February 27, 2018

I have recently been taking mental inventory of my thoughts. It is amazing how negative my self-talk is in my head. I often hear myself say statements like, "you're so dumb", "you aren't qualified" or "they won't like you".

I find that most of my negative-self talk rela...

February 13, 2018

Remember the first day of your job? You were all googly-eyed and quite certain you found the job of your dreams! You told everyone standing still where you worked and all about your fancy new title.

Over the years, you have started to lose touch with the love and passio...

February 4, 2018

I am incredibly close to my 20th year as a nurse. As this anniversary approaches, I have been thinking a lot about my nursing legacy. As a mid-career professional, I find myself faced with new situations and opportunities.

I am no longer the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed nu...

January 30, 2018

Leadership is hard. No matter how talented, intelligent or disciplined you may be, leadership takes practice, integrity and, intention.

There are no nurse leadership manuals that have all the rules laid out in a user-friendly format. On the job learning is the best lear...

January 22, 2018

Creating a resume can be daunting.

Experts everywhere say there is an art to finding the right balance of poetry and prowess. Your resume is like a mirror. It must be clean and have all the dust removed in order to see a clear reflection of who you are.

Nurses typicall...

Have you ever visited a carnival house of mirrors? As you wind through the maze of mirrored passageways, you’re met with your reflection. Sometimes, it is true to life and other times it is a distorted image of reality.

This distortion can cause a confusing, disorientin...

The clock ticks. It is getting closer to the start of your shift.

Your stomach turns.

Your head throbs.

You feel little beads of sweat forming in your palms.

You just don’t want to go. Are you sick? Yeah, maybe you’re sick!

Or, maybe you will have a small fender bender on t...

Nurse work environments can be toxic. Lack of leadership, poor communication, cynicism and high stress levels can quickly make the best work environment crumble. This negativity can seep into all  aspects of your life if you don’t control it.

What can you do to survive...

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