How Well Do You Delegate?

Nurses often find themselves in leadership roles by virtue of the fact that they have to work as a team. You will find yourself leading others even though you may not have a designated title. As a leader how well do you delegate? In this article, I want us to look at how you can become better at delegating and some advantages of delegating.   Define the project The first thing you want to do is define the tasks at hand and communicate them clearly. Stop thinking you are the only one who can do the job properly. Some people […]

Enjoy FreshTomato and Melon Salad after a Long Day

      After a long day at work, most nurses find it easy to eat whatever presents itself first. A tomato salad is best because it is healthy, has very few calories, yet can be quite filling. Tomatoes are high in antioxidants and rich in vitamin C. You can use fresh tomatoes from your garden if you have one, or organic tomatoes. Here is a simple recipe for a fresh tomato-melon salad.   Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds ripe tomatoes cut into ¾ inch cubes 3 cups watermelon cubes. ½ Purple onion peeled and sliced into thin rings A handful of […]

Communication Skills that Build Healthy Work Relationships

  John Gotti the American gangster rightly stated “If you think your boss is stupid, remember, you wouldn’t have a job if he were any smarter.” Jokes aside, during my clinical experience as a doctor, I worked under many bosses, colleagues and subordinates.  In fact, I never got along well with the majority of them, but in time, I learned to get along, which made my life easier. The experiences I went through taught me a few things I’d like to share with you.   Tolerance To build healthy relationships with your coworkers, you need to be tolerant of them. […]

5 Foods Nurses Can Eat to Reduce Fatigue

.   Guest Post by Dorine Otinga Fatigue and energy deficiency are problems every nurse suffers from. Your work needs the full focus of your body and mind. When you are overworked,  you become irritable and exhausted.   If you are feeling fatigued and sapped of energy, consider re-evaluating your nutritional regime. Bear in mind, that though it is always fascinating to look great, it is more important to feel great. In this article, I want to share five foods you can eat to reduce fatigue. Never skip your breakfast. Start your day strong by having a good breakfast. I […]

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 […]

Reflect on 2014 and don’t wait to be Perfect in 2015

Are you like me who thinks this year flew by so fast?  Honestly, I feel dizzy when I think how quickly 2014 ended. During the final Sunday of the year, we were asked to skip over a rope, leaving the cares and disappointments of last year behind, and move into the new year with great expectations. When you reflect back on 2014, what kind of year was it for you? Did you make any mistakes? What did you learn from those mistakes? Most people plan to do things but never get started. Some of the barriers to starting are waiting […]