How to Diffuse Tension at Work: Tips to Alleviating Stress

                    Guest Post By Elizabeth Scala   The hospital where I work has many nursing committees. One that I attend, is the nurse research committee. We meet monthly and each functional unit is represented.     There are usually a dozen nurses at the meetings and since they’re all interested in nursing research, everyone is quite brilliant. Well, put a lot of people in a room that are highly intelligent with lots of ideas, you’re likely to have a dispute now and then. This was the case last month.   We […]

How New Nurses Can Answer the Question, “Why should we hire you?”

  It’s getting harder for fresh new nurses straight out of college to get jobs. Companies prefer to hire experienced nurses and will only take on new grads who stand out in the interview. The question you should always expect during the interview is this: “Why should we hire you?”   Think about this question, and prepare your answer prior to the interview. Practice in front of the mirror to make you more confident in answering, if you have to. It is one of the most important questions and can determine whether you get the job or not. In 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 […]

How You Can Survive the Panel Interview.

          Imagine walking into an interview and finding seven people sitting around a table, looking you over from head to toe. Then, after a moment, it strikes you that you will be interviewed by the whole panel. This can make you feel extremely intimidated. There are some nurses who would just freeze out of fear. Fear will not help you if you are hoping to give the interviewers a good impression.   When getting ready to attend an interview, you need to prepare for the worst. A panel interview is very challenging, and most nurses get […]

How to Relate More Easily With Your Coworkers as a Minority Nurse

 When I say “minority nurse,” I’m referring to one who is different from the larger group. This may be a male nurse among all female nurses, an Asian nurse among Americans, a foreign nurse from another country, a black nurse among white nurses or a white nurse among black nurses. Whenever the word “minority” comes up, the most common thought is a black nurse among white coworkers, but you may at one point find yourself among the minority at your job.   Some time back, when I worked in Kenya, our manager told us that we would get a new […]

6 Common Cover Letter Errors You Need To Avoid.

    When applying for a job, a cover letter shows that you are interested and care about the job. It also serves to introduce you to the employer and explain why you are sending your resume.   Some people argue that employers receive too many resumes, and a cover letter is not necessary because no one will read it. But there are other employers who love to read a cover letter. In fact, when your resume does not have one, some employers automatically disqualify you. When job hunting, you do not know if the company you apply to will […]