Now is the time to be grateful

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”  ~Amy Collette

The world continues to be a chaotic—and often frightening—place in 2021. The pandemic continues to affect our lives and those of us in nursing regularly see the negative consequences play out in our work.  Fear, frustration, and burnout abound. A shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers seems to be everywhere. While there is an upsurge of people who want to be nurses, there are too few faculty to accommodate them. Who could be blamed for feeling depressed and hopeless?

Yet as Thanksgiving approaches, gratitude seems to be required. The benefits to a grateful heart are many. Continue reading “Now is the time to be grateful”

Positivity Propaganda

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

“Think positive” is a mantra that we all say to ourselves as a way to move forward toward a goal.  We are attracted to people who see the world in a positive way, who view challenges as a positive opportunity, and who see the struggle as something to enjoy.   As someone who came from a family of storytellers who believed there was no life experience that couldn’t be made into a funny story, I absolutely believe that thinking positively—and laughing a lot—is the attitude to choose.

So why is this blog titled “Positivity Propaganda?”  Continue reading “Positivity Propaganda”

Expect the Exceptional: Six Ways Educators Can Get the Year Off To a Good Start

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

I have always loved fall, mostly because it signals time to return to school.  I was one of those kids who loved school—no wonder I spent many years of my career either in graduate school and/or as a nurse educator!  Each year, as fall approaches, I think about what I can do to maintain my “fall excitement” throughout the year.   A mantra that helps me maintain my enthusiasm as a nurse educator is to “Expect that the new term will be exceptional.”  Educational research demonstrates that Continue reading “Expect the Exceptional: Six Ways Educators Can Get the Year Off To a Good Start”