Jennifer L.W. Fink, RN, BSN
JENNIFER FINK is an independent consultant in OB/Gyn, in Madison, WI.
New Year’s resolutions for nurses in 2014
Career commitments don’t show up nearly as often, but why not take a few minutes this month plan how you can advance your nursing career in 2014? Here are five suggested goals.
Nurses are human, and humane
As a nurse, you’ve spent time with people who are suffering. You have been present at the beginning of life, at the end of life and at all the signposts and detours along the way.
Want to stop bullying? Empower nurses
As nurses, we can go a long way toward ending workplace bullying by simply refusing the buy into the concept of nurse-as-bully. That’s not to say that some nurses aren’t bullies. Some are.
Nurses should be aware of care left undone
For years, we’ve known that poor patient outcomes are associated with low staffing levels, and that patient outcomes improve when patient care areas are adequately staffed.
Keeping nurses safe: Nursing is one of the most dangerous professions
Do know you that nursing is one of the most dangerous professions in America?
Presenting a positive image
Even though the American public consistently ranks nurses as the most trustworthy professionals, why do the stereotypes of the sexy nurse, angel of mercy and nurse-as-battle axe live on?
Obliged to help and heal
How do you preserve your integrity while practicing with compassion and respect, when the evidence suggests that the one you are caring for doesn't uphold a similar code of ethics?
Low-tech care is just good nursing basics
Technical advances have been a boon to patient care, but aren’t substitutes for solid nursing basics.
Communication is the best medicine
Americans aren't savvy healthcare consumers and need professionals like nurses to explain how things work.
Are you part of the problem, or the solution?
While experts have long said that health and wellness promotion is an essential part of the nursing role, the truth is that too many nurses still think of themselves as cogs in the healthcare wheel. It doesn't have to be.

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