‘Gratitude’

  Do you have those days when you just don’t feel great? Things just aren’t going your way, and you start to get irritable. I had a day like that last week. I was unhappy for no apparent reason. I decided to share my feelings with Pete, a fellow nurse. The conversation went something like this; Me: I just feel unhappy today. Do you ever feel unhappy? Pete: I have those days sometimes, but when I do, I think about how lucky I am. Pete went on to tell me how grateful he is to have a job. There are […]

How to Handle Illegal Interview Questions

Interviews are stressful to say the least. Your stress levels begin to rise the night before the interview, and you don’t sleep well at all. You keep wondering what you will say, whether you will impress your potential employer and if you will get the job? Making sure you are well dressed and not forgetting to smile and laugh at the not so funny interviewer’s jokes, only adds to your stress levels. When an interviewer asks a question you know is illegal, you have to think fast and answer it as appropriately as you can. Avoid letting your anxiety kick […]

How Hiba finds joy in dancing

By  Dr. Tabinda Habib    My good friend Hiba, a nurse coworker had recently suffered the loss of her first baby. As with anybody afflicted with such a misfortune, Hiba was totally unwilling to discuss the matter. Even then, I still wanted to be with her and console her. I decided to help with her daily household tasks because I wanted her to know there was someone in her life who was really concerned about her well-being. She seemed so weak, wiped out, pale, tired and depressed after the episode. Her husband Asif was not very supportive of her. The […]

Are you Trustworthy?

  Guest Post By Naomi D. Jones I was watching Judge Mathis today where an ex girlfriend put her child’s fathers personal business on the internet. She wrote on Facebook that he was in arrears on his child support. Though it was true, the judge ruled that though it was not defamation of character, it was an invasion of privacy. She told people information that they didn’t need to know. This made me think of a situation that I have run across several times in my career as a nurse. Have you run into the person who may be your […]

How to Diffuse Tension at Work: Tips to Alleviating Stress

                    Guest Post By Elizabeth Scala   The hospital where I work has many nursing committees. One that I attend, is the nurse research committee. We meet monthly and each functional unit is represented.     There are usually a dozen nurses at the meetings and since they’re all interested in nursing research, everyone is quite brilliant. Well, put a lot of people in a room that are highly intelligent with lots of ideas, you’re likely to have a dispute now and then. This was the case last month.   We […]

Why Gratitude Is an Essential Attitude for Every Nurse.

    There are days when you have negative experiences at your place of work. You may catch yourself still dwelling on negative thoughts surrounding the experience three days later. What you have done to your mind is allow the negative thoughts to occupy a space that should be occupied by thoughts of gratitude and positivity. As nurses, an attitude of gratitude is essential for our survival in this career. The work that we do can be stressful at times. When all is going well, it is easy to be grateful.  It’s when things are not so great that we […]