Category Archives: Nursing News

The nurses who stood by Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo: The Medical Committee for Civil Rights at the March on Washington

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman,” Martin Luther King Jr. told the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) at its 1966 convention . Hundreds of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers had rallied behind the organisation and its predecessor, the MCCR, in the previous Continue Reading

You agreed: short staffing is like drunk driving. So why did nurses who tried to do something about it in Massachusetts fail so badly?

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We came across a great metaphor about short staffing, finessed the wording, turned it into this image, and shared it on Facebook and Instagram. It was as if we’d opened the floodgates: your response was overwhelming. Almost a million people saw the post, and a torrent of heartbreaking stories and heartfelt frustration erupted into the Continue Reading

This nurse is officially the star of Christmas Eve!

Photo: Nurse turns hair into Christmas tree

It’s Christmas Eve, and families around the country are coming together to celebrate the holidays… except you’re a nurse, and you couldn’t get time off. Problem? Not necessarily! “Nursing is a 24/7/365 job,” writes budding nurse blogger Deb Aston. “Just like police officers, EMTs, and firemen/women,” nurses “know the expectations going into our roles. I Continue Reading

At least four nurses won this week – and so did Stephanie!

They saw the ferocious battles that engulfed Washington, DC. They witnessed the tense stand-offs over healthcare policy. And they decided that, as nurses, they had something to say and should just run themselves. We found at least nine nurses who ran for office in the midterm elections this week, and at least five were waging Continue Reading

At least one nurse is making a splash in these midterm elections. How many more are running?

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Up in Illinois, a Registered Nurse is making a splash in the midterm election campaign: 31-year-old challenger Lauren Underwood has a surprise 6-point polling lead in the state’s 14th Congressional district and “is now better known and better liked than the incumbent”. Nobody knows how the election will end in reality tomorrow night, but that’s Continue Reading

Ten reasons for nurses to vote this November

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Have you voted already? Are you planning to vote? On this blog we’re not in the habit of telling you what to do. You’re smart, you know what is right for you – and we know you’re already dealing with enough people who feel they know what you ought to do. We tend to just Continue Reading

Your nurse blogs: The ultimate list of blogs by and for nurses!

Coffee, chocolate, and your favorite nursing blogs

Tired of charting, but want to keep reading? We believe we have created the definitive list of blogs by and for nurses. If it’s worth reading, it should be listed on this page! There is something for everyone. Whether you want to laugh, learn, commiserate, organise, or just stay up to date: you will find it Continue Reading

Nurse, vote! Help us get out the nurse vote this November

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Donald Trump is not running. Neither is Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. But even if your heart might not skip a happy or fearful beat when you think of Kevin McCarthy or Steny Hoyer, the upcoming midterm elections are going to be as important as any you can think of! What’s important for the country Continue Reading

Meet NurseSwag giveaway winner Samantha

Photo: Samatha, RN

Do you ever worry whether you’re doing this whole nursing thing right, or whether you came to nursing the “proper” way? Here on our blog we love to share the stories that nurses tell us about their jobs, and how they found their way there. Not just because each story can be an example for others, but also Continue Reading

Does getting there the hard way make for the best nurses?

Photo: The story of Faye Lewis, from KFC to RN:

You might have heard already about Faye Lewis. The first job Faye did was serving fried chicken at KFC. She worked her way up to manager, even as she raised her son AJ and enrolled in college. Got a job as a Housekeeper at an Assisted Living Facility. Completed her CNA training. Went on to Continue Reading