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  • 'Don't Burn Your Bridges'

    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 future. Today I gave my ...
  • In Oncology, Every Day Counts

    As the morning sun comes up over Table Mountain and I climb the final steps up Lion's Heads hiking trail, I get a sense of just how small I actually am, looking around at all the majesty of God's artwork. How blessed am I not to be able to experience this, see and feel it, touch and taste it. How often do we forget to be thankful? Even for the ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on June 20, 2016
  • Changing Fields, Changing Directions

    I'm sure as all nurses starting out, I had a dream. I was young, vulnerable, and naive', but I had plans. I wanted to be the best nurse I could become, AND I wanted to be a mother. As anyone could tell you, once plans have been made, things can go awry. Many years, miscarriages later, with heartbreaking pain, I had to scrap the idea of becoming a ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on May 29, 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
  • What Nursing Means to Me

      May has nurse's week...so I decided to speak to some nurses about what nursing means to them. I spoke to nurses who are close to retirement and too young, hopeful bright eyed and bushy tailed nurses, fresh out of University. And boy there was a huge difference in opinions. Strange how the circumstances of your work, where you work, how ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on April 28, 2016
  • Reach Out a Hand

    As I sit and stare out the window of our tearoom, looking out at Table Mountain ,I cannot help and feel a sense of wonder and how I blessed I am to live in such a beautiful country. I get a sense of pride. I think of how blessed I am for all I have and I smile and with that my mind changes course to all those that in this festive season don't ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on December 21, 2015
  • Giving Advice

     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 or tasks. I decided I would go out, have a long walk, get myself a book and settle down ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on September 17, 2015
  • Crossroads of Life

    The last couple of months I have been struggling to find my purpose in life. Did I choose right and all those sorts of questions.  And lately after two bad test results, I felt like such a failure at life I should just give it up. I am not good enough. But nursing is my dream, and all I want to do is be the best at what I do. My whole life ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on August 20, 2015
  • Choices that Change your Life

    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 the right decisions? Did I do enough in my life? Strange questions I know, but I have ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on July 20, 2015
  • Do We Stand up for the Human Rights of our Patients?

    Being in nursing college is really teaching me, not only valuable professional skills, but also, life skills. As I am going through my general nursing work, I am realizing what is expected of us, what rules we must adhere to, what the government expects from us as nurses. But are we actually practicing the one fundamental rule or right that all ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on June 22, 2015
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