great use to a new nurse. This confrontational but highly necessary entry posits a few provocative questions for nursing students feeling their rotations have grown dull.

43. “Nurses Urged to Become Entrepreneurs” at Nursing Crib

The call may have issued forth from the Filipino government, but can inspire nurses worldwide all the same. They encourage individuals with nursing training to open up their own businesses as a solution to unemployment – sage advice that transcends national borders.

44. “2010: International Year of the Nurse” at The National Nurse

Glimpse the possible future of nursing as The National Nurse honors the men and women on the front lines of the industry who push for recognition as entities separate and not subservient to doctors.

45. “What Does A Nurse Practitioner Do?” at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place

One family nurse practitioner outlines what she loves and does not love about her job, providing a quick but moving read for anyone considering that career path.

46. “Untitled” at Nursing

For those interested in working with psychiatric patients, Nursing hosts a slew of very detailed notes on the experience. Even nurses and nursing students unaffiliated with that particular emphasis may want to review these case studies in the event they ever have to deal with an individual with psychological impairments.

47. “Confronting Male Nurse Myths” at RealityRN.com

Men who take on nursing as a vocation oftentimes face a number of entirely unfair misconceptions. This article dispels many of the wrongheaded assumptions made about male nurses and offers advice on how to deal with them in a professional, tactful manner.

48. “Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15, 2009” at Geriatric Nursing

The day may have past, but the message transcends temporal boundaries. Learn how to spot elder care abuse in either families or healthcare facilities.

49. “An open letter to the ICU” at Brain Scramble, RN

A rookie RN is chronicling her first year on the job, and this post perfectly encompasses the agony and the ecstasy of helping people in dire situations requiring an Intensive Care Unit.

50. “Blue Sky Scrubs” at OB Nurse

OB nurse Kim discusses her experience with Blue Sky Scrubs, whose services include a generous number of sizes and a broad selection of items to fit many different needs.

51. “Ten Commandments to Avoid Illegal Recruitment” at The Nursing Blog

With so many nurses grappling against unemployment, the time is right for many scams to rear their ugly heads and prey off their desperation. Though meant for nurses in the Philippines, the sound advice can apply to anyone seeking a nursing job in any nation.

52. “This is why we are failing” at ERNursey

Many – if not most – of the bloggers on this list have been outspoken about their support for healthcare reform. To balance out their perspectives and forge personal opinions, one must also take a look at one professional’s stance against it before coming to a conclusion.

53. “Top Tips for Dealing with Your Patient’s Family” at www.npplace.com

Nurses will have to deal with families on a daily basis – a trial that can be even more taxing than the patients themselves. This blog post offers some very helpful tips on handling situations without purposely stepping on any toes.

54. “Top 5 Things You Wish They’d Taught in Nursing School” at Off the Charts

Anyone visiting the Off the Charts at the American Journal of Nursing blog would do themselves a disservice to not explore everything else the site has to offer. This post would be of particular interest to nursing students and recent graduates, as it poses the question and allows commenters to offer their own insight.

55. “Untitled” at Booty Nurse

Learn a little bit about endoscopy and other procedures as they occur in a small New England operating room. This sheds some light on healthcare situations outside of major cities for those headed to less densely-populated areas.

56. “Encyclopedia of Infectious Diseases Modern Methodologies” at Nurses On Duty

Nurses On Duty links to a free .pdf download of this essential manual for medical professionals. Save it to a flash drive and take advantage of the resource anywhere with a USB-enabled computer.

57. “Passing the NCLEX” at Squidoo

Take advantage of this intensive beginner’s resource on what to expect when it comes time to take the NCLEX certification exams. It also suggests books and offers quick tips on getting the most out of study guides.

58. “Get the Facts About Travel Nursing” at Ultimate Nurse

Kathy Quan eloquently weighs in on all the ins and outs regarding careers in travel nursing. This post is a must-read for anyone trying to enter the field.

59. “5 Ways to Reduce Nursing Stress” at Student Nurses’ Notes

This intelligent, level-headed resource offers extremely useful, sound advice on how nurses and nursing students alike can keep cool in spite of their daily pressures.

60. “A little dys-functionality” at RehabRN

No matter what area of medicine they enter into, all nurses will have to deal with drama and stress. Listen to one RN mine comedy and decompression from a particularly rough week.

61. “Sure-Fire Ways to Get Into Nursing School” at NursingSchoolsInOhio.com

Future nursing students do not have to live in Ohio to benefit from their advice. This detailed post offers up tips and tricks to keep in mind when it comes to applying to colleges and universities with a nursing program.

62. “Online Reviews” at REBIRTH

With the ascent of Yelp, Angieslist.com, CitySearch, and other consumer review websites, patients can write about their experiences – allowing readers to decide whether or not they would like to patronize these businesses or services in turn. One labor nurse discusses in depth the effect this has on her industry and how some reviewers may not be seeing the bigger picture.

63. “The Reality Of Filling Monthly Medications For Pain Patients” from Shauna’s Life In Pain And Other Fun Things

Blogger and retired nurse Shauna looks at issues regarding pain medications from her unique vantage point as both a patient and a former healthcare professional.

64. “Health Strategies & Solutions Diagnoses Trends and Implications for Healthcare Industry in 2009 and Beyond” at 21st CenturyNursing

21st CenturyNursing posts content regarding intersections between the medical field and emerging or improving technologies. This one looks at trends from 2009 and how they may come to impact later years.

65. “The Subpoena” at Scrubs

All of the blogs at Scrubs focus on nurses at different levels of their careers – from student to veteran to manager. There is something specialized for almost everyone, but this blog post offers quick, logical advice on an aspect of the profession that many have not covered. Some nurses may have to go to court and testify regarding their procedurals.

66. “CNA – aka certified ass wiper” at LivingDeadNurses Psycho Ward

This blogger is not afraid to bluntly discuss the dirty side of working as a CNA. Mucky, unsanitary patients who need cleaning are a reality for all nurses, and anyone hoping to enter the field must understand this.

67. “Truth about Nursing, the nice stuff” at Adventures of Student RN Tiffany

On the other end of the coin, here are a few positive things about nursing for those overwhelmed by stories of stress and stools.

68. “that’s what it’s all about” at Caffeine and Xanax

This quick post also delves into the rewarding aspect of nursing as well, leading one RN to think about why she entered the career to begin with.

69. “My First Injection!” at Nursing Anatomy

A nursing student relays the first time she ever gave a patient an injection – one of the most fundamental, but simultaneously intimidating, aspects of the job.

70. “What Are the Best Shoes for Nurses to Wear?” at RnLife.com – A Nursing Student’s Blog

Nurses spend a great deal of time on their feet, and uncomfortable shoes can wreak havoc on their legs and back after a particularly long shift. Get detailed advice on finding the best shoes possible for such a demanding job.

71. “What I do with my shift (in an ideal world…)” at The Nurse in Purple Converse

Obviously, nursing schedules are subject to change at any given moment. However, one plucky RN shares the basic framework of what constitutes a (very) relatively low-key, easy day.

72. “20 Things Every New Nurse Should Know” at My Journey from a Student to a Nurse

This must-read post for every nursing student and recent graduate offers up detailed, intelligent, and well-informed advice on even the little things that will help a harried shift go comparatively smoother.

73. “Preparing for the NCLEX-RN” at A Student Nurse’s Survival Guide

Look over sample NCLEX-RN exams, get tips on landing the best score possible, and study extremely useful notes and handouts all in one comprehensive blog post.

74. “Don’t Panic! How to survive your pac placement as a nursing student” at prn penguin

prn penguin pulls from her considerable experience as a nurse to provide detailed, reasonable advice and reassurance for both students and recent graduates alike.

75. “Things Every Nursing Student Should Have…Even Through Grad School: Part I” at Unsought Input

Thankfully, blogger Annie Mo did not pull a Mel Brooks with this series, and Part 2, which focuses on handy personal technology, can be found here.

76. “First clinical: things I wish I’d known” at Not Nurse Ratched

Not Nurse Ratched provides readers with an extensive blog post on everything a new nurse needs to know about the career. Many other nurses weigh in with their opinions in the comments section as well, making this an exceptional resource for novices.

77. “How to get by in the Operating Room” at Mark On The World

Read one former nursing student’s humorous but extremely helpful tips on dealing with operating room procedures. Some – like wearing stilts – are rather silly, but they carry with them a kernel of very real truth.

78. “A Nurses’ Guide to Accomplishing Goals” at Nurse Together

Nurse consultant Katie Morales draws up an easy-to-read, completely manageable, and entirely realistic template for outlining career aspirations and subsequently achieving them.

79. “CV Watchdogs Let Nurses Down” at Matt’s Healthcare Jobs Blog

Unemployed and job-hunting nurses should read over one expert’s opinion on the CV Watchdog services that oftentimes accompany employment websites, detailing how they may come to negatively effect healthcare professionals.

80. “Our Essential Top Ten” at Jobs for Nurses, Midwives and Practitioners

This checklist details everything nurses need to keep in mind when it comes to compiling their CV forms. It also acts as a fine supplement to a painstakingly detailed article on how to best structure the documents hosted by the blog’s parent site, nurses.co.uk.

81. “NCLEX Prep Reflections” at The Makings of a Nurse

Fresh off securing her RN license, blogger Nurse Teeny shares her views and experience with taking the NCLEX to help those about to take it walk into the exam room with confidence and all the knowledge needed to pass.

82. “Things I wish I knew for MEPN” at NursingZen

Educational opportunities in nursing are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, though most blogs tend to focus on the former. NurseSF at NursingZen shares advice for future students hoping to enter into a Master’s Entry Nursing Program.

83. “3 Ways to Give Your Nursing Career an Energy Boost” at RNDegrees.net

Nobody will deny that nursing is a physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing career suitable only for the strong of heart and iron of stomach. Learn a couple of ways to inject a little professional excitement and energy into a career to help keep it moving forward.

84. “Benefits of a Nursing Career” at A Nurses Guide to Nursing

Rookies hoping to enter the field and veterans looking for a little reassurance ought to review this positive take on life as a nurse.

85. “MATH SOLUTIONS FOR NURSES” at Dear Nurses

All of Margaret Agard’s posts regarding pharmacology and other technical aspects stand as useful resources for newer and seasoned nurses alike. This one offers up 2 .pdf files for those needing a bit of help in the math department.

86. “advice for a new student nurse.” at impactednurse.com

Nursing veteran Ian Miller shares everything he thinks students ought to know about their education and their future vocation alike in wonderfully detailed, ordered lists. He also posts links to 3 free .pdf files for more information.

87. “Against the odds” at Nurse Me

CPR may be a very common procedure in hospitals, but the survival rate sits at a tragically lower rate than one would expect. Read one nurse’s impassioned take on the matter and analogy to a stint in Vegas.

88. “I changed an adult diaper” at From Suit to Scrubs

An eMarketing professional recently enrolled in nursing school opens up about a poignant, extremely sad experience universally shared by those working in a healthcare facility.

89. “A word about professionalism” at The Jage Page

Though a paramedic, everything Janis discusses in this confrontational but necessary post can apply to anyone in the healthcare industry. Always be sure to keep priorities in order and never use duty as a venue for self-aggrandizement.

90. “Participatory Medicine” at The Man-Nurse Diaries

Blogger and nurse Chris takes a balanced look at the practice of participatory medicine based on an article he found via Grand Rounds. He offers a very interesting, well-informed discussion on the subject suitable for nurses of all levels and specializations.

91. “Low Back Pain” at Nursing Needs

A Canadian study conducted in 2006 revealed that nurses suffered from chronic back pain as a result of work more than any other profession. Anyone concerned about the potential physiological downsides of nursing would do well to read the study and the commentary.

92. “Ridin’” at thoughts from the night shift

Some education programs and employers require their nurses to work alongside EMS technicians as a change of atmosphere and additional hands-on experience. Read about one nurse’s morning on an ambulance and adjustment to a new atmosphere.

93. “Things I *LOVE* in the Emergency Waiting Room” at Adventures of GuitarGirl RN

This hilarious, but obviously therapeutic, blog post stands as another exercise in reality that all new or aspiring nurses need to review.

94. “The Difference Between Life, Death, and Drug Seekers” at ER RN

ER nurse Julie discusses the different types of patients she encounters almost daily and how they come to reflect the myriad ways in which people react to pain and trauma.

95. “Nursing” at A grumpyRN

GrumpyRN comes from a family of nurses, and he compares and contrasts the past with the present as a response to this blog post by a midwife.

96. “Guidelines for Writing Exams & Studying” at Scott Chisholm Lamont, RN.

Lamont offers the same excellent pointers for his readers as he does his students. He adds additional links to his discussions on the NCLEX as well.

97. “I Wanna-Be A ‘Lifer’!” at My Strong Medicine

Scott Dean shares why he wants to keep nursing and gain the experience and attitudes reflected in the men and women who stick with the profession throughout their lives in spite of the obvious strain.

98. “Hurry, get the REAL nurse” at Scrubs Girl

Experience the anxiety of nursing school and how it humbles and educates students into understanding where their strengths and weaknesses lay.

99. “Oh, the learning curve” at What school doesn’t teach about being a nurse practitioner

Another blog entry on the disparity between nursing school and professional reality.

100. “The sheltered life of a nursing student” by St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst – Male Nurses

Peter McCartney finished his nursing education in 1975, but still managed to learn several valuable lessons throughout his career. Here, he reflects on the housing at his alma mater and its views towards men – making this an interesting peek into the history of nursing.

101. “The First Three Weeks of ICU Nursing” at Nurse Karin’s

Nurse Karin shares the ups and downs of her first three weeks working in an Intensive Care Unit – making this a must-read for any nurse considering that path.

No matter what these blog posts have to say – advice on school or exams, activism, personal stories, general advice, or discussions on different specializations – nursing students and recent graduates alike have plenty to learn about their chosen career path. They can peek into the past in order to consider the best way to forge their futures.