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 sound(?) and the fury

A few of my nursing friends and I were headed to Carowinds, an amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a day of fun when I first saw the yellow and blue monstrosity from route I-77. My co-workers informed me that I was seeing “The Fury 325”—one of the...

Duck or swan?

A conversation with colleagues that addressed cultural challenges and the need for more cultural awareness prompted this blog. Many of us had experienced injustices and situations of apparent inequality, yet no one was speaking up. These incidences aren’t new, they are just unseen, unspoken, or unaddressed. I’ve decided to...

Find your unicorn—be your own unicorn

Traditionally, nursing schools use an apprentice model for educating future nurses. The traditional learning system casts student nurses as being rule followers by stewards who are heavily policy and procedure driven. It’s true that policies and procedures are the safety nets that prevent harm in patient care. But when...

Nurses: It’s time to march!

While many professions may look back at their inception and theories in awe at how vastly they differ from present day, one could easily argue to the contrary about the profession of nursing. Our nursing founder, Florence Nightingale, opened and operated the first nursing school in London, England, in...

Remember the psych patient care tech

First let me say, I’m not a published author or blogger of articles for nurses, nor am I your typical administrative type. I like to say I speak with heart or from the heart. I would like to give you a few things to think about the patient care...

Enable and ennoble: Teaching and learning in nursing

This year marks my 23rd year teaching nursing. One habit I have (there is no support group for this) is thinking and ruminating. A few years ago, I had a student in my clinical group who had an upper extremity deformity. One arm was significantly shorter than the other, with stumps...

A day in the life of a med-surg nurse

What is a 12-hour shift like for a registered nurse on a medical-surgical floor? I’ll break it down for you. Imagine you’re working at a restaurant and you are the cook, the server, the host, and the cashier—all at the same time. Your assistants help with serving and cleaning tables,...

Nurse managers: Please intervene when a staff nurse shows signs of burnout

Earlier in my career, my nurse manager told me I was exhibiting signs of burnout. I was offended. When I was oriented as a new nurse almost 40 years ago, we were socialized to be self-sufficient about everything. Asking for help was frowned upon and work environments weren’t the friendliest. My...