Are You a Task or Relationship Oriented Nurse?

    After many years of not being a patient, I was one last year. I’d forgotten how it feels to be on the other side and be under the care of a nurse. The nurse taking care of me had several other patients to focus on, probably five or six.  She kept running from room to room and did not talk much to any of us. I put myself in her shoes and tried to understand how hard she was trying to accomplish everything. The problem was, she hardly spoke to me, and I felt she really was not […]

How Nurses Slip into Substance Abuse

I once worked with a nurse who nobody would have guessed suffered from substance abuse. He was the most pleasant and kindest nurse on the unit. Being an operating-room nurse, his role was to give the patients premedication prior to surgery. The main premedication that was given was Pethidine. Pethidine is a strong analgesic and narcotic, and even though it is primarily a pain reliever, it has the side effects and addictive nature of narcotics. His addiction started when one day, he decided to give himself an IV dose of Pethidine when he was in severe pain. Nobody noticed that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Smile?

          I once worked in a hospital where we were always reminded during the weekly staff meetings not to forget to smile. It felt like smiling was part of the uniform. If you didn’t smile enough, then it was equated to being improperly dressed. Particularly when the bosses were around, you would quickly wear your smile and try to look like “super nurse.” After a while, nurses started getting tired of faking their smiles to look like they were obeying hospital policy. It became more of a chore rather than a joy. How about you? Are […]

5 Ways of Dealing with a Hyper-Competitive Coworker.

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      Do you have a coworker who is constantly trying to outdo everyone else? Some employers encourage competition in the work place because they believe that it causes greater productivity and motivates the employees to meet deadlines. As much as these reasons may be good for any company, such an attitude can cause some employees to become overly competitive. Nurses are no exception when it comes to competition in the workplace. When nurses become overly or hyper-competitive, a number of troublesome things that can happen.   Competition can cause suspicion in the work place. People lose trust for […]