Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Consciously Creating Your Nursing Career

Would you like to create your nursing career with conscious intention and the greatest possible clarity? In Episode 4 of the Nurse Keith Show, I discuss various ways to go about consciously creating a career to be proud of. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Collective Genius of Your Network

I was talking to a nurse career coaching client the other day, and we were discussing the importance of networking. During the course of the conversation, I mentioned the notion that the power of your professional and personal network is the collective genius that can be tapped when you need it most. What I took away most from that conversation is the idea of collective genius, and how I'd like to share it with you.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Are You A Powerful Networker?

Are you a powerful networker? Many nurses and healthcare professionals aren't aware of the crucial importance of networking for the development of their careers. After all, do they even talk about networking in nursing school? In my latest podcast (The Nurse Keith Show, Episode 3), I lay the groundwork for how networking is one of the keys that can unlock the door that opens onto a landscape of vibrant professional success.

The Nurse Keith Show, Episode #2

In episode #2 of "The Nurse Keith Show", I challenge my listeners to consider what they love about their careers, what lights them up, and what they want more of. Conversely, I also ask my listeners to consider the aspects of their nursing or healthcare careers that aren't working for them anymore, and what they'd like to change.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Digital Doorway is Ten Today!

I almost forgot, folks! Today marks the 10th anniversary of Digital Doorway. I can't believe that this blog, which started from quite humble and ignorant beginnings, has become one of the most popular nursing blogs on the Internet! (Have we really reached "double digits"?) And it's all thanks to you (and a little help from Google)!

The Nurse's Magic Wand

Since the beginning of this new year, I've been asking some of my colleagues and clients about what's next for them in 2015, and beyond. I ask them in the context of my contention that, if the profession of nursing and the healthcare industry is your professional oyster, how will you find your pearls?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"The Nurse Keith Show" Has Launched!

Well folks, it's 2015, and my new podcast, "The Nurse Keith Show", has launched its inaugural episode. Nurses and healthcare professionals, this show is for you.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

As 2014 comes to its natural denouement, and the limitless possibilities of 2015 begin to stir in our hearts, I want to wish everyone in the Nurse Keith and Digital Doorway communities a wonderful, healthy, prosperous and robustly satisfying 2015.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dear Nurse Keith......

I just received an email from a nurse who shared with me a very common dilemma. She's been out of nursing school for about a year, but finding employment is a challenge. Meanwhile, I'm aware that even some seasoned nurses are having trouble in the job marketplace. The following is my edited response, which goes out to all nurses, but especially those in this writer's particular conundrum.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from Nurse Keith

To the readers of Digital Doorway, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, encouragement, readership, comments, and consistent engagement. Thanks for sharing posts with others, posting to social media, and giving me the feedback that Digital Doorway is a source of inspiration for nurses everywhere. This blog would not exist without you, and I want you to know that you are appreciated!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nurse Coaching: The Next Wave

Plenty of nurses have entered the world of coaching over the last few years, and there are plenty of signs that this new niche for nurses is indeed continuing to expand.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Nurses Rock Santa Fe!

On Monday, December 8th, 2014, at the legendary Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico, six nurses told gripping stories of nursing, and personal/professional challenge and transformation.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Nurses Speaking Out

The time has come for nurses to speak their minds to the public, sharing their stories and spilling their guts with forthright authenticity. Here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that moment has arrived, and this weekend will see six courageous nurses crafting stories and sharing them on stage with an appreciative and enthralled audience.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Diversity, Multiculturalism, and the Affordable Care Act

On November 21st, 2014, a diverse and earnest group of nurses met in Santa Fe, New Mexico to focus on issues of diversity and multiculturalism, especially as it relates to the Affordable Care Act. These types of inspiring meetings broaden our view and deepen our understanding of salient contemporary issues in healthcare.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Your Nursing Career: Stagnation or Flow?

As nurses, our careers are fed by movement, not by stagnation. Nursing can be a very dynamic career path, and how you approach the trajectory of your professional development can be greatly influenced by many aspects of your life. At this juncture, is your career stagnant or flowing? 

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Continuum of Nurse Career Growth

The growth of your career as a nurse can be consciously self-generated, or simply a result of happenstance and a laissez-faire attitude towards professional development. Neither of these options are necessarily bad in and of themselves, but a thoughtfully sculpted career is definitely fodder for a much richer, satisfying, and rewarding trajectory.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

"Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing"

The latest book focused on nurse coaching, "Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing", was released in late October, and many of us are excited to have yet another text from which to draw inspiration and informative guidance for the practice of nurse coaching.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Feeling Spooked By Nursing?

It's Halloween, and it seems natural to examine our nursing careers for skeletons in the closet, ghosts that haunt us, and old stories that just don't fit anymore. Are you ready to let go?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oregon Holistic Nurses Association: No Ordinary Nursing Conference

I’ve just returned from northern Oregon, where I had the distinct pleasure of attending the annual conference of the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association (OHNA). I’m inspired, uplifted, and encouraged by what I experienced, and I’d like to share it with you. This post is slightly longer than my usual 600-700 words, but this conference and my experience merit the extra words in order to do it justice. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nursing Employment Transitions: Knowing What's Next

At any time throughout your nursing career, you may find yourself in a period of transition. What do you do at those times of flux?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nurses Speak in Santa Fe

Something powerful is happening for nurses here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I don't mean a strike, pay raise or decreased mandatory overtime. Rather, nurses are going to have an opportunity to speak their minds, creatively drawing on their personal and professional experiences for a public reading of introspective and illuminating monologues. Intrigued?

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Book Review: "Celebrate Nursing" by Renee Thompson and Joanne Turka

Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN is a renowned nurse speaker, author, consultant and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Her work in the arena of understanding and preventing nurse bullying is profoundly informative and powerful. Renee has appeared on RNFMRadio numerous times, and she brings a level of emotional intelligence and intellectual prowess that is a true gift to nurses throughout the world. This is a review of her new book, co-written with Joanne Turka, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Book Review: "Nursing From Within" by Elizabeth Scala

Spiritual Practice Nurse Elizabeth Scala is a nurse, Reiki Master, healer, certified coach, facilitator, teacher, author and speaker. Her latest book, "Nursing From Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds", is her own prescription for reinvigorating your nursing practice with heart, self-love, balance and magic.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

References Are Key To Your Career!

When you're applying for a job as a nurse or healthcare professional, having a pool of stellar references from which to draw is key. However, you also need to nurture and maintain that list of references so that it's up to date and ready to work for you!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Where Has Nurse Keith Been?

Well, it seems that the last few weeks have run away from me, and here we are on the precipice of autumn. My, how time flies in the worlds of nursing, coaching, writing....and life!