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5 Tips for Tackling Your Self Evaluation

For most of my nursing career, I dreaded annual performance evaluations. It is not the feedback from management I dread- I actually enjoy the opportunity to sit down 1:1 to review my overall...

7 Ways to Sabotage Your Own Success in Nursing School

You can easily find an article, book or tipsheet on how to succeed in nursing school. Most nursing programs offer an "orientation" to the program and dedicate time on the agenda to discuss student...

What is Recovery in Substance Abuse? Answered by an Alcoholic Nurse

I am an alcoholic and am in recovery. If you are an addict of any type (substance abuse, alcohol, sex, gambling, shopping ect.) and are in recovery, you understand exactly what this phrase means....

7 Questions About Near Death Awareness

What is near death awareness (NDA)? In terminally ill individuals, the phenomenon of near death awareness is a part of the dying process and prepares the individual for death. What often appears...

Being Grateful in Chaos

A common nurse scenario: A nurse clocks in to begin her shift and learns they will be working with 2 nurses less in staffing. A vendor has arrived for a "brief in-service" immediately following shift...

Focus on Students: Ready for Your Best Careplan?

Are you struggling with the purpose of a nursing care plan? Think of a nursing care plan as a blueprint or framework for directing nursing activities to meet patient needs. This blueprint gives a...

Focus on Students: Anatomy of NCLEX Questions

Do you remember the first time you heard the words "NCLEX style questions"? Your first formal introduction to NCLEX was most likely during nursing school orientation. Unfortunately, the nursing...

Confronting Jane: From the Perspective on an Impaired Nurse (Part Two)

In part one of Confronting Jane (https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/confronting-jane-from-1147204.html), I shared signs of my progressing alcoholism. These signs included tardiness,...

Beyond October- Make a Strong Recommendation for Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccine education, consents and declinations..... Oh My! The 2018-2019 flu season is upon us and flu vaccination campaigns have been launched across the United States. The Center for Disease...

Goodbye Dog Days and Hello Fall Benefits

It is the end of September and I am one of those people who notices when the leaves just barely begin to turn. When I see the first leaf floating down the creek we live by, I am immediately filled...

What You Need To Know About Older Nurses: Myths and Realities

The words "older adult" often produces a stereotypical image of someone who is sick, slow, frail and senile. As I age, I am guilty of thinking aging is all about decreasing... decreasing physically...

What You Need to Know About Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is when your anxiety level prevents you from demonstrating what you have learned and know on a test. There are students who feel nervous before a test because they did not prepare...

The Problem of Health-Related Shame

We know as both patient and nurse that shame frequently occurs in healthcare. I have written openly about my alcoholism and during active alcoholism... I was the queen of shame. I sought medical help...

Focus on Students: Anatomy of a Nursing Diagnosis

As a student, you will often read and hear the acronym for The North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, or NANDA. NANDA is an organization of professional nurses that publishes approved nursing...

And Your Communication Style is....

And Your Communication Style is.....In healthcare, good communication skills are needed to build relationships and for positive outcomes. Nurses communicate with many healthcare disciplines and with...


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