The Challenge for New Nurses When Caring for the Aged

November 9th, 2013 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

Compassion and a nurturing nature are typical personality traits for any individuals who choose to enter the nursing field. A desire to help the sick and injured, as well as great determination, are also pre-requisites that equip these honourable people for their profession. When new nurses actually begin their first positions after completing nursing school, […]


Going the Extra Mile: The Growing Need For Nurses With an MSN

April 25th, 2013 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

The US healthcare industry is undergoing major changes in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, while Canada strives to sustain the tenets of the Canada Health Act. Much of the impact of global changes to healthcare policy falls on the nurse at the point of care. As patient advocates, nurses must be prepared to […]


The Basic Problem of Technology

April 23rd, 2013 | General Nursing | 1 Comment

The time has come to accentuate the non-technical aspects of personal relationships. Such a renewed demeanor will come to our rescue when our technology fails, is misused, is being ‘updated,’ or when a person wants to relate to us verbally what they do not want to put on a form or into a computer information […]


Addiction More Prevalent Than You Think….

February 14th, 2013 | General Nursing | 1 Comment

Supporting Nursing Staff to Overcome Drug Addiction Research suggests that the incidence of addiction amongst nurses is 10-15%, though in some areas of work this may be as great as 20%; studies have indicated that nurses working in the emergency department of hospitals are at particular risk. This isn’t just an issue for their own […]


OH BULLY on that!!!! STOPPING Bullying EVERYWHERE!

January 24th, 2013 | General Nursing | 7 Comments

Breaking the Silence: The Effect of Bullying Within Nursing Once you are out of nursing school and land your first job at a hospital or health care centre, excitement and anticipation are two emotions that you should be feeling, but fear and irritation are not. Unfortunately this may change after you have started your new […]


Secrets to a New Nurse’s Success

January 14th, 2013 | General Nursing | 2 Comments

Entering into the often fast-paced world of nursing can be daunting; no amount of training can completely prepare you for some of the sights you may see or situations you may find yourself involved in. There are also some aspects of this profession that will not be realized or learnt until some experience in the […]


WINN-NTF 2011 Recap

June 18th, 2012 | General Nursing, New Graduate Issues | 3 Comments

Thinking of all the nurses gathered together at CNA biennium in Vancouver this week makes me nostalgic for the great company and intriguing dialogue I experienced at the last nursing conference I attended – WINN-NTF 2011. WINN-NTF (Workplace Integration of New Nurses-Nursing The Future) is a conference for managers, educators, mentors, preceptors, faculty, human resources, new […]


CNA Sneak Peek! New Graduates in the Emergency Department

June 14th, 2012 | General Nursing, Healthcare System, New Graduate Issues | 0 Comments

The CNA Biennium is upon us! The event, in lovely Vancouver, BC, is just days away. I won’t be attending in person, but I’ll be keeping updated via our NTF representatives and other friends who are attending the convention, as well as the live streaming that CNA is coordinating! The official CNA Facebook page, Twitter […]


The Patronizing Hat

January 23rd, 2012 | General Nursing | 2 Comments

My manager approached me recently and asked if I would consider being a preceptor. My first reaction was, “YIKES! Really? Me? But I’m still new to this whole nursing thing myself.” But after thinking it through, I reminded myself, “You have been nursing for fours years now, you really aren’t that new any more.” I […]


Teamwork!

November 1st, 2011 | General Nursing | 1 Comment

I remember the first time I admitted I needed help… I work on a surgical floor, which tends to be quite busy at times. After shift report my LPN partner and I divided up the pts and began our morning routine. Everything I did seemed to be taking up more time than usual that morning […]