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Want Some Allies? Be an Ally.

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"Practice being selfless. You always end up getting more than you anticipate when your soul is giving" When you feel alone or left out in your unit, what do you do?  Do you put yourself out there? Or do you keep to yourself and get angrier and angrier, until you loathe your job along with… Continue reading Want Some Allies? Be an Ally.

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Why the G and W Words are the Real Naughty Ones, Part 2.

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"The only thing whining does is convince everyone around you that you are not in control."-My Dad In my previous post, I discussed the dangers of gossip and the erosion of trust that happens within units. Today I'd like to move on to the second naughty word, whining.  We all know the whiners.  They come… Continue reading Why the G and W Words are the Real Naughty Ones, Part 2.

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Why the G and W words are the Real Naughty Ones, Part 1.

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"Gossip undermines all integrity" - Maggie Nurses all know it. You don't even have to finish nursing school to learn the oft spoken rule. You NEVER comment on how quiet the unit/shift is, lest you be damned with full on catastrophe as punishment.  You'd think that it was the naughtiest word we know (but we're… Continue reading Why the G and W words are the Real Naughty Ones, Part 1.

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The Epiphany that Changed Everything.

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"Any fool can know, the point is to understand" Albert Einstein We have all had a patient that shifted our perception.  One that somehow made us see past ourselves, our bias, our exhaustion and really see them.  Sometimes that change is imperceptible and alters your view ever so slightly, and sometimes it's very profound and… Continue reading The Epiphany that Changed Everything.

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On the Right Foot, 5 Tips to Start your Day Well.

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"Either you run the day, or the day runs you" There is a tremendous dichotomy within nursing regarding job satisfaction.  We are very proud of what we do, and will defend it vehemently when our care or value is questioned. Yet the accepted attitude of negativity throughout the profession drags us down. This negativity is… Continue reading On the Right Foot, 5 Tips to Start your Day Well.

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In the Beginning………

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"It's okay to be scared. Being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave." A few years ago, in a small town not too far away, a young woman stood at the precipice of something.  She had no idea where it would take her, how it would both hurt and heal her heart, and… Continue reading In the Beginning………