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  • Mentality of Starvation

    John Levin from Baylor University wrote a great article in the Nov. 2016 issue of the Journal of Religion and Health where he challenges the narrative about religion and research but more of that later. His introduction to that article is what really fascinated me. Levin tells the story of the Israelites after they cross the Red Sea ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on February 13, 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
  • Become More Searchable to Future Employers

    Every day there are new employers who are searching for you online. Yes, even right now they are looking for someone with your skills and experience. If you are actively searching for a new job everyday online or you belong to the vast majority of NPs out there who are what we call ''passively'' searching, meaning if the right opportunity ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on January 23, 2017
  • DNP Graduates: Agents of Social Change

    As we prepare for a new POTUS, many of us are considering the imminent social changes that directly impact our patients and our profession. In September, we started precepting MSW students in addition to NP and CNS students in our free clinic. The students started with providing SBIRT screening and have expanded, in the past five months, to ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on January 18, 2017
  • Let 2017 be the Year of the Mouth

    In 2014, Shirley Gutkowski wrote an article entitled ''The Biggest Wound: Oral Health in Long-Term Care Residents.'' Her article outlined how oral care is not being done in care settings across the nation. Her call to action was to not only understand the impact that poor oral care has on health, but also rethink the approach of oral care in ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on January 16, 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 ...
  • 3 Tips to Build the Perfect Résumé

    Have you ever wondered what qualities make a résumé great versus good enough? Submitting a ''good'' résumé is a gamble; you hope maybe it will be noticed while risking the chance it will be overlooked. Most job seekers would like a bit better odds than ''maybe.'' The difference is that good résumés seek attention while great résumés demand the ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on January 10, 2017
  • 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
  • Negotiating the Employment Contract

    Negotiating an employment contract doesn't have to be a battle. If you feel as if you are about to engage in an adversarial process, then you are approaching it all wrong. Employment contracts shouldn't be viewed from a perspective that leads to a winner and a loser. In fact, the hallmark of a successful negotiation is that neither party will ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 19, 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
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