Helen P. Keller, RN, Represents North Carolina with Entry into Renowned Publication Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

The International Nurses Association, INA, has carefully selected Helen P. Keller, RN, to represent nursing in their publication, Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Helen Keller’s selection is a significant representation of her passion and dedication for the field of nursing.  She is considered to be among the best with over 40 years in practice.

Helen maintains a position at Iredell Memorial Hospital located in Statesville, North Carolina. Iredell Health System has been named as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Within Iredell, Helen works as a Peri-Anesthesia Nurse; working with patients who are recovering from surgeries in the post anesthesia care unit and helping patients get ready to leave the hospital. Helen has served patients, throughout her career, in many different units including the Intensive Care Unit, CCU, Long Term Care, PACU, and Outpatient Surgery. To ensure her patients receive the utmost care, Helen remains proficient in a number of life support techniques such as Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support. Throughout her career, Helen has been Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and President of both her local Peri-Anesthesia group and the North Carolina Association of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses.  For outstanding skills and achievements, Helen has been honored as North Carolina PeriAnesthesia Nurse of the Year; amongst other awards of merit.

Prior to discovering nursing as her passion, Helen was a nursing assistant in high school and attended college as a secretarial major. After she found nursing was her niche in life she attended Davis Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1971 with her nursing degree. Upon completion, Helen worked in numerous hospitals; Wilson Memorial Hospital being her first.

Be sure to look out for Helen Keller’s upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


Cheryl F. Monsale, RN, CMSRN, Represents California with Entry into Renowned Publication The Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

Representing the nurses of California, Cheryl F. Monsale, RN, CMSRN, has been selected to represent her community in the publication of The Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.  In practice for nearly 20 years, Cheryl represents the commitment, distinction, and passion for patient care needed to receive this respected honor.

Located in the Hercules, California, Cheryl maintains a position in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Alta Bates was ranked number five in the San Francisco Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospitals in 2012-2013. Within Alta Bates, Cheryl works as a medical-surgical nurse with specific expertise in psychiatric and geriatric nursing as well. Being a medical-surgical nurse, Cheryl primarily works with adult patients that are diagnosed with a wide array of illnesses. When Cheryl is not serving her patients at Alta Bates, she is on staff at Napa State Hospital and the Vale Care Center.

Prior to studying nursing, Cheryl received her Bachelor’s degree in the Philippines. Continuing her training, Cheryl relocated to the United States; where she attended St. Paul’s School of Nursing. She graduated with her RN in 1994 from St. Paul’s; also obtaining certification in medical-surgical nursing. To remain current in her field, Cheryl is an active member of the California Nurses Association.

Be sure to look out for her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

Nurse Health: 3 Ways to Stop Emotional Eating

Emotional-Eating-3Nurses, when you’re feeling stressed out from work, do you reach for the closest junk food such as a donut or soda? Is it bad for nurses’ health? Most junk foods high in sugar and white refined flour directly affect your mood, but perhaps not in the way you think.  Sugary foods can set off emotional and chemical reactions in your body that temporarily make you feel calm or even more in control, but only for a short time. An hour later, you feel worse than before. Insulin released by your body to metabolize the starches can actually over-produce and gobble up all of the carbohydrates, leaving you with no energy and feeling slow, sluggish, and moody.

Emotional eating also brings many psychological issues which is unfavorable for health. You may feel guilty or mad at yourself for succumbing to the food temptation. This brings about a feeling associated with the food—guilt. Every time you have emotion guilt with eating, that emotion interferes with your natural hunger cues.

The good news is that you don’t have to stay in that guilt-food cycle. Follow these tips to become a healthy nurse. Here are 3 ways to break the cycle and stop eating to feed emotional hunger!

  1. Forget common diet advice about avoiding favorite foods.  Once food is forbidden, it has an emotion attached to it. Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation and just remember that food is not the answer to your stress.
  2. Exercise. Anything from a walk around the block to a gym workout will help manage stress and release endorphins naturally, while helping your body be and feel healthier. Exercise not only benefits your body but your mind as well.
  3. Do a physical stress inventory of your body when you find yourself eating more food, junk foods, or not eating at all.  Physical symptoms of excessive stress include: aching back or shoulders, procrastination, clenched hands, impatience, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, depression and anxiety. If you experience these symptoms combined with craving or aversion to food, you may need to turn your attention to alleviating the stress itself. Once the stress is alleviated, the food craving will subside.

Overcoming stress-related eating isn’t easy, but it will release you to enjoy all foods without guilt. Take time to recognize what your body is really telling you when it wants you to reach for the junk food. Once you recognize the stress causing the craving, you can then discover how to take care of the stressful situation that does not involve food. The more often you recognize the symptoms of stressful eating, the easier it will become to refrain from reaching for food to find the solution. This does not just improve nurses health but will also keep it blooming.

Originally posted in Nursetogether.com

Norma T. Donohue, MSN, RN Represents New York with Entry into Renowned Publication Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare and the International Nurses Association (INA) are proud to announce that Norma T. Donohue, MSN, RN, is being honored for her exceptional successes in the nursing community.  With many years in the industry, Norma has demonstrated the passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for patient care necessary to be considered a Top Nurse in her field.

Norma works for North Shore Long Island Jewish Southside Hospital, located in Bay Shore, New York. There, Norma has expertise in nurse education, staff training, and medical records.  In addition to obtaining an MSN (Master’s of Science in Nursing), Norma also has certification in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), BLS (Basic Life Support), and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).  Norma is also a Clinical Instructor at the Molloy College of Nursing, and an instructor for the American Heart Association.

In 2002, Norma earned his nursing degree from Excelsior College.  She then received her Master of Science in Nursing.  Norma is an active member of the American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau.  Norma is a nurse educator for the critical care unit, training staff in everything from clinical practices to medical records.

To find out more about Norma T. Donohue, please visitwww.northshorelij.com/hospitals/location/southside-hospital.  Also be sure to look out for her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

The Anatomy of a Successful Nursing Resume

nursing career resumeHow do you write a nursing resume that effectively markets your skills without overhyping your abilities? Here is an excerpt by job search strategist Lisa Mauri Thomas from her book “Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job,” (2012) available from Amazon.com:

The anatomy of a resume is comprised of the following parts, which will vary a bit based on your experience and certifications.

  • Name and contact information
  • Title bar
  • Professional profile
  • Customizable skills area
  • Education and certifications
  • Clinical rotations
  • Preceptorships
  • Clinical nursing experience (work history)
  • Non-nursing experience (if applicable)
  • Volunteerism
  • Publications
  • Honors and awards
  • Where to learn more

One hallmark of a great nursing resume is experience. There is nothing like writing a resume to make you doubt and find holes in your own experience and skill sets.

New nurses are especially vulnerable to “resume doubts” and can’t do enough to strengthen their resume. More experienced nurses, by contrast, run the risk of doing too little, especially if they assume that simply being a nurse is all you need to change jobs. Nothing beats experience.

That said, experience can be made moot by arrogance or passivity. All experience is strengthened through networking activities.

For Experienced Nurses

Do not assume you are an automatic shoo-in for any job you desire because you have 20+ years of experience—never underestimate the competition. However, your excellent credentials, networking skills, resume, and interviewing skills will put you above most if not all of your competition.

For those of you approaching semiretirement, leverage your incredible experience to craft a position that you will enjoy and that will help you meet your retirement objectives. This is where networking pays off. Talk to everyone and anyone about the role you’d like to craft for yourself and enjoy for the next several years.

Chances are you have seen so much, survived just about every triage situation one can think of, and been able to calm down the most hysterical patients and irate or untested physicians. You could nurse a small city with your eyes closed and one arm tied behind your back. Look for organizations that need exactly that level of competence and confidence within an autonomous role that allows you some flexibility and creativity while earning a paycheck and socking away retirement savings.

For Fresh Graduates

What does that mean for nursing graduates and newer nurses who don’t have 20 years’ experience? It’s all about balance. Offset your weaknesses with strength and a willingness to start anywhere.

Nursing students must develop professional contacts, work in-field as a certified nursing assistants, and volunteer in caregiver situations as much as possible while in school. Become a student member in professional nursing organizations; join a student chapter on campus and take on a leadership role.

If you graduated from school and have not landed your first professional role yet, you have some catching up to do. Develop professional contacts, work part-time or apply for roles in settings that need help, even if it is not part of your long-term plan, and/or become a nurse volunteer to round out your experience.

Once you have at least 2 years of experience, you are certainly on stronger ground, but that doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels. Rather, you must move into a growth phase where you refine your day-to-day skills with an eye toward your development and advancement within the field. This is when you acquire additional certifications, keep up on your continuing education requirements, join additional professional organizations, and make networking a weekly endeavor.

Nurses with 8-12 years of experience may be looking for senior-level management roles or leadership roles on a board of directors or within a professional organization. At this level, you may be seeking a creative outlet for your talents, such as writing an advice column or book. Networking continues to serve as the catalyst for new and intriguing endeavors. And as discussed above, once you have 25+ years of nursing experience under your scrubs, you can craft career plans to move into semiretirement at a point of your choosing.

Originally posted in Nursetogether.com

Kristin M. Headrick, RN, BSN, ONC Represents Washington with Entry into Renowned Publication Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare and the International Nurses Association are proud to announce that Kristin M. Headrick, RN, BSN, ONC, is being honored for her exceptional successes in the nursing community.  With many years in the industry, Kristin has demonstrated the passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for patient care necessary to be considered a Top Nurse in her field.

Kristin works at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, located in Vancouver, Washington.  The hospital is part of Legacy Health System, a leading hospital provider in Washington State.  Kristin is an orthopedic nurse, working with patients recovering from bone and joint injuries.  She makes sure patients have everything they need, and arranges for post-op care if necessary.  Kristin also works as a legal nurse consultant, serving in court to assist with medical jargon during tough cases.

In 2000, Kristin received her nursing degree from the University of Portland in Oregon. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is proficient in basic life support, and advanced cardiac life support.

To find out more about Kristin H. Headrick, please visit www.legacyhealth.org.  Also be sure to look out for her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

Why be a Nurse?

Nursing is the fastest-growing occupation in the US. Nurses make up the majority of the healthcare industry, and that number’s going up, with 581,500 more nursing jobs by 2018. Why? There are a lot of reasons, including an aging population and a shrinking nursing workforce.

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  •                                                                                                                                     You’ll have options.

    Few professions give you as many choices of where to work, areas to specialize in, or degrees to use. The range of nursing specialties is almost as varied as the personalities of the nurses themselves, so no matter what kind of person you are, there’s a place in nursing for you.

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  •                                                                                                                                     You’ll have benefits.

    Recent nursing school grads enjoy some of the highest starting salaries among their peers in other industries. As you can see below, nurses in Personal Care Services are in the lead, by industry. Most of these nurses work in doctors’ offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics                                    

  • You’ll have flexibility.

  •                                                                                                                                     Flexible schedules

    Depending on the specialty you choose, you’ll work during different times of the day in 4, 8, 10, or 12-hour shifts. You can work weekdays, weekends, or a combination. Flexible schedules are especially helpful for parents who need to adjust their hours for family and child-care needs.

  •                                                                                                                                     Flexible Locations

    People need healthcare everywhere. You can work in urban hospitals, suburban doctors’ offices, on Indian reservations, or Alaskan outposts. Travel across the country, or the globe—wherever your destination, there’s a need for a nurse.



Flexible Career

With 104 specialties and a number of advanced nursing degrees, it’s easy to see why most nurses change jobs throughout their careers. As a nurse, you can move laterally, to another specialty, or build on your education, and move up.


Originally posted in Discover Nursing      

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