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  • Moving Forward After Loss

    Nurses deal with sorrow and loss on a frequent basis, so much so that it becomes an occupational hazard for some specialties. Yet we never quite get used to the feeling. Whether professionally or personally, grief can feel staggeringly overwhelming. It can encompass us in a way that makes it nearly impossible to move forward or to ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on January 26, 2017
  • Finding Your Dreams and Visions

    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 to study nursing in 2009, ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on January 13, 2017
  • Pay it Forward

    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, ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on December 13, 2016
  • Small Talk Can be a Big Deal

    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 to see ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on October 7, 2016
  • Growing in Numbers

    Can anyone remember all the way back in nursing school how many males were in your class? I can remember, back in 1993; I was the only male in my CNA/ROP class. There were three males in my LVN program and five in my RN program. I think we can recall to the past generations that many gentlemen who entered into nursing school were faced with ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on August 29, 2016
  • Green Swimming Pools and Medicinal Hickey: The Surprise of Rio

    If you're a nurse, you spend an enormous amount of time explaining the unusual and uncommon events of everyday life, especially when those events might be concerning the health or safety of our Olympics team. This year, we were so busy focusing on mosquitoes and Brazil's ability to handle the crush of possible terrorism/mass casualties that we ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on August 24, 2016
  • Race and Nursing

    Racism has been increasingly present in the news lately. Whether you are behind the cause Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter, nurses provide compassionate care and save lives of people of all races, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, and genders. Cancer, heart disease, and diabetes do not discriminate and neither can we. Unfortunately, ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on August 23, 2016
  • Going Off Script

    By virtue of a chronic illness, I have a dual perspective on healthcare. As an occasional patient, I am able to more closely understand both the provider and the utilization side of care. As a result of my experience, I have learned that bedside communication can be enlightening, perhaps representing a barometer of how a particular institution may ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on July 25, 2016
  • Beliefs Shape Decisions

    It is an old axiom in psychology that beliefs are important to health.  Beliefs are the assumptions upon which we build our lives.  Beliefs shape how we make decisions.  Decisions determine our actions.  Our actions bring us results.  Results create the life we lead.  Beliefs---Decisions----Actions---Results If we ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on April 26, 2016
  • Spirituality and Breast Cancer

    As of today, I am not one of the 2350 men who will get breast cancer this year.  The only man that I have seen who had breast cancer was a heavy marijuana user (not a risk factor they tell you about in Colorado.)  Yet I have been affected by this illness.  A non-English speaking woman asked me to attend her weekly chemo treatments ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on September 29, 2015
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