Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Category: Empowered Nurses

The Biggest Poison In Nursing

We all have an ego which serves the purpose of keeping us safe. One thing it does in protecting us is it causes us to judge others which then makes us feel better. Now you’ve got it. The biggest poison in nursing is judgment. We, as nurses, don’t even realize how judgmental we are. Even though in nursing school we […]

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Top 10 Things I’ve Learned This Year

If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Maybe as a nurse and a generally a healthy person, I have taken my health for granted. This year has shown me that if I don’t take care of myself, no one else will. Using S in GIFTS, you’re the source of everything that happens in your life. If you […]

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Interview with Blayne Miley of ISNA

LAB:   Hey, everybody.  It’s Lorie Brown with empowerednurses.org and today’s special guest is Blayne Miley, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Indiana State Nurses Association.  Blayne also is an attorney so I’m really excited to be with him because I want him to hear about how nurses can go about making change, how nurses can be active in the […]

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The 1 Thing Nurses Would Change In Nursing

Lorie Brown, Nurse Attorney, discusses her recent informal survey on Show Me Your Stethoscope on the 1 thing that Nurses would change in Nursing. The results may surprise you – or maybe not! If you are interested in reading the Empowered Nurses’ Bill of Rights, you can click on this link: http://empowerednurses.org/nurses-bedside/empowered-nurses-bill-of-rights/

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Tech Versus Touch

In 1999, a seminal study was performed by the Institute of Medicine which identified that 44,000 to 98,000 deaths each year result from medical errors.  Unfortunately, over the almost 2 decades since, not much progress has been made.  It seems that despite our high-tech society, we are losing our touch. A review study revealed that a majority of those deaths […]

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Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Were you aware that 69% of all workplace violence and injuries were suffered by healthcare and social service workers?  This is terrifying. And it isn’t only patients who are causing the violence.  Recently a nurse in an operating room was choked not by a patient, but by an anesthesiologist!  [Link to article]  He is facing second-degree assault charges and reportedly […]

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B.I.G. Nursing

As nurses, when we enter a patient’s room, we are expected to immediately get into a relationship with the patient to create trust.  The patient then shares their most intimate medical history along with their pressing problems.  We meet them when they are in their most vulnerable state and enter into a most personal aspect of their lives. It is […]

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Who Doesn’t Need Safe Staffing?

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In the recent Midterm Election, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had on its ballot a referendum proposing mandatory nurse staffing.  Unfortunately, the measure was defeated with only 30 percent of the electorate in favor of the measure. Question: Where were the nurses? If Massachusetts has 125,000 registered nurses with an additional 25,000 Licensed Vocational Nurses, where were the nurses? So, what […]

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Interview with Beth Hawkes (Nurse Beth) of AllNurses & NurseCode.com

Lorie Brown, Nurse Attorney, from YourNurseAttorney.com and EmpoweredNurses.org interviews Beth Hawkes, MSN, RN-BC. Nursing Author, Speaker and Career Columnist with AllNurses.com and CEO of NurseCode.com (also known as Nurse Beth). Beth has also authored “Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job”. Her book will also assist you in finding a position if your nursing license is […]

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Nurses Are Geniuses

  Recently I attended the National Nurses in Business Association.  Each year they have a “shark tank” competition, like the TV show, and this year was the best so far.  I can’t believe these business and product ideas created by these amazing nurses. Gwen Jewell is a wound care nurse and founder of jewellnursingsolutions.com.  She created a product which, unlike […]

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