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10 ways to be your boss’s favorite employee. -Even if they never say it out loud.

1. Be positive.

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Being a leader involves a lot of problem solving. Much of your boss’s day is spent thinking about processes that are broken, employee complaints and negative issues. The positive employees stand out and are greatly appreciated.

2. Have a sense of humor.

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Sometimes the only solution in a terrible situation is to laugh. Laughing at the boss’s jokes is highly encouraged. Being able to keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself, is a refreshing quality in an employee.

3. Don’t just volunteer, follow through!

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What ever you have raised your hand to volunteer for will become your boss’s job if you don’t follow through. Volunteering in meetings is only the first step.

4. Make their job easier.

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It may seem like your boss is getting credit for your hard work. Really they are getting credit for having a exemplary employee. If you can take something off their plate, do it.

5. Meet deadlines and bring solutions.

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Feedback and reporting company issues is important, but bring a possible solution when you knock on the office door. Meeting deadlines or at least keeping your boss in the loop of your progress is vital. After you were assigned a task, she is counting on you to cross the finish line.

6. Be honest. Leaders need constructive critiquing too.

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Yes, laughing at the boss’s jokes is good, but being a yes-man is not helpful. Be honest, in a kind way, to help your boss recognize areas that need improvement.

7. Give trust.

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Don’t automatically assume that every decision or action your boss makes is a direct attempt to ruin your life.

8. Say thank you.

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Just as much as you like to feel appreciated, your boss needs it too. He probably can’t remember the last time an employee thanked him. If the thought of your boss quitting makes you feel ill, let them know how much you appreciate them now. Leaders usually do not hear the positive impacts they made on employees until their going away party. Too little. Too late.

9. Tell them what you need.

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Leaders want you to be successful, but are not mind readers. Tell them what you need. It may not be possible to immediately get your needs filled, but knowing is half the battle.

10. Let them have a bad day.

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Everyone has the occasional bad day. Your leader is human and is going to disappoint you and themselves at some point. Don’t judge them too harshly for one bad shift. Grab the tissues and chocolate and let them know that tomorrow is a new day.

 

 

 

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You Might Have a Work Spouse if…

Do you have a work spouse?  Not your significant other that happens to work with you. Not the person you go home to at night and share bills and children.  A work spouse is the person (male or female) that you love to see at work, but your relationship is completely platonic .  I have had many work spouses over the years.  My good natured husband has seen them come and go and luckily has never been jealous. In fact he probably is happy that he doesn’t have to listen to me talk about work quite as much since I have already hashed it out with my “other” significant other.

 

How do you know if you have a work spouse?

Read below for the tell tale signs that someone at your workplace is your work spouse.

 

You might have a work spouse if…

 

1. One look in a meeting and you know exactly what they are thinking.

 

 

 

 

2. You have each other’s backs, no matter what.

 

 

 

 

3. You don’t get mad when they are honest with you.

 

 

 

 

4. When you go out on a limb at work, your coworker will join you even if it means they might have a rough time.

 

 

 

 

5. If your coworker is out for the day it displeases you.

 

 

 

 

6. Other employees have given you and your coworker a nick name like Bennifer.

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7. If you and your coworker were in charge office life would be utopic.

 

 

 

 

8. You can’t wait to tell your coworker the big news

 

 

 

9. Life decisions are discussed sometimes with your parents, friends, doctor, or clergy , but ALWAYS with your coworker.

 

 

 

10. Your child or pet was named for or by a coworker.

 

 

 

 

11. You share your darkest secrets and they know where you hide your private stash of chocolate.

 

 

 

 

12. You don’t get jealous of their well deserved kudos/promotions/raises.

 

 

 

 

13. You boost each others careers and are each others’ biggest cheerleaders.

 

 

 

 

14. Mondays are not quite as bad as they used to be.

 

 

 

 

15. Your real spouse gets tired of hearing what your coworker said or did that was so clever and funny.

 

 

 

 

16. You don’t quit a job you hate unless they can quit too.

 

 

Thanks to all my past, present and future work spouses!

 

 

 

 

What signs did I miss?  Comment and let me know about your work spouse.

 

 

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Birth Plan Basics: FAQ about Elective Inductions of Labor

Q.  Should I have an elective induction of labor?

A. 

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Q.  I want to make sure that my OB is there for my delivery, should I schedule an elective induction?

A.

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Q.  My mother is flying in this Saturday, can I schedule an elective induction for Friday?

A.

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Q. It is my first baby and I am already dilated to 1cm.  I want to schedule an elective induction.

A.

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Q.  I am 38 weeks and I am contracting 4 times an hour, I would like to schedule an elective induction.

A.

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Q. My ultrasound said that my baby was already 6 pounds at 37 weeks.  Should I have an elective induction at 39 weeks?

A.

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Q. I really want my baby to be born on 1/15/15.  Should I be induced electively?

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Q.  What about an elective primary cesarean section?

A.

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Q. If I have no medical reason to have an induction, should I let my baby choose his birthday?

A.

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I do not recommend an non-medically indicated elective induction of labor or cesarean section.

Inform yourself about the risks of inducing labor early.

Go the Full 40!

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 

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Nurse Burnout: 12 Ways to get Your New-Grad Happy Back

Nurse burnout happens.  No nurse is immune.  If you are a nurse you are at risk for burnout.

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Remember how it felt to be a brand new nurse?

The only thing more shiny than your new stethoscope was your happy face.

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I diagnosed myself with nurse burnout when I started thinking that driving my car off a cliff sounded better than going to work.

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I was able to get back to my nursing happy place and I am in love with nursing again.

Here are some ways to get you back to happy-dancing your way to work.

 

 

1.  BLOG!  I love it and I’m not the only nurse on the interwebs!  If you are not a writer then read nursing blogs.  There are all flavors of nursing blogs, from informative to hysterical.

Some suggestions to get you started: Mine of course!   Adventures of a Labor Nurse   The Nerdy Nurse     Nurse Together     Mighty Nurse     Scrubs     Digital Doorway

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2. Go back to school.  Getting your BSN, MSN or DNP will make you more marketable and open up more options.

Going back to school will reenergize you about nursing.

You will read a LOT about new nursing research, which will get you out of a nursing rut.

You will be so busy making powerpoint presentations and writing discussion posts, you will have no time to think/complain about work.

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3. Get certified in your specialty.  If you are burned out then you probably have been a nurse more than 2 years.  Congrats!

That means that you are qualified to become certified in your specialty.

There is a certification for just about everything nursing related.

Look for your specialty on ANCC or NCC to start.  You will be recognized for your knowledge and add to your credentials.

Maintaining certification means that you will need to keep up continuing education in your speciality, which will prevent you from becoming stagnate.

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4.  Take your vacation days!!  Everyone needs a break.  Nursing is stressful.

If you don’t take vacation for yourself, then take it for your patients.  Being a relaxed and refreshed nurse will benefit them.

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5. Celebrate wins.  We are always focused on what we need to improve and what we are doing wrong.

When you or your team have a win, celebrate!

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6. Take some time for yourself.  Nurses know how important self-care is, but its difficult to find the time. Find it!

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7. Join a committee.  Make changes.  Give your input.  Does your hospital have shared governance or unit representation to make decisions?  If yes, join.  If no, start it! You can change nursing practice.

 

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8.  Be active.  Exercise can help improve mood and is a great outlet for work frustrations.

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9. Go to a Nursing Conference.  

There is nothing better than going to a conference full of nurses.  People think that ComicCon is weird, but they have never been to a nursing conference! We have crazy nurse fun!

It is a great time and it is a place where you are reminded why the heck you became a nurse.

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10.  Spend some time with your work buddies away from the call lights and nurse rounds.

You know you love your team.  An out of work activity can remind you that your work pals are awesome.
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11. Attend a continuing education course or webinar about a topic that interests you.

Will you be inspired by experts talking about the topics that they love.

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12.  Quit.  Not nursing, but quit your job.  Sometimes you really don’t have nurse burnout, but job burnout.

One of the best things about being a nurse is the vast opportunities you have for employment.

If you need a change of pace, location or specialty do it.  Give a proper notice and leave on good terms.

You never know when you may work with those nurses again.  (It will happen.)

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Nursing is a rewarding profession.  If you feel yourself getting disenchanted, actively try to get the magic back.

 

If you are successful you will be back to the new grad feeling which is good for you and your patients.

 

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How do you beat the nurse blues?  Leave your suggestions in comments.

 

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10 Things that Labor Nurses Fear

All nurses have rational and irrational fears that haunt our waking and sleeping hours.

Here are 10 of the top labor nurse fears.

 

 

Realizing at change of shift you had a patient and didn't know it.
1. Realizing at change of shift you had a patient and didn’t know it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling the father of the baby Grandpa by mistake.
2. Calling the father of the baby Grandpa by mistake.
Monitoring Multiples.
3. Monitoring Multiples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farting in a mother's room.
4. Farting in a mother’s room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling in the OB because her cervix is complete and its really 1 cm and REALLY, REALLY thin.
5. Calling in the OB because her cervix is complete.                                                                             But its only 1 cm and REALLY, REALLY thin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falling asleep in the mother's room, at the nursing station, in the OR, or in the bathroom.  You are soon tired!
6. Falling asleep in the mother’s room, at the nursing station, in the OR, or in the bathroom. You are so tired!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching lice, scabies or any other critter from your patient and their visitors.
7. Catching lice, scabies or any other critter from your patient and their visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropping the baby.  Those little guys are slippery!
8. Dropping the baby. Those little guys are slippery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not being to keep your game face on when the mom who has no drug history has a positive drug,  a mom whispers for you to check if the baby looks Asian , or a mom who bragged about her pain tolerance gets an epidural at 2cm.
9. Not being to keep your game face on when the mom who has no drug history has a positive drug, a mom whispers for you to check if the baby looks Asian , or a mom who bragged about her pain tolerance gets an epidural at 2cm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full moon, rain, and days that the OB offices are closed.
10. The full moon, rain, and days that the OB offices are closed.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What fears about labor and delivery keep you up at night?

 

 

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23 Ways You Know You Work Nightshift

This was you when you decided to try nightshift.
1. This was you when you decided to try nightshift.
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2. This is how you ask to be low censused after you had to stay up all day.
You avoid the sun.
3. You avoid the sun.
You have become an expert in the art of sarcasm.
4. You have become an expert in the art of sarcasm.
You become like siblings to your nightshift buddies.
5. You become like siblings with your nightshift buddies.
Drinking at 0800 seems perfectly normal.
6. Drinking at 0800 seems perfectly normal.
This is how you greet the dayshift when they are late.
7. This is how you greet the dayshift when they are late.
Your beauty maintenance tends to get behind.
8. Your beauty maintenance tends to get behind.
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9. This is your response when the charge nurse asks where you would like to float.
This is how you feel when you get the message to come in on call.
10. This is how you feel when you get the message to come in on call.

 

This is the look  you give the  person that asks you to stay 4 more hours after your shift.
11. This is the look you give the person who asks you to stay 4 more hours after your shift.
What you say to every meeting that is scheduled at noon.
12. What you say to every meeting that is scheduled at noon.
Running to codes is a breeze.
13. Running to codes is a breeze.
You have seen so much that in emergencies you are eerily calm.
14. You have seen so much that in emergencies you are eerily calm.
This is how your family feels when someone rings the doorbell during the day.
15. This is how your family feels when someone rings the doorbell during the day.
No topic seems inappropriate after 1 AM.
16. No topic seems inappropriate after 1 AM.
When you hear that one of your best friends is going to dayshift.
17. When you hear that one of your best friends is going to dayshift.
This is how you feel when someone tells you how nice it must be to sleep at work.
18. This is how you feel when someone tells you how nice it must be to sleep at work.
Everything is funny at 4 in the morning!
19. Everything is funny at 4 in the morning!
Your bedroom has black out curtains, blankets, or tinfoil on the windows.
20. Your bedroom has black out curtains, blankets, or tinfoil on the windows.
How you feel when your lunch/nap alarm on your phone wakes you up.  Back to work!
21. How you feel when your lunch/nap alarm on your phone wakes you up. Back to work!
How you feel after working a 6 night stretch.
22. How you feel after working a 6 night stretch.
No matter how crazy working nights can be, you are grateful to work with the best people ever!
23. No matter how crazy working nights can be, you are grateful to work with the best people ever!







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