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Why infant mental health is even more critical now

No matter what role we play in caring for patients and families, as nurses, we know that the relationship children have with their caregivers is critical for their healthy development. In addition, we know...

Proud to be chosen

What do you want to be when you grow up? How many times have you heard this question? How many times have you asked this question? As much as we would like to believe...

Navigating loss induced by COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted virtually every facet of society, infecting millions of people and instilling lingering fear about what is yet to come. Lockdown procedures and guidelines have prevented families from being...

The soul of a nurse

In the beginning What is that first spark of desire in the mind of an ordinary person to become a nurse and where does it come from? Could it simply be the desire to help...

The health professional’s imperative to correct misinformation on social media

Scrolling through Facebook during the interminable COVID-19 pandemic can be a herculean task for the healthcare professional confronted with posts spouting medical jargon and perceived healthcare knowledge not supported by rationale or evidence. This...

I failed—now what? Seven steps to getting past failure

You’re a go-getter when it comes to your licensure or certification, spending hours each day preparing for a test vital for your career. You’re determined to place new credentials behind your name, so you...

In a manner of speaking: Overheard bedside conversations

English is not my first language. And anyone who adopted a second language as an adult can probably relate when I say that certain words and turns of phrase will remain foreign to me,...

Nurses, please don’t withdraw care

When I started practicing as a nurse in an intensive care unit (ICU), everything I saw and heard seemed so unfamiliar. Like on a long immersion in a foreign country, I was unwittingly learning...

The rewards of teamwork and productive leadership in healthcare today

Is the combination of teamwork and leadership important in nursing and healthcare? The answer to that question is “Yes!” Strong leadership skills enable teams to provide high quality, visible, and effective patient care. Successful team...

To err is human: A personal perspective on preventing falls

To err is human. These words keep dancing around in my mind as I sit here as a family member rather than a nurse. I am in a haze of uncertainty and grief as...

“It Hurt My Heart”

It Hurt My Heart—The Heartbreaks of an ER Nurse is a compilation of my 40 years experience as an ER nurse and the lasting impact it had on me, even after retirement. The profession...

Lessons in nursing from a life behind the lens

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” — Irving Penn, Photographer As I...

Facing the challenge of masked communication

“Can you hear me now?” was the byline of a popular TV ad in the early 2000s for a cell phone company, promising excellent cellular connectivity for life! (Can you imagine?) These days, I...