Friday, April 29, 2016

The Nursing Site Blog Recognized Again


Once again, I am very honored to have The Nursing Site Blog named one of the Top 40 Nursing Blogs 2016. This time the honor comes from

I am honored to be chosen along with so many fabulous blogs. Please be sure to check out the list and all of theses great blogs! And be sure to have a look around the website as well.They have a lot of very helpful information for nurses and student nurses.

Thanks so much for this recognition of my efforts to serve the nursing community!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Health Care Illiteracy

Health care illiteracy is a subject near and dear to my heart. Having spent the majority of my career in home health and hospice where I got to spend quality time with patients and their caregivers and loved ones, this issue became very evident in the patient education process. This field affords nurses the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with patients and follow through for a short while to see the effects and hopefully improved outcomes.

We all learn in similar and yet different ways. I know I'm a visual and tactile learner. If I can't watch and touch and do, it's almost impossible sometimes. So to hand me a brochure and say read this and learn about your medication or illness is not an effective tool for me!

And when you don't know enough about something to even begin to ask questions, it's a very scary feeling and situation to find yourself in.

I was so very pleased and humbled to be asked to write an article of my choosing for the American Nurses Association's (American Nurse Today) new blog launch. My topic is Non-compliance or Health Care Illiteracy? It posted the week of April 13. There are some great nurse authors contributing to the blog so be sure to check it out every week.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Culture of Safety Nurses Week 2016 Theme

The American Nurses Association theme for Nurses Week 2016 is Culture of safety, it starts with YOU. Nurses Week is May 6-12 each year. The ANA is offering a FREE Webinar. Register now to attend "Culturally Congruent Care; Why Diversity makes a Difference."

Check back here every day May 6-12 for some great Give-Aways from The Nursing Site Blog. And if you'd like to get some recognition for your nursing-related products, contact me about adding your product(s) to the Give-Away list.

Gift cards for purchasing your item(s), books, socks, scrubs, courses, etc., all make great Give-Away items. You'll get exposure through all of the Nursing Site social media as well as hundreds of thousands of readers.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Time Management Skills Ebook from Kathy Quan

Time management skills are not easily taught in nursing school. Often because nursing students may be assigned only 1-3 patients at a time, and this barely approaches the real world scenarios that new grads are thrust into.  (And remain for the duration.)

  • Organizational skills are the heart of the process of managing time, and if you are not organized, you will never manage your time effectively and efficiently. 
  • Communication is another key element and inherent in effective communication is listening as well as speaking. Communication is an art that requires constant practice.  
  • And the third major point is expecting the unexpected which is almost a guarantee every single shift in health care no matter the field in which you practice. 

Explore with me how to begin the processes of organizing your day, communicating effectively and learning to flex with the unexpected that is inevitable. Learn how to work smarter and not harder.

While this is not rocket science, learning to better manage your time can make all the difference in the world to your performance, productivity and stress levels. Your patient outcomes will improve as well.

Take a long hard look at yourself and see where you can improve. I have often written about the subject and have now combined that information into one document.

The Ebook is now available on
 NOTE: Should you experience a glitch in accessing the .pdf after purchase, contact me and I will get you your file ASAP! 

Check it out....

Friday, April 8, 2016

Check Out Improvoscopy:Serious Play for Safe Care

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to an innovative program currently under development from Beth Boynton RN MS of Confident Voices in Healthcare. 

 Improvoscopy: Serious Play for Safe Care is a program designed to utilize medical improv activities to educate nurses and other healthcare professionals using a FREE "online library for the healthcare workforce designed to promote emotional intelligence (EQ) and interpersonal skills!  There isn't much of this training in medical and nursing schools and the skills are essential for working together in teams and providing care that is heartfelt and safe!"

Improvoscopy: Serious Play for Safe Care is in the funding stages. You can view demos of the program, and make a contribution to help fund this fabulous innovative project.