Should I Study to be a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant?

Guest Post by Arctic Dinks. For nurses ready to take the next step in their education, it can sometimes be challenging to choose the best route. A graduate degree in healthcare opens so many doors, and knowing what path to choose can get confusing! The most common decision though, is choosing between a career as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or a Physician Assistant (PA). For a typical BSN prepared nurse, they have the requirements to apply to either program, and often see the two performing similar roles. Many wonder – what are the pros and cons of each, and how […]

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 […]

Guys! Be prepared! – “What you can expect when you’re a male nurse.”

Male Nurse

Guest Post by Matthew Morris The field of nursing offers some incredible benefits. These include; job stability, decent salaries and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. More and more men have decided to enter this field, and that’s a good thing. But the truth is if you’re a male nurse, you’re going to stick out! You’re going to face the same questions and the same issues again and again. Here are some common experiences among nurses who happen to be male, including how they deal with them, and what they’ve learned.     You’re going […]

One thing that will make you Win

            Many of you chose a nursing career because you wanted to care for the sick. Caring for someone else brings a lot of personal satisfaction and joy. I’m sure you were surprised, like I was, when you realized that you have to work with some overly competitive coworkers. Some of them use very unethical means to look better than you and are not ready to work with you as a team. Many employers would argue that competition is good for the company because it brings motivation and adds productivity. The flip side to this […]

From Bedside Nurse to Writer

                Tell me that story again! This is what my coworkers have always said. Whenever we were on break or had some down time, they always wanted to hear the stories that I had to tell. I learnt how to tell stories from my grandmother. She was an excellent storyteller.   As a child growing up in Kenya, my grandma always put me to sleep by telling me a bedtime story.   My nursing career has had so much adventure and excitement as well as so many challenges. In Africa, I worked with […]