Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Archive: May 2022

Are You the Walmart, Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus of Your Nurse Owned Business?

I have come over the years to sort out businesses into three classes, each modeled after a current successful company: Walmart, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. A Walmart business gives discounts to pull in patrons to purchase your goods or services.  It’s like Groupon where people look at the price and the product before deciding which they wish to purchase. The […]

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Nurses: Are You the Captain of Your Ship?

The captain of your ship?  Is that you? The ship captain analogy was used quite a bit in our recent retreat as it is applicable in nursing. In law, “the captain of the ship” is a doctrine meaning that the physician is responsible for everything that happens in surgery.  However, I use the term to question whether you are charting […]

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Nurses’ Week: Was Your Employer Naughty Or Nice?

I have heard that many hospitals have done away with Nurses’ week and now celebrate “Hospital week.” Interestingly, the largest workforce in healthcare is nurses, yet their one special week gets taken away from them when doctors have their own day and other health professions have their own day to celebrate. According to an article in BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW, and […]

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More Tragedies In Nursing

On April 30, 2022, halfway through his shift at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, a nurse entered a supply closet and, taking a gun he brought from home, took his own life in front of a coworker.  This was the second suicide in that area since the first of the year. This broke my heart to learn of […]

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