HPV Awareness Day

Posted March 4th, 2018

March 4, 2018 is the first annual HPV Awareness Day. According to the International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS), “this day will serve to promote awareness of and education around HPV infection, how it spreads, and how HPV infection and the diseases that it causes can be prevented.” Feel like you need to learn more about HPV? […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Doc, how much time have I got?

Posted February 26th, 2018

For some cancer patients, by the time their cancer is diagnosed or because of how aggressive the cancer is, they will be told that the intent of their treatment is not to cure them of cancer, but to give them some more time. This can mean a variety of treatments or it may mean that […]

Why isn’t this antibiotic making my cold go away?

Posted January 30th, 2018

Antibiotics are medications used to treat infections caused by bacteria. There are a variety of different antibiotics and they can be used to treat different types of infections. A misconception of antibiotics is that they can be used to treat viral infections that cause illnesses such as colds or the flu. This is not true. […]

Flu Prevention for All!

Posted January 25th, 2018

Flu season is here. It comes every year and it can be a challenge for professionals to predict how widespread the flu will be each year, or how well the vaccine will work for those who receive it. However, one thing never changes. There are ways that you can prevent the flu from spreading.   Get […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Emotions: A Side Effect of Cancer

Posted January 12th, 2018

A few weeks ago, former vice president Joe Biden was on The View. During his interview he spoke with Meghan McCain, whose father, Senator John McCain, is currently battling a glioblastoma diagnosis. Joe Biden’s son died of a glioblastoma. She began to speak about her father and began to cry. As Meghan apologized for becoming […]

Celebrating The Holidays From A Hospital Bed

Posted December 7th, 2017

During my years working as a floor nurse, I spent a fair share of my holidays working. The holidays are a time for bringing family and friends together to celebrate the season. You may think this is not possible from a hospital bed but with a little bit of help, I promise you its possible. […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN


Posted November 30th, 2017

In my adult life I have spent time as a nurse, a patient, and as a caregiver of a family member, or all three at once. I’ve come to learn that self-preservation can be useful in all three situations. Self-preservation, according to Merriam-Webster, is “preservation of oneself from destruction or harm.” This definition might sound […]

The Great American Smokeout

Posted November 16th, 2017

On the third Thursday of November each year, the American Cancer Society hosts The Great American Smokeout. This event encourages smokers to use this day as a jumping off point to quit smoking and tobacco use. Tobacco use is the “single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.” (cancer.org) Keep in […]

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Posted November 13th, 2017

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. The theme this year is “It’s about how you live.” A primary goal of palliative and hospice care is to help a patient be comfortable and more able to enjoy life. I think there tends to be a negative impression of hospice and palliative care so I’m […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Reflections Of A “Retired” Floor Nurse

Posted October 20th, 2017

More recently, I have been reflecting on my time spent as a floor nurse. I know that on many levels I needed a break from the highly intense job that I was in, but I wouldn’t change my first experience as a nurse for anything. Those eight years both taught and reinforced invaluable life lessons. […]