One thing that will make you Win

            Many of you chose a nursing career because you wanted to care for the sick. Caring for someone else brings a lot of personal satisfaction and joy. I’m sure you were surprised, like I was, when you realized that you have to work with some overly competitive coworkers. Some of them use very unethical means to look better than you and are not ready to work with you as a team. Many employers would argue that competition is good for the company because it brings motivation and adds productivity. The flip side to this […]

From Bedside Nurse to Writer

                Tell me that story again! This is what my coworkers have always said. Whenever we were on break or had some down time, they always wanted to hear the stories that I had to tell. I learnt how to tell stories from my grandmother. She was an excellent storyteller.   As a child growing up in Kenya, my grandma always put me to sleep by telling me a bedtime story.   My nursing career has had so much adventure and excitement as well as so many challenges. In Africa, I worked with […]

How You Can Survive the Panel Interview.

          Imagine walking into an interview and finding seven people sitting around a table, looking you over from head to toe. Then, after a moment, it strikes you that you will be interviewed by the whole panel. This can make you feel extremely intimidated. There are some nurses who would just freeze out of fear. Fear will not help you if you are hoping to give the interviewers a good impression.   When getting ready to attend an interview, you need to prepare for the worst. A panel interview is very challenging, and most nurses get […]

6 Common Cover Letter Errors You Need To Avoid.

    When applying for a job, a cover letter shows that you are interested and care about the job. It also serves to introduce you to the employer and explain why you are sending your resume.   Some people argue that employers receive too many resumes, and a cover letter is not necessary because no one will read it. But there are other employers who love to read a cover letter. In fact, when your resume does not have one, some employers automatically disqualify you. When job hunting, you do not know if the company you apply to will […]

What’s The Best Resume Format For Nurses?

          You know the saying, “Save the best for last!” One of the last courses we did in nursing school was “Resume Writing.”   It was such an important course because it would open doors to our future – the icing on the cake. This was one class everyone paid attention to, because if you didn’t know how to write a resume, then how could you to get a job? Nursing school would have been a wasted four years of hard work. I can still hear the professor’s voice saying,” Write your name on the left […]

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 […]