What can you do if you can no change something?  I think everyone handles this issue differently.  Some people struggle and struggle to change it even if it is obvious that it can not be changed or at least changed by you.  Other people just give up and kind of disappear into the background.  Are […]

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Nurses are pretty traditional, even if they think that they are not.  Nurses learn to be nurses from the beginning of their educational program.  There is one way to do things and it is difficult for them to embrace change.  Of course change happens and nurses have to relearn and adapt, but it is not […]

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Nurses definitely need to trust each other, but they don’t.  Why not?  Unfortunately most nurses have had plenty of experiences where they are called out by management for something that another nurse complained about.  Many times it is small and insignificant and petty.  Why? Perhaps nurses have so little faith in themselves that they have […]

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This is a good question since lately we seem to have only two seasons in the New England area–Summer and Winter.  This is not what I am talking about. I was looking out of my living room window today and noticed that the flowering tree was beginning to blossom.  I have always loved the beauty […]

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We live in a violent world, but why is there violence in health care facilities  with staff being hurt or killed.  I have worked in places where violence is the norm and yet when people that are needing the care know you are there to provide that, you are safe.  Well, at least that’s the […]

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I recently read an article by a nurse that lost her husband suddenly and tragically.  He was in a bicycle accident which resulted in him being in ICU for 10 days on life support and the wife had to make the decision t take him off life support in the end.  Prior to this he […]

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Does punishment change behavior?  Apparently it must since it is used in all aspects of life.  Or does it?  Let’s look at that from several aspects. The criminal justice system comes to mind.  Does punishment  change criminal behavior.  This, of course, is a huge debate by everyone.  Some think that it does, but if punishing […]

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Have you ever heard someone say that nurses are the worst patients or do as I say not as I do?  Well both are very true of nurses.  Not only are nurses the worst patients but they indeed do not take care of themselves.  Others come before she does.  Even if they are not sick […]

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Yesterday when I was running errands I was sitting at a red light and there stood a man taking off his sweat shirt and pulling something out of his back pack.  He put his sweat shirt in his back pack and stood up straight with a homeless sign in his hand for all to see.  […]

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