"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.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.