Mentorship and Nurses

The 10 most influential female nurses of all time

The 10 most influential female nurses of all time

While you may immediately think of Florence Nightingale, can you name nine others who touched not just patients, but people throughout the world?

New Year… New Focus

New Year… New Focus

For me and my unit, my focus this year will be on team building.

6 Tips For Nurses With Disabilities Going Back To Work

6 Tips For Nurses With Disabilities Going Back To Work

Hospitals have varied ways of supporting nurses with disabilities. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped, but hearts and minds are slow to change.

12 things to never say to older and younger coworkers

12 things to never say to older and younger coworkers

Bridge the generation gap at work with the help of our cheat sheet.

A sad myth: nurses eat their young

A sad myth: nurses eat their young

Nurses can do a lot to end this shortage by creating an environment where others want to work.

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Finding a nurse mentor

You need someone who will be there when you need a little pat on the back…and who will be completely honest with you when you’re screwing up.

2 greatest survival tips every nurse should (and will eventually) know

2 greatest survival tips every nurse should (and will eventually) know

Survival is in our nature. In fact, surviving is not an option, it’s an expectation. The difference between surviving and drowning is how well you ride the ‘wave’…

What nurses should look for in a boss

What nurses should look for in a boss

Last week I sent an email to my boss explaining that I am interested in moving up the ladder. I received an email back that really just shot me down. I am seriously considering leaving because of the lack of support she’s given me.

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Top five must-have traits for every nurse manager

Here’s one: Equality. Playing favorites is probably my biggest pet peeve. Level the playing field and hold all staff members accountable to the same standards regardless of experience, history or status.

5 things I’ve learned in my first month as a real nurse!

5 things I’ve learned in my first month as a real nurse!

There’s nothing like your first weeks on the unit, right? Thank God I’ve had a good team at my side and mentors to support me. Here are some gems that may help other new nurses…

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Is nursing school built to “break us down” rather than “build us up?”

I can say 90% of my nursing education and experience has been about ‘breaking us down’. Sad, but true. I wish our instructors would make an attempt to teach, not torture.

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Five things your mentor never told you

If you’re lucky, your mentor will be both a source of information and inspiration. But even the best nurses sometimes leave out what you really wish you’d known on your first months on the job.

Here’s how you land the job

Here’s how you land the job

I frequently get requests from student groups on my unit to come talk to them about what they can do to stand out and get their first job…

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Because of you! (a “thank you” to experienced nurses)

At work last night, while I was demonstrating how to place a catheter for a less experienced nurse who couldn’t quite get it, I started thinking about how many of my skills I can attribute to my coworkers. I owe so much of who I am as a nurse to the amazing nurses that have surrounded me thus far and shared their wisdom.

Thriving in a challenging job market

Thriving in a challenging job market

What’s a new graduate or laid-off nurse to do in challenging times? Here are five surefire ways to successfully launch your career.

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