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Hospital At Home

I have written previously about the concept of “hospital at home.”  I read in a recent issue of Becker’s Hospital Review an interview with Michelle Mahon who is the Assistant Director of Nursing Practice at National Nurses United. Ms. Mahon expressed concerns, as have I, about hospitals at home. Did you ever have a patient who you knew, by the […]

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The Risk Of Travel Nursing

Since the onset of the pandemic, the pay rates for travel nurses have doubled.  However, federal money for COVID-19 has dried up because there are far fewer hospitalizations for the disease.  As a result, the need for travel nurses has decreased by one third. In addition, some travel nurses are starting new contracts to only find out that the arrangement […]

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Nurses’ No-Complaining Challenge

“There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh A couple of years ago I conducted an Empowered Nurses Boot Camp.  One of the challenges we undertook in that camp was to avoid any complaining.  When we complain, we attract more complaints.  How can you possibly be happy if you are complaining or in […]

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What Would Lorie Do?

I own 4 successful businesses for which I am the CEO of each.  When I am about to take an action, I won’t ask myself, “What would I do?”  Rather, I ask, “What would Jeff Bezos or Tony Robbins do?  Both men are remarkably successful CEOs of a number of businesses. When we make decisions from where we are, we […]

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Stretch Yourself!

What do I mean by “stretch?” Stretch means doing something different, something hard and going past what you believe to be your limitations. We nurses tend to get stuck in our comfort zone.  We are at the top of our game as a nurse, yet we tend to stay there without pushing ourselves to be, do or have more. Your […]

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Be The Source In Your Nursing Practice

I frequently am heard saying, “You can always get another job but not another license.”  Over the past few years, particularly under the duress of the pandemic, nursing has become an extremely difficult profession.  If you are not happy in the area where you work, try something new. We all are conditioned by our comfort zone to which we are […]

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In House Travel Nursing

Hospitals across the country are offering internal travel nurse programs.  Did you know that? What is great about this is that you can make the money of a travel nurse while the healthcare facility does not have to pay the middleman agency for the nurses.  Plus, if you love the job, you can possibly get hired full time. To me, […]

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Gender Pay Disparity for Nurses

A recently released study showed that in 2021 male nurses were earning a median salary that was $14,000.00 more than their female counterparts.  The previous year, 2020, the median salary for male nurses was $7,297.00 higher that the ladies. An interesting thing revealed by the study was that males consistently asked for higher salaries than females when accepting nursing positions. […]

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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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