Angry patients. We’ve all experienced them.
Whether you’re a nursing student on clinical rotations, a brand-new nurse just starting your career, or an experienced nursing staff – it is inevitable that you encounter an angry patient (or two) at some point during your work experiences. Continue reading
Nurses asking for help- yikes! While we, as nurses, find ourselves in the helping profession- sometimes we are the worst at asking other nurses for assistance when we need it.
For example- if you work as a clinical nurse on an inpatient unit at a hospital- does this sound at all familiar? Continue reading
Has this (or something similar) ever happened to you?
You walk into the supplies closet, staring at the rows upon rows of shelved stock. “What did I come in here for?” No clue. You’ve got to literally walk back out and retrace your steps, as a means to figure out what the heck you’re looking for. Finally it hits you: “Oh yeah! Those socks Ms. Jones asked me for 45 minutes ago.” Feeling totally overwhelmed, you go back and in and with a smile on your face present the item to the elderly woman down the hall. Continue reading
I didn’t really want to be a nurse. In fact, I used to curse my mother for pushing me towards an accelerated nursing program. I disliked the courses and struggled through Chemistry, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology.
While I didn’t exactly know ‘what I wanted to be when I grew up’, the four women who stood in the living room of my senior year college apartment sure filled in the blanks for me.
Even though I despised hospitals and felt totally uncomfortable around sick people, my mother, two new roommates and one of their moms (a nursing instructor at my university) planned my entire life for me that hot and humid move-in day. Continue reading
As a fellow nurse, I am sure you are as aware of the fact that our profession is often in the ‘spotlight’. Our work involves daily interaction with diverse groups of people, their families and entire communities. We speak to, care for and teach others every single shift. The public looks up to nurses; as we know we continuously get voted as the most trusted profession. Continue reading
So, you are on the hunt for a new nursing job. Or maybe, you recently graduated from nursing school, and are ready to enter the job market. Either way, it is time to show up and do your best. You want to rock the interview, get offered a job, and start out in a fresh and exciting nursing career. Continue reading
Chemistry, biology, pathophysiology… My head is spinning just thinking about all of the courses that nursing students have to take. The amount of content that a nursing student has to remember and recall during a test or clinical exam can be overwhelming. And still- we have nursing students successfully graduate from nursing school month after month after month. Continue reading
Nursing school is tough. No matter what degree you are going for, nursing school can be a lot of things. Work, intimidation, and even overwhelm. Do not think that you have to go it alone. There are plenty of resources available to nursing students. Continue reading
Nursing is an amazing profession. There are SO many nurses out there that one day- you’ll be sure to receive some nursing advice.
Now a word of caution. Some nurses have experienced years of hardship in nursing and so may offer more cynical advice than we would like to receive. In fact, I read a post on social media of a nursing student asking the group, “Gosh- is nursing really this hard? Reading the horror stories from nurses is making me NOT want to enter this profession.” Continue reading