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  • I Did Something Wrong

    I did something wrong.  I did something wrong. The differences between these two sentences is the difference between shame and guilt. To illustrate, let me tell you a story. One day, my parents left me and my two brothers alone while they went to a Christmas party two doors down. We were given strict ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on December 8, 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 ...
  • Sam's Gift

    As a pediatric intensive care nurse, I dreaded the holidays because tragedies were even more poignant and painful due to the time of the year. This one particular Christmas proved me wrong—not because of the lack of human loss but because of the greatness of the human spirit.  I first met Sam when the lab called in a panic about her ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on December 1, 2016
  • MacGyver Nurses Among Us

    I cannot remember the first time I heard the term ''MacGyver Nurse.''  For those of you that do not remember watching MacGyver, the show is back. The main character could settle any crisis, it seemed, from world war, invasions of aliens, or out-of-control spaceships with duct tape, his Swiss pocket knife, and gum.  Okay, I ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on November 17, 2016
  • Self-Loathing or Loving? That is the Question.

    So I want to become a model, feel better about myself, maybe change the way the world perceives a fuller woman. Today I went for an audition and while I was there, feeling confident and ready for the whole photo-op and interview on why I want to do this, I was blindsided by the photographer. He casually dropped into our conversation that, ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on November 14, 2016
  • Living for Today

    As I stare out over the mountains here on my sister's farm, I cannot help but marvel at life happening all around me. I am always so rushed, so busy, that I literally never stop ''to smell the roses.'' And I wonder how many of us actually do this in the first place. My life is in constant overdrive not only at work but also in my personal life. ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on October 20, 2016
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • When is Suffering Senseless?

    Oncology nurses provide care to cancer patients and their families across the continuum. They are there from the life-changing moment of diagnosis to the frightening, yet hopeful, treatment phase. Such treatments may make patients feel worse than they did before treatment, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on September 23, 2016
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