New to Nursing? 4 Pieces of Advice Nursing Grads Need to Know!

The first few years of nursing are no picnic. Nursing is a challenging and emotionally taxing profession that can be overwhelming for a new nurse. From day one, you must hold the lives of others in your hands. It is an enormous undertaking, and it is easy to beat yourself up for not being perfect….

The Best and Worst Specialties for Nurses in 2022

Nearly 1,500 nurses shed light on the best and worst nursing specialties of 2022 in light of COVID. Here is a list of the specialties to take a closer look at and the ones you might want to avoid during these unprecedented and uncertain times. The Best Specialties for Nurses in 2022 Nursing has multiple…

I just returned from a week-long hiatus from work, spending time out in the mountains with my husband. We had a small window of free time in-between graduate school semesters, so we made the trek out to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park for a change of scenery and change of pace. We hiked,…

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…

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…

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…

“After nursing school, are you going to become a doctor?” The first time I was asked this, I gave the inquirer a strange look and replied with a sassy, “No…I’m going to be a nurse.” It wasn’t until the third time I was asked the same question I realized that people genuinely didn’t understand the…

In the latest episode of myRNpodast, Shelly Baas, RN, discusses her career choice to work in Hospice Care.  Click here to listen to Episode 4.    Shelly Baas took an unconventional path to nursing. She focused on pre-pharmacy which was heavy on biology and chemistry. Then she switched to English, but as the debts began…

I recently returned from a week-long vacation overseas. My return to work was a jolt back to reality. I began the week in OB/GYN, working two long days full of pregnant women, ultrasounds, and everything women’s health. I’ve been spending the latter part of the workweek in family practice, broadening my patient population to include…