Speaking Words of Wisdom…

I love this quote. “Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.” –Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss writer and poet It’s the perfect description of nursing education. It’s the perfect description of nursing.

3 Bad Habits Nursing Students Should Break

Ah, nursing school. So much studying. The harder you work, the more there is to know. Let’s be honest. Nursing is the hardest job you will ever love, and getting there is no cake walk.¬† Trying to accomplish everything isn’t easy; sometimes a bad habit or two makes its way into the picture. Here are […]

New Kids on the Block

Well, this is interesting! It seems between 2002 and 2009, the number of people ages 23-26 entering the nursing profession¬† increased by 62%! Wait! I thought no young people were going into nursing and we were looking at a massive “graying” of the profession with a catastrophic shortage of RNs caused by en masse baby […]

Friends in High Places

I will admit it. Any time I see anything to do with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), I wince. CMS pours forth policies, programs and regulations pertaining to patient care. Hospitals implement them (or they don’t get paid). It always means additional work and an ungodly amount of additional documentation. Translation: when […]

Puedo hablar…

Oh, if Miss Felice could see me now. High school Spanish. Four years. A foreign language was required for college, and I loved Spanish. I never dreamed I’d be speaking it on a daily basis. There have been nights at work when that is the only language I speak.

A Spoonful of Sugar

If you want to make a nurse crazy, compare the inpatient hospital experience to that of a Disney customer. Okay, maybe it’s just me. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I don’t take my clothes off for Star Tours, I don’t whisper my medical history to Cinderella in Fantasyland, nor am I probed and […]

Mixed Message?

“Emergency, may I help you?” “Uh, yeah, are you guys really busy? Can you tell me how long the wait is?” If I am the one who takes the call, before I even address the question, I ask what the problem is. You don’t want someone with chest pain making an ER decision based on […]

Generations

“I have got to come over and teach you ladies a thing or two!” She was 25, had been a registered nurse for three years and now sat perched across the table eyeballing us over a Coke. I glanced at the woman sitting next to me and raised an eyebrow. My colleague had been a […]

No Angel

I am no angel. I was not educated by angels, I do not work alongside angels and I do not report to angels. Stop referring to me as an angel of mercy. I’m not an angel. I am a professional registered nurse.

What About the Rest of Us?

When in doubt, go to the source. Everyone is talking about the IOM/RWJF Future of Nursing (FON) report. Has anyone actually read it? I just downloaded it as a PDF and opened it on my iPad – 702 pages. Whoa. The things I do for my profession, seriously.