Friday, May 19, 2017

Thanks for the Nurses Week Give-Aways!

Well Nurses Week was great. I hope you got a chance to listen to the ANA webcast, partake in some of the free items businesses offered, and took a moment to thank your co-workers and colleagues!! We had fewer Give-Away entrants this year than in the past, but prizes are being prepared and the recipients should have them soon. I have notified each winner. (Some asked no to be identified, so I'm keeping them all confidential. )

I want to take the time to again THANK those who generously donated prizes for our Nurses Week Give-Aways. We had some great books offered from talented writers, most of whom are nurses as well.

Thanks again to Beth Boynton for her newest book, Medical Improv, A New Way to Improve Communication; Elizabeth Scala for her book, Stop Nurse Burnout; and Lois Gerber who is offering a choice of Kindle version of any of her books; and to Carmel Sheridan's Kindle version of The Mindful Nurse.

I'm also sending out a copy of my books, The Everything New Nurse Book, 2nd Edition and Exploring the Home Health Experience: a Guide to Transitioning Your Career Path. And sharing the Zebra Pens I received. In addition, each of the winners will receive a free copy of my Ebook, Time Management Skills for Nurses.

All of these writers present fabulous ideas in their books, their blogs and websites that truly embody the theme for Nurses Year Nursing the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.

I hope each of you had a good experience during Nurses Week. Unfortunately, some employers did nothing. And, not to make excuses, but I have worked for people who are TERRIBLE at planning any kind of celebration, and instead of asking for help, they just ignored the event unless others stood up and volunteered to do it. I've also experienced some pretty BAD celebrations when the wrong people said they'd do it. But seriously.... So my advice is for you to speak up next year about January or February and volunteer to lead a committee for Nurses Week.

In a perfect world, we'd all have a huge bonus, or an extra paid day off or another week of vacation. In the real world, the economics of your job won't support that. So it's about being recognized for what you do every day! Someone taking the time to say Thank You, and recognize the job you do everyday!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Sadly, I heard from some readers and social media friends that some of the vendors who kindly offered free items or food to nurses turned out to be bad experience. Their employees demanded to see not only nursing licenses (as they should) but work badges or other proof as well. Not every nurse will have a work badge and some were harassed. This is unfortunate.Better communication and training needed here!!!

Another issue that has been raised in some of my social circles is employers who didn't single out nurses to honor them alone, but rather honored everyone in the company. This left some nurses shouting It's Nurses Week, not Hospital week! When there are so many weeks or days designated for health care workers such as CNAs, Social Workers, Therapists, Hospitals, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, etc., it seems like no one should feel so left out that we can't just take the week to honor NURSES!!! I know the gesture wasn't meant to offend, but we can go too far to try to be nice to everyone!! Again a little more communication and consideration would be helpful.

Let's make it better next year. Again THANK YOU for ALL you do!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Nurses Week 2017 - May 12

Today marks the end of Nurses Week 2017. May 12 is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who some feel is the founder of the nursing profession. If we search into the history of nursing, the profession started long before Florence, but she brought strong clinical skills and universal precautions to nursing and helped save many many lives during the Crimean War.

So as part of Nurses Week celebrations, many stop for a moment to recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge which is also known as the Nurses Oath.

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

UPDATE: Carmel Sheridan has just told me she will be hosting a FREE 7Day Mindfulness Challenge next month. Stay tuned to her website The Mindful Nurse for details. Sounds exciting!!!

Today's Nurses Week #Give-Away(s)

1) I recently received a package of Zebra pens. Knowing how nurses have a love for pens, I'd like to share them.  So if you enter and win you'll receive this entire collection.

2) My contribution to this week about mindfulness and healthy nurses is an autographed copy of my latest book, Exploring the Home Health Experience; a Guide to Transitioning Your Career Path.

When I found myself totally disillusioned with the nursing profession and hating nursing after only 3 years, I took a leap of faith and discovered home health care and eventually hospice. I loved it and my love for nursing was restored.

There are so many different roles in nursing, you should never find yourself quitting to profession. Search for another role and find your niche. 

I'm developing a course to accompany the book and it should be available on Teachable this summer.
One last time, Comment here OR on the Facebook page, and then email me your contact information.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nurses Week 2017 -- May 11

I hope you have been enjoying Nurses Week. Have you had some of the free food and discounts we listed on Nurses Day? Please be sure to avail yourself of these. It helps to spread the awareness of nurses in your community and just might encourage someone to join our profession.

The other thing is to remember always that as nurses we make a difference in someone's life everyday! We may never know how or when with some of our patients or families, but there will be those who touch our hearts and leave a lasting impression.

It's easy to grumble that Nurses week means nothing and your employer gave you yet another water bottle with the company logo. Or maybe nothing at all and no acknowledgement of the event. But what we have to remember is that if they gave us those fantasy items such as another week of vacation, a huge raise or bonus check, etc., we'd find ourselves lacking definitively in another important area. Stop and take a moment to honor yourself, your colleagues and all nurses!

Safe Patient Staff Ratios
Patient staff ratios was the point Nurses Take DC on May 4 & 5  were trying desperately despite horrible weather conditions and daily events happening in the govt to make known the cause of Safe Patient-Nurse Ratios.

We know that medication errors, mortality rates and quality of care are directly related to these ratios. Some states have stricter ratios than others and it's in everyone's best interest to make it a national law with protecting patient's lives at the helm of the legislation.

We also know that poor staffing ratios play a huge part in nurse burnout and contribute to poor health habits for all nurses. As we celebrate mindfulness for nurses and promoting healthy nurses, we must stand with our colleagues in supporting Safe Patient-Staff ratios. View the event on YouTube.

Today's #GiveAway

Today we have a great #GiveAway from nurse author  Lois Gerber RN, BSN, MPH who "believes in the spirit of community health nursing - its focus on wellness, relationships, families, and communities. Her BSN, MPH in Nursing, and Specialist in Aging certificate opened many professional doors. She’s worked in home health agencies, public health departments, and an Area Agency on Aging. She’s taught nursing students on the university level and has counseled families dealing with elder care issues. For forty some years, Lois has helped people of all ages, various religions and ethnicities, and different socioeconomic levels. These stories reflect her experiences."
In addition to several great books about nursing, Lois has written 2 novels. She is generously donating a Kindle Version of Your Choice from her books.  Thanks so much Lois!!!
Once again, please Comment here or on our Facebook page AND email me your contact information to be entered into the random drawing for one of our Nurses Week #GiveAways.

Happy Nurses Week!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NURSES WEEK 2017 - May 10

Today as the Wednesday of Nurses Week, is School Nurses Day. School Nurses play a huge role in managing the health care of our children. They conduct eye and hearing tests, instruct teachers and other lay people how to handle situations when faced with students with conditions such as seizures, mental health challenges and diabetes.  They oversee and instruct techs in administering medications during the school day and assessing for urgent needs.

Unfortunately, more and more school districts are moving to use lay people as health clerks and having the minimum number of school nurses to meet the bare necessities of the school district. This has proven to has be a dangerous situation. Playground injuries for one are all too often treated inappropriately due to a lack of education and skill in assessment. Notification of parents is delayed or non-existent and diagnostics, and treatment delayed to a dangerous level. It is important for parents, and all health care professionals to advocate for more school nurses. Celebrate National School Nurses Day by campaigning for MORE school nurses in your local district.

Today's #GiveAway continues the theme of mindfulness and balancing mind, body and spirit. Elizabeth Scala MSN/MBA, RN is a very busy woman as an author, keynote speaker, reiki master, podcaster, and blogger. Her focus is on helping nurses rediscover their love for the nursing profession, deal with and avoid burnout, and how to use self help techniques such as reiki to replenish and repair when work takes too much from us. "Before you quit nursing,"find your way back to the passion and love for nursing!
Elizabeth also spearheads The Art of Nursing, A Nurses Week Event seminar along with 12 nursing expert presenters this year. 

Many Thanks to Elizabeth who has kindly donated a copy of her book, Stop Nurse Burnout, for our #giveaway today.
Once again, please comment here or on our Facebook page and then email me your contact information so I can notify you of your prize ASAP.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NURSES WEEK 2017 -- May 9

Beth Boynton RN, MS has written a new book Medical Improv A New Way to Improve Communication! The book teaches the user to train others in an emerging skill using Improv to help educate patients as well as health care professionals. Beth is also the author of Successful Nurse Communication: Safe Care, Healthy Workplaces, & Rewarding Careers (F. A. Davis 2015).

Beth blogs at Confident Voices in Healthcare, where you'll find fabulous information and resources for nurses and a Code for 20% off when you purchase her Medical Improv book through 5/14/17.

She has generously donated a copy for us to #GiveAway today. (THANKS BETH!!) Remember to comment here OR on the Facebook page. Then Email me your Contact Info to be officially entered in the random drawing. Winners will be announced May 20.

Check out this great new book for yourself....
"Welcome to the emerging field of Medical Improv! Medical Improv is an exciting new teaching tool! Its experiential activities hold great promise for persistent challenges we face in healthcare by promoting the 'soft' skills involved in emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration, and leadership.
This train-the-trainer resource is designed to help educators teach the "soft" skills that healthcare professionals need to positively impact patient safety, patient experience, workforce health, and the efficient use of resources. Because these skills are not intellectual, they require a non-traditional approach that fosters new behaviors. Medical Improv is a fun and effective strategy."

Happy Nurses Week. Don't forget to COMMENT and email me your contact info. I won't spend days trying to track you down!!!

Monday, May 8, 2017


Today, May 8, is National Student Nurses Day and we have a special guest post to help provide some useful financial tips for nursing students from an aspiring freelancer writer Lauren Davidson.
Today's Give-Away is an autographed copy of my Amazon Best Selling book, The Everything New Nurse Book, Second Edition. And I'll throw in a copy of the latest update to the book, The New Nurse Handbook.
Remember to comment here or on the Facebook page. THEN you MUST email me your contact info to be entered in to the drawing. 
And now for our guest post....

Managing Finances and Lifestyle While Attending Nursing School

Being a nurse is a rewarding career, allowing you to take care of others in many different environments. Nurses are in demand across the country, giving nurses incredible job security. But while nursing is an attractive job option, getting through nursing school can be a challenge — both in terms of stress and finances.

Nursing school keeps you incredibly busy, between clinical rotations, lectures, labs, simulations, and standing on your feet all day. On top of the actual time spent in class and at school, nursing school students spend quite a bit of time in study groups, doing homework, reviewing lessons, and preparing outside of class for the next day’s work.

In addition to the stress of nursing school, paying for your education can be costly. Many are required to take out loans, but there is a pretty common solution to this such as finding scholarships. While that is a go-to for handling tuition, nursing students are expected to pay for text books, scrubs, study guides, basic equipment such as a lab kit and stethoscope, and more. Combined with the hectic class schedule, managing finances can be incredibly difficult for any nursing student.

But there are ways that nursing students can save money while getting their degree. Read on to learn how you can save money while in nursing school — and come out ready to take on the world!

Buy Smart, Borrow When Possible

When it comes to nursing school supplies, one of the biggest expenses that you will likely face each semester will be your textbooks. Your books will easily cost four or five hundred dollars each semester — or more, if the professor decides to order a new edition of the book. One way around this dilemma is to get smart when it comes to buying your books.

Start by getting to your campus bookstore as soon as possible after the class book list is released. Look for used copies of the books that you need. If they aren’t available, check for them online on sites such as Amazon. You may even be able to rent your books from Amazon or other sites. Otherwise, check with older nursing students or even nurses at your local hospital. They may still have copies of their old nursing books that will work for your needs. Just be sure that these books are accurate and up-to-date so that you aren’t using old information in your classes.

For NCLEX review books, consider pitching in with your study group to buy one copy of the book to share. Since you’ll be meeting together to work and prep for these exams, it makes sense to share one copy of these pricey books. If you buy your own NCLEX review books, limit yourself to just one or two books rather than buying multiple review books.

When it comes to nursing supplies, you’ll be required to buy a new lab kit each semester. But for items such as a lab coat or stethoscope, you may be able to borrow this gear from an older student or a nurse if you are particularly cash-strapped. That way, you’ll be able to hold off on getting them when you are in school — and then use the gear provided by your employer once you are employed after graduation. Alternatively, check online for nursing supplies — blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, and other needed items will likely be far less expensive than those offered in the campus bookstore.

For scrubs, even though your nursing school may offer a discount for a local scrub shop, be sure to shop around to make sure that you are really getting the best deal. Online retailers like My Nursing Uniforms and All Heart may have lower prices than those offered by the local store.

Take Advantage of Student Discounts

Whether you’re a nursing student or any other type of student, many stores, restaurants, and other businesses offer discounts to anyone with a student ID. These discounts may help you say a few dollars on a movie ticket, $10 on a new shirt, or 15% on a meal at a restaurant. It’ll all add up in the long-run — and help you balance your budget more effectively!

Guest post by Lauren Davidson, a soon-to-be graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and aspiring freelance writer


Sunday, May 7, 2017


Don't forget...

Register NOW for the FREE webinar from the American Nurses Association entitled A Nurse’s Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout. Receive 1.9 CE and enjoy a great discussion. Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 9, and the webinar is scheduled for May 10. offers a Free Resource Guide. Check it out.

I hope you're enjoying Nurses Week.  Hopefully you're enjoying some of the freebies we posted yesterday. Today is Day 2 of Nurses Week and as a Sunday I hope you have the day off to relax and replenish; if not this week, hopefully next weekend.

A book I'd like to recommend is The Mindful Nurse by Carmel Sheridan. It truly fits well with the Nurses Week theme for 2017, Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit.  I've been enjoying it and trying out many of the suggested exercises.

Burnout and Compassion Fatigue is one of the biggest issues we face as nurses. Our lives are so fast-paced and full we don't always take the time to STOP and replenish ourselves and then hit the wall going 90 mph! It's essential to not only our own health and well-being, but to the safety and quality of our practice as nurses to learn to be mindful and grounded. Carmel Sheridan MA, MSc is a psychotherapist and knows her stuff in helping nurses learn to care for the caregiver.  This book is a must for EVERY NURSE!!!

Today's Nurses Week Give-Away is a FREE Kindle version of this truly fabulous book, The Mindful Nurse. 

Remember to COMMENT here or on Facebook page and email me your contact info to be eligible to win one of our Give-Aways 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Nurses Week 2017 -- Rules for Give Aways

This year we have several new Give-Aways for #NursesWeek 2017 -- May 6-12. The ANA theme is Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and SpiritWe have several books from nurses, some pens, and discounts to courses. Stay tuned. We will announce a new #GiveAway each day.

The rules to win are simple: 

  1. Just COMMENT on the Blog Post OR on The Nursing Site Facebook post.
  2. THEN you MUST email me your contact information with your CONTACT INFO as the Subject line-- If I can't contact you, you're eliminated automatically
  3. Enter Daily for each post
  4. ALL names will go into a hat and be drawn at random for each #GiveAway
  5. Everyone entering will receive a token #GiveAway as long as you send me your CONTACT INFO
Winners will be announced by May 20 right here on the blog. 

Other Great #NursesWeek Events and Freebies

Reignite the Passion of Nursing with  



* Free Food on May 6 (sorry the site is a little buggy, but might be worth the view
* Cinnabon offering Free food all week
* Lippincott FREE Resources and 25% discount on other Resources for Nurses Week
* Deals, Discounts and Freebies
 * Nurses Appreciation Week Free & Deals
* Deals on
* Where to Find the Free Stuff and other deals
Register NOW for the FREE webinar from the American Nurses Association entitled A Nurse’s Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout. Receive 1.9 CE and enjoy a great discussion. Deadline to register is May 9, and the webinar is scheduled for May 10.

The ANA is also offering a Free Downloadable Toolkit for Nurses week with logos, graphics, email templates, certificates of appreciation and a card for Nurses Week. You can apply Social Graphics to your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to celebrate nursing.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

ACA HAS NOT CHANGED with passage of House bill

Happy Cinco de Mayo! And stay tuned for some really great information prizes for Nurses Week May 6-12.

I also hope you will educate your families and your patients that even though the ACA Repeal and Replace Act passed the House, it is NOT the law! There is a process to be followed. The Senate has to approve it first, but they have already indicated they will not consider it and instead plan to write their own version which will then have to be approved in the House.

And then it won't become law until 2019!

Therefore NOTHING has changed. Your insurance is the same as it was yesterday! Don't be fooled or spammed by ANYONE and that includes your insurance company and providers. NOTHING has changed!!! Advocate for yourselves and your patients. NOTHING HAS CHANGED!!!!

This bill was opposed by the American Nurses Association, the AMA and Hundreds of medical associations. We now have a chance to work with our Senators to produce a Fair, Equitable, Quality healthcare fix to Obamacare.

PLEASE call your Senators (each state has 2) NOW at United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You will be asked to enter your zip code and then directed to your Senator's office. Likely you'll be leaving a message so prepare your thoughts on what you NEED in a healthcare bill. Identify yourself as a constituent in (zip code). And ask that they actually READ the bill BEFORE they vote on it. (How many House members read it??? Not many!!) This affects ALL OF OUR LIVES!!!