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How To Stay Clinically Up To Date In A Non-Clinical Position

These days there are so many areas in which we can practice nursing, many of which are not clinical. But how can a nurse in a non-clinical position stay current with the ever changing nursing practice? Well, I have a few suggestions. There is a myriad of things that nurses can do to stay active. We can take courses, attend conferences, participate in web-based activities or even informal sharing of practice. One of the best ways to stay current is with continuing education. It is helpful … [Read more...]

Nurses Should Not Have To Fear Abuse

Imagine an ordinary day, going to work and, in the middle of your shift, while trying to abide by the policies and procedures of your hospital, you find yourself being handcuffed and taken by force to a police car? That is what happened to Alex Wubbles, a nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah! Alex was on the burn unit and working with a patient who was badly burned in a fiery motor vehicle collision when a police officer showed up.  The police had been on a high-speed chase of a truck driver who … [Read more...]

Interview with a nurse from Indonesia

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Negative Environments Feed On Complaints

A few years ago, I did an Empowered Nurses Boot Camp.  It was a 4-week program designed to help nurses with license protection, leadership, communication and mindset issues.  I will be launching the Boot Camp again soon, but this time with CE credit!  In the meantime, you can check it out at empowerednursesbootcamp.com. One of the topics in the Boot Camp program is environment.  Environment is everything and a negative one does not support you.  Not being in an environment that’s supportive … [Read more...]

That Little Voice In Your Head

No, you are not crazy. We all have two different little voices in our heads.  One is the loud, negative voice that tells us we’re no good, and that questions how can you be a successful nurse, why do you deserve to be successful? But there’s also that quieter, softer voice supporting you saying, “You CAN do this!”  “You CAN be successful!”  “You have everything it takes!” Which voice do you listen to? There’s a Native American Indian story about a black wolf and a white wolf.  We have … [Read more...]

The Impact of the New Indiana Opioid Bill for Nurse Practitioners

Hot off the press as of July 1, 2017, SB 226, Indiana’s new amendment concerning prescription opioids is now in effect. The amendment comes amidst the growing national opioid epidemic, by which Indiana has been hit hard. Indiana’s health care costs associated with opioid abuse reached $650 million in 2007, ranking 12th in the nation at the time, and have certainly risen since then. Poisoning has become Indiana’s leading cause of injury death, with drug overdose accounting for the broad majority. … [Read more...]

Do Boards of Nursing Eat Their Young?

Ask any nurse and they will tell you they have heard the expression, “nurses eat their young!”  Unfortunately, members of the nursing profession are known not to be supportive of each other, especially the newer younger nurses. I look at Boards of Nursing as a microcosm of what is happening in the profession where nurses eat their young, talk down to each other and punish without rehabilitating.  The same is true with Nursing Boards. The job of the Board of Nursing is to protect the public … [Read more...]

No Free Lunch For Nurse

I previously have written that in Texas nurses filed a complaint for not being paid for breaks that they were unable to take and how some hospitals use break or lunch nurses to fill in so that the others can take a break.  Click HERE The St. Charles Health System in Oregon utilizes the “buddy system.”  They require nurses to take a break while their buddy watches their patients.  However, when a buddy watches the patients of another, that buddy is responsible now for twice as many … [Read more...]