Monday, May 28, 2018

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day

Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Nurses Week Give Away Winners

As promised, I have randomly selected winners of our generously donated Nurses Week Give Aways. This year we had far more entries than prizes and our social media hits were off the charts compared to previous years. This all means it was quite successful for all! Nurses Inspire, Innovate Influence.

Thanks to all who entered. I have notified the winners and they should be hearing from their generous donators very soon. I will also be notifying those who didn't get a fabulous prize and sending them a consolation prize. 

I want to take the opportunity to once again say a huge THANK YOU to all who donated fabulous prizes for our Nurses Week Give Aways:

Day 1:
Uniform Advantage for a $50 egift card

Day 2:
Nurse Born Products for the Nurse Invented Gift Set
Karen Ingalls for her book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir

Day 3:
SugarWish for a SugarWish Duet
Meketta for LED Solar Boxes

Maevn Uniforms for a set of Blossom Signature Collection scrubs

Day 5:
Elizabeth Scala for a set of her 3 books, Nursing From Within, Stop Nurse Burnout, and Your Next Shift

Christine Magnus Moore for her book, Both Sides of the Bedside: From Oncology Nurse to Patient, an RN’s Journey with Cancer

Day 7:
Brittney Wilson and Kati Kleber for their book, The Nurse's Guide to Blogging 

Consolation prizes of $5 Starbucks gift cards were sent to all who entered and did not win a big prize. Happy Nurses Week to all.  

If you didn't have a chance to enter, and aren't among the lucky winners, please be sure to support these great products and say thanks for supporting the nursing profession during Nurses Week and throughout the year. 

I hope you all had a great Nurses Week! Keep making a difference in someone's life everyday! Thanks for all that you do!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!


~ Kathy

Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018 Nurses Week Day 7

Wow I hope you have had a fabulous Nurses Week! Never forget to honor yourself for ALL that you do for everyone. I hope you all had a chance to see this post. It says so much about who we are as nurses and why we do what we do....

Today, we prepare for Mother's Day tomorrow. Each of us has (had) a mother whether or not we are mothers or grandmothers or in the realm of great grandmothers. Take a moment to say Thanks Mom!

The Nurse's Guide to Blogging

Whether you blog or want to become a blogger, The Nurse's Guide to Blogging is a must have for your library. I've been blogging for years, but I learned a ton from this book!  

Brittney Wilson and Kati Kleber put their heads together and produced a wonderful book to guide every step of the process.. Today I'm honored to be able to offer a copy for our final Nurses Week Give Away. 

So head over to read the Rules to Enter once again and send off your email. You just might win one of our fabulous prizes! Happy Nurses Week!!!!

Thanks Brittney and Kati!

I will announce the winners May 20. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 Nurses Week Day 6

It's Friday of Nurses Week --  TGIF!!!  I have a couple of things to share with you before we get to the Give Away for today. First here's a nice compilation of Discounts and Freebies for Nurses anytime.  We can always appreciate saving a little money or time!, for whom I also write,  has posted several things for Nurses Week. First they have a FREE CE course for Nurses Week on Evidence Based Practice. And another one involves a little humor. We can ALL use more laughter in our lives and many of these I'm sure you can relate to: 25 GIFs That Only Nurses Will Understand. Enjoy! Don't forget you can get 25% off the CE at're also giving away MDF MD One stethoscopes for Nurses Week. Enter to win.

Both Sides of the Bedside

Our Give Away today is a fabulous book from Christine Magnus,  Both Sides of the Bedside: From Oncology Nurse to Patient, an RN’s Journey with Cancer.

Christine Magnus Moore, RN, BSN, PHN, BMTCN has worked in the nursing field for over twenty-five years with more than sixteen years in oncology. She is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor of fifteen-and-a-half years, and is the author of a book titled Both Sides of the Bedside: From Oncology Nurse to Patient, an RN’s Journey with Cancer. Christine has authored articles about survivorship which were published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, CONQUER The Patient Voice magazine, and the ihadcancer website.

Christine has a Master’s Certification in caring for teenagers and young adults with cancer. She created, and is the co-leader of, a young adult cancer survivor group through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society called the LLS SoCal Cancer Connection. Christine’s passion is to help those on the cancer journey and to help people understand it as a deeper level. She currently works as a Hematology Stem Cell Transplant Nurse Coordinator at City of Hope. Christine writes her own blog and can be contacted through her website

Remember to enter our daily Give Aways contest -- see the Rules. Good luck and enjoy your Nurses Week!

Thanks Christine!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

2018 Nurses Week - Day 5

It's Thursday of Nurses Week. Just another day in the life of a nurse. Remember to replenish often and take care of YOU. You cannot pour from an empty pot! You have to know that what you do makes a difference. Your patient may not even know it yet, but he'll figure it out. Probably long after he's moved on without you. Take every opportunity to thank yourself!

3 Books from Elizabeth Scala MSN/MBA RN (1 winner)

Elizabeth Scala has honored us with a donation of 3 of her books. For one lucky (US based) winner, this is a fantastic prize!!! I own all 3 and I love them!!! Elizabeth was trained at Johns Hopkins University. She is a Reiki master and coach. Elizabeth blogs, writes and produces some fabulous podcasts. In her spare time, she pulls together a fabulous program for Nurses Week each year the Art of Nursing.

Nursing from Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds offers the innovative solutions today’s nurses need. Although it outlines the problems nurses face, this book is not about trying to change the working environment. Rather, it’s about altering inner perspectives. With boundless energy and passion, it addresses an element that’s largely missing from nursing self-care programs focusing on diet and health: the spiritual self.
Stop Nurse Burnout: Individuals typically enter their careers with a desire to provide compassionate, heart-based care. Challenged by regulations, financial pressures and technological advancements, today’s healthcare professional struggles to balance the art with the science of practice. Elizabeth inspires nursing teams to reconnect with the passionate and fulfilling joy that once called them to their roles.

Your Next Shift: How to Kick Your Nursing Career into High Gear:  Nursing offers many opportunities, but there’s no denying it’s tough—and sometime thankless—work. A nurse’s mindset often means the difference between an average and awesome career, but few nursing books focus on this vital aspect of the profession.

Entrepreneur and clinical nurse Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN, provides the means to take your nursing career to the next level. Beginning with the many issues affecting nursing, Scala describes the negative “monkey” mindsets that interfere with a nurses’ ability to enjoy their profession. She then introduces a set of seven spiritual laws to help improve a nurse’s career outlook.

ONE (US based) winner will receive all 3 books.  Follow these Rules to Enter.

Thanks Elizabeth!!!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 Nurses Week - Day 4

Nurses Week is also a time to reflect on the nursing profession and how we can work together to improve working conditions as well as quality patient care.  Staffing ratios are one of the biggest issues we all face in any field, but especially true in hospital care.

Advocate for Nurses

Nurses Take DC is a collaborative effort to educate the public and to persuade legislators to vote on safe staffing ratios. Alene Nitzky Phd, RN, OCN, shares her experiences at the 2018 event on her blog. Learn more about the grass roots organization collaboration and their efforts to get S1063 and HR 2392 the Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 2017 passed.

Additionally the National Nurse for Public Health Act S1106 and HR 1651 needs your support and help to educate the public and your legislators.  Recent hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters serve to remind us of the need for unified nurse leadership to ensure the best quality care for victims and their families.  This year's flu season was a harsh one and the flu vaccine was not all that effective. Nurse leadership in the area of public health information and preventative care is essential to containing costs, meeting patient needs and preventing complications from acute and chronic illness.

Investigate these grass roots efforts working diligently to promote quality health and safety issues for all. Get involved and advocate for the passage of this important legislation. Stand up for nurses!

Maevn Scrubs

Now for the Give Away information you're waiting for....
Maevn Uniforms is generously donating one set of their Blossom Signature Collection scrubs (winner's choice of color, style and size) for a US based winner. 

Maevn Uniforms, a leading U.S. supplier of fashionable medical uniforms, recently announced its new women’s Blossom Signature Collection. The new medical scrub separates line is designed to bring functionality and style together by featuring multiple pockets and loops (for medical tools) while maintaining a flattering and modern fit. All styles within the new collection are comprised of signature cotton-blended fabric to provide a breathable stretch for maximum comfort. 

Maevn Uniforms offers men and women in the medical field high-quality, fashionable apparel at competitive prices. The brand's collections are currently available nationwide at over 500 specialty stores that carry medical scrubs and accessories. For more information please visit:

Follow the Rules to Enter and good luck! Thanks Maevn Uniforms!!


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018 Nurses Week Give Aways - Day 3

Wow it's Day 3 of our Nurses Week Give Aways. Don't forget to register for the ANA webinar. Today is the last day to do so. What have you been doing to honor yourself this week? Take time for you. Even if it's just a moment. Recognize YOU for all that you do for everyone!

Today's Give Aways offer a little something sweet and a light for your safety when outdoors.


I was the lucky recipient of a delightful box of delicious candies from Sugarwish awhile back so I can highly recommend them! And I need to remind my family where they can get my Nurses Week gift!

Sugarwish takes the guesswork out of gifting allowing your favorite Nurse to choose the candy gift they receive (so you don’t have to know whether she’s craving Holland Mints, Caramel Creams, Swedish Fish or Roasted Almonds!).

Sugarwish starts as an e-card that seamlessly brings the recipient to the Sugarwish virtual candy store, where they get to customize their gift. The gift is then packed in a beautiful gift box, and delivered lickety split. Sweet happiness. Delivered.

Sugarwish is generously donating a Sugarwish Duet to one lucky US based winner. Enjoy! Thanks Sugarwish!

Remember to see the Rules and enter to win any of our great Give Aways 
to make your Nurses Week complete!

MeKetta LED Solar Box

Safety is a big issue for nurses especially those who work shifts that begin or end (maybe both) in the dark. Inclement weather can cause visibility issues as well. The MeKetta LED Solar Box can make a difference for you. It's very versatile and can be handheld or attached to anything from purses and backpacks to bicycles, strollers, dog leashes, etc. It's 2 3/4” X 1 3/4” X 7/8” and has 10 LED lights. Charging options include using a standard micro USB cord (not included) for about an hour; or by sitting it in the sunlight for several hours. It continues to charge as long as it's exposed to direct sunlight. There are 3 modes: solid light, slow blinking and fast blinking.

MeKetta Health and Safety Products has generously donated 2 LED Solar Boxes so we can choose 2 US based winners of this great Nurses Week Give Away. 
Thanks MeKetta!


Monday, May 7, 2018

2018 Nurses Week - Give Away Day 2

How was your  Nurses Day? I hope you got some good food and maybe a token something to recognize all that you do. Remember, Nurses Week is about celebrating ourselves and the difference we make for others. If no one remembered to say Thank You to you.... say it yourself!!! And say it to your co-workers!

Today we have a couple of great Give Aways. Be sure to check the Rules to Enter and email your entry.

Nurse Invented Gift Set

Sarah Mott who owns Nurse Born Products has kindly donated the Nurse Invented Gift Set for one lucky US based winner.  The set includes:
  • Koala~Qlip Stethoscope Holder
  • Set of 30 Comprehensive Badge Reference Cards
  • Gripsors Bandage Scissors 5.5 inch with hook and gripping teeth
Read more about these great products and all of the other great items available from Nurse Born Products.

Thanks Sarah!!!

Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir 

Karen Ingalls has graciously donated a paperback copy of her award-winning book Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir for our Nurses Week Give Away (US based winner only.) 

Here's a little about Karen. I am a retired nurse, active blogger, author, and advocate. I do presentations about gynecologic cancers, particularly ovarian. My experience as a nursing student and practicing nurse was that there was no (or very little) education or training on gyn. cancers. I find this to still be true among medical students and nursing students. Even many doctors are not aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage II Ovarian Cancer, she realized how little she knew about what was once called ''the silent killer.'' As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, Ingalls redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.
Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is a story of survival, and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

Thanks Karen!!!


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Nurses Week 2018 Give Aways: Scrubs!

Happy National Nurses Day! I want each of you to do something special just for YOU today! Nursing is a field where we have to make and find our own rewards in what we do everyday and how we make a difference for someone every day.  We don't always get thank you's, and don't often get to see a situation resolved fully. We're always helping people move to the next step and handing them off. So do something to honor yourself today! (And every day!) 

In 1893, Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and the Farrand Training School for Nurses wrote an adaptation of the physician's Hippocratic Oath for nurses. Nurses Day celebrations often include a reading or hand out of the Florence Nightingale Pledge. Read it carefully and listen to the words. It is also often know as the Nurse's Oath and is frequently recited at graduation pinning ceremonies.

One way to honor yourself and celebrate nursing is to register and attend The Art of Nursing from May 7-10 --online. You can earn ceus by completing the tasks and you have until August 2018. There will be 12 30-minute videos included from some of your favorite nurse resources lead by Elizabeth Scala. Topics include Global Vision and Leadership, Teamwork and Collaboration, Clinical Innovation and Resilience and Self Care. The purpose is to reduce burnout and increase professional development. Access the videos on your own time frame. There will be 4 30-minute wrap-up video calls at the end of each day which you can participate in. Don't miss this one! Register now!


We begin our week of Give Aways today with a bang! Scrubs are always something nurses want and need so we have a couple of donations to give away this week. 

Today I'll start with Uniform Advantage who has graciously donated a $50 egift card for you to use towards the purchase of items from their massive catalog. 

They do ship internationally (see instructions and responsibilities.)

Many thanks to UA for their generous donation!

A reminder of the Rules to Enter.


FREE Digital Download

Happy Nurses Week! This is Elisha and Laura from My Scrubless Life- two expat bedside nurses and we want to say THANK-YOU for all that you do. Our FREE gift to you is a workbook made especially for this Nurses Week give away here on TheNursingSiteBlog. It can help any nurse who is wanting to expand their career options and start their own business.

Its a great place to start for those who are curious, and ready to take that next step, but are just unsure as to how they could be of service. Lets get you some clarity! See you on the inside! Download here.


There are a multitude of  Nurses Week Freebies and Discounts available. Here's a start to the list...

Saturday, May 5, 2018

2018 National Nurses Week Give Aways: the Rules

National Nurses Week begins tomorrow, May 6 and runs through May 12. May 6 is National Nurses Day and May 12 is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Other days during the week have significance as well and it coincides with Teacher’s Week. So we happily celebrate people who make a difference in the lives of others. This year's theme is Nurses Inspire Innovate Influence -- indeed we do! has a special Give Away contest annually and this year we have some really terrific prizes available. To celebrate nurses, we have invited nurses who have products, services and written books for nurses to donate and we’ll help support them through some publicity here and on our social media. Hopefully you will share with your friends and colleagues as well as your social media to help us say thanks for their generosity and increase awareness throughout the nursing community. We will also give away some scrubs, some candy, and a couple of safety lights. We’ll also provide links to products and services offering Free and Discounted items for nurses this week.

NOTE: Due to exorbitant shipping costs, the donators have asked that this contest be restricted to US Based nurses only. Thanks for your understanding!

Digital Give Aways such as eGift Cards and eBooks can be sent to any email address. **

How to Enter Nurses Week Give Aways

This year we’re making it very simple:
  • You click on this link and provide your contact info (name address, phone number) and which Give Away(s) you’d like to have. List a couple please.
  •  On May 14th I will randomly draw the names from a hat and try to match up as many to the Give Away they most want. All winners will receive a Give Away.
  • On May 20th I will list the winners on the blog.
  • You will be contacted by the nurse or company providing the Give Away to arrange delivery directly to you.  
  • Enter each day if you'd like. 
**Everyone who enters will receive a digital download (on May 20th) of my eBook Time Management Skills for Nurses. 

Please share the posts with your friends and social media.
Thanks, and Happy Nurses Week! #2018NNWGiveAways

Friday, May 4, 2018

Honor Yourself This Nurses Week

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Free ANA Webinar for Nurses Week 2018

The American Nurses Association once again offers a free webinar for Nurses Week. The webinar will be presented on Wednesday, May 9 at 1:00 PM ET.  The 2018 webinar is entitled Emerging Technology and Its Impact on Nursing Practice and is presented thanks to an educational grant from the American Nurses Foundation

The webinar covers the continuing evolution of technology in healthcare and provides insight as to what to expect in the future of nursing and how to adapt. Dan Weberg PhD RN is the presenter.

Register for the webinar by 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday May 8 and you have until May 16 to verify attendance and complete the post webinar evaluation to receive 1 CE for attendance. Please be sure to make note of the information on the registration page : CE Information: You are more than welcome (and encouraged!) to broadcast the webinar in a group setting at your facility.  If group participants would like to claim free CE, they MUST register individually prior to the event. They can attend the group broadcast and claim their individual CE after the event by logging into their personal account.

Register today. Happy Nurses Week 2018.