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  • May 9 '10

    Nursing admin. should wear business-casual. Think sweaters, button up collar shirts, business skirts/pants. Even a nice blouse or professional style dress is ok. Jewely doesn't have to be boring but don't go overboard. Maybe an interesting bangle bracelet or ring. Keep them to a minimum though. As far as shoes, I'm no pump type either, so I suggest flats. They come in nice materials like tweed or leather. Hope that helps.

  • May 9 '10

    Since there are tons of websites about professional dress, I'm not going to try and give advice, but I will tell you that it doesn't take a lot of money to look sharp. Of course where I live the cost of living is relatively low, but my wife can take 200 bucks and get three complete outfits and two pairs of shoes. She usually shops at Kohl's or JC penny and she looks like a million bucks. Ok, I have to say it, Lady koo koo shoes at work??? you're kidding, right?

  • May 9 '10

    We are all "representatives" (so to speak) of the health care facility where we are employed. Dressing in a sloppy fashion speaks volumes about the individual as well as the facility. That said, IMO, professional attire for nursing administration would be dress pants (black is always acceptable), skirt, solid color shirt, blazer or short jacket. As for shoes, flats (if you can tolerate them), mules, clogs, or what have you. Personally, I like Clarke shoes/mules; they are comfortable for this 54 y.o. to wear on a daily basis.
    I am a baby boomer; for me, I tend to dress in the "preppy look." Administrative positions are not suited for outlandish garb, IMO.

  • May 9 '10

    I'm a student, but this question is about clothing and appearance, so I'm gonna answer.

    First off, I've seen full-figured women look so sharp, so don't let your feelings about your weight translate into clothes that "cover up" rather than flatter.

    No one can lose with a pair of well-fitting suit pants and a flattering top, in my opinion--especially if you have trouble picking the right shoes. I am HORRIBLE at picking shoes, mainly because my flat feet hurt like crazy in anything but 1-inch heels. So, I get around that by wearing pants and comfortable, well-kept shoes. You can also get a lab coat with your name and position stitched on it, if your facility allows

    You mentioned "messy hair". Usually messy hair is the result of a bad haircut or an overdone salon haircut that one doesn't know what to do with. Get a good simple cut with long layers. Tell your stylist that you need "blow and go" and DEMAND that it be like that. Ask him/her to show you how to style it quickly on your own.

    Good luck!

  • May 3 '10

    What a pig! Seriously, let's see you go to a hospital staffed by all doctors and no nurses, buddy - then you can report back on the experience!! I'm not even a nurse and I find that horrifically offensive.

  • May 1 '10

    You need to choose your battles wisely, because you can be right and you can be dead right. You have already got yourself on the wrong side of the looking glass with the DON. Your best move is to quietly and earnestly look for a new job, then leave. This is a battle you can not win, or even make headway with. If you have that meeting, all they will do is laugh about you behind your back and plan your departure. Better spend your time and energy finding another job.

  • Apr 30 '10

    A pretty good web resource on bullying, with advice for targets.

  • Apr 30 '10

    Oh, I will miss seeing her posts... May she rest in peace. My condolences to all her family and friends. This board will not be the same...

  • Apr 30 '10

    I always looked forward to reading her posts. This saddens me greatly. My condolences to her family.

  • Apr 30 '10

    It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of one of our most beloved members, Daytonite.

    Daytonite was instrumental in working with the nursing students here at She was always there for them as well as the seasoned nurse. Her love, however, was teaching those in a nursing program by leading and guiding them here at

    Daytonite had been ill for a while; more seriously in the past 8 months. She passed away on April 8th, 2010.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Daytonite. If anyone would like to place a condolence, here is the online obituary: JOYCE WAGNER Obituary: View JOYCE WAGNER's Obituary by The Plain Dealer. We think her family would be very touched reading the comments from our allnurses family.

    We join you in mourning our friend...

    Our fellow colleague...

    A nurse above all...

    A true advocate for the patient...

    A teacher who gave of her heart for all who aspired to be a nurse.

    Goodbye, Daytonite. You will be truly missed.

    With Love,

    all the staff

  • Apr 26 '10

    IMO its appalling to pay nurse midwives the same as an OBGYN and NPs the same as an MD because they "do the same thing". Why on God's green earth would anyone attend medical school, take out 200k in loans and spend 11+ years working their ass off if you could just be an NP in 6-7 years with the end result being equal reimbursement .

  • Apr 26 '10

    Just another point, NP's and PA's are awesome. They fulfill a need in our health care system. They are not physicians though. We do have a physician shortage. Those gaps need to be filled by physicians. We set a dangerous precedent if we start replacing physicians with NP's or PA's.

    Diluting skilled labor is not an answer. Doctors are trained to be doctors, Nurse Practitioners are trained to be Nurse Practitioners. Their roles are not synonymous. If a floor is short of nurses, the answer is not to hire/train more techs, it is to bring in more nurses.

  • Apr 26 '10

    This line from the articles is what gets me the most....

    "And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called "Doctor.""

  • Apr 26 '10

    Quote from DuluthMike
    If we lack primary care providers create incentives to draw new physicians into that role, expand schooling opportunities, and increase reimbursement for primary care. The answer is not to dilute the primary care role by equating a physician to a nurse practitioner. A nurse practitioner is its own role, they are not a physician. Equating the two is ludicrous.
    I agree...just like I believe the answer to the 'nursing shortage' is not to expand the roles of medical assistants and medication aides.

    From the article: "A shortage of one type of professional is not a reason to change the standards of medical care," said AMA president-elect Dr. Cecil Wilson. "We need to train more physicians."

  • Apr 26 '10

    Having NPs going around saying that they're "just like doctors" is not in anyway helpful to the profession.