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  • Summer in Cape Town

    Cape Town, oh my beautiful Cape Town! Summer is finally here and we are going to party hardy all summer long. You are blooming. You are vibing and you are bursting from the seams with endless possibilities. Come and take a walk with me through the beautiful streets of my beloved Cape Town. Come and drink wine among the vineyards, have ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on February 16, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Moving Forward After Loss

    Nurses deal with sorrow and loss on a frequent basis, so much so that it becomes an occupational hazard for some specialties. Yet we never quite get used to the feeling. Whether professionally or personally, grief can feel staggeringly overwhelming. It can encompass us in a way that makes it nearly impossible to move forward or to ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on January 26, 2017
  • Finding Your Dreams and Visions

    Every year since 2009, I have been making myself motivational vision and dream boards, and it has gotten to a point where I would make them for my family as well. What started as a way for me to motivate and inspire myself turned out to help and inspire my family and my mother's clients in her salon too. I started to study nursing in 2009, ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on January 13, 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
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    PTSD is a mental illness that many are aware of, but few take the time to get to understand a little bit better. It's a disorder that has been around for centuries, but wasn't named until after the World Wars and has been commonly associated with war veterans. But many others can be diagnosed with PTSD after traumatic events. So, how do ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on December 20, 2016
  • 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
  • Pay it Forward

    SOS Children's Villages South Africa builds families for children in need and in doing so, we help them shape their own futures. We have cared for over 24,000 children since the opening of our first village in 1982. I have the privilege to be a sponsor for a little girl at the SOS Children's Village here in Cape Town. Her name is Aphelele, ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on December 13, 2016
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