Category: Career

Bad mistakes, I’ve made a few

A few times a week, I spend about an hour happy stamping. I use that term because “stair stepper” sounds boring. Target heart rate gets established and the glistening starts. My earbuds were in, and dialed to the fitness center...

/ March 29, 2018

How hard is nursing school?

Nursing school is hard. When I started my nursing classes (the formal part of classes after pre-requirements were filled) about 120 of us were all gathered into one large lecture room for the welcome/orientation to the Nursing school. After some remarks,...

/ March 22, 2018

Off to Repair a Broken Heart

On the morning of September 13th, I handed my 3.5 month old daughter over to a nurse. The nurse held her in his arms and promised to take care of her. He walked out of the room with her on...

/ March 1, 2018

Professional Communication

Effective, professional communication is the cornerstone to efficient, quality health care. Truly, good communication is essential in any arena, whether personal, educational, or professional! Communicating can also make a nursing student or a new nurse VERY nervous, whether receiving or...

/ February 23, 2018
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Organ Donation & Transplant for Nurses

Even though many nurses may never navigate organ donation personally or professionally, nurses must learn to care for clients after organ transplantation, and have a solid background in the current approach to organ donation and procurement–the process of harvesting tissue...

/ February 13, 2018

Gaining Confidence In Nursing Practice

“If nursing was a book, then nursing school would be the table of contents,” one of my professors said. Confidence is much sought, especially as a nursing student preparing for the end of school and the beginning of a hard-earned...

/ January 19, 2018

Lateral Violence: How Nurse Bullies Affect Client Care

 Have you ever had to work with one of those intimidating nurses who makes you feel about three inches tall? You know the type. This is the kind of nurse who sends messages with body language and tone that you...

/ October 25, 2017

Why the Nursing Soft Skills Matter, Too. 

But I haven’t started my first IV yet! If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve only started an IV on a manikin and are wondering when you’ll get a chance “in real life”. The ability to start...

/ July 19, 2017
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2017: Year of the Healthy Nurse Avoid Burnout in the Age of Mindfulness

What IS health, anyway? Nurses should know…we promote health and hope for a living, right? But do we make sure ALL caregivers are cared for? Even us?   In 2017, the ANA focused on nurses keeping nurses healthy for nurse’s...

/ June 12, 2017

3 Ways to Pad Your Resume as Nursing Student

Nursing school is a busy time! You learn and grow more than you thought possible, but you have little time for anything else. Many of us come to nursing school with a full plate. I was a mother of two,...

/ April 26, 2016