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..]

Ignore the Nay-Sayers

  20 years ago this month I launched my speaking/education business with a full day seminar titled Career Alternatives for Nurses. Fortunately 25 nurses showed up and I am grateful to every one of them (plus the thousands that have followed) to this day. But beforehand, I had quite a few people tell me why… [Continue..]

5 Truths About Nursing Everyone Needs to Know

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year starting on May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year’s theme is Ethical Practice, Quality Care. The week is set aside to honor and recognize all nurses around the world for their contributions to promoting the health, well-being, comfort, and safety of the population–no… [Continue..]

Why Me?

When we go through difficult times, it is easy to feel sorry for ourselves and ask, “Why me?” This type of thinking creates resistance and only causes more pain and anguish. Instead, try to ask yourself, “What are the lessons I need to learn here?” or “How can I grow from this experience?” Buddhism teaches… [Continue..]

Message for New Nurses

Nursing is the most amazing profession. It will change you for the better as much as it will positively impact the lives of those you care for. It is challenging and rewarding, exhilarating, and at times exhausting. Saving lives and keeping the planet healthy are hard work! You’ll need all the support, encouragement, and determination… [Continue..]