Are you a Nurses’ Nurse?

I’m always surprised when someone asks: “What’s a Nurses’Nurse? Maybe it’s because I’ve been an RN for so long that my perceptions are biased by eyes that are constantly assessing and looking for remedies to multi-faceted problems. This makes for the assumption that everyone else is doing the same thing and watching out for eachContinue reading “Are you a Nurses’ Nurse?”

What Every Nurse Needs to Learn From Cinderella

You’ve heard the story: Once upon a time there were two cruel stepsisters and the unfair servitude enforced by an evil stepmother who abused Cinderella in her own home. She spent her days slaving over her mean spirited stepsisters. She dreamed of a better life. By the end of the story, Cinderella is a princess. Her nameContinue reading “What Every Nurse Needs to Learn From Cinderella”

Are Nurses getting What They Bargained For?

For almost a year, the VCHCA bargaining team and many of our members have worked hard to be heard by the VC Board of Supervisors, Nursing Management and the Human Resources Department that rule over our nursing practice. Our main issues are:

Five Sure-Fire Ways Nurses Can Avoid Mid-Career Meltdowns

  You’ve heard of all the different ways to prevent nurse burn-out and stagnation. Forget mid-career, I was disillusioned in my second year of bedside nursing on a Med/Surg unit and sorely needed a change of pace when I finally transferred to Labor and Delivery in 1989.   Isn’t the diversity of nursing and allContinue reading “Five Sure-Fire Ways Nurses Can Avoid Mid-Career Meltdowns”

Nurses Deliver a Message: Support Nursing Skills or Increase Doctor Bills

It was a proud day for the healthcare team of Ventura County Health Care Agency (VCHCA) when an overwhelming number of caregivers representing every department across the medical spectrum, from Med/Surg, ER, OB, OR, Public Health and outpatient Mental Health, took over the audience at the Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting on Tuesday, April 9,Continue reading “Nurses Deliver a Message: Support Nursing Skills or Increase Doctor Bills”

RN Power: Ventura Retirement Board’s Newest Member

Ventura County’s Retirement Association swore in their newest elected Board Member, Deanna McCormick RN, on 2/25/13. As a graduate of Law, this dynamo of a JD has her work cut out for her. Considering she is an awesome advocate for patients and nurses rights already, she is excited to serve the Public Sector in aContinue reading “RN Power: Ventura Retirement Board’s Newest Member”

2013: The Year of Nurses Rising, Girl-Power to the Tenth Degree

  As anyone who saw this year’s Rose Parade can attest, 2013 is the year of women, especially nurses rising. Sally Bixby, the first RN to be the President of the Rose Parade, encouraged America to see the world through the eyes of a nurse. Women were well represented on the floats and among theContinue reading “2013: The Year of Nurses Rising, Girl-Power to the Tenth Degree”

Nurses Want COLA for Christmas

I can hear it now. The Nurses’ Nurse has flipped her lid, Rita Batchley has gone over the deep end into the soda wars. Well, I assure you I haven’t. I’m not speaking of Pepsi, or Coke, or anything like that. I’m writing of COLA: Cost of Living Adjustments in the form of pay raises.Continue reading “Nurses Want COLA for Christmas”