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Finding Your Dreams and Visions
January 13, 2017 10:12 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
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 Read More...
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Living for Today
October 20, 2016 8:51 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
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 Read More...
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New Page in My Book
November 25, 2015 8:57 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
So, after weeks of feeling uncertain, crying, screaming in fear and anger, feeling lost and in a very dark place, I had no other choice than to stop my studies. I never realized I was so lost and in danger of total collapse until it finally happened to Read More...
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Making Friends in Nursing Isn't Easy
October 23, 2015 7:56 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
The opposite of the hard shell of armor you keep around yourself is the love and protection and companionship of your fellow students who need friends as much as you do. Need to make some friends in nursing school? Admit defeat. I was so closed off in Read More...
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Giving Advice
September 17, 2015 7:15 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
It seems now I am a student nurse, people presume I am the font of all knowledge for any medical condition, ailment or general problem, regardless of whether I'm on duty or not. One time, I was lucky enough to have an afternoon to myself, without tests Read More...
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Choices that Change your Life
July 20, 2015 2:39 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you wonder to yourself, "Did I make the right choice?" Lately I have been wondering just that. Am I where I am supposed to be? Why did certain things have to happen to me? Have I listened enough and made Read More...
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There's Light at the End of the Tunnel
March 19, 2014 1:37 PM by Mia Ross
Although the daylight has started to lengthen, you may still be suffering from The Winter Blues. Essentially, The Blues is an offset of seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, what an appropriate acronym!). If the lack of sunlight and frigid weather seem Read More...
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Resolutions for a New Nurse
December 30, 2013 2:14 PM by Mia Ross
I must be honest: I’m not too fond of New Year’s resolutions. They’re too heavy to carry for 365 days. There is too much pressure to resolve the many things that we all could do better. Instead, I like to think of the New Year as a time to go inward, Read More...
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Multi-Tasking: Friend or Foe?
December 14, 2013 12:20 PM by Mia Ross
I can remember one of the first pieces of advice I was ever given as a nurse: A good nurse must be a fantastic multi-tasker. At the time, it made sense. Once I was thrown into clinical rotation, I felt constant, head-spinning pressures and demands. At Read More...
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Just Keep Swimming
November 22, 2013 2:22 PM by Mia Ross
Here comes the cold! And rain. And snow. As the days shorten, don't let the darkness get you down. As nurses, we have an obligation to keep our spirits high. After all, cheerfulness is good for healing! Your patients will thank you. Here are some tips Read More...
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Five Ways to Avoid Distraction at Work
June 24, 2013 2:47 PM by Mia Ross
One overlooked endeavor of being a nurse is finding a way to avoid the gossip that permeates any and every hospital unit. Since I’ve started working, I’ve seen 300-bed hospital shrink to the size of one unit. I've seen a world reduce itself to the confines Read More...
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Stress...Still?
January 9, 2013 3:12 PM by Alexandra Cosan
Only recently, as I have begun my journey into marriage, and "I" has steadily become a "we" in all aspects of life, have I truly realized how stressful the profession of nursing can be. What I mean is that working on a surgical/medical oncology floor, Read More...
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Finding a Balance
February 29, 2012 3:24 PM by Alexandra Cosan
There are many professions in which men and women work twelve hour days, thus working upwards of forty hours per week, but I suppose it goes without saying nursing is truly unique. I mention this because it was in the month of February that I uncovered Read More...
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Taking the Next Step...Already?
January 24, 2012 12:54 PM by Alexandra Cosan
In my undergraduate nursing program it was essentially ingrained in the student body that we should all pursue an advanced degree at some point in our careers and sooner rather than later. Last year at this time all of this was far off my radar. All I Read More...
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