One of my family members just graduated from nursing school, and she is starting the long and arduous process of studying for the NCLEX. She’s also beginning to research job positions for when she has her license, and I was reminded how terrifying and stressful that time in life can be. She began looking at…

Tips for Nurses When Learning Something New

My research team recently started a highly intensive research study this week: an investigational drug in phase 3 of clinical trials (the last stage before FDA approval) is given over 12 consecutive days. Day 1 involves nine busy hours of study tasks, including a 4-hour mixed-meal tolerance test, insulin and glucose review, safety labs, infusion…

Where Do You Find the Motivation to Provide Quality Care?

There are many opportunities for a nurse to use her story to inform her daily actions, to bring meaning to her work, and to be a well to draw motivation from. In the medical field, you are taught (and encouraged, in fact) to distance yourself from patients. Constantly providing physical care for people is draining,…

Nurse's Week

Happy National Nurse Week! Thank you for your work. Nurses do incredible work every day of the year, but May 6-12 is an extra special time to celebrate the hard work that nurses do. On the train of celebration, let’s reflect on the highlights of being a nurse. Nursing can be extremely difficult, but there…

6 Ways to Help Your Patients Overcome Needle Phobia

Working in pediatrics has given me ample time to work on addressing needle phobia. Sometimes I don’t even have a needle visible, and the simple act of reaching out to feel for a vein causes an immediate screaming tantrum – complete with kicking and flailing and all out hysteria. Needle phobia is estimated to be…

Tips to help with application process

I have some big news for those who have been regular readers of my blog – I accepted a new nursing position! I’ve been interested in pursuing research and saw the job posting on my local university’s website at the beginning of January. I thought the position sounded interesting and exciting. I decided to apply,…

How to make a hospital stay better

I would guess that the hospital is not on anyone’s “bucket list of places to go.” Most people don’t want to be separated from their home environment and/or suffering from a debilitating medical condition. Most people don’t want to spend their savings on medical bills rather than a destination vacation. Most people don’t want to…

Virtual Annual Review Meeting

It’s that time of year at my work: annual reviews. Each year, every employee is sent a self-evaluation document to assess how well the year went as far as meeting goals and performance quality. I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy looking back on a year’s worth of work and trying to summarize…

bored commute

When you work a job for an extended amount of time, it’s easy to fall into a routine. Get up, drive to work, do what’s required, drive home, unwind, and gear up for the next day of work. If you aren’t careful, the hum-drum of it all goes into overdrive and you wind up in…

pediatric diabetes research

Hello readers! It’s been quite a long time. Some of you might have read my previous blogs, but as with everyone, life has looked dramatically different since the start of COVID-19. I’m grateful to be able to share words with you once again, as a nurse and human being experiencing my tumultuous, beautiful, fragile day-to-day…

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