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Cynthia MacDonald

Cynthia MacDonald

Cynthia MacDonald has been a registered nurse for 17, with most of her clinical background focused in pediatric and neonatal intensive care. She has worked in hospitals and also extensively as an agency nurse traveling locally to hospitals in order to fulfill staffing needs, both per diem and on a contract basis. This provides her with a wide base of knowledge and experience on how area hospitals operate their units, and also how different doctors practice. She enjoys working with children and babies on a daily basis, and also interacting with their families during a time of crisis, making their stay as pleasant as possible.

MEASLES: The Comeback Kid

February 11th, 2015 by

Measles It’s Back! Whether you have watched the news, Googled, or picked up a paper lately then it’s certain you have been made aware of the current resurgence that measles is attempting to make! [...] Read More

How to Create Holiday Cheer for Your Patients

December 24th, 2014 by

holiday nurseThe holidays can be a lonely time for anyone experiencing them away from home. We all have our family traditions that we look forward to: Christmas Eve at Grandmas, pumpkin pie, caroling. Imagine how your patients must feel throughout the holiday season, isolated from loved ones, sick and trying to cope with the interruption of their daily life and routines. [...] Read More

How to Beat the Holiday Shift Blues

December 10th, 2014 by

working the holiday shiftIt’s that time of year again. The hustle and bustle of holiday parties, shopping ’til you drop and of course, eating ’til you’re stuffed. But most of all, the holidays represent a time for bonding with family; shared moments to celebrate traditions and make new memories. [...] Read More

Pros and Cons of Joining a Nursing Organization

November 19th, 2014 by

pros and cons nursing organizationThe decision to join a nursing organization is one that many graduate and seasoned nurses face. [...] Read More

Working as a Travel Nurse While Homeschooling

October 29th, 2014 by

travel nurse homeschooling her kidsDoes your family enjoy exploring new places and look forward to the next adventure? Have you considered travel nursing, but don’t think it is a valid option? [...] Read More

Your First Year as a Nurse

August 28th, 2014 by

First Year NurseCongratulations! You made it through endless hours of care plans, graduated nursing school, passed the boards, and now you’re looking for your first job as a graduate nurse? Well you have accomplished a lot already, but here’s what you have to look forward to. [...] Read More

A Day in the Life of a Nurse

August 12th, 2014 by

day in the life of a nurseAs I arrive to start my shift, I am greeted by my co-worker’s tired faces who are eager to hand off their assignment to me and end another long day. [...] Read More

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Projected Nursing Shortage in 2015

July 31st, 2014 by

nurses needed in 2015The US Department of Labor expects the nursing profession to grow by 22% from 2008-2018. [...] Read More