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  • 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 ...
  • The Changing Seasons

    To every thing there is a season... By the time you read this, we will have a new President-elect of the United States. At this time of year, many of us are preparing for a new legislative season not only in Congress but also in our state legislatures. As a DNP, I believe this is a perfect time to leverage our position as leaders in ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on November 21, 2016
  • Spiritual Thinking

    A spiritual writer once said that God is paradox. In healthcare, spirituality is the response to the demands made by multiple points of view. This is especially true when these points of view conflict. When faced with a point of view different than our own, fear is a natural reaction. Since fear cannot deal with complexity, our fearful reaction ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on October 13, 2016
  • An Exceptional Mantra for Nurses

    I'm not sure when exactly it starts, but I DO know that across the board nurses are very similar in one personality trait. We're universally hard on ourselves while being, inversely, very forgiving of others. We set our own bar unbelievably high. This unfortunate habit may kick in shortly after we articulate the Florence Nightingale pledge—when ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on October 12, 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
  • To Hug or Not to Hug

    In nursing, I will venture a guess you have found yourself in a patient room hugging someone (patient or family member), because they needed that support. If you are a male-I'm going to venture another guess that in that SAME situation mentioned above, BEFORE you extended your arms, you found yourself wondering, ''Should I hug this person or ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on September 9, 2016
  • 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
  • Transtheoretical Model for Change

    As healthcare providers and patient advocates, we are often faced with convincing our charges that a change is needed. Human nature is to resist change. Most of us settle into familiar routines in our lives and jobs and, no matter how inefficient or unhealthy our routines may be, we are very reluctant to disrupt the flow of our conventions. It is ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on November 19, 2014
  • A Milestone in Protection from Influenza

    The following is a statement released June 17 by Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Robin Robinson, PhD.  This week, our nation reached a milestone in battling influenza, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s first approval to manufacture ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 17, 2014
  • Privacy and Confidentiality

    I don't know about you, but there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have some sort of umm....interesting experience at work. I understand how awfully tempting it is to jump on Facebook or Twitter and share the events of my day with all 100+ or so of my closest ''friends''. It's so very rewarding to watch a post collect ''likes'' and ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 16, 2013
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