Saturday, September 26, 2015

"Savvy Networking For Nurses" Is Here!

I'm thrilled to announce that my first book, "Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century," is now available on Amazon for your reading pleasure and professional development. Networking could not be more important for 21st-century nurses and healthcare professionals. This useful and concise volume will give you much food for thought, as well as savvy and forward-thinking actions to take in service to your career and the development of a powerful professional network of like-minded professionals.

"Savvy Networking For Nurses" Is Here!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

“The View” and Joy Behar Expose Ubiquitous Myths About Nursing

The month of September, 2015 may very well go down in nursing history as the time when nurses banded together in a massive collective effort to counteract negative media coverage that cast the profession in a less than optimal light.

In a moment of sincerity and admirable authenticity, a contestant in the Miss America Pageant decided to eschew the usual dancing and singing, choosing instead to perform a monologue about her deep emotional experience of being a nurse.

Kelley Johnson spoke eloquently and emotionally about her connection with a patient living with Alzheimer’s disease. While her contribution to the talent portion of the pageant was seen as considerably outside the norm, Johnson nonetheless ended up as the second runner up to the contest’s winner.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nurses Embracing Change

For those of you who've been wondering where Nurse Keith has been since mid-August, I have been in a state of change and flux. As John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans," and we nurses know all too well that our profession can frequently prepare us for being ready for anything that the Universe throws at us.

From a previously stable patient who begins to go south and code, to a fickle workplace manager who schedules us for a double on Christmas Day, nurses have to go with the flow or perish.

Have you been facing change in your life?

Nurses Embracing Change

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Shot of Nursing Self-Esteem

Do you hold yourself and your nursing skills in high esteem? Do you internalize and embody your value as a nurse? If not, it's high time that you did.

A Shot of Nursing Self-Esteem

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Kissing Nursing Job Frogs

Does searching for a nursing job sometimes feel like dating? Is it like kissing far too many frogs in order to find your prince or princess? Is wasting your time on all of those frogs getting you down?

Kissing Nursing Job Frogs

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Nurse on Overdrive

Have you ever felt like you're a nurse on overdrive? Whether it's your professional life, your personal life, or a combination of the two, a nurse's life can sometimes feel out of control. 
Nurse on Overdrive

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nurse Be Nimble, Nurse Be Quick

In a recent post, I wrote about being ready to pivot in your nursing career. That readiness to pivot and change emerges from a nimbleness of mind and a willingness to read the tea leaves of your career. Are you nimble?

Nurse Be Nimble, Nurse Be Quick

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Are You Ready to Pivot in Your Nursing Career?

The notion of "pivoting" appears to be a buzzword in some business and entrepreneurial circles these days. Even though I tend to shy away from such ubiquitous viral terms and phrases, this one can indeed fit the bill for nurses and healthcare professionals who want to remain relevant in a constantly shifting marketplace and industry. We're not just in it for the money, but earning a living is important, and knowing how to stay in the game is a crucial aspect of being a 21st-century professional.

Are You Ready to Pivot in Your Nursing Career?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

"The Nurse Keith Show" is Growing!

If you've been tuned into "The Nurse Keith Show" over the last five months, you'll know that there are now 19 episodes in the can, and many more to come. Podcasting is one of my greatest joys, and I'm honored that many of you are already devoted listeners!

Friday, June 05, 2015

Book Review: "Your Next Shift", by Elizabeth Scala

As I begin this book review of "Your Next Shift: How to Kick Your Nursing Career Into High Gear" by Elizabeth Scala, I must begin with a very clear disclaimer. Elizabeth Scala is one of my nursing heroes, and my review of her book is colored by the fact that I know her to be an amazing nurse, a brilliant nurse entrepreneur, and an outstanding human being. If you can indulge my already high opinion of this fascinating 21st-century nurse, read on!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Don't Let Your Nursing Career Go Dry

Like desert soil devoid of rain, a nursing career without direction or purpose can dry up, crack, wither on the vine, and leave you feeling barren, lost, and lacking direction. Do you want that to happen to your career? Of course not!

Don't Let Your Nursing Career Go Dry

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Are You A Nurse Stress Cadet?

Just the other day, I heard the term "stress cadet" for the first time, and I was struck by how very apropos those two words are when considering the average 21st-century professional nurse. Are you a nurse stress cadet? If not, do you know one?

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Nurses Week is Here---Own It!

It's that time of year again, folks, and I want to take this moment to rhapsodize about how amazing I think nurses are.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Of Crabs and Nurses

Have you ever heard the poem by Charles Bukowski called, "The Great Escape"? Well, I heard it this morning on the radio, and the metaphor of crabs crawling over one another to escape from a bucket reminded me of some of the worst aspects of nursing. Do you know why?

Of Crabs and Nurses

Monday, April 20, 2015

What's On Your Career Runway?

A career can feel like a busy airport, a marathon, a bus terminal, a rickshaw, or a taxi careering the wrong way down a one-way street. If your nursing career is an airport, and you're readying your plane on the runway in order to take flight, what's on your runway in 2015?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don't Close the Tech Door on Your Nursing Career

In my work as a career coach for nurses,  many people tell me that they simply don't have the savvy to use social media, apps, and other new and emerging technologies for the benefit of their career, and I respond by saying, "Don't close the tech door on your career!"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The 10,000-Foot View of Your Nursing Career

A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a career coaching client, and we were discussing how scary it can be to make a big change. In talking about the minutiae as well as the big picture, I encouraged her to always come back to the 10,000-foot view. "However," I said, "while the 10,000-foot view is a great thing to keep in mind, it can also give you vertigo."
Clouds, thousands of feet over Santa Fe, NM

Friday, March 06, 2015

Wealth and Wellness for Nurses!

From April 17th to 19th, 2015, I will be in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia for what promises to be an amazing event for nurses and nurse entrepreneurs, and I encourage you to join me there!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Your Nursing Career Toolbox

Carpenters have toolboxes. So do plumbers and contractors. And while home health nurses need nursing bags that they bring into patients' homes in order to provide skilled care, isn't it also true that professional nurses need a career toolbox at their disposal?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Nursing Careers and Times of Change

Nursing and healthcare are dynamic engines of change, and the thoughtful 21st-century nurse must read the writing on the wall, keep his or her ear to the rails, and listen for the rumblings of change in the profession of nursing, and within the larger healthcare ecosystem.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Common Sense Nursing Resumes

Are you perplexed by resumes? Are you a nurse who wants to sharpen your resume and have it ready for when you need it most? This episode of The Nurse Keith Show will get you started!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Is Your Nursing Job Killing You?

Does your job weigh on you like a rock around your neck, or a heavy shackle around your ankle? Has your work taken over your life to the point at which you no longer have energy for anything else? If this is the case, isn't it high time to move on?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Consciously Creating Your Nursing Career

Would you like to create your nursing career with conscious intention and the greatest possible clarity? In Episode 4 of the Nurse Keith Show, I discuss various ways to go about consciously creating a career to be proud of. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Collective Genius of Your Network

I was talking to a nurse career coaching client the other day, and we were discussing the importance of networking. During the course of the conversation, I mentioned the notion that the power of your professional and personal network is the collective genius that can be tapped when you need it most. What I took away most from that conversation is the idea of collective genius, and how I'd like to share it with you.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Are You A Powerful Networker?

Are you a powerful networker? Many nurses and healthcare professionals aren't aware of the crucial importance of networking for the development of their careers. After all, do they even talk about networking in nursing school? In my latest podcast (The Nurse Keith Show, Episode 3), I lay the groundwork for how networking is one of the keys that can unlock the door that opens onto a landscape of vibrant professional success.