Finding Your Place in Nursing

One of the things I find so wonderful about nursing is that there are so many different types of nursing and so many different ways to be a nurse. I started out in psychiatric nursing, then moved into public health nursing and eventually into case management. I didn’t even know about the field of case […]

Do You Ever Stop Being a Nurse?

I recently heard someone say, “I once was a nurse, but I’m retired now, so I’m not a nurse anymore”. I was a bit surprised by this. I can understand being retired and not renewing your nursing license. However, I find it difficult to think of myself as ever saying I’m not a nurse anymore.  […]

Spring Is a Great Time for Renewal

After what can seem like endless, cold, bleak days of winter, the longer days of sunlight during the spring are a great time for rejuvenation. Spring can feel so fresh and vibrant as we emerge from winter. By the time we get to the end of winter which can begin to feel a bit too […]

Do You Miss Nursing Uniforms?

Do you miss the days of starched white uniforms and starched white nursing caps? Do you think nurses are more professional when they are dressed in all white? Do you think the public saw nurses differently when we wore nursing uniforms? I certainly did not like my student nurse uniform. I thought it was very […]

Somethings Just Aren’t Intuitive

We think that things should make sense, but there are times when they seem like they just don’t make sense. I am sure you have heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” You might even wonder how that is possible. One way this is possible is to step back and look at the big picture. […]

Is It Important To Be Perfect To Be A Nurse?

Many nurses I know are perfectionist. Every detail matters and they generally get every detail correct. They ask themselves “Did I forget anything?” “Did I do that correctly?” “Did I make a mistake?”

We Need To Be Educating Patients

We need to be helping patients and certainly our family and friends to make good decisions about their medical care. I once had a family member who selected the hospital for his abdominal aortic aneurysm repair based on the hospital menu and the length of the hallway from the front door to the room that […]

Are You At Risk To Have A Medical Assistant Take Your Job?

Trends seem to come and go. I remember a trend to in the early 1990s in Minnesota to cross-train non-nursing personnel to do nursing functions. These non-nursing personnel doing nursing work included janitors, housekeepers, transport workers, and security guards. So don’t think that it can’t happen in your hospital.

Nurses As Change Agents

Being a change agent is a major function for nurses. Nurses are on the floor seeing the effects medicine and the health care system is having on the patient. We know that some things are getting better for the patient and other things are not. We must be vocal about the changes that are working […]