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The Number One Thing That Keeps Nurses Stuck

  We all have our comfort zone of 72 ̊.  When the temperature rises, the air conditioner kicks on.  When the temperature drops, the heat kicks on. We also have the same set point for our weight.  While we gain some weight, we lose it to get back to our set point or if we lose weight, many times we […]

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The Fallout Of Violence Against Nurses

In 2018, Tina Suckow, LPN, a nurse for over 30 years, had been working at a mental health hospital in Iowa for the four previous years.  One day, patient became violent and she was brutally assaulted.  She was severely injured and required multiple surgeries.  After her FMLA and accrued medical leave had been exhausted, the facility fired her.  What a […]

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Do You Know A Stepford Nurse?

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Have you seen the eerie movie titled “The Stepford Wives”?  The original 1975 film takes place in a small community where all the wives are p-e-r-f-e-c-t!  They look great, keep the home looking immaculate, make fabulous meals and, most obviously, provide their husbands with exceptional care. The reason for the ladies’ perfection is that they actually weren’t ladies at all […]

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You Have All The Time You Need To Start Your Business Now

Nurses often tell me that they don’t have time to start or work on their business.  Well, let’s talk about this.  We all have time to eat our meals, time to brush our teeth and to do all the things that are important to us.  Each and every one of us has the same 24 hours in a day.  That […]

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Raises For Nurses

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Ballard Health, located in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia, announced during Nurses Week that it was putting a massive investment of 10 million dollars to increase the wages for all direct patient care nursing and supporting back wages for acute care registered nurses, licensed practice nurses and nursing assistants with primary responsibility in providing direct patient care.  The announcement read: […]

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Are You Hungry?

Many have dreams of starting their own business.  Some act on those dreams while most don’t.  The ones who act may send out some mailings a couple of times, not get the results they seek and then quit.  That is not hunger, it’s called desire. In order to have a successful business, you have to be hungry.  You have to […]

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The Nursing Shortage Is Exploding

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Nurses comprise the largest workforce in the hospitals and are highly trained.  Yet, in your practice, I’m sure you feel that the nursing shortage is not only here but is with us in full force.  We are asked to do more with less. Mandatory staffing initiatives that went before a number of state legislatures were struck down due to creative […]

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Nursing Now And Then

As we celebrate Nurses Week, Business Insider recently published an article titled “Then and Now: Here’s How Being a Nurse Has Changed in The Last 50 Year.” 1.      In 2019, nurses not only make up the largest work force in health care but it is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. 2.      In the 1960s, nurses were […]

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Walk In My Shoes Before Putting Your Foot In Your Mouth

On April 18, 2019, Maureen Walsh, a senator in the Washington state legislature, stuck her foot in her mouth.  No, not literally but figuratively. Not since comedian and TV host Joy Behar said to a nurse wearing a stethoscope, “What is that thingy around your neck?” has such a gaffe on our profession been made publicly. When arguing about legislation […]

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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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