Monday, May 21, 2018

Build a Firewall Against Negative Nurse Syndrome

As nurses, we see the good, the bad, and the ugly of life, society, and humanity. In the course of our nursing careers, we can encounter belligerent patients, impatient families, nurse bullies, arrogant surgeons, uncaring managers, and generally miserable nurse peers. So how do we stay positive amidst such negativity? How do we protect ourselves against those who would prefer to drag us down with them -- including other nurses?

Watch your mouth -- words matter
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Your Nursing Career: Attention and Intention

As a career coach for nurses, I frequently hear from nurses who feel they've been ignoring their own nursing career development for far too long and they're ready to give it the attention it deserves. Do you regularly give your nursing career focused intention and attention? If not, how can you begin?

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Change, Personal Agency, and Wellness -- Celebrating Nurses Week 2018

As Nurses Week begins, what does the idea of nurses and nursing conjure for the majority of people when they think about nurses? Obviously, the public trusts us immensely (the Gallup Poll confirms that every year), so there's a lot behind who we nurses are and why we're so special.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Nurses Take DC 2018: Nurses' Voices Matter

On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, I had the distinct privilege and pleasure of speaking in front of the United States Capitol Building at the annual Nurses Take DC Rally for Nurse-Patient Ratios. With the iconic Capitol dome in the background and the Washington Monument directly in front of me as I spoke to hundreds of fired up nurses, it was a powerful moment for me as a nurse and as a motivational public speaker.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Your Nursing Career's Differential Diagnosis

In medicine, nursing, and healthcare, a differential diagnosis refers to the process of differentiating between two or more conditions sharing similar signs and symptoms. In the context of your nursing career, this process can be equally elucidating. Is there a careful career examination in your future? If so, what would your differential diagnosis be?

your nursing career's differential diagnosis
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Monday, April 09, 2018

Nurses: Moving at the Speed of Trust

Seeking a career in nursing could be characterized as an exercise in trust. We nurses willingly endure a grueling educational experience; place ourselves in the hands of nursing professors and professional nurse preceptors; and otherwise trust that the blood, sweat, tears, and expense of pursuing our goal is worthwhile. In essence, we move at the speed of trust as we enter the universe of a nursing career.

moving at the speed of trust
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Monday, April 02, 2018

Nurse Innovators and Trailblazers: An Embarrassment of Riches

I recently spoke with a nurse career coaching client who's thoughtfully searching for what she should do next with her nursing career in order to more fully reach her potential as a healthcare professional.

As I've previously discussed on both this blog and my podcast, the sky's the limit in terms of what nurses are capable of, even though nursing schools (and by extension many of your nursing colleagues) will lead you to believe that acute care is the only place where "real" nurses choose to make their professional nest.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Nurse Bullies: A Plague On Our House

Sadly, there appears to be a desperate need for a continued conversation about bullying within the nursing profession. One would hope that the dawning of the 21st century would have seen a decline in such old school behaviors, but there are obviously those among us who haven't yet learned the lesson that collaboration and cooperation are the true keys to success.

bullying definition

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Shot of Nursing Self-Esteem

Do you hold yourself and your nursing skills in high esteem? Do you internalize and embody your value as a nurse? If not, it's high time that you did.

a shot of self esteem

Monday, March 12, 2018

Escape Velocity

There are many of us who desire change during the course of our nursing careers, but change can be hard to manifest for a variety of reasons: boredom, ennui, limiting beliefs, lack of imagination, low self-esteem, difficult life circumstances, finances, burnout, or perhaps a rut so deep that we can't dig ourselves out.

In order to break free of the earth's gravitational field, a rocket must reach 25,020 miles per hour. Is your needed escape velocity equally daunting? If you were to gain the momentum needed to make a change, what is the escape velocity you would need to actually make it happen?

Monday, March 05, 2018

A Soft Landing for New Nurses

In speaking with large numbers of new nurses over the years, I consistently hear that novice nurses are not often given the guidance, nurturing, and mentoring that they truly need to move from surviving to thriving in their new nursing careers. New nurses need a "soft landing" as they enter the field, and it's up to us seasoned nurses to make sure they get it.

a soft landing for new nurses
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Monday, February 26, 2018

A Message to the Nurse's Future Self

So nurse, it's twenty years in the future, and you have two more decades of nursing under your belt. You've cared for thousands of patients, held thousands of hands, and looked into thousands of pairs of eyes. What do you remember, and what do your patients recall? What stands out for you? How does your career compare to your expectations, dreams and aspirations? How would you like that 20 years to live in your mind and heart? You can create it now.

The road to your nursing career future

Monday, February 19, 2018

Common Questions About Nurse Entrepreneurship

Nurse entrepreneurship is exploding in the 21st century, and many nurses ask me for advice about nursing-based business. So, let's dig into some of the most common questions that nurses have about potentially launching a business or entrepreneurial endeavor.

nurse entrepreneur
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Nursing Trends and the ANA, Part 2 of 2

One of the premier nursing organizations gathering information about nurses is the American Nurses Association (ANA). In my previous post, we delved into the results of a 2017 ANA survey based on responses from approximately 6,000 nurses. Today we're going to dive back in for part 2 of our 2-part series.

Nursing trends 2018


Monday, February 05, 2018

Nursing Trends and the ANA -- Part 1 of 2

In the November and December 2017 issues of American Nurse Today, the ANA revealed the results of a survey of almost 6,000 nurses. This nursing survey explored the state of the profession in relation to trends in nursing salaries, the makeup of the nurse clinician workforce, and workplace culture and environment. Let's explore some of what they found -- we'll explore more in next week's blog post.

nursing salaries and trends

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hispanic Nurses On Fire

I recently spent an incredibly inspiring and powerful weekend with 100 Latino nurse leaders who gathered in San Antonio, Texas for the inaugural National Association of Hispanic Nurses Leadership Institute. This spirited group of forward thinking nurses of all ages clearly demonstrates that unity, organizing, critical thinking, and planning for the future are part and parcel of enlightened 21st-century nurse leadership.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Letting Your Nursing Career Magic Out of the Hat

Nurses, do you need some magic to get your nursing career back on track? Career development for nurses isn't rocket science, but manifesting some magic and joy for the betterment of your career is certainly possible if you want it. Is it time to let the rabbit out of the hat?

Career Magic

Monday, January 15, 2018

Nurses, Gallup, and Amplifying Your Voice

Well folks, nurses did it again. According to the newly released Gallup poll, we're still the most trusted professionals in the United States! Let's face it - the nursing profession rocks.

Gallup poll - nurses are #1

Monday, January 08, 2018

Overcoming Mission Drift in Your Nursing Career

Has your nursing career drifted off course? Do you feel that your current career path isn't aligned with your personal or professional mission? You're not alone, and there's something you can do about it.

adrift at sea

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The BSN Requirement -- A Legislative Sea Change

Do you believe that nurses should be required by the government to have a BSN? Well, the tide is turning and a massive sea change is inexorably underway since New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed such legislation into law on December 19th, 2017. It's called "BSN in 10", and the consequences will be widely felt by the nursing profession in the wake of this controversial move that was 14 years in the making.

BSN in 10?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Violence Against Nurses -- Our Own #MeToo Moment

It's well-known that nurses are often the subjects of bullying by other nurses, a phenomenon often referred to as either "lateral violence" or "horizontal violence". But what happens when the perpetrator of violence against nurses is a doctor or surgeon, especially in this era of the #MeToo movement?

The bullied nurse

Monday, December 11, 2017

In Your Career, Effort is Rewarded by Outcome

In a 21st-century nursing job market where competition is tough, effort is rewarded by outcome. For those nurses and healthcare professionals who sit on their laurels and don't do the work, career growth can be stunted. But for those willing to put in the sweat equity, the potential return on investment is high.

effort = outcome


Monday, December 04, 2017

Overcoming Objections During Job Interviews

When you land a nursing job interview, one of your main tasks is to demonstrate that you're the ideal nurse candidate for the position. In the course of the conversation, your interviewer is likely to raise objections to why you may not be the best fit or why they might be hesitant to hire you. This is where the rubber hits the road, and you must do the work of overcoming their objections and convincing them that you're the person they want.

Talk to the hand -- objection!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Your Nursing Career Legacy


Whether you're a nursing educator, researcher, nurse entrepreneur, or nurse clinician, creating a nursing career legacy is both recommended and essential. No matter your place in the nursing ecosystem, leaving something behind that has meaning for you will suffuse your career with a sense of accomplishment.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Who's Driving The Bus of Your Nursing Career?

Plenty of people probably have opinions about what your nursing career should look like. However, the person behind the wheel of your nursing career should be you. Are you truly driving the bus of your nursing career?

Who's driving the bus of your nursing career?