Nurse Power!™ Blog

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

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..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #10

#10 Take time to get to know your coworkers. Contrary to what you might have heard, familiarity breeds respect. Participate in social activities like after-work outings, retirement dinners, and holiday parties. It is through fun and social times outside the workplace that you develop relationships that serve as a foundation for teamwork at work. You don’t… [Continue..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #9

#9 Treat others as you wish to be treated. Be courteous to everyone whether or not they reciprocate. Offer sincere compliments, thank people for even the small things they do, and show appreciation for every member of your department and team. Greet people by name at the beginning and end of each shift, smile at everyone,… [Continue..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #8

#8 If you’re a manager or supervisor, implement and/or enforce a no-tolerance policy for abuse, nastiness, and harassment. Make it clear that abusive behavior will be stringently dealt with. Allow employees to vent, and provide a mechanism to listen to their ideas and constructive solutions to department challenges. You set the tone for your department.… [Continue..]