How does a Busy Nurse Juggle the Job and Further Education?

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A master’s degree in nursing can open up career options, increase your earning potential, and enhance your professional reputation. Earning an advanced degree while working, however, isn’t easy. Here are some tips on how you can balance work and higher education.

Happy Thanksgiving: Being Thankful for my Blessings

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We do not set aside nearly enough time to express thanks for the many blessings that we have in our lives. I am glad that we have a day dedicated to be thankful and embracing family. Sometimes we forget just how fortunate we are and Thanksgiving is wonderful reminder to take a moment to count your many blessings.

In no particular order, and in no way encompassing the entirety of all things I am thankful for, I present to you some of my blog-worthy blessings:

When You Need Someone Else To Care

As a nurse caring is second nature to me. Well honestly, as a human being, caring is second nature to me, but the nurse in me makes me enjoy it. And we all know that unfortunately not everyone cares. I also know that as a nurse I am constantly battling the all-too-familar nursing diagnosis (or […]

7 Free Things Hospital Administrators Can Do to Increase Morale and Improve Nurse Retention

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According to a fact sheet on the nursing shortage presented by the American Associate of Colleges of Nursing, healthcare is one sector of the job market that continues to grow, despite tough economic times. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 283,000 jobs have been added in just the last year alone. In fact, […]

Social Media: It’s All About Making a Connection With People

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I’ve fallen in love with social media.
It has given me confidence when I had lost it as a nurse. It has given me strength where none existed before. Times where I have felt alone and without anyone talk to, twitter was always there. It has given me the ability to just get it out, say, heck even shout it, when there is something I need to say and no one to say it to. Too often we hold things inside that we may need to say, for fear of consequences. We don’t want to be judged. We don’t want to upset anyone. But social media is difference.

Its nice to work with people that don’t hate you

For the first two years of my nursing career I worked weekend option. This means I worked 7am to 7pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I could only have off 8 weekend days a year, for whatever reason, I still was obligated to work holidays, and the acuity of the patients was often much higher as […]