I've written about lateral violence (the act of nurses being bullies) frequently in the past. To be completely honest, I hate that this is something that I even know about, and especially felt the need to write about. Not because I don't think the issue should be addressed, but its just completely absurd that it exists at all. The jokes and mumbling under their breath that many state about how Nurses Eat Their Young is a sad state of what trivial boundaries make it difficult for nurses to … [Read more...] about Nurses and the Bullying Experience: Lateral Violence
I work for a private, corporate hospital as a floor nurse. I am precepting at a public, independent hospital in an administrative role. The differences in the way things are done and the possibilities for change and innovation are astounding. As much as I am a loyalists, and would really love to stay where I am, as a nurse who wants to be a part of positive change in healthcare, this may prove to be more difficult than anticipated for many of the reasons which I have listed: What I have noticed … [Read more...] about 10 Differences Between a Public Not-For-Profit Hospital Verses a Private For-Profit Corporate Hospital
Being able to combine my passions is an exciting proposition that I have only recently been able to full realize the potential of. When I choose nursing as my profession I did not even dream of the possibility to take my interests in technology and combine it with my desire to be a healthcare provider. It just wasn’t something I even realized may be a possibility. However, through working in bedside care, pursuing further education, and wonderful experiences and contacts I have made through … [Read more...] about Nerdy Nursing Clinical Experience
In my RN-BSN class we discussed the difference between being a nurse leader and nurse manager. It was unfortunate that theses two titles are not always describing the same role/person. Ideally any manager should be a leader, but it is often not the case.Leadership should be a standard and a requirement in order to be a manger, but unfortunately middle-management is often too busy trying to appease the higher ups and quiet the staff, to be effective leaders. Managers should be seen as resources … [Read more...] about What defines a Nurse Manager or Nurse Leader
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? MotivationThe first step to accomplishing any goal is having motivation. What … [Read more...] about Life after NCLEX: How to Advance Nursing and Your Nursing Career
I know that this has been a soapbox of mine here, but honestly, it is the reason why I started this blog in the first place. I was bullied.I was being called a liar, incompetent, and made to look a fool. At the most difficult point in my young life, pregnant, postpartum, the death of my mother, and as a new grad nurse, I had this lovely stressful nugget to add to my plate. Everyday I had to make the best of the situation where the other nurses refused to help my patients and I … [Read more...] about Respect and Dignity: A Nurses Guide to Bullying in Nursing
I hate formatting a research paper. The research portions and drafting of a paper, of any sort, have never bothered me much. What I hate is the absurdly strict punctuation and citation rules associated with them. By the time I am done with most of my papers, they look more like algebra equations than scholarly works. I also have a pretty big disdain for not being able to include myself in my work. By that I mean, no opinions, just the facts, and attempting to leave all biases at the door. Its … [Read more...] about APA Formatting is the Scholarly and Professional Way
Today was my first day of Nursing school. Well, it was my first day of my BSN nursing in school. I’m a thrilled they have shorted the time it takes to achieve the BSN from 3 semesters to 2 and lightened the course load as well. I have 2 classes per semester required and only a small amount of clinical time to be completed in the spring. I should be fairly straight forward and the majority of it is online. (sweet!) I have 3 classes total this semester: Health Assessment, Professional Practice … [Read more...] about First day of Class: RN to BSN. Are Nurses Professionals?