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  • Be Yourself

    My cousin is in her last year of nursing school.  She asked me recently what she should be doing to make herself a standout candidate for a first job.  Her fear and apprehension was so heavy that I felt it through the email.  She's terrified because, like so many of us, she has absolutely no idea (nor is her school offering much ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on August 28, 2013
  • Five Ways to Avoid Distraction at Work

    One overlooked endeavor of being a nurse is finding a way to avoid the gossip that permeates any and every hospital unit.  Since I’ve started working, I’ve seen 300-bed hospital shrink to the size of one unit.  I've seen a world reduce itself to the confines of one hallway. Once you start working on a unit, it’s ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on June 24, 2013
  • The Beauty of the Beginner

    I’ve started to lose sight of my beginner’s eyes.  When I first starting my new job, the learning curve was steep.  I knew nothing about working in the OR.  It was like watching a new and dramatic movie unfold every single day, everything enchanting and awe-inspiring.  I saw each day with the freshness of a newcomers ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on June 3, 2013
  • Does Your Résumé Say 'Non-Smoker'?

    ''Smokers Need Not Apply.'' That sign was theoretically hoisted by the human resources department at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley one year ago. The network consists of five hospitals and some 7,000 employees serving 46,000 patients annually. St. Luke's is the second largest employer in that region, so ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 27, 2011