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Digital tools have hazards too

In 2015 I hope to read and share more about research as renewal of an old research challenge I started a few years ago on @NursingIdeas. The Article: McBride DL, LeVasseur SA, Li D Non-Work-Related Use of Personal Mobile Phones by Hospital Registered Nurses. JMIR mHealth uHealth 2015;3(1):e3 DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.4001 Big Idea: The significant growth of personal smartphones with […]

Why social profiles are part of career success

The two go to tools for any job search are cover letter and resume, yet this is changing. Traditionally applying to a job meant making a cover letter and resume. Some professionals recommend keeping a detailed file documenting everything you have worked on. This makes it easier to create a short and concise resume (1 page) highlighting […]

Always have a backup plan

No one wants to plan for failure, but doing so is essential when working with technology. Over the past 30 days I had the pleasure of having two catastrophic failures. Working in healthcare where were errors can have life changing or ending consequences perhaps that term might not be fully correction. However, the failures were […]

PatientsLikeMe jobs

Do nurses work at tech companies?

Health, healthcare and technology are what I’m passionate about. I went to school for nursing because I knew I’d be able to work in hospitals during my degree and have a lot of doors open when I finished. Typically nurses apply to hospital or home care nursing organizations for work when finishing. Yet I often […]

Spreading Improvement Through Leadership

Today was an inspiring day. It started off with a great discussion on variations in healthcare at Longwood’s Breakfast with the Chiefs. Although some of the data was a bit alarming to see, it was not depressing. Rather I found it encouraging. Hearing a group of clinicians, researchers, educators, policy-makers and other talking about healthcare […]

Healthcare Clinical Leadership is Important

Leadership is not just for the board room.

Lately I’ve been listening to a great podcast by Scott Weingart, called the EMCrit Podcast. The show is a great way for physicians, nurses and other health professionals to learn more about high quality emergency medicine. Scott’s goal is “Attempting to Bring Upstairs Care, Downstairs One Podcast at a Time.” This week I came across […]

Changing How We Train Others

Recently I was listening to a great Harvard Business Review podcast interviewing Salman Khan, of the Khan Academy. He said something that really resonated with the way I think and react to meetings and learning. If people are meeting, they don’t need a lecture; if you don’t need them to interact, information should just be in […]

Free online education: Who decides if it is failing?

Staying up to date with research or advancing my understanding of particular topics that were quickly covered in a semester (4 months) is always a challenge. Thankfully, social media is creating a whole new variety of learning options. Massively Open Online Courses – MOOC for short – are one of these new and great options. […]