HelloImFreshMeatRNHigh fives. Handwritten notes with excited scribbles. Eyes that smile. Exhalation of “We’re so glad you’re here. We’ve been wanting to work with you!” Emails from providers joining in arrival chorus. Starbucks on the last day of your first week (e.g. “You made it, and you did great!”). Special access to team-member-only inside jokes. Oodles of system-branded gifts because, “Well, you’re one of us, now.” A planned orientation that screams, “We’ve been expecting you for a while, and we’ve got you covered.” Expectations singing clarity and professional growth. Already-set check-in meetings to let you know you’ll be supported throughout your orientation (and beyond), providing reassurance in all the newness. Leaders who have recurring service anniversaries already on their calendars before leaving day one. Sincerity and invitation rather than exhaustion and exasperation.

What if we welcomed new nurses, physicians, medical lab technicians, and all other health care colleagues to the profession, to our units, to our health care systems in this way?

How do you welcome new team members?

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I previously published a free, printable card celebrating nurses who just obtained their RN licenses. I’ve added another version – in red – of that card to the original post. 

And thanks to a sweet friend who was looking for a card to celebrate two nurses who recently obtained their OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) credentials, I’ve updated the cards to reflect that congratulations, as well. Hooray for new OCNs!

Download and enjoy the coral version.


Or, you can download and enjoy the red version.


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Nursing school grads left and right are completing their NCLEX exams and gaining their Registered Nurse, R.N., credentials. Today’s free, printable card was inspired by my cousin, Shelley, who just obtained her RN license yesterday. I remember exactly what that felt like…absolutely incredible. I welcome her and the rest of my new colleagues to our amazing profession! Guard those credentials fiercely. State them proudly. Hold true to everything they represent.

This card is available to anyone and everyone, free of charge. Simply download, print (on card stock is best), write your personal sentiments on the reverse, and give, give away. Enjoy!


You can also download the red version.





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She rescued you by prepping weekly Joint Commission audits for you. He saved they day and knew exactly what you needed to meet OSHA requirements. She quoted CPT codes and regulations for nursing visits faster than you could say “revenue cycle.” He had every bit of the medication reconciliation policy researched and documented for the practice council meeting. She explained the clinical practice guidelines behind the new procedure technique.

TheValidatorThese people are one-in-the-same. They are Nurse Validator Superheroes, and they save the day all. the. time. They look like rule-followers, and yes, yes they are that (and thank heavens for that!), but they are so, so, so, soooo much more! They are the ones we run to when we need to know what to do and how to do it from a real person – a professional who proves himself or herself on dotting those i’s and crossing all the t’s. And our healthcare system and patient care is all the better because of their awesomeness. What better way to say ‘thank you’ than to nominate your Validator Superhero for Mosby’s fourth annual Superheroes of Nursing Educator category?

The fourth annual Superheroes of Nursing contest seeks to recognize excellence in the nursing industry as a reflection of the type of excellence that Mosby’s Nursing Suite products instill in nurses. Anyone and everyone is invited to nominate nurses who excel at certain aspects of their jobs – patient care, education, standards and regulations, time management and technology innovation. Each of these core qualities are tied to superhero roles, and the categories for the winners – the Protector, Educator, the Informer and the Validator.

The Validator category is currently open for nominations. It closes on June 15th, so nominate your Superhero today!

Nominations are accepted at and Mosby’s Suite Facebook page. The four winners will be announced via Facebook in September. The winners will also be honored at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® October 8-10, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

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Here’s to Nurses [video]

by Nursetopia on May 30, 2014

Elsevier originally created the Here’s to Nurses video to celebrate Nurses Week 2014. Bright and full of crazy stats only nurses won’t find astonishing – I love this video. So even though Nurses Week has come and gone, it’s still a great time to honor the nurses in your life.

Here’s to nurses!!

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Here’s to Nurses [video]

by Nursetopia on May 30, 2014

Elsevier originally created the Here’s to Nurses video to celebrate Nurses Week 2014. Bright and full of crazy stats only nurses won’t find astonishing – I love this video. So even though Nurses Week has come and gone, it’s still a great time to honor the nurses in your life.

Here’s to nurses!!

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NursetopiaMashupCroppedHere’s a little of what I’ve been reading recently:

What has taken your attention lately?

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Oh my goodness. I am so glad one of my friends shared the Tumblr #WhatShouldWeCallNursing with me. I know Nurses Week is supposed to be all wonderful and full of appreciation – and believe me – it was, but I am pretty sure the universe conspired against me last week saying, “Yeah, I know you’ve been a nurse for a while and particularly love this week. Let’s see how you handle this; tell me now if you still love nursing. Mwuuuaaaaahhhhhaaaahaaaaaa!” At least that’s how it felt. Seriously…tough week.

So, when my friend shared #WhatShouldWeCallNursing, I cried from laughter (and thankfully not due to my week…although that would absolutely come later in the week, unfortunately). I’ve been back to the Tumblr I don’t know how many times, and I end up laughing out loud among people who just stare at me.

I don’t care. It’s that funny. Check it out. 

Thanks to the awesome, anonymous nurse who continues to take suggestions from the nursing community for ongoing posts. I love it so much, I included a few gif’s that pertain to my nursing world…

When a meeting gets cancelled just minutes before it starts:

When people ask me if I sit at a desk all day as a nurse director:

When my staffing works out:

When my new positions are approved for hiring:

When someone says they didn’t receive any information sent out multiple times over the course of six weeks regarding the mandatory training due in one day.

Have a great week!

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Happy Birthday, Florence!

by Nursetopia on May 12, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 7.05.18 PMToday marks the 194th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the “Mother of Modern Nursing,” the “Lady with the Lamp.” Today also signifies International Nurses Day and the final day of Nurses Week.

A hero of the Crimean War, Nightingale left a legacy as far-reaching as statistics, feminism, sanitation, and literature.

Happy birthday, Florence!

Happy International Nurses Day!

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Not So Random Thoughts on Nursing

by Nursetopia on May 6, 2014

Leadership is a tremendous privilege offering a unique perspective. During a critical moment this week, the seconds felt like warp speed, and yet it also felt like some of the longest minutes of my year, sludging across time. In that moment, I was never more proud of the multidisciplinary healthcare team and never more keenly aware of the safety and care nurses routinely provide for patients and visitors.

Nurses are continuously beside people otherwise known as strangers. We give our days, nights, weekends, and holidays to anticipate and remove issues before they even happen. And when the random, unthinkable (to some) occurs, we do anything and everything in our power to protect the lives entrusted to us. Our expertise is highly under-recognized yet always expected.

Nursing care is anything but random. Even when unplanned, it’s systematic. Because nursing is a profession, complete with a code of ethics and a vast, growing body of knowledge. Florence Nightingale called it a “noble profession.”

She may have been on to something.

Happy Nurses Week to all those who provide order to the random and make the routine look easy. I and the rest of the world celebrate you!

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