Whose duty is it to care?

from CBC News Like many professionals, nurses frequently move between provinces, states and countries, looking for work. Unlike many other jobs, however, they can hold lives in their hands. So who’s watching the caregivers to ensure they aren’t simply moving away from tainted pasts? As CBC learned while investigating an Ontario nurse with a revoked California licence, the answer is complicated. Self-regulatory bodies in individual provinces or states monitor nurses to ensure they meet requirements to work in that jurisdiction. But there is no formal requirement across the board requiring one province’s college to notify others. Instead, the system largely relies on […]

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Making a difference in a demanding Nursing Career.

BY BARRY HORECZY, POSTMEDIA NEWS Gurleen Gill, a Toronto-based community nurse, has some straightforward advice for anyone thinking of going into nursing as a career. “Go into it for the right reasons and really pace yourself and know your limits,” she says. “It’s easy to get burned out in a nursing career. Understand how you much you should do. Find out what you love about nursing, get in touch with what your skills are and what you’re strong at and see if it coincides what it takes to be a nurse.” Gill, 28, just marked her five-year anniversary as a […]

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8 Ways to Become a Better Nurse

by Phil Baumann One of the benefits of being away from bedside nursing is that I’ve had time to reflect on my own performance. How could I have been better? What simple precepts would have helped? Being out of the “fog of war” has given me a clearer view of what’s right and what’s wrong in health care. Our culture doesn’t offer much positive encouragement for the nursing profession. That’s a costly shame, as many Baby Boomers soon will discover. To help out, I’ve come up with eight ways to become a better nurse. Pay attention to how you perceive your […]

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Creative expression in abundance

originally published by Canadian Nurse Lynda McLeod encourages nurses to practice self-care through art. She doesn’t mince words about the importance of art in her life. “Without it, I couldn’t be involved in nursing,” says the 54-year-old educator and artist. “I couldn’t take the pain and the sadness and the discord you encounter as a nurse without having a place to leave it all behind at the end of the day.” McLeod points to research showing that simply being exposed to art can provide a host of benefits for patients — among them are lower levels of anxiety, a reduced need for […]

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