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:

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

Originally posted on The Nurses Nurse Blog:
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…


A young man called the hospital shouting,” You gotta help! My wife is going into labor!” The nurse said, “Stay calm. Is this her first child?” “No!’ he cried urgently. “This is her husband!” Maybe to communicate more clearly, we simply need to ask for what we need. Karyn Baxman As a nurse I oftenContinue reading “TGIF”

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”

Nurses of America: Does Your Vote Count?

Just think in a few more days my phone will stop ringing and the political solicitors won’t be calling during all hours of the day or night. Peace will be restored. Is it really anyone’s business who I vote for? Or, whether or not I vote at all? Does one nurse’s opinion count? I’d likeContinue reading “Nurses of America: Does Your Vote Count?”

Create a Legacy: Elect Your Next Nurse Leaders

Our greatest legacy is not how much money we make, but how deeply we contribute to improving the quality of life for others.  Rita Batchley, The Nurses’ Nurse 2012 The above statement is a call to arms for all the warriors of healthcare justice. This will be this author’s last contract as a Chief Nurse Rep contributor, asContinue reading “Create a Legacy: Elect Your Next Nurse Leaders”