MLK Day: Living the Dream

March with The Nurses Nurse Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8 a.m. Meet in Front of Starbucks, across the street from Plaza Park 241 West 5th St Oxnard, CA 9303 Nothing makes me feel so good right now than the fact that President Obama’s public inauguration falls on the day we celebrate Martin Luther KingContinue reading “MLK Day: Living the Dream”

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”

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”

Would You Buy Tickets to a Show then Stay Home Instead of Watching It?

    Guest Blog by Brenda Grey RN, BSN, Public Health   Back in June I joined the nurses from the California Nurses Association (CNA) and other RNs from across the country in a rally to oppose takeaways from our public sector workers. We came together under the National Nurses United (NNU) and marched on CapitolContinue reading “Would You Buy Tickets to a Show then Stay Home Instead of Watching It?”

A Matter of National Security

What would our country be like without its safety officers? We have great police, fire and military personnel securing our townships, counties and cities all over the United States. These heroes go recognized for the contributions they make for protecting our citizens across the nation.  As a public sector registered nurse for more than twentyContinue reading “A Matter of National Security”