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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    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 have nothing to do with their current employment a...
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    2020 Fall Magazine Article Contest Winners - The Search for a New Normal

    Thank you!
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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...
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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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    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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    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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    Consider The Benefits of Being a Mentor

    Acting as a mentor to share your expertise in guiding and educating students, new nurses and those advancing in their nursing career can be rewarding-and time-consuming. Most nurses can benefit from the guidance and expertise of a mentor at any time ...
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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...
  9. Each day working as a nurse can be as unpredictable as the weather, but you're ready to tackle whatever comes your way because you know you can count on your coworkers. Together everyone works to make sure the job gets done smoothly. Well, almost eve...
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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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    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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    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 perhaps the perfect opportunity opened and you just can't...
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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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    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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    Stop Putting Your Life on Hold

    Thank you for sharing! This is wonderful how you've invested in yourself. ?
  16. 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...
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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...
  18. 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...
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    When the New Workforce Is the Old Workforce

    Many of us begin planning for retirement early in our career with most of our concerns evolving around financial planning. Although it's essential to plan for adequate retirement funds, it's just as important to consider the psychological adjustment ...
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    When It's Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    Daisy, I hope this helps make your holiday season more joyful.
  21. Months before the holidays arrive we start getting bombarded with advertisements and movies depicting the perfect holiday scene. These fictional people are happy, and stressors are wrapped up while everyone exchanges beautiful gifts complete with a h...
  22. All day, every day, we analyze each thing that occurs with our inner thoughts to determine our view, which can make or break our day depending on our perception. We spend more time in the company of our thoughts than with anyone else. Isn't it time t...
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    Banish Negative and Self-Destructive Thoughts

    I'm glad this article resonates with so many people and hopeful that it helps to remind us to be kind to ourselves.
  24. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is usually associated with active and retired military members, and although they may consist of the majority of those suffering from PTSD, they're not the only group at risk. PTSD can develop after someone has e...
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    Are Your Older Patients at Risk for Isolation?

    My area is also pretty rural, so we encounter this frequently. It is so sad.