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

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 ever a time, it is now – nurses need to be the change.

And it starts with me. And you.

What is measles?

What is measles?

Well, here I go again…. another highly contagious health scare hits the headlines and I find myself doing research on different health advice blogs to find out more. Yup, talking about measles this time.

No, I am not paranoid, but as a nurse, I feel its my obligation to stay abreast of current health care concerns – I find it even more important as a nursing instructor. So, I am sharing what I know with all of you!

Now, what’s the big deal about measles? Well, considering it was virtually eradicated in the US due to vigilant vaccination programs, most are not familiar with this highly contagious disease. In fact, in 2000 the CDC declared measles eradicated from the US. Unlike the flu, pneumonia or heart disease, we are just not familiar and need to re-educate ourselves on a disease we don’t deal with on a daily basis. (On a more personal note, I do not titer for measles, so that just makes my concern level a little higher…and personal!)

New Nursing Graduates in Specialty Areas?

New Nursing Graduates

This month I have the honor of hosting the Nurse Blog Carnival and the age-old question, “New nursing graduates in specialty areas?”

As a nursing instructor, I get to hear a lot of dreams and goals from my students. I actually encourage it. It helps give them direction and really start thinking about their careers. As with most dreams, they are lofty. Although I encourage dream building, I also try to encourage them to be realistic. I like to remind them that dreams and goals are often obtained after a journey and usually some sacrifice and hard work.

Seven Secrets for Nursing Students to Manage a Challenging Nurse

So you arrive on time to clinicals – good job! You are in dress code – awesome! You have all your supplies, a pen, your stethoscope – ready to go save some lives! You get up to the floor, find your patient assignment and BAM – you find out you have to work with “Nurse Ratchet” today! So what do you do? Run for the hills? Cry? – no, there’s no crying in nursing school (at least not in public)! Instead, you are going to figure out how to manage a challenging nurse!

Nursing Students

Chronicles of a Camp Nurse – Volume 2

camp nurse

In case you missed volume 1, you can read about it here

Well, as with many things in life, I always try to aim high. For last week, I had grand plans that I would be able to blog each day from camp, sharing my many adventures as the camp nurse with all of you. Well, I knew we would be busy, but that is putting it mildly! They had us scheduled from the minute we woke up,  until the time our tired bodies hit the bed. Sure, I could have stolen a few minutes during free time, but I was having so much fun, it just didn’t happen. There was also this small problem that every time there was “free time”, pretty much every chaperone rushed to the gathering area, where the wi-fi signal was strongest, and tried to connect to the outside world. Let’s just say signal strength was not at its premium.