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  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nurse, Heal Thy Spiritual Self

    Last month, I shared with you a very personal story that jump-started my quest to further understand why nurses are emotionally tired. I wanted to understand how today's environment spiritually impacts the practice of nursing. I dove into the research and literature like they were a cool pond on a hot August day. I researched with gusto, hungry ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on August 19, 2016
  • 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
  • Summer Madness, Vacation Challenge

    Summer is here! Living in New England, our summers tend to be short, but so is staffing.  For most of us, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and beach days. Many employees already have summer and vacation on their minds; after all, it's been a long winter and the staff is ready to get away from it all and get some much needed R&R. ...
  • When Violence Begets Further Violence

    Nurses across the country have watched in shock and consternation as the amount of violence and brutality escalates in cities and communities. Hardly a day has gone by without an additional, heartbreaking tragedy being broadcast over every category of media. We've passed beyond shock. Our heads are bent and bowed with worry. Some of us have ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on July 18, 2016
  • Q & A with Dr. Debra: NADNP

    Dear Dr. Shelby, My name is Ligita Centorino. I am a family nurse practitioner student in Phoenix, Arizona. I was researching NP national organizations and I was impressed to learn about your developed organization. I have chosen to promote your organization in my school, however, I have some additional questions I was not able to find answers on ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on August 28, 2014
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