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  • Negotiating the Employment Contract

    Negotiating an employment contract doesn't have to be a battle. If you feel as if you are about to engage in an adversarial process, then you are approaching it all wrong. Employment contracts shouldn't be viewed from a perspective that leads to a winner and a loser. In fact, the hallmark of a successful negotiation is that neither party will ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 19, 2016
  • 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
  • Social Media: A Job Hunting Wildcard

    You might be surprised what impressions an employer may form about you just by looking at your social media postings. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that your employer (or potential employer) is even looking at your online postings at all.   Checking social media has become a fairly routine part of the hiring ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 12, 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
  • Filling in Résumé 'Gaps'

    Dear Career Coach: I am an NP, but I have not worked in 2 years. How can I get back into the workforce? Dear Reader: You are not alone! Your question is one that I am asked with some regularity. I have a number of thoughts and a few points to share that you may not have considered. Usually when NPs who have been out of the workplace reach out ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on November 7, 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
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