Image courtesy of Vladimir Fedotov While Covid-19 seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, the world’s health care providers have been grasping the fact more than ever, that being alert and creative in your thinking and growth in times of rapid and uncertain change is essential. We already knew before the start of this massive pandemic and unprecedented pressures on healthcare systems, that professional development is a key factor in the development of coping skills to support rapid change and/ or growth if and when it occurs. You know from a professional perspective that continuing skill development [...]
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Every nurse in every country in the world is now connected in some way to the novel coronavirus emergency. Resources are strained at the least or non-existent at the most. The rule book is being thrown out of the window in some cases due to the hourly shifts in information, changes in strategy and the increase in patient flow into our hospitals. We’ve all heard it said that we need to care for ourselves before we can properly care for others. Although nurses are trained caregivers, many often forget the importance of self-care. Nurses everywhere during this crisis will continue to [...]
Clinical education and professional development providers, including Caritas College, should seek accreditation and affiliation with various nursing and education organizations and associations. But why should we go to all this trouble? Accreditation There are a number of benefits to accreditation, not the least of which is that, in the clinical environment, the requirement is for reliable, evidence-based best practices that comply with all laws and standards in the jurisdictions where nurses will be working. We are committed to ongoing improvement that includes independent peer review of our programs from approved accreditors in Canada and the US to give our programs [...]
Take care of yourself too For up to 12 hours of any given working day, nurses earn their daily bread by offering exceptional care to others. But outside of working hours, the majority of nurses are also caring for family, friends and some even find the time to offer additional services in their communities. Nurses are particularly prone to burn-out, but most especially, the holidays can become exceptionally stressful because of family needs, societal expectations, and pressure to pick up extra shifts. We all need a little time to ourselves to kick back and relax…..without guilt. How do we do that? [...]
Unleashing the power of nurses - one foot at a time Nurses are problem solvers. When we see something isn’t working we approach the problem differently and figure out what will lead to a successful outcome. It’s the same problem, but we just look at it from a different perspective. Currently, there is a problem in Canada (and the rest of the world) that is getting away from us and our aging or disease-affected feet. Failure to correctly assess and intervene in client foot health as an integral part of our general nursing assessment is hurting our clients and hurting us. [...]
How to manage your time more effectively Studying online requires great discipline and organization. We get that here at Caritas College and appreciate the juggling act our students go through each day. However, are you the kind of student who’s always submitting assignments at the very last minute or actually submitting them late? Do you always have to text ‘I’m running behind by five minutes’ to the people waiting for you? Then you may have a problem with time management. There are some psychological reasons that some people are consistently and chronically late with everything, but you can change it if [...]
5 things to have in place before becoming a nurse entrepreneur In the last twenty years, more and more nurses have joined the ranks of nurse entrepreneurs. Starting your own independent practice is possibly one of the most exciting and potentially rewarding activities you can engage in. There is no limit to what you can achieve through private enterprise. But even if you have a superb idea and it feels like you’ve done a lot of research and checked your piggy bank to make sure you're on solid financial ground, it’s tricky to know when you’re ready to make the [...]