Nurses shedding light on the ugly side of the flu


The 2017-2018 flu season is breaking all records. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that the “overall hospitalization rate is higher than the overall hospitalization rate reported during the same week of the 2014-2015 season; the most severe season in recent years.” The most recent CDC report showed an additional 17 flu-related pediatric deaths, bringing the total to 53 this season with little relief in sight.

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Your Next Shift Podcast


So, I had the honor of being chosen to be interviewed by Elizabeth Scala for her Your Next Shift Podcast!

Yes, someone other than my family and students wanted to hear what I have to say…crazy!!

I have been a fan of Elizabeth since I started blogging. She is out there and really trying to change the “Negative Nancy” atmosphere of our workplaces. Her whole intention is to help nurses be the best nurse and human they can. She helps nurses open their eyes to other opportunities and helps them shift to take steps to more contentment and happiness professionally.

Her podcast is a great collection of nurses who are out there shifting their professions. It truly is a collection of inspiring nurses who are putting themselves out there for good changes in our profession. I HIGHLY suggest you take a few minutes and take a listen to a few – I guarantee you will be inspired!

So, if you have 20 minutes to spare – go give a listen and learn a little bit more about me!

Presence and Intentionality Create Nursing Career Success: EPS 126

Also, Elizabeth has written some super helpful books for nurses and nursing students – you can read more about them here:

Nursing From Within – A book review

Your Next Shift – Book Review

Thanks for taking the time to go listen & please share with your friends- we can all use a little positive shift in our careers!

Until next time –

Take care, be safe and wash your hands!


Top 10 nursing school supplies

Nursing school supplies

One of the biggest questions I get asked from students staring nursing school is, “What do I really need for clinicals in nursing school?” Sure, there are lots of fun stuff that you can load up on, but what do you REALLY need? Well, I have been teaching clinicals a few years and here’s my must have top 10 list for nursing school supplies and for your career beyond!

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Nurses need to be the change

Well, another week of health care in the news. Lots of discussions, arguments, heated debates and the occasional cordial conversation on what changes need to be made. From Obamacare to staffing ratios to violence against health care workers…. lots of news these days affecting healthcare. But what I notice is missing – where are the nurses in these conversations?? I see lots of people and analysts discussing how health care needs this change or that one, but where are the front line workers. Oh, yeah….they are actually doing the work. But if there was every a time, it is now – nurses need to be the change.

And it starts with me. And you.

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Nurses Week Giveaways 2017

Nurses Week

It’s that time of year again… It’s NURSES WEEK! That one week we are really good at tooting our own horns and enjoying the love that everyone shows us. It’s a week of free lunches, maybe some massages, a free mug, or even a beach towel. Actually heard of a hospital in Florida where the medical staff gave every nurse in their hospital a new Littmann Cardiology IV stethoscope. (I am a huge Littmann fan – best warranty ever!) Now, that is a nice gift!

Have you ever wondered what the origins of Nurses Week? Oh, just me? ….well, if you are curious, here’s the history of how we go to this week!

But to add to the fun, lots of bloggers and companies love to do Nurses Week Giveaways….so here’s your round up of all the fun and free gifts!!

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Nurses Take DC – how you can help!

Nurses Take DC

Last year, in May 2016, nurses came together on the lawn of the US Capitol to bring attention to the need for safe nurse patient ratios. It affectionately became known as Nurses Take DC. It was the first rally for nursing in over 20 years when over 35,000 nurses met in DC for the same issues. Well, it is happening again this year on Friday, May 5, 2017. There is still time to attend and you can get more info at Nurses Take DC.

How can you help?

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Top Nursing Blog Posts of 2016

Nursing Blog Posts

I always love the new year – it’s like a fresh start. A blank page.

But I also love reflecting back on all the amazing things that transpire in just one year. So many of them we forget, so it’s nice to be reminded.

As some of you may or may not know, there are a gaggle of amazing writers, bloggers, and thought provokers in the world of nursing. They are speaking out for those who won’t or can’t and generally just trying to bring our community together in one voice.

And they have ALOT to say…

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Mandated Ratios vs. Staffing Plans

If you have been following any nursing news this past year, it is clear the hottest topic continues to be the debate for safe staffing. Currently there are two prevailing thoughts on how nurses should be staffed in acute care areas – mandatory minimum ratios versus local staffing committees / plans. In an effort to become better educated in the matter and make appropriate decisions for support, I wanted to share this excellent discussion regarding the current staffing issues.

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What nurses really want for Nurses Week

Nurses Week

Having been a nurse for over 18 years, I have endured a few Nurses Week. At first I was lured into the charm of my first “Nurses Week” bag. I had finally arrived – my first official nurses bag. I had arrived and for a full week, the folks at the hospital seemed to actually appreciate what we did for our patients. After a few mugs, key chains, beach towels and more bags, the charm quickly grew off.

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