Preparing nurses to respond to disaster — including some you've never thought of

Nurses are trained in so many ways to prepare for disasters. But there are some "disasters" we haven't planned for. Take, for instance, when the registered dietician decides to create a vegetarian-based recipe of a tofu and bean casserole for dinner — and doesn't tell you.

10 things a boss shouldn't say

I recently read an article that discussed the Top 10 sentences a manager or boss should never let past their lips. You should think, "Run for the hills!" if they say any of these things. And yet they do. Here's my Real Nurse Jackie take on them.

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

OK, let's face it. We all have an inner superhero in us or we wouldn't be in the business of serving. But sometimes we need to leave that cape at home.

Clean your own house

It was recently announced that U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had repeated "sex parties" with prostitutes at events sponsored by none other than drug cartels themselves. And these are the guys who say they can't trust US?

Death by Acronym

With apologies to Dr. Seuss, let me begin: I do not like these acronyms, these baffling lettered synonyms ...

Oh no, they didn't! More document nightmares

As I've mentioned before, I believe nursing documentation is the bane of any nursing director's existence. Frankly, I think the look on my face when opening a medical record to the nurse's note section is exactly the same face I make when opening the stall to a public toilet. In other words, I never know what I'll find, and I'm prepared for something scary!

If we are supposed to follow our dreams, why can't I go back to bed?

You ever have one of those days, weeks or even months when things just don't go your way? In other words, life is just lousy and no matter what you do, it still just stinks? This is what you need to do.

LTC Evangelism 101

Do you ever try to attract "talent" to your work environment? Sometimes I'm surprised we recruit at all. I know most people fall in love once they get there, but the getting there is the key.

Nurse, will you hear me?

There was a recent New York Times op-ed piece titled "Doctor, Shut Up and Listen." Basically, it took you through a case about a woman who was having symptoms of a rapid heartbeat and feeling "stressed." However, every doctor she saw wrongly referred her for psychological counseling for an anxiety disorder.

The Real Nurse Jackie

The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, a 2012 APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, she also is an accomplished stand-up comedienne. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates.

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