Happy Nurses Week!

Nurses are truly awesome! You don’t hear that said enough. I want to remind you how awesome you are. By deciding to become a nurse, you are doing an honorable job. Nursing is not a job; it’s a calling. If you look at it as a job, you will become unhappy. You have been called and chosen to this great career.         Nurses are Awesome because they are open-minded. Nurses listen to patients’ pain and worries without being judgmental. Nurses are receptive to new ideas and are always learning. As we celebrate nurses’ week, let’s recognize nurses […]

Finding My Place: The struggle a nurse faces after a sudden disability

A three-part series guest post; by Carolyn McKinzie I was working as a nurse at my local county jail when I crushed both legs in an auto accident in October 1998. I also sustained a skull fracture, facial fractures, multiple broken ribs and both lungs partially collapsed. I was lucky to be alive. I anticipated only being out of work for a few weeks, but the complexity of the fracture to my right tibia led me to resign from my job. I would undergo multiple surgeries over the next 2 and ½ years in attempts to repair the damage and […]

Why Emotional Intelligence is Crucial for Change in Nursing

“Nurses are so smart, and their work is so important. Yet every day we see incidents of horizontal violence, inadequate staffing, occupational injuries and unsafe acts or worse.” Boynton explains how an underlying lack of emotional intelligence (EQ) on the part of nurses, doctors, and administrative professionals is contributing to all of these issues! She believes that helping nurses to develop EQ will create a momentum of positive change in all of these areas. “EQ is all about self and others and when our relationships are healthy so too are our teams, cultures, and leadership efforts. And improv activities are […]

8 Tips on Creating a Healthy Work Environment

    When I was a young nurse in my twenties, I once worked in an environment that was truly toxic. We only worked 7-hour shifts; the work itself was not difficult because all I had to do was help recover patients after surgery. But I remember going home with a throbbing headache every day. I tried to cope as best as I could, but one day my husband told me to quit that job and trust God to bless me with a better one. I finally quit and got another job where the environment was happier and healthy. Set […]

Celebrating African American Nurses

                                    February is Black History Month, also referred to as National African-American History Month. It is a time to recognize the achievements of African-Americans in US History. This year, I want us to remember Mary Eliza Mahoney. Mary E. Mahoney was born in 1845 in Massachusetts. Her parents were originally from North Carolina and were freed slaves who moved to the North in pursuit of life with less racial discrimination. Mary graduated from her nursing program at New England Hospital for Women and […]

When things go wrong during your interview

  Interviews are extremely stressful because you have to get things right since there is never a second chance to create a first impression. – But what if something goes wrong? What can you do about it? Read on to find out how you can deal with seven situations:   1. Your cell phone rings Apologize for this quickly as you search for your phone and then cancel the call immediately. Put the phone on silent mode or switch it off. Once again, make eye contact with the panel of interviewers and apologize for the mistake and kindly request that […]