May Challenge – Give A Nurse A Gift!

National Nurses Week

              May is the month that nurses are remembered and honored. “National Nurses Week” is celebrated annually from May 6th to 12th . Nurses are professionals that are dedicated to caring for others.       At this time of the year, you have an opportunity to show a nurse that you care for him or her. Think about the things that your nurse did for you or your loved one. Your nurse took care of you or your loved one when they could not take care of themselves. They fed and nurtured them […]

5 Ways Of Dealing With An Angry Patient.

No nurse or caregiver expects to be confronted by an angry patient, but it happens more often than not. It is usually most unexpected and catches you by surprise. It is quite natural to react immediately either by getting irritated and angry or by walking away.   1. Remain Calm The best thing to do is to remain calm. It may not be easy to do, but just remember that being calm is like pouring water on fire. Avoid raising your voice when talking to the patient.   2. Exit Routes Check out your exit routes in case they become violent […]

6 Things To Avoid At The Office Holiday Party.

When the year comes to a close, companies usually feel that it is the best time to give the office party and show their employees that they have not forgotten about them. One such company that I worked for some years ago went out of its way to plan for the year-end party. They rented an expensive restaurant and paid for an elaborate dinner. Only nine employees out of eighty-seven showed up. The director was so upset and gave us the talk about how much money the company had spent. After that, we expected him never to hold another party. […]

Handling the “Write-Up” You Do Not Deserve.

stressful job

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” ~Winston Churchill Some coworkers are very complex and love to write people up. I call them “write-up happy.” They will write you up for the smallest mistake so that you almost feel like you can’t even sneeze in their presence. They will write you up for taking five extra minutes on your fifteen minute break or for letting the telephone ring four times before you answer it. This causes a lot of stress in the work environment, and once others know you are in trouble, they may start to whisper about you. If […]

5 Tips on Comforting a Coworker Dealing With Grief

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  When a coworker experiences the loss of a loved one, it is usually a shock to everyone in the department. Many people struggle with what they should or should not do about the sad news. Nurses and other caregivers also struggle like everyone else when it is a coworker. It is even harder when you were not particularly close to the person.   In this article I want to share some tips on what you can do and also avoid. Listen to Them Be a good listener. Some of you naturally love to talk. This is the time to […]

How To Forgive Your Coworkers.

Beautiful Butterfly Forgiveness

In the previous article, we looked at some reasons as to why it is difficult to forgive a coworker. When you forgive you are a strong person. In this article I want us to look at how to forgive.   A Gift to You Remember that forgiveness is a gift to you. Allow yourself to let go of the anger because this gives you freedom. Think of a butterfly. A butterfly has four stages of development.   The first is the egg stage. This can be seen as the hurt caused to you; the beginning of the problem. The second […]