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The nearness of you: Cheerleading nurses from a distance

I want to let you know I am thinking of you. My bedside nursing years are past. But I shall do my bit by cheering you and all healthcare workers on for all the...

Influence in healthcare

Control is ubiquitous in life and is becoming more of an issue in healthcare. Traditionally, the mental health system was based on behavior control but the physical healthcare system was less so. Today the...
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Gifts

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle I (Faia) have been a ballet dancer since I was 4 years old and have always had the...

Are we over teaching health assessment at the RN level?

We’ve all been through nursing school with the experience of learning how to assess, learning how to perform certain skills, and completing the competency testing we all stressed over being able to perform proficiently....

Be prepared for anything

Hurry up and wait. It’s the expression used in the emergency department (ED) to explain the frustration patients experience waiting anxiously for results. It’s the same expression used in the military for getting everything...

Pathway to innovation

Imagine you’ve been trying to get a child to sleep for the past 2 hours. You have tried many strategies, but there also were many things that prevented you from providing the optimal environment...

The memory of all that

There is no telling when, but they percolate into my head unsummoned, like a musical worm whose melody you cannot shake off. Sometimes it comes when I am mid-sentence while teaching a class, other...

Including people with disabilities into the nursing profession: Looking beyond the ADA

Traditionally, the nursing profession has been selective in terms of who can be successful nurses based on physical abilities. Currently, the nursing profession is encountering issues such as a shortage of nursing faculty and...

Health policy in nursing education

"We have to solve the access issues in healthcare. We can’t decrease healthcare disparities if people don’t have access to care…this is a political conversation…we need to have this difficult conversation. Nurses need to...

Customer Service: Can’t Nurse with It, Can’t Nurse without It

Sometimes, I get really sick of talking about customer service. I’ve worked in various hospital settings where the push for nurse scripting is so fervent that nurses are given handouts with lines to memorize. If...

Everyday tasks as a link to critical thinking

One of the most frustrating hurdles for aspiring nurses is to leap and land on their feet while jumping over the directive of “think like a nurse.” Thinking like a nurse and speaking the...

I dreamed a dream

Ten years ago, an eccentric individual stepped on the stage of Britain’s Got Talent to chase a dream of being a professional singer. She didn’t look the part, in fact she was the laughing...

Art: A healing tool for nurses

Art relics have been found in remains of the earliest human civilizations—from the paintings in caves, carved stones, and clay figures, to jewelry made of beads, metals, and gemstones. Artwork may be used for...