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5 Best Trauma Shears On The Market

As a nurse, I see things that shock me everyday. That is why it is so important to be prepared with the right nurse supplies you need to be able to perform at your best. I invested in a good pair of trauma shears about 5 years into my nursing career when I became an ER nurse.  Dull shears are not good in an emergency and I wanted a great, non-disposable pair that performed well. Here are the top 5 trauma shears on the market – from a nurse who actually uses them…

10 Best Nike Nursing Shoes

Its no secret that nurses are on their feet for up to 12 hour nursing shifts (or longer!).  So it is imperative that nurse wear shoes that are able to support their intensive and often arduous nursing shifts. Having a great nursing shoe can make all the difference in how good you feel after a long 12 hour shift.  Foot pain, back pain and achy joints are just a few of the side effects that many nurses deal with on a regular basis.  And having the proper footwear can make all the difference in the world. Here are the best Nike shoes for nurses…

Why ER Nurses Are The Best

As a resource nurse who has worked in many specialties and units all over the hospital setting, I have discovered that I am an ER nurse at heart.  Here are the reasons why I think working in the ER is better then med surg as a nurse…

The Single Best Financial Advice For Nurses

Nurses work hard for the money. But they need to be saving more of it.
During my first few tumultuous weeks as a new grad nurse, a mentor with over 20 years of nursing experience gave me helpful advice. “Save your money now,” she said. “Automatic your savings so you don’t even see it. ” Everything in nursing is evidence-based. Are nurses ignoring the evidence that compounding interest is the secret to growing wealth slowly and ensuring their financial health into their golden years…

Before You Start A Blog Read This!

Starting a blog can be overwhelming, especially when you already work full time, are a parent to small children and have a to-do list that never seems to end.  To make matters worse there is almost too much information on the internet about how to start a blog. The thing about blogging is that it is a marathon, NOT a sprint. It is also not a get rich fast (or maybe ever) scheme.   It is a TON of work.  So, if you are not considering blogging as a long term project then quite frankly I would strongly consider whether you want to start a blog in the first place. But since you are still reading this I’m going to assume you really do want to start a blog .  And I’m so glad.  Because I love blogging and I love talking about blogging even more…

Nurses Nurturing Nurses Interview With Jessica Smith, RN

I got ANOTHER chance this week to talk with RN Coach Jessica Smith about a topic that is near and dear to my heart:  nurses nurturing nurses!  (I had so much fun the first time, what can I say?!)
During the interview, we discussed:
1. Strategies you can use to attain a work-life balance with a busy nursing schedule;
2. How you can design your life around how you want to feel;
3. And how doing simple things each day can make a BIG impact on your overall health and well-being;
I can’t wait for you to check it out. Take care of yourself, nurse…

Bouncing Back From Burnout Interview With Jessica Smith, RN

Nurse burnout sucks.  I’ve totally been there. So, it may seem odd at first to hear that I also LOVE talking about nurse burnout. In fact, I think every nurse experiences burnout at some point in their career (if you haven’t please email me back and let me know your secret!).  Here’s the kicker: once you admit you have an issue with nursing burnout you open yourself to the idea of potential solutions.  But if you just pull your hoodie over your eyes and continue to suffer in silence then nothing ever changes.  And your burnout gets even worse. So, let’s talk about solutions for nurse burnout!  Have a listen to my Bouncing Back From Burnout interview with fellow ER Nurse and Nurse Coach, Jessica Smith…

Nurse Burnout: How Hospital Administration Can Help

Hospital administration can help prevent and better manage nurse burnout. Here are a few ideas that hospitals should consider to help nurses take better care of themselves so they can continue to give excellent care to their patients…

Baby Proofing Checklist: How An ER Nurse Keeps Her Kids Safer

To all new parents:  you gotta baby proof your house!  It all happens so fast.  First, baby starts to roll and crawl.  Then they start “cruising.” And finally, your sweet little bundle of joy takes his or her first Frankenstein steps. And just like that, you have a walker! Now, I may be just a tad over zealous when it comes to baby proofing our house.  I am an ER nurse and I have seen what can happen when a house isn’t baby proofed.  I wrote this baby proofing checklist with the hope of encouraging other parents to take an active stance in baby proofing their homes and creating a safer environment for loved ones. Please read to learn more…

Nurse Life: How To Achieve A Work Life Balance

Many nurses struggle with finding a work life balance.  With increasingly demanding 12-hour shifts, it can be tough to stay healthy and sane when you are constantly going mile a minute. Here a a few tips on how to achieve a work life balance between your nursing career and your personal life…