An Oncology Nurse’s Perspective on the Health Insurance Situation

One oncology infusion nurse offers her thoughts on the ACA.

from American Journal of Nursing

I was an oncology infusion nurse in a hospital-based ambulatory center for a number of years, many of them before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010. Besides administering chemotherapy and blood products, I infused medications to patients with sickle cell anemia as well as chronic autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Crohn’s disease. The common denominator among these diseases is the high cost of the medications used to treat them, at the time ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per treatment. I know, because patients told me, their nurse.

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Choosing Your Political Battles

One of the most challenging lessons new leaders learn is that not every battle is worth fighting.

from American Nursing Today

Mary*, a new manager in the operating room, prides herself on being a strong advocate for her staff, quickly acting on every issue with which she’s presented. So she’s a little surprised when her leader-mentor Susan tells her that she’s developing a reputation for being overly aggressive. Susan, who explains to Mary that she’s perceived in conflict situations as trying to win at all costs, suggests that this reputation could ultimately derail her career. She recommends that Mary learn to pick and choose her political battles more carefully.

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Fuel Career Satisfaction with Evidence-Based Practice

Thoughts on how to rectify chronic burnout and fatigue for nurses.

from Nurse.com

Recently, I visited my postop wife at the hospital, looking like every other family member. When I told a nurse, Linda, that I was a nurse as well, she said to me, “I’m sorry.” What I believe she meant was that she was sorry I was trapped in a lackluster, sad profession, like she was, and Linda was commiserating. This wasn’t the first time I heard this reply from a nurse.

As a nurse who is enthused about nursing, I angrily said, “Why would you say that to me?”

She told me she had been a nurse for 30 years, doing the same job in the same old way, and she was just tired and probably burnt out.

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How Actively Caring and Exercising Your Own Career Planning Benefits Everyone

With today’s frantic pace of life and the speed at which we all must make decisions about where and how to invest our time and energy, it is not surprising but yet ironic that health care professionals often fail to properly nurture their own careers.

from Minority Nurse

Health care professionals and organizations all recognize the importance of paying attention to our health. Every day we witness the negative consequences of neglecting to cultivate and maintain healthy routines. Sickness loves to seek out the overburdened mind and body. With today’s frantic pace of life and the speed at which we all must make decisions about where and how to invest our time and energy, it is not surprising but yet ironic that health care professionals often fail to properly nurture their own careers.

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