Emotions are VIRULENT

No matter the emotion: Shock. Fear. Excitement. Sadness. Surprise. Joy. Disgust. Stress. Awe. Positivity. The adrenaline in the trauma room when a patient is coding. The sadness in the palliative room when a patient is dying. The joy in the birthing room when a baby is born. Excitement over working with your fave co-workers for the next twelve. Anxiety over …

The Art of Nursing: The Canvas of YOU

You may think you are the artist- creating a masterpiece of experiences that come together to mould your artform of nursing. You may think some of your experiences haunt you; but they don’t haunt; they guide you. You are the canvas; not the artist. Others are moulding you. Patients have left their imprints on you as a nurse. You are …

Nursing’s Three Most Powerful Words

We say these words multiple times each shift. They’re so normal to us, we don’t even recognize their power. It is an exchange among strangers with a solemn promise: “I’m your Nurse.” Three simple words- only one syllable each, but these words hold such power and meaning. Shrouded in these three syllables is a vow. Even when that vow is …

Collaborate your HEART OUT!

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb – Interprofessional collaboration is not just ideal; it is necessary for positive outcomes all around. The evidence clearly correlates positive nurse and patient outcomes to the pillars of collaboration. Very clearly, in fact. I want to say nurses are great collaborators- …

Getting Registered: IT IS NOT A RACE!

We often hear from graduates who are feeling pressured to write the NCLEX-RN®, NCLEX-PN® or CPNRE® as they see their peers getting it over with and moving on with their career. One graduate equated this to seeing friends leave on the bus, but missing the bus and being left behind. Are you feeling left behind? Are you feeling like a …

For the Exhausted Nurse…

For the exhausted nurse who showers off their shift and cries into the water… For the nurse hidden in the bathroom to grab a few minutes of tranquility so the other patients don’t see the tears of the patient before… For the nurse who is so tired that it feels impossible to continue… For the nurse whose back aches, feet …

Nurses are LEADERS: Are you ready?

Day one nursing school: YOU ARE A LEADER. Becoming a nurse is something that is looked up to by others. It doesn’t take graduating, it doesn’t take a nurse manager role, it doesn’t take a Master’s Degree- it only takes starting nursing school and you are immediately seen as a leader. Perhaps this makes you feel nervous- even afraid – …

Ten characteristics of an EPIC nurse

Do you want to be an EPIC nurse? Do you want to know which characteristics can help you be not just a good nurse– but an EPIC nurse? – You know, the nurse they will always remember for all the right reasons? These characteristics can be strengths, abilities, traits, or qualities- sometimes even based upon values, beliefs, and morals. These …

Nursing: The Eleventh Hour

I’m on the eleventh hour of this non-stop twelve-hour shift. Eleven straight hours of loving and caring for others. I managed to stuff some candy into my face while taking report from EMS. I gave up on reheating that coffee hours ago. I’m a nurse, so I know how important water intake is; but, let’s be honest: I don’t have …