Insights Blog

When you hear your peers tell their own nursing stories, you gain insight into how you may want to handle your professional growth, patient care, self-care, patient advocacy, and more. You may also want to share your own stories by submitting a blog for possible publication.

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 times when I am about to enter a patient’s room, or shortly after I switch...

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 overall, a lack of nurses.According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, there are roughly...

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 be political." That was Illinois' Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s call to action during her keynote address at...

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 I wanted to perform monologues, I would have pursued theater. Honestly, I didn’t get it. Why...

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 language of nursing is like going into a foreign land and not speaking or understanding...

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 stock of the audience and judges alike. The video on Youtube has since received over...

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 practical purposes but often it’s used for pleasure, decoration, worship, or divine protection. Art objects...

‘Tis the season

Here it is, another holiday season is upon us. One can feel it in the air. The colored lights on the houses, the decorated trees in the stores, the annual Salvation Army volunteers outside of the stores, and the music is on the radio that takes many back to...