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  • MacGyver Nurses Among Us

    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, I ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on November 17, 2016
  • Self-Loathing or Loving? That is the Question.

    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, ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on November 14, 2016
  • Living for Today

    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. ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on October 20, 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
  • Breast Cancer is More Than October

    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 respect for someone who can come ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on September 22, 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
  • Nurse, Heal Thy Spiritual Self

    Last month, I shared with you a very personal story that jump-started my quest to further understand why nurses are emotionally tired. I wanted to understand how today's environment spiritually impacts the practice of nursing. I dove into the research and literature like they were a cool pond on a hot August day. I researched with gusto, hungry ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on August 19, 2016
  • When the Personal and Professional Realms Collide

    There is an interesting perspective a nurse (or a nurse's loved one) who is a patient has. First off, it's not easy to be a patient-it's especially not easy to be one when you are a nurse. It's even more difficult when you teach nurses how to take care of others as there are certain expectations of care that should be provided. So, naturally, when ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on August 12, 2016
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