Nurses and Innovation

Nurses are among the most creative people I know. Most nurses can come up with a solution to any problem they face. Since their minds are wired to problem solve, it’s no miracle they can be very creative. Nurses have created sophisticated wound management systems, special sponges to clean wounds, stethoscopes, written books, made creams and so much more. Who said nursing was only about patient care?       There is so much more you can do as a nurse. It is always satisfying and rewarding when you do something creative. Today, we feature a nurse who specializes in […]

Finding My Place: Part Two

Guest Post by Carolyn Mckinzie A few months after that, I took a secretarial job at an anti-coagulation clinic that was only a few hours a week. But it was something, and I just couldn’t stand doing nothing. I worked there for a couple of years but then left following knee surgery. My battered body wasn’t keeping up with my mind! I took a few years off from working, but I had recovered quite well following the amputation and subsequent knee surgery. I had also started writing articles and being involved with the Amputee Coalition of America. Through their resources, […]

Happy Nurses Week!

Nurses are truly awesome! You don’t hear that said enough. I want to remind you how awesome you are. By deciding to become a nurse, you are doing an honorable job. Nursing is not a job; it’s a calling. If you look at it as a job, you will become unhappy. You have been called and chosen to this great career.         Nurses are Awesome because they are open-minded. Nurses listen to patients’ pain and worries without being judgmental. Nurses are receptive to new ideas and are always learning. As we celebrate nurses’ week, let’s recognize nurses […]

Finding My Place: The struggle a nurse faces after a sudden disability

A three-part series guest post; by Carolyn McKinzie I was working as a nurse at my local county jail when I crushed both legs in an auto accident in October 1998. I also sustained a skull fracture, facial fractures, multiple broken ribs and both lungs partially collapsed. I was lucky to be alive. I anticipated only being out of work for a few weeks, but the complexity of the fracture to my right tibia led me to resign from my job. I would undergo multiple surgeries over the next 2 and ½ years in attempts to repair the damage and […]

Why Emotional Intelligence is Crucial for Change in Nursing

“Nurses are so smart, and their work is so important. Yet every day we see incidents of horizontal violence, inadequate staffing, occupational injuries and unsafe acts or worse.” Boynton explains how an underlying lack of emotional intelligence (EQ) on the part of nurses, doctors, and administrative professionals is contributing to all of these issues! She believes that helping nurses to develop EQ will create a momentum of positive change in all of these areas. “EQ is all about self and others and when our relationships are healthy so too are our teams, cultures, and leadership efforts. And improv activities are […]

How to Motivate Yourself to Study when You aren’t in the Mood

    One thing every student struggles with is trying to motivate themselves to study when they aren’t in the mood. Despite the fact that the majority of nursing students understand the importance of preparing for exams systematically, yet they tend to put it off till the very last moment. Procrastination leads to experiencing the full force of apprehension, anxiety and terror. The best way to deal with this is to discover the real reason for not being able to study. Students are motivated by two factors: Their aspiration to feel pleasure by doing well, and their wish to keep […]