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5 Minutes Of Joy

It gets so hectic during the holiday season, with frantically buying gifts on our list and checking it twice.  Sometimes we forget to take time for ourselves. One of the best things that I learned, that helped me decrease my stress level is to take 5 minutes of joy each day. At first, I had trouble finding something that causes me joy.  This doesn’t mean that I’m not a happy person, but when you have to intentionally create time that you get to smile and laugh and be happy … it’s … [Read more...]

Give Me A Break

Just about every day I hear that nurses cannot take their required breaks.  If they do take a break, it puts their patients at risk by giving the other nurses more patients to watch. In fact, several lawsuits have been filed against health care institutions claiming that nurses were not getting the breaks there were supposed to take and, even though they worked through those break periods, their paychecks would reflect a 30-minute deduction as if they had actually taken the required … [Read more...]

The Power of Intention

Intention is a predetermined outcome.  Remember when you thought about getting started in this profession that you would do anything you could to get into nursing school?  Once you were admitted to school, you would do anything you could to complete the program.  Then when you completed that program, you would do anything you could to pass the NCLEX exam. All of that, each step of the way, was intention. You were very intentional about becoming a nurse and that same tool, that power of … [Read more...]

Have You Missed Your Lunch Break?

A Houston, Texas nurse has filed suit against her employer because she was not given her lunchbreaks.  Even though she worked when she should have been eating her lunch, she was NOT paid for that time.  She was deprived of her break and forced to work for free. This facility had a policy that you only clocked in when you arrived at work and clocked out when your shift ended.  Their bookkeepers then would deduct the one-half hour lunch break from their payable time. However, because of the … [Read more...]

Choices In Nursing Lead To Freedom

When I feel like I am in a situation where I don’t have choice, it’s kind of like I’m in prison.  In reality, I’m not locked in some self-perceived cell.  I know that I actually have plenty of choices.  I may not like the options but, nevertheless, the choices are available. By believing that you have a choice and you get to choose which option is the most palatable, you have freedom! I hear from nurses all the time say that “Yes, my unit is extremely short-staffed … but I don’t have a … [Read more...]

Bringing Back The Joy In Nursing

As nurses, we see all sides of humanity.  I remember as a student doing my pediatric clinicals, we had a small toddler in an oxygen tent while its mother was smoking in the restroom when the child started to cry.  She handed her belt out from behind the door with the instruction, “Here, use this.” Again … you see all kinds.  On the flipside, we also see all of the beautiful celebrations of life and family interactions as well. While working evenings as a nurse, I would come home after my … [Read more...]

Hey, Nurses! Show Me the Money!

Allnurses.com recently released the results of a 2015 survey of nearly 19,000 nurses across the United States. The survey brought to light several interesting salary discrepancies between nurses of different genders, educational backgrounds, and locations. The annual salary of nurses by gender reveals that male nurses tend to earn slightly more than their female counterparts. The fact that men earn more than women in nursing is not all that shocking, but nonetheless sad (nothing against male … [Read more...]

Injustices In Nursing

I received an anonymous letter in the mail from one of my readers in response to an article I had written.  She was concerned that nothing was being done about some of the injustices in nursing. At first I felt bad that for whatever reason my article didn’t benefit her.  I know not everyone is going to resonate with my message, but my goal is to learn whatever I can from any negative comments. There are so many injustices in nursing and just to note a few: If a nurse takes controlled … [Read more...]