Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Category: Workplace Issues

Nursing Burn Out Can Happen To You

Surely this can’t be happening to me.  I love what I do.  Yet the signs were so insidious and I thought, as most nurses do, that I could do it all.  In the beginning, I stopped doing yoga, then meditation and then eating properly.  My self-care went down the drain.  I was irritable with my children and frustrated with myself.  […]

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Will Nurses Become Obsolete?

As much as we may believe nursing is all about the care, health care these days basically has taken most of the “care” out of nursing.  We have devices like the one that can take blood pressure and put those readings into the medical record.  We also have machines that dispense medications. While nurses are more than just machines, we […]

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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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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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Massachusetts Mandatory Minimum Nurse Staffing

As of today, California is the only state requiring mandatory minimum nurse staffing.  However, in November, Massachusetts citizens will vote on a ballot question as to whether mandatory nurse staffing should be required in that commonwealth. There are vehement forces on both sides of this referendum question.  One physician wrote an article published in Becker’s Clinical Leadership and Infection Control […]

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