Traits Every Great Nurse Has

I discovered a great nursing blog: Diversity Nursing Blog. Here is a post I especially liked. Hope you do too.   DiversityNursing Blog Traits Every Great Nurse Has Posted by Erica Bettencourt Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 09:19 AM   What makes a good Nurse? What are the qualities of terrific Nurses? The Nursing profession is … Continue reading Traits Every Great Nurse Has

Are Nurses Losing Ground? Part 2

In my last post I discussed the Woodhull Study that was published in 1998, which showed nurses were quoted in the media (newspapers) 4% of the time. The 2017 replication of study showed a drop to 2%. Click here to view a video discussing the study, findings, limitations, and input from a panel of journalists/media … Continue reading Are Nurses Losing Ground? Part 2

Have you ever considered being on a Board?

I have choosen to reblog this post because I believe nurses bring invaluable skills and knowledge to various health care boards. I am currently serving on a board at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, NC.
Next week I will be in Chicago at the Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference along with the Chief Nursing Officer, and the Manager of Service Excellence to give a presentation about our Patient Advocacy Council. I will post updates from the conference and share more information about my board experience on future Posts.

NurseManifest

Here at the NurseManifest project, we have tended to emphasize grass roots, “on the street” kinds of activism to bring our deepest nursing values into everyday experience.  But manifesting nursing values needs to happen everywhere, and one of the spheres whereconference-table this is vitally important is in the Board Rooms, large and small.  Lisa Sundean, who is one of our NurseManifest bloggers, is embarking on her dissertation project to explore nurses on Boards, and in the interest of sharing her work wide and far, she has established website and blog – SundeanRN.org!  Her first blog post is now available, explaining why this is vitally important!  I highly recommend that you read her post: What do Boards Have to do with Nursing?  And if you have never considered serving in this capacity, think about it now!  We need to be manifesting nursing everywhere – at the bedside, the chairside…

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Are You Glad You Became a Nurse?

I found an interesting study regarding nurses' satisfaction with their career choice. Note the respondents were middle-aged (45 - 64) and predominately female. Since my specialty is gerontology, I have included the comments made by three older nurses. Yes, Yes, I know they are all positive. I look forward to a study that includes younger … Continue reading Are You Glad You Became a Nurse?

What is a Student Nurse?

Carol Ann, a friend of mine from nursing school, recently came to visit. She and her husband live in California. They cruised the Panama Canal over Christmas, drove to see friends in Clearwater, Florida, toured both Savannah and Charleston and traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to stay with us for a few days. Immediately, we … Continue reading What is a Student Nurse?

TRICK OR TREAT AT THE FRONT DOOR; HEARSE AT THE BACK

Reblogged from September 20, 2012. Happy Halloween.

Nursing Stories

I have been pestering my classmates from nursing school (we are about to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary next month) to write their stories so I can post them on my blog. Maybe pestering is too mild a word. Regardless, I have succeeded. Two women have sent me stories.

The first comes from Joan Moore. 

This is her story when she worked for a Hospice in Central New Jersey in the late 1990’s.

THOUGHTFULNESS IN THE FACE OF GRIEF

Written by Joan Moore

One of the most important aspects of hospice nursing is that a nurse is available 24/7 for the patients. This means every nurse on the team is required to take a turn being “on call”.

I’d like to share one of my many on call experiences.

My weekend started quietly. It was a Saturday in October. Halloween. In that neighborhood when Halloween falls on a weekend, the kids…

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The Gray Area of Nursing: Being Uncertain of One’s “Moral Role.”

Here’s a great example how one nurse saved a patient’s life. Speaking Up to Save a Life by Diane Szulecki, Associate Editor American Journal of Nursing October 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 10 - p 68–69     Abstract   A nurse's advocacy alters the path of a patient with locked-in syndrome. On a … Continue reading The Gray Area of Nursing: Being Uncertain of One’s “Moral Role.”

 I Am Grateful to the Nurses

In 2013 I toured the new intensive care units back at the hospital where I volunteer. At the time I was acutely aware how outdated my nursing skills were and realized that I wouldn’t even be safe to flip on a light switch. The state-of-the-art machines were daunting. I never thought that three years later … Continue reading  I Am Grateful to the Nurses