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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

KidNurse Veteran’s Day Appreciation Card Drive For Kids

With fall fully underway, Veteran’s Day is just around the corner on Saturday, November 11th, and I am planning something fun to help kids show their appreciation for our nation’s veterans. While most people know me as the KidNurse, you may not know that in addition to my work at KidNurse, and caring for pediatric [...]

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mom’s Guide To Sorting Through Halloween Candy

October is here, and before you set out with your kids to go trick-or-treating, I have a few things you need to know about Halloween candy. Don’t worry. I’m not going to tell you that you have to avoid ALL candy, even pediatric nurse practitioners indulge in Swedish Fish occasionally, but I do want to [...]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#MeToo – My Story Of Sexual Harassment In Academia & Nursing

My heart has been broken by the painful stories of sexual harassment and abuse shared by so many precious women this week as I have followed the #MeToo hashtag on social media. It is easy for me to trivialize my experience as I read about the sexual harassment and abuse so many women have experienced. [...]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How To Keep Your Kids Safe On Halloween

As you get ready to take your kids out for a night of trick-or-treating, there are some important Halloween safety tips to keep in mind. Use this Halloween safety checklist as you plan for the big night, and keep your kids safe as they trick-or-treat. Halloween Safety Tips Only visit houses with the porch lights [...]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Understanding And Treating Your Child’s Sore Throat

Second only to the stomach ache, sore throats are one of the most common ailments in pediatrics. Sometimes a sore throat is accompanied by other symptoms, and sometimes it’s the only one, but a day doesn’t go by in pediatric practice without treating at least one sore throat. Because there are so many childhood illnesses that [...]

Friday, September 8, 2017

What If It’s Appendicitis? Answering Parents’ Stomach Ache Concerns

A month ago, I had a little boy come into my office. He was hunched over, and telling me about his stomach pain. None of his symptoms were very specific. Mom said that he hadn’t felt well the past several days. He vomited once. He had a low-grade temperature a few days before that returned [...]

Friday, September 1, 2017

Why Nurses Are Outraged Over Violent Arrest Of A Utah Nurse Defending Her Patient

I woke up this morning to a disturbing and saddening video of Salt Lake City Nurse, Alex Wubbels, being dragged out of her hospital and into a police car. Why was this Utah nurse arrested? What did she do? Her job. Utah Nurse Arrested While Defending Her Patient In the below video, you can clearly [...]

Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Kid Has A Stomach Ache, Should I Be Worried?

One of the most common ailments I treat in pediatrics is childhood stomach pain. In fact, at one point or another, all children will experience a stomach ache. I find that many of the parents I work with are unsure what to do when this happens. Since a stomach ache can be caused by anything [...]

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Charlottesville And How To Teach Your Children About Racism Now

After the events in Charlottesville this weekend, I have deeply mourned the brokenness, division, and hatred we've seen so vividly displayed. While I can’t even begin to address all the deep pain and suffering, I can decry white supremacy, white nationalism, antisemitism and any form of evilness that fuels these bigoted philosophies. And I can [...]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why Urgent Care Isn’t Always The Best Place For A Sports Physical

Before I share a few reasons why urgent care isn't always the best place for a sports physical, I want you to know that I understand. I understand that urgent care is convenient. I understand that you probably have a little-to-no wait time when you go there. I understand that you don’t have to make [...]