It's true. Smiling is one of the most contagious physical acts that one can perform. It hits you when a smile is thrown your way from a perfect stranger. You know it. Heck, you feel it right down to that warm fuzzy squishy space in your middle...right above your navel. The feeling travels to your heart … Continue reading Smiling is Contagious. How YOU can start an Epidemic!
WHAT? How did personal sexuality get into this conversation? Sexuality goes out the window when we put on those scrubs, right? Wrong. You are a sexual being. Heck, you are human. As such, your body will physiologically respond when you see an attractive individual. This will be weird. So, how can you be professional and … Continue reading The Unspoken Phase of Professional Puberty: The Nursing Students’ Sexual Self
Let me put you out of your misery. If you are a nurse you suffer from some form of professional amnesia. Professional amnesia is a term that I've slapped on how we all forget what it's like to be new. It starts after your first six months into practice. First, you enter the disillusionment phase because the … Continue reading Do You Suffer from Professional Amnesia? Find out now to prevent more damage.
Some people think that play is a four letter word. Alright, alright. Technically, it is. P-L-A-Y. It's the perception of play at work that gives it that expletive feel. In fact, play should be the only four letter word that you use at work. If you play at work it is perceived as being "unprofessional" (I would do … Continue reading Fair or Foul. Improving professionalism through play at work.
Some people think that an authentic smile is there or it's not. You have the juice or you're dry. Well, that's just not true. (tsk-tsk) You can create an authentic smile for anyone and everyone you meet. I call it "throwing the love". In a previous article I wrote about "throwing hearts" that involves creating a … Continue reading Throwing the Love: Three Quick Steps to An Authentic Smile
How can we change the culture of isolating "our own" when we are sick, injured, or weak. We need to take care of "our own" to be strong. We will all be patients.
Crap happens and you are pissed. The providers are breathing down your neck, someone in room 302 is shouting "Nurse!", and your nursing colleague just decided to handoff his patients and go to lunch. Now, you have 10 patients to keep breathing. Oh, and the patient's family in room 304 is threatening to sue. How … Continue reading Kindness + Graciousness=Civility. 3 Steps on How You Can Keep Cool Under Stress
Create an environment where people feel connected and appreciated on an individual level. Learn why you should "throw hearts".
As you take more classes and go through clinical have you noticed that your humor is changing? Your friends have changed? This is normal. You are going through professional puberty. There aren’t any books about it that your instructor can hand you and then run away because they don’t want to talk about. It's one … Continue reading What Every Nursing Student Should Know About Professional Puberty and Your Changing Sense of Humor-Part Two
Nursing is not like other professions. You don’t JUST go through school and get a job. To be a nurse you have to undergo a metamorphosis. In nursing we don't officially talk about this transition. I like to call it professional puberty. Yup, I said, “puberty”. Why would I use such a heinous word that … Continue reading The First 3 Signs that You May be Experiencing Professional Puberty. Nursing Growing Pains-Part One