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  • Science vs. Spirituality

    Read this quote below first as a caregiver and then as a scientist and we will see the debate about spirituality in the scientific literature ''This is the first resting-state fMRI study demonstrating altered functional connectivity in the DMN among meditation practitioners.  In the current study, meditators showed heightened activation of ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on June 15, 2016
  • Boundaries of Care

    As new nurses, we manage our careers carefully, knowing we might get attached to patients and families easily. Policy and procedure manuals warn us about boundaries. We know not to spend time with patients or families other than in our professional status. We follow those rules to the letter. We don't want to form relationships with patients where ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on June 10, 2016
  • Changing Fields, Changing Directions

    I'm sure as all nurses starting out, I had a dream. I was young, vulnerable, and naive', but I had plans. I wanted to be the best nurse I could become, AND I wanted to be a mother. As anyone could tell you, once plans have been made, things can go awry. Many years, miscarriages later, with heartbreaking pain, I had to scrap the idea of becoming a ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on May 29, 2016
  • Charmed, I'm Sure

    We live in one of the more volatile times for nursing, whether it is through aggressive political discussions, or the rising violence in cities across the country. Each day brings additional concerns, whether it is the latest statistics on the spread of Zika through pregnant Moms in the U.S., or the latest city/shooting/potential spread of ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on May 22, 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
  • Nursing Is More Than A Stethoscope and Scrubs

     A stethoscope and a pair of scrubs stimulated a national discussion on nursing several months ago during the Miss America pageant. You may recall Miss Colorado wearing these items while presenting a monologue about what it means to be a nurse.  Daytime talk show ''The View'' made commentary about her stethoscope and scrubs.  It ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on May 3, 2016
  • What Nursing Means to Me

      May has nurse's week...so I decided to speak to some nurses about what nursing means to them. I spoke to nurses who are close to retirement and too young, hopeful bright eyed and bushy tailed nurses, fresh out of University. And boy there was a huge difference in opinions. Strange how the circumstances of your work, where you work, how ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on April 28, 2016
  • Beliefs Shape Decisions

    It is an old axiom in psychology that beliefs are important to health.  Beliefs are the assumptions upon which we build our lives.  Beliefs shape how we make decisions.  Decisions determine our actions.  Our actions bring us results.  Results create the life we lead.  Beliefs---Decisions----Actions---Results If we ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on April 26, 2016
  • Staying Inspired

    Nursing can be tough, and at times disheartening. You feel a pull and tug on heartstrings that ache at the end of a long day. At times, it's hard to find time to put the ''zing'' and inspiration back in your step. That's where a cohort of nursing friends come in handy. Nurses often find similar hobbies through social media or other nurses at ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on April 22, 2016
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