Smart Nurses, Stupid Posts

The recent controversy and social media frenzy over comments made on the US TV show “The View” in regards to a Miss America contestant wearing a “doctor’s stethoscope”, have only served to highlight the common misconceptions that still surround nursing. However, a quick look through social media feeds reveal nurses feeding the outdated, negative stereotypes […]

Follow The Leader

I don’t want to talk about leaders.  I want to focus on followers.  We tend to overlook their impact and dismiss them too easily as ‘groupies’, ‘sheep’ or people just trying to jump on the bandwagon.  We underestimate their effect.  There’s a great TED Talk by Derek Sivers which discusses how to start a movement, in which he […]

Night Shift Nurse Sleeping

Most nurses will know the joys of working night shift.  Let’s forget about the actual shift though, and all the silly things we do when suffering from night shift fatigue, and focus on the next part – trying to sleep during the day. I’ve never been a good ‘day sleeper’. I’m a bit precious when […]

Blue Angels

Last year, a patient I was caring for, handed me a piece of folded paper towel.  As he gave it to me, he said it was just something that had been floating around in his head and he needed to get it out.  I was suprised and immensely honoured by what I read.  This is […]