I could literally go on for days with a topic like “What they didn’t teach you in nursing school.” Rather than bore you with a long entry, I thought I would expound on this topic in parts. Part 1: How to duck punches. Nursing is not the most glorious job despite what your nursing school leads you to believe. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. BUT, I’m not quite sure where the system breaks down in nursing school in the sense that you really don’t get…

Over a cup of coffee on this snowy Tuesday after Christmas, I sit here and wonder what if… I get to the hospital a few minutes late due to the car wreck on the interstate. Run by my locker in the break room and grab my iPad that is finished charging from my shift yesterday. My tardiness has never more appreciative of the tool’s ‘instant on’ feature. My nurses Dashboard is up for my shift and I can see that I have my four patients assigned, same as…

“Sarah, I do have a question for you, but before I pose the question I’d like to say that the planet of nursing is in a completely different orbit across the river. Whereas in my prior job, the world began and ended on the nurses shoulders and we had to be everything to everybody and answer to every single turn of events, my new job across the river is totally and completely different…How can we as nurses, depower the establishment and empower ourselves? How can we decrease the level…

You would think that with the current nursing shortage, new graduate nurses would be among the highest in hiring percentages of professionals entering the workforce in this economy. But current statistics (and new graduate nurse friends of mine) beg to differ. In fact, the American Nurses Association poses that 45% of new graduate nurses in 2010 are still without jobs. Almost half of the nurses that graduated this year can’t find jobs?! New Grads, A few words of advice: 1. Be persistent! Don’t give up because you didn’t get…