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  • Take Heed and LEAD!
    As most of you know, I am in school to obtain my BSN. I plan to continue on for my MSN in nursing education after I finish. Currently in my leadership class we are having various discussions about what makes a great leader! I am learning a lot about myself as a nurse, as a professional, and as a leader. I am also learning about those whom I have been lead by over the past 14 years as a nurse. I have been thinking a lot about the qualities of an excellent leader. Tom Peters once said, […]
  • Lessons from the trail
    I have been missing in blog action for quite sometime! I have been working really hard to pass my CCRN exam and keep up with going to school part time for my BSN. I am busy with two projects at work and have just really been trying to “find my way” professionally and with work/life balance. Even after 14 years of nursing I am not where I would like to be professionally. A trip I recently took gave me several thoughts and analogies that parallel to my career at this time. Maybe you […]
  • Among the Alarms……
    In an ICU setting, nurses get really used to the different alarms of the unit. In fact, it is possible for us to completely block them out and not hear them at all (or is that just me?). It’s almost like we are “tone deaf” to them. It always makes me chuckle when a non-nurse says “What’s that noise?” or “will you stop that dinging noise?”…..my first thought is “what noise?” Then I realize there is an alarm of some sort and I […]
  • Can’t even believe I just did that……..
    I was recently assisting a patient off the bedpan. This patient was a great help in the turning process so I didn’t grab any help to take her off the bedpan. She rolled over and removed an almost completely full bedpan of urine and because I was alone and didn’t want to leave the patient turned and unattended by going to the bathroom to empty it, I just sat it down on the floor. I finished up the cleaning process and as I went to get the covers at the end of the bed I stepped right […]
  • Windshield or Rear-View? Which are you looking through?
    On August 4th this year I celebrated my 14th year of Nursing! I use August 4th as the date for my Nursiversary because it was my very first day of work as RN! Do you remember your very first day of your career? I couldn’t sleep the night before from excitement and nervousness. I only knew the name of the nurse that was precepting me, where to go, and what time to be there. When I got to the unit someone helped me obtain a pair of blue scrubs, little did I know, this was the beginning of a […]