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January 16, 2017 10:04 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing

In 2014, Shirley Gutkowski wrote an article entitled "The Biggest Wound: Oral Health in Long-Term Care Residents." Her article outlined how oral care is not being done in care settings across the nation. Her call to action was to not only understand the impact that poor oral care has on health, but also rethink ...

January 13, 2017 10:12 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

Every year since 2009, I have been making myself motivational vision and dream boards, and it has gotten to a point where I would make them for my family as well. What started as a way for me to motivate and inspire myself turned out to help and inspire my family and my mother's clients in her salon too.

I started ...


We all have heard the saying, "Don't burn your bridges." This saying is used often when resigning from your current job. But what does it really mean? It means not to do something in life that will potentially affect you in the future, such as wrong the same people or company that might one day decide or influence your ...

January 5, 2017 1:52 PM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

Determining to pursue a career in nursing may be the easiest decision you make in ...

December 20, 2016 2:06 PM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

PTSD is a mental illness that many are aware of, but few take the time to get to understand a little bit better. It's a disorder that has been around for centuries, but wasn't named until after the World Wars and has been commonly associated with war veterans. But many others can be diagnosed with PTSD after traumatic events.

So, ...

December 16, 2016 3:51 PM by Guest Blogger of ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

By E. Todd Bennett

As the presidential and congressional elections and nominations to the HHS and CMS have taken center-stage in healthcare discussions, providers continue considering the implications of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)-related programs. The ruling was finalized in October 2016.

MACRA's execution is complicated, and providers will want to know ...

December 14, 2016 10:03 AM by Diane Goodman of The Nurse Card

We utilize descriptive terms nearly every day, whether during handoff or when reading through charts. "An elderly, well-nourished, white male, appearing his stated age, was admitted for a complaint of increasing shortness of breath."

Labels. Professionally, we may not think twice about their use, except for the harsh glare we give when we hear a peer or physician mention a patient by a diagnosis rather than a name. ...

December 13, 2016 9:20 AM by Leatitia Coetzee of New to Nursing

SOS Children's Villages South Africa builds families for children in need and in doing so, we help them shape their own futures. We have cared for over 24,000 children since the opening of our first village in 1982.

I have the privilege to be a sponsor for a little girl at the SOS Children's Village here in Cape Town. Her name is Aphelele, and she is 11 years ...

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 ...

December 1, 2016 8:41 AM by Martie Moore of On Call: Leadership in Nursing


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 ...



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.