Category: Professional Development

Nursing Pages to Follow

Here is a short collection of enjoyable and useful sites for any stage in your nursing career! Enjoy!!! SITE LINKS EMBEDDED IN EACH IMAGE! Cool Pages on the Interweb No matter your question, AHRQ has you covered with the latest...

/ June 14, 2018

Confessions of a (Happy) NCLEX ‘Junkie’

Nursing school is tough, but the upside of that is in many ways, it’s really exciting. It keeps adding to your knowledge, then challenges you to tie all that knowledge together in dynamic ways that make all the difference in...

/ May 31, 2018

GREAT OUTCOMES DEPEND ON GREAT BEGINNINGS

GREAT OUTCOMES DEPEND ON GREAT BEGINNINGS – AND WILL BE MEASURED. I’m about to tell you a story that ended up with me getting hired into the unit I wanted, doing exactly the job I wanted to do. So, this...

/ May 24, 2018

“Not in Kansas Anymore”

National Nurses week is a time for the nurses to celebrate the profession they’ve chosen.  The ANA (American Nurses Association) has taken as its theme for the 2018 celebration “Nurses inspire, innovate, influence. ” In my real nursing life, working mostly...

/ May 10, 2018
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Professional Communication—Email

Email communication can be tricky. I worked with a wonderful nurse who started an email to her professor: “Well, dang….”  Don’t do this. It didn’t go well. Think of an email as a formal letter that you might have sent in...

/ April 26, 2018

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

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

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
nurse with narcan vial

NARCAN: Naloxone Know-How for Nurses

On November 18, 2015, at the urging of the public and many agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. FDA approved the use of naloxone nasal spray for the treatment of life-threatening opioid overdose. The legislation...

/ July 13, 2017