Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Coaching For the Future of Nursing

Sometimes, when I tell people that I'm a coach who coaches nurses, they ask me why nurses need coaching in the first place. I tell them that nurses are the backbone of the healthcare industry, and that healthy, happy nurses are the key to successful outcomes and happy patients! Nurses are key to the delivery of care, so it serves to maintain a healthy nursing workforce that can withstand the stress of nursing and the demands of the profession.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Book Review: "Last Acts of Kindness"


Judith Redwing Keysarr is the Director of Palliative and End of Life Care of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the San Fransisco Bay Area. Her book, “Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living From the Bedsides of the Dying” was recognized as the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year in 2011. Ms. Keysarr will appear as our guest onRN.FM Radio on Monday, November 26th, 2012. (As always, I received no compensation for this book review.) 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nursing: What Is Our "North Star"?

Many of us nurses often refer to our profession as a "calling". We discuss how being a nurse becomes part of our personal identity, and that reporting for work means more to us than just a paycheck. But then there are nurses who approach their work like any other employed person, with no acknowledgment that there is anything more to be gained than remuneration and a means to a financial end by fulfilling the tasks required of our position. This apparent dichotomy is not surprising, but it's certainly worth exploring.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A Nurse Mensch Is Something to Be

According to the annual poll by Gallup, nurses are the most trusted professionals in the United States, and those of us who love nurses understand why. We're the backbone of the healthcare system, and we interface with consumers more than any other members of the healthcare team. But when it comes to being the best we can be, the notion of being a "nurse mensch" is one worth exploring.