Honoring the CNA

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You have probably defended your role as a nurse in conversation with friends at least once in your career. For the lay person, the nursing role may still be unclear. The image of a subservient woman with a clip board chasing a doctor every step of the way may come to mind. This image is long outdated. Nurses have had to fight for years for their rightful place in the medical team and be seen as the rightful and equal to the doctor. The same goes for the nursing assistant or CNA. He or she deserves equal respect and equal voice as they are just as vital as any other member of the patient’s team. The following are just a few reasons why a nursing assistant is so vital to the team….

Honoring the CNA

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A Thank You from One Nurse to Another

Happy 2017!!  My posts are slightly delayed following  a nice holiday break and transcontinental travel.  The following is a thank you to all the nurses, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, and other medical staff who worked the holidays.

A Thank You from One Nurse to Another 

4Ways to Be a More Mindful Nurse

FullSizeRender-47In this week’s post for Mighty Nurse, I offer a few simple steps to practicing mindfulness.  Mindfulness teaches us to be more conscious of our thoughts, feelings, environment, and sensations.  We have all heard the phrase, you are your own worst enemy.  Learning to tame the monkey mind by simple observations and detachment can lead to a happier, less stressed you.  All it takes is practice ❤

4 Ways to Be a More Mindful Nurse 

American Nurse Today

american-nurse-todaySo excited to share my first post with American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association.  With the election near, it’s hard not to have an opinion about the future of our country.  With immigration at the center of the argument, it is painful to sit back and watch as one candidate bullies his way through a campaign tainted with  hatred, bigotry, misogyny,and total disrespect for anyone that disagrees with him.  Is this the direction our country is headed?  Is this going to be the voice of the people?  What happened to “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore?”

A Nursing Perpective on the Refugee Crisis

July Nurse Feature: Ladies on a Mission

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Nancy & Cecille

It’s always intriguing to me discovering what drives an individual in their path of life, particularly in nursing.  Aside from the cliche desire to help those in need, what plants the seed?  Is it not interesting knowing the story behind the person?

This month’s nurse feature is of one of the first nurses I met after graduation from nursing school.  She was one of my preceptors as a new graduate on the Postpartum unit at Halifax Health in Central Florida.  A quick witted lady, she always made the work day fun-often joking and being silly, but equally skilled and serious.

Nancy, originally from Pennsylvania, has worked the last 14 years as a Labor & Delivery nurse.  Yearly, she makes her way to Guatemala with her friend and obstetrician, Cecille, where they treat women in desperate need of surgery and educate local midwives.

How long have you been a nurse?

I have been an RN since 1989. I took several years off to raise my family then returned to nursing full time in 2000.

What area of nursing do you work in?

I have been working in Obstetrics for 13 years

What inspired you to be a nurse?

I worked as a CNA while attending college, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, what I wanted to be. I really enjoyed experiencing the caregiving aspect of nursing. I worked alongside some great RNs who encouraged me to become a nurse.

What advice would you give to a new nurse?

I would encourage you to jump up and volunteer to take every “difficult” patient or complex case, because by doing so, you will learn so much.

What advice would you give to a tired nurse?

Volunteer to precept a new nurse and teach her/him all you know. Their enthusiasm and fresh perspective can help give a boost to your approach to nursing. Also, volunteer to go on a medical mission trip to renew your love of being a nurse.

To read more about Nancy’s mission work with Cascade Medical Team in my latest AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses) post….

Ladies on a Mission ❤