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Why Choose Nursing as a Career?

As potential nursing students take time this summer to decide whether or not a nursing career is for them... I thought that we'd utilize this week's blog space to help them out. While this blog could be aimed specifically at young men and women who are considering the...

My Nursing Unit is Unsafe! What Does a Nurse Do?

June is National Patient Safety Month and nurses are a captive audience when it comes to safety measures in the workplace. When a nurse feels that there nursing unit is unsafe, they can be compelled to DO something about it. It is crucial that we set up systems and...

Will Adding More Staff Reduce Nursing Stress?

Nurses experience the stress of their nursing careers in a variety of ways. Some nurses find they take work home with them, unable to think about anything else after their shift is over. Others note their emotions are all over the place: one day happy, the next sad,...

Happy Nurse’s Week!

Nurse's Week is upon us. First off, I want to wish each and every nursing student, new to experienced nurse, and even retired nurses a very warm and wonderful Nurse's Week to you. You ought to be extremely proud to be in this profession of nursing. I know I sure am!...

Resilient Nurses Don’t Do This

Nurse Cathy was sitting in the break room early one Saturday, waiting for report. She got to work extra early since this was her weekend to round with the weekend attending. She wanted time to review the charts, check in with the night shift staff, and get something...

Feeling Fatigued? Strategies for Nurse Resilience

Nurse burnout affects the whole person. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically the nurse can be depleted from the long hours, heavy workload, and taxing environment. Unsurprisingly, The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked nurses fifth of all occupations in...

Giving New Nurse Graduates Tips for Retention

Nurse leaders are often challenged with retaining quality nursing staff. In fact, national turnover rates are on the rise. In 2015 the bedside RN turnover rate increased to, 16.4%, up from 11.2% in 2011 (2015 National Healthcare Retention & RN Staffing Report)....

Four Ways to Build Respect for Nurses Today!

Guest Post by Beth Boynton Nurses are very smart professionals who provide highly skilled service and navigate complex workplace dynamics.  Nursing school is tough to get into and the academic and clinical demands are extraordinarily rigorous. The public ranks us as...

Resiliency Strategies for the Nursing Community

In healthcare we often operate within certain structures. For example, we are employed overall by an organization. Within that institution, we may find ourselves working in a department of nursing. Each department often houses many nursing units. And then nursing...

Appreciate Nursing. Appreciate the Nurse.

Last month, I was on a call with a business owner. This man, while telling me about his company, started talking about nurses and the nursing profession. Now, he warned me first with saying, 'You know, I'm not a nurse', but then went on to adamantly talk about...

Is a Nursing Career Change in Your Future?

The profession of nursing has often been described by a whole host of adjectives, ranging all over the spectrum of like-ability. Nurses call nursing words like tough, rewarding, hard, energizing, exciting, or exhausting. When asked, a nurse may say that they enjoy the...

Nurses, Need Help with Difficult Conversations?

Nurses are introduced to topics like communication and delegation in nursing school. Texts are provided that teach subjects like interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and communication as it relates to patient safety. Delegation can be even...

How to Navigate Death and the Dying Process

Death is not a foreign concept in nursing. We help elderly patients transition, even when no family is present at the bedside. We provide a shoulder to cry on when a husband loses his lifelong spouse to cancer. We are there in grounded silence as a parent questions...

Inspired Change: Delegated by Nurses or Not?

Nursing is a fascinating profession, with a rich history. We come from a founder in Florence Nightingale who had great vision for the nursing career. She instilled values of teamwork, leadership, research and a healing environment into her work which has been passed...

A Vision for Nurse Leaders: Top Tips for Success

Recently, I asked a question on my LinkedIn profile, that received a lot of attention. The responses that followed were inspiring, upbeat, and amazing. This was beautifully surprising for me... so much so, I would like to take this space to share with you these...

Nursing and Different Types of Patient Populations

Nurses work with a wide variety of patients on a daily basis. Specialty work can include areas such as oncology, emergency, and psychiatric nursing, to name a few. Then there is the age difference. Nurses take care of neonates, geriatric patients, and everything in...

An Unconventional Burnout Prevention Plan

An Unconventional Burnout Prevention Plan There is often a thin line on how much personal information a nurse may share about him or herself. The nurse may worry how sharing what he or she is struggling with will be perceived by peers. "Are they going to think I am...

A Strategy for Nurse Leaders: Proactive Planning

Now that we've completed the first month of this 2016 year, it can be a good time to reassess the plans that you made for the New Year. As a nurse, often we look at our nursing careers to see how far they have come and what we would like to accomplish in the upcoming...

Reconnect to the Nurse Within via the Art of Nursing

Recently I received an email from a nurse, struggling to balance being a nurse with... well, quite frankly... being a nurse. I'll share it here (anonymously and with slight shifts to protect this nurse's privacy) as through simply reading this email, you'll understand...

A Surprising Way to Decrease Stress in Nursing

What if I told you that it wasn't the patient load that was actually stressing nurses out in the workplace? Would you believe me? Think about it. Most nurses go into the profession of nursing to care for sick patients. So even those days when we have one too many to...

How to Blend Art & Science in Your Nursing Career

Many nurses enter their nursing careers, wanting to help patients. We want to spend time with our patients and their families, helping them along their healing journey. However, once we get into the nursing profession, what tends to happen? We realize our jobs are...

Goal Setting in Nursing: How to Reach Success

With the New Year closing in, this is a perfect time for all nurses to review their professional plans. Sure, we go through an annual evaluation as an employee of our organization. And it's an even better idea to do this on a regular basis for your own nursing career...

A Year in Review: Top 10 Blog Posts for Nurses in 2015

WOW. Another year. Each one keeps getting better than the next! I have some really big goals for the upcoming year, yet before we move forward... it's always a good idea to reflect. In fact, one of my spiritual teachers often says, 'we can learn so much from standing...

Make a Personal Connection with the Art of Nursing

Many nurses enter the nursing profession with the desire to help patients heal. We want to teach, take care of and advocate for our patient populations. However, once we get into our nursing careers, what tends to happen? We realize our roles are busy. We are faced...

Nursing Blog Features: In Glorious Gratitude

Being that we are fast-approaching the holiday of Thanksgiving here in the United States, I have felt my heart surge full of joy and appreciation. In the recent weeks, my blog has received numerous honors and awards. I wanted to take a post here to share with you...

In Gratitude for Nursing

I know I've said this before, but gosh... I'm so grateful that I am a nurse. My main reason for this? The enormous amount of opportunity. The fact that we don't have to stay stuck in one place, one position forever. These days, when I hear the word 'nurse', my mind...

How to Fit in the Art of Nursing

Many of us go into the nursing profession to provide care and healing to the patients we take care of. While the science of nursing is moving full speed ahead, at times the overwhelming of competing priorities we have to take care of as nurse professionals leave us...

Savvy Networking for Nurses: A Book Review

I had the pleasure and honor of reviewing Keith Carlson's book, 'Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century' before publishing. It was a real treat to dive into this wonderful nurse author's content. And of course... I...

My New Florence Nightingale Shoe

This post was created in partnership with Naturalizer. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Naturalizer. For those of you who know me, I trust when you think of me and what I like to wear in terms of shoes, you get a pretty distinct image of...

Letting Go: How to Handle this Touchy Subject

Last month I engaged in two experiences that dealt with this notion of letting go. First, I spoke at the Wyoming Nurse's Association Annual Convention. Part of my talk involved introducing these nurses to the Nursing from Within process. As I found myself in the...

How a Non-Reaction is the Most Effective One

I recently saw this photo on social media (among many, for sure) in response to the events last month during the week of September 14th. This was the day that the comments were made on the daytime television program about stethoscopes and scrubs. Once this photo was...

Freedom to Be Your Best Nurse

Nursing can be tough work. We've got teams to 'play' with, supervisors to report to and organizations to align with. It can seem as though the policies are consistently in a state of flux and the rules keep coming at us. I know I have felt a sense of exasperation and...

The First Step to Creating a Nurse Leader in You

Nursing leaders are looking for nurses who stand out from the crowd. In fact, I would bet that most nurses at the executive level would like ALL of their staff to speak, act and behave like a nursing leader. So as nurses, many of us desire to excel in this way. Not...

Be Your Best Nurse: Be Yourself

I'd like to share another excerpt from my book, 'Your Next Shift'. This next section has to do with being the best nurse you can be: YOU! Sometimes when we get into the profession of nursing there are so many people around us... we can start to lose sight of who we...

How to Handle Challenging Personalities

Working in a nurse team can be tough. We've got various roles, which can mean diverse personalities. Some co-workers we can get along with while others it may be a bit more challenging. Yet as we know- we've got to work in collaborative ways with our colleagues so...

More Different Roles in Nursing

You might get sick of hearing me say this- but it is the foundation of what I do here on this blog. While I never 'wanted' to become a nurse and sort of 'found' my way into it... I now realize that I am a nurse from the inside out. Even though I've never worked on a...

How to Deal with Difficult Co-Workers (Part II)

Last week we talked about a mindset you can choose to have when dealing with a negative environment in your workplace. If you missed last week's video, you can certainly review it here. This week we continue on with this discussion and I give you two practical tips on...

How to Deal with Difficult Co-Workers (Part I)

The other day I was walking through the hospital and realized just how many people are there! No really, I always 'knew' in my mental mind about how many patients, families, and staff walk through a hospital on a daily basis. I just was in awe of the awareness I had...

Beat Procrastination with 3 Simple Steps

"Procrastination is second nature And prone to exotic nomenclature I think the more we put it off the more we Are likely to end up in purgatory" -moe The above are lyrics to a song by my favorite band, moe. I kept hearing the first line over and over in my head as I...

FAQs: Get Insider Information on Your Next Shift

Join Us for a Q&A Call About the Your Next Shift Workshop Got questions about Elizabeth's upcoming two-day intensive this fall? Join us for this Q&A call to get more information. Here's a list of some already frequently asked questions. Register for the...

Nursing from Within: Spirituality in Nursing

I often hear similar struggles from nurses I meet online, in person, and via email. To help with one aspect of nurse burnout- the drained energy it can produce- I'd like to share an excerpt from my bestselling book, 'Nursing from Within'. I hope this helps invite more...

A Fun Way to Relieve Stress as a Nurse

One of my number one values is fun. That's right, I want to have a good time. And I thoroughly believe that in enjoying ourselves we can relieve some of this nasty stuff we call stress in nursing. I recently posted an intentional action item in the Your Next Shift...

What Different Types of Nurses Are There?

If you've been following my work, I'm sure you've heard me say I never wanted to be a nurse. It wasn't one of the jobs I responded to: 'What do you want to do when you grow up?' as a child. Interestingly enough, here I am. And as a nurse, I've been realizing that I do...

Practical Tips to Prevent Nurse Burnout

Nurse burnout is no joke. And what's more... I am sure we've all experienced it at one time or another. Whether we feel tired while at work or overwhelmed at the thought of going back in during our day off- having a nursing career can be tough. A recent article on...

The Secret to Dressing for Success, as a Clinician

Guest Post by Martie Moore, CNO, Medline The secret to dressing for success is more about how confident you feel in your must-have clothing items. Have you ever put on an outfit for a big event, meeting or presentation that didn’t fit you just right and found yourself...

Healthy Behaviors (On a Shoe-String Budget)

I had a great comment come through from a nurse who participated in the Art of Nursing 2.0. In her overall program survey, she said something along the lines of  this: "We can teach all this but if socioeconomic barriers stands in the way of purchasing and groceries,...

What Your Nursing Career Path Can Teach You

I'd like to share a short excerpt from my most recent book, 'Your Next Shift' (for full book page, click here). I've decided to share this part of the book with you today, as it is so relevant to all of the shifts that are occurring in healthcare. I hope this helps...

An Unconventional Way to Help in An Emergency

I'll never forget my nurse residency program as a brand new graduate nurse. I was terrified. Not only that, I had an attitude. Gosh- to think back on how rudely I acted... it was embarrassing. (Quick side bar: The good news is I got to apologize to a room full of...

How Clear Are You?

I get emails all of the time from folks asking me about my work. They tend to be long-winded and jumbled with the topics dancing all over the place. I do my best to respond to each and every one of these requests, however over time, I've noticed a common theme. The...

Secrets to Stress Reduction: 3 Strategies for Nurses

It's fascinating to me that what we focus on, expands. I'm doing this summer training on list building (email list) and I have found that when I focus on building my list, it grows more quickly! What does this have to do with stress reduction and busy nurses? Well,...

A New Twist on Delegation: How to Effectively Team Up

Here's another email question from a reader. I hope this topic can help you as well... Dear Elizabeth, How can I professionally address the need for help from my co-workers without them getting upset? As an RN, there are many times that I need to request an aide to do...

The Very Best Way to Deal with Negative Co-Workers

[Tweet "“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." -Marianne Williamson"] I'd like to share a short excerpt today from my bestselling book, 'Nursing from Within' (see book page for more details): When you make...

Time-Management… Or Poorly Managed Time?

Here's an email I received just the other day... sharing a snippet... does it sound familiar? Dear Elizabeth, Gosh, I see you all over the internet. How do you do it all? Anyway, I've been following your work and I'm just starting out. I'm making a career change and...

Virtual Reiki Shares for Nurses

So, for those of you who do not know, I attempt to host a monthly Reiki share. In not one, but two places. And guess what? No surprise to me or any busy nurse reading... they are poorly attended. Why? Well, it's not because people don't enjoy them. They do- in fact,...

Your Next Shift Announces Massive Change!

First off, I do want to apologize upfront for this lengthy post. I tend to a long-winded writer and it's really hard for me to keep it short and sweet. However, I do want to share with you the backstory behind this massive shift... because you asked. And so I...

How Being the Perfect Nurse Can Ruin Your Career

Recently I went to the American Holistic Nurse Association Conference in Branson, MO. It was an absolutely amazing experience. Now, I had been before, but for some reason this year was magical. If you haven't been to an AHNA Conference, I highly recommend it. In fact,...

Feeling Micromanaged? How to Rise Above as a Nurse

Micromanagement. Yuck, what an icky term. Even the word sounds defeating to me. I can imagine that you hear the word 'micromanage' and a chill runs down your spine as you think of an old boss that did you wrong. Guess what? I can too... I've had my fair share of...

How to Have Fun as a Nurse

Two weeks ago I shared a post about the do's and don't of our nursing careers. It was awesome that this post received so much attention from readers, however one comment struck me. Brittney Wilson, aka the Nerdy Nurse, left a comment on this post that read: “Have Fun”...

Benefits of Reiki Practice in Nursing

Last week we talked about some of the benefits from Reiki Practice for nurse professionals. To build upon this, we have part two of this two-part video series. In today's video I highlight some of the ways that Reiki Practice and nursing careers can be blended...

Benefits of Reiki Practice for Nurses

Over the past several weeks, I have been sharing blog posts and videos about Reiki Practice. In this first video of an upcoming two-part video series, I speak to some of the self-care benefits Reiki Practice has gifted me. As you heard, for me, Reiki has helped me in...

No Time? Don’t Let Nursing Take Over Your Life!

There's no denying it that being a nurse can be a busy profession. As a nurse, like me, I am sure that you are used to shift work, holiday schedules, weekend commitments, and overtime hours (both scheduled and unplanned). It can start to feel... with all this work......

Reiki: Breaking Down Myths & Sharing Facts

Reiki Practice is a challenge to understand. If you go to Google and type in 'Reiki', you can find all sorts of information. From those in complete harmony with this spiritual healing practice to people who berate it as nonsense, what you'll find on Reiki Practice is...

Virtual Book Tour: Nurse Bloggers Unite!

I'd like to dedicate this post to a group of nurse bloggers who rock! This week we are in the midst of the 'Your Next Shift' virtual book tour. Nursing blogs from across the country are coming together in collaboration. Here is where you can find the entire (and...

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