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!” […]

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 […]

5 Steps Nurses can take to handle Negative Attitudes at Work

      There are days when you go to work and are in such a good mood, only to find that one or two of your coworkers are in a horrible mood. They will be complaining or whining about something that the employer has not done, and how everyone is so bad, and life is just so unfair. After listening to them for a while, do you notice how all this negativity starts to affect you? Let’s look at five easy steps you can take to handle negative attitudes in the workplace.   Have boundaries Do not let a […]

How To Make Sure Your New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Fail

        Most of you wait for the new year with such anticipation because you want to start working on your new year’s resolution. I have a friend who starts making her new year’s resolution as early as November of the previous year. I once asked her why she just can’t start her plans in November.  She said that she strongly believes new goals and ideas should always start at the beginning of the year. Even though I don’t share the same beliefs as she does, the starting of a new year is a good time for new […]

5 Tips to Help you Master the Art of Storytelling in Nursing

          Several years ago, I worked with a surgeon who used to explain the disease process to his patients by telling them that their livers looked like cheese, or their hearts worked like a second-hand car. The patients were so frightened that many of them probably died out of fear rather than from the diagnosis.   Having the art of storytelling can be a powerful tool that can be used to explain and clarify a lot in the medical profession. You can use storytelling to explain procedures, the disease process, end of life and lots more to […]