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  • 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
  • Forgive Others… You Deserve It

    In my previous post, I spoke about one of my learnings for helping the nursing profession grow more resilient and introduced the concept of forgiveness. I can tell you this is not an easy subject matter to discuss in the workplace or beyond. What I can also tell you is that the energy of being angry and judgmental wears on the individual, team and ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on September 19, 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. ...
  • Will We Ever Get Past the Term “Male Nurse?”

    Unbelievable! As far as the healthcare industry has come, as far as the nursing profession has come, and as far as we as human beings have come-and still, here I was, in shock and disbelief as I drove by   Cheshire Regional Rehabilitation Center's latest billboard, which is located near Exit 25 on I-84 East in Waterbury, CT.  It ...
    Posted to RN Men: The XY Viewpoint (Weblog) on July 13, 2016
  • Nursing Nurses

    How many of us have returned from maternity leave with aspirations of pumping every 3-4 hours to keep up our milk supply to meet that goal of nursing our babies for the first 12 months of life?  How quickly did we come to the realization that it is difficult to leave the floor 3 times in a 12 hour shift to pump?  How soon did the guilt ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on July 5, 2016
  • Life Doesn't Pause- My Return to Blogging

    My last blog was October 1, 2014.  Why the long hiatus?  I suppose it was the complexity of life. Jumping in head first into my first real nursing leadership role, I became involved in every quality project that I could find.  I spent my time drafting research and grant proposals, applying for graduate school, and leading ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on June 16, 2016
  • What’s on the Horizon for Nursing in 2016?

    After recently giving a presentation on Florence Nightingale, I mused on the changes nursing has seen through the ages. For example? In 1887, one rule for nurses stated that any nurse who smoked, used liquor in any form, got her hair done at a beauty shop or frequented a dance hall would ''give the director of nurses good reason to suspect her ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on March 8, 2016
  • I Know Another Attack is Coming

    By Corina Wilkin, BSN, RN  The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) recently held a ‘Day of Dialogue' to discuss how incidents of violence are currently addressed in hospitals. AONE includes lateral violence, or bullying, between colleagues (e.g. nurse/nurse, doctor/nurse) in their ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 8, 2015
  • 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
  • Thank You, Nurses

    If anyone knows the importance of research and clinical trials, it's nurses. In the 1976 and again in 1989, more than 250,000 LPNs and RNs ages 20-46 were asked to participate in one of the largest clinical investigation - the Nurses' Health Studies - that would help researchers find important insights on women's health, including cancer ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on February 27, 2012
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