Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nurses Helping Families: National Diaper Need Awareness Week 9/28-10/2

Nurses Make a Difference in Someone's Life Everyday...

Did you know that 1 in 3 families in the U.S. suffer from diaper need?
One third of families lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy. So what do they do? It means that far too many families have to make the tough decision to re-use diapers, or leave babies in soiled diapers, exposing them to health risks.

No government assistance programs allow for necessities like diapers, so Joanne Goldblum, a social worker and mother of three,  along with founding sponsor Huggies, created the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) to distribute free diapers to families in need. The network supports more than 240 community-based diaper banks nationwide and welcomes suggestions.  

Nurses Lead the Way...
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) started a drive to assist with this need and Huggies has partnered with the nurses to support the effort with a Healthy Mom and Baby Diaper Drive.

As part of the drive, Huggies is working with nurses and health care professionals to spread awareness about diaper need and educate them about resources available to their patients in need. Huggies will also match the number of diapers donated through the drive. Huggies has already donated more than 160 million diapers since 2011.

The last week of September (9/28 – 10/2/2015) is the annual National Diaper Need Awareness Week. Let's help our fellow nurses in their drive to meet the diaper needs for all children in the U.S.

#nursesshareyourstethoscope, #nursesunite, #thisisnotacostume  #showmeyourstethoscope

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nurses Fire Back at Ignorant TV Hosts

When ANY of the general public has the mistaken impression that nurses don costumes and borrow the doctor's stethoscope for some unknown reason, it tells us that we have a huge problem in health care in this country. People tend to believe everything they see and hear on television and the ladies of ABC's The View have tried to set back nursing 100 years as they showed they know nothing about the nursing profession!

The good news is that nurses have UNITED and all over Facebook and Twitter and other social media they are stopping the collateral damage the way nurses do everyday.

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When Kelley Johnson, Miss Colorado stepped on the Miss America stage in her scrubs and (her own) stethoscope she set the Miss America pageantry on its heels and brought it in to the 21st century!  She showed that a beautiful woman inside and out could make a difference by demonstrating the talent she is most proud of is making a difference in her patient's lives. She was true to herself. Johnson said Wednesday on The Ellen Show, "I am a nurse and that's my talent – taking care of people, caring about other people, and so I wanted to give the nurses that don't have that voice that voice and that recognition of just somebody going up there and being a little bit different and unique." It suddenly was about REAL WOMEN competing for scholarship money to pay off student loans and/or continue their educations to make a real difference in the world. Kelley came away as second runner-up with a great scholarship to continue her education and she put the nursing profession on the map!

The ensuing controversy over the inflammatory remarks on The View has elevated the nursing profession as we join together to blast The View and it's obviously IGNORANT hosts for their belittling statements. We also band together to educate the public about the nursing profession. I've learned more about what other nurses do and where they practice in the past couple of days than I have in all my 35+ years in nursing. It's exciting and educational and uplifting! Let us keep this up.

One of the downsides to nursing is caregiver fatigue that way too often leads to valuable nurses leaving the profession. Perhaps if they found another way to share their passion and skills they could turn this issue around and continue to make a difference in someone's life everyday. The silver lining here is that nurses have so very many opportunities to practice, but who knew about some of these?!  We need to share our experiences with each other so that we can learn more and perhaps find a niche that renews that passion some have lost along the way.

Let's continue to be strong and make our voices heard. Nurses are the backbone of the health care system. We need to educate the public about who we are and what we do so that we can help our health care system WORK. When people don't understand health care and how to access it and how to get answers and help, it fails for all of us. We've seen the costs of health care escalate out of control and we fear litigation in everything we do. When people don't understand they listen to the ignorant voices and that's why we see lawsuits over issues hang nails!

Let's turn such an ugly controversy into a positive thing.

#nursesshareyourstethoscope, #nursesunite, #thisisnotacostume, #showmeyourstethoscope

Friday, September 11, 2015

7 Resume Writing Tips For Nurses

Dan at recently honored The Nursing Site Blog as one of The 14 Nursing Blogs Every Nursing Professional Needs to Read.
I invited him to give us some tips about resume writing for nurses....

According to the US Department of Labor, there is a demand for job growth for nurses. What does this mean? As much as employers seek to employ and keep their experienced nursing staff, nurses will benefit from better salaries and working conditions. You may be thinking that employers will be desperately seeking to hire you so you don’t have to worry about crafting a resume. You may be wrong if that’s your school of thought.

A good resume will get you hired for the best position and it can be a venue of negotiating for higher salaries. It’s always great to create the best resume that will attract the most desirable job offers in the market. The healthcare job market is constantly changing and nurses too should adapt a universal style that can be used in different work settings. Here are some resume writing tips for nurses to help you accomplish a universal style resume.

Choose the right type of resume for your position

Are you applying for a job within the nursing field? If yes, then you should write a chronological resume showing your previous employment and achievements. However, if you are applying for a vacancy in a different field, it would be ideal to come up with a skill based resume that features your most relevant experience, hobbies and employment.

Do not clog your resume with industry-specific initials

A lot of people will read your resume. Some may not be nurses while others may be nurses but working in a different specialty. For instance, MICU is not known to most people who are not in the nursing field. If you must use an acronym, spell it out. For instance, you may want to say Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). If you need to mention it later in your resume, then you can say MICU. If the person reading your resume does not understand it, they may not think of calling you for an interview.

Ensure your resume compliments the job description

Focus on specific accomplishments in your resume that match the specific job description and extract out the ones that are not applicable. Organize your list in such a way that the most relevant ones come at the top. This is what is likely going to catch the recruiter’s eye.

Highlight your accomplishments and unusual nursing experiences

Recruiters want to understand your level of experience so that they can know if you really are a good match for the job opening. However your experience shouldn’t read like a job description. Thus avoid listing all routine duties a staff nurse does. Rather focus on those experiences that were outstanding or extra-ordinary. Also when describing your nursing experience, give information on the type of facility you worked for. If you are an entry nurse, give details of your internship.

Your resume should be keyword friendly

Since agencies get so many resumes, they mainly rely on software that helps in searching for keywords of qualified candidates. By placing the right keyword, your resume can easily jump to the top of the others. Which keywords should you include? You need to first look at the job description to determine the phrases and terms that appear often. Use abbreviated and spelled version of each one of them. For example, if you are applying to a certified nursing assistant, you want to use both CNA and Certified Nursing assistant in your resume. If an employer searches for either of the words, you will have taken care of both.

Keep your LinkedIn profile updated

Take the accomplishments you have listed on your resume and add them to your LinkedIn account. If you feel like expanding them, you can go right ahead as you are not in any way limited. An employer is likely to look there to know more about your career and your qualification. Ensure you connect with professionals in your area of expertise.

If you have any non-nursing experience, ensure you include it in your resume

Unlike before when nurses where advised not to include any other experiences not related to nursing, a lot has changed nowadays, other work experiences show your diversity in experience; something essential in today’s work environment.

Now, Let's take a look at a sample Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Resume

Eve Clark
22 Oak Court | Sometown, CT 05505 | (222) 222-2222 |


Personal summary

Service focused and highly professional nurse with exceptional patient care skills acquired through seven years of experience. Highly skilled in taking care of patients in different healthcare settings.

Professional experience

Heritage Rehabilitation Centre, Birmingham

Certified Nursing Assistant 2009 To Present
  • Offered nursing assistance to residents in long term care facility
  • Helped residents with daily living activities such as assisting with meals, bathing, dressing and personal hygiene
Garden Nursing Rehabilitation
  • Trainee nurse 2005-2007
Samaritan hospital
  • Medical receptionist 2003-2005
  • Everest University- Nursing Degree 2004-2006
  • Central Town University- Nurses Aide Program 2003
  • Convenant School; O Levels English (A) Maths (B) Physics (B) Geography (A)

Dan is the creator of, a website dedicated to provide easy to follow resume examples and writing tips to help you stand out in the crowd. You can also find general career information such as job duty, descriptions, and salary over at Dan's blog.

Thanks Dan!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Staying Safe While Nursing

Nursing is a great profession, but it has changed a lot since I first qualified. In some ways, it has got better. For example, there are more opportunities open to nurses, and it is easier to get further training and specialize than it used to be. However, not everything has changed for the better. A problem that has become a lot worse over the past few years is attacks on staff. In many countries, the number of physical attacks on healthcare workers has increased significantly. For example, in America, nursing is now one of the most dangerous professions. In 2014, one in three hospitals there reported a significant increase in attacks on staff.  The issue had become so serious that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines to help to reduce the number of incidents. 

Do not ignore the issue
It is not nice to feel that you are at risk of being attacked in your workplace, but it is not wise to ignore the issue either. Being aware of the danger is the first step to staying safe and dealing successfully with incidents if they occur. If you are alert to the possibility of an attack and know what to do in that situation, you are much more likely to be able to diffuse the situation quickly and stop things from escalating.

Take advantage of conflict training
Increasingly hospitals and clinics are offering their staff training to help them to deal with potentially dangerous situations. This training comes in different forms, and you should take advantage of all of these training opportunities. Understanding how to quickly calm down a combative patient can stop a situation escalating into violence. Simple self-defense techniques can help you to subdue someone who is much bigger and stronger than you are without causing serious injury to them.

Follow the prescribed safety protocols
Most hospitals now have safety protocols in place. Protocols that you should follow if a patient or visitor becomes agitated or violent. These protocols have been carefully thought out, so are often highly effective.
If you are provided with safety equipment like attack alarms or RF tags carry them at all times. Always wear your ID and NHS lanyard. Doing so will make sure that you can easily be identified by security staff when they arrive to sort out a confrontation. Your lanyard is also something most attackers will grab to pull you in for the attack. NHS lanyards breakaway when that happens, which gives you a few seconds to get away. If the attacker grabs your arm, the chances of getting away and not getting hurt are low.

Always report incidents
If you do experience an incident, it is very important to report it even if you are not injured. Doing so ensures that the managers of the facility you work in understand just how big an issue personal attacks are, enabling them to allocate the necessary funds and resources to deal with the issue.
If you are concerned about a situation, make sure that you talk to your manager about it. Bear in mind that it is hard for those who do not work on the wards to see the danger. You have to make them aware of the situation before they can take the necessary steps to protect you.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: Beyond Scrubs Compression Socks

Scrubs and Beyond graciously donated a $50 gift card to our Nurses Week Giveaways in May. They asked me recently if I would review their compression socks and I requested the black argyle pair.

I have to say I do love them. My nursing job entails a lot of sitting at a computer for long hours. And so my legs get tired and uncomfortable. In the hot summer, and especially with the humidity we Californians are NOT used to, my feet swell by the end of the day.

On the days when I have worn these compression socks, I notice a big difference. If I had to stand all day or be in and out of the car and patients homes as my nursing career path took me, I would definitely see an even bigger difference! They are affordably priced and come in a multitude of styles and colors. Try some for yourself.

Scrubs and Beyond is graciously extending an 20% offer  through 6/30/16 to readers of TheNursingSiteBlog. Use the coupon code when ordering.
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Recognition Continues for TheNursingSiteBlog

Recently I've learned that The Nursing Site Blog has been honored by more sources. I'm very humbled and honored to be in such great company with these accolades. THANK YOU so much!

It's always an honor to be recognized. And when you find yourself in great company of other blogs/bloggers you admire it makes it even more special. Thanks so much! Please check out these sites and see who else is on the lists.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

4 Ways to Ensure You Are Drinking Enough Water

By Jeff Bellinghausen, a health and fitness fanatic and founder of, a resource for aspiring nurses. 

You're running from patient to patient, it's a typical busy day on the ward. Suddenly, that little niggly headache pain comes across you. You take a quick glance at the clock and it's still two hours until your shift is complete. It's going to be a loooong two hours.

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Sound familiar? It's highly likely that the little niggle you feel is a direct result of not having taken enough water on board.

The absolute fact is that nursing staff, many of whom juggle shift work (and busy shifts at that!), family and other life commitments. Because of the constant rush, maintaining adequate water consumption throughout the day can be a struggle.

To help you get through your next stretch of shifts, minus the niggle in the head, here are 5 ways to ensure you are adequately hydrated throughout the day!

This is not a drink more water lecture.

Yes, you've heard it before and of course you know that water is essential for maintaining normal bodily function. You're a nurse so you don't need a lecture on the way the human body works!

Let's look at a simple tactics for getting enough water on board during the day.

How to Ensure you Drink Enough Water

  1. Get ahead early: Make drinking a full glass of water immediately in the morning a priority. Do you make a coffee early on? While the pot is boiling or the coffee machine is making that all-important morning coffee, drink a cup of water. This puts you on the right track early.
  2. Make meal time drink time: Apply the same principal to the beginning of meals. Let's say you have a morning snack and then lunch, by simply consuming a glass of water before you start to eat, or at the very least, whilst you eat will give you another two cups on board before lunch.
  3. Give yourself a visual: In addition to your pre-coffee and pre-meal water consumption, giving yourself a visual reminder to drink is a great way to keep it top of mind so carry a drink container with you throughout the day. Having it with you in your vehicle will give you a constant reminder to sip away and taking it into work with you provides the same reminder. If you give yourself a goal to consume the contents of the water container prior to dinner, you are well on your way to enough water consumption!
  4. Finish up early: Of course, you don't want to be getting up throughout the night so the last thing you want to happen is having to constantly head to the bathroom! Setting yourself a goal to have your last major water consumption taking place during dinner will ensure that you get enough water during the day, along with enough sleep at night!
Wrapping Up:

Reading is one thing, doing is another. Make yourself a diary note to try one or more of the tips above and enjoy the benefits of feeling fresher throughout the day!

Thanks Jeff for this info!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Time to Kick Start Your Nursing Career?

Are you truly HAPPY with your nursing job? If not, do you blame others for it? I know I have. That awful manager who never listens, or the CEO who pockets all the money and leaves us working so short-handed and with our licenses at risk never mind the patients. Grrrr I hated my job!

I have spent years working in jobs I hated and blamed it on everyone else. The worst part of the jobs were that the most mundane parts felt like a trained monkey could do them. They were wasting my skills talents and abilities. And to top it off,  they wanted me do even MORE of the mundane part! Oh joy! There were good parts and perks to those jobs, but it never felt like they outweighed the boring, mundane, parts that seemed to stretch on and on.

I wish I had had a book like Your Next Shift, How to Kick Your Nursing Career into High Gear by Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN back then. Scala speaks from her heart and leads the reader through exercises which require honesty and hard looks at the whole picture.  And then she provides tips and ways to turn all of the fears, doubts, and negativity into positive outlooks and the means to make the changes necessary to have FUN being yourself while learning to LOVE your nursing career again.

"What we say is simple, doesn't always turn out to be easy to do in practice," strikes a chord with me. It's never easy to take a long hard look in the mirror and be completely honest with yourself. But to find your true desires, needs and goals, it's a necessity. Setting goals and making plans can be the easy part. Carrying it out, can be nearly impossible if you don't have the motivation. This can be especially true when "I didn't even know what I didn't even know." Time to take a breath and work on this process.

Scala hits the nail on the head in this book as she did with Nursing From Within. Her writing style is conversational which makes it easy to read and follow. And in the fall of 2015, she will bring it all together with a fantastic Live Workshop on October 26-27. 

This wonderful book is another MUST READ and must have for your nursing and personal care library. The missing component in nursing school is the self-care module. It's vital to the survival for any nurse. And if you're a nurse entrepreneur, your success can also be greatly enhanced by the tips Scala shares.

Buy your copy today! You'll get a discount for the live workshop when you purchase from the website. You can also find a few sneak peeks there too.

This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour. Follow along and see what others are saying about this terrific book.

Watch a trailer about the book and coming webinar series on You Tube. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Resources and Books for Nurses

It's time to catch up again....

First please turn your attention to a great posting from They asked me and several nurse writers/bloggers to weigh in on How to Deal With On-the-Job Stress. As we all know or will discover, stress affects everyone. And it affects us in very different ways. Self-care as nurses is vital to maintaining our own health status as well as being able to continue to give to your patients.

Next up, a few overdue book reviews

 RN Goldrush by Benjamin Storie,  RN who shares many interesting stories from his own life and career. After having to retire for health reasons, Storie took some time to reflect back on his career as a nurse and to write about the issue that so many nurses face when they begin to burn out because their career path is no longer what the want or need.

Too often nurses feel stuck and end up making the choice to abandon their career instead of investigating options and making choices to transfer their skills to a new niche. With a tremendous shortage of nurses looming when Baby Boomers retire, we can ill afford for nurses to leave the profession.  Storie offers a multitude of options and adventures for nurses needing a new choice. It's available from Amazon Kindle.

My Journey on Becoming a Nurse is from Verlia M. Brown, MA, RN, BC. Brown is a past president of the New York State Nurses Association and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The book chronicles her quest to become a nurse in the 1970's. Verilia is Jamacan born and emigrated to the U.S.  in 1967. She attended Kings County Hospital Center School of Nursing and received her diploma in nursing.

The book chronicles her life from birth on through to realizing her greatest desire to become a nurse. Brown has had an interesting career during some very difficult times in the social history of America. She overcame many obstacles thrown into her path and the book serves to inspire anyone who wants to become a nurse to take the leap. The book is available on in Kindle, hardcover and paperback.

For those of you who are or know someone who is, writing a dissertation or capstone, Karen Roush PhD, APN, has written an excellent guide to help you not only begin but finish your work. A Nurse's Step by Step Guide to Writing Your Dissertation or Capstone is a MUST HAVE for every nursing student's library.

Even if you're not writing papers for advanced degree nursing, this book can help guide you through writing any type of paper. It will also inspire you to achieve that higher degree you've been avoiding because of the fear of having to write a dissertation.  The book is an easy read and as it's title suggests, it's a step-by-step guide. It's also available from and is available in Kindle or paperback. I suggest the paperback. It's worth every penny!

Four Seasons of Grieving: A Nurse's Journey to Healing With Nature by A. Lynne Wagner, EdD, MSN, RN, FACCE is a short, small book filled with insight and personal experience of the loss of her mother and her journey as a nurse to work through the grieving process. Lynne guides the reader through the journey of lass not only as the daughter, but as a nurse helping patients and other nurses and health care professionals to see grief from both sides.

Through the winter of surrender, the spring of forgiveness, the summer of gratitude, and finally the fall of compassion, Wagner shows us how to move through and grow from the experience of loss beginning with the chaos brought on by the charges loss brings us to the realization that this journey of healing helps us to be able to celebrate life and find compassion and love despite the loss we suffered.  Loss is universal and for nurses, it's part of what we do everyday. Healing journeys help us to continue to give back. Available from it would make a great gift.

And here's a link to a terrific eBook from Simmons College of Nursing that I had the pleasure to contribute to: Nurse Stories, My Defining Moment.  The book is filled with great experiences from nurses in many different aspects of care.

Happy reading and blessed healing to all!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Chosen as One of the Top 15 Health Career Bloggers

I was thrilled to receive the email announcing the latest honor for has listed us as one of the Top 15 Health Career Bloggers to Follow.  It's always nice to see your work validated and appreciated. Thank you.

Check out their site too they have some terrific information about health care careers and what's required and expected. Nursing isn't always for everyone, but perhaps another career path in health care can become your dream profession.