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  • 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 ...
  • Going Off Script

    By virtue of a chronic illness, I have a dual perspective on healthcare. As an occasional patient, I am able to more closely understand both the provider and the utilization side of care. As a result of my experience, I have learned that bedside communication can be enlightening, perhaps representing a barometer of how a particular institution may ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on July 25, 2016
  • The Cost of Caring

    Suddenly there it was—a lack of compassion. Or was it? She was only 29-years-old when the phone rang with news no one wants to hear. She didn't believe it at first, and neither did her family. Then it became reality-more doctor appointments and finally surgery scheduled for a double mastectomy. She had ductal carcinoma, highly aggressive, but ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on July 19, 2016
  • Spirituality and the Glass

    ''Is the glass half full or half empty?'' is an often asked question. What is not often asked is how do you feel about your glass? Do you mourn the loss of half of your water, or are you happy to have as much water as you do? What are you willing to do to gain back the other half of your glass? These are not meaningless questions. Rather, this is ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on July 14, 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
  • Nursing Nurses

    How many of us have returned from maternity leave with aspirations of pumping every 3-4 hours to keep up our milk supply to meet that goal of nursing our babies for the first 12 months of life?  How quickly did we come to the realization that it is difficult to leave the floor 3 times in a 12 hour shift to pump?  How soon did the guilt ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on July 5, 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
  • Nursing In Tragic Times

    During the previous week, the country has seen about as much tragedy as anyone could bear, especially within the city of Orlando. Through the rapid-fire response of media, many have been quick to respond, with global outpourings of sympathy and expressions of support. Unfortunately, the opposite has also been true, as politicians and citizens ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on June 16, 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
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