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Professionalism in Nursing: Why We Need it and 6 Easy Steps to Follow

I had the honor of authoring an article for Nursing CE Central’s blog: “Professionalism in Nursing: Why We Need it and 6 Easy Steps to Follow ” published April 23, 2021.

Nursing Resumes: What You Can Do To Land Your Dream Job

I had the honor of authoring an article for Nursing CE Central’s blog: “Nursing Resumes: What You Can Do to Land Your Dream Job” published April 23, 2021.

Student Loan Forgiveness For Nurses: Am I Qualified?

I had the honor of authoring an article for Nursing CE Central’s blog: “Student Loan Forgiveness: Am I Qualified?” published April 23, 2021.

Where Nurses Make Six Figures: 2021 Nursing Salary By State

I had the honor of authoring an article for Nursing CE Central’s blog: “Where Nurses Make 6 Figures: 2021 Nursing Salary by State” published April 06, 2021. In it I share what the National median salary is for LPN/LVN, RN, NP, CNS, Nurse Midwife, and Nurse Anesthesiologist. I also include a chart comprised of the […]

Managing New Nurse Fear and Anxiety

I had the wonderful opportunity to co-author an article in the April 2021 issue of the American Nurse Today journal! Managing new nurse fear and anxiety: Simple strategies can help with transitions to practice What the article is about There is a noticeable trend of increased levels of anxiety and fear starting with the millennial […]

Importance of Resilience Training for Nurses

The second a nursing student receives their license, they are awarded the heavy responsibility of a nurse. It is a challenging accomplishment, but one that does not prepare them for the full weight of that responsibility.  They have a basic knowledge of a complicated world with life and death circumstances. This is why orientation is […]

Every Hero Has Kryptonite Part 2: Recovering From the COVID Marathon

Right now, a year into the pandemic, the suppressed tension from the continual trauma of COVID is now showing visible cracks to nurses’ souls; the emotional, physical, and psychological well-being of nurses. The letters of support from the community have faded behind the display case. Free snacks to lift our spirits in the rare moments […]

3 WAYS TO COMBAT NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

Nursing is not an easy job. Nurses high-quality care to complex patients. If that does not make our job hard enough, we get yelled at, punched, kicked, and spit on by the confused and the just plain rude. We also take fire from family members that are aggressive, overbearing, and manipulative. Navigating the barrage of […]

Knowing When It’s Time for a Change

Throughout life we are constantly growing and adapting to life’s challenges. We set goals and strive for them. Sometimes we reach them and sometimes we fall short. Juggling personal life and work can be a difficult task and nurses, no matter how skilled they are at juggling, are not immune to struggling. There are some […]

Dealing With Death

Throughout nursing school we learn how they can die from various illnesses, but I only had one lecture on hospice that talked about death and grief. We deal so much in death so it is strange nursing school doesn’t spend more time on how to understand our role with dying patients and how to cope […]

7 Ways to Cope With Emotional Triggers at Work

Being a medical professional means that you are more than likely to experience at least one traumatic experience during your career. As a nurse, your chances of developing PTSD from a traumatic event on the job are higher than other medical professions. With the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are experiencing PTSD-related symptoms more than they had […]

Avoiding Burnout as a Nurse

The nursing field is considered one of the most tiring careers someone can have. According to Nursing License Map, a 2019 report of 2,000 nurses revealed that 41% of them felt burned out. Nursing can come with an abundance of stressors that can take a heavy toll on your health and wellbeing. While this is […]

4 P’s of Personal Resiliency

Now more than ever, building personal resiliency could be paramount to feeling grounded at home, in your nursing career, or other areas of your life. We’ve all been put through the wringer this year, but by focusing on personal resiliency, we may be able to come out the other side stronger than we were before. […]

Becoming a Resilient Nurse

When was the last time you had a bad day at work? Could it have been prevented, or was it out of your control? Every job comes with unique stressors and difficulties, which is especially true for nurses. Nurses have to be on their toes and be ready for whatever the day throws at them. […]

Find Your Road Map: Hospice, Palliative Care, and Home Health RN

Some road trips involve multiple stops with a new adventure every day while others are a long drive to a well-known destination. If you prefer a specialty where you get to know your patients over a longer period of time and maybe even feel like a part of the family, one of these specialties may […]

Impossible Task of Satisfying Everyone: 4 Healthier Ways RNs Can

Have you ever thought to yourself, “How am I supposed to get all this work done in only one shift?” Nurses have so many people to please, tasks to complete, and departments to coordinate. Not to mention the fact that they are also responsible for documenting most of this work. It is possible to get […]

Find Your Road Map: Psych, Substance Abuse, & Pain Management RN

Everyone loves a road trip, but some people hate to plan them. Others have a good eye for details and thinking about how all the little pieces come together to form the big picture. These nursing specialties are similar. To thrive in them, you have to be able to see and understand your patient’s needs, […]

10 Nursing Secrets For Handling Difficult Family Members

Nurses are front-line providers who are regularly face-to-face with patients and their families. That comes with some unique challenges. One of those challenges can come in the form of a rude or difficult family member. Maybe this situation sounds familiar: You’re a nurse doing your best to care for one of your patients. You’re just […]

Find Your Road Map: Destination Telemetry Nursing

Sometimes changing nursing specialties can be difficult because where you want to is so different from your current experience. However, it doesn’t always require a long route with a lot of stops along the way. Some specialties are closely related, and transitioning between them is as easy as deciding to get off at the next […]

4 Ways to Set Boundaries With Difficult Behavior Patients

Difficult behavior patients have a range of behaviors: needy, rude, demanding, mean, aggressive, or violent. They monopolize more of the nurse’s time than warranted for their illness and prevent nurses from being with patients who are more critical. Patients that are confused or have mental illness can act out, but it is easier to have […]

Find Your Road Map: Destination Medical-Surgical RN

Sometimes changing nursing specialties can be difficult because where you want to is so different from your current experience. However, it doesn’t always require a long route with a lot of stops along the way. Some specialties are closely related, and transitioning between them is as easy as deciding to get off at the next […]

Un/Approachable: 3 Effective Ways to Bring Concerns to RN Leaders

Every nursing unit has a nurse manager. Managers handle the administrative aspect of running a hospital unit and are privy to significantly more of the healthcare structure limitations than staff nurses. Leadership styles vary throughout management. Some are not conducive to a healthy nurse-management relationship while others can allow nurses to thrive. Staff nurses cannot […]

Find Your Road Map: Destination Trauma Nursing

Sometimes changing nursing specialties can be difficult because where you want to is so different from your current experience. However, it doesn’t always require a long route with a lot of stops along the way. Some specialties are closely related, and transitioning between them is as easy as deciding to get off at the next […]

Find Your Road Map: Destination ICU Nursing

Sometimes changing nursing specialties can be difficult because where you want to is so different from your current experience. However, it doesn’t always require a long route with a lot of stops along the way. Some specialties are closely related, and transitioning between them is as easy as deciding to get off at the next […]

5 Myths About Male Nurses: Debunked!

White pantyhose. Starched dress. Nurse’s cap. Sure these paint the picture of a nurse. But what about the 330,000 male nurses in America today? Stereotypically, when society thinks of a nurse, they think of a woman. Historically, nurses were predominantly female and still are today. There has been some stigma about the men in scrubs. […]

New Nurse Strategies: Who Will Help And Who Is Your Frenemy

Being a new grad nurse there is so much to figure out. During orientation, the preceptor helps guide new nurses through situations and teaches policies and procedures, but there is still much to learn once you are on your own. Not every nurse has the same work ethic, adherence to policies, or patience to provide […]

Find Your Road Map: Destination ER Nursing

Sometimes changing nursing specialties can be difficult because where you want to is so different from your current experience. However, it doesn’t always require a long route with a lot of stops along the way. Some specialties are closely related, and transitioning between them is as easy as deciding to get off at the next […]

Biggest Red Flag In A New Nurse: 3 Steps To Address It

A Lone Wolf is the biggest red flag for a dangerous new grad nurse because they NEVER ASK QUESTIONS! They push through orientation figuring stuff out as they go and sometimes make stuff up. Some feel the need to prove themselves as a nurse and some may not be used to relying on others. Regardless […]

Find Your Roadmap:6 Essential Steps to Change Nursing Specialties

One of the great things about nursing is that there are so many roads to take throughout your career. Many nurses change specialties several times before they retire. However, many don’t change when they want to because they don’t have directions. Starting something new is daunting and not something that should be done lightly. There’s […]

The Ultimate Guide to Calling Doctors (Especially at Night)

My sweaty palm gripped the phone to my ear. Ring… Ring… I knew he must be in a deep sleep, which made me queasy. “Hello?” said a gruff voice on the other end. “Uh, Hello? Yes. Dr. Brown, this is Sarah on 3-East. Sorry to bother you. I’m calling you about Ms. Thompson. Her blood […]

The Negative Effects of NURSING GUILT

Every nurse experiences “Nursing Guilt.” I felt it as a new grad and I still have days where I feel it now. What is Nursing Guilt? Nursing Guilt is the feeling you get as a nurse when you:  Are so busy trying to keep your head above water that you don’t get to spend time […]

Part 1: OVERWHELMED or Feel STUCK? 3 Ways Nurses Can Get UNSTUCK

What do you think of when you hear the word “stuck”? Immovable? Unchangeable? Trapped? Nobody wants to feel stuck, but how many of us find ourselves there anyway in our personal or professional lives? “There are so many opportunities in nursing. How could a nurse ever feel stuck?” Why Are So Many Nurses STUCK? They […]

Part 2: OVERWHELMED or Feel STUCK? Extenuating Circumstances

For some, getting unstuck might be more challenging than others. Extenuating Circumstances The three main categories of extenuating circumstances are: Finances: You may be the breadwinner for your family and cutting hours is not an option. Spouse/Significant Other: You may need to consider the potential impact on your significant other’s job if you are seeking […]

5 Interview Secrets to Outshine the Competition as a New Grad

Interviews are the most stressful part of any job hunt. Even more so when it is your first interview for a new career field. Nursing school puts all new grads one the same level. You may have had an internship on top of clinicals, but most new grads do. Thousands of new nurses graduate every […]

“Post” COVID Stress Is Here: 5 Ways Nurses Can Combat PCS

Ignoring The Set-Up To be a nurse means you are choosing a career that helps the sick and dying. Because of this, trauma has been normalized in nursing and we’ve adopted a catch phrase: “I’m fine.” My patient died— I’m fine Got punched in the gut by a violent patient— I’m fine Broke ribs with […]

Every Hero Has Kryptonite: Not Allowing Nurses To Be Human

“Hero” is a strong word. It has a weight to it. When someone is labeled a hero, they are placed on a pedestal and seen as being above struggle. I think of comic book heroes like Superman who has superhuman strength, speed, and the ability to fly. I think of soldiers who choose to go […]