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"Since many of us seem to depend on caffeine to perform our jobs, perhaps the real question is whether we're getting any benefit from all those cups of joe," writes Peggy McDaniel, RN, in her blog post "What Keeps You Up at Night?" in which she describes the possible correlation between coffee intake and reduced occurrence of various diseases or conditions. Bookmark or subscribe to our blog Off the Charts ( to read daily updates and share your thoughts on what you see in your nursing world.



"I admit to being a caffeine junkie, but in the after-lunch slump, I believe exercise is the best wake-up technique." "This situation looms in our work . . . yet is mostly met with silence or hushed whispers." "Over my 26 years of nursing I've explored many different care areas. . . . There is really no reason to ever be bored or unhappy as there is always another option." "I am sensitive to taking assignments that help the patient feel safe and secure . . . on religious grounds."


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