How Nurses Slip into Substance Abuse

I once worked with a nurse who nobody would have guessed suffered from substance abuse. He was the most pleasant and kindest nurse on the unit. Being an operating-room nurse, his role was to give the patients premedication prior to surgery. The main premedication that was given was Pethidine. Pethidine is a strong analgesic and narcotic, and even though it is primarily a pain reliever, it has the side effects and addictive nature of narcotics. His addiction started when one day, he decided to give himself an IV dose of Pethidine when he was in severe pain. Nobody noticed that […]

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 […]