​Pearls from Nursing Management Congress 2015

conference room at nursing management congressAs a follow-up to last week’s conference wrap-up, here are some of my favorite pearls and words of inspiration that I picked up during Nursing Management Congress 2015. 
  • “You learn as much from people who do things the wrong way as from people who do things the right way.”
    Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN
    New Manager Intensive: A Focus on Finance

  • “As a manager, the worst thing you can do with a ‘ring leader’ is avoid them.”
    Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN
    New Manager Intensive: A Focus on Leadership

  • “Get to know your nurses. You already know them as nurses; get to know them as people.”
    Debra Ruddy, CMSRN, MSN
    Winner of the Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award

  • “With regard to debriefing, remember it’s not who’s right – it’s what’s right.”
    Jim "Murph" Murphy
    Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief = Win: A Fighter Pilot’s Secret to Success
conference presentation at nursing management congress
  • “Strong, effective leaders lead from a place of confidence, with humility.”
    Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, CEN, FACHE, NEA-BC
    The Courageous Leader: Dare to be Different

  • “The patient experience is not owned by nurses. It is a team sport.”
    Amy Cotton, MSN, APRN, FAAN, EMHS
    Look Out for the Booby Traps: Navigating the Patient Experience Landscape

    What are some pearls that you’ve taken away from recent conferences? 
Posted: 10/25/2015 7:51:51 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 5 comments

Categories: Continuing EducationLeadership Inspiration

Just a nurse with my doctor’s stethoscope

It’s been a busy few days in the nursing community – first with the high of Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson's moving monologue on being a nurse and then with the low of some uneducated comments on a celebrity talk show.

First, the monologue
I was so impressed with Miss Johnson’s monologue for her talent portion of the Miss America pageant. Nursing is a talent, as is story-telling which she did very well in the competition. Miss Johnson shared the story of her relationship with a patient and what they learned from each other. She taught him that he’s not just an Alzheimer’s patient and he taught her that she’s not just a nurse. 

So often, we nurses are tough on ourselves! We use phrases such as “just a nurse” despite knowing just how important our role is. While I cringed when I first heard her use those words, I was relieved to see the point that she was making. Take a look…


Then, The View
In their discussion about the Miss America pageant, the panel on The View made some derogatory remarks about Miss Johnson’s monologue, saying that she “basically read her emails,” calling it “basically hilarious,” and asking “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?” Wow – this stung initially and then really angered me. And I am not the only one! I’ve spent a good part of this evening reading the posts and comments in support of Miss Johnson’s monologue and I’m also really enjoying the new hashtags (#nursingismytalent, #nursesmatter, and #respectnurses, to name a few), as well as the selfies nurses are posting with their stethoscopes. 

The point is being made – we are nurses and we are proud of it! Keep sharing your passion and educating others about the work that we do and the difference that we make!

lisa morris bonsall takes selfie with stethoscope

Posted: 9/16/2015 6:05:44 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 8 comments

Categories: InspirationEducation & Career

Celebrate Nursing 2015: Part 2

I hope that 2015 has been a good year so far! It’s hard to believe it’s already June. Time to look ahead to nursing recognition weeks for the second half of the year!


Vascular Nursing Week June 7-13

National Time Out Day June 10 

38th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week June 11-15

Healthcare Risk Management Week June 15-19



National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day September 8

Nephrology Nurses Week September 13-19

National Neonatal Nurses Day September 15

National Nurses in Staff Development Week September 20-26

National Gerontological Nursing Week September 27-October 3 



National Midwifery Week October 4-10

National Pediatric Nursing Week October 5-9

Emergency Nurses Week October 11-17 (Emergency Nurses Day is October 14)

National Case Management Week October 11-17


Emerging Nurse Leaders Week November 1-7

Medical-Surgical Nurses Week November 1-7

Urology Nurses and Associates Week November 1-7

Perioperative Nurses Week November 8-14

National Nurse Practitioner Week November 8-14

Forensic Nurses Week  November 9-13

Posted: 6/1/2015 12:08:51 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 3 comments

Categories: Inspiration

YOUR Words about Nursing

Last week, we asked nurses on Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ to share words that describe nurses and what we do. Here's the result! Any more to add? 

Posted: 4/29/2015 8:37:06 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 4 comments

Categories: Inspiration

How to Celebrate National Nurses Week 2015

National Nurses Week runs from May 6 through May 12, ending on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Every year, NursingCenter hosts a variety of celebrations, ranging from discounts on continuing education activities, journal articles, and nursing eBooks, to special giveaways, blog posts, and more. 

This year,  the American Nurses Association has given National Nurses Week the theme, “Ethical Practice, Quality Care,” and we are gearing up to bring you the same great week of celebrations as a special thank you to all of our members. 

Be sure to check our National Nurses Week page each day that week for discounts, activities, and blog posts. 

We will be developing an exciting CE Collection around topics dealing with “Ethical Practice, Quality Care.” 

Don’t forget to register for any of our free nursing newsletters, as we will be gifting a variety of offers to our newsletter members.

As a bonus, there are two Lippincott conferences running during National Nurses Week this year, the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners and the Lippincott Clinical Nursing Conference.  Both nursing conferences are being held in Philadelphia. 

Stay tuned for more information on how to celebrate National Nurses Week with NursingCenter. 

Posted: 4/7/2015 2:30:48 PM by Cara Deming | with 0 comments

Categories: Inspiration

Celebrate Nursing 2015: Part 1

Here are the nursing recognition days, weeks, and months for the first half of 2015. Please leave a comment if you know of others so I can add them to our list! Thank you!

National IV Nurse Day January 25, 2015

National Nurse Anesthetists Week January 25-31, 2015

PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week February 2-8, 2015

Critical Care Transport Nurses Day February 18, 2015

Certified Nurses Day March 19, 2015

GI Nurses and Associates Week March 23-27, 2015

Transplant Nurses Day April 15, 2015

National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month May 2015

Oncology Nursing Month May 2015

National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2015 (National Nurses Day is May 6)

National School Nurse Day May 6, 2015

National Student Nurses Day May 8, 2015

International Nurses Day May 12, 2015

National Nursing Home Week May 10-17, 2015

Neuroscience Nurses Week May 17-23, 2015

Vascular Nursing Week June 7-13, 2015

38th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week June 11-18, 2015

Take some time to celebrate your hard work and be sure to recognize the work of your colleagues too! 

Posted: 1/27/2015 12:04:30 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: Inspiration

NursingCenter’s New Year’s Resolutions

As we get into 2015, here are some resolutions you can expect from Lippincott NursingCenter!

1. All of our enewsletters are getting a new look! We know that many of you check your email from your phone or tablet; we want to make sure that your are getting the best information in the best format for your device! Here is a peek at our newly launched NursingCenter enews



2. NursingCenter will also be getting a new look! Stay tuned for an update to our website. Make sure you are a registered member and that your profile is up-to-date. You will get content specific to your practice right on your NursingCenter home page!

3. Want to complete your CE activities while you are on-the-go? We have a new CE app in development, so you’ll be able to complete your CE activities right on your mobile device and then sync up with your computer to download and print your certificate! 

4. Look for more CE collections and Focus On collections so you can easily find topical information and specially-priced offers! 

5. We are also committed to keeping you updated on your license renewal requirements. Check back often for updates for your state CE requirements!

6. We’ve got a line-up of Nurses on the Move to keep you abreast of the great things nurses are achieving in our profession! Remember, you can nominate a colleague, friend, or even yourself by emailing ClinicalEditor@NursingCenter.com.

We are looking forward to a great 2015 and hope that you’ll continue to use Lippincott NursingCenter for all of your professional and clinical needs!

Posted: 1/8/2015 1:56:11 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: Inspiration

NursingCenter Named Top Blog for Nurses

Last week, NursingCenter’s In the Round was named one of the Top 100 Nursing Blogs by BestMedicalAssistantPrograms.org, and we couldn’t be more excited! Listed among a variety of blogs dedicated to nursing students, RN’s, NP’s, educators, travel nurses, and more, our blog is described as a site “dedicated to helping nurses be the best workers they can be.” Three of our recent posts are also cited as favorites, including:

Directing Nurses Back to Patient Care
Technology and Global Health: A Nurse Presents for the U.N.
Nurses Who Led the Way: Florence Nightingale

We are honored to be a part of this list and to be featured among some of the best blogs for nurses out there. We want to ensure the nursing community stays connected, so here is a list of our favorite blogs for nurses (these are listed in alphabetical order): 

AJN Off the Charts
ANS: Advances in Nursing Science Blog
JParadisi RN's Blog
Not Nurse Ratched 
Nurse Code
The Adventures of Nurse Niki
What Should We Call Nursing 

Thank you to all of the sites that have included us as a top resource for nurses in the past, including OnlineLPNtoRN.org, OnlineColleges.com, CorrectionalNurse.net, LVNtoRN.net, and Jacksonville University’s School of Nursing. We are grateful for the recognition and aim to continue to provide excellent content for nurses. 

What are some of your favorite nursing blogs? Leave them in the comments below! 

Posted: 10/2/2014 7:48:49 PM by Cara Deming | with 1 comments

Categories: Inspiration

Directing nurses back to patient care

What made you decide to become a nurse? Was it the thrill of directly impacting a patient’s life? Or, was it because you really love tracking down medications and filling out paperwork? I’m going to guess it wasn’t the latter, and the people at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement agree.

In a recent article this week in the Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro explored the institute’s new partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop Transforming Care at the Bedside, a program “to help hospitals increase to 70% the amount of time nurses spend in direct patient care while improving the work environment for nurses.”

This initiative attempts to answer the increasing need to streamline the work nurses are doing, while improving nurses’ delegation practices, “shifting more routine tasks to certified nurse assistants and other less high skilled staffers.” In an interview between Landro and Patricia Rutherford, a nurse and vice president at the institute, Rutherford explained, “We shouldn’t be using expensive professional nursing time doing unnecessary and inefficient things when that time could be reinvested in direct patient care.”

The institute isn’t the first to notice the lack of time nurses are spending with patients. In 2008, the American Journal of Nursing published a series of studies that found direct patient care “accounts for less than 50% of working hours.”

NursingCenter’s own clinical editor, Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP, remembers her frustrations at the bedside. “Patient care is what nursing is all about. I can remember clearly being pulled away from the bedside searching for supplies or medications, or even fixing or calibrating equipment. One time, I was caring for a patient admitted with DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis), who needed finger stick blood glucose checks every hour for titration of his insulin drip. We had two machines on our unit and one was broken. At about my third hour of the shift, the machine that was working needed to be calibrated…[which] took quite some time. This event not only took me away from the bedside, but put him at risk as I was unable to check his blood sugar for about two hours. Fortunately, no untoward events occurred, but I remember thinking at the time, ‘There’s got to be a better way!’”

Studies show the more time a nurse is at the bedside, the better the outcomes. Bonsall explains, “The relationship between patient safety and nursing care is documented in the research, including direct impacts on healthcare-associated infection, readmission rates, and mortality. We are the ones noticing the subtle changes in a patient’s status. If we are repeatedly pulled away from the bedside, those changes can go unnoticed.”

In a 2010 internal audit conducted by Presbyterian Medical Center, it was discovered that “nurses were involved in direct patient care at the bedside for only 2.5 hours every 12-hour shift.” Nurses were spending too much time searching for missing test results and supplies and not enough time monitoring their patients. After implementing the Transforming Care at the Bedside program, the center was hitting “6.5 hours per shift at the end of 2013 with a goal to hit 8.5 hours by the end of 2015.”

Time will tell if the center is able to hit their goal. But, as more hospitals begin to take a robust approach at managing their nurses’ time and delegation strategies, the hope is to return nurses back to why they began their work in the first place – to care for the patients.

Posted: 7/25/2014 8:50:08 PM by Cara Deming | with 3 comments

Categories: Inspiration

Celebrate Nursing 2014: Part 2

Posted: 5/26/2014 1:25:38 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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