Professional Development

How to make (and keep) a New Year’s resolution

More than half of all resolutions fail, but this year The New York Times offers some tips to help you identify the right resolution, create a plan on how to reach it, and successfully achieve your goal.

In this article, author Jen A. Miller helps you break it down. For example, to help you pick the right resolution for you, she says your goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. She also points out some things that can lead to failure, such as creating a resolution based on what someone else (or society) says you need to change.

Read the full article here to find out how to create your plan, leap over hurdles, and find a community. She also shares some thoughts on what to do if you miss your goal.

Nursing scholarships to help hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico

The outpouring of support for citizens effected by the 2017 hurricanes continues. This time, it comes in the form of scholarships for nurses enrolling in Ponce Health Sciences University accelerated bachelor in science nursing program. The program offers 14 scholarships, seven merit based and seven needs based. The scholarships, which pay for 50% of the tuition fees, were developed to help Puerto Rico recover as quickly as possible from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Read more.

Reducing holiday stress

Limiting the stress that comes with the holidays requires a bit of planning. The Cleveland Clinic offers some suggestions built around the activities that can be the most anxiety-inducing:

• Holiday shopping

• Planning family gatherings

• Scheduling time with family and friends

• Taking care of yourself—eating well and staying active

• Managing your time

• Coping with the holiday blues

You can read more here.

The Power of Introverts

Are you an introvert? If so, you may think you don’t have the right personality to be a nurse leader. Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts, would beg to differ with you. With examples that span generations and continents, Cain shares stories of some of the most innovative leaders in history, including Rosa Parks, Dr. Suess, and Steve Wozniak.

You can watch her TED Talk video here and get inspired to turn your introversion into a successful career.

The Difference Between Being Thankful and Being Grateful

In her article on the Odyssey website (a collection of writing from young people), Tessa Masula contemplates what it means to be thankful versus what it means to be grateful. She hits on some key differences and encourages all of us to keep gratitude at the front our minds, even through all the busy-ness of life.

This idea is especially relevant to nurses, who spend their days taking care of others with little time to reflect on what they’re grateful for…a joke among co-workers, a quiet conversation with a patient that helps quell fear, the opportunity to mentor and teach new nurses.

Read Tessa’s full article here, and take a moment to acknowledge everything you have to be grateful for.

Building Your Communication Skills Part 3

Marjorie Lee North, a consultant for political candidates, physicians, and lawyers, presented these ten tips in her blog on the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education Professional Development website:

1.     Nervous is normal. Practice and prepare.

2.     Know your audience. Your speech is about them, not you.

3.     Organize your material in the most effective manner to attain your purpose.

4.     Watch for feedback and adapt to it.

5.     Let  your personality come through.

6.     Use humor, tell stories, and use effective language.

7.     Don’t read unless you have to. Work from an outline.

8.     Use your voice and hands effectively. Omit nervous gestures.

9.     Grab attention at the beginning and close with a dynamic end.

10.  Use audiovisual aids wisely.

You can read the full blog here.

Building Your Communication Skills – Part 2

The second installment of Marjorie Lee North’s Harvard University Division of Continuing Education Professional Development website blog, focuses on putting what you learned in her first blog into action with your colleagues and supervisors. She explores communication styles, group problem solving, and how to give and receive criticism. You can read the full blog here.


Building Your Communication Skills

In her Harvard University Division of Continuing Education Professional Development website blog, Marjorie Lee North, a consultant for political candidates, physicians, and lawyers, offers advice on:

·      Learning to listen

·      Knowing your audience

·      Paying attention to your nonverbal skills.

You can read the full blog here.

Tips for long-term exercise success

Walking, swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing, or any of dozens of other activities can help your heart. They all cause you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily without being out of breath and without feeling any burning sensation in your muscles.

Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Take the first step by walking. It’s free, easy to do and when you have a walking companion, you’re more likely to stay motivated. Get started with these tips.

Volunteering resources

More than 1.3 billion people across the world lack access to basic healthcare services – mostly because the number of healthcare workers is not rising fast enough to accommodate the demand of a growing global population. The World Health Report says “the right workers with the right skills in the right place doing the right things” can address the need for better global healthcare. Softening the blow of insufficient medical care in developing countries are nurses who volunteer their time, skills and expertise to the cause. Learn more about what you can do here.

Stress-Reducing Creativity

While art therapy is its own field, you can use the benefits of art to express your creative side and drawing skills to reduce stress and get in touch with your feelings. I think most of us knew this instinctively as kids: virtually all of us know the joys of sculpting something (with play-dough), painting something (with fingers), or drawing (with crayons and other materials).


mindful breathing exercises

Mindful Breathing

Tip 1 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down, and pretty much anywhere at any time. If you can sit down in the meditation (lotus) position, that’s great, if not, no worries.

Either way, all you have to do is be still and focus on your breath for just one minute. Continue reading »

How to Nail Your Next Nursing Job Interview

Let’s face it. There’s no such thing as “job security” these days. With healthcare constantly shifting and organizations being bought, sold or taken over — you just don’t know if your job is going to be there tomorrow.

So even if you’re reading this post and thinking to yourself, “I don’t need this information. I’m not going on an interview anytime soon,” you never can be sure.

Couple this uncertain climate with the fact that there are thousands, even millions of nursing students graduating every year. Guess what that means? That’s right — a competitive market filled with well-educated professionals looking for their next role.

You’re going to want a way to put yourself ahead of the crowd. To differentiate yourself among all of the well-qualified nurses and nursing students vying for the hiring team’s attention.

Here are 5 tips to help you nail your next nursing job interview

1. Be prepared. This means more than doing your homework on the company you’re interviewing with. Get a good night’s sleep. Research all you can about the organization. Understand the goals, strategic priorities and vision of the employer. Find out who you are interviewing with if you can and look them up on LinkedIn and learn a bit about their professional background. Practice responding to some of the more traditional interview questions ahead of time. Finally, leave your house early so that you show up on time.

2. Ask as much as you tell. Of course, there will be a lot of questions coming at you in an interview. And as you proceed through the interview, you want to answer the questions as a professional. It is also a good idea to come prepared with questions for them. At the end of the interview, it is likely that they will say to you, “Now, do you have any questions for us?” You want to avoid asking questions about the schedule or anything that may have you coming across as anything less than a team player. If you did your research about the organization ahead of time and listened to what they asked you in the interview, you should be able to present 2–3 professional questions back to them. Ask things of them to show that you are interested in the position and the place of employment.

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