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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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

“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...

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...

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...

Do you have a BS or a BSN? Does it matter?

Christina is concerned when she learned that she would graduate with a bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in nursing, not a...

A slow push

It’s been nearly 3 years since I began my nursing career, and a lot has happened. I’ve been blessed with amazing coworkers, physicians, and...