Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The Quixotic Nurse

As a nurse writer and blogger, I often use metaphor as a way to express deeper ideas about nursing and healthcare. In the past, I've explored the myths of Sisyphus and Hercules as they relate to nurses and the nursing profession, and my nature continues to point me towards metaphor as a tool for understanding.

I've recently been considering the figure of Don Quixote as another metaphor related to our often beleaguered profession; although much has been written about Quixote and the author Miguel Cervantes, I don't believe anything has been written about the potentially quixotic nature of nurses. So, my friends, I give you the notion of "The Quixotic Nurse".

(Note: this post is much longer than my usual 500-600 words. Please bear with me and consider this long-form post as a necessary means to my desired literary end.)

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I extend deep gratitude to both Carol Gino and The Nursing Site Blog for nominating Digital Doorway for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This is an award given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire them and who are motivated to maintain the blogosphere as a beautiful place.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nurses, Mentors, and Leaders, Oh My!

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of attending and participating in the Nurse Mentoring Institute's third annual conference. It was altogether inspiring and uplifting to be among so many nurses who embrace the notion of mentoring as an important aspect of our profession, especially when the practices used are evidence-based and supported by rigorous research.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nurse Keith on Nurse.com!

The latest news in the nurse blogging world is that I have officially replaced Donna Cardillo as the expert nurse career blogger at Nurse.com! This is a humbling honor, and although it's no small task to fill the shoes of the world's consummate nursing career guru, I'm now posting over at Nurse.com twice per week, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive! 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Nurse As Defiant Optimist

Let's face it, folks; there's a lot of negativity out there, whether it's inside of nursing and healthcare, or out in the big old scary world. From the backlash against Joy Behar and "The View" to the bad news on your television screen, there's apparently no end to the violence and vitriol. Having said that, are you prepared to be a nurse who lives his or her life as a defiant optimist?

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.