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[Free, Printable Card] B positive: Compatible with Monday

by Nursetopia on September 12, 2016

Have a great Monday!

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You can download this card here and share some Monday love.

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A Taste of Excellence

by Nursetopia on August 14, 2016

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Does ‘Chance’ Favor You?

by Nursetopia on August 13, 2016

ThePreparedMind

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[Free, Printable Cards] Hashtag Nurses

by Nursetopia on May 3, 2016

It’s no secret I love cards. Nurses Week is May 6-12, and it’s one of my most favorite weeks of the year because I get to celebrate the awesomeness of the nurses around me. I usually make new cards each year, and this year is no different.

I present to you the Hashtag Nurses series. While these can certainly brighten the days of Nurses Week, they’ll fit any day of the year, as well. Simply download and print front-and-back to get 16 postcard-style cards.

YouDeserveYourOwnHashtag

YouMakeMeSmile

YoureAwesome

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‘Ace of Hearts’ CARD-iology Encouragement

by Nursetopia on February 19, 2016

It’s Cardiology Professionals Week as well as Cardiac Rehab Week. Do you work with these people? Know these people?

They’re pretty amazing, but I don’t have to tell you that! And they deserve some love and encouragement during the month of hearts.

For example, you could easily take these two images, print them front-and-back on a full sheet of paper or card stock, and write a sweet little note on the face-card side, for one sweet cardiology encouragement. And then you just might be the favorite part of the day.

Just sayin’.

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Aces Front_Nursetopia

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The Greatest Description of Love

by Nursetopia on February 14, 2016

Love.

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The Beauty of Reflecting on Your Work

by Nursetopia on February 13, 2016

Have you ever paused to reflect on your work from previous years? Like really paused to reminisce about your life’s work – what you’ve spent your minutes, hours, and days doing? It’s self-care in and of itself.

I’ve been blogging for over five years now, and I use nifty tools like most bloggers to bookmark topics or repost content I’ve written previously. Technology is quite amazing, no? Every once in a while I’ll see someone share a link of my writing that I forgot I penned, or I will catch something in a conversation that makes me think of an article I wrote several years ago. I’ll sift back through the articles and begin re-reading my work. Strangely enough, while I write many articles in moments of emotion, sometimes I cannot even recall what caused me to write my passionate words when reading them retrospectively. And, inevitably, as I’m looking there, I begin to see moments of encouragement intended for others over the years but that equally uplift me in that moment. And just like that – I’m thankful. I’m thankful I wrote down the permanent vulnerability. I am thankful for my creative outlet of writing. I am thankful for time well-spent. I am thankful for my friends through my writing. I am thankful for my days.

The same is true for my nursing work. When I pause to self-reflect, minutes turn into the brain’s quick page-turning yearbook of highlights that lift my soul. Even the dark moments have light flecks of hope in hind sight, faded by the brilliance of much more luminescent times.

Busy-ness can eat us away, Reflection pauses time to bring energy to the moments ahead. It’s beautiful self-care we overlook all-too-frequently in today’s six-second, microwave, drive-through 140-character culture.

Pause and think about your past year, five years, decade, or score. Relish your work, and be renewed for the work ahead.

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Valentines2016_LubDubValentine’s Day is an “easy” day to thank those around you at work, no matter your role. Gratitude is contagious, and you might be surprised how great you feel after thanking those around you and watching them light up with a smile. Little moments of thanks really can change a day, a week, a unit, a culture.

If you need some Valentine’s Day work-love help, I’ve made images and cards in the past. They’ve been so well-received, I’ve made a new line of 12 free, printable Valentine’s cards available for everyone; not all of them are shown here, so be sure to visit the download link. Simply download, print (card stock is best), add a handwritten note to the blank space on the front or back of the card, and share with your coworkers. Enjoy!

And, no matter your healthcare specialty, if you have ideas for future cards, please share in the comments. Spread the love this season!

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Leader, Leader quite legendary,

How do your nurses grow?

With sharing wells, and mentor swells,

And encouragements that overflow.

Grow, by Susy Morris, via Flickr.com Grow, by Susy Morris, via Flickr.com

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Even though May 6th, is the official start of Nurses Week, tomorrow begins the observed celebration week for most organizations. As a registered nurse myself and a nurse leader, I love Nurses Week because it gives me one more reason to love on the nurses all around me. Seriously, nurses are incredible people. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate those who make it their life’s work to care for others?!

And in true Nursetopia style, let’s kick off the week with some more free, printable cards, shall we? This series – the Elemental series – is one of my favorites because it’s been in my creative work queue for over a year, and I just finished it yesterday.

It just so happens that “CNO” is spelled out beautifully in the periodic table, and Radon thankfully holds the “Rn” symbol on the table, as well. Yep, there are a few key additional credentials hidden among the elements, so stay tuned to see the Elemental series expand.

Elemental CNO

 

To download the Elemental CNO card, click here. Yes, your CNO deserves some Nurses Week love, too!

Elemental RN

 

To download the Elemental RN card, click here. There are two of these cards to a single sheet, so download, print, and share the Nurses Week love.

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