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 […]

How Minority Nurses Can Avoid Being Bullied

          Much as nursing is a helping career and nurses are supposed to be the most caring human beings on the planet, unfortunately, some nurses experience bullying by their coworkers. All nurses face the potential of being bullied; however, nurses who are in the minority are usually at a higher risk because the bully sees them as an easy target. Bullies target people they perceive to be weaker than they are.   When you are in the minority, particularly if you are a new nurse or new employee, the bully will realize that you already have […]

What Not to Include in Your Resignation Letter

From time to time nurses will resign for various reasons. I once worked with a male nurse who was so fed up of working the night shift. Each time he requested to work on day shift, he was told there was no opening. He got so frustrated that he applied to another facility in the next town. When he got a job working the day position, he showed me his resignation letter, and it went something like this; “I quit!  I’m fed up, pay me for my PTO and sick days, my last working day is 7th July. Thank God!” […]