New Nurse: Create Your Own Path

Never let anyone tell you what your nursing career should or shouldn’t be. Follow your heart. Carve out your own path in nursing. There is no one right way for all nurses to start their careers or to continue their careers. We all have differing backgrounds, interests, personalities, temperaments, goals, and dreams. Everyone told me I couldn’t work in psych right out of school because I would forget my skills. I don’t think I had any… [Continue..]

Heal the Past, Create the Future

Today is a day that many people remember and honor the souls of those who are departed. However, regardless of one’s beliefs, we can all take time to reflect on those who came before us, be grateful for battles fought on our behalf, hardships endured to create a better life and unspoken acts of love.… [Continue..]

What Holds You Up?

At twilight last evening, while out walking, I caught sight of this magnificent spider suspended between two branches. I couldn’t see its web but knew that something was holding it up. It reminded me of my own spiritual practice: yoga, meditation, journaling, gratitude, inspirational reading, prayer; it’s not something outsiders see, but it holds me… [Continue..]

I’m So Human!

I often hear folks, when they’ve done something they weren’t happy with, even by accident, proclaim, “I’m so stupid!” That’s such a negative phrase and seeps into our psyche whenever we say it. We all make mistakes and do things we regret. So next time you feel the urge to utter that phrase, try instead… [Continue..]

Hurricane Harvey: How Can Nurses Help?

I have received many emails and social media messages from nurses around the world asking how they can help in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Board of Nursing has posted this information about volunteer opportunities and temporary licensure https://www.bon.texas.gov/hurricaneharvey.asp A private jet full of nurses left from my home state of… [Continue..]

Retirement. Now What?

Dear Donna, I am getting ready to retire in a few months. Although I no longer wish to work in a hospital, I may want to still keep my hand in in some way. Do you have any suggestions of things I might be able to do part time, particularly something with flexibility so I… [Continue..]

Nurse Entrepreneurs Gather in Florida!

I hope to see many of you at the National Nurses in Business Association annual conference in St. Pete, FL next month. I’m presenting a pre-conference workshop on September 8: Business Basics Bootcamp. I’m also doing a main stage presentation on getting free publicity for your business. Additionally, I’m a judge for the NNBA Shark Tank where several… [Continue..]

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

While recently speaking at a nursing conference, the speaker before me was trying to make the point that nurses don’t support each other. One more sweeping generalization to put a negative thought in everyone’s head and start off the conference on the right note! She asked for a show of hands asking, “Who has ever had… [Continue..]

No More “Problems”

I was recently listening to an audio recording of a live lecture by Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now. He stated that there are no problems in life, only situations that need to be dealt with. And, he added, there will always be situations that need to be dealt with. His inference is that these occurrences are… [Continue..]

Have we lost our ability (and our sensitivity) to communicate in healthcare?

While recently accompanying a man who had just been admitted to the hospital, the nurse looked at his wife and asked, “Are you his P-O-A?” We all (including me) looked dumbfounded so she repeated the question a little louder. I finally spoke up and said, “You’ll have to tell us what “P-O-A” stands for. She… [Continue..]