Category: Leadership

Why You Should Be Certified & 3 Steps to Build a Culture of Certification

I’ve been preparing nurses to pass nursing certifications exams for more than eight years now. Teaching these prep courses are some of my favorite courses to teach. However, throughout my years, I’ve heard grumbling from nurses who don’t see the value of certification. They just think certification is a “money maker” for the certifying body. These grumblers tend to be nurses who have been practicing for decades, who get snarky as they say, “I don’t need no stinkin’ certification to prove I’m competent!” YES! And they are correct. Certification does not PROVE a nurse is competent. Certification VALIDATES their...

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Turn Stress Into Finesse With The Right Mindset

The whole “stress-is-debilitating” mindset is definitely a self-fulfilling prophecy: stress reduces performance and adversely impacts health. However, individuals who have a different mindset and choose to view stress as enhancing rather than debilitating, find that stress INCREASES their performance and even improves their health. How do you Respond to Stress?  Most people believe that if you are stressed, you are less effective and productive. However, a series of studies conducted by a team of researchers led by Yale Ph.D. candidate Alia Crum (now a professor at Stanford) raised a thought provoking question: What if Stress is Debilitating Simply Because...

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