Nurse Leaders: Step Up

Congratulations to the graduating nursing classes of 2012! I wondered what the job market would be like for my new colleagues, so I started looking at the openings for registered nurses on the west coast. Three metropolitan areas: Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. There are a lot of nurses needed! Emergency, labor and delivery, peri-operative, […]

Graduation, the Beginning of Education

Congratulations! You did it! Classes, caffeine-riddled nights of cramming for exams, and clinical rotations are a thing of the past. That BSN is firmly in your grasp. As you stand on the threshold of your nursing career, the NCLEX before you, pondering the job situation for nursing graduates, the last thing on your mind is […]

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 […]

Just Between You and Me…

I’ve decided to rely on the kindness of strangers. (Although, if you are reading this blog, you really aren’t a stranger.) I blog about nursing, both here and on my personal blog. I’m never at a loss for topics; nursing always seems to supply me with new writing territories. Here at Masters in, I […]

Nursing Education – A Global Issue

The nursing blogosphere brings nurses from all corners of the globe together. And what do nurses do when they get together? They share stories. Through these stories we realize that we share the same concerns, the same issues… …the same shortage? Make that “Shortage” with a capital “S”. It’s global.

Perpetual Student?

There is no role option for “perpetual student”. This was an observation of a colleague in response to my musings on the apparent lack of an  advanced education path specifically for the generalist nurse. Her suggestion was to choose a role option that would give you the knowledge and skills closest to what you personally […]

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.


Ever get the feeling the universe  is trying to tell you something? Seriously. Everywhere I turn, there are the articles on the state of nursing education and the dearth of nurse educators. Now, I really don’t want to be a nurse educator, really I don’t. So why am I drawn to these articles?  Well, these […]

Not Just Another Brick In The Wall

“We don’t need no education.” Where did that come from? I don’t usually channel Pink Floyd while blogging. Maybe my subconscious is kicking in; I’ve been reading articles on nursing education and feeling  guilty that I changed my role-option from that of nurse educator. Originally, that is what I wanted to do with my MSN.Then, […]