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.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Nurses Week Give Away Winners

I hope each and every one of you had a great Nurses Week!!! If we had magic wands we could make all those wishes come true. There is good legislation in the federal and state legislatures regarding a National Nurse for Pubic Health, safe staffing, school nurses, allowing NPs to order home health care, and many other nursing issues.

I encourage you to get involved in these campaigns and work to improve nursing for yourselves and all nurses. In turn it will improve patient care. As we move closer to the 2016 election year, investigate candidate's views on nursing and health care. Bombard them with your thoughts and ideas to educate them about the things nurses and patients experience. And get them to commit to a platform that includes health care issues.

I want to THANK each of you who posted comments here, on Facebook and emailed them to me. To select winners and make sure every entry got a prize, I had to put your names in a hat and draw them for some of the prizes, I hope everyone can use the prize the won, or has a nurse or student nurse to pass it along to.


Give Away #1-- Nabee Socks:
  • Carrie-Anne Alvares
  • Barbara Notte

Give Away #2 -- Stethoscopes from Discount Medical Supplies
  • Melissa Way
  • Gaby Juarez
  • Crystal Johnson
  • April Trees
  • Lisa Moore
  • Andrew Parks
  • Sarah Weeks
  • Julie Smith
  • Marie Demonbreun-Guffee
  • Brenda Britton Pitrowski

Give Away #3 -- Autographed copy of The New Nurse Handbook from Kathy Quan (me)
  • Frittzie Ramjet
  • DL Grant Consultants - Legal Nurse Consulting

Give Away #4 -- $50 Gift Card from Scrubs & Beyond
  • Kate Loving Shenk

Give Away #5 -- $50 Gift Card from Uniform Advantage
  • Greg Mercer
Please contact me ASAP with your mailing address so we can get these prizes to you. Thanks again for your participation!!

And a BIG THANK YOU to all of the vendors who have graciously given us these prizes this year!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Post Your Comments to Win Nurses Week Give Aways

Over the past few days we have posted 5 Give Aways for Nurses Week. Please check them out and be sure to post a comment on the Blog post or on the post on Facebook. You have until Midnight (PDT) on Friday May 15. Winners will be announced Monday night on this blog. We have some great comments already, but there are 10 stethoscopes to give away and 2 gift cards and 2 pair of Nabee socks as well as 2 autographed copies of my latest book. Check them all out and post your answers to the Prompts.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nurses Week Give Away # 5-- Scrubs & Beyond $50 Gift Card

Today is the end of Nurses Week and it's International Nurses Day. Our final Nurses Week Give Away comes from Scrubs & Beyond.

They graciously offer a $50 gift card towards a huge selection of apparel, shoes, accessories and more at

For our final Prompt: What advice would you give to a new nurse that you wished someone had given to you.

You know the drill by now:
  • Post a short answer to the Prompt either in the Comments section below 
  • Or on any of the Facebook pages where you see this posting
  • One commenter will be chosen at random
Deadline is May 15 and winners willl be posted in the blog on May 18.

Thanks for participating in our Nurses Week Give Aways! Hope you've had a great Nurses Week. Celebrate International Nurses Day today!!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Nurses Week Give Away #4 -- Uniform Advantage $50 Gift Card

Uniform Advantage has long been a supporter of The Nursing Site and The Nursing Site Blog. THANK you UA! Check out their great line of uniforms, lab coats and SCRUBS!!!

This year for Nurses Week Uniform Advantage is  offering a $50 gift card towards purchase of their fabulous line of scrubs.

To enter the drawing for this fabulous Nurses Week Give Away you need to post a comment either here or on any of the Facebook links. Deadline is May 15 and the winners will be announced in a blog post on May 18.

Prompt for today is:
Nurses often say they LOVE being a nurse, but HATE their job. What's your take on this? Do you fit this? Or do you love nursing and your job?

Happy Nurses Week!!!! Don't forget to enter for all of the prizes.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nurses Week Give Away # 3 -- Autographed Books

Happy Nurses Week! Give Away #3

I was very naive entering nursing school and coming into this profession. Like many, as a little girl I played nurse with my dolls. I had a strong desire to not be like the MEAN nurse Alice who treated me and my family members growing up. There had to be a better way! I had no idea what I would learn and encounter as a nursing student and a new nurse. My eyes were opened.

In many ways I was very lucky to have some very good mentors and co-workers, but I also had my share of encounters with nurses who love to eat their young!

When I was asked to take over for another nurse and write The Everything New Nurse Book I considered many things I wish I had known. It would have been so much easier. My purpose was not to take new nurses by the hand and wipe their noses and hand feed them, but rather to explore many basic issues that they would face in their first year and offer common sense approaches to most common situations.

More complex issues would be so varied and dependent on where they work and their individual responsibilities. I couldn't cover it all, just the basics that you probably didn't learn in nursing school.

I must have done something right because this basic book has gone through 2 editions and 2 additional incantations. The most current version is The New Nurse Handbook which was released last July. It has many updates based on critiques of the first 2 editions and evolutions in technology.

For today's Nurses Week Give Away I am offering 2 autographed copies of The New Nurse HandbookPROMPT for Today is: Suggestions for those who eat their young: -- ways to HELP instead of hinder yourself and others.

Enter by responding to the Prompt (just a sentence)  either in the Comments below, or by posting a comment to the link for this post on our Facebook pages. You have until May 15 to enter. I will select the winners by random drawing and announce the winners on May 18 in the blog.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Nurses Week Give Aways # 2 -- Stethoscopes from Discount Medical Supplies

Happy Nurses Week!

This is Nurses Week Give Away Day 2. 

I want to say Thank you Discount Medical Supplies for the donation of 10 stethoscopes for our Nurses Week celebration.  Please visit their website and like them on Facebook. Stethoscopes are essential tools for nurses!

Today's Prompt is:
Why do/did you want to become a nurse... and not just because you want to help people... give us something more than this please.

Enter to win one of these 10 stethoscopes from Discount Medical Supplies by responding to the Prompt (just a sentence)  either in the Comments below, or by posting a comment to the link for this post on our Facebook pages. You have until May 15 to enter. I will select the winners by random drawing and announce the winners on May 18 in the blog.

Check out more great equipment from Discount Medical Supplies. Enjoy Nurses Week! Check back tomorrow for more great give aways.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Nurses Week Give Away #1 -- Nabee Socks

Happy Nurses Week!

This year we have some great give aways thanks to the generosity of some wonderful companies. The FIRST give away comes from Nabee Socks. If you haven't seen these, you've been missing out on some great style and comfort!

Anyone who spends their work day on their feet as much as nurses do needs some comfort and care for their feet and legs. Nabee socks offer compression therapy to "your legs and feet, which aids in your body’s ability to pump blood back towards the heart and results in a number of health and comfort benefits." 

Nabee socks were designed by nurses to meet the needs of those who spend as much time on their feet as nurses. They are available in a variety of styles for women and men.

  • alleviate pain and fatigue
  • prevent swelling
  • shorten recovery time after exercise
  • prevent spider and varicose veins
Nabee Socks has generously offered 2 pair of their socks as part of our Nurses Week give aways. To enter, you must either comment to the blog post or comment on Facebook under this posting.  Your answer need not be lengthy, just a sentence will do. 

The PROMPT for this give away is:
What do you do to improve comfort for your body during your shift?

Share your best tip in comments here or on any of the Facebook links to this posting. You have until May 15 to post. I will randomly draw names for the 2 winners and announce them May 18 in the blog.

Take note that Nabee Socks is offering a 25% discount during Nurses Week.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Nurse Practitioners Alleviate Shortage in Areas Where Physicians Are Scarce

Primary care providers treat patients of many ages with a variety of health problems. Sometimes called “family doctors,” physicians who have typically filled this role are aging and many of their younger counterparts aren’t willing to fill their shoes. Over the next decade, one out of every three physicians will retire, and by 2020, the physician shortage is estimated to be between 24,000 and 200,000. Adding to the problem is the surge of Americans who have entered the health care system with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act.

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While staffing challenges exist across the board, rural primary care is facing an extraordinary struggle. Many physicians are less willing to practice in rural settings for a variety of reasons including professional isolation, lack of job opportunities for spouses, and limited time off. Of the 2,050 rural counties in the country, 77 percent are primary care health professional shortage areas and 165 of these counties had no primary care physician at all.

Nurse Practitioners Help Meet Demand, Provide Quality Care

To help resolve this primary care shortage, communities are turning to the care of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Unlike physicians, 18 percent of nurse practitioners choose to work in rural settings every year and enjoy a variety of benefits they may not find as easily in an urban area.

  • Greater autonomy. Rural areas are often short on specialists — patients may need to drive 20-60 miles one way for their care. This means mid-level providers like nurse practitioners have a greater opportunity to manage complex health problems than they would if they had a physician nearby.
  • Better job satisfaction rates. Nurse practitioners who work in rural settings have higher job satisfaction rates compared to other areas of the United States. Taking time to know their patients on a more personal level helps patients feel more satisfied with their care and helps practitioners feel happier with their jobs.
  •  Lower cost of living and better salaries. Even though a trip to the grocery store may be 50 miles away, NPs who work in rural settings are often reimbursed well enough to offset the inconvenience. Thanks to a $60,000 tuition reimbursement from the National Health Services Corp (NHSC), nurse practitioners who work just two years in a rural setting can offset a significant portion of their educational costs.

Positive Outcomes for Patients

In addition to personal and professional benefits for nurse practitioners, data also shows positive clinical outcomes for the patients they treat. In a study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), access to primary care was higher when nurse practitioners were involved, and hospitalization rates were lower for elderly patients. Growing evidence also shows that nurse practitioners spent more time consulting with their patients, had higher patient satisfaction scores, and delivered quality care comparable to that of physicians.

Growing Demand for Nurse Practitioners

The nation is looking to nurse practitioners to help fill the primary care gap in areas where physicians are scarce — which in turn creates a growing demand for nurse practitioners. There are 155,000 nurse practitioners in the United States, and that number is expected to increase to 244,000 by the year 2025, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Nurses living in rural areas who are seeking to advance into a nurse practitioner role have more educational options than ever, allowing them to earn a Master of Science degree in Nursing without having to uproot their lives or move to attend a distant on-campus program.

Embracing Change and Moving Ahead

The scope of practice and the autonomy of the nurse practitioner will vary from state to state. Across the U.S., scores of legislation is under consideration to better outline practice guidelines for NPs and delineate responsibilities. Despite these changes, nurse practitioners will continue to provide quality care on the front lines of rural America — working in clinics, small hospitals or mobile units to provide primary care to thousands of rural men, women and children.

This a guest post. There is no financial gain to divulge.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BREAKING NEWS-- US Senate Proposes Companion Bill for The National Nurse Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Honoring National Nurses Day, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2015, legislation that would elevate the role of nurses in America’s public health by designating a National Nurse for Public Health.

HR 379 was introduced in the House of Representatives in January, 2015 by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Rep. Pete King (R-NY). Now there is a companion bill in the Senate.

Rep. Johnson is one of several nurses serving in the Congress. Sen. Merkey's wife is a nurse. “As the husband of a nurse, I know firsthand the hard work that nurses put into caring for their patients and helping them live healthy lives,” said Merkley. “As we celebrate National Nurses Day, it is important to recognize the essential role of nurses in our health care system. It’s time we had a National Nurse for Public Health who is empowered to act as a national leader in improving our public health.”

Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE, President of the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) states, “We are delighted to have strong bipartisan support for this legislation, and because it does not require any appropriation of funds, we hope Congress can agree to pass this soon. As Congress and the President continue to grapple with our country’s budget crisis, it would be wise to consider the financial impact that the seven most common chronic diseases have on our economy.”

Celebrate nurses today by writing to your Senator and Congressional Rep. (find a sample letter or email and contact information here). Spread the word on social media. Sign up for the National Nurse Newsletter to stay informed.

Happy Nurses Day!!

Happy Nurses Day!

Today begins the annual week long celebration of the nursing profession. No you won't be buried in lavish gifts! If you're really lucky perhaps you"ll receive a small token of appreciation and maybe a buffet of breakfast or lunch. And no, even if the employer kept that money, you couldn't get a significant raise from it.

Celebrate YOU all by yourself perhaps or with your co-workers if you're lucky to have some wonderful ones. Let's hope you have many great co-workers.

Nurses have to find and make their own rewards. It is not often that you'll ever see the end results of the great care you give, or the education you impart, for your patients move on and hopefully succeed because you were there for them in their hour of need. It was just a sall window of time in their life.

It's not like an invention the inventor sees through to the end product, or the factory that sees the finished products come off the assembly line and get sent to the consumers. You need to take pride in who you are and the care you give every day. You give wholly of yourself so that others will be comforted and cured and find better days ahead. You make a difference in someone's life everyday!

Take this celebration week and reflect on the little things, the small ways in which YOU made a difference and celebrate YOU! Pull out your happiness jar and read through the moments you captured on the bits of paper in your jar. Pat yourself on the back and know you gave it your best. And then go back out there and do it all over again for another year!

Happy Nurses Day and Week to the best professionals on the planet!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

You Can Become a Professional Nurse Telesummit

You Can Become a Professional Nurse Telesummit hosted by Nicole M. Brown, MSN, RN is coming May 11-16. Register FREE.

You can hear my session on Time Management on Thursday May 13. I am honored to be a contributor to the book as well as to the telesummit.

There will be some great giveaways from the participants, and you'll get some great information and ideas to make your career aspirations of becoming a nurse come true.