I’ll be honest right up front. I do not even like the title of this blog post. The term ‘difficult’ carries negative baggage. Yet, as nurses we all have that one patient we will never forget.
You know the one. Presenting to us with all sorts of co-morbidities. Not adhering to the treatment plan. Bouncing in and out of the healthcare system for all sorts of reasons.
While we, as the nurse, must care for this person- is it always as easy as pushing our own feelings aside and putting on a professional face?
Nursing school can be a difficult time.
For most nursing students, nursing school means studying for exams and turning in papers. There is a lot to learn and so much information to absorb. No wonder nursing school can be tough. Continue reading
Nurse practitioners teach health. In fact, as nurses know this is true of nurses and nursing students in all settings and levels of experience. Nurses advocate for well-being, teach healthy behaviors, and literally assist people back to their level of optimal wellness. Continue reading
Somehow the old adage still rings true. Nursing students are often told after graduation they need to get 1-2 years of medical-surgical nursing experience, before entering the nursing career of their dreams. Not only does this burst the new graduates’ hopes and dreams metaphorical bubble… but these days… this is next to impossible to happen! Continue reading
While we are often reminded of the current nursing shortage, this does not mean are jobs are always guaranteed. In today’s ever-shifting healthcare environment, many factors can create unpredictability in the workplace. Continue reading
With the desire to stay up-to-date on professional skills and the drive to engage in a profession influenced by evidence-based practice, many of us set professional goals for further education. We look to develop both personally and professionally to stay ahead of the healthcare curve. And with this nature of curiosity and continued learning, comes goal setting.
For how can a nurse or nursing student get where they want to go in their nursing career without a plan? Continue reading
For the most part, the month of February makes people think of ‘love’. With the Valentine’s holiday, whether you view it as hallmark or not, we are reminded of relationships and the values of caring and love. While it is certainly nice to bring flowers home to your spouse or candy treats into the workplace for your colleagues, what about the most important person in your life? You! Continue reading