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 […]

4 Important Tools to Consider when Collaborating with Others

        Working in a busy unit can be stressful particularly when the individual assignments are very heavy. One nurse I know worked in such a unit and every day she complained about how disorganized and busy the work environment was. Even though she was so busy,  she  felt she spent half the time running up and down the halls with no plan. This made her more frustrated and stressed. After a few discussions with her, I suggested she should have a meeting with the other nurses on the floor and come up with some solutions. She took […]

Can I Work as a Nurse in America Using my Visitor Visa?

This question was asked by one awesome nurse from Ghana who has a visitor’s visa which he will use to visit his uncle. He wants to know if he can work as a nurse for the period of time he will be in America? There are four things to consider in this question?   When he got the visa, I’m sure it stated that he cannot get any employment during the time he is visiting. The process of working as a nurse in America takes quite a while. It is not possible to get a nursing job with a certificate […]

Are you Trustworthy?

  Guest Post By Naomi D. Jones I was watching Judge Mathis today where an ex girlfriend put her child’s fathers personal business on the internet. She wrote on Facebook that he was in arrears on his child support. Though it was true, the judge ruled that though it was not defamation of character, it was an invasion of privacy. She told people information that they didn’t need to know. This made me think of a situation that I have run across several times in my career as a nurse. Have you run into the person who may be your […]

How Nurses Slip into Substance Abuse

I once worked with a nurse who nobody would have guessed suffered from substance abuse. He was the most pleasant and kindest nurse on the unit. Being an operating-room nurse, his role was to give the patients premedication prior to surgery. The main premedication that was given was Pethidine. Pethidine is a strong analgesic and narcotic, and even though it is primarily a pain reliever, it has the side effects and addictive nature of narcotics. His addiction started when one day, he decided to give himself an IV dose of Pethidine when he was in severe pain. Nobody noticed that […]