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  • Happy New Year?

    January is named for Janus, the mythical god of gates. Janus had two faces-one which enabled him to see the past clearly and the other which looked toward the future with certainty. During this time of year, we traditionally look backward in the year past as we plan what we want to accomplish in the year ahead. Lacking the clear sight of ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on January 30, 2017
  • Planning a Nursing Career through the Long and Short Haul

    Determining to pursue a career in nursing may be the easiest decision you make in life. As you may have been told, nurses are in great demand! There are also many types and thresholds where an individual can “get their feet wet” while deciding which type of healthcare fits their basic needs. Do you need an immediate flow of revenue? It may be ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on January 5, 2017
  • The Infamous Colonoscopy: Tips for Prepping

    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 cancer, I too was dreading the evil prep. Going through the ...
  • Spirituality and Health Choices

    Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman are two economists devoted to answering the question, ''Why do people make the choices they do?'' They delineated several cognitive biases, such as framing effect, which attempted to explain a person's non-rational behavior. Tversky and Kahneman's theory was a giant leap forward over older theories which saw ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on August 11, 2016
  • Science vs. Spirituality

    Read this quote below first as a caregiver and then as a scientist and we will see the debate about spirituality in the scientific literature ''This is the first resting-state fMRI study demonstrating altered functional connectivity in the DMN among meditation practitioners.  In the current study, meditators showed heightened activation of ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on June 15, 2016
  • One Nurse’s Journey

    It was fall of 2010; the Institute of Medicine released their recommendations for the future of nursing. One recommendation they made was to increase the ratio of BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020 to help meet the increased demands in nursing to care for the increasingly complex patients. By 2011, like many other facilities across the ...
    Posted to BSN Benefits for Nurses (Weblog) on May 17, 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
  • Tax Time

    I've been getting all my ''important 2013 tax information'' documents the past few weeks.  I had to laugh, as I filed them away, remembering my first year as a nurse and how I treated those documents as if they didn't matter, as if someone else was going to keep track of these things.  I had absolutely no idea how to handle my finances ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on February 8, 2014
  • The Nursing Card; Let’s Get Acquainted

    As we get to know each other, it will become apparent I'm a nurse. You would know this by reading my biography, but you wouldn't know I was placed on earth to be a caregiver through and through. By the age of 3, as I could articulate my needs more eloquently, I asked for a toy stethoscope at Christmas. In the decades since that time, my family has ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on January 2, 2014
  • Dealing with Discrimination from Patients

    It's official - my first semester as a nursing student is over. I finished up with finals last Thursday, and now I have nearly one month off to relax and recharge. I'm already in the midst of planning things to do with all my extra time. In addition to holiday festivities, I'll be taking two trips to the Poconos, and my wife and I have decided ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on December 21, 2011
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