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    Ice-Laden Death Traps and Other Spiritual Journeys

    The other morning my friend asked if we would like to join her and her kids for tobogganing and treats. We have twin families: two boys and a girl, all within months of each other. And, as God would have it, she is one of my dearest, most fun friends. So I jumped at the chance to spend time together, as I always do. I love doing life with her. To describe where we live as “flat” would be a misrepresentation. “Flat” would suggest that there is something to compare it to, like say, elevation. Literally the only hills in my city are man-made, and were usually designed to get…

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    Nursing vs. Medicine (and why we should stop comparing them)

    Did you see what I did there? This has to be an age old debate: should I be a doctor or a nurse? I would like to put this discussion to rest, and not because I think there is an answer, but because I don’t think there can be a comparison. Note: there will be no shade thrown at physicians in this post. While, yes, some of them can be grumpy when you call them at 0200h for a sedative order, for the most part, they’re alright. Nursing is not a runner-up prize We’ve all been there. We went to school or worked with someone who became a nurse because…

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    Pivoting…not just for athletes anymore.

    Well….I have some news. I started this blog because I didn’t have the greatest experience as a student nurse. I wanted to be a voice of reason and calm, encouraging SN’s on their journey to becoming RNs. But then I read the book “The Nurses Guide to Blogging” by Brittney Wilson and Kati Kleber (this is a fantastic read, I highly recommend it to anyone looking to getting into blogging). This book helped me to understand what my vision truly is for Know It, Nurse and I realized that my bottom line is about happiness. I want nurses to be happy in their work and their lives. So I have decided to…

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    Self-Care Ideas (that don’t suck).

    If you are a nursing student or a recent grad, I bet you have heard a lot about this mythical concept of “self-care”. This is the idea that nurses need to do things to restore and revive themselves, given their stressful jobs. I wonder who was the first to come up with that phrase? The crazy thing about it is the mere fact that we have to tell nurses “Hey! Did you know that you shouldn’t drive yourself insane and maybe you could do something fun every 3-4 weeks?”. Do we have to remind them to be functioning human beings because nursing is such a hard career, or do we have…