Author Archive, Terri Polick

Nursing Jobs and Gossip in the Workplace

May 3rd, 2009  |  The Blog

I’ve received a letter from one of my readers this week. I’m sure that every nurse can relate to her problem. This is what she said: I’m a new graduate nurse working in a busy medical surgical unit in a large city in the Midwest. I really love my job except for one thing. I hate the gossip. I'm just plain sick and tired of the workplace gossip that I hear on an almost nightly basis. ... More »

How To Get Ready For Your New Nursing Job

April 24th, 2009  |  The Blog

You interviewed for your new nursing job. It was a nerve-racking experience, but before you knew it, the nurse recruiter was calling you up and offering you a job that you couldn’t refuse. Now what do you do? There are some things that you can do that will help you make a smooth transition into your new nursing job. Learn Everything You Can About Your New Employer Going into a new work environment is always a challenge, so ... More »

Nursing Jobs and the Workplace Bully.

April 17th, 2009  |  The Blog

There is a pervasive problem within the nursing profession. It’s been called nurse-to-nurse hostility, lateral violence, intergroup conflict, and eating our young. There are a lot of different names for it but whatever you chose to call the problem, it’s responsible for ruining a lot of nursing careers. A Bully In Scrubs There are many reasons why a nurse turns into a bully. Nurses have little autonomy in the workplace while being held accountable for ... More »

When Should I Quit My Nursing Job?

April 9th, 2009  |  The Blog

Every nurse thinks about quitting their nursing job from time to time when they are having a horrendous day at work. Wanting to run for your life when you’re facing a stressful situation is normal, but it brings up a question posed to me by one of my readers. Super LPN wants to know when is it time to quit your nursing job. She writes: I am thinking hard about quitting my present job, am attached to ... More »

How to Make a Graceful Exit From Your Nursing Job

April 2nd, 2009  |  The Blog

I’m sure that what I’m about to say will shock a lot of young people in the nursing profession. Nurses use to hold the same job for a lifetime. I’ve known many nurses who have worked their entire career where they attended nursing school. Now unit secretaries have to update their unit staffing roster every month because of the turnover. According to a recent report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “baby boomers” held on average 10.2 ... More »

How to Handle Rude Doctors at Your Nursing Job

March 27th, 2009  |  Uncategorized

Everyone occasionally has a bad day at work. Something goes wrong and we take our anger and frustration out on our coworkers. It happens to the best of us, but what are nurses supposed to do when intimidating doctors act out against nursing staff day after day? Here are some tips that will help you deal with doctors who have nasty dispositions. Don’t Hide, Get Wise. I’ve seen this scenario play out countless times during my nursing ... More »

How to Quit Your Nursing Job

March 20th, 2009  |  Uncategorized

All bad nursing jobs must come to an end, and even the good nursing jobs must come to an end, too. There is a right way and a wrong way to leave a job. The best exit strategy involves planning ahead. Here are some tips that will help you end your nursing job with style and grace. Give Your Resume an Extreme Makeover Before You Hit the Road. It’s always a good idea to update your resume ... More »

How to Deal with Angry Patients

March 13th, 2009  |  Uncategorized

You walk into the room, you introduce yourself, and everything you do from that point on is wrong. Every nurse has taken care of an angry patient. It isn’t pleasant, and many nurses are leaving the profession because they just can’t take it anymore. Here's some advice. Use these tips the next time you run into a patient that makes you want to quit your nursing job. Tip #1: Put Yourself in Your Patient’s Shoes ... More »

How to Get Your First Nursing Job

March 6th, 2009  |  The Blog

It's a Catch 22: You can't get a job as a specialty nurse without experience, but how are you supposed to get nursing experience without a job. Sound familiar? Here are three tips that will help you find your dream job. Tip One: Start Building Your Resume When You Are In Nursing School. Hospitals traditionally like growing their own nurses to fill spots in their nursing rosters. Three year diploma schools started that trend years ago, and ... More »

Presenteeism: Why Nurses Don’t Call Out Sick

February 27th, 2009  |  The Blog

It’s cold and flu season and many of my non-nursing friends are shocked when I tell them that hospitals have unwritten rules about nurses calling into work when they are sick. Sure, nurse recruiters tell new hirers that they can call in sick, but in reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. I’ve actually heard a nursing supervisor refuse to accept a nurse’s callout because there was no one that could take her place on the unit. ... More »

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