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December 8, 2016 11:30 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

I did something wrong. 

I did something wrong.

The differences between these two sentences is the difference between shame and guilt. To illustrate, let me tell you a story.

One day, my parents left me and my two brothers alone while they went to a Christmas party two doors down. We were given strict instructions to finish the TV program ...


Every day in our nursing career we meet a lot of diverse types of people. But handling different types of nurses at work can be a dismaying task. It can be very challenging working with lazy, difficult coworkers who don't pull their weight. If you have been in this profession for any length of time (22 years for me), you know who I am talking about. Gone are the days that we say please and thank you. When I started ...

November 17, 2016 10:30 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

I cannot remember the first time I heard the term "MacGyver Nurse."  For those of you that do not remember watching MacGyver, the show is back. The main character could settle any crisis, it seemed, from world war, invasions of aliens, or out-of-control spaceships with duct tape, his Swiss pocket knife, and gum. 

Okay, ...

November 14, 2016 11:11 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

So I want to become a model, feel better about myself, maybe change the way the world perceives a fuller woman.

Today I went for an audition and while I was there, feeling confident and ready for the whole photo-op and interview on why I want to do this, I was blindsided by the photographer. He casually dropped into our conversation that, although I was pretty, I needed to lose weight. That was my only chance of ...

November 10, 2016 10:38 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Place is too important of a word to have just one meaning:

    Know your place.

    Save my place.

    Win, place, show.

    Your place or mine?

    My place in the world.

We all come from many places but all our places, whether they are a physical, social, or emotional place, is connected to ...

November 8, 2016 9:18 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

If you spend any time watching your favorite televised programs or leafing through a popular magazine, you may be surprised by the increased number of pharmaceutical advertisements targeted at consumers with chronic conditions. The "patients" are generally smiling and engaged in lively outdoor activities. They appear to be fully ...


It's that time of year again when the flu season will be among us. As nurses working in a healthcare facility-whether it be in hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, schools, or ambulatory day surgeries-we need to be more diligent in preventing the spread of germs.

The flu season varies quite a bit from year to year. Some years, relatively few people die. In 1986-87, there were 3,349 flu-related deaths. ...


Nurses have an important role to play in the healthy community movement. The design, construction, and growth of healthy communities require nurses to build a diverse set of skills in informatics, data analytics, public health, and the social determinants of health.

Healthy communities emerge

Healthy communities

October 20, 2016 8:51 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

As I stare out over the mountains here on my sister's farm, I cannot help but marvel at life happening all around me. I am always so rushed, so busy, that I literally never stop "to smell the roses." And I wonder how many of us actually do this in the first place. My life is in constant overdrive not only at work but also in my personal life.

As I sit here, slowly drinking my coffee, listening to the bees in the ...

October 13, 2016 9:01 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

A spiritual writer once said that God is paradox.

In healthcare, spirituality is the response to the demands made by multiple points of view. This is especially true when these points of view ...

October 12, 2016 8:33 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I'm not sure when exactly it starts, but I DO know that across the board nurses are very similar in one personality trait. We're universally hard on ourselves while being, inversely, very forgiving of others. We set our own bar unbelievably high.

This unfortunate habit may kick in shortly after we articulate ...

October 11, 2016 8:25 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

She was one of those nurses that you always wanted to be like when you grew up to be a nurse. She initiatively knew what her patients needed, was compassionate, vigilant, and when she called a doctor-they ...

October 7, 2016 3:18 PM by Nicholas Nicholson of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

There are so many instances where small talk is practiced regularly in the various nursing units. Small talk is unescapable: in the elevator, in the lobby, in the café... everywhere. The real benefit to small talk isn't what's said; it's when relationships are built over time.

If your shift starts at 0700, then chances are you are going ...


A colonoscopy: At some point in our lives, we all will have one, either because we have reached the screening age of 50 or because we are having issues with our GI tract.

Having undergone my colonoscopy and being under the age of 50, with having a strong family history of colon ...


Achieving technology-enabled healthcare transformation means involving nurses in interprofessional teams. These teams increasingly tackle challenges ranging from data storage, genomic information, cyber-attacks and interoperability to meaningful use, security, reimbursement shifts, and unique patient identifiers.

Nursing schools and healthcare organizations (HCOs) that hire and retain nurses should consider ...

September 26, 2016 9:15 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I have put together a guide for nurses on the latest breast cancer information.


Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (second only to lung cancer). In the US, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer ...

September 23, 2016 2:45 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Sheri* had awakened late; she knew it was going to be one of those Monday mornings even before the phone alarm failed to wake her. Her hair needed more than the toss of dry shampoo she gave it as she started a quick shower, and she fumbled with liquid soap as she temporarily froze. What was that, she thought? For a moment, blind panic raced through her mind like lightning as her fingers touched ...

September 23, 2016 9:14 AM by Colleen Villamin of Guarding the Nursing Profession

Oncology nurses provide care to cancer patients and their families across the continuum. They are there from the life-changing moment of diagnosis to the frightening, yet hopeful, treatment phase. Such treatments may make patients feel worse than they did before treatment, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, ...

September 22, 2016 8:53 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but why should it only be in October? We are supposed to support victims of cancer every single day. Highlight their struggles every single day.

I myself have seen firsthand what cancer does to someone, their family, and their lives. And I have the world's ...

September 19, 2016 10:08 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

In my previous post, I spoke about one of my learnings for helping the nursing profession grow more resilient and introduced the concept of forgiveness. I can tell you this is not an easy subject matter to discuss in the workplace or beyond. What I can also tell you ...

September 15, 2016 8:29 AM by Mark Darby of Spirituality in Nursing

Nurses have a strong sense of the interconnectedness of life. This appreciation enables us to use spiritual understandings of the everyday tasks of nursing to stay connected with the meaning of our work. Take eating, for example. Many of us have handed out trays, started and monitored TPN, or documented alterations in nutritional status. These tasks have a hidden vitality which we can overlook.

I picked up a book ...

September 14, 2016 2:28 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

I've reached the age where a few of my peers have dropped off fulltime status in nursing. Their husbands are retiring, they have beautiful grandchildren popping up here and there, and holidays are looming. They're tired. They no longer wish to pull weekend and call rotation, so ...

September 13, 2016 10:36 AM by Beth Hogan of BSN Benefits for Nurses

In reviewing the advantages of achieving a BSN, it would be remiss not to acknowledge the challenges. Clearly, with the number of nurses achieving their BSN annually, the challenges are not insurmountable.

If you have been following my other blogs posts, I have reviewed the financial ...

September 9, 2016 9:57 AM by Nicholas Nicholson of RN Men: The XY Viewpoint

In nursing, I will venture a guess you have found yourself in a patient room hugging someone (patient or family member), because they needed that support.

If you are a male-I'm going to venture another guess that in that SAME situation mentioned above, BEFORE you extended your arms, you found yourself wondering, "Should I hug this person or not?" Perhaps you ended up doing a "high five" or something along ...



Technophobes and uberusers will learn from a group of bloggers who are immersed in healthcare informatics, technological development and implementation.

Read along as a nurse at the start of her career shares her stories.

The ADVANCE for Nurses editorial staff will discuss issues in the nursing profession, current events in healthcare and offer their two cents for your enjoyment.

We use our specialized knowledge and skills to provide quality care, educate, and save lives. We use our hearts to encourage, comfort, and support. When cure is not possible, we gently walk alongside patients and their families at the end of their journey. Oncology nursing is an honor. Cancer patients trust us with their lives, invite us into their fight, and depend on us to preserve their hope. That is making a difference....

Do you ever feel the need to pull rank as a professional? Nurses may shy away from disclosure until absolutely necessary. They may sit with a family member in the hospital, and "pretend" to be a layperson, until the family member is in pain, the IV is infiltrated, and the bedsheets are growing stale. Using "The Nurse Card" may prove appropriate or embarrassingly inappropriate for the nurse involved.

Mark Darby is author of several books about nursing and writes about spirituality and wellness.

A resource for nursing leaders

There are initiatives individuals and organizations can take to motivate others on achieving BSN. Start today, commit to motivating one colleague.

Samantha Therrien works in a fast-paced ambulatory surgical center, where she manages preoperative area, staff, patients and scheduling.

As we all know, the majority of nurses are women. What special issues, challenges or problems do the men in the profession face? ADVANCE hopes to give a voice this valuable minority.