Everyone has a story. Many Nurses had long time aspirations of being a Nurse. I, on the other hand, did not. I really didn’t have much direction in any direction. After high school I got myself into a sea of bad decisions and in some ways, was so out of contact with my family and those who truly mattered. Social Media was something that sort of indirectly happened because of an opportunity I had while filming a TV show with abc at my old hospital. I realized after some time that my ability to reach and influence people was a great gift that I wanted to embrace. Social media gives us a great platform to have a voice, to lead others, to spread positivity, and offer guidance. I am so grateful that my presence on social media has helped people not only within the nursing profession, but in other industries as well.
Think about life outside the hospital, life outside the clinic, or the ambulatory facilities. Life happens in the home. Health starts in the home. In fact, in the early 1900’s, even the sickest patients would be cared for at home. The hospital was a place for surgeries and research, and above and beyond that, not necessarily a place with the best outcomes.
Every few years my sister and I take a Sister Trip (usually something adventurous since she is not about that beach life). This blog will detail our trip to Greece. We named it the “Olive Ya” Road Trip. (sound it out slowly, it’s lame I know but we all do lame shit with our families lol) We actually made this a road trip around the country- yes, as in; we rented a car and drove from one city to the next. This was surprisingly fun for both of us. Greece is a beautiful country with exquisite food and culture. There is so much to learn and take in, and each city we visited allowed us to catch a new perspective of history.
As a nurse manager, you want your nurses to provide the best possible experience for their patients. But providing great healthcare and being sensitive to a patient’s needs takes a lot of energy. Forcing your staff to stay late and put in a lot of extra hours can lead to fatigue and nurse burnout. When a nurse gets burnt out, they will have a hard time staying focused on the job. They are more likely to mess up a patient’s chart, give them the wrong medicine, or make a patient feel uncomfortable. On top of that, your nurses might be doing lasting damage to their bodies and their minds, depriving them of sleep and a happy, healthy lifestyle. If you’re worried about some of your nurses, learn how to spot nurse burnout before it’s too late.
A girlfriend and I decided to take a quick trip to the Bahamas for her birthday. We stayed for 4 days, 3 nights at the Melia Nassau Beach. Booked via AllInclusiveOutlet.com Total trip Cost: $1200 for 1 room 2 adults (all inclusive), plus airfare. I’m going to break down this review from the following: Service, Food, Hotel Grounds/Room, and Experience
A while back I spoke at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing NED (Nursing Education Department) Talks. One of the most frequently asked questions were for a few short and simple tips for New Grad Nurses. Here are the top six pieces of advice that I gave the Johns Hopkins nursing students:
This is an excerpt from an interview with Scrubs Magazine. By Katie Duke. You’re a major advocate for continued education. Who inspired you to further your own? I have always been inspired by both of my parents, who have master’s degrees—my mom in nursing and my father in physics, and my sister Rebecca has an MSN.Advertisement I knew a few years back that I wanted to attain the highest level of education within my field because I wanted to make change, and we all know that knowledge is power.
What is the ideal nurse-patient ratio? What are the errors that begin to occur when staffing breeches that magic number? Imagine the busiest shift you’ve ever had. How many patients were assigned to each nurse? If you don’t know the answer, or if you think the number isn’t particularly important, you should read an important little study previously published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality.
In December of 2008, I remember watching the pinning ceremony for the nursing class graduating half a year before me. I attended Washington State University’s Nursing School in Spokane, and we turned out about 100 new nurses every half year. As part of the ceremony, it was tradition to say where each graduating nurse had a job lined up.
Bullying is an everyday occurrence in nursing and health care. Nurses bully each other. Physicians bully each other. Supervisors bully employees. This often leaves us wondering how is it that people in an industry centered on service, compassion, and patient care can be so awful toward each other. Are we burnt-out caregivers? Is this our way of “venting” the chaos and emotional strain that we endure on a daily basis?