Maureen Bonatch MSN BSN, MSN, RN

Leadership | Psychiatric Nursing | Education

Maureen Bonatch MSN, RN is a freelance healthcare writer with nursing experience focused on leadership, psychiatric nursing, private duty home care management.

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Maureen Bonatch MSN has 24 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Leadership | Psychiatric Nursing | Education.

Her involvement in various projects and trainings combined with her strong support of such efforts were instrumental in assisting her agency in acquiring a commendation for recruitment and retention efforts. Maureen served as a mentor for nursing graduate students and as an instructor for Nursing Community Health Theory. During her work in psychiatric nursing, she acquired her certification as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse and provided patient education for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and instructed staff on Comprehensive Crisis Management training. Maureen began her healthcare career working in women's healthcare providing counseling for contraceptives, pregnancy and community outreach while she acquired her BSN. Maureen is also a multi-published paranormal and fantasy fiction author. She is the owner of websites MaureenBonatch.com and CharmedType.com.

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    2020 Fall Magazine Article Contest Winners - The Search for a New Normal

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    College Life Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    My twin daughters were born two weeks before 9/11. Although they entered the world before this tragedy, they grew up not knowing any different when it comes to travel and life before we suffered such shock and uncertainty. My daughters started colleg...
  3. Thank you for trying to get the P TSD at there.  I sent everyone I know met a message to pass this along to every  Nurse or clinician they know, Especially those in the 4 areas I'see have the highest rate. 

    It is  too late for me.  I had never heard of it and I am guessing most my psychiatrist's never heard of it and I know management I never heard of it.   I sucked it up for 6 years until I had a mental breakdown. It is no longer about saving my job, was about my life.  While it's true I was rail roaded  out or than the United States I have ever seen.  I can't believe 18 years as a Hospice RN or perfect record at this company had no bearing on their decision.  Over the years I have been selected to  Personally care for it the CEOSs parents. They were neither lived  near the  area I was and I was not a case manager.  They wanted  me then. Because I had such a good record and for the most part, I could put on a mask and play my old self. I had one complaint, I did not admit a family because  our me. Director agreed they did not meet criteria. But he was violent and the family needed help

     It was no big deal. However, hen the people I'n management who knew me rapidly retired . Soon we had a new unit director and supervisor , very quickly I over heard  Them talking one night. Basically  We're going to use any use they could find to get me out of the department.

     I was getting a little help from a shrink. He had recently added Traumatic to my diagnosis. I was Already waking each night around 2 or 3 o'clock in a panic. When I found out they were after me and I already doubted I had the ability to go to any department besides home health, And they were over that to . I knew my days are numbered. I didn't know what was wrong with me I couldn't watch TV anymore because there is always something that remind me of things are movies. I Started keeping a bottle schnapps beside the bed. I had not drank and over 20 something years since college. Interestingly, I didn't have any of after I got fired or lost my licence. I had used the wrong calculator online to be safe by my shift. It was to avoid a DUI. Or Below .0.8. I asked for a union rep. I was given 30 min and zero help nor allowed to leave and get help. I had never been in trouble, I did not know how. I had one nu.ber and no one answered. Saying I would be terminated if I did not. I did blew 0.03. The woman had a chart it said unencumbered.  I was put on adm leave. I had already been barely holding on. I became lethargic . The new shrink.put me on disability for 6 weeks and finally told me what it was. He sent another letter to extend it 6 months if they were unable to accommodate my disability In a department away from cancer and death. 8 weeks into it i was told to come in to talk about the accomidation,  .they knew the union rep was unavailable. We all had memos for that week. I was told no rep was needed. I protested, but they were holding my check. It was an ambush. I had to leave by resigning or being fired. It was insinuated the board would not be notified if I resigned so I could get another job. I found out it had been done long before. I resigned the union said that was it. As soon as I say alcohol lawyer say bye. I never drank. I would not have, bit I was a shadow of myself. TE

     

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    How Technology Use Can Impact Our Health

    Technology has become immersed in most areas of our life, and that of our patients. This can make some tasks easier, but it can also have negative implications when you can’t, or don’t want to, step away from the screen. Although there are many posit...
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    Make a Not to Do List

    Many of us spend the day counting the hours until our shift is done, or until we have a day off to focus on our personal To-Do List. But once this long-awaited time arrives, often it’s never enough. We may spend most of our spare time crossing off th...
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    What Advice Would You Give to Future Nurses?

    Thank you! Hoosier- It is such a careful balance to provide realistic, practical advice, even if doesn't always want to be heard.
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    What Advice Would You Give to Future Nurses?

    The news is often overflowing with articles about nurse burnout, bullying, staff shortages, and questionable compensation. You may have experienced some, or all, of these issues yourself during your nursing career. Maybe enough to make you wonder why...
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    The Challenges of Being a Nurse

    At the beginning of our nursing career, we might’ve thought the biggest challenge to overcome was passing the NCLEX. We may have envisioned passing this test as if it were the biggest, and last, obstacle standing between us and caring for our patient...
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    How Do You Referee as a Nursing Supervisor?

    Where there are people, there’s conflict. Unfortunately, as much as we try, we can’t always leave our differences at the door before starting work. Varying opinions, miscommunication, misunderstandings, values, and priorities can lead to tension and ...
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    What’s Love Got to Do With It?

    Nurses are often the healthcare professional patients turn to when they’re vulnerable. As the most trusted profession, our patients may confide information during routine care that they wouldn’t normally share. Sometimes vague or questionable informa...
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    Stop Putting Your Life on Hold

    Thank you for sharing! This is wonderful how you've invested in yourself. ?
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    Stop Putting Your Life on Hold

    Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow, or next month, or next year, or … Maybe never. Nurses are busy. As caregivers, we tend to put other’s needs in front of our own. We strive to do as much as we can, for as many people as possible, in the least amount of ti...
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    Make These Resolutions Anytime of the Year

    The New Year’s Eve ball drop starting the year may already feel like a distant memory, and many of us have already dropped the ball on our New Year’s resolutions. This occurs so frequently that January 17th has been dubbed as, Ditch Your New Year’s R...
  14. Maybe you’ve been preparing for years for a leadership position through education and promotions, or perhaps the opportunity was thrust upon you. Regardless of the path you took to get here, you’re now in a nursing leadership position. Even if this p...
  15. Download allnurses Magazine Nurses work at the frontline of patient care. We collaborate and work with other healthcare professionals, but usually provide the most direct patient care. This extra time spent serving as an advocate, resource, and educa...