Many of us have already heard the story of the Utah nurse who was wrongfully handcuffed and detained by police while standing her ground in defense of the rights of a comatose patient. Nurse Alex Wubbels was calmly and simply doing her job when she refused officers’ demands for blood to be drawn without a warrant or patient consent. Would you have stuck to your guns like Ms. Wubbels?
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, I’ve been thinking a great deal about nurse volunteerism, and in celebration of Labor Day, I published a blog post concerning the important of volunteerism to both personal growth and professional growth and satisfaction.
Volunteerism is important as a resume builder, career development tool, and networking opportunity. Having said that, it also serves other purposes, including community service, contributing to society, connecting meaningfully with others, and feeling the satisfaction of giving back as both an individual and a professional.
In honor of this episode being number 123, I decided to do a show on a 1-2-3 approach to nursing career development. Becoming a nurse isn’t as easy as 1-2-3, but there are some basic building blocks that help in terms of maintaining and nurturing our passion and professional drive.
On my blog, Digital Doorway, I frequently use metaphor and stories to make my point when it comes to nurses, nursing, and healthcare. On this podcast, it’s also my mission to use the spoken word to push nurses to take action in the interest of their careers.
There are three universal stories that hold a great deal of weight for me in relationship to nurses and healthcare, and they are the stories of Hercules, Sisyphus, and Don Quixote. These are important stories in the history of humanity, and I use them again and again to illustrate various points I’m trying to make.
On episode 121 of The Nurse Keith Show, we discuss the importance of acknowledging that uncertainty is an underlying factor in almost every aspect of life. Whether it’s healthcare, our children, or our jobs, uncertainty is a constant presence that we must live with on a daily basis. Learning how to accept and deal with such shifting sands of life is a key to our happiness, sanity, and overall life satisfaction.
At the time of this recording, It’s summer, and that means many of us take time out for vacation, fun with family and friends, and other leisurely pursuits. Some of us head for the beach, others go to the mountains, and some head to cities far and near. In short, we seek out leisure, fun, and joy. (My apologies to those listeners in the opposite hemisphere who are now in winter; you can apply these reflections to your current situation, or wait until summer rolls around and listen again!)
On July 31st, 2017, I published a blog post inspired by my thinking about private eyes and detectives and how that concept can be applied to nursing careers. This episode is a rumination and expansion upon that blog post.
On July 25th, 2017, I published a blog post all about returning to the nursing workforce after a hiatus. Getting a foot back in the healthcare job marketplace door can be a challenge, but it is indeed possible, nurses. This episode is a deep dive into this important nursing career subject.
Whether you’ve personally faced this situation or not, it’s food for thought for every nurse. After all, you may need to take a temporary break from working some day, and you can learn from others’ experiences and do your due diligence in advance.
On July 7th, 2017, I was minding my own business at the gym when a freak accident occurred. It resulted in a shattered fibula, a fractured tibia, two severed tendons, a severed peroneal nerve, and a whole lot of suffering. A blog post tells the whole story in gory detail, and my desire for that post and this podcast episode is to remind us nurses that vigilance is needed in terms of our advocacy for patients — and for ourselves.
Here at The Nurse Keith Show, we love listener questions, and some really good ones have been sitting in my inbox. This episode is dedicated to providing an initial response to one worthy issue that came up from a listener named Gretchen. Many thanks to her for reaching out.