• Nurses Who Blog

    I get asked a lot about how I got started blogging and was recently interviewed by Lisette Hilton for an article in Nurse.com. It’s a great article with tips and information from several nurses who blog. It’s a good place to start for those of you who’d  like to learn to blog about nursing or whatever your passion may be. I got my start working for About.com as the (last) guide to Nursing. It was a terrific learning experience.  When About.com disbanded the Nursing site, I started up this blog to carry on. Many of my About.com articles appear on TheNursingSite.com. Writing guest posts for other sites is a great…

  • Making Nurses WANT to Stay — Food for Thought

    As the economy begins to recover, more nurses will retire or return to retirement and the nursing shortage will be in full bloom once again. Hospitals need to seriously prepare for this eventuality and start looking hard at ways to keep nurses around. Other employers should sit up and take note as well. An excellent article appeared a few months ago on iVantageHealth.com. Michelle Gray-Bernhardt takes a long honest look at 5 Ways to Make Nurses Want to Stay at Your Hospital. The article looks at issues such as nurse staffing, floating, mandatory overtime, bullying of nurses, non-nursing tasks and interruptions and bad managers. Perhaps the biggest keyword here is…

  • Losing Patient Centered Care to Economics??

    I certainly hope we can ALL come together as nurses and work to ensure that this does NOT become a trend. The Amanda Trujillo case shows we are headed in that direction. Read this excellent blog post from Nurse Ratched.

  • Tips to Keep Your Nursing Career On-Track

    At least once a year it is good to take stock of your life and your career and take steps to get yourself back on track, or even to change directions if that is what is needed. Some of the top things you can do for yourself as a nurse to make your career more rewarding and to avoid caregiver fatigue or burnout include the following: 1) Stress management is a must. Learn techniques that work well for you and use them routinely. Exercise, diet and sleep habits should be considered as well. 2) Managing your time efficiently and effectively is vital. Get organized and stay on top of things.…