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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...

The Biggest Mistake: Are You Holding Your Breath?

OK- you've found this blog so you're either a nurse or a nursing student. And what's one thing that every single nurse and/or nursing student knows? That's right! [Tweet "We need oxygen to survive."] Common sense, right? If the air doesn't come in through our...

Reiki in Nursing: What the Heck is Reiki Practice?

Whenever I speak to a group of nurses about Reiki, the number one question I get asked is: 'What the heck IS Reiki Practice?' While that is a great question, it is also a difficult one to answer. As a Reiki Nurse who uses Reiki as a self-care tool on a daily basis, I...

3 Steps to Getting the Nursing Career You Want

Let me ask you some nursing career related questions. See if any of the below reflective items resonate with you. Are you constantly feeling like your to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer? Like there’s never any time to get things done and you keep falling...

New Nursing Practice: Focus on the Strengths

Imagine this: You're sitting in your nursing professional practice council meeting. The topic comes up around creating an educational intervention for the clinical nursing staff around the topic of career resilience. The group starts discussing logistics of the...

How to Fit Mindfulness into a Busy Nursing Career

Picture this: You walk into the storage room on your unit and stare at the materials cart, unable to remember what you are there for. Or how about this one? You enter Mr. Smith's room and when you do you suddenly cannot recall what you were going to ask the patient in...

Learn from Dr. Rachel Silva, NP

As I shared in my post, ‘Words of Wisdom: The Best Nursing Advice Ever Received‘, my intention is to highlight nurses who have helped, inspired, and shared great wisdom with me along my nurse entrepreneur journey. Today, I'd like to introduce you to Dr. Rachel Silva,...

Meet Nurse Entrepreneur Erica MacDonald

As I shared in my original post, 'Words of Wisdom: The Best Nursing Advice Ever Received', my intention is to highlight nurses who have helped, inspired, and shared great wisdom with me along my nurse entrepreneur journey. Today I introduce you to my friend and...

Words of Wisdom: The Best Nursing Advice Ever Received

I was contacted by the folks at Fastaff (a travel nursing agency) originally to write a post about a nurse who inspired me as part of their Nurse's Week give-away. Since I am a nurse who enjoys an uplifting, inspiring and professionally focused Nurse's Week (see here...

Celebrate Nurse’s Week with the Art of Nursing

Last year was the inaugural Art of Nursing event. This virtual conference boasted nursing professionals from all spans of nurse careers. These nurse pioneers included keynote speakers, published authors, nurse coaches nursing professors and more. While the program was...

From Frustrated to Fulfilled: A Book for Nurses

“What a beautiful blend of story and strategy. Lorie Brown and the nurse authors of ‘From Frustrated to Fulfilled’ weave together solutions in such a heartfelt and authentic way, you can’t help but feel inspired. This group shares the tools you need to step into your...

How to Connect with Your Patients: 3 Easy Steps

Picture this: you're in the medication room, getting your AM meds ready. Your pager's going off; the phone's for you; the charge nurse is telling you your patient is ready for their CT scan. Everything seems to be happening all at once. How do you handle this? How can...

Exercise as a Busy Nurse: What’s the Point?

So when you read this blog post title, you may think to yourself: "Exactly! I'm a nurse. I work on my feet ALL day. Why do I need to exercise? Better yet, how do I exercise when I am so drained from a busy work day?" Great question- and you know what, I hear you. To...

The Number One Secret to Nursing Career Advancement

I'll get right to the point. There are a TON of things you can do to advance your nursing career. Think about it... we've got Continuing education Advanced degrees Certificate programs Workshops, in-services, and webinars The list could go on and on. But let me ask...

4 Simple Steps to Re-Inventing Your Nursing Career

While there are many reasons for nurse burnout (difficult patients, unhealthy work environments, co-worker hostility, and patient acuity to name a few) the issues you may face during your nursing career are external. Think about it- the examples given all have to do...

I Saw a Pimp Today

What? Shocking title, huh? Good. Now that I've got your attention- here's the story and it's follow up teaching point... I was walking down the street in the city today. A man was walking on the sidewalk, coming towards me from the opposite direction. He was wearing a...

Top 5 Quotes to Inspire Nurses

Today is a Monday. Which, for me, typically means writing a new blog post. Well, I had a very 'busy' day... two calls about the Art of Nursing 2.0 program with CNOs; two video interviews taped for the same. Lots of emails, social media sharing and reading of nurse...

Save Me! I Can’t Stand My Boss.

Boss. Co-Worker. Preceptor. Colleague... You name it; we've all had someone that we work with who we cannot stand to be around. Here's an email I received from a nurse in Texas. Dear Elizabeth, Hi my name is Teddy. I'm not sure if you can help me, but I read your blog...

Help! I Can’t Stop Thinking About Work

Here's a note I recently received from a new graduate asking about how to deal with stress in her role as a RN on a busy medicine unit... Dear Elizabeth, I graduated from nursing school about eight months ago. I was fortunate to find a job very quickly and felt so...

3 Stress Relief Tips for Nurses

It's interesting to me that as nurses we can offer and provide holistic health and healing to our patients. We can take care of and cater to our families and friends. We can even show up as role-models in our communities. Yet when it comes to our own self, our nursing...

How to Reduce Stress in Your Nursing Career

It's no secret that having a nursing career can be stressful stuff. With obstacles to successful work-life balance, nurses need techniques that will help us relieve stress. And I've said this time and time again, what works for one may not be the remedy for everyone....

How Can Nurses Enjoy Total Well-Being?

Being that we as nurses have loads on our plates, we may wonder from time-to-time, 'How can I focus on all aspects of my self-care at once?' Good news! You don't have to. Today's video blog wraps up our FASTrack System to Total Well-Being and you'll receive one...

Unsure Where Your Nursing Career is Going?

Where is your nursing career going?  For some of us, we can answer that question with confident clarity. For others, we don't even want to read further as we're already feeling a freaked out sense of overwhelm. Depending on where you are with respect to your nursing...

Nurse Practitioner Podcast with Dr. Rachel Silva

Sharing some resources for nurses today... Want to get your new year started off with a great and succinct read? Check out Rachel Silva's Nurse Practitioner Podcast where she interviews me about Nursing from Within. Here's a bit of what Dr. Silva thought about the...

How Far has Your Nursing Career Come?

Sometimes when you're feeling stuck in your nursing career is to focus on how far you've come instead of where you want to go. Yes, I write a lot about envisioning the nursing job of your dreams... yet if you're frustrated by the lack of forward movement or the lack...

How Resilience Impacts Your Nursing Career

This is the first day of the year that I can say I am physically 'well'. I know right; we're already fourteen days in... And as nurses, I am sure you 'get' the correlation between physical health and professional productivity since all we hear about these days are...

Nurses, It’s OK to Toot Your Own Horn

Sometimes when I hear the word 'nurse' or see our nursing profession portrayed by the media, I get this image of a martyr stuck in my head. While part of the issue is that the public may not entirely know what nurses do or the vast majority of nursing careers out...

One Way to Get What You Want Out of Nursing

The nursing profession is huge. It is a vast space, filled with amazing opportunity. Due to the sheer numbers of nurses working in the variety of nursing careers, it can feel both thrilling and overwhelming... all at the same time! A Cute Short Story My pup Rusty is a...

What’s Your Perspective Like?

The nursing profession can be a tough one and your nursing career can get on your nerves from time-to-time. I've been there, just as many of you out there have too, wondering if a career alternative in nursing is what I want (and need). It's been cold here in...

Rest Well, Dear Nurse

I almost missed the boat. The daily self-blog challenge. I was driving home from the Reiki Share I just attended and realized I had not yet written for the day. So to keep today's post short and sweet, I want to ask you a serious question: what do you do for downtime?...

Nursing Career Alternatives: Make a Decision

The beauty of the nursing profession is that we have many, many options when it comes to our nursing career alternatives. However, have you ever noticed that our greatest asset can potentially be our largest downfall? I offered an article in a LinkedIn group that...

Nursing Books: What are You Reading this Year?

Nursing books or non-nursing books, reading is a good thing. Yes, at times it makes sense to read books from the healthcare sector so that we can stay up-to-date with the ever-changing healthcare system. And it makes sense to read non-nursing books. We can certainly...

Feel the Nursing Career You Desire

OMG! I almost forgot to blog. And it's only been one day. I just stated yesterday that I am committed to blogging on a daily basis and I am sitting here getting ready for bed and realized... I didn't write yet! You gotta remind me, readers. LOL. So my husband and I...

12 Tips for Self-Care in the New Year

This past week I had the honor of interviewing one of my favorite authors on Reiki Radio. Amy Z. Rowland, author of 'Reiki for the Heart and Soul' joined me this past Monday for a beautifully resourceful interview. Not only did Amy share her passion for and wisdom of...

A Fresh Start for Your Nursing Career

Short and Sweet Well, it's that time again. The final day of another year. 2014. It comes to an end today. (Boy, does this sound dramatic.) And in some ways, it is. On the other hand, in the grand scheme of things, a year is but a blink of an eye. But it is a chance...

3 Ways to Joy in Nursing Careers

In the Thick of It The holiday season is upon us. Right upon us, for those of us who celebrate Christmas. And I must admit, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this time of year. Well, in talking with my sister this past fall- apparently I love all times of year. (But that's another...

Charlotte L. Cuneo Joins Reiki Radio

Charlotte L. Cuneo, MSN. RN, CCAP is a Clinical Nurse Educator for a general medical floor at Boston Medical Center. As a member on the hospital's Integrative Care Committee, Charlotte helps plan educational offerings for nurses and participates in integrative...

It’s Not Us; We Swear!

Attaching an Odor The other day I was at the hospital and had a meeting on the ninth floor. When I got on, there were already two people riding the elevator, who exited on the fourth floor. As soon as the door closed, I looked at the person next to me and said “What...

Action Steps for Total Well-Being

As a nurse, are you always in action? Do you move from one goal to the next? This week, in the second step of the FASTrack system, I encourage you to feel the benefits of your actions. Allow yourself to reflect on the outcomes of your goals. For more information and...

Pamela Miles Joins Reiki Radio

Pamela Miles is an international Reiki master, medical Reiki pioneer, and author of the award-winning REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide. In 28 years practicing Reiki, she has created in-hospital programs; presented and taught in academic medical centers, including Harvard,...

Give Thanks for Nursing

Happy (early) Thanksgiving! (to those reading who celebrate) Gosh, I always want to celebrate holidays on my blog and then am aware that this wonderful thing called the world wide web is actually- world wide. But really, Happy Thanksgiving- to you all. Even if you do...

‘F’ for Fundamental: A Video Blog

In this five-part video series, Elizabeth Scala takes you through her process for total well-being. This week we start off with the F in this series: for fundamentals. Enjoy this first video as Elizabeth shares with you the first steps to optimal wellness and holistic...

Penelope Quest, MSc, BA, Cert.Ed. Joins Reiki Radio

Penelope Quest, MSc, BA, Cert.Ed, is an internationally renowned Reiki Master and Author who has been teaching workshops on healing, personal growth and spiritual development in Britain for more than twenty years.  She is the author of five best-selling award-winning...

Is it Ever Silent in a Nursing Career?

Silence. Ha! I bet you read the title of this post and thought to yourself "'silent' and 'nursing career': those are two words that never go together".  Or maybe something like this: "Don't say the 'Q' word... something's bound to go wrong now!" It seems that when we...

Introducing the FASTrack to Total-Well Being

How would you like to reach your wellness goals? Are you looking to make career changes? In this next five part video series, Elizabeth Scala will take you through her four step process. This FASTrack to total well-being is an easy process to getting what you want out...

Why Travel in Your Nursing Career?

When you hear the terms 'travel' and 'nursing' together you may automatically think of a nursing career as a travel nurse. It's OK- I do too. And while travel nursing always seemed like a fantasy to me, something I dreamed of doing in my nursing career- I never did....

What is at the Core of Nursing from Within™?

Nursing from Within™ is a four step process to help nurses make inner shifts to more greatly enjoy their external nursing environments. In the past several weeks, we have travelled through the four steps of this nursing model: Play Letting Go Appreciation Your...

Kathie Lipinski RN, MSN, CH Joins Reiki Radio

Kathie Lipinski, RN, MSN, CH is a holistic nurse and certified hypnotist in private practice. She is a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, and Jikiden Reiki practitioner. Kathie has taught Reiki at various NYC hospitals, nursing schools and VA Center.  Kathie is also...

3 Tips for Reiki Nurses

Being a Reiki Nurse can be challenging. Why? Because although Reiki is making its way into mainstream trends; it still is not fully accepted by everyone in the medical community. Some folks are skeptical of Reiki Practice and see it is 'woo-woo nonsense'. Others are...

Happy Halloween Nurses!

Halloween is absolutely one of my favorite holidays. I don't know if it's the candy, the dress up or the chance to play... I simply adore Halloween. If you live in Maryland, you should drive by and check out the decorations that dress my home this great month of...

Healthy Nurses Impact the Health of Our World

There is a lot of discussion these days on global disease. Public health. With viruses that travel overseas and infect our populations through the caregivers practicing healthcare; we have got to remain healthy as a nursing population so that we can best impact the...

Time Management Tips for Busy Nurses

Nursing is a demanding job and it can often feel as though there are not enough hours in the day to complete all of your tasks. Using these time management tips for nurses is one way to make your life a little easier, as well as getting more done! Nursing is a...

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