Kathleen

FashioNurse-ista

One of the luxuries of being a bedside nurse is the hassle free process of determining what to wear each shift. The bedside nurse attire varies across healthcare systems. Having only worked for two healthcare systems where one system was more formal which created more uniformity across the system and a clear way for patients, …

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Mentoring & Growth

I’ve precept numerous nurses over my 13 years – from student nurses, to new graduate nurses, and experienced nurses. As I reflect on my experience I’ve greatly enjoyed orientating new graduate nurses. Their various emotions on day one from nervous, semi-excited, various ranges of doubt, some timid, some confident this list could continue, but observing …

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Black History Month & Nursing…part 2

Nursing organizations help propel you personally and professionally. There are countless professional nursing organizations available to join. I believe it’s important to not only be affiliated with a nursing organization, but of most significance to be an active member. Through membership you can receive information on best practices, journal/magazine subscription options, CE’s, networking, opportunities to …

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Black History Month & Nursing…part 1

Nursing education for Black nurses was extremely limited. Quotas existed to limit one Black student and one Jewish student admission. Segregation by law in the South and custom in the North resulted in schools of nursing particularly for Blacks. Nursing education at historically Black institutions began as a diploma program, postgraduate certificate, baccalaureate degree, associates …

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Inked,RN

Does having tattoo(s) as a healthcare professional decrease the perception of professionalism? An interesting topic that hadn’t crossed my mind until recently. Sometime ago, I accidentally stumbled across the Instagram hashtag #nurseswithtattoos! There is over 10K post with this hashtag (granted not all of the photos with this hashtag contain nurses with tattoos), regardless there …

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Happy New Year!

It’s a new year – new you – new mindset! The beginning of the year often signifies a reset for change in habits and mindsets. However, one doesn’t have to wait for a new year to resolve and reset! After all according to Birch (2018) 23% of resolutions fail within the first week, 60% of …

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