Being an RN, I had no fear of the care giving aspects of becoming a new Mom. I regularly stared death in the face saying “not today death, not on my watch”. With that experience, how hard could taking care of one small healthy person be? Spoiler alert: I was clueless...... I've had the… Continue reading Triumph in Suffering-Guest Post
"You have to have been through it, to be able to understand it" In January 2014, I found myself blissfully and uncomplicatedly pregnant. I was large and in charge, but very ready to meet my little girl and begin our journey as a family of three. On January 31st 2014, after 2 days of contractions,… Continue reading How Post Partum Depression Changed Me as a Nurse.
In nursing, time management is key. Often times though, we aren't taught this important skill, and we grow to think that we are the problem. This just isn't the case. If we are in the proper unit, and are taught the skills necessary to do well, we can all be Happy Nurses! This is the… Continue reading Time Management Tips for New Nurses-Video Series Kickoff!!
"Thoughts are things, REAL things, and they are the only things you can control" My adaptation from Napoleon Hill Whether or not you're familiar with the science behind the power of the mind to influence reality, it's something you should be using to your advantage every day. As nurses, our days are crazy. They often… Continue reading Improve Your Self Talk, Revolutionize Your Practice
Most of us have seen it. Some of us have even felt it. That moment. It's the moment where a person leaves their body. Where their face goes slack, their breath ceases, the electricity goes out of the air, and they are finally at peace. Death in nursing, particularly in critical care, is an inevitability.… Continue reading The Importance of Creating a Good Death
In nearly all of our careers, there will come a time when it's time to move on. Whether it's to leave for a new specialty, a role transition, or merely to escape a toxic environment, that change is inescapable. Since becoming a nurse I've left four jobs, and I was ready to leave when I… Continue reading When it’s Time to Move On.
"Growth is uncomfortable because you've never been here before-you've never been this version of you. So give yourself a little grace and breathe through it." Kristen Lohr As nurses, we often struggle appreciating where we are in our careers. We are encouraged to continually enhance our skill set. Whether it's to learn a new specialty,… Continue reading What I want to be when I Grow.
"What we focus on expands. Focusing on the good doesn't change the bad, but it changes our perception of it, and perception is everything"-Me As we kick off Nurse's Week, I'd like to explore a concept that is dear to my heart. I have developed it as my practice has matured. It's a concept I… Continue reading Joy in Your Daily Shift, 5 Tips to Change Your Personal Work Culture.