Changing Roles and Careers for the Aging Nurse

For any young nurse, aging is not something you think about. Now that I have plenty of experience and a few years under my belt, I realize that even nurses age. As Chili Davis says, “Growing old is mandatory.” As nurses grow older, they can determine to be happy and satisfied if they plan well and are prepared. With age, the physical demands of bedside nursing can be taxing to the body. Long shifts tend to be tiring and new illnesses can set in. With the increase in work load and the challenging work environments, there is an increased risk […]

How to Confidently Say No!

  Do you find it hard to say no to any request that people present to you? Nurses are naturally giving people and saying no can be a challenge to many of you. There are several reasons why you may find it hard to say no, however, these four are the most common: You are afraid people will think you are rude. You want to be agreeable and you believe it is the best thing to do. You are afraid of burning bridges. You don’t want to turn people away. These are not necessarily bad reasons, but being unable to […]

A Nurse Practitioner’s Amazing Journey

  Have you thought of becoming a nurse practitioner but you think it will probably take too long, it’s too hard or it will cost too much? I recently spoke to Shasta Mitchell who shared her amazing journey with me. Shasta originally wanted to become a doctor, but she changed her mind before she graduated from high school, after being influenced by her mentor who opened her eyes to the many opportunities that a career in nursing offered. After graduating with her BSN in 2005, she knew that was just the start of her journey. Shasta shares four advantages that […]

Leave No Nurse Behind!

Donna Maheady is one nurse I personally admire. Her passion is to help nurses who have or suffer from any disability. I was fascinated by her book titled, “Leave No Nurse Behind” Where she talks about working with nurses who have disabilities. Donna shares her personal story about her twenty year old daughter who has autism. When you have a child with a disability, one challenge you face is the ongoing medical and therapy needs among others. The general society may not understand what parents and families with disabled children face and they need to be informed.   Education As […]

“The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with One Step” ~Lao-Tzu

Guest post by  Gbenga Lawal, RN Whether you are on what seems like a long journey to coming to the United States for your education, taking your NCLEX exam or have a specific goal, this one’s for you. I was walking in the cold snow. I couldn’t feel my feet or my hands. I thought it was the proper punishment for my failure. I was out of nursing school for a whole year. It was devastating.  Back to the beginning I got into nursing school simply because I said I would. The excitement of a new beginning drove me. I […]

Can your International Nursing Education Enable you to Take the NCLEX Exam?

  Linda had completed all her nursing courses in Haiti. However, she had not taken her government’s nursing exam. Her uncle who lived in Tennessee wanted her to work in America. She wondered if the courses she had completed would enable her to sit for her NCLEX exam. The only snag was, she had not yet done the National Nursing Exam and so she was not a recognized nurse in Haiti even though she had completed her nursing program.   Linda got in touch with me and during our consulting session we considered three things. Getting in touch with the […]