How the Spirit of MLK Guides Nursing Practice

 I don’t know about you but I cry every time I hear or read Martin Luther King Jr’s, I have a Dream Speech. His words in 1963 still resonate with passion of a world of equality and connectedness where every nurse goes whenever they enter their workplace to care for the sick and needy. TheContinue reading “How the Spirit of MLK Guides Nursing Practice”

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”

Be Kind to Nurses. Every Day They Keep Doctors From Accidentally Killing You!

This is what a recent picture on Pinterest should have been. Instead it enticed readers to check out a photo of a fireman resuscitating a cat as a tiny kitten watched in awe as skilled hands worked their magic. As far as pictures go, it was good; damn good. I was completely taken hook, lineContinue reading “Be Kind to Nurses. Every Day They Keep Doctors From Accidentally Killing You!”

If You Don’t Participate Now You May Hate Yourself Later

For a Limited Time Only, you will have the opportunity to get the deal of a lifetime – How often have you heard that line? You’ve seen it a million times. Yet, it’s surprisingly true because the time has never been so full of change for public sector nurses. As the expiration date of theContinue reading “If You Don’t Participate Now You May Hate Yourself Later”

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”