4 Reasons why Minority Nurses Ought to Blog More

Minority nurses need to blog more because there are lots of advantages to blogging. I was reading the statistics of minority nurses from the AACN report, and according to a survey done in 2013  by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, minority nurses represent 19% of all nurses. You can read more of the report by clicking here: I’ve not done any personal research to know the ratio of minority nurse-bloggers compared to others, but my gut instinct tells me they are very few. I want to encourage more of you to blog because a lot of good […]

10 Mistakes Nurses Should Avoid Making on LinkedIn

Knowing why you use LinkedIn is important because you will avoid mistakes that make you look ridiculous. There are several reasons why people use LinkedIn. Some common reasons include:     Building your professional profile If you are seeking a job, you want your profile to appear well written and attractive. It should have all the ingredients that make for a good employee and be as good as a cover letter. It should be your selling tool. Getting news Other people use the service to get the latest news. I, for instance, like to read trends in business and in […]

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 […]

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 […]