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 […]

Are You a Leader, Part 2

In my previous article on being a nurse leader, I talked about some of the elements involved in making nurse leaders great leaders. These factors included the following:

What Is The Best Educational Preparation For An RN?

Well, that depends. Interestingly, there are 3 tradition ways to become a registered nurse. Which path you take depends on a number of variables. Your decision will likely be influenced by your location, your willingness to move, your financial resources, and your career aspirations. The duration of the program may also impact your decision. The […]

5 Tips for Communicating With Doctors

Communication is the cornerstone of patient care. We communicate continually with patients, nursing colleagues, other healthcare providers. We communicate verbally, through body language, on paper, by computer, or through text messages and email. Of all nursing communications, those with physicians can be the most important, and the most problematic, because physicians are often off-site, depending […]

How To Stay Cool in the Heat of Social Media

Staying cool. Easy to do in the dead of winter, but not always so easy to do when interacting in the world of social media. Like interactions in real life, social media interactions are spontaneous and off-the-cuff.  And, like in-person interactions, they can also be contentious. Social media interactions differ, however,  in that they are […]

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 […]

The Three B’s of Nursing: Take Another Look

Ah, the Three B’s of Nursing. I’d been a nurse for 25 years before I heard that term, and I heard it from my nurse manager. The “Three B’s of Nursing” are (a) bitching, (b) bickering and (c) backbiting. Yikes. Not a very attractive portrait of the profession, is it?

Nursing on the Web: Two Sites You Need To Bookmark

I just realized something… These last few posts, I’ve sort of been counting down “my favorite things.” Maybe I should sing like Julie Andrews! Or not… Well, these aren’t exactly “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens”, but they are my two main nursing causes!

Apple A Day: 4 iPhone Apps for the iNurse in You!

I am an Apple fanatic. We’re talking worshiping at the altar of the Macintosh. I’m typing on a MacBookPro, following Twitter on my iPad and waiting for a call on my iPhone 4S. If I was rich, I’d buy any of the vintage Macs on eBay right now. Yeah, it’s that bad. So it isn’t […]