Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN

Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, a bachelors-prepared registered nurse, is the founder and owner of The Nerdy Nurse® and TheNerdyNurse.com. She is award-winning author, blogger, and community manager. In addition, she is an international keynote speaker and influencer in the nursing and healthcare technology communities. Brittney is the author of The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology and co-author of The Nurse's Guide to Blogging. She blogs about nursing, technology, health IT, at other healthcare topics at thenerdynurse.com. Want more information about Brittney, her background, and nursing expertise? Check out the about page.

The Transition from Bedside Care to Administration in Nursing

Throughout my profession and personal journey, I have always attempted to better myself. It is not so much that I am unsatisfied with my current state, but more so a desire to do something more and to be a part of something bigger than myself. It is the reason that I started writing and being involved in social media and nursing and writing about lateral violence. It is also the reason that I am a contributing editor to MyRealityTech.com. It seems only logical that I do the same in nursing and the natural progression is to move into administration and […]

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Life after NCLEX: How to Advance Nursing and Your Nursing Career

5 Points of Consideration when taking the next step in nursing: Motivation, Education, Positive Attitude, Networking, and Integrity. Whether you are a fresh new graduate, or a nurse with years of experience, the future of nursing and your personal nursing career is in your hands. The ball, is in fact, in your court, do you shoot, pass, or let the timer run out? Do you stay current on the fundamentals of nursing? Motivation The first step to accomplishing any goal is having motivation. What motivates people to complete a task determines the quality of the harvest they will reap. Determine

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Zombie Childrens book

Fearing Zombies and Being a Nurse

So why zombies?

Well, honestly, I encounter the dead a lot more frequently that most members of society. Its not terribly often, mind you, in fact, its usually less than one a year. However, that is still more than I would if I were not in this profession.
Every time I have performed post-mortem care I am on pins and needles. I can’t get over the nagging sensation that at any moment they could moan, groan, vomit, or leap off the bed in a feverous attempt to eat my brains.

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Code Brown, not Nearly as Exciting, but Often More Enlightening than the Blue Variety

How much poop can an old man poop if an old man hasn’t pooped in a week? A buttload. It was inevitable, don’t you think. I am after all, a floor nurse. Many of my patients have had bowel surgeries, or are attempting to avoid them. How long could I have possibly gone without writing at least one post about poop? In  my experiences as a nurse I have had the pleasure, and sometimes disappointment, of dealing with a wide range of characters. I have learned to appreciate the wisdom and wit of little old men. I have learned to

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The Incompetent, List-Worthy, Stupid Nurse – Strikes Again!

I’m gonna save the build up for you. I’m the stupid nurse referenced in the title of this article. Also, before I get your hopes up, let me just say, the title is pure sarcasm. Women hold a grudge. This is no real secret. Most of us ladies know we tend to remain resentful, pessimistic, and guarded around certain people and situations. However, most of us can at least pretend and be professional enough to function appropriately in the workplace if said grudge happens to involve the workplace. I think I do a very good job of controlling my grudge-type

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Are Nurses Professionals

Professionalism is not about the letters behind your name, it is about the respect you have for your role in what you do. I also think that every LPN would disagree as well. According to hrsa.gov, as of 2008, 45.4% of Registered Nurses are Associate Degree prepared nurses. 20.4% have a diploma level degree, while only 34.2% are BSN prepared.

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The Hardest Shift I've Ever Had - A long, eventful, tearful, and stressful journey as a night nurse

The Hardest Shift I’ve Ever Had – A long, eventful, tearful, and stressful journey as a night nurse

One of most terrible nights as a nurse was early in my career.

My patients were all high acuity patients. It was a night full tubes, drains, fall risks, confusion, decubitus ulcer, vascular wounds, PICC lines, central lines, shunts, stents, pacers, OG tubes, family conflicts, blood transfusions, fresh post-ops, spina bifida, and sadness. In addition to the loads of problems the fact that nearly all of my patients required constant attention and management made for a very busy, and emotionally trying evening.

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Night Shift Nursing after Bullied on Day Shift

Night Shift Nursing after Bullied on Day Shift

After two years of fighting teeth and nail to stick it out, the charge nurse threatened me with bodily harm. I contacted the house supervisor, my boss, and HR. The end result… I has forced out of my shift. Why? Well apparently the squeaky wheel gets the grease and regardless of the fact that nearly everyone else in the entire hospital was perfectly happy to work with me, glad to see me, and enjoyed my company, these 4 women won.

They defeated me.

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How I Became One of the Night Shift Nurses

How I Became One of the Night Shift Nurses

When I was in nursing school I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find a day shift job. I didn’t want to be one of those night shift nurses. I wanted to be in the action. I wanted to be at home with my family and alert during the day time. I was convinced night shift was not for me. Becoming of the Night Shift Nurses My entry into the night shift was not joyful. It was forced upon me by a manager who felt that my previous work group was not a good match. The only alternative,

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