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On being human during crisis

When we show vulnerability it does not mean we lack resilience – it means we are human. Typically, leaders in nursing pride themselves for being strong, ever knowing, and above all, crisis experts. But...

How to address racial injustice in the workplace and community

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: I want to make a difference I am a white frontline nurse in a medium-sized, full-service hospital. I am profoundly moved by the injustices I see occurring to...

We shall remember

On July 29, 2020, the New York Times reported that at least 150,909 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. since the pandemic gained a foothold in mid-March. There is another ongoing count...

Nursing our vacations: Will things ever be the same?

It all started with a single uncovered sneeze by a dining room crewmember on my 2016 post-doctoral dream cruise. After witnessing him inoculate the formerly tempting and beautifully-stocked salad bar, I silently walked out...

Writing challenge: Narrow the topic

One of the greatest challenges in writing is narrowing the topic. Beginning and experienced writers alike frequently want to tackle topics that are too broad to fit into the typical space allotted for a...

Communication and transformational leadership during a crisis

Leaders are called on to set an example and influence staff. Under normal circumstances this can be challenging. Imagine arriving at work one morning to learn patients suspected to have a novel virus no...

Celebrating nurses

January 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States hard, marked the start of the World Health Organization’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. A year to celebrate the work of nurses...

Finding a job can be challenging for newly graduated nurses

Most people in the United States interested in the nursing field have heard of the nursing shortage, with much emphasis placed on predictions of a severe shortage in the near future. For many newly...

I’m just going to say it: It feels like we’re playing Russian roulette with...

Apoorva Mandavilli, a journalist from the New York Times, graciously interviewed me about what reopening of schools looks like in the midst of a pandemic. The conversation happened in the context of this past week...

Should nurses receive hazard pay?

That was the question I posted online and in only two hours 3,900 nurses from all over the country responded.*  A reporter had asked for my opinion, and I was seeking their input. Of...

Leadership challenge: Learning to let go

Holding on to the past can sabotage your future. Takeaways: Learning to let go of our expectations and the demands we place on ourselves can be challenging, but it’s frequently essential to moving forward. Letting...

Define nurse (in three words or less)

Saying precisely what a frontline nurse does should be the easiest thing in the world: care coordinator, final check on all orders, medication dispenser, advice giver, patient advocate, emptier of bedpans, and empathic listener. Those...

Nurse preceptors and new graduate success

Use these strategies to enhance new nurse clinical reasoning skills. Takeaways: The stress associated with the transition from nursing school to clinical practice can lead many new graduates to leave the profession. A hospital transition-to-practice...