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 Ways Of Dealing With An Angry Patient.

No nurse or caregiver expects to be confronted by an angry patient, but it happens more often than not. It is usually most unexpected and catches you by surprise. It is quite natural to react immediately either by getting irritated and angry or by walking away.   1. Remain Calm The best thing to do is to remain calm. It may not be easy to do, but just remember that being calm is like pouring water on fire. Avoid raising your voice when talking to the patient.   2. Exit Routes Check out your exit routes in case they become violent […]

Why Joining Toastmasters Is a Must.

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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 […]

6 Things To Avoid At The Office Holiday Party.

When the year comes to a close, companies usually feel that it is the best time to give the office party and show their employees that they have not forgotten about them. One such company that I worked for some years ago went out of its way to plan for the year-end party. They rented an expensive restaurant and paid for an elaborate dinner. Only nine employees out of eighty-seven showed up. The director was so upset and gave us the talk about how much money the company had spent. After that, we expected him never to hold another party. […]