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The 6 Human Needs

Recently I attended a Tony Robbins seminar.  He is amazing and his presentation was a life-changing event.  In his program, he discussed 6 human needs which may help you understand why you act and react in certain ways, but also why other people act and react in certain ways. The first need is for certainty.  Certainty is the need to avoid pain.  It is the survival mechanism.  We need certainty to function in our lives.  For example, knowing that when you go out to eat that you won’t get … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


As nurses, we see the most difficult things in humanity.  We see people suffering, we are privy to their difficult family situations, we basically have a very privileged look into the details of our patients’ lives.  We see their hopes, their fears, their sadness and their joy. But all this does not come without a price.  When I was a nurse I was shielded from the sadness by putting a wall around myself so I would not have feel so much of the pain that my patients were going through. It … [Read more...]

Be A Change Agent To Improve Patient Care

I believe that nurses have the answers to the problems in health care, but either they are afraid to speak up or others don’t listen.  So, how can we make change that will really occur? When you want to make change, think about the end result you are seeking.  That is where you start.  That is your intention of what you want to set. However, whenever there is change, there may be opposition.  For change to occur, look at the payoffs that you are getting for keeping things the same.  Then … [Read more...]

Focusing On Adversity With Grace

I recently had a trial and while the outcome was favorable, there were many learning opportunities presented to me. Along with 2 other attorneys, I was co-counseling this case.  Though we all are very experienced attorneys, we each had our own style and our own way of doing things. I found as I witnessed their approaches during the trial thinking to myself, “Well, I wouldn’t do it that way.”  That’s when I started feeling that part of me that wants to control everything began to rear its … [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...]

When You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

When considering the body of all possible knowledge, there are very few things that we actually know.  Many times we don’t even realize that we don’t know most of the things that we don’t know! As nurses, many times we get a brief orientation and are thrown into circumstances that we could have never foreseen.  Since our training and experience can’t always prepare us for every situation, we are put at risk for making a mistake.  When that happens, it is okay to ask for help! Try to think … [Read more...]