dusan-petkovic_shutterstock-com_dentistry-2As a travel nurse, you expect the unexpected especially when one department has staffing issues or if your place of work demands more of that department. True to me experience here in the land full of sands, I was assigned to the Dental Department, a week after I got my hands dirty in the Emergency Department (E.D.). Read the rest of this entry »

Travel NurseTravel nurses enjoy a number of benefits from their job, but these perks are also accompanied by frustrating things. So in this post, which took me months to post, I will share to you some of upsetting things a travel nurse encounters. Read the rest of this entry »

Goodbye Crazy Obnoxious Weird 2016!

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Nurse

Before I will officially utter my goodbye to 2016, I want to share some things about it.

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Nursing follows or is based on different laws. One of them is Murphy’s Law.

It’s mind boggling, isn’t it?

As a member of the health care team, a nurse is prone to develop varicose veins and spider veins, because she stands, walks and runs through concrete or hard surface for long periods of time. And spider veins are creeping in my lower extremities now! 

Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins

These two types of vein problems, varicose veins and spider veins, are usually caused by weak or damaged valve of the vein, causing poor blood circulation, sweeling and pain in the affected part. 

Varicose veins are usually seen on older people, and may looks like a twisted tube of intravenous fluid. It appears generally because of a damaged valve in the vein, causing blood to pool in these veins. As the blood retains on tne valve, the vein becomes larger over time, and at times painful. 

Spider veins differs from varicose veins in size and appearance. They look like spider, thus the name, or branches of a tree with may look like purple, blue or red. These veins appears following blood accumulation and leakage around the veins.

Prevention and Management

I tried a number of things to prevent them, but it seems spider webs were appearing on my legs. So, I will share both.

Prevention of Varicose Veins

Compression Stockings for Nurses

Because of being prone to varicose veins and spider veins, compresiion stockings are made spcecially for nurses. They are neat stockings that let nurses move and work efficiently without discomfort. Nurses are ussually adept in where to buy and what brand to choose from when talking about compression stockings. As for me, I don’t usually choosw through brand. As long as it is tight, helps in preventing varicose veins without discomfort, I buy and wear it.


Usually I was tired after a shift, so exercising was not a choice upon arrival at home. I just lift my legs higher than my butt or put them on the coffee table for 15 or 20 minutes. This practice was not effective, I found out later on. I saw an article in registerednursern.com couple of months ago, that says to prevent varicose veins you have to perform ‘leg exercises that use resistance’ like squats or leg curl machine. I did 30 to 50 squats, and I must say it’s paying off.

Management of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Because I see spider veins as a cosmetic problem, I researched on how to reduce, and eventually get rid of their appearance on my legs. 


While I rest and lifted my legs with a pillow or with a table, I massage them with an oraganic oil. Coconut oil is a good choice here. This is a simple way to improve circulation, and thus helps in getting rid of spider veins.


Known to improve blood circulation because of its fibrinolytic function, ginger is an effective treatment of choice for spider veins. It aids in the break up of blood protein fibrin, that accumulates in weak or damaged valve of the vein. Blood pressure medicines or boood thinners are not friends with ginger, so consult your doctor first before taking ginger.

How to make ginger as a treatment for spider veins? tophomeremesdies.com suggest to make thin slicies of ginger, and put them on 2 cups of water, then boil. Afterwhich, set it aside for 10 minutes, and add honey. Drinking the concoction while warm is advisable.


There are yoga poses that helps prevent and manage varicose veins and spider veins. I actually prefer mixing yoga and exercise for 30minutes a day. I’d do yoga poses first, then squats. Boat pose (Naukasana), fish pose (Matsyasana), legs up the wall (Viparita Karani) and shoulder supported stand ( Sarvangasana) are among my favorite yoga poses when I am treating my spider veins. I felt a glorious yet calming ‘burn’ after my session.

Seems simple, right?

infant diseases, newborn diseases, newborn illnessFollowing my post on newborn vaccines, I would like to share some of the common illnesses experienced by neonates and infants, along with their corresponding nursing management.

There are a number of common newborn diseases, but I will focus on five, which concerns the respiratory and digestive system. Read the rest of this entry »

Newborn Vaccine, immunizationAt 1: 15 a.m., a concerned mother rushed into the emergency department, asking me to check her child’s body. The baby was sleeping on his mother’s arm, slightly warm to touch, and two months old. 36. 3° Celsius came through the thermometer ( via axilla). The mother informed me that her son was given vaccine injection at 2 p.m.  in the afternoon. I informed her that slight elevation in body temperature after 24hours of vaccine injection is a common side effect.

In connection to the situation above, I’d like to share a cheat sheet on newborn vaccines and their side effects. Read the rest of this entry »