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Why I am Grateful for Burning Out as a Nurse

By Cynthiahowardrnphd Gratitude is medicine. It has the power to heal. Numerous studies have been done to reflect the significant changes in mood, attitude and even trips to the physician as a result of a regular practice of gratitude. A $6 million dollar research project was undertaken by The Greater Good Science... Read More


The Health Insurance Marketplace: What We Learned and How We Can Educate Our Patients

By Michael M. Heuninckx How did it go? Did you enjoy your journey? Were your eyes opened? Did you gain a new perspective of what your patients go through to obtain Health Insurance? Do you now have a greater appreciation for the Health Insurance you have? We will be able to discuss this and much more in the comments... Read More


Study Tips for Nursing Students

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN Whether you are working on your pre-reqs or are already in nursing school, you have to study for exams and are probably stressed out over grades. You may have already figured out study habits that work for you, and you can add them to this list of tips to help other students! However, if you are... Read More


Civil War Nursing

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN Where did the roots of American Nursing really take hold? Who were the founders of our great profession? Believe it or not – nursing in America achieved a stronghold during the Civil War. Here are a few interesting tidbits about some people you may have already heard about somewhere along the... Read More


Thank you, Florence Nightingale

By Bridgid Joseph There are daily challenges we face as nurses that we all know very well: tough schedules (nights/holidays/weekends), long hours, packed and busy schedules, missed meals, full bladders (both for us and then our patients that are due to void post foley removal that can’t), and it seems like more... Read More


3 Reasons Your Immune System May Not Help You This Flu Season

By Cynthiahowardrnphd With Ebola in the news and the flu season upon us, I wanted to share some information about the immune system. It is and always will be your best defense against disease. The immune system is your defense against anything that seeks to attack the body. It is your defense against bacteria,... Read More


Part 2: The Good the Bad and the Ugly Boundaries

By Cynthiahowardrnphd In part one I talked about the need for boundaries in order to steer clear of other people’s negativity. In this article I want to lay out what boundaries look like when they are rigid (bad), absent (ugly) and healthy (good). Boundaries are absolutely essential for everyone to have healthy... Read More


Nursing in the Revolutionary War

By Julie Reyes, DNP, CPNP-AC, RN “Hush now, say your prayers and go to sleep,” I tell her, “we have a long day tomorrow.” She rolls over and looks at her brother, who looks back at me with tired, deep blue eyes filled with fear. Will we always live on the edge of fear? I stand up and put out the fire. It is hot out, and with... Read More


Let Negativity Roll off Your Back: Learn to Set Boundaries

By Cynthiahowardrnphd Learning to set limits is a skill and unfortunately most of us really never learned it. As a nurse, saying “No,” can feel like you are abandoning your team and yet, it is a skill that is going to save you from the perils of burnout and chronic tension and discontent in your career. This is Part 1... Read More


50 Reasons for Nurses to be Thankful

By Lynda Lampert, RN Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, and nurses can look beyond their own families for things to be grateful for. No matter how you feel about your job or what your career has been like, you can always find something redeeming about nursing. Here are fifty reasons for you to give thanks this... Read More


The Health Insurance Marketplace: One Nurse’s Journey

By Michael M. Heuninckx Join me on a journey as I try to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace to gain a new perspective on what patients go through when trying to purchase health insurance. In the first article of two a article series, learn how to access the Marketplace, see what questions and concerns I was able to... Read More


A Glass of Prune Juice

By florence2012 Sundays are usually pretty good days at my nursing home. Church people come and hold a little service with singing and piano playing. The CAN’s don’t have showers to give. Someone will usually bring the nursing staff some kind of treat, like doughnuts or pigs in a blanket. The atmosphere is... Read More


Nurses on a Mission

By lmolinaRN Some memories of a small group of enthusiastic and motivated nurses on a mission, helping people in need at the Cartagena, Colombia children's hospital. They are proud and looking for help in order to continue giving their knowledge, love and compassion to people in need and their colleagues in... Read More


Five Positive Impacts of the Ebola Crisis

By Lynda Lampert, RN Ebola has been vilified and sensationalized in the news and with good cause: those who contract the disease are likely to die from the infection. Fortunately, Ebola is a disease that is rather easy to contain in a country with sophisticated hygiene and health care systems. This has not stopped... Read More


I lied...a story of how I outright LIED to patient's family.

By JDougRN The time I my patient's family. I hope it makes me a good nurse and helped the family, because it made me sad as hell.... Sometimes as nurses we need to blur the lines. Sometimes we deal with things that erode our soul, and only other nurses will ever understand the things we have to deal... Read More


Theresa Brown: RN Media Star

By Debi Fischer Theresa Brown has done it all and she shared her unconventional story with She has the singular honor of being the only RN columnist at what has been called the best paper in the country. Obama knows her name as well as her patients and they both called on her for help. Brown is at... Read More


Do you have a Career Plan? What Type of Nursing is Right for You?

By Cynthiahowardrnphd Nursing is a great career offering so many alternatives. It can be overwhelming and confusing unless you first check in with yourself and find out what will suit your lifestyle, personality and ultimate goals. Most people plan their vacation more carefully than their career. This quick read article... Read More


The Influence of the Influenza Vaccine:

By Bridgid Joseph Getting the Influenza vaccine, as a healthcare provider, is an interesting conundrum: there are recommendations from the CDC that are made to promote healthiness, but then there are hospital mandates. I would lose my job if I didn't get vaccinated, so I do, without a true informed medical decision.... Read More

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