Nurse Power!™ Blog

Harnessing the Power, the Passion, and the Pride of Nursing

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..]

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..]

Nursing Connections

I recently spoke at a small local event. After everyone had left, I remained, gathering my materials. The lovely server who had taken care of us all evening (she even packed my dinner for me to go) was there cleaning off the tables. She was so pleasant and with a great smile. Something compelled me… [Continue..]

Entrepreneurship -The Road Less Traveled

When I started my education business 22 years ago, I had a dream and vision – to launch a public seminar for nurses and take it on the road. I couldn’t possibly have known where that road would lead me – and what a difference it would make for me – personally and professionally. Certainly,… [Continue..]

Nursing: More Than a Gentle Touch

Much is often made of the caring nature of nurses with frequent references to a kind word, a gentle touch, or a reassuring smile. And while those gestures convey caring and comfort, that is only part of the science-based, complex and often life-saving care provided by nurses. Nursing has its own body of research, theory… [Continue..]

New Nurse

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was anyone’s nursing career. Set specific goals for the coming year – things you’d like to achieve, skills you’d like to master, challenges you’d like to face head-on that will bring you closer to your dreams of being a confident, competent nurse.  

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #11

#11 Welcome new staff members. Whether it’s a new graduate or an experienced staffer, extend your hand to shake, introduce yourself, and offer to show them the ropes. Check in with them from time to time to see how they’re doing, and ask if they need anything. If you’re still thinking you can’t possibly make a… [Continue..]