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, […]

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 […]