• Dressed in White

    It’s funny; I love the full-fledged fashion in scrubs available to nurses today, but at the same time, a little part of me still likes the look of the old time nursing uniform, with its crisp, professional look. Although the days when all nurses wear white are long gone, some stalwart nurses still stick to the old class look. Take Leona Campbell, for example. Throughout the decades that she was a nurse, she stuck […]

  • Scrubs For All

    Once upon a time, only doctors and nurses wore scrubs. Those days are long gone, together with the days of beepers and station wagons (remember those?). Nowadays, many employees who work in healthcare are required to wear medical scrubs, although they aren’t nurses, and many who don’t work in healthcare wear scrubs, too. Even regular folks wear nursing scrubs, since they’re so comfortable and easy to wear. Surprising, right? I also think scrubs can […]

  • Summer Staycation

    Everyone needs a vacation. Period. You go too long without one… you crash and burn. Or to be more accurate, you end up sprawled on your couch in days old pj’s crying a river over a tub of Ben and Jerry’s. True story. Bottom line is, life is full of stressors. And if we don’t take time to decompress, we suffer, and the people around us suffer. Let’s take you for instance, the happy-go-lucky […]

  • Gigi Hadid: A Stained Glass Godess

    If we had a king and queen here in the big ole US of A, there would be a royal ball each year. Naturally. We do not, though… have a king… or a queen… in which case, sadly, there is no ball. BUT. We’ve got something really, realllly close to that royal ball, only it’s called the Met Gala. And if we’re still using analogies I will go so far as to say that […]

  • National Autism Awareness Month

    April is National Autism Awareness Month. And considering that about 1 in 68 children has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and that it is reported across ALL racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, chances are that you, my dear pediatric nurse, have come across your fair share of autistic patients. Let’s get the facts straight, though. ASD is not, as the masses are wont to think, a single mental disorder. In fact, there […]

  • Why You Should Be Dating a Nurse This Valentine’s Day

    As if you needed a reason; am I right??? In all seriousness, though, dating a nurse isn’t all red roses and Godiva chocolates. There’s a non-conventional work schedule to contend with, crazy hours, emergencies, exhaustion… And the list goes on. In fact, if you’re dating a nurse this Valentine’s Day, you may be taking a rain check and celebrating on the 15th or 16th because, y’know, 12 hour shifts. On the flip side, though, […]

  • Gone Gifting

    If you’re a responsible human being who takes care of holiday gifts well before the holidays set in, please skip this piece and move on with your life. If, on the other hand, you’re as irresponsible as someone I may or may not know (please stop guessing; it’s rude!) then read on!! SO- as you’ve surmised, the holidays are upon us- like really, really, REALLY upon us. And as I’ve surmised, there are still […]

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    I’ve got a bone to pick with all you nurses… Don’t get flustered just yet, though; hear me out. So there’s this notion among y’all that when it comes to your personal health, you’re invincible. I know, I know; it’s not because you literally think you’ve got something the rest of mankind doesn’t. I know how it is- life is busy, particularly YOUR life as a nurse, and since most of the time your […]

  • Stressed Out Much??

    As of this moment, Thoughtful Thursday is a thing, and I’ve got a thinking question for y’all! What does your ‘Nurse Utopia’ look like?? I know what’s running through your mind; ‘nurse’ and ‘utopia’ do NOT belong in the same sentence. But, hey, I asked you to think so hit me with your best! Does it involve adequate sleep? A healthy BMI? A perfect work/home balance? How about a constantly advancing career? Or proper […]

  • Patient Safety Awareness Week

    ‘Up to 98,000 patients die annually in hospitals due to medical errors… An estimated 1.7 million healthcare associated infections occur each year leading to 99,000 deaths… Adverse medication events cause more than 770,000 injuries and deaths each year at a cost as high as $5.6 billion annually…’ Negative Nancy, much? Maybe. But that’s just because these number are REAL, people. And they’re courtesy of none other than the Center for Patient Safety. Don’t get […]

  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue; It’s Valentine’s Day, Here’s a Gift For You!

    If I had to think of one subset of humans who deserve extra special love on Valentine’s Day, I’d choose nurses. Duh! Nurses are the ones who spend their days and nights caring for and loving strangers as if they were their own flesh and blood, and while a plush white teddy bear clutching a shiny red heart and a box of Godiva chocolates is really quite nice, let’s be real; nurses deserve something […]

  • RESOLUTIONS REVISED

    Well, folks, now that Santa’s returned to the frosty North Pole, it’s time to get a move on those New Year’s Resolutions. No-no-no, that wasn’t code for roll your eyes and sigh. Sure, New Year’s Resolutions have a pretty high failure rate. In fact, January tends to go something like this: First week of January- gym memberships swell and diet books fly off the shelves. Second week of January- Ben and Jerry’s does really […]

  • Giving Thanks

    The general population seems to be under the impression that the Thanksgiving feast is the be-all and end-all of the holiday. While I do love me some roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, topped off with a piece of buttery smooth pumpkin pie, the Thanksgiving holiday is a lot more than the delicacies it’s become synonymous with. Not buying it? I’ll prove it! Many nurses are on call Thanksgiving, their feasts consisting of carrot sticks […]

  • Top Summer Reads

    If I were asked to describe ‘summer,’ it would go something like this. Sandy beaches and skimpy bikinis… afternoon picnics and pleasant bike rides…tantalizing barbecues and gooey smores…creamy ice cream and ice-cold lemonade… You feeling me?? I’m sure you are. I’m also pretty sure you’re feeling that stethoscope around your neck. *big, fat, audible sigh* Despite the fact that medicine never goes on vacation, keep in mind that summer is not merely a season, […]

  • Valentine’s Day On a Budget

    If you’re a nurse or a nursing student, chances are you’re on a budget. Chances are you also looked at the title of this post and loudly proclaimed, ‘not possible!’ Well, I beg to differ. Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your love in the truest form possible, not necessarily about shelling out the big bucks. Turns out you’ll be scrubbing in and taking the Valentine’s Day shift? Not a problem. Showing your loved […]

  • The Quick & Easy Nurse Hairdo

    Let me begin by saying that if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to read this page. My hair needs attention and work. Honestly it’s not god-awful, but it sure needs my TLC! The frizz, the limpness… it’s just not very amicable. I’ve been on this never ending chase to look for hairstyles that work on any given day, regardless of the weather, my mood or how much time I have on […]

  • 16 Nursing Blogs You NEED To Read

    Dare I say it? Blogs are my guilty pleasure. The good ones, obviously! And I’m not alone in that sentiment. According to WordPress, the most popular blogging platform, over 409 million (!) people view more than 14.5 billion (!!) pages each month. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 31 million bloggers. Talk about strength in numbers!  People view blogs as online journals, which in a certain respect they are. Blogging, however, […]

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