Save Money and Sanity this Holiday Season

Only in America do we give thanks for all our plenty and then spend the rest of the holiday season in a frenzy trying to buy the things we lack.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a saint. I strive for food and shelter like everyone else. I’m willing to work for my basic needs. But,Continue reading “Save Money and Sanity this Holiday Season”

<*%#@ Are You Ready to Be Sworn In?

Did you ever make a promise you couldn’t keep? Maybe you’ve undertaken a project that was too big to accomplish? Well, all other oaths pale in comparison to the one you took when you became an RN and swore to serve the public trust. Here’s a promise for the modern day nurse: I Pledge AllegianceContinue reading “<*%#@ Are You Ready to Be Sworn In?”

After Five Years of No Pay Raises, VCHCA Gears up to Squelch Nurses’ Bargaining Power

In a recent article, officials of the Ventura County Healthcare Agency stated point blank that across the board pay raises will be out of the question for all County employees, while merit increases will remain in place. In their last contract, Nurses and Psych-techs took pay cuts that went beyond a shared sacrifice. Meanwhile, otherContinue reading “After Five Years of No Pay Raises, VCHCA Gears up to Squelch Nurses’ Bargaining Power”

Care for the Caregivers

  When it comes to writing down our own truths we’d rather put a needle in our eye. At least that’s what I’ve seen when nurses spend their day collecting, recording, gathering, or charting data but, can’t be bothered filling out a report that accounts for our own needs.  We’re great at helping others figureContinue reading “Care for the Caregivers”

Nursing: Grateful for Making a Difference

Thanksgiving: Gratitude for what’s been given and the attitude to pay it forward. A time to not only reflect what’s kept us alive but a time to be grateful for what allows us to thrive. Our ability to learn from our mistakes in order to make the world a better place. The settlers had aContinue reading “Nursing: Grateful for Making a Difference”

Lack of Mentoring for Nurses Means Lower Wages

  The dictionary defines mentoring as:  “To serve as a trusted counselor or teacher, especially in occupational settings”.  Most of us can name one if not several people who have helped us become the nurses we are today. Those who have influenced us may have worked with us directly, or simply been a model weContinue reading “Lack of Mentoring for Nurses Means Lower Wages”