Continuing Competence

September 3rd, 2011 | General Nursing | 1 Comment

Just what we as New Graduates need in the midst of our various transition stages is to be thinking about Continuing Competence (CC)! However, those of us who are RNs are required to complete our first round of paperwork within 8 months of graduation. WOOP WOOP! Maybe not so much excitement… But if any of […]

Distress Call

August 16th, 2011 | General Nursing | 2 Comments

A few months ago, I started feeling odd.  I would lay awake at night, staring at the ceiling.  I always felt a little ill.  Soon, anxiety kicked in, and I was wondering if I needed to go to the doctor to seek some help for a possible mental health issue. Then I realized one day […]

Putting our Patients First

July 15th, 2011 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

As a grad nurse, I’ve come to realize how difficult it can sometimes be to put your patients first. Here I am, a “young grasshopper” (as one nurse once called me), new to the hospital, wanting to be accepted as a team member, wanting people to like me, and trying to learn this new routine. […]

Charging Ahead

June 30th, 2011 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

After 8 months in General Surgery, work was finally becoming more relaxing and fulfilling. Of course this is when the ‘higher ups’ decided to throw in a wrench: I was just getting comfortable with the staff and the patient care, and then the Nurse Manager decided it was time for me to be Charge. I […]

Chillin’ Out

June 28th, 2011 | General Nursing | 1 Comment

Thank goodness for transition theory!! It has been such a help to know that I am not alone in my experiences, and that the things I struggle with are NORMAL!! After five months of working, I am finding myself to be solidly in the second stage: TIRED!! When I first began working, I was so […]

About those other Health Professionals…

June 22nd, 2011 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

It well known that nurses comprise the largest single group of employed health professionals in Canada. It used to be mainly RNs and LPNs providing direct patient care, but recent trends have shown that a wide array of various health professionals are thrown into the mix. Nurses have the opportunity of working alongside a multitude […]

Exploring Opportunities Within Nursing

June 19th, 2011 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

It’s convocation season, and I’ve spent the last few days reflecting on my own convocation four years ago and the progression I have made not only as a clinician, but also as a nurse exploring opportunities beyond clinical nursing. A previous blog post alluded to discrimination towards nursing specialties – an important topic. It’s unfortunate […]

Where’s my Final Eval??

June 17th, 2011 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

Having been out of nursing school for 9 months now, and after surviving my first annual practice evaluation in the facility for which I work, I’m oddly confused, and mildly let down, but feel greatly empowered. In nursing school, my Clinical Education Facilitator (CEF, i.e., nurses who supervised our clinical rotations on the floor) had only six […]

Discrimination against Nursing Specialities

May 17th, 2011 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

A wise nurse once told me, “If you work in the Operating Room, you are going to lose all your standard nursing skills!” I have become increasingly annoyed by this exact statement, which I continue to hear throughout my nursing career. Why is it that nurses not only “eat their young”, but also discriminate each […]

Being Heard…..

April 23rd, 2011 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

Recently in the break room at work, the discussion changed to the upcoming federal election. To my utmost SHOCK, probably at least half of the nurses in the room said they could care less about politics and are not planning to vote. “It doesn’t matter who is in power, no one listens to anything anyway” […]