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.

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...

Protect your nursing license

Upon graduation, nurses are expected to uphold professional standards, guidelines, and principles from the American Nurses Association (ANA). It’s paramount for nurses to understand how important it is for their safety andthe safety of the patients they are caring for in their working environment. Otherwise, they could face loss...

An American nurse in London: Is it worth it?

Fresh off the boat was a term I’d heard once or twice amongst my former travels, usually referring to an immigrant who had recently arrived in a new country of chosen inhabitance. Fresh off the boat instantly became my joking term to explain my newfound situation to random UK...

What my students taught me about civility

“Nursing students have a responsibility to model civility and encourage respectful social discourse. Collaborating with faculty and taking a leadership role in co-creating classroom and clinical norms have a significant and positive impact on providing a safe, open environment to express diverse views.” ~ Cynthia Clark I have been a...