Round and round and round we go . . .

Hey, I get it. Sometimes we are doing so much we feel like our head is spinning. But, guys, you can't forget to do your daily rounds. It is THE one thing you can do that will give you your biggest return on investment of time.

All we are saying is give pees a chance

Ok nurses and practitioners, this one is for you. Quit prescribing antibiotics for cloudy, funky-smelling pee. Weird pee is sometimes OK.

Ode to The Nursing Assessments

An ode to nursing assessments and all they entail.

The importance of unlearning

Anyone who knows me knows that I love teaching. And while it is one of my greatest pleasures on Earth, it is also one of my greatest frustrations.

Liar, liar, pants on fire

Does anybody remember when you last said the phrase in the title? I bet you said it when you heard something so outrageous that without a doubt you knew it wasn't true. So why as nurse leaders do we let that kind of stuff slide instead of pointing out the person whose pants are on fire?

Nurse leaders shouldn't have to ask: Who's your daddy?

I was recently telling a good friend of mine about one of the best job candidate interviews I ever conducted.

Actively honoring those who served

As I reflect on Memorial Day and all those who have bravely put their lives on the line for our freedom, I think of the veterans who reside in our facilities, and how we shouldn't consider them veterans just one day a year.

Are you a one-person rescue team?

I have heard nursing leaders refer to their nursing staff as their children. I think this can be good if it is in the context that your staff is like family. But I think it can be damaging if you feel you need to "parent" your staff.

Way too mathematically challenged

Nursing shortages are nothing new, and they're going to get worse. So why haven't we adopted solutions that other countries have already? There ARE ways to get around this.

Don't let them down

The next time you feel like pulling out your hair if "just one more person puts on that call light," remember that, as nurses, we're No. 1 in the hearts and minds of the public out there.

The Real Nurse Jackie

The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, an APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, she also is an accomplished stand-up comedienne. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates.