What Traveling Taught Me

Today, I was reflecting on what I did last year.  As far as I can remember, I have never traveled so much in one year. Some of the traveling I did was for fun and adventure, while some of it was to visit relatives or attend a funeral of a family member in Canada. I even traveled to attend two conferences; one in Pennsylvania and the other in Texas. I have a friend who travels two hundred days in a year; she would probably laugh at what I call ‘a lot,’ -but being somewhere different every month was plenty for […]

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already here. During this Thanksgiving season, I decided to focus on what I am grateful for. I decided to write a gratitude journal, and whenever I feel down or find that I am about to complain about something, I think of something to be grateful for -and take a step further by writing it in my journal. Gratitude makes you realize that your life has meaning. Nowadays, there is so much negativity in the air that it’s easy to forget how fortunate you are. I am sure if you look around you will find so […]

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 […]

How to Advance from an OK Manager to a Great Manager

Nurse Managers are hired daily, and lots of nurses apply to be Nurse Managers. If you ask the staff what kind of manager they have? Many will describe their managers as OK; some will describe them as ‘terrible’ while others will call them ‘great.’ How does your staff describe you? In this article, I want to discuss how you can advance from being just OK or terrible, to great. Having worked with all sorts of managers in my nursing career; I have seen some common traits that make some managers stand out from the rest. Motivation Being a manager or […]

Nurse Carolyn Answers your Questions

  Last Month, Nurse Carolyn shared her story about her struggle with a sudden disability. In this post, she will answer questions that many people including nurses ask when faced with a disability. What organizations help amputees return to work? AMPUTEE COALITION OF AMERICA The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) in a national non-profit organization that provides support, education, advocacy and a variety of events and programs to people with limb loss and their families. The ACA’s Limb Loss Resource Center is available online, by email or telephone and a place where patients and their families can obtain information specific […]

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, […]