Monthly Archives: April 2012
In my last post, I wrote about four reasons why we should support new nurses as they enter the field. In this post, let’s look at five concrete ways in which you can actually offer support.
Yes, it’s true. Nurses do sometimes eat their young (even after all these years). However, the tide is turning and more nurses are realizing that supporting our new nurses as they enter the field is really the best thing to … Continue reading
When you’re running around the unit, working in home care, or otherwise working hard as a nurse, staying hydrated is one key to maintaining your health and taking care of yourself at work. Do you hydrate enough?
In every hospital, there are hundreds of so-called “high-touch” areas that receive the lion’s share of traffic when it comes to human hands. We all know that human hands can carry a plethora of bacteria and viruses, and these bacteria … Continue reading
I have to admit that I have a positive bias towards home care. In my sixteen years as a nurse, I have spent a number of those years working in home care or hospice, and it’s a very special type … Continue reading
Chances are, if you’ve been a nurse for a while, you know—or have known—a “wounded nurse”. A wounded nurse is a nurse who goes through life in pain. He or she may suffer from addiction, burnout, extreme stress, codependence, compassion … Continue reading
In my most recent post, I wrote about the dire warnings that are being forecast about the nursing job market. Prognosticators give mixed messages, stating unequivocally that nursing is “the #1 job for 2012” while also telling us that there … Continue reading
The recent news about nursing jobs seems mixed. On the one hand, we hear that nursing is the #1 job for 2012, and then we hear that the shortage is over and there won’t be many new jobs until 2020. … Continue reading
When we’re busy, we nurses can sometimes forget that there’s a person behind the diagnosis, so to speak. Under duress, the patient becomes just another body with a disease that necessitates a variety of nursing tasks, and we lose touch … Continue reading