Talked to a Therapist, Lately?

The push toward doctoral degrees for practitioners is expanding, and not just for nurses. Audiologists and physical therapists will soon be joining advanced practice nurses, according to the recent U.S. News.com article, Doctoral Degrees Gain Steam in Healthcare Industry. In the debate for the nursing doctorate, nurses are told other professions are requiring a doctoral […]

Patient Advocacy: Our Duty, Our Right

It’s a no brainer. Nurses are patient advocates. It’s what we do. We advocate for our patients We help them advocate for themselves by helping them heal physically, mentally, emotionally. We assess what they know about their condition and we provide information and resources so they can make informed, intelligent decisions about their care. It’s […]

Talking MSN with Jennifer Scott: FNP Practice

When looking at the commitment involved in earning an MSN, it’s nice to talk to nurses who have “been there, done that.” Part two of my interview with family nurse practitioner Jennifer Scott looks at her practice, the impact of health care reform and her views on the DNP for advanced practice nursing. You can […]

Talking MSN with Jennifer Scott: What You Need To Know

It’s time for another edition of “Talking MSN”! This time, we’re talking with fellow blogger and family nurse practitioner Jennifer Scott. Jennifer blogs about her life as a family nurse practitioner at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place. Today, she provides primary care in a rural health clinic. In Part One of our interview, I asked Jennifer […]

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 […]