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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 ...
  • 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
  • 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
  • Revisiting Place

    Place is too important of a word to have just one meaning:     Know your place.     Save my place.     Win, place, show.     Your place or mine?     My place in the world. We all come from many places but all our places, whether they are a physical, social, or ...
    Posted to Spirituality in Nursing (Weblog) on November 10, 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
  • Data Mining and Analytics in Healthcare

    With use of the Internet increasing exponentially, the amount of data being processed has exploded. Nowadays, even the healthcare business, a world of its own, untouched by the IT phenomena one decade ago, is forced to embrace the Internet. Currently, customer behaviors and preferences, their medical information and  shopping patterns ...
    Posted to Shifting Rehab Paradigms (Weblog) on September 26, 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
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