Cover Letters: Do I need one?
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
1w ago
Cover Letters: Do I need one?  By: Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL Cover letters were once a standard MUST for every job application. Times have changed and with the transition to computer-based job applications, cover letters are now NOT necessary for most new job opportunities.  There are still a few situations where a cover letter can make the difference between being hired or not. Here are my recommendations on when you will want to include a cover letter with your nurse job application:  Gaps on the Resume - If you have periods of time without work, a cover letter is ne ..read more
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What Witnessing a Code Does to Us...
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
1M ago
By: Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL What is a Code: For the context of this post, a Code is a coordinated resuscitation effort to deliver ACLS or PALS care to a patient Who is the “us”: Members of the healthcare team that are part of the Code response or who witness the Code response How witnessing a Code impacts us: Codes are traumatic to witness, let alone participate in. The impacts on those healthcare team members involved can cause a range of emotions with the negative severe effects potentially being as serious as conditions such as PTSD, depression, SI, etc Why am I talking about t ..read more
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The Year End Job Review: Am I happy?
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
1M ago
The Year End Job Review: Am I happy? By: Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL As we near the end of 2022, I encourage everyone to look at their job and review your professional situation against the criteria - am I happy?  Here are a few prompts to consider:  What do I like and not like about my current role?  Does work bring me positive or negative stress?  Am I fulfilled at the end of my work day?  Do I feel anxious thinking about going to work?  Are there colleagues that make me happy? Make me sad?  Is my work a healthy work environment?  A ..read more
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A Salute to Nurse Resumes for Veterans
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
2M ago
A Salute to Nurse Resumes for Veterans By: Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL A version of this article was originally posted on The Nursing Beat Blog. Organizations love hiring veterans, period! Your military experience shows that you have many transferable skill sets like being able to take direction or work in a team. Military veterans, individuals who complete military service at home, deployed, abroad, in peacetime or in combat, have unique experiences and skill sets that should be highlighted on a nurse resume. By including transferable skills, training, and military work history, you can ..read more
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Technology Management Strategies for Nurse Leaders
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
7M ago
Technology Management Strategies for Nurse Leaders By: Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL & Mary Gannon, MSN, RN, CEN Throughout nursing, computers are integrated into all aspects of care. This is no different in nurse leadership. Whether it is creating staff schedules to payroll to chart audits, nurse leaders are required to navigate sometimes dozens of computer-based programs to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. How much orientation is provided for these programs? How many logins and passwords are a nurse leader required to have to utilize all of these systems? How often do the pr ..read more
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Nurse Resume Myths
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by Sarah Wells
7M ago
There is a lot of confusion surrounding nurse resumes. Here are a few nurse resume myths that just aren’t true! Myth: I have to list every job that I ever had on my nurse resume.  FALSE.  Truth: Nurse resumes are FOCUSED documents that ideally only list the last 5-10 (usually just 5) years of NURSE experience. If you are a new grad with no nurse experience, list your healthcare experience. DO NOT list non-healthcare/patient care jobs.  Myth: My nurse resume should be only one page.  FALSE.  Truth: Nurse resumes can be up to TWO pages, but the MAXIMUM is two pages.&nbs ..read more
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What to do if you are a patient or have a loved one in the Emergency Room
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
7M ago
This post is dedicated to all the other nurse family members and friends out there. As the emergency nurse in my family and friend circle, I am almost always one of the first calls or texts by people when they wind up in the ER or have a loved one that is an emergency patient. First and foremost - I always tell the person on the other end of my call or text that I am so sorry that this is happening but please know that if you or your loved one is being taken to the emergency department, you most likely need to be seen by a medical provider and that the hospital is THE PLACE to be evaluated fo ..read more
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2021: The Year of New Thing Baby
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
7M ago
My Pandemic Pregnancy 2021 was one long pause due to the production and arrival of #newthingbaby. A quick summary of my pandemic pregnancy: Diagnosis of Hyperemesis Gravidarum - It sucked. I swear I didn't eat for the first 5 months. I ultimately got a Zofran subq pump. Zofran is magic. The Zofran constipation is not. Take stool softeners if you ever take lots of Zofran in pregnancy. Mostly just stayed home - I couldn't work. I was on the couch watching marathons of Call the Midwife. It was pretty miserable. This is why I've been offline for so long. I got the COVID-19 vaccine during my ..read more
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COVID-19 & My Nurse Mental Health - I feel like shit that has been trampled by elephants.
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
7M ago
I literally can’t get out of bed some days.  Everything makes me cry.  Going through the day feels like walking through waist-deep mud. I am tired of talking to people who are not my nurse or healthcare friends. No one else understands. This is what COVID-19 has done to me. I have not caught it. I am physically well but mentally, I feel like shit that has been trampled by elephants over and over again. If you are in the healthcare field, you may know what I’m talking about. There is a constant dread during every waking moment. It is a heaviness that for me, is often on my chest, mak ..read more
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Thank you for this moment.
New Thing Nurse
by Sarah Wells
7M ago
I woke up today and wrote a snarky, #nursehumor post about prolonged elections: It’s funny, and I am POSITIVE would have gone viral except that within 45 minutes, we all got the news: And after four years of seeing so much hate and loss in this country, I was elated to think of a future of hope and possibility with a woman of color helping steer us on the path forward. Today is historic for many reasons and joyful for so many more, but I also want to record this moment to note the feelings of hope and potential for science, equality and international collaboration that I’m having for the fi ..read more
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