How to Confidently Say No!

  Do you find it hard to say no to any request that people present to you? Nurses are naturally giving people and saying no can be a challenge to many of you. There are several reasons why you may find it hard to say no, however, these four are the most common: You are afraid people will think you are rude. You want to be agreeable and you believe it is the best thing to do. You are afraid of burning bridges. You don’t want to turn people away. These are not necessarily bad reasons, but being unable to […]

What Not to Include in Your Resignation Letter

From time to time nurses will resign for various reasons. I once worked with a male nurse who was so fed up of working the night shift. Each time he requested to work on day shift, he was told there was no opening. He got so frustrated that he applied to another facility in the next town. When he got a job working the day position, he showed me his resignation letter, and it went something like this; “I quit!  I’m fed up, pay me for my PTO and sick days, my last working day is 7th July. Thank God!” […]

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 […]

How To Make Sure Your New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Fail

        Most of you wait for the new year with such anticipation because you want to start working on your new year’s resolution. I have a friend who starts making her new year’s resolution as early as November of the previous year. I once asked her why she just can’t start her plans in November.  She said that she strongly believes new goals and ideas should always start at the beginning of the year. Even though I don’t share the same beliefs as she does, the starting of a new year is a good time for new […]

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 […]

5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Resume

Nurses need to write resumes that are unique and impressive. In this article, I want to discuss the five common mistakes that you want to avoid. Too Long There is no rule as to what length your resume should be; however, if it is longer than two pages, it may not be read. The first page should catch the attention of the recruiter and be concise. If it is longer than one page, whatever is on page two should be new and relevant information. Some nurses write resumes that are three to four pages long. Unless you are applying for […]