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  • Nursing Holds the Heart of America, But…

    Nursing has once again been voted the most trusted profession in America. Merriam-Webster defines trust as the ''firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.'' We, as nurses, hold the firm belief of the American people in our abilities, reliabilities and, foremost, in our integrity and truth telling. ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on February 8, 2017
  • '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
  • Why We Dislike Labels

    We utilize descriptive terms nearly every day, whether during handoff or when reading through charts. ''An elderly, well-nourished, white male, appearing his stated age, was admitted for a complaint of increasing shortness of breath.'' Labels. Professionally, we may not think twice about their use, except for the harsh glare we give when we hear ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on December 14, 2016
  • 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 ...
  • An Exceptional Mantra for Nurses

    I'm not sure when exactly it starts, but I DO know that across the board nurses are very similar in one personality trait. We're universally hard on ourselves while being, inversely, very forgiving of others. We set our own bar unbelievably high. This unfortunate habit may kick in shortly after we articulate the Florence Nightingale pledge—when ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on October 12, 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
  • Forgive Others… You Deserve It

    In my previous post, I spoke about one of my learnings for helping the nursing profession grow more resilient and introduced the concept of forgiveness. I can tell you this is not an easy subject matter to discuss in the workplace or beyond. What I can also tell you is that the energy of being angry and judgmental wears on the individual, team and ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on September 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
  • The Bitter Team

    Every place I ever worked as a nurse/manager, there is always someone on staff that erodes morale, the employees who repeatedly slack off, talk back, or fail to complete tasks on time. Let's face it: we have all encountered this at some point in our career; the issue is how to handle this. When an employee starts to lose respect, your authority ...
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