Don’t Make Your Day Off Another Double Shift !

Stress Free

Many health workers fall into the trap of making a long “to do” list on their day off. This makes the day off feel like another double shift. Then when they return to work, it’s no wonder they are so tired. Being tired is a real issue and can affect your body in a negative way. Symptoms can start mild and get progressively worse. Mild headaches can become severe migraines. Your day off ought to be a time to rest. It sounds so simple, but not many nurses ever do it. Few nurses nowadays take the time to rest. If […]

Constructive Criticism: Do you have the best delivery?

Giving Criticism

As we interact on a day-to-day basis with our colleagues, we may notice that one of us is doing something wrong or which does not benefit the team, making work more difficult than it should be. For example, you may work with a fellow nurse who refuses to help when there is an admission or who disappears whenever there is an emergency or code situation with a patient. This kind of behavior needs to be addressed or it will continue. It is usually easier to report the behavior to your supervisor with the hope of letting them deal with it, […]

Passing the Test for English as a Foreign Language.

International Nurse

    As an international nurse, one of the tests that the board of nursing will expect you to take before you get licensed to work in the United States is the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test measures your use and understanding of the English language at a college level. The test was developed to address the problem of ensuring English language proficiency for people who do not speak English on a daily basis or as a native language. Your aim is to get the highest score that you can. The board of nursing will […]

Why International Nurses Need Evaluation by CGFNS.


The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is a body that works with other health professionals in the United States to evaluate the credentials of nurses and other health professionals, who have been trained outside the country. When I planned to migrate to the States, I’d never heard of this body until I arrived. I remember looking for my first job as a Registered Nurse. I met with the hospital Nurse Director, bringing all my certificates and degrees in a large brown envelope. She needed nurses and wanted to give me the job, but when she looked at […]

Why Joining Toastmasters Is a Must.

Toastmasters Magazine

If you are looking for any promotion or leadership role, you need to join a Toastmasters club. Toastmasters clubs offer an inexpensive way for you to improve your leadership and communication skills. A few years ago, the patients that I worked with were critically ill, and most of them were on breathing machines. I had very little communication with them. I never considered joining Toastmasters because I felt that my communication skills didn’t need improvement. Then came the day I found myself in a position in which I needed to give a few speeches in our community. That’s when I […]

5 Tips On Managing Your Time in a Constantly Changing Work Environment.

The environments in which caregivers work are constantly shifting as patients’ conditions can change for the worse at any time. Given these fluctuations, the concept of time management sometimes becomes elusive in the health field. The truth is that if you want to enjoy your work day, you need to manage your time. You cannot just plow through task after task without any plan even though sometimes it may feel like that’s all you can do. In this article I want us to consider five tips on how you can manage your time.   Plan and Prioritize Carry a notebook […]