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Germany’s Deadly Nurse Killed At Least 30 Patients

german killer nurse niels hA former nurse in Germany, identified only as Niels H., has admitted to a psychiatrist that he murdered as many as 30 patients. He may have killed more than 100, as investigators are trying to determine.

From 2003 to 2005, nurse Niels H. was working at a clinic in the German town of Delmenhorst. He began the practice of injecting his patients with a very dangerous heart medication, to the point that their heart would stop. He then practiced his resuscitation skills to “bring them back to life”. If they were revived, he would often inject them again so that he could practice some more.

He claims that at least 60 patients survived his attacks, as he was able to revive them and not kill them again in the process. As for those that did not survive, he recently admitted that there are at least 30 that he could not resuscitate. In actuality, it is possible that as many as 170 people died in his hands. From 2003 to 2005, the death rate at the clinic that he worked at more than doubled.

In 2008 he was sentenced to serve seven and one half years in prison for the attempted murder of one patient. He is now on trial again, since September of 2014, for the murder and attempted murder of two patients. During this trial, he told the court appointed psychiatrist that he had already murdered 30 patients, and revived another 60.

When asked why he killed so many, he claimed that he wanted to practice his resuscitation  skills. He also claimed that he was “bored”.

Obviously, this is another example of a horrible nurse that decided to take lives, rather than uphold his duty to save them. This story reminds me of the Italian angel of death nurse that killed over 100 patients because they, or their family, were annoying. In that case, she not only killed them, but she also took many selfies with her and the corpses.

What do you think about this deadly German nurse that decided to kill his patients because he was bored?


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Review- Best Stethoscopes For Nurses In 2015

I can’t help it. I love writing top 10 stories, and combining it with some reviews is my specialty. With the help of my wife (Nurse Stacey) and a few of her coworkers, I came up with this list. We ended up with six great scopes for nurses to review. Of course these could also be used by mechanics, veterinarians and others, but since this site is really for nurses, I’ll stick with that for now. You can find all of these at Amazon (or other online retailers), and some of them can be purchased at your local medical supply stores. From my experience though, it’s always a lot cheaper to buy it online. The only reason I ever go to brick and mortar stores nowadays is because I can’t wait for it to be shipped to me.

With all of that said, here’s our review of the best nurses stethoscopes for 2015, with a product number to help you find it online. All of these are extremely popular, reasonably priced, have a ton of reviews from nurses and healthcare workers, have high quality, and are built to last. We will share a few reviews found online, along with our own opinions. Enjoy! :)


Omran Sprague Rappaport StethoscopeOmran Sprague Rappaport Stethoscope: At under $12 online, this is one of the least expensive quality pieces that you will find. Since most students are basically broke, this would be the #1 nursing student stethoscope, in our opinion. It would also be great to have as a backup to put in your nursing bag. Out of over 600 reviews on big A, it has 4 out of 5 stars. Considering the cheap price, that’s pretty dang good! It’s made with a latex free tubing and it has a chrome plated chest piece. It also has 3 different sizes of open bells, 2 different diaphragm sizes, a vinyl storage case to hold it, and 2 different pairs of ear tips. It’s a five in one multipurpose Quintscope. The item number is 416-22-BLK. One reviewer claimed that it had “nice clear thumps systolic to diastolic”, and even said that it was comparable to a Littman, at a fraction of the cost! Another MD with over 40 years of experience said that this is one of his favorites. Final review: it’s cheap, comes with everything you need, and it may end up being your favorite stethoscope.


3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope: This one will cost you right around $45 or so online, or you can buy one at your local store (probably for a lot more). The part/item model # is 2450. 3M Littmann is probably the most respected manufacturer in the business, and virtually all healthcare professionals have used their products. This one is known as their entry-level model. In other words, it’s not too cheaply built and you can afford it. It’s touted as being reliable, lightweight, and it has a clear acoustic response. You can also tune the diaphragm high frequency and low sounds with it. The tear drop shape makes it easy to put under a blood pressure cuff. The tips of the headset are also angled so that it fits comfortably in your ear canal. If you walk around wearing it on your neck all day, you will enjoy this instrument because it is the lightest one made by 3M that is built for adult patients. My favorite part of it is that it comes in so many colors such as: black, red, pink, blue, purple and green. If you’re into accessorizing with colors that match your outfits, it would be fun to have this in various colors. If you need a scope, but not a cardiac specific scope, this is the Littmann one to pick. As far as reviews of it online, there are over 1,200 just on Amazon. The overall rating comes in at 4.4, making it extremely popular. The most helpful review that I found online was from a medical student. She said that she has used this Littmann scope and much higher priced models that are specifically made for cardiologists. She said that this less expensive model was just as good to her. Final review: If you want a Littmann, go for it. It’s way cheaper than many of their models, the quality is great, and you can get it in fun colors that will put a smile on your face and make it harder for fellow nurses to steal/borrow.

ADC Adscope 609 ST StethoscopeADC Adscope 609 ST Stethoscope: With a price tag of only around $19 from online stores, it’s worth at least looking into this scope. The UPC for it is 634782062873. It’s manufactured in Taiwan. It’s dimensions are roughly 31″ x 1″ x 4″. With a weight of just 7.2 ounces, it’s one of the lightest scopes you will find. It also has a large bell measuring at roughly 1.5″, and a 1.75″ diaphragm. It comes with PVC coated ear tips, and a spare diaphragm. Out of around 165 reviews for it on Amazon, it has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Taking a look at a bunch of reviews for it online, almost all of them where very positive. It surprised me because I would think that a cheap scope made in China would be garbage, but apparently I was wrong. I read several EMT workers and respiratory therapists that praised its quality and lightness. In one review a nursing school made a bulk purchase of them to give to their students, and they claim that all of them loved it. Whether it can truly be compared with a Littmann is debatable, but you can’t deny the affordability of it. Final review: Despite my expectations, it’s apparently well made and affordable.


Hot Pink Prestige Medical Clinical Lite StethoscopeHot Pink Prestige Medical Clinical Lite Stethoscope: It’s hot pink, and it’s cheap. Enough said! :) I’m really impressed that prestige can make such a good-looking scope and sell it online for only around $17, and actually make a profit off of it. This Clinical Lite model made by Prestige has two different sizes of ear tips that comes with it. If one size is too big or small for you, just try the other one. That is really smart! The rim and diaphragm (it comes with an extra one) can both be taken off and easily snapped back on. As the “Lite” name implies, this is their lightest scope (just 4 ounces) built for clinicals, so it won’t weigh down on your neck when you’re in clinicals at school. Their secret to keeping the weight down is that it is manufactured from anodized aluminum. The UPC # is 786511560065. Out of the 140 or so reviews of it that I found online, it had almost 4 out of 5 stars. Most of the reviews that I read were really positive, but it’s probably important to note that this scope is really designed for nursing school clinicals, or healthcare workers that don’t need scopes that are extremely sensitive and precise. In other words, if you’re a heart surgeon, this probably isn’t the model for you. If you are a vet, student or EMT worker, it will probably work just fine. At only $17, it’s worth it just to find out. Final review: We love the color! This is so bright and shockingly pink that it’s worth buying just to have an accessory!

Second Generation  RA Bock Cardiology Dual-Head StethoscopeSecond Generation  RA Bock Cardiology Dual-Head Stethoscope With Stainless Steel Chest Piece: That’s a mouthful! Manufactured by R.A. Bock, if you buy this scope online it will set you back around $55. If you buy it from a medical store, you can expect to spend around $150 for it. That is exactly why we try to talk everyone into buying their supplies and tools online! This is an actual dual head cardiology scope. It has an adjustable double leaf binaural spring. It comes with three sets of extra ear tips and a spare diaphragm. Inside of it there are dual side by side tubings inside of a single tube. The tube is roughly 2 feet long. The chest piece is made out of a solid steel. It’s a true quality product, yet it’s still affordable. That’s a good combo! Looking at many of the reviews that I found for it on the internet, it has more than 4 out of 5 stars with over 200 reviews. The review that I found to be the most interesting was from an MD. He said that if you are looking into buying a Littmann Cardiology III, you should stop and buy this one. He said that the quality was just as good, if not better. At about 1/3 of the price of an upper end Littmann scope, I was sold. Other reviewers were also impressed by the positioning of the headset. They said that it created the perfect seal which made the quality of the sound perfect. Final review: If you need a fancy scope, but don’t want to pay the big money, this is an ideal solution.

3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope: This is the “big daddy” that every healthcare worker either has, or wishes that they had. The only problem is that it retails for around $205! If you really want the Cardiology 3 scope, you can save yourself quite a bit by searching around online for one. You can get a used one (ewww?) for under $100, or even a new one at sites like Amazon for around $150 (with free shipping). It has a 27″ tube. It comes in a ton of colors such as black, red, blue, brown, pink, green, grey, purple, white, and a lot of variations in between. It has a dual sided chest piece, 2 diaphragms that are tunable, and the two in one tube design gets rid of noise interference from two tubes rubbing against each other. The headset is also angled so that feels comfortable when inserting the scope’s ear pieces in the ear. It’s built so well that it comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty! If you’re looking for a versatile scope that has some of the best acoustic qualities on the market, this is it. Looking at its reviews online, you will be impressed. At Amazon alone, there were 800 reviews, with it scoring a whopping 4.7 out of 5 stars! A reviewer explained there that you can easily convert it from pediatrics to adult patients use by simply rotating the stem of the chest piece. Another nurse claimed that the Cardiology III scope transmits sounds from the abdomen, heart and lungs better than any stethoscope he’s ever had. Final review: If you have the money to spend, buy it.

So what do you think about our list of stethoscopes for nurses in 2015? Are there any models that we haven’t shown that need to be included? Do you have a review or any comments to add? We would love to hear from you!

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What Is The First Year Of Nursing School Like?

nursing schoolIf you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering what the first year of nursing school is like. You’ve registered for nursing school. You’ve been chosen and selected. Now you’re trying to figure out just exactly what you’ve gotten into, correct? Most importantly, you’re trying to figure out what’s coming up in the first year of nursing school, right? You should already know that nursing school is hard work, but just how much work is actually involved? In the next few minutes we’re going to do the best we can to explain to you just exactly what you can expect in the first year of nursing school.

What’s going to happen in the first year of nursing school depends on exactly what type of degree you’re going after. If you are going after a four-year degree, also known as a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), you have certain courses to take. If you’re going after a two-year degree, also known as Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN), you will have different classes to take during your first year at school. But regardless of what type o nursing degree you’re going after, all of them require certain prerequisite courses.

The prerequisite courses that both degrees require varies from school to school but virtually all of them include certain classes such as English, math, and some basic life sciences. Some schools require a lot more pre-work on prerequisite courses that could end up taking you a whole year!. Even though these prerequisites aren’t directly related to a nursing career, they are practical and generally useful in your future endeavors.

If you’re going after an Associates Degree in Nursing, also known as a two-year program, the classes that you will generally take in your first semester of the first year includes anatomy and physiology, human development across the lifespan, fundamentals of nursing, and perhaps some others. During the second semester of the first year on a two-year program the classes that you will be taking include a fitness elective, mental health nursing, contemporary issues in nursing, microbiology, medical nursing, and perhaps others.

With a ADN you will also learn many skills during the first year but most of the practical skills come in during the second semester. During the second semester some of the fundamental skills that you may learn include inserting catheters into patients, making hospital beds, starting IVs, and more.

All of the courses that you will take in the first year of a two-year program are an introduction. The goal of the introduction is to prepare you for the second year of nursing school. In the second year of nursing school things heat up quickly. During the first year most of your education is in the textbooks. During the second year of nursing school for a two-year program you will learn practical skills.

If you’re going after a four-year nursing degree program, also known as a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, you will have many courses that are not required in a two-year degree program. After you complete your prerequisite courses during your first semester, during the first year, it will include many classes such as alterations in health, professional nursing, technology and therapeutic interventions, nursing practice number one, health assessment across the lifespan, and others.

And with a BSN during the second semester some of the classes that you may take includes statistics and biostatistics, behavioral statistics, healthcare or cultural diversity, nursing practice number three, and nursing practice number two. These two nursing practice courses include taking care of an adult, along with taking care of childbearing families.

Regardless of which program you’re seeking, life as a nursing student can be truly difficult, especially in the first year of nursing school. Not only will you spend 12 hours in the class per week, but it’s much tougher than that. On average most students can expect to spend anywhere from 2 to 3 hours studying outside of the classroom for each hour that they have in the classroom. So during your first year, even if you only have 12 to 15 hours in class, you can expect to spend anywhere from 20 to 40 hours per week outside of the class studying. It equates to a full-time job.

Even though nursing school is very difficult and stressful you still have a great opportunity and you should keep the goal in mind, the goal of becoming a nurse. If it was easy everyone would be doing it. Remember to stay on task, to study as much as you can, to make sure that your family and friends are there to support you, and eat right and exercise. Remember that you’re not the first person to go through nursing school, and that you will make it.

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We’re Moving On Up!

we're moving on upI just wanted to take a few moments to share the status of Hug Your Nurse, make sure that everyone knows about our giveaway, update you on the status of the forums, and to thank everyone for all of their help.

As this site that is built for you (nurses) just passed it’s one month anniversary (yes, we’re a baby), we also broke past 100 articles on the site. As of this writing, we are actually up to 113 pages of content online! That’s pretty dang good for a newbie site, and I can promise you that a lot of work has gone into it. We’re gearing up in a big way over the coming months. We have signed up two new writers that will be helping a lot, and we have a press release that should be running by next week to announce our “grand opening”.

We always take requests for what nurses want to read about, so I hope that you continue to give us feedback on what you think we should talk about. So far, the response has been phenomenal! I have received so many emails and comments from nurses all over the world. I am truly honored. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I hope that most of you know that we are running a monthly promotion that everyone can enter. If you are not familiar with it, please FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER. We are giving a free nursing bag (the ultimate nursing bag!) away at the end of every month. All you have to do to register is follow that link to the Free Nursing Bag page. Just leave a comment on it, located at the bottom of the page. Then just share the page on any social platform such as Face Book, Google +, Twitter, etc. At the end of the month we are randomly drawing one name. That lucky person wins the bag. If you weren’t lucky on that drawing, your name remains in the pool for the next drawing. Our first winner will be announced on January 31, 2015!

Now about the forums…. it has been a pain in the butt! We had almost everything working just fine on them. We even had quite a few of you that were having fun on them. Then we had a major problem and had to temporarily take them down. I have been working behind the scenes every day to have it fixed, and it looks like we will be ready to re-launch the forums next week. I can’t promise that, but it’s looking very good to do so.

Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for supporting Hug Your Nurse! If I can ever return the favor, please get in touch with me through the Contact page, or by leaving a comment/message anywhere on the site. Thank you!

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NY Law Allows Nurse Practitioners To Practice Medicine

new york hospitalOn January 1, 2015, the state of New York changed its laws to allow nurse practitioners to practice medicine. The new law was enacted in April of 2014, but just went into effect.

NY is the nineteenth state to enact similar legislation, which allows a nurse practitioner (NP) to basically act as a doctor, only without having to attend medical school. A NP in NY can now do everything that a primary care doctor can do. They can treat patients, diagnose them, prescribe medications, and even open up their own/independent practices.

In order to open their office, which is independent of any medical doctor, they must first work for twenty months under a MDs supervision. After the 20 month stint, they can operate their own patient care facility, and perform services for their patients as they see fit, without any supervision.

A complaint raised by some is that these specialized nurses are performing as doctors, without the education and training that is required of doctors. While a NP generally has 6 years of education after high school, a MD usually has 12 years of training. That’s twice the amount of education required for a nurse practitioner, yet they can now legally function as a primary care physician. To some, that is troubling, and they question whether a NP can provide the same level of care.

The driving forces behind this change in the laws in many states is a lack of available physicians and the cost savings.

There is an alarming lack of available medical doctors in the United States. That shortage is expected to grow even worse in the coming years. As there are not enough available doctors to treat the current patient load in a timely manner, many see nurse practitioners as the solution.

The initial cost of seeing a NP is considerably lower than seeing a physician. Insurance companies, federal health programs and walk-in clinics know this, and were some of the key lobbyists that are driving this wave of change across the country. While some see this as a cheaper way to receive the same service, others point out that the long term costs of using a NP instead of a MD may be higher than we realize. They claim that a nurse practitioner is more likely to order expensive diagnostic tests such as an MRI, and that they often miss complex medical problems due to a lack of training.

While the doctors are complaining that NPs are not trained to act as doctors, I believe that this change is fantastic. If a NP gets into a situation that they are uncomfortable with (a complex health concern), they can simply refer the patient to a MD. I would think that over 90% of the visits to a doctor’s office could be handled just as well by a NP, and at less than half the cost. The result is that there are more healthcare professionals available to treat us, and the cost goes down.

What do you think about nurse practitioners practicing medicine without supervision by a MD? We would love to hear your thoughts.