Welcome to my blog about health, nursing, caring, kindness and positive change. Our world is full of such negative influences and bad choices, today is the day to make a positive change both physically and mentally in your life.
ERNursesCare is a blog incorporating my nearly 30 years of experience in the healthcare field with my passion for helping others, I want it to encourage others with injury prevention, healthy living, hard hitting choices, hot topics and various ramblings from my unique sense of humor. Come along and enjoy your journey......

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Tribute to the Nurses of Vietnam ~Angels


Nurses of Vietnam~ We Salute You! 
Angels and Heroes
True Warriors of the field!


Saturday, May 26, 2012

FAST for Stroke

Is it a Stroke, Check these signs FAST! any of them? Call 911, Time is Brain!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sun Safety with your ABC's

The ABCs of Sun Safety

Always use sunscreen!
Be careful between 10AM and 4PM, the sun’s strongest hours.
Cover your head and ears with a wide-brimmed hat.
Don’t forget to take breaks from the hot sun.
Eyes are especially sensitive to the sun — protect
them too!
Factor in the right sun protection — use SPF as
your guide.
Go inside when you feel too hot.
Have fun in the sun!
Injuries can result from not drinking enough
water when it's hot outside.
Just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburn.
Knock out sun damage — use sunscreen every day!
Long shirts and pants will help protect your skin from the sun.
Many people don’t realize the importance of wearing sunglasses.
Notice what time you apply sunscreen so you know when it’s time to reapply.
Only you can protect your skin — practice sun safety!
Pay attention to your skin — if you plan to be in the sun, cover up.
Question family members and friends who say they don’t need to use sunscreen.
Remember: too much sun can cause long-term damage to your skin.
Sun that reflects off water and snow can still give you sunburn.
Take time to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside.
Urge family members to practice sun safety.
Vitamin D comes from sunlight.
Waterproof sunscreen helps when you sweat, but you still need to reapply it.
EXtra effort to protect your skin from sunburn is worth it.
You can still get sunburn, no matter what your skin type is.
Zounds! That’s a lot to remember about sun safety!

Have fun this summer, just stay safe and protect yourself and your family

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Funny: Momma visits the doctor

What's so funny when momma goes to the doctor? And do you think that nurses ever take their kids to the doctor? If you ask my kids, they will tell you the same thing in the funny below.
                                                            Source: lynnclancy.minervaplace.com via Lynn on Pinterest

                                                            Source: static.someecards.com via Jessica on Pinterest

Tripping over a Rainbow with Skittles in my hand?

Tripping or Skipping over any rainbow with these drugs in your hand is playing with a hand of deadly cards. Robotripping or Skittling is real, and real close to home!

DXM or Dextromethorphan 

Street names
CCC, Dex, DXM, Poor Man's PCP, Robo, Rojo, Skittles, Triple C, Velvet

 Not Skittles
Looks like
DXM can come in the form of: cough syrup, tablets, capsules, or powder.

DXM is a cough suppressor found in more than 120 over the counter
(OTC) cold medications, either alone or in
combination with other drugs such as analgesics (e.g.,
acetaminophen), antihistamines (e.g., chlorpheniramine),
decongestants (e.g., pseudoephedrine), and/or expectorants
(e.g., guaifenesin). The typical adult dose for cough is 15 or 30
mg taken three to four times daily. The cough-suppressing effects
of DXM persist for 5 to 6 hours after ingestion. When taken as
directed, side-effects are rarely observed.

Methods of abuse
DXM is abused in high doses to experience euphoria and visual and auditory hallucinations. Abusers take various
amounts depending on their body weight and the effect they are attempting to achieve. Some abusers ingest 250 to
1,500 milligrams in a single dosage, far more than the recommended therapeutic dosages described above. Illicit use of
DXM is referred to on the street as “Robotripping,” “skittling,” or “dexing.” The first two terms are derived from the
products that are most commonly abused, Robitussin and Coricidin HBP. DXM abuse has traditionally involved drinking
large volumes of the OTC liquid cough preparations. More recently, however, abuse of tablet and gel capsule
preparations has increased. These newer, high-dose DXM products have particular appeal for abusers. They are much
easier to consume, eliminate the need to drink large volumes of unpleasant-tasting syrup, and are easily portable and
concealed, allowing an abuser to continue to abuse DXM throughout the day, whether at school or work. DXM powder,
sold over the Internet, is also a source of DXM for abuse. (The powdered form of DXM poses additional risks to the
abuser due to the uncertainty of composition and dose.) DXM is also distributed in illicitly manufactured tablets
containing only DXM or mixed with other drugs such as pseudoephedrine and/ or methamphetamine. DXM is abused by
individuals of all ages, but its abuse by teenagers and young adults is of particular concern. This abuse is fueled by
DXM’s OTC availability and extensive “how to" abuse information on various web sites.

Some of the many psychoactive effects associated with high-dose DXM include: confusion, inappropriate laughter,
agitation, paranoia, and hallucinations. Other sensory changes, including the feeling of floating and changes in hearing
and touch. Long-term abuse of DXM is associated with severe psychological dependence. Abusers of DXM describe
the following four dose-dependent “plateaus”: Plateau Dose (mg) Behavioral Effects 1st 100-200 Mild stimulation 2nd
200-400 Euphoria and hallucinations 3rd 300-600 Distorted visual perceptions Loss of motor coordination 4th 500-1500
Out-of-body sensations

DXM intoxication involves: over-excitability, lethargy, loss of coordination, slurred speech, sweating, hypertension, and
involuntary spasmodic movement of the eyeballs. The use of high doses of DXM in combination with alcohol or other
drugs is particularly dangerous, and deaths have been reported. Approximately 5-10% of Caucasians are poor DXM
metabolizers and at increased risk for overdoses and deaths. DXM taken with antidepressants can be life threatening.
OTC products that contain DXM often contain other ingredients such as acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and
guaifenesin that have their own effects, such as: liver damage, rapid heart rate, lack of coordination, vomiting, seizures,
and coma. To circumvent the many side effects associated with these other ingredients, a simple chemical extraction
procedure has been developed and published on the Internet that removes most of these other ingredients in cough

Overdose effects
DXM overdose can be treated in an emergency room setting and generally does not result in severe medical
consequences or death. Most DXM-related deaths are caused by ingesting the drug in combination with other drugs.
DXM-related deaths also occur from impairment of the senses, which can lead to accidents. In 2003, a 14-year-old boy
in Colorado who abused DXM died when he was hit by two cars as he attempted to cross a highway. State law
enforcement investigators suspect that the drug affected the boy’s depth perception and caused him to misjudge the
distance and speed of the oncoming vehicles.

credit to : Drug Enforcement Administration • For more information, visit www.dea.gov

Don't believe that cough syrup can kill, bet these parents can tell you different

More links and resources : 
Facts about Dextromethorphan
Walgreens becomes drug dealers
Medicine Abuse DXM
Home to Homeroom
Stop Medicine Abuse
Parent Resources
Join Together Resources

Previously posted by myself on blog Ed4Ed4all "Deadly Games" thought it was worth a repeat here on my own blog. Stay Safe this weekend!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Happy Nurses Week~ Nurse On!

Nurses week begins each week every year around our mentor Florence Nightingale's
birthday. It begins on-May 6th and ends on May 12th, so take a minute to tell the nurses in your life "job well done" have a "Happy Nurses Week".

Florence Nightingale Pledge

This modified "Hippocratic Oath" was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit, Michigan. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

 Nurse On!!


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