How to Get Rich

Whenever things get very difficult or challenging in my life, those times when I don’t know how I’ll get through another day or week, I try to step back and ask myself: What are the lessons I need to learn here? Perhaps it’s to be more patient or compassionate, or to remind me of the suffering… [Continue..]

Tossing Pebbles

Someone in my family recently needed home care services so we had a registered nurse, who happens to own the home care company, at our house to gather information and do an in-home assessment. As we spoke, she suddenly realized who I am and that years back she attended my “How to Start Your Own… [Continue..]

Listen to your heart

Success guru and famed author Napoleon Hill said, “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” It’s so easy to get caught up in others’ expectations and opinions, especially when they are contrary to your own ideas and feed into your fears. But no one… [Continue..]

Nursing Nirvana

Have you ever dreamt of spending time with current and aspiring nurse entrepreneurs, authors, coaches, leaders, and visionaries? Perhaps you have fantasized about spending three or four days with nurses who are nothing but positive and enthusiastic about the profession. And who hasn’t wished they could get away for a long weekend of pampering, relaxation,… [Continue..]

Loving What You Do

I love being a nurse. I have loved it every single day of the 30+ years I have been in it. Not because the work was always easy or because I always felt appreciated or recognized for my efforts. But rather because I have always known, in a very deep and fundamental way, that I… [Continue..]

Create a Nursing Tapestry

When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me nor I them. But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me and those threads make up… [Continue..]

Don’t Worry. Be Happy.

It is reported that the Aztecs worried every night about whether or not the sun would rise again the next morning. I’m sure that if it didn’t they would have found a way to work around it. But imagine all the unnecessary fear and stress they caused themselves, not to mention loss of sleep, worrying… [Continue..]

Tell Your Nursing Stories

Stories, however short, are a powerful way to define and delineate the real value of what nurses do. This piece by Lynn Visser, RN beautifully illustrates how nurses make an impact. “I held her hand, looked her in the eye, and told her the procedure was all over. Then I said, ‘I was there the… [Continue..]

Go Back to School and Change Your Life

This post is sponsored by Capella University. There is plenty of compelling evidence these days to encourage nurses to further their education. And while many employers are either encouraging or requiring nurses to get a BSN, I have an even more compelling reason for you to go back to school: It will change your life… [Continue..]

Don’t Minimize Your Value

I was speaking to an 81 year old physician who had been recently hospitalized after a bad fall. He told me that in all his years in medicine, he never truly understood, until he was a patient himself, the vital role that nurses play in the healing process. I told him that what he “saw”… [Continue..]