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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 ...
  • 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
  • Mean Nurses, Where are Your Manners?

    Every day in our nursing career we meet a lot of diverse types of people. But handling different types of nurses at work can be a dismaying task. It can be very challenging working with lazy, difficult coworkers who don't pull their weight. If you have been in this profession for any length of time (22 years for me), you know who I am talking ...
  • 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
  • If Only It Had Been an “April Fool’s” Prank

    As a college professor and registered nurse, I have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to walking into a patient's room (or a classroom). However, nothing could have prepared me for the fact that one day, someone would decide to put up a billboard on I-84 East in Waterbury, CT, near exit 25, portraying a shirtless man with a stethoscope ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on July 13, 2016
  • Male Nurses: We Care for Our Patients Because We Care for Our Patients

    I chose nursing as my profession because I truly believe it is one of the few callings that transcend gender, race, socio-economic status and religion. It is ignited by one's motivation to care for other people-a desire that is consummated every time a patient's health and well-being is restored. Sure, there are times a patient's outcome may not ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on July 13, 2016
  • 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
  • Life Doesn't Pause- My Return to Blogging

    My last blog was October 1, 2014.  Why the long hiatus?  I suppose it was the complexity of life. Jumping in head first into my first real nursing leadership role, I became involved in every quality project that I could find.  I spent my time drafting research and grant proposals, applying for graduate school, and leading ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on June 16, 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
  • Individualism and Minimalism: Cultural Philosophies and their Impact on Nursing Teamwork

    Two of the guiding principles in modern American culture today can have a devastating impact the success of nursing teams and their ability to provide safe, effective care if we overlook them. The two philosophies are individualism and minimalism which lead to the attitudes ''What's in it for me?'' and ''What is the least I have to do to get by?'' ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on May 9, 2016
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