Category: Leadership

15 Building Blocks for Successful Nursing Practice

I’ve never thought of myself as a coach (even though I used to offer career coaching as a service). However, when I think about it, I’ve been “coaching” for decades. And so have you. As nurses, we coach our patients to be more compliant with their treatments. As preceptors, we coach our new nurses by helping them transition into professional practice. As nurse leaders, we coach our employees by creating environments where they can excel clinically and professionally. As nurse leaders, let's coach our employees by creating environments where they can excel clinically and… Click to Tweet Nurses coach...

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Rolling Out The Red Carpet For Your Float Nurses

Today I’d like to tell you why and how you should be rolling out the red carpet for your float nurses. Four years ago I went back to the bedside. It had been 8 years since I independently cared for patients, so I was a nervous wreck! The environment had changed so much that even though I had been a nurse for 20+ years, I was not confident in my ability to get back on the horse. My third day off of orientation (keep in mind I only worked twice a month), I noticed that my name wasn’t on...

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Mother Bear Is Here! The Art of Protecting New Nurses

The bond between a mother bear and her cub is very strong. Mother bears are the quintessential role models for loving and protecting offspring. When a mother bear detects a threat to her cubs, what does she do? She gets “bat sh** crazy” on them! A mother bear will sacrifice her life to save her cubs. When a cub cries, this indicates the cub is cold, wet, or needs food so the mother bear feeds, warms, or moves the cub to dry land. When the cub yells, this indicates the cub is separated from her, so the mother bear grunts...

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We’re All In This Together: Superstar Team Building Tips

Team building is crucial in any business, but I believe it’s especially important in nursing! Why is that? When nurses function as a team, it’s easier to complete all of the gazillion tasks required to care for today’s complex patients. Working together to admit and discharge patients, manage patient’s pain and elevated blood sugars; and prevent falls, infections, and unhappy patients is what’s best for the entire staff and most importantly, what’s best for our patients. It’s also no secret that medical care is becoming more advanced with each passing second, often requiring us to take a multidisciplinary approach...

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Bridging the Gap Between Millennial Nurses and Boomers

Millennials and boomers; they’re different, right? Right. However, different isn’t always a bad thing! Especially in nursing where we can use our differences to better treat our patients. Let me explain. Almost every time I get together with a group of nurses on a unit to talk about incivility, the topic of generational differences comes up. The boomers complain about the entitled attitudes of the newer, younger nurses and the millennials complain about the “crusty”, cranky older nurses. Typically, this is what I hear: From the boomers: The young nurses don’t respect them. They think they’re entitled, think they know...

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