Maureen Bonatch MSN's Nursing Blog

Maureen Bonatch MSN, BSN, RN 8,162 Views

Joined: Mar 3, '05; Posts: 52 (65% Liked) ; Likes: 215
from PA , US
Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in Leadership|Psychiatric Nursing|Education

When Your Personal and Professional Life Collide

Congratulations, you're a nurse! The questions and solicitation of advice from family and friends may have started before you finished nursing school. Perhaps it began when you took your first step...

A Negative Workplace Can Be Contagious

We spend a large part of our day at work. Unfortunately, there are times when it may feel as if it doesn't matter how good our day begins, because once our feet hit the work floor, we know our mood,...

When You Take Your Work Stress Home

Some days the end of the shift can't come soon enough, although often it might seem as if after you physically leave work, your mind decides to stay. Your thoughts run like a hamster on the wheel and...

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...

Benefits of Networking in Your Personal Life

The thought of networking makes many people cringe. It can evoke a vision of a room full of strangers with half trying to sell themselves, while the others try to find a good place to hide. Often, we...

Is It Me? Or My Generation?

While attending nursing school, I worked my way through various roles at my job at a women's health clinic. When I graduated, I was ready to move into a nursing position with the company. Imagine my...

Unexpected Side Effects from the Side Gig

A side gig is something you do to add to your income in addition to your regular job. Having a side gig has become more common with many people cashing in on a variety of things. The new endeavor may...

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...


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