Maureen Bonatch MSN's Nursing Blog

Maureen Bonatch MSN, BSN, RN 6,719 Views

Joined: Mar 3, '05; Posts: 46 (63% Liked) ; Likes: 176
from PA , US
Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in Leadership|Psychiatric Nursing|Education

What's Your Why That Motivates You?

Most of us have days when we must dig deep to maintain progress toward our goals. It could be dragging ourselves out of bed to get to work, finishing that endless report, or sticking with that diet...

When You Can't Take a Day Off-Even When You're Off

We might look forward to a vacation for weeks, months, or maybe all year, only to discover that once it arrives we still can't stop thinking about, or completing, work. That tropical destination...

Change Doesn't Have to be Bad

During one of my graduate classes one of the students was assigned a presentation on change theory. The rest of the class wasn't aware of the assignment, only the professor who helped implement the...

Is Imposter Syndrome Holding You Back?

"Do you think I'm incompetent?" Many years ago, I worked with a physician who had a habit of blurting this out any time a nurse asked a question, or offered a suggestion. The uncertainty laced in his...

Decision Fatigue-the Struggle is Real

The average adult makes thousands of decisions each day. Choosing to read this article is just one of many decisions you'll make today. Some decisions are important, while others may be trivial, but...

Make the Most Out of Meetings

Committees, conferences and staff meetings-oh my! There are some days when it might feel like all you do is attend meetings. Meetings can be a great way to efficiently communicate, gain feedback or...

When You Want to Call Off Sick-Of Your Job

Oh no, not the alarm. Most people don't spring out of bed eager for another day at work, but some days stimulating any enthusiasm can be harder than others. Physically you might feel fine, but...

Don't Burn That Bridge When You Change Jobs

The high-demand for nurses has resulted in plenty of opportunities if you're ready to pack up your stethoscope and favorite pen for a new nursing job. Maybe you've been looking for a while, or...

Look Beyond Your Older Patient's Medical Complaints

Many of us imagine getting older as a time when we're free from constraints of work and can enjoy traveling or spending more time with family and friends. Although some discover that those golden...

The Hidden Weight of Worry

Don't worry, be happy. This carefree song emphasized not letting worries steal our happiness. If only it were so easy to completely forget our worries and smile. Sometimes we might think we've done...

What's Not in the Supervisory Job Description

My first day in a supervisory position left me with more questions than answers. When I asked my predecessor to outline a typical day, she couldn't provide the structured response I expected. I...

Spring Clean More Than Your House

Whether you're scrubbing down the walls and carpets, or just opening the windows to let in some fresh air, when the weather warms up many people like to do a little spring cleaning. There's no doubt...

Rebounding from The Embarrassment of a Bad Day

Studies say that we can spend up to a third of our lifetime at work. Even if it's not that much, it's usually at least a third of our day-and all days aren't created equal. There are some days that...

Advice for Myself for When I Was a Nursing Student

I've been a nurse for a long time. Long enough to look back, reflect over my career, and consider the choices I made and the paths I followed. If I could go back in the day and talk to myself when I...

Stay on Top of Your Game by Exercising Your Mind

Years of hard work helped you develop a comfortable routine in which most days are predictable. People seek you out because you know the policy and procedure manual by heart, the cafeteria specials...


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