Monday, October 10, 2016

Your Nursing Career Database

Throughout your career as a nurse, everything you create, publish, write, communicate, or otherwise put out into the world serves as part of the database of your nursing career. From your LinkedIn profile and resume to your tweets and updates, your personal and professional brand is to a large extent fed and watered by the paper and digital trail of your career.

Your nursing career database

Monday, October 03, 2016

Nurses, It Isn't Bragging If It's True and Authentic

In my work as a holistic career coach for nurses, I frequently hear from nurses who don't like to talk about themselves when applying for nursing positions or networking. They often will say, "I don't like to brag." What these nurses need to understand is that tooting your own horn in the interest of your professional career growth and development isn't bragging if it's true.

Nurses, toot your horn!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Book Review: "Dough Nation" by Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN

"Dough Nation" by Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN, is a memoir, medical confessional, investigative journalistic exploration, and fount of research and information about wheat and gluten, celiac disease, the vagaries of the wheat industry, and the ways in which science, economics, healthcare, and medicine have all conspired to confuse the public and cause great distress to those trying to improve their health by making informed choices. The subtitle of the book says it all: "A Nurse's Memoir of Celiac Disease From Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism."

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nurse Keith Is Animated On YouTube!

I'd love for the readers of Digital Doorway to be aware of my latest YouTube video, which is a fun, lighthearted animated feature explaining how Nurse Keith Coaching helps and empowers nurses to find what they need to develop their nursing careers. I'm super psyched about the video and hope you enjoy it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Polymath Nurse

Nurses need to know a lot of things; nursing professionals have knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, human behavior, human growth and development, the nursing process, research, biostatistics, and many more subjects than you can shake a syringe at. Nurses' knowledge is legion; we are all potentially nurse polymaths.

the nurse as polymath

Monday, September 19, 2016

Why Nurse Job-Seekers May Want A Personal Website

In the world of nurse job-seekers and nursing professionals, having a solid resume, effective cover letters, a personal business card, a strong networking strategy, and a powerful LinkedIn profile are all important aspects of a solid nurse career development mindset.

On this blog, I've previously mentioned the possibility of having your own podcast or YouTube channel as a way to take control of your brand and increase your visibility and credibility; however, having your own personal website (also known as a "social resume") is another way to take your career to the next level and really stand out from the crowd.

your website, your brand

Sunday, September 18, 2016

National Nurses in Business 2016!

If you're a nurse who has ever considered starting a business or entrepreneurial venture, The National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) annual conference is where nursing meets business and entrepreneurship in a powerful, potentially life-changing way. Whether your idea has already blossomed or the seed is still waiting to sprout, this intimate conference puts you face to face with some of the most powerful movers and shakers in nurse entrepreneurship today.

National Nurses in Business Association

Monday, September 12, 2016

Innovative Nurse Job Seekers Go For the Gusto

There are plenty of tried and true ways to advance your career as a nurse and healthcare professional: you can have a powerful resume, well-written cover letters, and a strong LinkedIn profile and consistent networking strategy. However, sometimes you want to take it to the next level, and here are two ways you could consider doing just that.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Friday, August 12, 2016

Your Nursing Career and a Latte?

Just the other day, I was drinking a latte (decaf---I'm an unapologetic caffeine lightweight), and I realized that there's a very appropriate metaphor related to nurses, nursing, and a perfectly brewed latte. It may sound silly, but it may be more apt than you imagine at first.

So You Want To Be A Nurse Leader?

If you've been a nurse for a while, you may feel that you now have what it takes to be a nursing leader. Perhaps you've assumed various roles that have honed your leadership skills; maybe you're a natural leader. No matter what it means to you, if it's something that's calling your name, nursing leadership may be in your future.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Give A Nurse A Break

If you've been a nurse for a while, it's likely no surprise that many nurses fail to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, or otherwise take care of themselves while at work (especially in acute care settings). In fact, you may yourself be one of those nurses who's suffered a UTI or other negative sequela as a consequence of poor self care.

So, in light of the fact that we focus so much on patient satisfaction these days, what would it take to focus just a little bit on nurse and employee satisfaction? What would it take to (literally) give nurses a break?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Four Ways That Nurses Can Say Yes

In my work as a career coach for nurses and healthcare professionals, I hear a lot of stories; I also hear that nurses are frequently saying no in ways that may be negatively impacting their nursing careers. While we definitely want more nurses saying no to mandatory overtime, a lack of time for self-care while on duty, and the scourge of nurse-on-nurse bullying, there are certainly places for nurses to say yes more often. What do you say yes and no to on a regular basis?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nursing, and Nurses' Careers

For those nurses who've been resistant to acknowledging that LinkedIn is salient to nursing career development and professional networking, your resistance is officially futile. With Microsoft's recent $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn, professionals around the world---including those in healthcare---are likely to see the crucial presence and necessity of LinkedIn increasing over time.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Orlando, Gun Violence, LGBTQ Rights, and Nurse Advocacy

The mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12th, 2016 was a stark reminder that we are still struggling with issues related to violence, hatred, guns, homophobia, and the potential for terrorism in the United States. As nurses, we bear a variety of responsibilities to the public when it comes to public health, safety, and wellness, and how we respond collectively and individually to such events says a great deal about the nursing profession and the nurses who comprise it.

I stand in solidarity with the worldwide LGBTQI community

Monday, May 30, 2016

Avoid Three Common Nursing Resume Mistakes

In 2016, resumes are still very important for nurses, whether you're just out of school or a fully seasoned nursing professional. Resumes aren't rocket science, but many a nurse feels confused and baffled by how to make their resume work. Why not avoid some common mistakes that will weaken your resume from the start?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's Nurses Week Every Week

We nurses are the backbone, the lifeblood, and the connective tissue of healthcare around the world. We serve in myriad capacities, and it's our clinical skill, compassion, and broad scope of knowledge that make us such an intrinsic part of the fabric of society. Sure, we may be the heart of healthcare, but we're a good portion of the brains, as well.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ken Burns Misses The (Nursing) Boat

Most people have probably heard of Ken Burns, the famous filmmaker; and many people who know about Ken Burns have heard of his four-part cancer series, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies."

Having just finished watching this six-hour cinematic expose on the history, research, treatment, diagnosis, and future of cancer, I found myself feeling let down; and why was I feeling let down? Because, in six hours of "edutainment," Burns failed to feature or pay attention to a single nurse throughout the entire program. Once again, the mainstream media gives nurses the cold shoulder, pushing them summarily into a dark, quiet corner where their opinions, actions, and life-saving skills and knowledge are basically ignored.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Nurse Change Agents Can Mix It Up

Nurses, when you're at work, do you feel like there are things that need to change? Are there processes, policies, or nursing procedures that everyone follows but seem woefully inefficient or old school? Are people at work stuck doing things the same old way just because no one has taken the initiative to pivot and alter the pattern? That can be frustrating, especially if you're a natural born nurse change agent.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Nurse Keith's April Fools' Day Instagram Roundup

Hello, friends! In honor of April Fools' Day and the end of an intense week of nursing, coaching, writing, and running a small business as a nurse entrepreneur, I thought I'd share some fun images that are up on my Instagram feed. I've been having loads of fun on Instagram, checking out what nurses are up to on that image-driven platform; I wanted to share some of the fun here on Digital Doorway with those of you who may not yet be playing over there on IG. Enjoy, and happy April Fools' Day!

Monday, March 07, 2016

Is Your Nursing "Check Engine" Light On?

Do you know the check engine light that occasionally (or frequently) makes itself known on your dashboard? That light is generally a warning that something under the hood needs attention (unless it's my truck, and it just comes on whenever it feels like it). So, nurses, how do you know that your personal  check engine light is on and your nursing engine is potentially in danger of overheating?

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Spinning It Positive in Nursing Job Interviews

Nurses, when you're sitting in a job interview for a new nursing position, do you feel like you have to constantly be on the defensive? Are you anxious about how to respond to questions that seem to be geared towards creating a crack in the foundation of your career and self-confidence? Do you tremble at the thought of verbal swordplay?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Playing Big in Your Nursing Career

Have you ever played small in your life or nursing career? Have you taken the path of least resistance or otherwise ignored the inner voice that's pushing you to greater heights or bigger risks---as a nurse or as a human being? Have you played small when you really wanted to play it big? You're not alone!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

What's Nurse Career Coaching, Anyway?

When I encounter nurses online, or at meetings and nursing conferences, they often want to know what career coaching for nurses is really about and if it can truly help them. I generally reply that, yes, career coaching can be a powerful resource for most nurses, and I describe what I actually do in my role as a coach.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Children's Hospital Los Angeles,, & Nurses

As a career coach for nurses and healthcare professionals, I frequently receive notifications regarding employment opportunities throughout the United States, particularly for nurses. I've decided to begin posting about such events that I feel positive about; I hope some nurse readers will take advantage of the events and opportunities that are most salient for them.

On Monday, February 15th, my friends at are partnering with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for a special nurse hiring event. RN positions in NICU, OR, ER, and PACU are open, and an interview spot can be reserved by following this link. In order to register for an interview, you will be prompted to sign up for StaffGarden and create your online ePortfolio, which I will explain further below.

CHLA is a 365-bed pediatric facility that is highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report for ten pediatric specialties.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Escape Velocity

There are many of us who desire change during the course of our nursing careers, but change can be hard to manifest for a variety of reasons: boredom, ennui, limiting beliefs, lack of imagination, low self-esteem, difficult life circumstances, finances, burnout, or perhaps a rut so deep that we can't dig ourselves out.

In order to break free of the earth's gravitational field, a rocket must reach 25,020 miles per hour. Is your needed escape velocity equally daunting? If you were to gain the momentum needed to make a change, what is the escape velocity you would need to actually make it happen?