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Mandatory B.S.N.

In 1964, the American Nurses Association supported the position that all nurses should have a B.S.N.  However, nothing really became of it until the State of New York made the bold move last week by passing legislation requiring all New York State nurses to have a B.S.N. within 10 years. New York encompasses 8% of all R.N.’s in the United States and sets a precedent for the other States to require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing be obtained within ten years of initial licensure in order to … [Read more...]

Smile, You’re On Candid Camera

If you’re old enough, you might recall that TV series back in the ‘60s hosted by Allen Funt where people were filmed in contrived situations and didn’t even know it.  It was kind of precursor to similar shows today like “Cheaters” in which people don’t know they’re being recorded. Did you know that in certain states, permission is not needed for someone to record a conversation with you?  Only one person needs to know. However, in the recent past, I have had some nurses who were … [Read more...]

The Morning Routine

A head-on accident with a drunk driver going 70 miles an hour left 20-year-old Hal Elrod considered dead for 6 minutes.  Though he was revived, he still suffered 11 broken bones and doctors told him he would never walk again. Mr. Elrod overcame all these obstacles by age 30 to become a husband, father, author, international speaker, a Hall of Fame business achiever and a 52-mile ultramarathoner.  In his book, “The Miracle Morning,” he shares with readers his tips for successes. I have … [Read more...]

Beware Of Using Social Media As A Nurse

A registered nurse in Saskatchewan, Canada, posted a comment on social media regarding the care of her grandfather who had recently passed away at a long-term care facility.  The comment suggested the staff suffered from a lack of compassion and education. To this nurse’s surprise, charges were filed against her license for harming the standing of the profession of nursing under Canada’s “Registered Nurses Act.”  She was found guilty and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine as well as an additional … [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...]

Is The Writing On The Wall?

Many nurses stay in their job because of their comfort zone.  They are comfortable with where they work, the policies and procedures, the staff, the routine, etc.  But things may not be clicking just right.  Maybe you’re getting write-ups here and there and talked to frequently.  Perhaps you may not fit in with the other staff and all these other little signs. Meanwhile, parts of your body are talking to you.  Your gut is screaming, “This isn’t quite right!” and coercing you to “Leave it!”  … [Read more...]

Are You A Good Samaritan

Recently I was on an airplane when a passenger became very ill and went to the restroom.  A flight attendant asked if there was any health professional available to provide help. My first thought was “Oh, no.  I haven’t practiced in years!  Do I really want to get involved?  And, if I do, can I get sued if I try to help.” After a few quick moments, my heart went out to this poor person in need.  No one else seemed to be getting up to help so I rose from seat.  Fortunately, there was one … [Read more...]

The Problem with Multiple Professional Licenses

Did you know that if you have professional licenses in more than one State and an action is taken against your license in one of the two, it is most likely that an action will be taken against your license in the other State as well? Did you also know that if you have a license that is no longer active in another State, that State then can still take action against your license? These are examples of what I call, “the domino effect.” Are you wondering how these things can … [Read more...]