Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Named a top 50 nursing blog

It's always nice to be recognized. Every so often, I get a message from a website or organization that tells me that my blog has been recognized as a valuable resource, either for nurses or for the general public. That means people are reading it - and they like the information I've been posting. Sometimes they even give me a cool badge that I put on my blog for a while. ;-)

I received an email this morning, telling me that Marijke: Nurse turned writer was listed in 50 Top Nursing Blogs, over at Top RN to BSN. What I like about these lists is they introduce me to blogs I don't know about. While there are some that are already familiar to me, it's always fun to discover new ones. And these lists help other people find me, so it's a win-win situation.

Do you have a favorite list of blogs that you turn to when you're looking for new blogs to follow? 

Monday, June 22, 2015

What The Nurse Writer Is Up To These Days

I've not been updating my blog regularly (again) and a few people have asked me what I've been up to. So in yet another effort to start posting regularly, I thought I'd share some of my latest projects with you to get me going.

I am still the Director of Content over at Sepsis Alliance (part time), an organization that is dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about sepsis. It's frightening how few people know about sepsis, yet it touches so many lives.

In addition to working with SA, this past May, I started working with the Partnership for Palliative Care as their Content Strategist (also part-time). As a nurse who worked in hospice nurse, this particular organization is doing work that I strongly believe in. It also has the same challenges that Sepsis Alliance has in some ways. The word "sepsis" is not known by many in North America and many who have heard the word don't know what it means. "Palliative care" faces the same issue. Not many people know exactly what it is. They may confuse it with "hospice," which isn't really correct. Hospice is end-of-life care, while palliative care is supportive care that can - and should - be given to anyone who has a life-threatening or serious illness or condition, to help them live as good a life as possible. Palliative care is also given at end-of-life, but it's not solely about end-of-life care.

I've been also been actively marketing my book, Just the Right Dose: Your Smart Guide to Prescription Medicines & How to Take Them Safely. It's a long-term project, trying to get this book in front of people who may need it - which is really just about anyone! I'm hoping that this book will be the first in a series; I have other ideas in mind. But first, we need to get this book out there. It's gotten great feedback from healthcare professionals and people who know little about medicine and health-related issues. If you take any type of medicines, I encourage you to have a look at the book. And if you have read the book, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.com or .ca. The more reviews there, the more visible it gets when people look for certain types of books.

And then there's my regular writing. I've been writing some articles, paid blog posts, and more.

If you have any ideas you would like to see me cover in this blog, leave it in the comments, and I'll see what I can do. I want to write about topics that you are curious about.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The oldest working nurse in US gets a surprise birthday party

Many nurses can't wait until they get to retirement age. Some even leave before that magical age, usually either 60 or 65 years old. But every so often, we hear about a nurse who really doesn't want to leave the profession. He or she enjoys it and likes going to work, making a difference in the lives of their patients and their families.

What is the oldest age you've ever heard of when it comes to a nurse who is still actively working? Seventy? Eighty? How about 90?

On May 8, 2015, Florence "SeeSee" Rigney celebrated her 90th birthday - while she was at work. She is the oldest working nurse in the U.S. today. Rigney works two days per week at Tacoma General Hospital in Washington, where she sets up the operating room. She only gave up direct patient care two years ago, when she was 88.

Watch this video to see the surprise birthday bash Rigney's coworkers threw for her.

Nurses? How old do you plan to be when you retire?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My interview on RadioMD.com

I'm working to promote my book in as many ways as I can (did you buy it yet? :-) ) so I agreed to be on HealthyTalk over at RadioMD. I was invited for two 10-minute sessions, which were done live yesterday.

If you'd like to hear them, the links to the recordings are here:

How to take your prescription drugs safely


Questions to ask your pharmacist

I think they went rather well.

If you have any questions about the book or the topic, feel free to leave them here and I'll do my best to answer them.

You can also visit JustTheRightDose.com, where there is more information about the book.